Freshening up Cowes Foreshore

Bass Coast Shire Council is continuing to rejuvenate the Cowes Foreshore and town centre with works to brighten up Thompson Avenue’s gardens beginning next week.

An action of the Cowes Activity Centre Plan to replace the grasses on the main street with mixed, colourful plants, Council will replant a garden bed to demonstrate the type of planting planned for the street.

The gardening works are expected to be completed as of Friday, 8 September, weather permitting.

Bass Coast Deputy Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, said only one garden bed would be replanted before the busy summer holidays to see what the community and local businesses think, with replanting of the entire street to continue early next year.

“At present, the grasses along Thompson Avenue are very high maintenance, needing cutting back regularly to prevent them from becoming a traffic obstruction,” Cr Tessari said.

“Replanting gardens with native plants will not only freshen up the Cowes town centre and bring a bit of colour to the street, but also reduce the amount of maintenance required.”

The replanting will be yet another project undertaken to enhance the Cowes Foreshore and Thompson Avenue, with a variety of projects recently completed as part of Council’s commitment to asset renewal across the Shire.

The Esplanade toilet block lookout area has been refurbished with new tiling, handrail, planting, painting and floor coating renewal, whilst other areas along the foreshore from the Findlay Street toilet block to Mussel Rocks have also had a major makeover.

Improved path access, concreting and landscaping works were completed, and new picnic tables and benches made from sustainable products have been installed, in line with Council’s commitment to the environment.

Fencing and retaining walls have been renewed and garden beds have been cleaned up and planted out with indigenous species.

“These renewal works have achieved a fantastic result for this iconic part of the Island, with residents and visitors enjoying the improvements that complement the natural surrounds and Westernport Bay backdrop,” Cr Tessari said.

“The renewal works were carefully planned to ensure that they fit in with the upcoming Jetty Triangle redevelopment project, and have provided the foreshore with a fresh look in the meantime.”