Transgrid Discovery Hub

The Transgrid Discovery Hub is a first of its kind for Transgrid. It will allow a consistent and accessible point of connection with community, landowners, and businesses in the Wagga and surrounding areas. The shopfront will allow visitors to engage with Transgrid in an inviting, engaging space and access information about our energy vision, major projects, operations, and community-based activities, contextualised around the vital role and opportunities for Wagga Wagga. Importantly, it will be a one-stop-shop for an integrated view of Transgrid’s activities within the region and to service all enquiries, implementing a ‘no wrong door’ approach. 

The Hub is currently finalising the design stage and construction will begin in the last quarter of 2023, with doors opening in early 2024.

Transgrid have committed to designing and developing the building using 100% Wagga staff, businesses, and materials. Want to know if your business can get involved? Email rebecca.peel@transgrid.com.au

Having a bricks and mortar home will enhance major project engagement by reducing reliance on facilitated engagement methods (eg identifying and visiting each stakeholder, one-off community briefings) and allow: 

  • A permanent and easily accessible point of contact for the broader community and for impacted landowners to talk to Transgrid.
  • Information to be shared and consultation to be undertaken based on community members' preferences for engagement and consuming information. 
  • Contact point for local people and business interested in training, employment, and supply opportunities. 

This shopfront will serve as a within community location to present and engage on major projects and Transgrid’s Energy Vision.  

The Hub will also be home to:

  • A Discovery space where community and schools will be able to explore the concepts and get foundational knowledge around the three areas of Energy, Engineering, and Environment. Transgrid are currently consulting and collaborating with teachers, schools, and education professionals to design a program of activity to support in class learning for secondary students.
  • A community share space where community partners will be able to utilise spaces to communicate more broadly with visitors to the centre, use the space to facilitate workshops, and hold community meetings. (Applications will open in late 2023 to become a community partner).

Transgrid Discovery Hub Indigenous Artwork Competition

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We invite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students to participate in an art competition aimed at expressing their creativity and cultural perspectives through art. The goal of this competition is to create artwork that represents Wagga, energy, community, engagement, the Murrumbidgee River, and symbols embodying Wagga's essence.

Selected artworks will be prominently displayed in the Transgrid Discovery Hub, celebrating local culture and themes relevant to our electricity transmission initiatives.

  • Who can enter: Riverina Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students in years K-12 in 2024
  • How to participate: Create an original artwork reflecting one or more of the five specified competition themes. Deliver your artwork in-person along with the entry form to the offices of Committee 4 Wagga, Suite 2/129 Fitzmaurice St (cnr Kincaid and Fitzmaurice Sts) during opening hours Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays ONLY from 9am-5pm.
  • Key dates: Entries close on Thursday 29 February 2024 and will be accepted from Tuesday 6 February until competition close.

Indigenous Artwork Competition Guidelines

Requirements

  • Create an original artwork reflecting one or more of the five specified competition themes.
  • Artist media is limited to painting, drawing, mixed media, or print-making on canvas or paper.
  • Art pieces should be suitable for public display in the Transgrid Discovery Hub, Wagga Wagga.
  • Entries must be accompanied by a fully completed entry form, firmly affixed to the back of the work.
  • If an artist is submitting more than one work, a copy of the entry form needs to be attached to each artwork.
  • Entrants may choose to include a brief artist statement explaining the artwork's inspiration and its relationship to the specified themes.
  • Entries close on Thursday 29 February 2024 and will be accepted from Tuesday 6 February until competition close.
  • Entries can be delivered in-person to the offices of Committee 4 Wagga, Suite 2/129 Fitzmaurice St (cnr Kincaid and Fitzmaurice Sts) during opening hours Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays ONLY from 9am-5pm.

Themes

  • Wagga Wagga: Show landmarks, architecture, landscapes, or elements defining Wagga's uniqueness.
  • Energy: Illustrate energy concepts, transmission lines, and their impact on the region in innovative ways.
  • Community and engagement: Depict vibrant community life, diversity, and collaboration among Wagga's different groups.
  • Murrumbidgee River: Highlight the river's cultural, ecological, and recreational significance in Wagga's context.
  • Key symbols of Wagga: Explore symbols, icons, totems, or imagery representing Wagga's identity.

Evaluation Criteria and Judging

  • Creativity, originality, and artistic expression.
  • Relevance and depth in representing specified themes.
  • Overall quality and visual impact of the artwork.
  • Artwork will be judged at the opening function for the Transgrid Discovery Hub, with the winner announced at a Community Open Day in March 2024.
  • Judging will be by popular vote by those attending the opening function.
  • Only the winning artist will be directly notified of the competition outcome.

Prize

  • The winning artist will receive a $250 cash prize (pre-paid card) and a $250 art supply voucher from a local retailer.
  • The winning entry will be showcased in the Transgrid Discovery Hub.

Ownership and licence

Competition entries are accepted conditional on the following:

  • All entries may be photographed or recorded for use in marketing, media and promotional activities associated with the competition.
  • Entrants consent [or in the case of a minor, their parent/legal guardian] to being photographed or recorded for the purposes of marketing, media and promotional activities associated with the competition.
  • Transgrid will retain ownership of the selected winning artwork competition entry.
  • Transgrid is granted full license and release by the artist and/or their parent/legal guardian to reproduce the winning artwork in whole or part for marketing, media and promotional activities, or other any other application.
  • The artwork will be credited to the artist in all representations.
  • Non-winning entries will be held by Transgrid for collection by the artists/entrants until no later than 30 June 2024.
  • To find out more about how Transgrid manages personal information please view our Privacy Policy.

Indigenous Artwork Competition Collaterals

Indigenous Art Competition Entry Form

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Indigenous Art Competition Digital Flyer

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Construction underway on Transgrid Discovery Hub

Transgrid is building a community engagement and discovery centre for residents, students, landowners and businesses in the Riverina. Construction of the Transgrid Discovery Hub is underway in the Wagga Wagga CBD, with the new facility expected to open to the public in early 2024. Visitors will be able to engage with Transgrid and access information about our energy vision, major projects, employment and training opportunities, operations, and community-based activities across the region.

Learn more

What is a Discovery Pod?

A Discovery Pod is the communications tool that is used to tell a story or present information in a fun, educational, and interactive way.

Discovery Pods could use interactive audio-visual technology, they could use displayed equipment, be a game to solve, a challenge, an animation or video or a presentation of ideas.

Discovery Pod School's Challenge

The purpose of the challenge is to explore concepts around the key themes of Energy, Engineering, and Environment through the design and presentation of a ‘discovery pod’ concept, with the winner submission brought to life and on display at the Engagement and Discovery Hub in Wagga. 

Discovery Pod School's Challenge winner announced

Wagga’s Mater Dei College has won our Discovery Pod Challenge with an entry from Year 9 students Will Wendt, Bailey Helyar and Ronejan Kassem titled “Energy – The Game”, a gamification concept designed to help children understand the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy through a series of mini-games and challenges. The college won eight Lego robotics kits to the value of $5,000. The students on the winning team also each received a 10,000MAH power bank (compatible with laptops and phones) and a $50 Visa gift card.

The winning entry will now be brought to life and put on display permanently at the Transgrid Discovery Hub. A local gaming developer will be engaged to work with the students.

For more information, go to: https://www.transgrid.com.au/media-publications/news-articles/riverina-high-school-powers-to-victory-in-transgrid-discovery-pod-challenge

Discovery Pod Challenge winner photo