28 August 2020

Masterton District Council is looking at a range of potential locations for a multi-purpose civic facility after fine-tuning objectives for the community asset.

Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson said the council has had lots of conversations with the community since the Town Hall building was closed in June 2016, and is now well down the path of developing its plans.

“We know it’s taking time to make decisions on what to do after the closure of the old Town Hall, but we need to get it right – not just for today’s generations but also for future generations,” Mayor Patterson said.

Six objectives have been set out for the facility to ensure the end result benefits the Masterton community – they include a focus on it being a well-used facility that utilises Green Building design, embraces our cultural heritage, is affordable for the community, and in a location that encourages activity, provides easy access, and fits in with existing community facilities.

The council has also developed an initial list of requirements within a facility, including a flat-floor space that can be used for different purposes (performances, conferences, exhibitions), meeting rooms and a central point for council and community-related information.

It is also exploring whether it can, and should, include a flexible “black-box” performance space, café, library and outdoor event space.

“Our requirements are subject to change depending on the size of the location and costs,” Mayor Patterson said.

“Because we want to make sure we develop a facility that really does benefit Masterton, we are looking at various potential locations within our town.”

A decision on the preferred location will be made within the next few months, once further investigation about feasibility of different sites has been undertaken.

The decision on the preferred location will also give the council clarity around the existing Town Hall site and options for that building, if it is not the preferred location.