Cr Penny Flynn: Busy time for local projects

Spring is here and things are changing. It is the time of year when the days are longer, the sun is shining, the canola crops are yellow and the flowers a blooming.

It has been nice to be able to connect with people again. The river is a popular place where people of all ages can walk, ride, fish, play or sit and eat lunch.

As we transition to Covid normal there are a number of projects Council is delivering. These projects are able to be delivered due to planning and consultation with the community.

Removal of the old toilets and barbecue shelters and picnic tables at Sawyer Park is complete.

As the removed picnic tables and barbecue facilities are in good condition they will be re-installed in other parks around the municipality. The local contractor who is constructing the new facilities at Sawyer Park will start site establishment works in coming weeks.

The riverfront walking path is expected to remain open for public use during these works, unless required to be closed for movement of plant and machinery.

A temporary accessible toilet is being installed. Signage has been installed to direct the community and visitors to three facilities located within 500m.

This work has been funded by the Federal Government’s Community Development Grant, the Victorian State Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund and Sustainable Infrastructure Fund, and Horsham City Council as part of the City to River Project.

The Hamilton Street Pedestrian Bridge will hopefully be on the horizon in the near future.

Council staff and contractors are reconstructing 300m road at the Freight Terminal Road. There is the addition of a turning/overtaking lane for the entrance for the new section of the industrial estate at Dooen.

Council is supporting more than 30 projects after local pandemic impacted businesses submitted proposals for funding. This outdoor dining program is coming together, yes there will be some inconvenience in Firebrace Street but business will be able to accommodate more patrons with this infrastructure.

All of these projects are happening now because our community has taken the time to engage with Council and plan for the future.

So thanks to all those who have contributed and may the progress of our municipality continue for years to come.

Enjoy the sunshine and the beautiful river.

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