Cowes Recreation Master Plan Open For Comment

Community members will be given the opportunity to have their say on the Cowes Future Recreation Land Master Plan after Bass Coast Shire Council voted to put it on exhibition at last night’s meeting.

The Master Plan will be available for public comment for two months, with a further report going to Council in October.

The Master Plan has a long-term 25 year forecast and sets out options for the 16 Hectare reserve to be developed into a sporting precinct for the future needs of residents and visitors to Phillip Island.

In addition a new master plan for the Cowes Recreation Reserve has been prepared with consideration of the development options identified.

Thompson Ward Councillor Andrew Phillips said the development of any facilities on this reserve would be dependent on community demand and external funding opportunities.

 “Council’s acquisition of the land known as Crown Allotment 79 has given it the opportunity to plan for the long term future needs and aspirations of sporting clubs and recreation groups, and also incorporate new opportunities for the Phillip Island residents and visitors who wish to participate in non-sporting activities,” Cr Phillips said.

“The master plans prepared for the Cowes Future Recreation Land and the Cowes Recreation Reserve have been informed by an extensive consultation process.”

During the research and consultative process for the Master Plan, Council engaged with local sporting clubs, leagues and associations, as well as community groups and local residents.

The next step of the Master Plan process is for the draft report to be placed on community exhibition before the final plan is be adopted.