Bob Pettitt Reserve - outdoor performance space

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A local performance stage for community-focused events and performances will be constructed under the Bellarine Yellow Gums within Bob Pettitt Reserve.  

Concept Designs for the performance space have now been developed.

View the Landscape Concept Plan(PPTX, 804KB)

View the Stage Concept Design(PDF, 733KB)

Thanks to everyone who has provided feedback on these designs. The Project Team will review all of your feedback and final designs will be made available on this site. 

About the Project

The proposal was initiated by local community group Jan Juc Live to:

  • create a space in, and for, the Jan Juc community for local performance, music and health and well being activities
  • support the development of local talent
  • enhance local performances by providing an appropriately scaled, safe and sheltered structure
  • eliminate the ongoing cost to community of hiring shelter, staging and power generators

This project has been fully funded by the Australian Government under the Community Development Grants Program. Construction is due to be completed by December 2020.


We propose the following principles aimed at respectfully managing and controlling the use of this space:

  • Ensuring that ‘the essence’ of this space is maintained as a local facility for local, unique and free events that connect families and community
  • Respect for the local community (re event size, type, scale, noise level, number of events):
    • containing the event site and scale within a natural amphitheatre setting and with proposed landscape treatment to border the area and maintain the small local event ‘feel’
    • maximum crowd expected would be for a Carols event (200-300 people) with other smaller events likely to attract smaller crowds (i.e. a potential kindergarten concert, smaller acoustic or choir events)
    • proposed 10-12 maximum permitted events per year with awareness of surrounding residents amenity
    • events to be held only in daylight / dusk hours
    • controls on amplification in line with EPA guidelines
  • The Surf Coast Shire Council would manage the bookings for the space with a proposed local community ‘friends of’ group to help monitor and manage the space.

Jan Juc Live is a small working group of local Jan Juc  and Torquay community members involved in the creative and musical arts. We have a range of skills sets and experience including community development, environmental design and landscape architecture. 

The group have actively sought input from the wider community throughout the development phase of the project, and look forward to working with a diverse group of groups and individuals to bring the project to life.