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About Horsham

Horsham, Victoria


is a regional city located on the Wimmera River in the Wimmera region of Victoria, Australia, and is approximately 300 kilometres (190 mi) north-west of the state capital Melbourne. At the 2006 census, Horsham had a population of 14,125. It is the largest city by population in the Wimmera region, and it is the main administrative centre for, and the most populous city within, the Rural City of Horsham local government area.

Horsham was named by original settler James Monckton Darlot after the town of Horsham in his native England. It grew throughout the latter 19th and early 20th century as a centre of Western Victoria's wheat and wool industry. Horsham was declared a city in 1949 and was named Australia's Tidiest Town in 2001.


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Firebrace Street, Horsham's main street in 2006





Firebrace Street looking north, 1948


The Horsham Borough Council and the Shire of Wimmera operated the McKenzie Creek Tramway from the town to a stone quarry, some 8 kilometres (5 mi) to the south. The horse tramway opened in 1885 and ceased operating in 1927. Special picnic trains operated from time to time conveying residents in open wagons.

Major flooding affected the settlement in both October 1894 and August 1909 with the Wimmera reaching 3.87m. Horsham was declared a town on 17 November 1932. Green lake, originally planned as an agricultural irrigation reservoir was constructed in 1933 with a capacity of 5350 ML. Horsham was declared a city on 25 May 1949.




2011 floods threatened the CBD. This photo shows water levels at the south end of Firebrace Street from Hamilton Street


Horsham experienced significant flooding in successive years in 2010 and 2011 Victorian floods. During these events, the Wimmera reached 3.32m and 4.71m respectively. The 2011 event was particularly severe with the Wimmera reaching a record peak level, over a thousand residents were evacuated as flood waters divided the city and damaged 600 houses pushing up to a metre of water into parts of the CBD.






Panorama of Green Lake located 10 km southeast at Bungalally is one of several large lakes in the Horsham district



Horsham is situated on the floodplain of the Wimmera River, the topography of which is mostly flat. The locality is defined by a near perfect square area of 14 kilometres squared bordered by Riley Road/Davis Drive to the north; Cameron Road to the east; Kenny Road to the south; and Curran Road to the east. The mean elevation is 128 m (420 ft) above sea level. The river at Horsham is its widest reach and forms an east-west green belt with several islands along the reach, the largest being the Apex island sand bank. This area is primarily urban, however the larger statistical area encompasses the agricultural land that surrounds the city. The river and its tributaries Burnt Creek One and Two are the only natural water feature of the city.




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Suburban expansion along River Roads Southbank Wetlands precinct.



The urban area extends both north and south of the river, the majority of which is used for residential purposes. Residential and civic uses predominate in the north and industry in the south. More than 84% of Horsham's 6,483 residences are detached, well above the Australian average, and most recent suburban expansion has occurred just south of the river and the northern fringe.

The Central Business District (CBD) sits near its geographical centre with Firebrace Street forming its north-south spine and occupies approximately 14 blocks north of the river between Darlot and Urquhart street and Western Highway. The CBD and surrounds are laid out in a strict grid plan with wide streets and many roundabouts. Horsham lacks a prominent skyline, partly due to its flat topography and its large sprawling area of approximately 14 blocks. It contains mainly low-rise buildings. The State Government Offices on McLauchlin Street, at five stories, is the tallest building to roof. Some architectural details are also prominent landmarks including T&G office building tower (approximately six stories) and the spire of St Johns church. Two telecommunication masts located adjacent the government offices are the tallest structure in the city.






Council offices on Roberts Avenue



It is the seat of local government for the Horsham City Council which governs the Rural City of Horsham. In the Legislative Assembly of Victoria it is represented by the Electoral district of Lowan.

In the Parliament of Australia it is represented in the Australian House of Representatives by the Division of Mallee. Currently held by the National party, it is the most conservative seat in the country.





The Wesley Performing Arts Centre is the city's main performing arts venue located in the 1912 former Wesley Church. The Horsham Arts Council oversees theatre and performing arts productions. The Horsham Regional Art Gallery is the city's major civic gallery and is located in an old timber hall. A new Horsham Performing Arts Centre is under construction and due for completion in 2014.

Festivals include the annual Horsham Country Music Festival,Kannamroo festival Art is...Festival, Spring Garden Festival, Awakenings (Australia's only regional disability arts festival), as well as the biennial Nati Frinj Festival.

Horsham Botanic Gardens, located by the Wimmera River, were designed by notable landscape architect William Guilfoyle. Horsham is the birth town of international model and actress, Portia de Rossi. However, the star moved to Geelong for her schooling.






Western Highway crossing the Wimmera River




Horsham railway station. The Overland train is stopping on route from Melbourne to Adelaide



Road transport and the motor vehicle is the main form of transport. The Western Highway (connecting Melbourne to Adelaide) is the largest road system in the city. It connects with the Henty Highway (A200) (from Portland north towards Mildura) cross paths with the Wimmera Highway at the fringes of the central business district. The Wimmera-Henty Highway (B200) is the main northern road, connecting Horsham to Warracknabeal and the Sunraysia Highway (B220) to Mildura as well as the Wimmera Highway (B240) and St Arnaud. The Wimmera Highway continues west to Naracoorte, South Australia.



SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horsham,_Victoria

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