Horsham CBD revitalisation to start

HORSHAM residents will soon see changes in the city’s centre as part of a revitalisation master plan.

The plan’s action group met last week to start work on the project.

The master plan includes big projects such as an outdoor cinema, restaurants by the Wimmera River and regular night markets.

Technical services director John Martin said while many projects would take time, there was a number of smaller projects that would start in the next few weeks.

“There are things we are trying to get in place straight away,” he said.

“The day before Horsham Cup day there is a Farm to Fork event in Roberts Place, so we hope to have new lighting installed before then,” he said.

Mr Martin said other immediate improvements in the city would include verandahs, signs, cladding, and access to buildings.

“Another thing that is about to start is painting the facade of the Wimmera Shire Hall building,” he said.

“A heritage consultant has been engaged to help develop a colour palette for the painting, so we can keep the heritage value of many of the older buildings.”

Mr Martin said these works would demonstrate how streetscape changes could enhance the appearance of the city.

“We also hope that it might inspire other businesses to do things to their buildings, such as paint the outside or install a ramp,” he said.

“Council has an arrangement where it will match funding dollar for dollar for anyone who wants to improve their building.

“These changes will help improve the aesthetics of the streets.”

The action group also heard about plans for a riverfront café and the opportunity for several food and beverage outlets along the river.

Mr Martin said council was keen to activate the river and enhance its connection to the city centre.

“All that is needed is someone with a great idea and a willingness to work with Wimmera River stakeholders to bring it to fruition,” he said.