Your Voice, Your Vision
In July/August 2020 we asked you to submit your ideas for making Matamata-Piako The Place of Choice. We received 127 ideas from across our community. The top three ideas that received the most votes were;
- Mountain Bike Skills Park in Te Aroha
- Stage for Matamata-Piako Civic and Memorial Centre
- Dog exercise area at Swap Park in Matamata
We are currently preparing business cases for these three ideas, including feasibility and cost, which will be brought back to Council for consideration as part of the 2021-31 Long Term Plan.
Many of the ideas submitted are already being considered for our Long Term Plan, while other ideas rely on third party organisations to progress any further. We will provide comments on all submitted ideas and post them on this page.
The Te Aroha Mountain Bike Club proposes redeveloping the Tui Park Reserve land into a bike skills park/native reserve area that will cater for beginners to advanced riders. As well as an easy grade wildlife track for walkers. Facilities could include a balance bike slope, a technical skills area and a grade 2-3 track that incorporates the skills needed to advance into riding the existing local tracks, a biodiversive wildlife planting with walking tracks tying it all together. We would like to use this area because it already has natural terrain and features that we can utilise, it's in a central location that's easily accessible with roadside parking available.
How this will benefit the community:
We think the benefits to the community are almost unlimited! But to name a few; It encourages both physical and mental fitness which fits in with the towns focus on health and wellbeing. It can be utilised by schools for events and fun days, local families for entertainment and bonding time, physiotherapists and health professionals for health treatments. It will benefit local business's by providing an activity that is suitable for all ages, encouraging visitors to come stay the weekend, who will then use local accommodation and local business's services. It'll provide an all year round, all weather activity for all ages, fitness levels and abilities. The town will benefit from more native wildlife that will live locally and visit during migration seasons, it'll provide a beautiful green space and carbon capture area that will grow and mature as the years go by providing a long lasting asset for generations to come.
Council is currently preparing a business case forthis idea. If the business case stacks up, the proposal for a stage will be considered as part of the Long Term Plan 2021-31.
Council has prepared an initial business case to look at a Mountain Bike skills park in the lower part of Tui Park. There are a few unknowns that would still need to be ironed out - but subject to some hurdles this could be a feasible project.
Parking, track construction, resource consents and engineering/survey costs mean that costs would be in excess of $165,000. We would also need to do a lot more consultation with the community, other park users, Iwi and adjacent land owners on this project. Plus ongoing operating costs would also need to be considered.
At this stage, Council has indicated that it would be prepared in principle to make the land available for development as a skills park - but community and neighbour support and fundraising will be needed before this project can progress. Council has also allocated $200,000 in 2023/24 in the draft Long Term Plan budgets for the redevelopment of lower Tui Park – this would include the potential development of a dog park, alongside the Mountain Bike skills park.
The Matamata Civic and Memorial Centre was supposed to be a REPLACEMENT of the Matamata Memorial Hall. A hall originally built with funds from the Government of the day, as well as funds raised by the local community to give a facility able to be used by the whole community for a wide range of local events. But when the plans came out, there was no stage and no consideration for storage of equipment for the users. The arts and community groups were asked for their input during the planning stage of this project, but their views were not taken into consideration in this build. So we got no stage and no storage areas. The only thing we managed to get was a wall on the side of the hall which can be removed for a stage to be built, which would not affect the structural integrity of the building. So this is definitely still possible. Let's see how many people in our community think the same. This is your chance to have a say.
How it will benefit the community:
A stage would give the abundance of travelling entertainers in NZ the opportunity to come to our community, giving us the chance to attend these performances without having to spend huge money on travel costs and overpriced city ticket prices. A look at the performers, entertainers and exhibitors who have shown in the Putaruru Plaza will show you just what we are missing out on. Currently booked for upcoming performances are Dave Dobbyn, 'When I Grow Up' (a performance by the Aspire Dancers from Matamata), The Abba Show (a musical touring from Australia), The Yellow Brick Road (another performance by the Aspire Dancers from Matamata), and motivational speaker Tony Christiansen. How many of these are coming to Matamata??? NONE OF THEM.
Council is currently preparing a business case for this idea. If the business case stacks up, the proposal for a stage will be considered as part of the Long Term Plan 2021-31.
When Council was planning the redevelopment of the Matamata Civic Centre, the project group investigated the costs of a stage (along with green room and performers bathrooms). At the time the indicative cost for this was around $1 million, any fit out (lighting etc.) would be on top of this. At the time this was outside of the budget set by Council to get the project completed.
An indicative plan of what the stage and additional facilities could look like was produced at the time (see below), but we would need to do more work with community stakeholders to develop the design for a stage. As part of the Matamata Civic Centre build some ground preparation, potential power, water and wastewater connections were factored in as well as a proscenium arch built within the back wall to facilitate a stage going in later. So there is potential to build the stage.
We currently think that the total cost of building the extension needed to house a stage, plus fit out will be around the $2 million mark. As part of ‘Your Voice Your Vision’ Council has indicated that it will complete a business plan – get a more detailed costing and see if the stage stacks up, plus it has indicated that it will include $200,000 capital funding as seed money for the stage construction in 2023/24 in the Long Term Plan. Council would also need the Matamata Community to get behind the project and raise the additional funds needed to complete the project in order for it to go ahead.
A Dog Park constructed of Chainlink Fencing to a height of between 1.500-2.100 high. Minimum square area Half Acre (2024m2). Provision for Dog Agility Exercise Classes. Double gated Corral Entry. Water and Rubbish Bin Facilities
How it will benefit the community:
After holding discussions with key stakeholders Vets, a Dog Agility business, and various people in the community including Councillors it became clear there are a real need and support for an Enclosed Dog Park Facility. Swap Park is an ideal location with wide-open spaces creating a stress-free environment for the dogs of all sizes. Matamata has many Dog Owners in excess of 1,500 dogs within the town boundary. A Dog Park Enclosure would hugely benefit the community.
Council is currently preparing a business case forthis idea. If the business case stacks up, the proposal for a dog park will be considered as part of the Long Term Plan 2021-31. We've completed a business case and this project could stack up.
Council could fund this in 2022/23 - but we would need to do a bit more consultation with the community, neighbouring properties and other stakeholders first. We would also need a resource consent and change our current Dog Control bylaw before a dog park could be constructed. We’ve asked the Corporate Strategy Team – who take care of bylaw reviews to look at this with our Parks and Facilities team in 2021/22 and see if we can progress the project.
Council have responded to most of the ideas that were submitted as part of the Your Voice, Your Vision campaign. You can read the other ideas and Council's comments on them in the file linked below.