Investment in the public realm in Cowes, Wonthaggi, Inverloch and San Remo is crucial to create vibrant spaces, improved liveability and employment opportunities.

Creative landscaping, smart city infrastructure and improved streetscapes will all contribute to the transformation of our towns. Residents and visitors will enjoy a more pedestrian friendly environment and increased social and retail activity.

With an eye towards reinvigorating the character of our towns, we are creating a series of interconnected spaces that will bring life back to the streets, are easier to access and more connected to the community. Wonthaggi, our regional centre, will take full advantage of its wide sidewalks while the stunning Esplanade in Cowes will become a focal point.

With the population across Bass Coast increasing by 25% in the past five years, and continued population growth predicted, investment in the public realm is essential to ensure a high quality of life for our community. Bass Coast Shire Council is committed to making sure that our residents and visitors have access to vibrant public spaces. We are investing in improving parks and recreational activities, arts and culture, and projects such as the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre opening in 2023 and Wonthaggi’s new regional playspace Guide Park complement these works and drive increased private investment.

Council seeks $30 million investment to transform our townships.