Chamber News February 2018

Wingham Chamber of Commerce members volunteered their time to make planter boxes as part of the Wingham Activations Blitz Weekend last year. The chamber has shared 200 community generated ideas to enhance the town.
Wingham Chamber of Commerce members volunteered their time to make planter boxes as part of the Wingham Activations Blitz Weekend last year. The chamber has shared 200 community generated ideas to enhance the town.

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The findings of the 2017 Wingham Place Making project have been shared with Wingham Chamber of Commerce members in a report issued by JOC Consultants.

The Wingham Place Making background report 2017-2020 offers an overview of the Wingham Activations Blitz weekend which started on June 23, 2017.

The report also offers the findings of four community workshops which resulted in a collection of over 200 ideas that could enhance Wingham.

Top 10 place making ideas

Safety fence at Central Park: Build a safety fence on Central Park perimeter in areas where there is a drop greater than 1m. Suggestion to be a white picket fence, like Donald Bradman Park or build a creative and fun fence design for the children’s playground incorporating coloured pencils.

Enhance heritage shop fronts: Cleaning of shop front surfaces and awnings, paint retail facades throughout CBD, create heritage facades and awnings for shopfronts on Isabella and Bent Street.

Improved access to river and Brush with board walk: A boardwalk along the river into Taree, this could be shared with cyclists. This would encourage outdoor and safe activity for all ages. 

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Murals on blank walls: Commission local artists to create a mural (or series of) to brighten the CBD. Content must reflect town history and culture and aesthetically reference Wingham’s heritage. Suggestions also made to engage Aboriginal artist for dreamtime inspired imagery.

Better facilities at skate park: Picnic tables, bubblers, toilets and bins to make it easier for families and children to spend time there. Also improve skate equipment, such as a bowl or extended ramps.

Installation of mature shade trees: Plant mature trees along Isabella and Bent Streets to provide shade, amenity, and improve streetscape. Suggestions included, flowering or fruit trees that become part of Wingham’s identity.

Performance stage or amphitheatre: Stage/rotunda, designed as a large historic style gazebo, pergola or raised amphitheatre. Supporting events such as theatre, opera or circus as well as existing events.

Timber noticeboard: Reflect Wingham’s history in an old timber style noticeboard for ‘official’ community news. Potentially integrate a chalkboard.

Acknowledgment of Biripi people: Increased education around acknowledgment, cultural understanding and recognition of Biripi people and country.

Beautify town entrance: Display event themed flags or construct art boards and vegetation, with laser cut motifs that showcase Wingham’s beginnings.