The Riverfront Activation Project is the first stage of the City to River Masterplan, a 20-year plan which aims to enhance and activate the Wimmera River Precinct and its link to the Central Activity District of Horsham. The City to River project has been divided into sub-precincts to allow projects to proceed in a staged, prioritised manner.
The Wimmera River is one of Horsham's significant natural, social and cultural assets. The Wimmera River Activation project seeks to build on this strength by exploring the creation of new active spaces for recreation and build and improve access and use of existing open space and recreational assets. Improving links to the central activity district is also important.
The Riverfront Precinct focusses on the area west of the rowing clubroom to east of the Wimmera Bridge. Assets located close to, or in the precinct include, Adventure Island and the Pump Track, the Botanical Gardens playground, bike and walking tracks, the rowing and angling clubrooms, miniature railway, the actual waterway, riverfront and the caravan park.
Community Reference Group
A Community Reference Group (CRG) was established for this precinct in April 2020. The CRG was charged with ensuring that quality and effective community engagement was undertaken by Council in the development of the concept and schematic plans for this project. See side bar for further details about the CRG.
Between 11 and 23 August 2020, the Draft Concept Plan for the Riverfront Activation Project was open for public feedback. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. The full Engagement Report is now available.
At its September 21, 2020 Meeting, Council endorsed the Concept Plan for the Riverfront Precinct, paving the way for implementation planning to start.