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Community invited to comment on Draft Cowes Streetscape Master Plan

Community invited to comment on Draft Cowes Streetscape Master Plan

Friday 26 August 2022

Bass Coast Shire Council is seeking community feedback on the draft Cowes Streetscape Master Plan.

The Master Plan sets out options for the improvement of Cowes’ main community and visitor activity hub on Thompson Avenue, The Esplanade and Bass Avenue.

Community consultation on the draft concepts will open on Monday, 29 August and close on Sunday, 2 October.

For more information on the project and to provide your feedback, visit

Drop in sessions are also being held to provide the community with an opportunity to view the plans and provide feedback in person. The sessions will be held at Olive Justice Place, 70 Chapel Street Cowes on:

  • Tuesday, 20 September from 10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Thursday, 22 September from 3.00pm to 5.00pm
  • Saturday, 1 October from 11.00am to 1.00pm

The draft Master Plan concepts respond to population and tourism growth by delivering an attractive social, dining and retail environment, prioritising pedestrian use, generating investment and creating jobs. The streetscape improvements, achieved through creatively landscaped areas, will provide a physical and community connection to multiple spaces throughout the town.

The Cowes Streetscape Master Plan Project:

  • Connects the township to the foreshore
  • Reinvigorates the character of Cowes
  • Connects the two ends of town (The Esplanade to Olive Justice Place and to the redeveloped Cowes Cultural and Community Centre which will open in 2023)
  • Changes the transport modal hierarchy in favour of pedestrians and promotes sustainable mobility

The Master Plan addresses incentives to ride and walk by providing protected bike lanes which will create safe and comfortable environments to travel, ensuring safe access to all pedestrians, ample car parking and shared streetscapes.

This project is part of the greater Cowes Activity Centre Plan, a major place shaping plan which includes the development of the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre and completed projects including the Jetty Triangle, Cowes Transit Centre and implemented planning controls.

For more information, or to receive updates on this project, visit or contact Council’s Major Projects Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or email