Open Space Strategy


Open space plays an important role in our society by providing places for exercise, quiet reflection, children's play and organised sport. As our communities grow and change, greater attention needs to be placed on planning our open spaces to ensure that they meet our current and future needs.

Horsham Rural City Council has developed an integrated Open Space Strategy to provide Council with strategic directions to determine priorities for the planning, provision and development of open space across the municipality.

The Open Space Strategy was open for community input between 25 June – 30 August 2019. A revised Strategy was adopted by Council at the meeting on the 16 December 2019.

The Open Space Strategy(PDF, 7MB)


Open Space Vision

“A leading regional community with an open space network that provides positive health and well-being outcomes for everybody.”

Key strategies:

Increase connectivity

Improve connectivity to green/open spaces through the development of pedestrian and cycle networks, active transport linkages, traffic planning, and strategic land acquisition and disposal.

Redefine the Wimmera River

Activate the Wimmera River and its environs.

Improve open space provision

Ensure equitable access to open space across the municipality.

Enhance collaboration

Engage with other agencies so that open space provision and management is a multi-agency initiative that achieves shared objectives.

Invest and plan for our future

Development of an Open Space Contributions policy which ensures developers create the environment that Council, stakeholders, open space land managers and the community want.

Colour and Green our City

Improve the provision of open space within the CAD and develop a number of multipurpose spaces for wider community use.

Recognise and Celebrate our Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Arts

Protect and preserve areas of cultural significance to the Wotjobaluk Peoples’ and increase access to a diverse range of arts and cultural experiences across the municipality and open space network.

More detailed recommendations on specific localities are provided throughout the document.