Poles launch for Horsham North

TAKE a trip to the North Poles -  just five minutes from Horsham's city centre.

The eight colourful designs which make up the 'Poles In Our Park' project in North Foundry Park, Horsham North, will be officially launched on Friday.

The poles were designed by students from Horsham Primary School's Rasmussen campus and Horsham College as part of last year's Northfest family fun day.

Northfest co-ordinator Launa Schilling said the poles would be a lasting reminder of the biennial family fun day, which is due to take place again in October next year.

"What we wanted to do was not just have a one-day event but to actually get a project that would start to enhance the North Foundry Gardens," she said.

"We wanted to make something that was going to be here all the time."

Ms Schilling said 33 teams of students came up with designs, with Wimmera artist Nichola Clarke replicating the winning entries on poles lining the entrance to the park.

Horsham Rural City Council community facilitator Martin Bride said the poles were symbolic of a wider council push to energise the north of the city.

"It's part of a whole process, working on Northfest the idea there is to create activity in Horsham North that people in Horsham North and other people can come to," he said.

"This is an extension of that really it's about getting the community involved.

"We've got some larger plans for Horsham North in terms of trying to do some things to improve the urban infrastructure and this is the icing on the cake."

The poles will be launched on Friday at 11am at the Palm Avenue entrance of the gardens.

Ms Schilling said people could RSVP to the launch by calling Grampians Community Health on 5362 1200.

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