Council commits $5M to Cowes

Bass Coast Shire Council has committed $5 million of capital funding to the Cowes Revitalisation Project and will now seek matched funding each from State and Federal Government.

Council identified a number of priority projects to revitalise Cowes as part of the Cowes Activity Centre Plan 2015.

Thompson Ward Councillor, Andrew Phillips, said the vision creates new cultural and community facilities, a village green in the Jetty Triangle ‘sweet spot’ and improved traffic flow and parking opportunities for the town.

“Integrating these activities will drive community participation and wellbeing, activate the town centre and improve the tourist experience,” Cr Phillips said.

“To capitalise on these opportunities, three priority redevelopment projects have been identified; the Cowes Jetty Triangle, Cowes Cultural and Community Centre and the Cowes Transit Centre and All Day Carpark.

“These projects are what the community have said are the priorities for Cowes, through the Cowes Activity Centre Plan, a project lobbied for by the community, with the community at the heart of it.”

Cr Phillips said Council will now bundle these three priority projects together to form one funding request.

“The combined project cost is $15 million, so our funding strategy will see a $5 million investment from Council, $5 million funding sought from the State Government and $5 million sought from the Federal Government to bring these priority projects to fruition,” Cr Phillips said.

In addition, a contribution of $250,000 has been pledged by the San Remo, Cowes and Grantville District Community Bendigo Bank Branches, for the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre.”