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WITH a wealth of architectural gems lining
local streets, many in Wonthaggi feel that it is
important to preserve the historical integrity of
the town for generations to come.
That’s what some people are telling the Bass
Coast Shire Council, as part of their commu-
nity engagement process.
Looking after and retaining the towns’ histori-
cally significant buildings emerged as a popu-
lar topic of discussion at a Bass Coast Shire
Council community engagement session held
on Tuesday, January 25.
Many people put forth that the buildings and
rich heritage of the town was important for the
future success of Wonthaggi.
Sam Gatto from the Wonthaggi Historical So -
ciety said that preserving what is left in town is
important, considering how much has already
“The face of the town really changed in the 1970s
when the council decided the remove the veran-
das. So much has been lost already,” Sam said.
“At the time, the only building able to be
saved from this change was the Wonthaggi Ho -
tel. The historical society and the owners at the
time were able to save the building and keep it
as it is now.”
Walking around town, it is at times difficult
to imagine the town as it once was during its
Many of the buildings from this time are now
in private hands, tucked away from public view.
“The miner managers’ residence building
still exists, but it’s a private house at the mo -
ment. At one time, there was a great big park
around it, which was very significant because
it was a symbol of the power that the general
manager had at the time in the town and at the
mine,” Sam said.
“Another important building that was lost,
was the co -op bakery building that was pulled
down in recent years. The co -op was estab-
lished in 1912, and it was one of the only con-
sumer co-ops in Victoria at the time.
“It was very significant because the co -op was
an important part of the lives of the Wonthaggi
people at the time, especially the working class.
“The whole character of the town has been
changed. The town centre doesn’t have the
heart it used to. Whether it’s the buildings
themselves or just the changes, I don’t know.”
There are still some gems of the old days left
standing in the township, and it’s these build-
ings that people are hoping the council will ac-
tively work towards preserving for future gen-
“There’s the old bank building opposite the
Wonthaggi Hotel, and the hotel itself; the Plaza
Arcade, which had one of the original halls of
the town; and the building on the corner of
Graham Street and McBride Avenue,” Sam
“It is important to retain these so the people
know where we came from. So we have a sense
of belonging, a sense that we are part of the his-
tory of the place.“
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Equipment is hosting a Kawasaki Jet
Ski demo day at the Inverloch boat ramp
on Saturday, February 11.
Kawasaki and Wonthaggi MPE repre-
sentatives will be on hand for prospec-
tive buyers to test drive the Kawasaki
STX15 model and the top of the range,
supercharged Ultra 310.
You’ll need a Jet Ski licence and book-
ings are essential, with times allocated
based on bookings.
Bookings can be made in store or by
calling 5672 3500.
There’s never been a better time to
grab a Kawasaki Jet Ski, with Kawasaki
offering an extended three-year warranty
and free fuel cards up to $1500 depend-
ing on models.
The promotions run until March 31
and Jet Skis must be collected from
Wonthaggi MPE prior to this date to be
Wonthaggi Motorcycles and Power Equipment owner Tim Brown is looking forward to the Kawasaki
Jet Ski Demo Day at the Inverloch boat ramp on Saturday, February 11, where prospective buyers can
test drive Jet Skis. Bookings are essential and you’ll need a Jet Ski licence to participate. Rg240517
Test out Kawasaki Jet Skis
Preserving what’s left of old Wonthaggi
The iconic Wonthaggi Hotel, complete with whale bones, is one of the few historical buildings left standing in Wonthaggi. ms040517
The old bank, standing on the corner of Mur-
ray Street and McBride Avenue, is currently be-
ing used as a second hand book store. ms060517
Many people in the Wonthaggi community
are asking for the council to actively help to
preserve the historical buildings in town for
the future. ms050517
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