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Mayors Message - 29 November 2022

Mayors Message - 29 November 2022

Tuesday 29 November 2022
Cr Michael Whelan

Now that the concrete has been poured and the steel erected, the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre is emerging proudly from the ground.

Over the coming months it will begin to assert itself in its environment and will be a magnificent cultural and business asset for Bass Coast.

The new centre will work very hard once it opens in late 2023 and will bring together the cultural and social aspirations of the community and serve both the permanent and visitor population of Phillip Island.

It is anticipated that some 150,000 visits per year will be made to the new Centre and provide $51.8 million in economic benefit over the life of the project.

The Cultural Centre will dovetail perfectly with our calendar of events staged in Bass Coast in coming months, following the successful MotoGP, Phillip Island Pro, Bass Coast Cycle Challenge and World Superbikes.

Other events happening in Bass Coast over the next few months:

  • Cruise ships returning to Bass Coast. First visit scheduled for December 1 with 13 ships scheduled to visit over the season (2 domestic, 11 international).
  • Ocean Sounds on Churchill Island on December 10 (Tash Sultana headlining) and January 7th (John Butler Trio headlining).
  • Christmas Carols right across the Shire during December.
  • NYE on the Hill – 30 December-1 January.
  • NYE Fireworks displays at Cowes, Inverloch and Coronet Bay.
  • Bass Coast Agricultural Show on 14 January.
  • Bass Coast Series (Cape Aquathon 22 January, San Remo Channel 4 February, Cowes Classic 18 February)
  • Kilcunda Half Marathon – 5 February.
  • Swim Bike Run – 17-19 March
  • Kilcunda Lobster Festival on 29 January.

It’s great to have all our events back at Bass Coast!