Council investing in renewal

Bass Coast Shire Council is enhancing the Cowes Foreshore as part of its commitment to asset renewal across the Shire.

Having identified the need for maintaining and upgrading existing assets, such as footpaths and public buildings, in its Long Term Financial Plan, Council will soon begin works to update public infrastructure, to be completed after Anzac Day.

Areas along the Cowes Foreshore to be refurbished include around The Esplanade toilet block, the area to west side along the Cowes Foreshore, and around the Findlay Street toilet block.

The Esplanade toilet block work will involve refurbishing the lookout on top of the toilets and replacing the existing concrete surrounding the lower level into the toilet block in order to improve access.

There will also be landscaping works at the nearby picnic table area to the west of the toilet block.

Floor coating renewal works will take place at the Findley Street toilets.

These works will further enhance recent projects, such as renewal of the floor coating and painting at The Esplanade toilets, painting at the Mussel Rock picnic area, and the improvements to Erewhon Point and Red Rocks BBQ.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said these renewal works will also complement the recent works at the Cenotaph, as well as the Jetty Triangle redevelopment that is currently in planning stages.

“Maintaining our existing assets is just as important as setting aside funds for new and exciting projects, such as the development of the Cowes Jetty Triangle,” Cr Rothfield said.

“Finding the balance can be difficult, but I am confident that these upcoming renewal works are in perfect alignment with the plans for further development in and around the Cowes Foreshore.”

Other renewal projects underway or soon to commence are:

  • 1.1km of South Dudley Road footpath from the wetlands to Wonthaggi Secondary College Dudley Campus
  • As a continuation of the footpath replacement works from Cowes-Rhyll Road to Redwood Drive, a further 1.1km of existing asphalt path between Cowes-Rhyll Road and Ramada Resort will be replaced with a two metre wide concrete path
  • 800 metres of path renewal works on Phillip Island Road between Coghlan Road and the Koala Conservation Park.
  • Works at Inverloch Hub, including painting of the library and resurfacing of timber floors
  • Works at Bass Coast Aquatic Centre, including painting and replacement of air-conditioning
  • Various other works to public facilities in Corinella, Grantville, Glen Alvie, Kernot, Dalyston and Wonthaggi
  • Renewal of a pedestrian timber bridge on the Bass Coast Rail Trail located west of the mouth of the Powlett River
  • Replacement of the Inverloch Boat Ramp public toilets

The total cost of these renewal works is estimated to be $1 million.

For further information on Council’s renewal works and projects, visit or contact the Infrastructure Maintenance Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.