Nitro Circus show reveals versatility of Horsham venues
PHOTOS | VIDEO | Nitro Circus rocks the Horsham City Oval as thousands turn out for high energy fun
By DEAN LAWSON
A performance from international daredevil act Nitro Circus has provided Horsham planners with a foundation blueprint on which to explore other major attractions.
Horsham Rural City Council recreation and sustainability manager Rhonda McNeil said the event revealed the broad potential of Horsham City Oval and other ‘traditional-use’ public spaces.
Ms McNeil, also council manager for the Nitro Circus show, said the city oval represented one of the smallest arenas that Nitro Circus had performed, but the venue had worked.
“What we were able to make happen just showed what we else we could do with the city oval,” she said.
“It showed what a versatile asset we have and that is something we can certainly build on in the future.
“It told us that Horsham could provide a venue for a whole range of different things.
“We don’t have to be tied to traditional uses for our green and open spaces.”
A crowd of between 6000 and 8000 gathered at Horsham City Oval on Easter Sunday to watch athlete stunt riders perform a variety of tricks on motorcycles, bicycles, scooters and other contraptions.
Many watched in awe as the performers completed a vast range of death-defying and choreographed tricks and stunts, complete with exciting and engaging commentary.
Ms McNeil said she hoped youngsters attending the event seized the show’s message of getting outside and challenging themselves.
“The hope is that the kids responded by getting out on their bikes and testing their ability,” she said.
“That is after all what the show is all about – getting kids inspired to showcase what they can do and that anything is possible.”
Ms McNeil said the setting up and dismantling of the show was just as amazing as the performance.
“They performed on stage in Adelaide on the Thursday, shipped everything to Horsham on the Friday and performed again on the Sunday. It was then all gone by Monday as they headed to Nowra in NSW,” she said.
“Visiting the site the next morning with the crew you couldn’t tell they had been there at all. Everything is now ready for an Anzac football game, which was a big aim. It’s been a great success.”
Council major events co-ordinator Chris McClure, in Sunday’s general-admission audience, said the event had been possible after 12 months of ‘hurdles, obstacles and questions’.
He agreed Horsham would now look at what else was on the events horizon.
“We definitely have two or three different events coming up we can’t talk about just yet,” he said.
“While they are nowhere near the size of Nitro Circus, they are still significant and based around the growth and support of local sporting clubs.
“One of the events might well be scheduled for October-November and the other for February next year.
“We’re in discussion with partnering organisations.” Mr McClure said another event on the calendar involved football and netball in the September school holidays.
The events schedule already includes a bumper motocross program featuring a round of national titles on May 21, a Horsham round of the Western Region Series on August 27 and Australian junior championships between September 30 and October 6. All are building towards world junior motocross titles next year.
Mr McClure said he expected to know more about the economic impact of the Nitro Circus performance in Horsham after a debriefing meeting tomorrow.
“The anecdotal observations were that accommodation centres, hotels and food outlets did a roaring trade,” he said.
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Posted on Apr 19 2017