The Matamata Community Resource Centre "Railside by the Green"
Railside by the Green is committed to improving social services in the Matamata community and district, and welcomes being able to network with other organisations.
Railside by the Green is governed by the Matamata Community Resource Trust with the objective to promote, facilitate, encourage and develop the advancement and support of community services of a charitable nature in the Matamata district. The facilities and services are available to the people and organisations of Matamata and district.
Railside by the Green, located in what was the old railway station, was established in 2002 in response to a community need to provide facilities for the use of community and organisational groups.
The building is rented from the Matamata Piako District Council. Extensive refurbishment was undertaken to provide a boardroom/meeting room and offices, and just recently, some of the offices were extended due to increasing demand for space.
Initial funding was provided by Five Cornerstone Contributors (Daltons, Mr & Mrs W Luff, Matamata Futures, Stanley Construction and Rex Barnes Engineering) as well as contributions from Matamata service clubs, community organisations and private donors.
Railside by the Green offers a facility for a wide range of activities including:
- Board meetings
- Trade displays
- Training seminars
- Discussion groups
- Trade & Industry seminars
- Artist workshop
- Educational activities
- Personnel interviewing
- Administration facilities
- Social functions
Railside by the Green facilities available:
- Meeting room with seating for 25
- Office space for casual hire
- Electronic whiteboard
- Overhead projector
- Large screen
- Computer station
- Fax & copying available
- Artwork displayed is for sale
- Tea & coffee
- Finger food baskets to order
- Plenty of off street parking
- Quiet, convenient venue
- Central Waikato location
The Matamata Community Resource Trust building is located “on the Green”. The green is a perfect picnic area, with seats and tables, and only a short walk to the public conveniences. The Green also has a bandstand which is often used for community activities. The Matamata Community Health Shuttle is also adjacent to Railside by the Green.