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State Of The Art Access To Wonthaggi’s Guide Park

Bass Coast Shire Council successfully applied for funding to redevelop Wonthaggi’s Guide Park using “universal access principles”.

By Bass Coast Shire Council - 10th September 2001 - Back to News

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Bass Coast Shire Council successfully applied for funding to redevelop Wonthaggi’s Guide Park using "universal access principles". This will ensure all members of the community, including children and adults with disabilities or vision impairment, will be able to enjoy the park.

"Being able to access and participate in local leisure and recreation opportunities is integral to a sense of belonging and being part of a community," said Cr Miranda Sage, Mayor of Bass Coast Shire Council.

"The funds from Council’s successful submission to the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Department of Human Services together with a significant contribution from Council, means we will have a park that clearly demonstrates our efforts to be an inclusive community," she said.

A community steering committee, which includes members from a wide variety of local groups and services, has been working to develop a concept plan for the park. Some of the features the steering committee has been considering include:

  • New wheelchair accessible BBQ facilities
  • New rotunda
  • Increased bench space and seating
  • Sensory garden
  • Fenced leash-free dog area
  • Water feature
  • Improved traffic flow
  • Accessible pathways
  • New unisex disabled toilet
  • Increased parking
  • Upgraded playground facilities including accessible play equipment

Draft plans of the park will be on view in all Council Customer Service Centres and the libraries throughout October, and public comment and feedback is invited. Final plans will then be drafted in November.

Anyone interested in being part of this exciting project is welcome to become part of the Steering Committee. People interested in helping develop plans for the park should contact Jan Bourne at Bass Coast Shire Council on 5671 2211 or 5951 3311.

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(l-r) Jan Bourne, Project Officer with Council, Jan Grinham, member of the Guide Park Steering Committee, and Cr Miranda Sage, Bass Coast Mayor, at Guide Park, Wonthaggi. The park will soon be redeveloped to make it accessible to all members of the community.


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