GIDDY UP: Riders take to the trail in the Kilkivan Great Horse Ride which will coincide next year with the official opening of the $2 million Kilkivan Equestrian Centre.
GIDDY UP: Riders take to the trail in the Kilkivan Great Horse Ride which will coincide next year with the official opening of the $2 million Kilkivan Equestrian Centre.

Tenders close for $2m Kilkivan horse centre

HORSE RIDING: Tenders for the proposed $2.036 million Kilkivan equestrian centre closed on Tuesday and construction is expected to start at the Showgrounds early next year.

"We will be sorting through the tenders and see how the budget is going," the Great Horse Ride president and Gympie Regional councillor Hilary Smerdon said.

"Hopefully, construction will start early next year."

 

Gympie Councillor Hilary Smerdon. Gympie Regional Council
Gympie Councillor Hilary Smerdon. Gympie Regional Council Renee Albrecht

With the Great Horse Ride in Kilkivan and the polocrosse club at Tansey, there is plenty of love for the sport in the western reaches of the region.

"Kilkivan is the the hub of the horse community," Cr Smerdon said.

"It is central for Widgee, Tansey and the western part of the region."

Cr Smerdon said the project was expected to generate employment and stimulate Kilkivan's economy.

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"If it is built and managed properly it will be a positive," he said.

"I am hoping it will stimulate the economic development and be a popular venue. We need extra places for people to stay and have a good economic flow on to the community."

Originally scheduled for April, the horse ride will be held next September to coincide with the opening of the centre.

 

KILKIVAN: Team Penning competition at the Kilkivan Showgrounds.
KILKIVAN: Team Penning competition at the Kilkivan Showgrounds. Photo Contributed

"We want to revamp the horse ride and turn it into a carnival," Cr Smerdon said.

"It is a good showground that has been underutilised and this equestrian centre will enhance the functionality."

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