Work will begin later this month on the new space, which will be located at the front of the Wyndham Cultural Centre and will feature a floor-level deck with innovative repurposed containers, seating and greenery.
The former Raffael’s annex will be demolished to make way for the new space.
Wyndham City Mayor Cr Adele Hegedich said once complete, the space will complement the West End of Watton Street and provide the perfect place for locals and visitors to hang out.
“This exciting space has been designed as a place for people to meet and catch up while also providing a welcoming entrance to the Wyndham Cultural Centre, Wyndham Art Gallery and Werribee Library,” Cr Hegedich said.
“Neon lights will also make the space come to life in the evening, creating a fun, playful vibe while supporting Watton Street’s evening economy.”
Wyndham City Creative City portfolio holder, Cr Marcel Mahfoud, said Council was also working with a local business operator to launch a new 12-month pop-up version of MADE on Watton, following the success of this activation earlier this year.
“This new outdoor space is the ideal location for the MADE on Watton pop-up, adding another element to this creative hub by offering a destination for the West’s artists and creatives to showcase and sell their works, and host creative workshops,” Cr Mahfoud said.
“Visitors to the West End will be able check out the latest new MADE on Watton stallholders, watch a theatre show, visit the Wyndham Art Gallery and dine in some of Wyndham’s top restaurants and eateries – all within walking distance.”
“Activations like this exciting new outdoor space are all about boosting Wyndham’s local economy and encouraging both locals and visitors alike to enjoy a great night out without having to travel to the city.”
“During the day, it will provide a great spot for shoppers to grab some fresh air, enjoy a coffee from one of the great cafes nearby and catch up with friends.”
“This is all about bringing people back to our much-loved town centres and shopping strips and ensuring our businesses can bounce back from the pandemic as quickly and as safely as possible.”
“This exciting new space is the first piece of a proposed redevelopment of the Wyndham Cultural Centre, and we look forward to keeping the community updated as the plan for this site evolves.”
The new outdoor space is expected to open in September.
For more information go to https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/project/wyndham-cultural-centre-facade-new-outdoor-space