Progress report: Riverfront activation projects

Progress report: Riverfront activation projects

The Riverfront Activation Project is the first stage of the City to River Masterplan, a 20-year plan which aims to enhance and activate the Wimmera River Precinct and its link to the Central Activity District of Horsham.

See where the status of each of the individual projects below.

“For many years our residents have asked for our riverfront precinct to be developed to its full potential, and they are now delighted to see it happening,” Mayor Robyn Gulline said.


Decking and balustrading is being installed on the three riverfront nodes this week.

The nodes are platforms that will provide greater access to the river.

Two will cascade down to the river’s edge offering visitors access at water level, while the third will be raised above the ground to provide views over the water.

Node 1: is aligned with Firebrace Street and the planned entrance pergola, this is a wharf-style design, requiring footings in water

Node 2: is located towards the western end of the precinct, aligns with the to-be-constructed Nature Play Park, and is also a wharf-style design requiring footings in water

Node 3: the eastern-most deck is required to be constructed on the riverbank only, around a tree, with no footings in water.


Plumbing fit out is completed on the new Sawyer Park public toilets, with the final cleaning and anti-graffiti sealing now underway. This installation sits well in the natural landscape of the riverfront, with the colours of the concrete and timber detail reflecting the trunk colours of the river red gums.

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The area where Firebrace Street meets the river will form a key community meeting place with sheltered seating areas and a starting point to explore the riverfront.

Construction of a large pergola-type structure is underway and, when completed by the end of winter, it will provide a framed view of the church spire at the very top of Firebrace Street.

Signage and educational material about the site, including indigenous cultural heritage and post-settlement history will be integrated into the landscape development.

A site for a cafe is also proposed in the longer term.

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The three barbecue shelters are nearing completion, with final fit out to begin soon.

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Site preparation works have already started. Installation of the play features will start in the coming months.

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