A unique project to transform a central Warrnambool wasteland into a usable community space is calling for public help.
A disused quarry at the Warrnambool Community Garden is set for a makeover – once a suitable new use for the site can be found.
The call-out for ideas from began this week and project manager Bruce Campbell said the possibilities for the old quarry site, located near the corner of Grafton Road and Grieve Street, were endless.
Work on clearing the site began last year and now it’s clean the next step can get under way.
“Now that it’s relatively clear, people can look at it and let their imagination run wild,” Mr Campbell said.
Ideas for the project so far include an amphitheatre for outdoor performances, a water garden and even the thought of placing a dome over the site to create the right environment for a tropical garden.
“While the quarry is located at the Warrnambool Community Garden, the community garden doesn’t see it as just its project, we’re very keen to open up the idea collection to the whole community,” Mr Campbell said.
Community garden deputy convenor Geoff Rollinson described the project as a chance to continue developing the garden into an important public space.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to turn a hole in the ground into a fantastic community asset,” Mr Rollinson said.
Mr Campbell said a new use needed to be in line with the community garden's statement of purpose which is generally about gardening and environmental sustainability.
Mr Campbell said whatever option was selected would be able to work with up to 50cm of water on the quarry floor from time to time.
Any idea selected will require Warrnambool City Council approval and Mr Campbell said safety concerns would be important.
Written ideas and accompanying drawings can be submitted email@example.com or PO Box 5181 Warrnambool 3280.
There is also a collection box located in the community garden HUB. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 2.
For more information on the quarry project call Mr Campbell on 0428 347 984 or visit the Warrnambool Community Garden website.