Horsham and District Soccer Club members Helen Isaac, Prue Beltz, Julie Schuller, Terry Quirk and Gavin McRoberts watch Hugh Delahunty head a ball at Horsham Showground. The club was originally going to make its home at the showground, but will now use Horsham Racecourse. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERHORSHAM and District Soccer Club’s push for a new home base will be a reality next year.
The club will set up its new home at the Horsham Racecourse.
Horsham Rural City Councilsustainability, environment and emergency managerRob Moir said the project would cost about $90,000.
“The infield area of the trotting track at the Horsham Racecourse, half of that area has previously been used for hockey and softball,” he said.
“We’re looking at upgrading that area and adding two full-size soccer fields.”
Mr Moir said the plan was to start work on the new fields immediately.
“All the works are being organised at the moment and should start early in the new year,” he said.
“Hopefully they’ll be on the grounds for next season.
“We’ve just got to put in all the irrigation, get the site laser levelled and put the turf down.”
The club received $100,000 in funding for a redevelopment of Horsham Showground in March last year.
But Mr Moir said that plan would not work.
He said a $130,000 project funded by the now-abolished Office of Living Victoria would help water the new fields.
“The other thing that’s linked to it all is a wetland in there that collects stormwater – that’s used to irrigate the racecourse and the infield,” he said.
“We’re looking to increase storage capacity to decrease costs for clubs.”
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