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Tourism con­tin­ues to de­liver more peo­ple and their busi­ness into Mata­mata but park­ing along the town’s main street is mount­ing as a prob­lem. The busi­nesses we spoke to for our story on page 3, said they ap­pre­ci­ated the ex­tra ac­tiv­ity dur­ing the busy sum­mer tourism sea­son but were keen to see some more work around pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional park­ing spa­ces. Com­mu­nity lead­ers on the other hand be­lieve there is plenty of car park­ing avail­able, on side streets and just out­side of the main CBD area, but peo­ple are un­will­ing to walk a few hun­dred me­tres back to the shop they want to visit. It’s a Kiwi cus­tom in ru­ral towns to be able to park right out­side the shop you want to visit. If you can’t do this, then there must be some­thing very wrong with the world. It’s that cul­ture com­mu­nity lead­ers are ask­ing peo­ple to change, to ac­com­mo­date shop­pers, vis­i­tors, tourists and those who work in what is be­com­ing a very busy town cen­tre.

Lawrence Gullery

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