Anna Bay’s much-anticipated 7 Day Makeover proves popular

Anna Bay town centre. Image credit: Kat Stanley


IT’S the final countdown to a new-look Anna Bay with the much-anticipated 7 Day Makeover attracting more volunteer registrations than any other town in the program’s history.

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Creative Communities Director and internationally renowned placemaker David Engwicht said things are looking encouraging for Anna Bay.

“Anna Bay is off to a flying start – we’ve had over 100 register for the planning workshop alone, which is hands-down the most we’ve ever seen,” Mr Engwicht siad.

“The Council and the community has already raised $34,000, but we can still push the fundraising even harder in these last few days.”

“Even if the money doesn’t get spent during the 7 days, all funds raised go back into Anna Bay, so we can always use more!” Engwicht said.

The Makeover kicked off lasts Saturday 30 November 2019 with a 2-day planning workshop at Anna Bay Tavern.

The rubber then hit the road on Monday 2 December 2019, with the official launch on Saturday 7 December 2019.

Everyone is welcome to attend the planning workshop, facilitated by Engwicht. Participants in the 2-day workshop will select the spaces to be made over, generate ideas and form teams to deliver elements of the makeover.

“We have spent 25 years perfecting techniques to help people think outside the box,” Mr Engwicht said.

“Even people who believe they don’t have a creative bone in their body suddenly find themselves generating fantastic ideas. It is a fun, hands-on process.”

Makeover advocate and Central Ward Councillor, Sarah Smith, is calling on people from across Port Stephens to participate.

“I have seen what other towns have achieved in 7 days on very limited budgets, and I know we can do the same…or better! I urge the whole community to get involved,” Cr Smith said.

“There are roles for absolutely everyone, even if you can’t swing a hammer. It’s all about working together for Anna Bay” she said.

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