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Better places. Better Spaces. People to power 7 Day Makeover of Anna Bay

Publish Date 01/10/2019

Anna Bay is getting a 7 Day Makeover this summer, with the town set to be transformed on a shoe-string budget, powered by the community. The makeover is scheduled for 30 November 2019 – 7 December 2019.

Find out how you can help transform Anna Bay Town Centre in just 7 days.

Created by David Engwicht from Creative Communities, the 7 Day Makeover empowers communities to improve their places and spaces, aligning with a key direction of Council’s Community Strategic Plan – strong economy, vibrant communities and active investment.

Inspired by the results of the 7 Day Makeover in neighbouring Mid Coast council area, Central Ward Councillor Sarah Smith saw the program’s potential for Anna Bay and brought a Notice of Motion for the proposal to council in August 2019, which was supported unanimously.

“This is such an exciting opportunity for Anna Bay,” Cr Smith said.

“We have a proud and active community and this is the perfect program to help us call on that people-power from with Anna Bay – and all around Port Stephens – to make some real, tangible changes in our beautiful town.

“David will teach us a whole new way to create great public spaces that is cheaper and delivers instant results,” she said.

For 25 years, David Engwicht has been helping towns around the world transform tired, underused and unappreciated public spaces into vibrant community hubs.

“I was frustrated – processes often got bogged down in endless committee meetings and good people would throw up their hands and give up. I watched in dismay as innovative projects were often killed off by the town naysayers,” Mr Engwicht said.

“So to overcome these problems, I created the 7 Day Makeover.

“The secret to the success of the 7 Day Makeover is that it’s driven by the public and works on an impossibly short time-line with a very limited budget, so it doesn’t get bogged down in meetings and processes,” he said.

David said he is constantly surprised by what communities can achieve in just 7 days.

“It is often 700% better than I imagined in my wildest dreams,” he said.

Cr Smith is encouraging anyone and everyone to register their interest.

“I want people of all ages and abilities to participate, even if they can only give one hour – everyone is welcome. The better we work together, the more chance we have to make better places and better spaces here in Port Stephens,” Cr Smith said.

David Engwicht will present an information night, explaining how the 7 Day Makeover will work and how people can get involved at Birubi Surf Club, James Paterson Street Anna Bay on 29 October 2019.

Register online at www.7day.com.au