Council endorsed the Multi-Purpose Equestrian Complex Feasibility Study at their General Meeting held on 8 October 2014.
The study complements the Bassett Park Master Plan and explores the feasibility of constructing a multi-purpose equestrian complex on land to the north of Bassett Park, on McPhie Street in Roma. The facility is intended to accommodate equestrian events however all types of community events, not limited to equestrian, were considered for the wider Maranoa region and its immediate catchment.
The study has:
- identified the current and future demand for such a facility, which will inform planning for its development and influence management practices
- considered the influence of demographic, social, economical, environmental and including and analysis of leisure trends on the demand for the facility
- identified and interpreted key elements essential to the successful operations of regional equestrian facilities, such as design standards, optimal space and multi purpose usage, considering “like” equestrian complexes, e.g. Capella, Caboolture and Charters Towers (but not limited to these facilities)
- undertaken an analysis of all previous investigations of this nature undertaken by Council to date and align with community needs which have been identified in recent consultation with key stakeholders
- assessed the needs of spectators, events operators and the facility manager to influence design, and estimate a cost benefit to the Maranoa region
- provided a design for the facility and provides indicative costs for its staged development
- provided an indicative annual operational budget in 3 trading scenarios, High, Medium and Low, including analysis of break even
- investigated essential roles for human resources
- a staged methodology, including a detailed cost breakdown for each component and stage of development.
The consultant has worked with members of the Bassett Park Advisory Committee, Councillors and Council staff as well as current and potential user groups to ascertain local support for this infrastructure within the Maranoa region.
Council is now seeking funding to construct this facility. The study will be used to support Council in developing funding applications.