Makeover money up for grabs

The Woni Proud Shopfront Makeover Grants will help improve the appearance of shopfronts and building facades in Wonthaggi’s town centre.

The Woni Proud initiative aims to discover ways to improve the town centre and to test out community ideas through events. These events, such as the pop-up town square in Apex Park and pop-up mall in McBride Avenue, form the consultation for Council’s Wonthaggi Activity Centre Plan. Council is capturing feedback through these mini-projects to develop the plan, which will provide recommendations for improving the town centre. A draft plan will be available for further community consultation in early 2019.

The Grants program provides businesses and community organisations with a grant of up to $1,000 on a dollar for dollar basis. Any business with street frontage, located in Wonthaggi’s town centre is eligible to apply.

The grants will kick-start projects to improve the look of the town centre, providing benefits to both traders and the wider community.

Vibrant and attractive streets, shops and public spaces are key to a prosperous town centre.

“This is a really exciting and easy way for businesses to update their ‘brand’ whilst providing wider benefits for the look and feel of the town centre,” president of the Wonthaggi Business and Tourism Association Dee Connell said.

For more information and to apply for the grants, head to www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/shopfront. Applications close Thursday, 31 January 2019.