Wind blades project abandoned

Plans for a public art project featuring two decommissioned wind blades from the Wonthaggi Wind Farm and a surrounding park and playground in Wonthaggi will not proceed, as directed by Bass Coast Shire Council.

Council resolved at the February Ordinary Meeting to not endorse the masterplan for the Guide Park project, and retain the $45,000 originally allocated for the project in the Public Art Reserve Fund for another future public art project.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said the masterplan was grand in scale, and unfortunately wasn’t realistic for Council at present.

“The cost estimates to complete the entire project range between $1.7 to $2.3 million, and we have a number of other priorities to consider right across the Shire in the upcoming budget,” Cr Rothfield said.

“The wind blades alone aren’t considered suitable for a public play space without the supporting landscaping, therefore we have decided not to proceed with the art installation alone either.”

Council will thank Senvion Australia for their in-kind support and for offering the decommissioned wind blades for the project.