Plenty of projects produced in Woni Proud

The Wonthaggi community has identified a number of exciting projects as part of Bass Coast Shire Council’s Woni Proud project.

The Wonthaggi Activity Centre project, Woni Proud, has been funded by Council and the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) to recognise and reinforce Wonthaggi’s status as the Regional Centre of Bass Coast.

The first series of workshops were held at the Old Post Office in Wonthaggi on Thursday, 15 March 2018. These workshops were extremely well attended, with participants developing project ideas that will enhance the look and feel of Wonthaggi.

A day-time session was attended by 42 Wonthaggi Secondary College VCAL students, and a night-time session was attended by 22 community members, including several members from the business community.

Project ideas ranged from pop up events with food trucks, a youth film festival, public street performances, festivals, billy cart race, and closing off the main street to trial a temporary mall.

Bass Coast Shire Deputy Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, grew up in Wonthaggi and is particularly pleased with the workshop outcomes so far.

“A number of projects have been identified by the community, with young people ready to take charge of some of those projects,” Cr Tessari said.

President of the Wonthaggi Business and Tourism Association, Dee Connell, is ready to work with the community on some exciting projects.

“The business community has jumped on board with this project and is looking forward to working with young people and other community members to develop projects to revitalise Wonthaggi,” said Dee.

A ‘pop up’ consultation on McBride Avenue and at the Wonthaggi Plaza provided further feedback on the suggested projects to revitalise Wonthaggi.

Cr Tessari explained that there has been a positive response from the community who are keen to see the projects developed and delivered on in the next few months.

“The second round of Woni Proud workshops will be held on the 5 April 2018. At these workshops we’ll jump from the ideas stage to the practicalities. Project budgets will be addressed and action plans confirmed,” said Cr Tessari.

“Woni Proud is about developing practical, on-the-ground projects that will enhance Wonthaggi.”

Community members are invited to come along to the second Woni Proud workshops to help develop projects to improve the town.

The next Woni Proud workshop will take place on Thursday, 5 April at the Old Wonthaggi Post Office, 74 McBride Ave. Wonthaggi, 5.30pm – 8.30pm.

A light supper will be served. Please RSVP by Tuesday, 3 April by emailing strategicplanningadmin@basscoast.vic.gov.au.

If you’re unable to attend a workshop but still want to be involved, please contact Council’s Strategic Planning Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 03 5671 2211.