Woni Proud project to lift town pride and profile


Fifteen community members attended the second Woni Proud workshop last week, focusing on two place-making projects within the Wonthaggi Township. The workshop took place at the Old Post Office, Wonthaggi.

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

Bass Coast Shire Council Deputy Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari is a proud Wonthaggi man.

‘Wonthaggi is the regional centre of Bass Coast, but we don’t always recognise and celebrate this,’ says Cr Tessari.

‘The project aims to build the pride and profile of Wonthaggi and the people living, working and visiting here,’ he states.

The April 5th workshop focussed on identifying project details, community resources and materials required for implementing the projects.

Participants were given a project budget of up to $10,000 per project and provided with support, resources and information from Council staff to assist in project development.

‘Council staff were on-hand at the workshop to assist participants with planning and permitting requirements, media and communications and other technical support they may need.’

Projects include:

1. Developing a town square vision for Apex Park

2. Developing a plan for a pop-up mall in the town centre, showcasing local talent.

Wonthaggi Secondary College Year 11 VCAL students are also participating in Woni Proud. Their projects will form part of their school curriculum. Students will be given a project budget of $10,000 for 1-2 projects, to be selected.

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