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Shire of Murray saddles up plans for regional equestrian centre

The Shire of Murray Council is progressing its masterplan for the Murray Regional Equestrian Centre (MREC), with the adoption of the latest vision for the facility at its May Council Meeting.

Shire of Murray President, Councillor David Bolt said the Shire was seeking to secure MREC’s reputation as one of the top equestrian centres in Western Australia through the construction of new clubrooms and a covered arena.

“Providing a high-quality venue that supports the equestrian needs of the Peel Region and beyond, will draw visitors from throughout the State and provide a central point for equestrian recreation in WA,” said President Bolt.

“The redevelopment of MREC is a project that the Shire of Murray has been investigating and planning for over 10 years. In 2012, a Master Plan was completed and recommended a staged implementation, dependent upon funding opportunities.

“With stages one and two complete, Council has now officially endorsed the next step in realising the MREC’s fullest potential by adopting the MREC Business Case and Concept Plan.

“This latest phase includes an aspiration for new clubrooms, covered arena, connecting roads and pathways, an electrical supply upgrade, and more water tanks,” he said.

With Council’s endorsement, the Shire will now advocate for Federal and State Government funding. To complete the project, President Bolt said the Shire would need to secure $10.85 million in funding.

MREC is located in the heart of Murray and is a key regional sporting facility that predominantly caters for non-racing equine activities and equestrian events, he said.

The equine industry in the Peel Region accounts for approximately 1,550 jobs.

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