Bass Coast Farewells Ken Hore


Bass Coast Shire Council is mourning the loss of one of its senior officers, Tourism Manager, Ken Hore.

Ken passed away on Friday, 19 April from a lung infection, after surviving several rounds of treatment for cancer.

Chief Executive Officer, Allan Bawden, said Ken’s passion for tourism inspired all who encountered him.

“Ken joined Council in 2000 as our Tourism Manager and dedicated the next 13 years to promoting Bass Coast as a world class tourist destination,” said Mr Bawden.

“He was able to harness the energies of local government, key attractions and the wider industry and helped Phillip Island and Bass Coast become one of Victoria’s top destinations

“During his time at Bass Coast, Ken had many noteworthy achievements,” continued Mr Bawden.

“He worked tirelessly to develop the local tourism industry, to promote Bass Coast tourism and build up Visitor Services.

“He also worked with our Economic Development team on projects such as the Bass Coast Business Awards, Bass Coast Business and Tourism Partnership development and the Bass Coast Rural Tourism Development Study.”

At the 2011 Victorian Tourism Awards, Ken received the award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.  The award was formal acknowledgement of his tourism career, highlights of which include:
• founding role as CEO of Country Victoria Tourism Council
• Chair of Sydney Melbourne Touring
• Deputy Chair of Destination Phillip Island
• Director of Yarra Valley Country Club
• Board Director of Destination Gippsland

“I know Ken was honoured to receive the award and was particularly proud of his achievements in promoting Bass Coast,” said Mr Bawden.

“Ken’s experience in the industry was a major asset for Council.  I know that his colleagues valued his friendship, advice and knowledge, as well as his great sense of humour.

“He will be sorely missed, particularly by the staff in the Tourism and Economic Development teams, who worked so closely with him.

“On behalf of everyone at Council, I offer our condolences to Ken’s wife Di and his family.”