What is the fu­ture of Headon Sta­dium?

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News - REXINE HAWES

Headon Sta­dium was built in 1974. Mrs E. M. Headon do­nated $17,500 to the sta­dium, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion dis­played by the coun­cil on its web­site.

Con­tri­bu­tions were also made by the pub­lic and a $10,000 grant from the De­part­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs.

Cor­po­rate and oper­a­tions com­mit­tee char­man Ash Tan­ner said he was baf­fled with the build­ing’s cur­rent state and ques­tioned why coun­cil was not main­tain­ing the com­mu­nity’s as­sets.

‘‘What con­cerns me, we have got these build­ings, we have got these as­sets and it’s al­most like, look at these main­te­nance is­sues, look at the leaves, how come we are not do­ing that?’’

Coun­cil­lor Kevin Tap­pin wanted the build­ing to be fit for pur­pose for the peo­ple who want to use it, such as the cricket and soc­cer clubs, gymnastics, bad­minton and bowl­ing clubs.

‘‘(It will be) three-to-five years be­fore a sta­dium goes ahead and we need some­where for these peo­ple to be.

‘‘If that re­quires main­te­nance or re­newal, than that’s what needs to be done.’’

Mayor Jan Barnes agreed the build­ing needed to be main­tained. She wanted to find out what the com­mu­nity wanted and for coun­cil to get its own fea­si­bil­ity re­port done.

She said build­ing a sta­dium in Mata­mata was dif­fer­ent to the Sil­ver Fern Sport Sta­dium in Te Aroha.

She said she didn’t be­lieve coun­cil could af­ford two sports build­ings.

Coun­cil­lor Peter Jager agreed and said if a two-court sta­dium was built in Mata­mata, Headon Sta­dium would not be used.

Coun­cil de­cided to move for­ward with re­newal work to ex­tend the life of the sta­dium, which in­cludes im­ple­ment­ing re­pairs and ad­dress­ing main­te­nance is­sues to im­prove the con­di­tion of the build­ing.

REXINE HAWES

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict coun­cil­lors are baf­fled as to why Headon Sta­dium has not been main­tained.

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