Scenic Vision Becomes Reality With $300,000 Grant
Scenic Estate on Phillip Island will be developed as a conservation reserve for the community and visitors to enjoy after Bass Coast Shire Council received a $300,000 grant from the State Government.
Member for Bass, Ken Smith, on behalf of Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan, visited the site today to make the announcement that the government has invested $300,000 from its $1 billion Regional Growth Fund to develop the reserve.
The government funding for the $406,680 project will be combined with $79,780 from Council, $20,220 from Phillip Island Nature Park and $6,680 from Parks Victoria.
Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, said once developed, the 28-hectare failed residential estate would include walking tracks, boardwalks, viewing platforms and seating, as well as access to the Phillip Island Nature Parks’ managed land and the RAMSAR Wetlands.
“In April 2013, Council had the foresight to set the Council-owned land within Scenic Estate aside for environmental conservation purposes,” Cr Rankine said.
“This parcel of land has laid vacant for a significant number of years.
“The vision of Council to turn it into a conservation area is exciting, and now thanks to funding from the State Government, as well as contributions from our partners, the hard work begins to see it delivered on the ground.”
Cr Rankine said once completed, the conservation reserve will be yet another tourist drawcard for Bass Coast, showcasing Phillip Island’s natural environment.
“The Scenic Estate Landscape Design Plan was prepared by consultants in conjunction with Phillip Island Nature Parks, Parks Victoria, and the community and has been well received by the community and Council, with the Plan adopted by Council at last week’s Ordinary Meeting,” Cr Rankine said.
“It is considered an innovative solution to a long-standing problem involving illegal dumping of rubbish and degradation of the area from dirt bike riding and 4WDs.”
The Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve Central project is expected to be completed in June 2015.