Funds to re­vi­talise town

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - By Ali­son O’Con­nor

Sey­mour is quickly mak­ing a name for it­self as an eco­nomic and tourism hub, and with an in­jec­tion of al­most $1 mil­lion in fund­ing just an­nounced by the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment, it looks set to grow and pros­per even fur­ther.

La­bor says it plans to re­vi­talise Sey­mour with fund­ing for up­grades and im­prove­ments to com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, as well as in­vest­ment map­ping and busi­ness cases to en­sure the town is wellplaced for devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­vest­ment go­ing for­ward.

Firstly, $300 000 in fund­ing will kick-start the new Sey­mour Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Ini­tia­tive, which will un­lock the po­ten­tial, ad­dress bar­ri­ers and en­sure Sey­mour is best-placed to at­tract greater in­vest­ment in the fu­ture.

A fur­ther $500 000 in fund­ing will make im­prove­ments to Sey­mour’s Kings Park, Goul­burn Park, and Chittick Park, with works to start shortly on up­grades.

The Kings Park projects in­clude a re­fur­bish­ment of the change room fa­cil­i­ties, toi­lets and kitchen in the main pavil­ion, while the light­ing will be re­placed in the neigh­bour­ing green ex­hi­bi­tion build­ing.

Goul­burn Park will re­ceive up­grades to the toi­lets, play­ground and land­scap­ing which will fur­ther en­hance the in­stal­la­tion of the new fish­ing plat­form on the river.

Chittick Park will see land­scap­ing and amenity im­prove­ments and the cre­ation of a new space for youth ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a bas­ket­ball half-court, as well as the in­stal­la­tion of re­verse cy­cle airconditioning units in the sta­dium — which is sure to please any­one who has en­tered the sta­dium on a hot day.

A fur­ther $50 000 was also an­nounced for a fea­si­bil­ity study to progress link­ing Sey­mour to Tal­la­rook as part of the Great Vic­to­rian Rail Trail, while La­bor is also sup­port­ing the Sey­mour Rail­way Her­itage Cen­tre by fund­ing their ‘Get­ting Sey­mour Busi­ness Back on Track’ project with a $47 000 fund­ing in­jec­tion.

The project aims to cap­i­talise on Sey­mour’s rich rail his­tory and gems of the re­gion with a net­work­ing event in early 2019.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes said while she rep­re­sents al­most half of the state, she has al­ways seen the po­ten­tial for Sey­mour and wanted the town to thrive.

She made it a pri­or­ity, and hired Fionna Dep­peler-Mor­ton — who is now run­ning as the La­bor can­di­date for the seat of Euroa at this year’s state elec­tion — spe­cially to head up the project.

‘‘Fionna Dep­peler-Mor­ton has spent 18 months on this project, she has worked through the com­mu­nity’s pri­or­i­ties and has made this hap­pen, I’m so ex­cited to see it come to fruition,’’ Ms Symes said.

‘‘Part­ner­ship and col­lab­o­ra­tion are cru­cial to the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of Sey­mour, and the cre­ation of the Sey­mour Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Ini­tia­tive means we can work with all the key play­ers to re­ally get Sey­mour rock­ing.’’

Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan said she was re­lieved to see Sey­mour re­ceive some much needed fund­ing.

‘‘With bil­lions of dol­lars be­ing spent in Mel­bourne, I think Sey­mour de­serves its fair share,’’ she said.

With $500 000 ear­marked to be shared be­tween Kings, Goul­burn and Chittick parks, Ms Ryan said she was con­cerned it wasn’t enough.

‘‘I have se­cured $760 000 fund­ing for up­grades to Kings Park alone, which will in­clude up­grades to the foot­ball net­ball club rooms, as well as the Ken Hall pavil­ion, be­cause at the mo­ment the crick­eters don’t have bath­room or chang­e­room fa­cil­i­ties, and there’s also fund­ing there for an up­grade to the play­group and in­ter­nal works, so I’m a lit­tle bit con­cerned that $500 000 that needs to be spread around the three parks just won’t cut it.

‘‘In one sense I’m re­lieved Sey­mour is get­ting some fund­ing, but a bit dis­ap­pointed it’s com­ing on the eve of an elec­tion when La­bor has had four years to do it.’’

Ms Dep­peler-Mor­ton said it was a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment from the Vic­to­ria Gov­ern­ment, which recog­nised all that is won­der­ful about Sey­mour.

‘‘I love Sey­mour, I love the Goul­burn River, it’s fan­tas­tic that this in­vest­ment is go­ing to de­liver even bet­ter out­door spa­ces; I want lo­cal fam­i­lies to have the best fa­cil­i­ties and for vis­i­tors to recog­nise how fan­tas­tic Sey­mour is,’’ Ms Dep­peler-Mor­ton said.

‘‘In the past four years La­bor has in­vested mil­lions to­wards the things that mat­ter most to lo­cals, in­clud­ing Sey­mour Col­lege, Sey­mour Health, Barra­bill House, GOTAFE, sport­ing and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, and the Sey­mour Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Ini­tia­tive will take this to the next level.’’

Wel­come funds: Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment, Mitchell Shire, Kings Park com­mit­tee of man­age­ment and lo­cal busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives were on hand for Mon­day’s fund­ing an­nounce­ment, which will see al­most $1 mil­lion in­jected in to Sey­mour.

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