Bass Coast Shire Council has secured a $2.5 million grant through the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, for the redevelopment of the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre.
Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari said that this announcement was fantastic news for Bass Coast and the community.
“The Growing Suburbs Fund was expanded earlier this year, to include peri-urban councils. Bass Coast advocated to be included in the Fund to recognise that Bass Coast is a growing municipality which needs additional financial support to meet our communities’ expectations,” Cr Tessari said.
“We had several meetings with State Government Ministers and senior public servants to achieve this outcome.
“I would like to thank the State Government for including Bass Coast in this Fund and for providing $2.5 million towards this important community project. We look forward to additional funding for the Fund being made available in the upcoming State Budget.”
The $19 million redevelopment of the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre involves replacing the existing Centre, to create a dynamic and interactive place that is a source of community pride. Concept Designs were well received during Community Stakeholder Engagement sessions held last week. Four sessions were held, with representatives from over 14 different groups in attendance. Council will continue to work with these groups through the schematic and detailed design phases of the project.
Demolition of the old site is underway, while construction of the new facility will start in early 2021 and is expected to take 12 to 14 months.
Cr Tessari said the delivery of this key Council and community project will help to support a much needed post COVID-19 economic recovery.
“Projects like this will help keep local jobs secure and create new and sustainable employment opportunities for the community,” Cr Tessari said.
“Once built, the Centre will bring together the cultural and social aspirations of the community and will draw in visitors to showcase the history and culture of the region.
“It will also provide an incredible facility for a huge range community activities and events,” Cr Tessari concluded.