Celebrations & Festivities

Phillip Island 150th Celebration 2018

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Council acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first Australians and recognises that they have a unique relationship with the land and water. Council recognises that we are situated on the traditional lands of the Bunurong/Boon Wurrung, members of the Kulin Nation who have lived here for thousands of years. We offer respect to their elders past and present and through them, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Led by the Phillip Island 150th Celebrations Planning Committee, the fast approaching year will provide a great opportunity to celebrate the island and its rich Aboriginal and European history.

In 2018, Bass Coast Shire Council will also be recognising and supporting the Phillip Island community as it marks the 150 year of the first European settlement on the island. This date recognises the first release of land for selection in 1868 for European settlement.

The Committee is calling for clubs, community groups and organisations to share their event plans for the year, by registering their interest on the form below, so that they can be added to the Calendar of Events (PDF 129kb).

It could be an event already in your organisation's calendar with a 150th anniversary spin or a brand new event to mark the year.

Key events organised by the Committee and large scale activities in planning by the community include the Gala Ball and Street Parade (November) and the Cowes Community Day (November) and Rhyll Wooden Boat Festival (March).

Come along to the Cowes Town Square on Friday, January 19 at 11.00am to launch the year of festivities.

All of the Phillip Island community is encouraged to get on board and show their enthusiasm.
Fill out this form to register your interest for an event and email it to phillipisland150@basscoast.vic.gov.au.

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