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ENGAGEMENT REPORTSUMMARYENGAGEMENT OUTCOMESThis Report summarises the commitment, approachand engagement outcomes undertaken to developthe Concept and Schematic plans for the WimmeraRiverfront Activation project.There was a clear focus on improving engagementthrough: Building relationships and trust with thecommunity and key stakeholders Providing an opportunity for any member of thecommunity to provide inputThe key to a more effective engagement processwith the establishment of a Community ReferenceGroup (CRG) who helped design the engagementprocess and provided oversight of the detaileddesign process.The CRG endorsed the overall goal for the project:‘to make the Wimmera Riverfront an even moreinviting place for everyone now and for futuregenerations’From March to August 2020, there has been a rangeof engagement on the Riverfront Project reportedthrough to the CRG: Discussions with technical experts and groups inor located adjacent to the project One-on-one discussions with 32 communitygroups On-line webinars – 1500 views Social Media – 18 facebook posts and 5200engagements The Draft Concept Plan (maps and information)for the Riverfront Activation project were viewedover 900 times online Double page spread in print media and weeklynotices updates Two radio interviews 6 small group on-line information sessions Display of designs at the Angling Clubrooms and at43 Firebrace StreetKey themes that emerged during this engagementwere: Retain the natural amenity Improve connectivity and places to sociallyconnect Promote broader community access and use Provide opportunities to tell our local indigenousstories3

WHAT YOU TOLD US –PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT 70 formal feedback submission received Four out of every 5 responses (81%) believe theriverfront will be more inviting after the plans areimplemented - showing overwhelming support forthe draft riverfront designsThe top features people like about the draft plans inpriority order for implementation are: Natural Water Play Park Walking path upgrades Café Upgrades to BBQs, seating, shade and toilets New meeting place at the end of Firebrace Street New river edge connectionsEight responses voiced concern relating to thecost of the project, possible impact on rates andCOVID-19. Seven responses discussed issuesaround parking to be further considered andeleven responses provided a range of commentson specific elements of the design that have beenprovided to the Landscape architect.Horsham Rural City Council would like to thankeveryone in our community who has taken thetime to be involved with the Riverfront projectand to provide feedback. In particular we wishto commend the CRG who worked intensively todesign and deliver a comprehensive engagementplan and draft Concept Design with the supportof Council staff and the landscape architects. Werecognise that any one plan will not satisfy all needsand interests of the community, however if themajority are served well and are generally satisfiedand the feedback provided improves the process,approach and plan, the CRG and Council view this asa way forward to advance plans to the next stage.4

ENGAGEMENT REPORTRIVERFRONT ACTIVATION PROJECTSTAGE 1 CITY TO RIVER MASTER PLANBackgroundThe Riverfront Activation Project is the first stageof the City to River Masterplan, a long term 20year plan which aims to enhance and activate theWimmera River Precinct and its’ link to the CentralActivity District of Horsham. The City to Riverproject has been divided into sub-precincts to allowprojects to proceed in a staged, prioritized manner.The Masterplan was developed in 2019, drawn froma large number of current Council strategies andplans along with community input and engagementconducted throughout that year. The Master Planwas approved by the Council in Nov 2019, withamendments to the Plan. The Council endorsed thedevelopment of detailed concept and schematicdesigns for the Riverfront, including identifying thesite for a café and a waterplay area.This approval allowed Council staff to progressthe next stage of the riverfront project with bothFederal and State Government funding. This reportoutlines the process and engagement undertakento develop, advance and test this more detailedplanning, including technical advice, assessmentsand community input into the plan. The Plan will bepresented back to Council prior to the completionof the current Council’s term.What is being looked at?The Riverfront Precinct focusses on the area westof the Rowing Clubroom to east of the WimmeraBridge. Assets located close to, or in the precinctinclude, Adventure Island and the Pump Track,the Botanical Gardens playground, bike andwalking tracks, the Rowing and Angling clubrooms,Miniature Rail, the actual waterway, riverfront andthe caravan park.The Wimmera River is one of Horsham’s significantnatural, social and cultural assets. The WimmeraRiver Activation project seeks to build on thisstrength by exploring the creation of new activespaces for recreation and build and improve accessand use of existing open space and recreationalassets. Improving links to the central activity districtis also important.Purpose of EngagementReportThis Report summarises the commitment, approachand outcomes undertaken to develop the Conceptand Schematic plans for the Wimmera RiverfrontActivation project.Clear and direct community feedback providedthrough the 2019 City to River Master planningprocess has informed how the Riverfront Activationproject has evolved. A deliberate focus onimproving engagement with the community todevelop the Riverfront Concept Plan has been setagainst the following objectives: Build relationships and trust with the communityand key stakeholders Provide an opportunity for any member of thecommunity to provide input Provide an open, transparent process so that thecommunity understands and supports the process Gain diverse community input into a planfor making the riverfront more inviting Clearly communicate opportunitiesto be engaged and project progress5

These engagement objectives have been metthrough undertaking the following: Establishing a transparent and empoweredCommunity Reference Group (CRG) to guide theproject’s engagement; The CRG agreeing to parameters and principlesunder which they would operate and undertaking aclear challenge ‘to make the Wimmera Riverfrontan even more inviting place for everyone now andfor future generations’; Encouraging discussion and debate about theproject and ideas, negating personal attacks, andsetting a tone of constructive input and activelistening; Following best practice engagement processes(IAP2 Framework); Establishing close and frequent feedback loopsbetween Council staff, the landscape architects(Tract) and the CRG to adapt and respond tofeedback along the design journey; and Providing open avenues for a wide cross sectionof the public to participate through constructivefeedback loops.The engagement objectives and processes haveshaped how the CRG works. They have designedand delivered a comprehensive engagementplan to communicate, test, collate and refinethe draft plan for the Riverfront, guided by inputand community needs. It is recognised that anyone plan will not satisfy all needs and interests ofthe community, however if the majority are servedwell and are generally satisfied and the feedbackprovided improves the process, approach and plan,the CRG and Council will view this as a way forwardto advance plans to the next stage.Having well scoped and costed projects, testedagainst community need and demand, guided byland holders, traditional owners and authorities,supports Horsham Rural City to stay strong andagile in a fast moving and highly competitiveeconomy and society. Taking full advantage offuture funding opportunities and privateinvestment that grows business, drivesopportunities, improves services and retainsand attracts people is key to maintaining andgrowing our status as a regional city. Forward,strategic and often long term planning, thinkingand preparedness, enables our region to not justsurvive, but flourish.Establishment of the CRGThe Community Reference Group (CRG) wasformed in April 2020 to guide effective engagementfor the project, taking on lessons learnt from theCity to River Master Plan process, to ensure thecommunity’s voice has been heard and feedbackis acknowledged. The CRG has worked closely withCouncil staff and the landscape architects - Tract,to develop the draft concept design for theRiverfront. The group have met 12 times sinceformation. Meetings have been held via Zoom andgenerally last 2 hours. The group met on-site at theRiverfront in July to sense check plans andundertake a site walk through.Who makes up the CRG?The CRG includes representatives of keystakeholders located in or adjacent to theRiverfront precinct, as well three communityrepresentatives.Organisation representatives John Gorton, Aboriginal Advisory Committee (Chair) Stuart Harradine, Barengi Gadjin Land Council Steve Parish, Horsham Angling Club Sue Jones, Horsham Caravan Park Ray White, Horsham City Rowing Club Di Bell, Horsham Rural Ratepayers & Residents Zach Currie, Youth Council (until Aug 2020) Brylee Taylor, Youth Council (from Aug 2020) Gary Aitken, Wimmera RiverImprovement Committee6

Community representatives Bob Redden Andrew Sostheim Phil LohreyProject TimelineCouncil representatives Kevin O’Brien, Director Communities & Place Carolynne Hamdorf, Manager Arts, Culture &Recreation Sue Newall, City to River - Riverfront Precinct Project Manager Mandy Kirsopp - Coordinator Recreation & OpenSpaceNov 2019Council endorses the Master Plan withamendments. Requests detailed concept andschematic designs for the Riverfront, includingidentifying the site for a café and a waterplay area.2018 - 2019City to River 20 Year Masterplan developedMarch 2020Community Reference Group (CRG) is formedto guide effective engagement for the project,taking on lessons learnt from the Master Planprocess, to ensure the community’s voice is heardand feedback is acknowledged. Tract LandscapeArchitects contracted to project.What have they done?The CRG have developed a detailed engagementplan for the Riverfront precinct. They have spokento the broader public, canvassed their groups andliaised with the landscape architects to develop adraft Concept Plan to take out to the communitythat reflects the interests and needs of current andfuture residents and visitors to our region.April 2020CRG & Tract meet for the first time.Review previous feedback from the Master planlinked to the River & Riverfront, including 500 individual comments on the riverfront areaCRG develop Engagement Framework to informdevelopment of draft Concept PlanTimeline snapshotMasterplanMasterplanLate 2019 March 2020April-July 2020A Masterplan for the study area has beenprepared by landscape architects based on thevision, objectives and directions for the area.City to River Masterplans FundingEngagement Plan isdeveloped by HRCC,secureddeveloped to supportUrban Enterprise andfor Stage 1 Stage 1 Concept.Tract Public CommentDevelopment Communitysought and received onReference Group (CRG)Masterplan.for Stage 1 convened.The Masterplan shows the desired indicative longterm layout of the study area, in particular thoseareas that are proposed to transition from theirexisting uses to new or improved uses.The Masterplan shows an indication of potentialbuilding locations, public realm upgrades, sportingprecincts and other open space proposals,however the exact locations and layouts withineach site may change depending on moredetailed planning.The most important role of the Masterplan is toshow the desired long term direction for landwithin the area and an overarching physicalaspiration that Council will seek to achievethrough a range of actions, investment andpartnerships over time.MasterplanMasterplanA Masterplan for the study area has beenprepared by landscape architects based on thevision, objectives and directions for the area.Individual projects are subject to:·The Masterplan shows the desired indicative longterm layout of the study area, in particular thoseareas that are proposed to transition from theirexisting uses to new or improved uses.·The Masterplan shows an indication of potentialbuilding locations, public realm upgrades, sportingprecincts and other open space proposals,however the exact locations and layouts withineach site may change depending on moredetailed planning.The most important role of the Masterplan is toshow the desired long term direction for landwithin the area and an overarching physicalaspiration that Council will seek to achievethrough a range of actions, investment andpartnerships over time.Angling Club1.Source: Tract, 2019Project NameDrawing No.RevisionDateDrawnCheckedProject PrincipalHorsham Riverfront 9 / Horsham: City to River Vision and MasterplanDrawing TitleCity to River MasterplanboundaryStage 1 boundary7The central location of theproposed facilities providesamazing opportunities for localcommunity members to engagewith one of Horsham's best features- Wimmera River. It will also be agreat draw card for visitor's andimprove the township on a whole.The improved facilities are alsoexciting for community membersand school groups with regardto opportunities to participate inmore physical activities with easieraccess. As well as opportunities tolearn about the environment anddevelop valued connections withthe environment that encouragesthe Horsham community toconserve and protect theenvironment.It recognises that the riverfrontis an important place for thecommunity. It recognises the needfor improved bike and pedestrianroutes for children and familiesconnecting the river network andCBD destinations such as thelibrary, pool and shops. The intentto celebrate and improve our riverspace and develop a shared visionis reasonable.I welcome a greater emphasison utilising waterfront areas.The Wimmera River is ourgreatest natural asset and is wellunder utilised, currently. Eg: Noinfrastructure for Parkrun (50150ppl attending weekly, all yearround).“Transforming” infers we needa total makeover. As per theHorsham Community Plan2013, the key takeaway was to“enhance” what we have.PARKING - not enough parking“Children’s play water parkin ANY of these masterplan.near river at miniature railway The entire plan - no parking forlocation is not warranted asCity Oval, River area.would be in direct competitionLACK OF PARKING - Thewith swimming poollack of parking is a SERIOUSimprovements.concern. It is not practicalparticularly for people withyoung families, elderly andpeople with disabilities to walk(Why remove?).long distances and in the caseof inclement weather.Horsham Lawn Tennis Club,Horsham Croquet Club,Wimmera Miniature Railway?These can be incorporatedinto the botanical gardens,and provide enjoyment for thewider community. These aregreat assets to Horsham, andfacilities should be improved, not(Disagree with shifting the?).scrapped.- Need to make it RV friendly i.e.parking/accessCaravan Park– brings a lot oftourists because of it’s locationand many walk to the CBD toshop and eat while staying –they comment when in store. Itcould be enhanced though, bynot having ugly tanks etc. visiblefrom the river – and removal ofthe fence separating the tennis/rear park area – both tennis andpark don’t seem to understandwhy it’s there. Perhaps this nicefence could be moved and usedto re secure the showgroundsnear the bridge for ticketedevents.Revitalising the riverfront areawill encourage more visitorsand locals to utilise the spaceprovided more frequently. I alsolike the boardwalk along theriverfront, the cultural facility, andthe new walks throughout theredeveloped botanical gardensarea. I would hope that throughoutthe development, the course forparkrun would be able to continuealong the riverfront as it currentlydoes.I like the idea to have a swimmingarea in the river, a communal spacenext to the river, to improve thesoundshell, and to make the riverarea more connected to town.River cafe needs to be nearerto sound shell and retain carparking. Trains need to stay,would be such a shame to losethis asset. Caravan park needsto be improved not removed.Link caravan park, adventureisland and grass area alongBarnes BlvdSource: Tract, 2019Phase 1 ConceptStage1 Masterplanboundary. dislike: - the urbanised anddomestic treatment of the riversriparian zone (e.g. Artists vision1 & 2) showing off the shelftreatment of a beautiful naturalenvironment - the teared edgetreatment, standard benchseats, traditional layout, malleetrees and market umbrellascommunicates poorly the senseof place of Horsham - it isimportant to consider the naturalmaterials & forms and offer aunique and bespoke treatmentthat says more of Horsham - ablending of our historical &cultural past with the transformative vision for the futureProject NameTurning the oval impingessignificantly on Sawyer Parkand will significantly affectthe ability to run Festivals andEvents.darybounLots of concrete decking.which could be ok, but I wouldhope much of the alreadyestablished large natural treesand grassed areas could bemaintained?Don’t cut down any trees!Need to ensure wildlife corridoralong river.Be wary of allowing too muchboating access to the river - thisonly caters for a few peoplebut it may well keep potentially100s away - those who wantpeace and quiet in that naturalvicinity.1. Shift Caravan Park e.g. to a:Southbank opposite Bennett Road,with another bridge from BennettRoad; b: off Cameron Road. KeepBotanic ? for current tennis/hockey,small ponds, ? for leisure activities.2. Put small restaurant (coffee andbeer) on Old Caravan park site.3. Site Horsham and IndigenousCultural facility museum nearold caravan park, museum ? -I dislike the idea of parkingalong the oval and waterplayarea.PROVISION for the abilityto host major events. PRIMELOCATION to be redevelopedor extended is soundshell andattached building and this is leftas is?Maybe a brewery would begood. A celebrity chef?.accessible swimming accessto river- respect of riparian zone- Southbank re vegetation ofopen space adjacent river- pedestrian bridge extensionfrom Firebrace St to Southbank”Introduction of a cafe - like the ideabut I believe in the wrong placeto receive the support it needs tocontinue to operate. As a resultof conversations with some inhospitality (here and elsewhere,supported by the failed trial popup cafe), believe a better ideawould be to investigate locatingit in the South West corner of theShowgrounds.Should be well signposted fromhighways to each of the relativeareas.Stage 1 boundaryWimmeraRivera RimerWim.big mistake to over-developthe river front, as its currentappearance is exactly whypeople go there - to enjoy thatwonderful natural aspect of thewhole area.Timber Boardwalks - No totimber boardwalks and pavedor concrete paths. enhancethe beautiful natural look likewe have from the Bridge tothe Rowing Club. Concernedalso about the maintenance ofextensive timber boardwalks - ifnot kept pristine they become aneyesore - also consider possibleflood damage.Introduction of gimmickyartificial water features, pavedareas,

stage 1 city to river master plan. engagement report. 2 contents. engagement report . summary engagement outcomes 3. what you told us – public engagement 4. riverfront activation project 5 background 5. what is being looked at? 5. purpose of engagement report 5 . establishment of the crg 6 .

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