Visitors to Horsham’s May Park will soon be welcomed with upgraded facilities that will make the popular rest-stop even more comfortable and appealing for travellers, which is good news for local businesses.
In Horsham today, Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford inspected progress on the works which are supported with a $312,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.
May Park is a well-known rest-stop and community park on the Western Highway, midway between Melbourne and Adelaide. By improving the facilities within the park, travellers will be encouraged to stop for longer and take time to spend money in the town’s local shops and food outlets.
Ageing toilet facilities are being replaced with new amenities, including a ‘Changing Places’ fully accessible toilet catering for people with disabilities who cannot use standard accessible toilets. It will be the first and only ‘Changing Places’ facility in the region.
The works will also include an updated barbecue area, shelters, landscaping, fencing, closed-circuit television cameras and improved parking, including a disabled car park adjacent to the ‘Changing Places’ facility.
The installation of a historic May and Millar wagon, once owned by foundry owners Samuel May and James Millar who helped shape Horsham in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, will also link visitors to the town’s Art and Heritage trail.
Through its $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, the Labor Government is investing in projects right across the state that help make regional Victoria a better place to live, work and invest.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“May Park is a natural refuge for locals and motorists travelling along the Western Highway. This project will add to Horsham’s existing visitor economy and cement the city as the perfect rest point between Melbourne and Adelaide.”
“We’re investing in the amenities that regional Victoria needs to thrive and be a place for everyone.”
“This is exactly what travelling visitors need to spend more time in our regions, and that’s why we’re getting on with delivering key projects we all rely on.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020