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Wonthaggi’s pop-up square success

A POP-UP town square, including free play areas and activities, was the focus of the first Woni Proud project held at Apex Park in Wonthaggi on Saturday.

Woni Proud, an initiative of Bass Coast Shire Council, aims to recognise and reinforce Wonthaggi’s status as the regional centre of Bass Coast.

Community members have been working with council to develop plans to revitalise spaces and places in Wonthaggi, with Apex Park being the first of the Woni Proud projects to come to fruition.

Wonthaggi residents have been coordinating the Wonthaggi Town Square project.

They are looking forward to seeing how the space can be energised to better meet the needs of the community.

“We planned a day where people could come along and see what could be done in Apex Park,” group member Karen Thorp said.

“It’s a pop-up, but it will help the community visualise and imagine how we can activate that space, and make it useful all through the year, more attractive, and community friendly.

“Additions included signage, pathways, active play area for all ages, landscaping, extra seating and a better defined space.”

Another member of group, Jacqui Paulson, was impressed by others’ enthusiasm.

“The businesses are all saying it’s exactly what Wonthaggi needs. Our town needs the sense of community that a town square would provide,” she said.

“In a world where community and inter connection is being lost, helping to re-establish it is important. It brings safety, especially for our children.”

Another highlight was the local artists who shared songs, offered music workshops and provided opportunities for everybody to make music.

There were performances from local groups including Wont

Family fun: from left, Indy, Bree and Mia Glenweston from Wonthaggi North had a fabulous time playing games at the Wonthaggi Apex Park pop-up town square event on Saturday.

Food and fun: from left, Oscar, James and Ruby Dawson from South Dudley enjoyed their snags at the Wonthaggi Apex Park pop-up town square event on Saturday.

aggi Sing for Fun from Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre, WonAleles from the Wonthaggi Club and The Harmonizers, an acapella singing group.

Barefoot Pathways Transitional Training Centre provided the pop-up wooden pallet amphitheatre designed by Wonthaggi resident Andreas Diesner.

 

 

 

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