Op­por­tu­nity for river­side café

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Mo­bile café op­er­a­tors keen to es­tab­lish a café by the Wim­mera River can sub­mit an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est to Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil.

The café would be based near Hor­sham Sound­shell at Sawyer Park.

Coun­cil plan­ning and eco­nomic direc­tor Angela Mur­phy said at­tract­ing pa­tron­age and stim­u­lat­ing ac­tiv­ity along the river cor­ri­dor was among the coun­cil’s pri­or­i­ties.

“Hor­sham’s coun­cil plan and on­go­ing com­mu­nity feed­back has iden­ti­fied the Wim­mera River as be­ing one of the key at­tributes of the city,” she said.

“Coun­cil sees a cafe by the river as one way of in­creas­ing ac­tiv­ity in the area. It’s also im­por­tant to en­sure com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties are com­pat­i­ble with the Wim­mera River’s en­vi­ron­men­tal and re­cre­ation pur­poses.”

Ms Mur­phy said the coun­cil would look to run a 12-month trial to gauge pa­tron­age.

“We will also as­sess any site-re­lated is­sues with a view to in­form­ing the coun­cil about the na­ture of the busi­ness model, in­fra­struc­ture and reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ments for the longer term,” she said.

Ms Mur­phy said in­ter­ested par­ties could also sub­mit an al­ter­na­tive pro­posal.

“Hav­ing a hospi­tal­ity ser­vice along the river means we can use the Wim­mera River cor­ri­dor to con­trib­ute to Hor­sham’s econ­omy,” she said.

“Other ben­e­fits would be the abil­ity to in­cor­po­rate and show­case lo­cal pro­duce as well as pro­mot­ing our river as a key com­mu­nity recre­ational as­set.”

Peo­ple can visit the coun­cil’s web­site, www.hrcc.vic.gov.au or call the coun­cil’s con­tract co-or­di­na­tor Michelle Plain on 5382 9745 or email [email protected] for more in­for­ma­tion. Peo­ple can make sub­mis­sions on­line at www.ten­der­search. com.au/hor­sham-ru­ral-city-coun­cil by June 18.

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