Bass Coast,

Council welcomes multi-million dollar developments

Education and tourism were a significant focus at Bass Coast Shire Council’s May Ordinary Meeting this week, with $17.4 million worth of developments approved by Council.

First on the agenda was the $8.9 million expansion of Newhaven College in Newhaven.

The development will be built in three stages and includes a new senior school; specialist science, art and technology facilities; an early learning centre; sporting facilities, including a gymnasium and aquatic centre; a boarding school; performing arts and music building; and an extended administration building.

Once complete, the College will employ an additional 92 people and support 1,100 students.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said Newhaven College is an established and well respected school that complements the education needs of Bass Coast and surrounding areas.

“The expansion of Newhaven College will enhance the educational reputation of Bass Coast that will service both the existing community and future residents,” Cr Crugnale said.

Staying on the topic of education, Council also adopted a planning permit for the development of a primary school, as well as associating facilities such as a chapel and early learning centre.

The primary school, located in Cowes-Rhyll Road in Cowes, will be able to enrol approximately 180 students, with the early learning centre catering for an additional 22 students, and will create 17 new teaching jobs as well as employment in grounds and building maintenance.

The $3.5 million development also includes sporting facilities, such as a hard court, football oval and play equipment.

RACV Inverloch Resort’s proposal to develop land for camping and a caravan park associated with the expansion of the Resort was found to be consistent with the relevant provisions of the Bass Coast Planning Scheme and was also approved.

The development will provide an additional 32 caravan sites and 26 camping sites with associated infrastructure, with an estimated investment value of $5 million.

The applicant indicated that works at the site are expected to commence this September and take six to nine months to complete.

Cr Crugnale said all three developments were valuable investments to the Shire and would help cater for both the growing population and increasing number of visitors to the area.

“The two educational developments are also a significant social investment for the future of our children and indicate there is growth, a need and a holisitc staged plan to support quality learning,” Cr Crugnale said.

“RACV Inverloch is a showcase resort and this expansion highlights the growing demand for nature based experiences in the Bass Coast and South Gippsland region, with its stunning land and sea scape, archeological history, walks, water based activities, arts, food and wine trails.”