Mayor's Message - 9 August
We are in the final month of winter, and as we all look forward to warmer weather and longer days, the Bass Coast events calendar is also heating up.
It was great to see the Inverloch Jazz Festival back on this weekend, for the first time since COVID. Normally held in March, this is the first time the event has been in August and Council is thrilled to be able to support this event through a strategic partnership, that aims to bring visitors to our region outside of our peak period.
It really is shaping up to be a busy second half of the year here in Bass Coast, with events including the newly established Phillip Island Festival of Motorsport, which incorporates the much loved Blessing of the Bikes, being held in the week leading up to the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in October. As the biggest sporting event in regional Victoria, the Motorcycle Grand Prix is the cornerstone of our events program and is a major driver for off-season visitation and employment. The economic benefit it brings to Bass Coast Shire is in excess of $42 million. So, after two years off we are expecting to see big numbers at this year’s Grand Prix and we’re so excited to see this world class event back on the Island. Visit www.motogp.com.au/tickets for your ticket, or if you are a Bass Coast resident, you can go for free on Friday, 14 October. To receive a complimentary general admission ticket, residents just need to present proof of residency at the gate.
November is also shaping up to be a bumper month in Bass Coast with more two-wheeled action returning to our region – the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit will once again be centre of attention, with the Superbike World Championships and our incredible coastline and rolling hills will be showcased during the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge.
If sport is not your thing, Ocean Sounds will kick off the festive season on Saturday, 10 December as part of Always Live on Churchill Island. The live music event will feature Tash Sultana, the Pierce Brothers, Kim Churchill and more. So, grab a ticket, pack your picnic rug and enjoy stunning local wines, gourmet food and the summer-sun softly setting over the ocean while listening to some of Australia’s most amazing live music.
And once you have got through Christmas and the New Year – the Bass Coast Agriculture Show is back in Wonthaggi on 14 and 15 January, and the Kilcunda Lobster Festival is on Sunday, 29 January. It’s great to have these fantastic community events back on the calendar in 2023 after a few years on hold.