Iconic Cowes Site Cleaned Up

Bass Coast Shire Council has arranged the clean-up of the iconic Isle of Wight site in Cowes in time for the peak summer tourist period.

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said Council had been liaising with the property manager to ensure the site was presented in a reasonable condition prior to the busy holiday period.

“We have responded to continued angst and frustration in the community with the condition of the site, which is a prominent location on the Cowes Foreshore.,” Cr Brown said.

“Council recognises the importance of the site and particularly its presentation during the busy holiday season, and decided it was time to act.”

Cr Brown said works had already begun, with the fence along The Esplanade tidied up and work continuing on the fence line along Bass Avenue.

“Contractors will be doing a general tidy up and remove greenwaste from around the perimeter of the site, and the fence will also be resurrected as close as possible to the property boundary.

“Some of the fencing along the north boundary will be replaced with newer fencing.”

Cr Brown said Council would also take advantage of the location of the site and fencing to promote the stunning sites Phillip Island has to offer.

“We will install printed fabric with images of Phillip Island to soften the visual impact of the site.”

Other works to be undertaken include the removal of debris and illegal dumping, removal of greenwaste and the slashing of grass.

Cr Brown said Council would continue to liaise with the site manager to negotiate an ongoing strategy for the maintenance of the site and appropriate cost recovery for the works.