10 December 2008

Mataura is For Sale

Since TV3's Campbell Live story aired a couple of weeks ago, Dr Jack Phillips has put several of his commercial properties in Mataura up for sale.

There are 4 shops for sale on Bridge St, and the movie theatre on the main highway is also for sale.

I like to think it was something I said . . . but I have a sneaking suspicion that he has had plans afoot for a little while. Either way, it certainly gives Mataura a chance at a new lease on life and it couldn't have happened at a better time. There is so much going on in Mataura in the aftermath of our Community Planning day.

I am involved with a group of people working to set up a Co-Op and to foster business development in Mataura. We have a meeting tomorrow with David Wilson - a rural change consultant (and penny farthing enthusiast!) - to discuss the way forward. We will definitely be needing a premises at some time in the future and its nice to know that if we can find the funding there are buildings available for purchase on our main street. Fantastic!!

Any investors out there with a real community based vision willing to invest in our town?

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