Masterton’s combined town hall and district building was closed in June 2016 due to having an earthquake rating below the required standard. In 2017 we asked you for options for the town hall – two-thirds of those that responded indicated they would prefer to see a new centre built. As a result of the consultation Masterton District Council decided:
“to proceed with building a new civic centre. Future work will be undertaken regarding what this will look like and the location. This will include considering options on the current site and options to retain the existing façade with the replacement of the current town hall. Further consultation will be undertaken on the final proposal.”
The Council has committed $15.5 million to make a new civic centre a reality within the next three years (by mid-2021).
The term civic centre simply means a large public building or complex for meetings, sports or entertainment. When our town hall closed we lost an important community asset. We want our community to have facilities they enjoy – places that bring people from across our diverse community together.
A versatile multi-use facility presents a range of opportunities for our community, including bringing more people to our district for key events.
Winter 2018 – Expression of interest for potential developers
Spring 2018 – Design work begins
First half 2019 – Consultation on design
Late 2019/early 2020 – Construction begins
We are keen to get people in the Masterton community involved when it comes to making a decision on the buildings final design. We’ll be running another round of public consultation in the first half of 2019 – this time on the design of the building.
However, people can contact us at any time with thoughts or questions via our call centre: 06 370 6300.
If you would like more information about any of the above you can also check out our dedicated website.