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Lobby group pushes for Horsham College site for new sports stadium

Community Vibe director Wendy Holland at Horsham Library casual drop in listening post gathering information from community members about a proposed multi-use indoor four court sports stadium to service the needs of Horsham and region.

Community Vibe director Wendy Holland at Horsham Library casual drop in listening post gathering information from community members about a proposed multi-use indoor four court sports stadium to service the needs of Horsham and region.


Horsham stadium stadium shortlist worry
By DEAN LAWSON
Horsham College’s former ‘tech school oval’ in Baillie Street will qualify as a potential site for a new multi million-dollar indoor sporting stadium if a community lobby group has its way.
The group is pushing strongly for a Horsham West site at or near the college based on a strong belief the stadium project needs adjoining outdoor fields and to be part of a sporting precinct.
One version of the proposal involves building the new centre on the former oval, much of which has been used for college redevelopment, and expanding playing fields and community car parking across into nearby vacant farmland. The farmland is on the corner of Jenkinson Avenue and Remlaw Road, near Horsham’s 10-pin bowling centre.
The lobby group of prominent Horsham community and sporting advocates, including three former Horsham councillors, supports development of a new indoor stadium.
But it disagrees with the three sites shortlisted by a project control group.
Group spokeswoman Di Bell said it was critical Horsham investment into community sporting needs was based on future expansion opportunities.
She said Horsham also needed to seize a chance to avoid a ‘higgledy piggledy’ approach to asset development.
“We recognise there is a need for a multi-purpose sports stadium in Horsham,” she said.
“What we’re arguing is that the scope of the project, as it’s presented, is too narrow and should involve outdoor as well as indoor opportunities.
“This means the site selection we’ve been presented with is inappropriate. We’re only going to get one crack at getting it right.
“What we need is a stadium that is the centrepiece of a precinct that looks at the next 50 years and that has the largest shared use possible.
“That means involving playing fields and the college, and the only place where this works is in Horsham West.
“It is also important to stress that we have established this position to help, not hinder, the council in its efforts.”

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Posted on Apr 26 2017

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