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Opportunities study complete for Violet Town reserve

Monday, January 16, 2017

Strathbogie Shire Council and SPIIRE planning consultants have completed an opportunities study for Violet Town’s Shadforth Reserve.

Suggestions stemming from the community feedback include:

• Fix the drainage issues on site to enable year-round events

• Improve the surface of the main oval suitable for equestrian use

• Improve perimeter fencing to secure the site (excluding neighbouring livestock)

• New ‘wayfinding’ signage to encourage regular use

• Combine short-term camping opportunities with the equestrian area (utilising the same infrastructure) outside event times

• Develop a purpose-built Men’s Shed

• Develop community market/event/festival space and playground, and involve other non-equestrian, sporting clubs and community groups

• Develop amenities building (bathroom, kitchen and meeting rooms)

• Develop agistment facility to provide additional source of revenue and utilise central location (and proximity to Hume Freeway) to enable a stop-over destination for horse transport companies and competitors travelling with horses.

Mayor Amanda McClaren said this Council was committed to good community consultation and engagement.

"The feedback received through the Listening Post will enable Council to develop the Master Plan for Shadforth Reserve," she said.

The study will now be used to guide the development of a master plan, consultation of which will be undertaken in the coming months.

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