Ararat cor­ri­dor re­de­vel­op­ment plan

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Arock-climb­ing wall, mul­ti­pur­pose ball-sport court, safety light­ing, walk­ing paths and new netball courts are among $2.26-mil­lion in im­prove­ments un­der­way in an Ararat Skate Park and Alexan­dra Oval cor­ri­dor.

The four sep­a­rate devel­op­ments are hap­pen­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously un­der the um­brella of one pro­ject.

The pro­ject in­cludes: • New netball courts and an up­grade of Alexan­dra Oval’s Olver Stand to in­clude fe­male ameni­ties; • Build­ing of sev­eral new events spa­ces around Alexan­dra Oval; • In­stal­la­tion of safety light­ing through­out the gar­dens and skate park; • Walk­ing paths, a mul­ti­pur­pose court and a rock-climb­ing wall at the Ararat Skate Park.

Work will start with the netball courts, with de­signs be­ing fi­nalised and con­struc­tion sched­uled to start in com­ing months. Work on the other projects will be­gin at var­i­ous stages and will are sched­uled for com­ple­tion by June 2020.

Ararat Ru­ral City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Tim Har­ri­son said the coun­cil was con­tribut­ing $781,000 to­wards the over­all de­vel­op­ment with State Gov­ern­ment grants mak­ing up the bal­ance.

He said the coun­cil had al­ready re­ceived a $750,000 grant from Sport and Re­cre­ation Vic­to­ria, $500,000 from Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Vic­to­ria, and $231,000 from the Depart­ment of Jus­tice.

“The ben­e­fits of this pro­ject are go­ing to be enor­mous for the whole re­gion,” he said.

“This area at­tracts peo­ple from right

“The new mul­ti­pur­pose court at the skate park can be used for bas­ket­ball, ten­nis and other sports, and the rock-climb­ing wall of­fers an­other new ac­tiv­ity for our com­mu­nity,” – Tim Har­ri­son

across our shire with foot­ball and netball play­ers, sports­peo­ple, fam­i­lies, young peo­ple and vis­i­tors us­ing the space reg­u­larly.

“The precinct also at­tracts sport­ing clubs from out­side our re­gion and tourists from all over Aus­tralia, so it’s re­ally im­por­tant for us to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties there.”

The new netball courts and as­so­ci­ated up­grades to the Olver Stand to in­clude fe­male and fam­ily friendly change-rooms and toi­lets aim to in­crease women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in sport.

Dr Har­ri­son said the new light­ing in the gar­dens and at the skate park would re­duce crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity and in­crease com­mu­nity safety, and the new events spa­ces at Alexan­dra Oval would at­tract more fes­ti­vals and events.

“The new mul­ti­pur­pose court at the skate park can be used for bas­ket­ball, ten­nis and other sports, and the rock-climb­ing wall of­fers an­other new ac­tiv­ity for our com­mu­nity,” he said.

A work­shop con­sul­ta­tion with key stake­hold­ers will be later this month, with pro­ject el­e­ments still ne­go­tiable dur­ing a draft de­sign stage.

Dr Har­ri­son said these items in­cluded the de­sign of the safety light­ing, sur­faces on the mul­ti­pur­pose and netball courts, de­sign of the rock-climb­ing wall and the lay­out of Olver Stand ameni­ties.

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