Wind Blade concept open for comment

Bass Coast Shire Council is seeking community feedback on plans for Victoria’s first Wind Blade installation, as well as a landscape plan for one of Bass Coast’s most prominent open spaces, Wonthaggi’s Guide Park.

Earlier this year, Council sought Expressions of Interest from artists and design teams for an innovative and functional creative artwork using two 42m long decommissioned wind turbine blades donated by Senvion Australia.

A complementary Landscape Plan for the park is also being developed in line with the art project to ensure the long term functionality and attraction to the park for many years to come.

Council is now working with Orchard Design to develop their concepts for both the art and landscape projects into a detailed plan. It is anticipated that the detailed designs be completed by October 2016.

Funding for these projects has been provided through Council’s Public Art allocation and Capital Works Renewal Program.

Importantly, Council is providing the community with two opportunities to discuss both projects and provide their feedback in person prior to the final design being completed.

Two drop-in sessions will be held on Friday, 9 September from 3.00pm until 5.00pm at the Bass Coast Principal Library in Murray Street Wonthaggi, and on Saturday, 10 September from 9.00am until 11.00am at the Guide Park. Council staff will be in attendance at both sessions, with Orchard Design available in person at the Saturday session.

The feedback period for the concept designs closes on Friday, 16 September at 5.00pm.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said playgrounds and public open spaces that are unique, site specific and themed are great destinations and points of interest that attract locals and visitors alike and accentuate the narrative of the town.

“This will be a big visual statement of Wonthaggi transitioning from coal to carbon free using the 42m long blades as a centrepiece, and the master plan, which will transform the site into an energy park, makes sense for future allocation and external funding applications,” Cr Crugnale said.

Cr Crugnale said the Guide Park has the capacity to become an amazing regional playground and this is the start.

“It is the plantings, artworks, interactive play and quiet areas, and how they all relate and interrelate together so there is always something to do and see that brings you back. It is close to town, the Bass Coast Rail Trail, the hospital and Rose Lodge, so it is easily accessible by bike and foot,” Cr Crugnale said.

“A young leaders’ workshop earlier this year brought in a fabulous mix of ideas including an educational component on renewable energy and sustainable living. The VCAL students are also keen to create artworks on some of the blank walls on the existing buildings.”

For more information, visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/windblades.

If you can’t attend the above sessions and would like a copy of the draft concept plans to provide feedback on, please contact Council’s Arts and Culture Administration Officer, Rebecca Scott, on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or email rebecca.scott@basscoast.vic.gov.au.