An updated artist’s impression of the urban square to be built in central Wodonga.PLACES Victoria has widened the possibilities for the naming of the soon-to-be constructed urban square in Wodonga to a war time connection.
The authority in charge of the redevelopment has invited submissions from the community for a suitable name for the first public open space area to be created on the former railway land.
Suggestions were expected to be limited to the former rail precinct’s heritage or the city’s indigenous connections.
But names recognising Wodonga’s Anzac history were also encouraged as part of the 100-year anniversary of Anzac forces landing at Gallipoli next year.
The square is expected to be opened in the first half of next year.
Places Victoria precincts general manager Simon Wilson said suggestions would close on October 24.
“The name has been used as a working title during the planning phase of the project,” Mr Wilson said.
“Now that we are moving closer to commencing construction we need to give it a real name that will help create a unique character for the space.
“We want a name that resonates with the local community.
“We want the community to take pride in urban square so we strongly encourage everyone’s involvement in the naming process.”
But war time options might be limited, with Anzac and Victoria Cross already used for major roads in the city.
Also, Australian recipients of the Victoria Cross have been honoured with street names in the White Box Rise housing estate.
Wodonga’s place names committee will be involved in the final selection of the name with a recommendation forwarded to the council for approval.
The $2.3million urban square will be the first of three public open spaces to be built in Junction Place, with construction to start before Christmas.
A former Thai restaurant building and whitegoods outlet are poised to be demolished in coming days.
The council is providing $600,000 for the square and at last month’s meeting it awarded Nustone the tender for the supply of pavers for the urban square for a sum of $239,404.
Nustone has previously supplied council with natural stone paving on large landscaping projects in Church Street, High Street and Elgin Boulevard.
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