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The Mata­mata-Pi­ako District has fea­tured on tele­vi­sion re­cently over the fu­ture of the town’s me­mo­rial cen­tre water foun­tain on Tanui St. The pub­lic is to have a big­ger say in terms of a de­ci­sion on whether the water foun­tain should be de­mol­ished as planned, to make way for the re­de­vel­oped civic cen­tre. There seems to be sup­port for it to stay, or, has that re­ally been trig­gered by a view that peo­ple are just up­set the coun­cil took a lead on the mat­ter with­out wider pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion? Can the town af­ford to keep the water foun­tain main­tained? Is it worth the an­nual maintenance costs and fixes? These are the ques­tions the coun­cil is hop­ing to have feed­back on over the next cou­ple of weeks as it moves ahead with re­de­vel­op­ment plans for the site. We hope you will take some time to fill out our front page coupon to have your say on the mat­ter. It’s not an of­fi­cial feed­back form, and not part of the coun­cil’s con­sul­ta­tion. But it may help pro­voke a de­ci­sion either way.

Lawrence Gullery

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