Monday 18 January, 2016
The Shire is currently working on an application to the Federal Government for Stage 2 of the project ($4.2M). It is the National Stronger Regions Fund and it is a 50/50 component so we will reapply for $2.18M. The Shire was unsuccessful in the previous round. The application will be lodged mid March.
The Shire will also lodge an application in mid March to the Peel Development Commission under the recently announced Regional Grants Scheme of $332,000 as part of Stage 2. – Mid March it will be lodged.
We are awaiting an outcome on a funding application to Department of Sport & Recreation of $332,000. The Shire will be advised late January/early February.
The Shire is also working on a Business Case for $11M for Stage 3 of the project to the Federal Government and the State Government. A presentation will be made in late February in Canberra.
Friday 24 July, 2015
More than 250 volunteers planted 8000 trees in recognition of National Tree Day and to mark the completion of Stage One of the Murray Regional Equestrian Centre in Coolup last week.
Students from the Carcoola, North Dandalup and Waroona Primary Schools rolled up their sleeves and planted trees at the regional facility. The initiative was supported by Greening Australia, Alcoa of Australia and Men of the Trees.
The tree planting activities were followed by a Milestone Event which celebrated the successful completion of Stage One works.
The event was well attended by dignitaries including Murray Cowper MLA Member for Murray-Wellington and representatives from Regional Development Australia – Peel, the Peel Development Commission, the Peel Regional Leaders Forum, Peel Community Development Group, Peel Harvey Catchment Council, Department Sport & Recreation, Peel Local Government Organisations, Alcoa of Australia, the Murray Regional Equestrian Centre user groups, Shire Councillors and Coolup residents.
The Shire thanks the City of Mandurah and Shires of Boddington, Waroona and Serpentine Jarrahdale for contributing their Country Local Government fund allocations to the Murray Regional Equestrian Centre project. Thank you to the Murray Equestrian Association and the Centre’s user groups, and the Coolup community who have contributed significantly to the regionally scaled project.
The recently completed Stage One works were funded by the Royalties for Regions Country Local Government fund, the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Shire of Murray.
The state of the art $24M Murray Regional Equestrian Centre will cater for the strong demand for equine facilities in Peel and catalyse the expansion of the local non-racing equine industry. The facility will also accommodate large scale equine and non-equine events of regional scale.
Further staged works for the Murray Regional Equestrian Centre will include construction of a multipurpose sand arena for dressage events and other activities, design and layout of a three star cross country course, a multipurpose covered arena to cater for regionally scaled events, covered and uncovered horse yards and wash down areas, storage facilities and an outdoor compound area, a sealed 250 bay carpark, camping and float and truck parking areas.
The Shire of Murray will seek funding for further stages of the facility from both the State and Federal Governments. The regional facility is expected to be completed by 2020, pending funding.
Thursday 2 July, 2015
Works on Stage One of the Murray Regional Equestrian Centre have been completed. The keys to the Murray Regional Equestrian Centre were officially handed over to Mal Kentish, President of the Murray Equestrian Association.
Stage Two is expected to commence in 2016/17 subject to funding.
The Centre’s new entrance signs were recently installed at the facility.
The Stage One Milestone and Tree Planting Event will take place on Friday 24 July, 2015.
Friday 17 April, 2015
Works on Stage One of the regionally significant Murray Regional Equestrian Centre are rapidly progressing with the installation of the Waste Water Treatment Plant occurring on Monday 13 April. Earthworks and preliminary services are currently underway in preparation for the installation of the ablution blocks scheduled for Tuesday 5 May. The new water storage tank will be installed shortly after so that all services can be connected and formal commissioning can take place.
Works completed to date include:
- Construction of the polocrosse grounds – the Murray Equestrian Association will undertake seeding and fertilising
- Works on the three international standard cross country jumps – the Murray Equestrian Association is now constructing structures on the jumps to make them usable
- Resurfacing of the Campdraft and Cutting Arenas – the finishing touches including the grassing of the new spectator mounds is being carried out by the user groups
- The access roads and vehicle parking areas for Stage 1 – drainage works are now underway
Planning for the next stages of work has been completed and costed. This information will form the basis of applications for State and Federal grant funding. The outcome of the grant applications will determine the extent and timing of construction to be undertaken.
One of the more exciting documents to be prepared has been the Concept Illustrations of the indoor covered multipurpose arena which have been loosely based on the Australian Equestrian and Livestock Event Centre in Tamworth. Copies of the brochure will be made available shortly.
Tuesday 31 March, 2015
Stage One construction of the multimillion dollar Murray Regional Equestrian Centre is nearing completion.
Works on the state of the art facility are running on time and on budget.
Stage One construction will be completed by the end of April 2015.
Works to date have seen the construction of the access road, stage one parking and four polocrosse fields. Spectator mounds have also been established at the polocrosse fields and cutting arenas.
Works currently underway include the spreading of the topsoil on the polocrosse fields, construction of the effluent pad and the resurfacing of the cutting arena. Additionally, the major fixed jumps for the cross country course are being constructed
The Waste Water Treatment Plant will be completed by mid-April, and the amenity blocks, a single phase power supply upgrade, a backup 80kVA generator and 100,000 litre water storage will be installed during April/early May.
Drainage works for the polocrosse fields will be undertaken at the end of construction.
Dependent upon approval of grant funding, Stage Two construction is scheduled to commence in the latter part of 2015/16.
Stage Two works will see the construction of an outdoor facility which will accommodate four dressage/showing jumping arenas. It will also see the construction of additional parking, a recreation area for Coolup residents and the development of new stock yards. A storage shed for user groups and a new access track for the cutting and camp draft yards will be developed, and movable and portable jumps for the cross country course will be established.
During Stage Two consultants will be engaged to prepare scoping documents for the upgrade of the power to phase three.
Stage One construction works are supported by the State Government through Royalties for Regions and the Department of Sport and Recreation.
Tuesday 29 July, 2014
The Shire is currently working with the user groups to finalise the master plan and number of ablutions required to service up to 500 participants at the new regional equestrian centre. The master plan will be up for adoption in August 2014 and work will commence in November – December 2014.