Equine stakeholders from across the Peel Region gathered recently to celebrate the completion of stage two works of the Murray Regional Equestrian Centre redevelopment project.
Mrs. Robyn Clarke MLA Member for Murray-Wellington attended on behalf of the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC Minister for Regional Development, while Ms. Lisa Baker MLA Member for Maylands represented the Hon. Michael Murray MLA Minister for Sport and Recreation.
Also in attendance was the Hon. Colin Holt MLC Member for the South West Region, as well as representatives from the office of Mr. Andrew Hastie MP Member for Canning, Shire’s of Waroona, Boddington and Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Peel Development Commission, Alcoa, Peel Harvey Catchment Council, Peel Chamber of Commerce and Industry, MAPTO, Murray Equestrian Association, the centre’s eleven user groups and Shire of Murray Councillors and staff.
According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, the event’s attendance reflected the significance of the Murray Regional Equestrian Centre redevelopment project for the district and the wider Peel Regions’ equine industry, economy and tourism.
“The results thus far are a product of collaboration between the State Government, local government, regional organisations and community members passionate about the growth and sustainability of their interest, in their community,” Cr. Bolt said.
Stage two works have seen the addition of dressage and show jumping arenas, a horse wash down facility, horse and cattle pens and a large storage shed for user groups.
The cross country course was also upgraded, the centre’s four polocrosse fields levelled, additional power added to the site, new fencing installed on the South Western Highway frontage, the reticulation and pumping system improved and trees planted.
“Stage two works have elevated the Centre to a regional status, ensuring the asset offers high quality, multidiscipline facilities for its equine industry.
“The Centre is now a functional, multipurpose equestrian facility in the heart of Western Australia’s regional equine district, the Peel region,” Cr. Bolt said.
The Murray Regional Equestrian Centre project now enters into its third and final redevelopment stage which subject to further funding, will see the addition of three phase power, the design and construction of the Peel Events and Equestrian Arena – a multipurpose covered arena with water harvesting and effluent infrastructure, caravan effluent dump point, additional horse and cattle pens, and event parking improvements.
“The Master Development Plan for the Murray Regional Equestrian Centre allows for the development of a substantial regional facility to cater for an expanding non-racing equine industry.
“It is anticipated that funding will be sought and future works scheduled as the need for the above amenities strengthens, which the Shire anticipates within the next five to 10 years,” Cr. Bolt said.
Stage two was proudly supported by the Shire of Murray, the State Government through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund, Royalties for Regions through the Peel Development Commission and Alcoa.
Photography by Josh Cowling