Seeking expressions of interest for Centennial Centre


Expressions of Interest from individuals, groups and organisations to offer services that benefit the Bass Coast community from the Wonthaggi Centennial Centre are now open.

Bass Coast Shire Council Chief Executive Officer, Paul Buckley PSM, said the Centre was an important community resource.

“We want services from the Centennial Centre to help build a strong and vibrant community,” explained Mr Buckley.

“The Visitor Information Centre (VIC) service closes Thursday, 30 June 2016. This provides an excellent opportunity for community service providers to work together to design a service that benefits the community that can be delivered from the Centre.

“There have been many ideas and suggestions from the community since the Council’s decision to close the VIC was announced.

“Now we are asking for these ideas to be turned into Expressions of Interest with supporting business cases,” continued Mr Buckley.

Expressions of Interest are now open and close Friday, 29 April 2016. Council will select the successful service provider at its meeting on Wednesday, 15 June 2016.

All Expressions of Interest must be supported by a business case demonstrating benefits of the service to the community and how costs to operate out of the Centre will be met.

“The service providers will be responsible for covering overhead costs on the building such as insurances and other operating costs,” said Mr Buckley.

“We’re hoping to receive Expressions of Interest that include shared services and allow public access to the Centennial Centre facilities like the meeting spaces,” explained Mr Buckley.

For more information, timelines and access to the Expression of Interest form go to www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/centennialEOI. All Expressions of Interest must be accompanied by a business case.

The Wonthaggi Visitor Information Centre is closing after a detailed service review. The independent review undertaken last year is part of Council’s commitment to a culture of continuous improvement and review of processes and practices to ensure services are efficient, relevant and meet the needs of the community.