WHAT would a more pedestrian-friendly Wonthaggi look like?
You’re about to find out – when the lower end of McBride Avenue is closed off for two days.
It’ll instead play host to a pop-up mall with live music and seating.
There will be a temporary stage installed, alongside tables, chairs and plants to create an inviting atmosphere.
It’ll be spread over two days – September 28 and 29 – and include music from buskers and bands.
“If it’s a day like today that would be ideal,” co-organiser Peter McKenzie said last Thursday, when there was a glimpse of summer.
The project’s part of the council’s Woni Proud initiative, to recognise and reinforce Wonthaggi’s status as the Regional Centre of Bass Coast.
“There were all sorts of ideas thrown on the table and then the consultants talked to the community to find out what they wanted,” he said.
“They chose a project at Apex Park and a pop-up mall. It’s very exciting – we’re all looking forward to it.”
He said the mall will demonstrate how a pedestrian-friendly, car-free environment within the Wonthaggi town centre could function.
The event will run across the AFL Grand Final weekend, from 10am to 7pm on Friday, September 28 and 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 29.