Beers and Ideas Round 5 Recap

On Wednesday 31st of October we saw a crowd of 100 pile upstairs into the very cool upstairs bar at the Seanchai for Beers and Ideas Round 5. To start the night we were treated to a quick sing-along with Tom Richardson from The Zoo – Chaotic Community Choir, who gave us a taste of what happens at the Loft every Tuesday night (check it out here)! It was the perfect way to break the ice and get us excited for what lay ahead.

All of the ideas presented were incredibly thoughtful, well researched, community minded and totally inspiring. What a hard choice it was to cast that one vote.

Luke Taylor’s idea for a floating ocean swim lane in the Lady Bay won the vote and with that, $1000 community funding and $500 council funding to bring this idea to life. We love that Luke has a bigger vision for this idea (think floating pontoons!) but starting small and gauging community interest and use is how the best placemaking projects grow.

Florence Roney presented her idea for a reading and ideas room – a place for us to share our favourite books and discuss the deeper ideas that they inspire. Despite not winning the vote, a chance meeting with Lynny from The Loft straight after the event, led to this idea being brought to life within a few days of being shared! Find out more about Florence’s wonderful Thought Club here.

And photographer Peta Jolley presented her idea for a portrait exhibition featuring the diverse Faces of Warrnambool; encouraging viewers and subjects to explore their sense of belonging. Peta was visibly moved by the idea of building community through this idea and generously shared that spirit with us. We hope to see this idea come to life in the future.

Thank you so much Luke, Peta and Florence for sharing your brilliant ideas. It was the toughest voting choice yet in my opinion! Special thank you to our guest host Jimmi Buscombe and surprise karaoke guest Tom Richardson. Thank you to the Seanchai Irish Bar for hosting us and to the Warrnambool City Council’s Economic Development team for organising everything! And most of all thank YOU all for continuing to support Beers and Ideas. We love sharing this positive project with you.

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Sinead Murphy