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MEDIA RELEASE - New governance agreement for Yarraman Park

26 July 2018

Portland and district horse riding clubs and associations will have greater ownership and control of the Yarraman Park Indoor Riding Arena under a new governance agreement endorsed this week by Glenelg Shire Council.

The new management and operation arrangement, which is focused on improving safety and compliance at the venue, has made it compulsory for riders to be a member of an associated club to hire, or use the space.
Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the agreement would “provide a consistent approach to risk management and rider safety”.

She said a management and operational review had highlighted the need to have greater control of access to protect not only the user, but council and the associated groups.

The arena, which was built in 2001, is currently used by the Portland Pony Club, Portland and District Riding Association and Western District Barrel Racing Club who will have greater involvement in the management of the arena under the new license agreement.

Cr Rank said it would provide opportunity for visiting clubs to hire the facility, to create greater collaboration with neighbouring communities.

“This new model is about protecting the safety and well-being of users at the space. Casual usage will still be available, however these riders must be members of one of the affiliated associations to do so,” Cr Rank.

“This reduces the risk for the individual, council and the associated clubs as we will all be aware of who is using the space at all times, providing greater security to ensure it is used taking into full consideration the safety procedures for the space.

“Importantly, the new policy will ensure these clubs have greater ownership and control of the arena. This agreement is about council providing greater support to our user groups and assisting in the sustainability of their membership whilst ensuring these equine enthusiasts have a greater voice in how the facility is used.”

Council officers are developing appropriate policies, procedures and license documentation for the new agreement which will be reviewed on an annual basis.

Cr Rank said council noted it would continue to work with user groups to identify ongoing improvements to the government model to better manage risk and resources.

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