Community Input Needed To Revitalise Wonthaggi


Bass Coast Shire Council is calling on Wonthaggi residents and retailers to take part in an online survey about the local retail experience.

Council is looking to revitalise the retail precinct after securing $20,000 in funding from the Victorian Government’s Streetlife program.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s Acting Community and Economic Development Director, Antoinette Mitchell, said the funding was received through a coordinated application process with other shires belonging to the Rural Councils Victoria (RCV) Revitalising Rural Retail project.

“Successful retailers are vital to the fabric of a healthy local community and support economic growth in Council. So we’re excited about the chance to collect some hard data and feedback about the issues retailers are facing, and the experiences and drivers of local consumer behaviour,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Having this evidence base will be essential for Council, local retailers and business groups to work together to find effective ways to develop sustainable retailers and get people supporting and enjoying local retail businesses.

“We need help from both retailers and residents to paint a clear picture about the current retail offering and what would engage local shoppers.”

Residents and retailers from Wonthaggi can participate in the Revitalising Rural Retail surveys online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/WonthaggiResidents for residents and www.surveymonkey.com/s/WonthaggiRetailers for retailers.

The Revitalising Rural Retail project will be managed by strategic communication consultancy Socom with research conducted by ShopScience.

Rural Councils Victoria is contributing additional funding to each participating Council to support costs associated with the project.

The Revitalising Rural Retail Streetlife funded project involves 10 towns across rural Victoria and will maximise the use of the Rural Retail Economics research paper and the Rural Retail Handbook launched by the Minister for Local Government, Jeanette Powell, on 30 August.

The 10 projects will take place in towns within Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Mitchell, Pyrenees, South Gippsland, Surf Coast and West Wimmera shire councils.

For more information, visit www.ruralcouncilsvictoria.org.au or www.basscoast.vic.gov.au.

RCV delivers projects to provide support and solutions on issues faced by the state's 38 rural councils, with a vision to create rural communities with sustainable economies that contribute to the health, character and liveability of Victoria.