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Proposed Wimmera Sports Stadium design, business plans released

Concept design of a proposed Wimmera Sports Stadium for Horsham.

Concept design of a proposed Wimmera Sports Stadium for Horsham.

By SARAH SCULLY
Horsham Rural City Council will seek public comment on the next stage of a proposed multi-use indoor stadium, which surveyors estimate could now cost up to $26-million.
The council received the rebranded Wimmera Sports Stadium business case and concept design report at a meeting on Monday night.
Councillors voted to make the document available to the public after an earlier motion from Cr John Robinson failed to gain enough support.
Cr Robinson said he did not have a problem with the public seeing the document, however he believed the council needed to do more work on certain issues before calling for feedback.
“This is essentially a project that started off at $8-million to $10-million and then got to $26-million with a quantity surveyor estimate and has been modified back to $20-million,” he said.
“The $20-million funding proposed was $4-million from us, $7-million from the state and $9-million from the feds.
“If we go to $26-million, I guess the question is, is it $10-million from us, $7-million from the state and $9-million from the feds? I don’t know.”
Cr Robinson was also concerned the project was too large for the State Government’s Better Indoor Stadiums Fund and was likely to be a ‘one-off consideration, potentially for an election commitment’.
He also raised the issue of rising operating costs, which he said he believed would be unaffordable for many and drive people away.
Cr David Grimble spoke in favour of Cr Robinson’s motion, saying the council had not yet addressed road closure issues, approval to build on a flood plain or a funding strategy.

Chosen site for the proposed Horsham multi-use indoor stadium.

Chosen site for the proposed Horsham multi-use indoor stadium.

In July, the council endorsed a McBryde Street site for the stadium, which would adjoin the existing Horsham Basketball Stadium.
Cr Robinson called on the council to meet with Horsham Amateur Basketball Association representatives before releasing the documents.
HABA pulled out of a project control group for the indoor stadium because of concerns over autonomy, affordability and governance.
Association leaders do not oppose the concept of a multi-use indoor stadium but do not support the current proposal.
“The project would appear to be dead in the water without the basketball association commitment,” Cr Robinson said.
“My position is we’re not yet ready to engage with the community in a meaningful way.”
However, several councillors disagreed with Cr Robinson, including Cr Les Power, who said the basketball association should not receive special treatment at the expense of the community.
“If we’re going to give it to one, we should give it to all,” he said.
“Everyone should be able to sit down and read it and either agree to it or disagree with it.”
Already available
Council chief executive Peter Brown said the document was already available to the public on the council’s website, because they formed part of the council agenda.
Cr Robinson’s motion was lost, with councillors then unanimously voting in favour of officers’ recommendations to receive the documents; make them available to the public; meet with project control group and basketball association representatives; and further consider the matter no later than the council’s first meeting in March.
Cr Mark Radford, who chaired the project control group, said he felt privileged to present the document to the council and community.
He said project control group members had worked closely with the architects, consultants and council staff to produce ‘an historic document’.
“What has been produced in this comprehensive document is four things: What a new, modern stadium could look like; what it could cost to run and use; how the various sports could be managed with fair scheduling; and a preferred management model,” he said.
“Under this proposed concept plan, the existing basketball stadium will remain and be a part of the new facility. The fee structure has been designed to be affordable for families, and not unlike the town hall, a tiered set of fees.”
Cr Radford said the documents showed the preferred management model was for council to manage the stadium with help from an advisory group.
The Wimmera Sports Stadium business case and concept design report will be made available at council’s office in Roberts Avenue and online at www.hrcc.vic.gov.au.

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