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On Friday the Mataura community had the chance to see the plans for the recreation centre to be built at Tulloch Park.

Gore District Council parks and reserves manager Ian Soper said he was pleased with the response at the unveiling of the plans.

“I’ve had all positive comments so far,” Mr Soper said.

Large panels illustrating the plans for the Tulloch Park Recreation Centre were displayed on the south side of the pool building so people could get a good idea of what the development would look like, he said.

“It gives people a chance to look at it on a big scale.”

There was also a pamphlet detailing the plans, Mr Soper said.

“It’s nice to give people something they can take away with them.”

The event was also a chance for people to ask questions and give feedback on the plans.

“We always welcome feedback.”

Gore district councillor Neville Phillips said he was very pleased with the response.

“We have had no negative comments,” Mr Phillips said.

He was “very pleased” so many people had come to see the plans, “especially with the short notice”.

It would be great to have a recreation centre that was unique, he said.

“Hopefully, it will draw people from all over Southland and they will make a day of it.”

The recreation centre would also make use of the pool building for a wet-weather option, Mr Phillips said.

Mataura Community Board chairman Alan Taylor said he was excited about the response from the community.

“A lot of people were sad to see the pool go but the response tonight has been positive.”

The recreation centre would have activities for all age groups, Mr Taylor said.

“The great thing about the pool was that it could be used by all age groups, so the challenge with this project was to design it for all age groups.”

It was also important that the recreation centre did not compete with any similar places, he said.

“We tried to make it a little bit more unique.”