Macedon Ranges Shire Council will develop a feasibility study into establishing an equine centre capable of hosting world-class equine events, educational experiences and other equine activities in the region.
The Victorian Government will contribute $60,000 to the project, with Macedon Ranges Shire Council providing the balance of the $95,000 project.
The study will take 12 months to complete and will look at a range of options for community and commercial use including indoor and outdoor arenas, stabling, yards, exhibition areas and meeting rooms. It will also consider non-equine uses such as canine and agricultural shows and exhibitions.
Mayor, Cr Roger Jukes said that if the facility goes ahead, it would be a major driver for business development and employment in the region.
“Supporting the equine industry is a key initiative in Council’s Economic Development program Equine Industry Strategy.
“Many local businesses are supported by the equine industry, from veterinary practices to the business servicing horse floats, fixing electric fences or building sheds and sand arenas,” he said.
Cr Jukes said that representatives from the recently formed Macedon Ranges Equine Industry Network (REIN) would be key to development of the study, from both a business and recreational perspective.
“We also know that the equine industry is widely supported by recreational horse owners and members of local riding clubs and associations. As part of the study, we will be consulting with these groups as well as broader equine interest groups and associations,” he said.
The feasibility study is an action in the 2012—17 Equine Strategy, which aims to support the sustainable growth of the equine industry and create local employment opportunities. The equine industry contributes an estimated $140 million each year to the local economy.
To view the equine strategy, visit mrsc.vic.gov.au/business/strategies. For more information about the strategy or to receive information and updates about equine projects, contact Leanne Davey on 5421 9617 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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