There has been a great deal of progress in the past
three months. We received a $4000 grant from the Baw
Baw Shire for Women’s Compass Network, who will
continue on when the WwMB Project draws to a close.
Our seats are likely to be completed with the help
of a Warragul group called The Men’s Shed, who
work for the community in many ways. We decided to bring
forward our plan to decorate and install bollards along
our local walking trail to replace the seats.
The shire council gave us 14 small bollards which we
decided to use at a later time when we will make families,
adding two larger ones. We have found out that it’s
best to whisper the word “BOLLARD” to others
as once we advertised for the community to come paint
them the phone ran hot.
Our first 20 had people’s names against the list
almost immediately, and we were working flat out to
prepare them for the painting. Ingrid’s phone kept
ringing, the list of volunteers grew longer and she
became quite concerned about the evergrowing excitement.
We were running out of bollards, so it was decided
to buy another 10 and once again we were busy preparing
these. The word kept traveling, though, so we decided
to buy another 10 in order to involve as many women
as possible, and call it quits for now at 40.
It is now suggested that Warragul is the Bollard Capital.
We thank Janiene Ayre, Baw Baw Shire events and culture
manager, and Kerry Irwin the new recreation officer.
The group had a meeting with them recently and at the
end of our time we were asked to do a mud map of our
planned installations for the next three years.
This involved some members once again getting together
to add Tesserae and bollards and our compass to plans
for the seats. We added some seats to go into Brooker
Park in 2006, 2007.
We thank all in the shire who will in some way help
to put our works along the trail. We look forward to
our Tesserae being put along the trail, and know when
we get back to doing the compass we have people eagerly
waiting to help, not only those from our mosaic workshops
but newcomers as well.
- Our group participated in the Baw Baw Shire 'Warming
Up for the Commonwealth Games' Day at Burke Street
Our information stand consisted of a photographic
display highlighting the progress of our various art
projects, a brochure which we had produced especially
for the day, an album featuring all our media coverage,
the Women Who Mean Business banner, an expression
of interest sheet to attract new members and 'Go for
your Life' fitness brochures, fridge magnets and balloons.
The latter were supplied by our partners, the West
Gippsland Health Care Group.
Members were rostered on to man the display and to
speak to interested people.
- The shire had installed ten bollards prior to the
Warm Up day. As these were located along the fun run
/ walk trail, they created much interest and praise
for the artists involved.
- Shire CEO, Glenn Patterson, viewed the bollards
and was most impressed with our project. He encouraged
us to draw up a plan for the future and to think 'BIG.'
He promised Shire backing for future plans.
- Our Bollard Project has grown, with fifty members
of the community wishing to take part. Ten are now
installed, with another 10 ready to go. Ten are still
It has been decided that the group will purchase another
20 bollards and paint to finish the project in time
for our launch in January.
- Another initiative to come out of the networking
with our arts community is the idea for a mural on
the old tin shed situated in the park. Walkers and
runners currently use the shed as a rest stop and
shelter. The local Community House will be approached
to take on this project during term one next year.
The theme for the mural will be "Women in the
- The Compass Project is advancing. Our Koori friends
have drawn up a design for the centerpiece and workshops
are being planned to engage other interested people
to participate in the next stage of the Compass. Quotes
are being sought for the template boards needed to
construct the compass.
- The Men's Shed has come on board with our seat
project. It is also planned that they will construct
the necessary templates for our tesserae.
- The bollard project has attracted three new members
to our ranks.
- We have submitted a three year plan to the shire
regarding our future plans.
- The insurance issue is currently being looked into.
- It has been decided to hold our launch along the
Linear Park Trail on January 28th.
It is hoped to have all 50 bollards and our tesserae
in place for the occasion.
Arrangements for the launch will be discussed at our
- It was agreed that we would liaise with the shire
regarding our working plan. A meeting will be set
up in the near future.
- The shire's Recreational Project Officer, Despi
O'Connor, will assist with brochure production promoting
the Linear Park Trail next year.
- The bollards project received media coverage with
editorial and photograph.
Outcomes so Far:
- Formed network
- Group became incorporated
- Profile in the town through Shire and project
- Been negotiating with schools and community groups
- Proposals, schedules, timelines
- Skill training workshops
- Ingrid Thomas setting up website for Gippsland Artists
- Planning and red tape work with Shire
- Exchanging information within group
- Negotiating and meeting with the Shire
- Thought they weren't artists until they became involved
in the mosaic workshops.
- Involved with the Commonwealth Games in November,
organised by the Shire
- Group participants are learning public speaking
- Learning community development
- Initiated further workshops themselves
- Received $4000 community grant from the Shire
- Writing funding submissions
- Working with Koori women
- Since commencing our art project, the Shire have
undertaken capital works to improve the beauty and
safety of the
- Linear Park Trail.
- We feel that our focus on the Linear Trail has made
the general public and the Shire aware that this is
a valuable community resource.
- Group of artists - about 30 in the bollard group
- Negotiating with Shire regarding installation of
tiles and bollards
- Been invited by the Shire to participate in the
Commonwealth Games warm up day.
- Participated in the 'Warming Up for the Commonwealth
- Installed with help from the Shire - 10 bollards.
- Fifty members of the Community wishing to take part.
Ten bollards installed, 10 ready to go, 10 are still
being finished and the group decided to purchase another
- Initiative to come out of the networking with our
arts community is the idea for a mural on the old
tin shed situated in
- the park. The local community House will be approached
to take on this project during term one next year.
- Submitted a three year plan to the Shire regarding
our future plans.
- Looking into insurance
What's Been Happening:
Planning Workshop with Belinda Brennan
A dynamic group of Gippsland Women
who Mean Business recently conducted their Business
Plan workshop with Belinda Brennan in Warragul.
Belinda was a great facilitator who
tightly reined us in to put together our plan, to formalise
all the ideas we have floating around in our heads and
to advise us on what is actually involved in such a
project. We went from envisioning the project through
rose coloured glasses to what is probably more achievable.
The outcomes of this meeting were
- we formalised the vision for our
- we explored funding opportunities.
- we set a date for a PERT ( Periodic
Evaluation & Review Technique) workshop to help
plan our budget. This will be facilitated by Catherine
Wallace, a participant in our group.
- we are organising workshops in
Working with the Media, Marketing and Fundraising.
- we explored community involvement
& ownership of our project - want to involve all
generations from pre-schoolers to retirees.
- we identified the need to work
closely with the Baw Baw Shire, tourism groups, service
clubs and community groups to avoid any duplication.
- we agreed to utilise the skills
of group members and the wider community.
- we decided to tackle this project
in stages, working to a time-line.
- we discussed ways to make the
public aware of our project and the importance of
keeping everyone informed of our progress.
- everyone went home with a given
task to perform.
- with enthusiasm running high,
the group met the following weekend to survey the
proposed site of our project and the existing trail.
This gave us the information needed to put together
a submission to the shire.
- we invite everyone to participate,
coming in and stepping out of the project as time
and interest /skills permit.
Workshop with Deb Bye
The Warragul & District Media
Workshop with Deb Bye was held on the 30th September.
Day Skills Development Workshop with Jill Gael
The Warragul & District 2 Day
Skills Development Seminar was held at the Education
Centre in Smith Street, Warragul on the 17th and 18th
of August 2004 starting at 9:00am and going until 4:00pm.
Business Planning Workshop
2 Day Skills Development Workshop
2 Day Skills Development Workshop