Bass Coast,

Have your say on Arts and Culture


Bass Coast Shire Council is seeking input from the community to inform and shape the development of its new Arts and Culture Strategy 2019-29.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, explained that the current Arts and Culture Plan 2015-19 has expired and the opportunity to develop a long term 10 year plan supports Council’s ambition to grow the sector in our community.

“Our Council Plan 2017-21 identifies Arts and Culture as a major economic driver, attracting visitors and business opportunities and also as a key to growing a healthy, active and harmonious community,” Cr Tessari said.

“Arts and Culture has developed in leaps and bounds in our Shire. This is demonstrated through the refurbishment of the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, a huge growth in events, the acquisition of The Robert Smith Collection and planning of the Cowes Cultural Precinct, just to name a few.”

“The Strategy will also underpin our advocacy on major Arts and Culture projects such as funding for the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre.”

The Arts and Culture Strategy will be developed through extensive community consultation occurring during January.

The community is invited to attend workshops on Friday, 11 January at the Inverloch Community Hub, 16 A’Beckett Street from 10.00am to 12.00pm and The Cowes Cultural Centre, 91-97 Thompson Avenue from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Council will also be gathering feedback at pop-ups, occurring at the Bass Coast Agricultural Show on Saturday, 12 January, Rhyll Twilight Market on Friday, 18 January and Pioneer Bay Australia Day Celebrations on Saturday, 26 January.

The feedback gathered during these session will be collated and used to inform and guide the development of a Draft Plan, which will then go back out to the community for further suggestions.

For more information contact Council’s Team Leader Arts and Culture on 03 5671 2211 or 1300 BCOAST (226 278).