Where is cool and creative Wollongong?

A postcard campaign is under way in Wollongong from today, encouraging the public to participate in a cultural mapping process as part of the CAMRA project. From this, we can build a better picture of the creative industries in Wollongong - from a grass-roots perspective - and what places and activities people think make Wollongong an interesting place to live.

There are four ways you can participate:

1. Join us in the Mapping Lounge @ Viva La Gong: Sat 7 Nov 2009 at McCabe Park

2. Join us at Mapping Lounge II. @ Wollongong City Gallery, 10am - 1pm, Tue 1 Dec 2009. R.S.V.P. Cultural Services Tel: 4251 4709

3. Go to facebook.com and search 'Where is cool Wollongong?'. Add comments to the lively facebook discussion.

4. Simply post your comments to this blog - answering the questions below. To post a comment, register at this website and complete a very short form: http://www.culturemap.org.au/user/register

There is also a map you can download from this blog and drawn on if you wish, when you answer the questions. You can use the map in any way you like to identify the places you are describing. Send completed drawn maps to me C/O School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong 2522.

We look forward to hearing your views.

Prof. Chris Gibson
University of Wollongong

Our three key questions to answer in your posts to this blog are:

• Where is cool Wollongong?
• Where is creative Wollongong?
• What do you know about what's happening and creative in Wollongong?

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Cool Wollongong: 1. Sandon

Michael Keighery's picture

Cool Wollongong:

1. Sandon Point. All the pressures and the passions of the region are on display here; issues of sustainability, environment and "ownership" are absolutely in-your-face at Sandon Point but the increadible natural beauty can make it difficult to "see" the issues so prominantly on display.

2. Port Kembla steelworks, daytime or night is full of symbols and metaphors AND is so dramatic. So much working history of the area (eg coal mining) has been sanitised and homogenized!

3. The ocean baths along the coast are great social hotspots where pretentions are left behind.

Creative Wollongong:

1.All the local Markets....people meet and talk...and talk so readily!

What's the Goss:

The region has so many places where people can come together on neural territory as it were, that it breeds a sense of "can do","why not","I'm good for that" at a grassroots level and people get on with it.
Lack of leadership and cynicism prevail however.

Please excuse the lack of spellcheck! :)

Illawarra Mercury, 10

Lisa Andersen's picture

Illawarra Mercury, 10 November, 'Coolest places put on cultural map'

From the heights of Mt Keira to the art gallery in the city's heart, the search is on to find Wollongong's coolest location.

A research team from the University of Wollongong wants residents to describe their favourite places, as part of a project called Cultural Asset Mapping for Regional Australia (CAMRA).

The end result will be an interactive 3D map allowing users to zoom around the most popular hangouts and hear audio from the people who frequent them.

Full story at: http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/news/local/news/general/coolest-place...

PhD student Andrew Warren is helping a University of Wollongong team figure out the 'coolest places' in the area.