Bass Coast Mayor Cr Brett Tessari says expected rapid growth in Wonthaggi makes it important to get the planning right. M043219

THEY want to change Apex Park in Wonthaggi – the shire and its design consultants Mesh, a hip, urban design firm located at Southbank in Melbourne.
And at last Thursday night’s community consultation session, in the old Wonthaggi Post Office, they got plenty of suggestions from the community.
Signage telling the story of our history, indigenous plantings, better drainage, solar lighting, recycled materials, a water feature, bicycle access, seating, end-of-trip facilities, better access to men’s shed and neighbourhood house, a performance area, trees, and use of Woolworths covered carpark for events when needed.
Plenty of people also want to see the drain between Apex Park and Guide Park fixed.
It’s all part of the process of preparing the Wonthaggi Activity Centre Structure Plan, a document that’s supposed to guide the improvement of Wonthaggi’s CBD so it continues as the region’s main commercial service centre for the next 20 years and beyond.
Mayor of Bass Coast, Cr Brett Tessari, says it’s important to get it right because Wonthaggi’s population is set to double from 8000 to 20,000 “in our time” through the opening up of 5000 new home sites in the town’s North East Growth area.
“We can already see new houses starting to go up in that area. It’s exciting times,” says Mayor Tessari.
“There’s a lot happening in Wonthaggi. The new senior campus project is well advanced. The hospital upgrade, improvements at the recreation reserve, guide park, potential for the old tech school site, growth in the Wonthaggi North PSP area, the proposed new industrial hub, the activity centre plan…
“Everyone put your ideas forward, don’t be silent. You’re here because you’re passionate about the town and Apex Park.”
Lead planning consultant from Mesh, Jacob Peterson then outlined the scope of the activity centre plan before asking the meeting to focus on their thoughts about Apex Park in the future.
What do you think should happen to Apex Park?
Your comments are also invited via email to: basscoast@basscoast.vic.gov.au