Bass Coast,

Recreation projects receive healthy funding boost

Bass Coast Shire Council has resolved to allocate more than $1.2 million in funding to seven recreation projects across the Shire.

Through developer contributions, Council currently has around $3.13 million held in its Resort and Recreation funding reserve. Around $1.86 million from this reserve has already been allocated to projects, through Council resolutions.

At last Wednesday’s Ordinary Council Meeting held in Wonthaggi, Council resolved to allocate $250,000 to the Harold Hughes Reserve in Corinella and $282,498 to a connection pathway, also in Corinella.

Inverloch’s Rainbow Park will receive $158,159 and the Inverloch Sound Shell project will receive $150,000. The Kilcunda Skate Park project will receive $42,187 and $385,515 has been allocated to a future recreation project in Wonthaggi, which will be confirmed following the completion of the Wonthaggi Activity Centre Plan. These projects will be further planned and subject to future grant applications.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari said that these projects were chosen to receive the funding following community consultation, as part of Council’s Active Bass Coast Plan 2018.

“Earlier this year, our communities were provided information and consulted about preferences for township recreation projects. Council has been listening and it is great to see that we can take the next step in the process and commit funding to these important community projects,” Cr Tessari said.

As part of the consultation, projects were listed in each locality that had a Resort and Recreation allocation and the project ideas were drawn from adopted plans and strategies to ensure they met the criteria for use of the funds.

Resort and Recreation funds have already been allocated to four recreation projects that were pending successful external grant funding through Sport and Recreation Victoria and the Australian Sports Commission. The two successful grants included the Inverloch Netball Precinct, which has been allocated $500,000 and the Regional Skate Park (San Remo), which has been allocated $650,000.

It is expected the outcome of all four grant applications will be known by the end of November.