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Strategy for Horsham

Horsham councillors have adopted a 10 to 15-year development guide for the centre’s business heart.

They adopted the Horsham Central Activity District Strategy after extensive consultation with business, industry and community representatives.

Horsham’s shopping precinct has expanded considerably in the last 25 years, particularly west towards Horsham racecourse and south towards the Wimmera River.

Much of the development has included the arrival of national retail franchise businesses, attracted to Horsham’s gradual population growth and reputation as a service centre.

The CAD has such an influence in the Wimmera that it provides 38 percent of all jobs in the region.

The report showed the city’s shopping centre also has 5.6 percent of vacant floor space, which consultants considered within a ‘healthy’ industry-standard range.

Horsham Rural City Council planning and promotion director Tony Bawden said reinforcing Horsham’s role as a regional service centre for the Wimmera and southern Mallee was among key objectives of the new plan.

He said maintaining a compact and integrated CAD; supporting Firebrace Street as the traditional ‘main street’ in Horsham, introducing medium-density residential development within or next to the CAD; and establishing an entertainment precinct were other objectives.

“The future development of the Horsham CAD will occur in a manner which supports the continued viability of existing businesses in the CAD, while also acknowledging opportunities to improve the level of services to the region,” Mr Bawden said.


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Posted on Oct 31 2013

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