Photo credit - Lynton Brown
The concept of a shared pedestrian bridge across the Wimmera River was first discussed in around 2007 by the Wimmera River Improvement Committee. Early planning for this led to the development of a preliminary design for a suspension bridge to deliver this goal. In the years that followed, the concept was developed further, leading to Council allocating a sum of $1.2 million in the 2014-15 budget for the project. Funding for the project has been supported by a generous grant from Regional Development Victoria and the Southbank Developer, to build a bridge at Apex Island.
Wangaratta based company J & R Industries was initially awarded the contract for design and construction of a suspension bridge with a central span of 75 m, leaving river users, such as rowers, unhindered.
The bridge's steel structure was fabricated off-site in Wangaratta and delivered to the site to be installed onto precast reinforced concrete piles and cross-heads that will be constructed on-site. These works were largely completed by J & R Industries, prior to it going into voluntary administration in May 2017, including the erection of the towers and installation of the main suspension cables, hanger cables and deck frames.
Council staff, in conjunction with suitably skilled local contractors completed the project in September 2017.
Horsham Rural City Council commissioned a Cultural Facilities Review in 2009 to look at the condition of existing facilities, the needs of the community and determine the effective way to provide high-quality cultural facilities for Horsham.
The review determined the most effective way would be to redevelop the Horsham Town Hall. Community consultations, architectural design and development, planning processes and heritage registration took place between 2009 and early 2014 when construction commenced.
The redevelopment was completed in January 2016 at a final cost of $19.8 million. The construction saw the emergence of The Horsham Town Hall complex, comprising the original Town Hall, a 500 seat Theatre, 265 seat Wesley Performing Arts Centre and the Regional Art Gallery.
The redevelopment of the Horsham Town Hall and Horsham Regional Art Gallery is the largest infrastructure project ever embarked upon by Horsham Rural City Council
The Kalkee Road Children's and Community Hub has been constructed in Horsham North. This facility provides Horsham and district residents with integrated children's and family services from a brand new purpose-built venue.
Services commenced from February 2018 and is set to become a central community hub with a range of health, education and support services all available under one roof.
More information can be found on the Kalkee Road Hub Facebook page.
Go to the Family and Children page to find out more about activities and services provided by Horsham Rural City Council.