New Whale Trail for Bass Coast
Bass Coast Shire Council will create the Bass Coast Whale Trail between Phillip Island and Inverloch thanks to funding from the Federal Government.
The Whale Trail will see the installation of educational and interpretative signage at several well-known whale watching locations, giving both locals and visitors alike the opportunity to watch for majestic whales during their annual migration at the best viewing locations around the coastline.
This re-scoped project has taken several discussions over an extended period of time and reflects the preferences of the community, including Watershed Victoria, which was identified during development of the Kilcunda Foreshore Management Plan.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said whale watching is an obvious and amazing eco tourism opportunity in the Shire.
“It’s screaming out to be accentuated and links in beautifully with our coastal walks, trails and outdoor experiences,” Cr Crugnale said.
“Having these points of interest along our stunning coastline adds to the deepening of our narrative, gives us insight and a new appreciation of these incredibly large creatures and their migration. Being in the off-peak season is an added bonus!
The new project will commence in late July 2016 and will involve planning and co-operation between land managers and stakeholders, including Watershed Victoria and Whalewatch Gippsland.
“This has been a long time coming, so thank you to both the local groups involved for their passion and tenacity in advocating for this project to be realised,” Cr Crugnale said.
This project is supported through funding of $25,000 from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
For further information, contact Council’s Sustainable Environment Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.