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Comments needed for Wimmera Sports Stadium

HAVE YOUR SAY: A concept design of a proposed Wimmera Sports Stadium for Horsham. Project leaders are calling on people to view and send comments about the proposal to Horsham Rural City Council.

HAVE YOUR SAY: A concept design of a proposed Wimmera Sports Stadium for Horsham. Project leaders are calling on people to view and send comments about the proposal to Horsham Rural City Council.

By Dean Lawson
Project leaders involved in developing plans for a multi-million-dollar Wimmera Sports Stadium in Horsham have stressed a need for the community to have a say on the proposal.
With detailed business case and concept plans readily available and Horsham Rural City Council seeking public comment, Cr Mark Radford has called on people to make an effort to study and assess the plans.
Cr Radford joined council recreation and sustainability manager Rhonda McNeil to stress that February was a critical time in the project’s evolution and it was important for people to consider the plans and get comments to the council as soon as possible.
The council will consider the next stage of the project, most likely before its first meeting in March, after voting in early December to make a business case and concept design report available to the public.
“All we really want people to do is have a look at the plans and make an informed judgment,” Cr Radford said.
“This concept has been evolving since 2005 and now is the time for everyone to have a serious look at the plans.
“Now that it’s all done and sitting there, we need to know what everyone thinks.
“Public comments might influence heavily whether the council decides to pursue the idea or put it in a drawer.
“It’s basically at a lift-off stage and there is a need to know if it proceeds to the next step.
“This isn’t about making a submission – that’s been done.
“Now is the time to see if what is on the table meets community needs and whether it is what we should pursue.”
Horsham’s sporting community has long called for a Horsham multi-purpose indoor sports centre to provide services to help meet Wimmera needs.
A vision driving a council investigation into developing a Wimmera Sports Stadium is that it ‘shall serve as a regional facility that will support and foster increased participation in sport and recreation and community activities in the future’.
The site of the development is fronted by McPherson Street and straddles McBryde Street.
It includes Horsham Basketball Stadium on the edge of Horsham velodome and encroaches into the northern end of Horsham Showground.
The site for the stadium development has attracted considerable community debate with a lobby group pushing for it to be part of a sporting precinct project in Horsham West.
Plans reveal a modern universal, multi-court centre designed to meet variable needs of sports including squash, basketball, badminton, volleyball, netball, table tennis, and various school and sporting organisations.There are expansive public, foyer and spectator spaces, a café, kitchen and areas to display sporting memorabilia.
The Horsham council would need extensive financial state and-or federal government help to fund the project.

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Posted on Feb 7 2018

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