Rotary Club of Ocean Grove - Town Entry Design Competition
There was a huge response to the Ocean Grove Town Entry Design Competition with over 60 designs being received. Thank you to all who entered.
In February 2021 the Rotary Club of Ocean Grove in conjunction with the Ocean Grove Business Association (OGBA) and the Ocean Grove Community Association (OGCA) invited people of all ages to submit a drawing or artwork of a Town Entry so that we can provide a sign or signs that capture a sense of arrival to Ocean Grove.
We have four entry points into Ocean Grove that need signage:
· Grubb Road
· Barwon Heads Road
· Wallington Road
· Shell Road
The question “what does Ocean Grove mean to you?” was answered with designs from children and adults with ideas focussing on surfing, swimming and the beach with some emphasizing the river meeting the sea. There were 16 finalists including nine entries from students at the local schools.
The designs have been given to the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) to help with their understanding of how the community sees their Ocean Grove.
Mayor Stephanie Asher said, “Congratulations to the finalists for coming up with these wonderful designs, which capture how the community sees Ocean Grove. The competition has been a great way to get our community involved and energised about what this beautiful part of the Bellarine means to them.”
Martin Cutter, CoGG CEO, said “the City is currently assessing the signage needs of all townships across Greater Geelong and is pleased to have proactively received designs from the Rotary Club of Ocean Grove”.
As Ty Simons , President OGBA , says, “a sign welcoming locals home and visitors to our town is a great way to arrive into Ocean Grove and is much needed. We are the biggest town on the Bellarine and should be leading the way in this and so much more. This competition is a great way to get the community involved”.
Phil Edwards , Chairperson of OGCA, adds “ the current sign on Wallington Road is a boring metal sign that in no way reflects the character of our town. This competition is a great opportunity for community members to put forward their ideas on what the entrance signs could look like including 2 or 3 dimensional signs or sculptures”.
In the 1950’s Ocean Grove was promoted as providing families with a wholesome and healthy holiday, combining sporting, social and community activities with prayer meetings and church services.
Anyone who has travelled through regional Australia would understand the importance many towns place on their welcome signs, not just to communicate useful information, but also to establish and project an identity of place.
The designs of the finalists will be displayed in the Driftwood Café, 64D The Terrace, Ocean Grove.
See the entries by clicking here