Precinct de­vel­op­ment

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Ararat Ru­ral City res­i­dents will have an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide feed­back about plans to fur­ther de­velop the Alexan­dra Oval and gar­dens precinct.

A project de­vel­op­ment group is driv­ing the out­come.

The group was es­tab­lished in June and com­prises rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Ararat Ea­gles Foot­ball Net­ball Club, Ararat Foot­ball Net­ball Club, Grampians Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion, East Grampians Health Ser­vice and Ararat Ru­ral City Coun­cil of­fi­cers.

Last month Land De­sign Part­ner­ship won the ten­der to de­velop plans, which in­cluded link­ing ex­ist­ing paths from Alexan­dra Gar­dens to Alexan­dra Oval Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, along with in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal Olver Grand­stand up­grades and re­lo­ca­tion of the net­ball courts.

Ararat Ru­ral City Mayor Glenda Mclean said en­gage­ment and wider con­sul­ta­tion from all user groups would form the next stage of process.

“All rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the project de­vel­op­ment group have been work­ing very hard on the scope of the project, and what they have come up with so far looks fan­tas­tic,” she said.

“We have al­ready seen in re­cent years what up­grad­ing Alexan­dra Gar­dens and Alexan­dra Oval has done for the com­mu­nity.

“Groups such as Ararat Park Run have cap­i­talised on these up­grades and we want to fur­ther in­crease the use of this won­der­ful space.”

Cr Mclean said coun­cil staff were fi­nal­is­ing a pa­per and on­line sur­vey to give com­mu­nity mem­bers an op­por­tu­nity to have their say about the scope of the re­de­vel­op­ment.

She said more in­for­ma­tion would be avail­able in the com­ing weeks.

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