About the Project

In November 2023, Bass Coast welcomed Berninneit, its new cultural center on Phillip Island, alongside the upgraded Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre. Both venues meet professional touring theater standards, enhancing the region's cultural landscape.

The only two such facilities in the Bass Coast / Southern Gippsland region they create a significant gateway touring opportunity to connect The Victorian Association of Performing Arts Centres members outer south/ south-eastern Melbourne venues in Frankston, Berwick, Narre Warren & Cardinia to those of the eastern Gippsland potentially.

Annual funding assistance of $150,000 from Creative Victoria is sought to assist with programming of professional touring product including touring theatre, live performance, and visual arts, ensuring that our regional venues showcase the highest quality dynamic cultural content. This programming support will provide attendees with access to a greater quantity, quality and diversity of arts events and activities which will contribute significantly to the cultural, social and economic development of our regional communities.

This level of programming support provides significant social and economic benefits while elevating community aspiration and cultural capacity-building for our local arts stakeholders. At the same time, creating high-visibility platforms for Council to partner its broader strategic priorities around First Nations, Gender Equality, and Access and Inclusion, along with a long-term workforce planning program that critically addresses the recognised pandemic drain on arts sector technical expertise.

Bass Coast Shire Council has put a focus on our young people who have chosen not to pursue tertiary studies. Bass Coast Shire Council now provides a paid pathway for local school-leavers to receive paid on -the-job training along with a formal qualification in cultural facility technical operations. This program is delivered in both our cultural venues through partnerships with Vicwest, Arts Centre Melbourne, and local performance stakeholders.

With regional events and activations proven to provide significant social and economic benefits, Council seeks funding to ensure the people living, looking to re-locate, or visiting Bass Coast have access to high quality arts and cultural facilities.