New vision for Hamilton Showgrounds released for comment

Southern Grampians Shire Council has developed a new 10-year vision for the Hamilton Showgrounds, and it is now open for public comment until the end of January 2024.

The draft Hamilton Showgrounds Master Plan identifies ways to improve the site facilities for all users and to attract more diverse local and regional events.

Council worked closely with user groups and the broader community to create the master plan, which draws from the existing Hamilton Showgrounds Master Plan (2007) and the Hamilton Pastoral and Agricultural Society Master Plan (2020).

The proposed improvements include a new office and shared facilities, upgraded amenities, bigger pavilions, increased parking, improved drainage, power, water and services, updated entrances, improved landscaping, and an event/short-term stay area.

Southern Grampians Shire Council Mayor Councillor David Robertson said the Hamilton Showgrounds was an important site that acts as a community, economic, and tourism driver for the shire.

“Upgrading the facility progressively over the next 10 years will greatly benefit the Southern Grampians community and current user groups, as well as providing capacity for more groups to use the site,” said Cr Robertson.

“Future improvements would also improve the visitor experience for current events like Sheepvention and the Hamilton Ram Sale, but also open the door to hosting more diverse local and regional events to bring more people to our shire. The flow on effects would be very positive for our local economy.

“Council is eager to hear public feedback before finalising the master plan and presenting it to a future council meeting for adoption.”

A copy is available at (Have Your Say) and from council customer service. Submissions can be made until January 30, 2024.

The Hamilton Showgrounds site is owned by the State Government and managed by the Southern Grampians Shire Council through a Committee of Management.

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