Mayor's Message - 8 February
Have you had a look at our events calendar recently? There are plenty of incredible events coming up in the next month or two. February is for the sport lovers, with the Tour of Gippsland, The Bass Coast Pro and the San Remo Channel Challenge all coming up in the next few weeks.
The Tour of Gippsland road cycling event returns in 2022, after being cancelled for the last two years due to the pandemic. It’s on from 13 to 15 February, this year taking place in Bass Coast and for the first time, exclusively in one region. Stage one will take place in Woolamai, starting and finishing at the Woolamai racecourse. Stage two will start in Inverloch and finish in Kongwak and stage three will take place along the waterfront in Rhyll. Get along to www.tourofgippsland.com.au for all of the event information.
After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Phillip Island Pro has moved from its traditional November date and will instead be held from 10 to 13 February. The Phillip Island Pro is our very own world class surfing event, held at Cape Woolamai and it provides a huge boost to our local economy and tourism. Make sure you head down to the beach this weekend to see some world-class surfing in action!
Run as part of the Bass Coast Series, The San Remo Channel Challenge is on Saturday, 19 February, which includes a swim across the channel to Newhaven, followed by a run across the bridge back to San Remo. This is another fantastic local event that had to take a break during the pandemic, and with the first race of the series cancelled, it is wonderful to see the Channel Challenge, along with the Cowes Classic and Little Penguin Dash on Saturday, 5 March going ahead. Visit www.basscoastseries.com.au for more information – get your entries in!
It’s also worth noting that all of these events offer equal prize money for their male and female competitors.
If music is more your thing, then you might be interested in the Inverloch Autumn Festival, being held in The Glade on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March, featuring kid’s activities, food, wine, live music and entertainment. This is a ticketed event, please visit the Inverloch Autumn Festival on Facebook for more information.
Our region has had a really challenging time over the last 18 months – our local economy relies heavily on events and visitation, so it’s wonderful that these family friendly and varied events are going ahead in 2022.