Bass Coast,

Get Dressed For MotoGP


Whether you live and breathe motorbike racing or simply love a good excuse to decorate, Bass Coast Shire Council wants you to ‘Get Dressed’ to celebrate the 2014 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island from 17 to 19 October.

For the third year running, residents and businesses are encouraged to get into the spirit of the event and ‘Get Dressed’ – that is decorate your home, businesses or school in your GP best.

To get involved, fill out a registration form available at any Council Customer Service or Visitor Information Centre from Monday, 29 September to receive a free starter kit while stocks last.

Take a photograph of your creation (decorations aren’t limited to your starter kit) and mail it to Council or upload it with your contact details to by 5.00pm on Monday, 13 October.

You will then go into the draw to win one of six Double Passes – Three Day General Admission tickets or four Double Passes – Sunday General Admission tickets.

“’Get Dressed’ is about getting the community on board and helping to create a fantastic atmosphere,” Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine said.

There will also be plenty of entertainment in Cowes throughout the MotoGP, once again focusing on Thompson Avenue and The Esplanade.

Cr Rankine said existing businesses throughout the CBD were also being encouraged to get involved.

“We want to create more of a street festival feel and motorcycle precinct,” Cr Rankine said.

“Encouraging businesses into the streets and accommodating motorcycle parking will help create this environment.”

This year’s MotoGP will see if Spanish sensation, Marc Marquez, can continue his dominanace of the sport. In his second season in the MotoGP World Championship, the 21 year old has become the first rider to win 10 consecutive races since Mick Doohan in 1997.

Australian Moto3 rising star, Jack Miller, is leading the Championship in this class and is set to go onto bigger and better things when he skips straight into the MotoGP class in 2015.

Cr Rankine said early interest is picking up as the competition intensifies.

“The surface at the Phillip Island Circuit is one of the quickest in the world and record lap times are expected to continue to tumble,” Cr Rankine said.

“We’re expecting race enthusiasts to come out in force to see the world’s best defy the rules of nature.”

Council’s Acting Community and Economic Development Director, Antoinette Mitchell, said Council, VicRoads and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation are working on traffic management plans, which will reflect the expected crowd numbers.

“With the completion of the Bass Highway duplication works and the new link road construction, the disruption to traffic is expected to be further minimised,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We will continue to monitor all the roads impacted to ensure they are in the best possible condition for the event.

“We’ll be updating residents on traffic management closer to the event.”

For more information about ‘Get Dressed’, call 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or visit