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    Sawyer Park beside the Wimmera River in Horsham.

Report on riverfront feedback available

A report detailing community feedback on a Horsham riverfront activation project is now available to the public.

Horsham Rural City Council received 70 official survey responses about the draft riverfront designs with four out of five positively supporting the plan.

Results showed 81 percent of respondents believed the riverfront would be more inviting after the plans are implemented.

Conversely, 19 percent did not believe the riverfront would be more inviting.

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A proposed natural water play park and additional barbecues, seating and shaded areas topped the list of popular elements of the plans, while feedback about costs and available parking were the most common concerns.

Included in the 70 submissions were 35 suggestions on ways the draft plans could be improved.

The riverfront activation project is the first stage of a City to River Masterplan, a 20-year plan which aims to enhance and activate the Wimmera River precinct and its link to central Horsham.

Between March and August a project community reference group oversaw COVID-safe methods of engagement including discussions with user groups and key stakeholders.

Public feedback was collected via webinars, online questionnaires and hard copy surveys.

A full engagement report is available on the council’s website.

The entire September 23, 2020 edition of The Weekly Advertiser is available online. READ IT HERE!