We've held 7 events, funded 8 projects and we're stoked!

Image courtesy of Rosana Sialong

Image courtesy of Rosana Sialong

Ozone Walk Mural by Jimmi Buscombe

Local artist Jimmi Buscombe presenting his idea to paint a flock of Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos spanning the whole length of Ozone Walk at our very first event night in October 2017. I'm not sure Jimmi quite understood the mammoth task he had signed up for, but the community got behind Jimmi offering helping hands, resources and extra funding to make it possible. During March 2018 the flock came to life and it has added even more spark to the dynamic laneway. 

Special thanks to Warrnambool Art Gallery for offering extra funding for this project, to Hammonds for donating the paint and to Hire Australia for donating the use of a scissor lift.


Family Yoga with the Warrnambool Yoga Project

After winning the vote at Beers and Ideas Round 2, in December 2017, Peta, Cherie, Jane and Zoe get straight to work putting together a program of free family yoga days. Every Saturday morning in January, rain, hail or intense shine, the yogis were joined by a crowd of balanced bodies and smiles as they led these fun classes.

The Warrnambool Yoga Project used Beers and Ideas as a spring board to launch their group, who have gone on to host other wonderful yoga events and put together a much needed directory of yoga classes for Warrnambool and Port Fairy.


Sewing Station by Brenda O'Connor

The very popular Sewing Station, presented by Brenda O'Connor at Beers and Ideas Round 3 was open and buzzing for 2 weeks in June 2018. Sewing machines, recycled fabric and workshops were available for the community to make reusable shopping bags and beeswax wraps. The cloth bags were made available to the community instead of single use plastic bags. Sewing Station aimed to inspire and educate our community to CLOSE THE LOOP in our use of textiles.

Here are some stats from the project:

  • 203 reusable bags made

  • 90 sewers

  • 300 visitors

  • 11 workshops

  • 32.56 kilograms of fabric diverted from landfill

  • 24 local sponsors

  • 388 members on Facebook group ‘Sewing Station Warrnambool’

  • $430 raised in bag sales donation (which was used to purchase two sewing machines and $250 towards a CDF grant application)

We think this is just the start of big things for the Sewing Station!

Image via Warrnambool East Primary School Facebook page

Image via Warrnambool East Primary School Facebook page

Mending Mental Health by Warrnambool East Primary School Community Leaders

The WEPS Community Leaders idea to spread positive metal health messages throughout the CBD received the most votes at Beers and Ideas Round 4. The team used their funding to design vibrant messages for improving community mental health and displayed them all over the city. During the last few months of 2018, their messages were seen on round-about banners, posters in public spaces and on magnets and cards spread throughout local businesses.

We’re totally in awe of the community consciousness and compassion shown by the WEPS leaders. We thank them for undertaking this important and meaningful project and wish them all the best for continuing to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health by spreading positive messages. Go team!


Ocean Swim Lanes by Luke Taylor

Dream big, start small seemed to be Luke Taylor’s ethos at Beers and Ideas Round 6, and one we think fits perfectly with placemaking. Luke painted a picture of a Bondi Icebergs-esc ocean pool and floating platforms when starting his presentation, but to test the waters (excuse the pun) and fit the budget, he settled on an equally lovely idea for simple swimming lanes in the Lady Bay.

After much work from council and Luke to get the project approved and installed, the lanes were officially opened on March 1st 2019 and have been well used since. Head down to Worm Bay if you’d like to try for yourself!


Cycling Without Age by Brendan Donahoo and Human Library 3280 by Jodie Fleming and Matt Reeves.

Our first ever tie! Understandably – the ideas presented at Beers and Ideas Round 6 were brilliant!

We look forward to visiting the Human Library on October 6th 2019 at the Warrnambool Library. In the meantime, you can keep up to date here.

And we look forward to seeing Brendan’s bikes out and about very soon! You can keep up to date with Cycling Without Age here.


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Bonus Project! Make a Mini Beast Workshop by Hamish James

8 year old Hamish’s idea may not have got the most votes at Beers and Ideas Round 3, but he certainly won the hearts of the audience. One audience member, Warrnambool Art Gallery Director Vanessa Gerrans raised her hand during question time and offered to help Hamish’s idea to come to life regardless. Vanessa and WAG Education Officer Agostina Hawkins and Hamish put together a super fun school holiday workshop, attended by hundreds of kids! What a fantastic result!