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THE Bass Coast Shire Council will go to
tender for the detailed design and construc-
tion of the Jetty Triangle in Cowes.
This project is part of the Cowes Revitali-
The redevelopment of the Triangle will in-
clude the installation of terraced, grassed ar-
eas for event space, new pathways, landscap -
ing and access to the Cenotaph.
At the Ordinary Council meeting on De-
cember 14 2016, Council gave the green light
to go to tender for the Triangle redevelop-
ment at an estimated cost of $2.3 million.
The tender will include a hold point follow-
ing the detailed design, to not proceed with
construction until State or Federal funding
has been confirmed.
A further report will be presented to Coun-
cil detailing options for progressing the
other two components of the Revitalisation
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield,
explains exactly what the council’s decision
means for the Shire.
“This is very exciting news, especially for
the Cowes community and central business
district, as the redevelopment of the Jetty
Triangle was identified as a priority in the
Cowes Activity Centre Plan, ” Cr Rothfield
“Once this project is completed, the Trian-
gle will become a must-visit for tourists and
locals alike as a place to relax, socialise, be
entertained and enjoy. ”
Council will be going to tender in the first
half of 2017, so people may see consultants,
engineers and landscape architects walking
around the area in preparation for design
and tender responses.
If you have any questions about the proj-
ect, please contact Council’s Infrastructure
Project Lead, Derek Peters, on (5671 2493
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bass Coast Shire Council will go to tender for the detailed design and construction of the
Jetty Triangle in Cowes in the first half of 2017.
The grand plans for Cowes
IN CASE everyone has forgotten, here’s what
the Cowes Activity Centre Plan, produced by
consultants at a cost of $300,000, and adopted
by the former council in June 2015, was about.
The consultants were engaged by council to
come up with a vision for Cowes, to reinvigo -
rate it physically and take it into the future.
They described a walk in the early morning
along the Cowes Esplanade and foreshore as a
world class experience.
But they observed the Esplanade and much
of the street infrastructure was rundown with
a two dollar shop quality about it.
The consultants engaged with residents and
visitors from a marquee in Thompson Avenue
at the end of 2015, and identified a sense of
frustration in the community about how Cowes
looks and works.
They translated ideas and suggestions from
the community during consultative sessions
for the town’s renewal and reinvigoration into
a Cowes Activity Centre Plan.
In the immediate short term, the document
produced recommended that in line with the
community view, rejuvenation should start at
the Jetty Triangle, where events and people
converge, and then seamlessly join Thompson
Avenue, creating a beachside link.
The community wanted a more compact and
walkable Cowes township, according to the
consultants, and a transit centre and all day
car park was prioritised for the shire land in
Church Street, which would allow passengers
to alight from their vehicles and access Thomp-
son Avenue and The Esplanade area on foot.
It recommended a site for the Phillip Island
Aquatic Centre site be reserved there, next
door to the planned Health Hub.
Medium term plans involved beautifying
Thompson Avenue from Chapel Street down
to the Esplanade, and its consolidation as the
tourist destination of Cowes.
An improved Esplanade promenade linking
the Mussel Rocks and Erewhon Point head-
lands was proposed.
So too new activities such as a skate park in
the Mussel Rock zone.
The Plan identified a backlog of public works
to be done within the first six month period, at
a cost of about $230,000, to address the run
down nature of the street and foreshore facili-
ties and infrastructure.
These works included the addition of co -
lour in the main street and freshening of the
landscape, with the replacement of all hedged
grasses in Thompson Avenue with mixed and
Irrigation of Erewhon Point was recommend-
ed, as well as removal of damaged bollards
along the Esplanade and new line marking as
far as Erewhon Point.
Repainting of the Esplanade foreshore toilets
and Rotunda was seen as long overdue, and
recommended as well.
Installation of advanced larger trees in the
Town Square, and screening the infamous Ex-
eloo from the street with plants and a garden
was recommended, along with removal of out-
dated, defunct and dilapidated signs and bins
with better models, and a repaint of light poles,
bollards, benches and railings in new dark re-
None of this happened.
Secondary action projects
Longer term plans for Thompson Avenue
north of Chapel Street, were for the creation of
what is termed a Destination Place, at a cost of
• consolidation of the tourist destination
function of Cowes in Thompson Avenue North
through improvements including establish-
ment of two corridors of shade trees; creation
of gardens, the replacement of the existing car
parking with parallel spaces; alfresco timber
decks, new timber bench furniture, lighting
and public art.
• the removal of the existing Chapel Street
roundabout, to be replaced by a pedestrian
priority intersection, at a cost of $455,000.
• streetscape and town square works to “ac-
tivate” what was described as a “de-activated”
section of Cowes in the vicinity of the Cowes
Cultural Centre precinct ($510,00).
• New in lane bus stop on Thompson Avenue
at Coles and Woolworths ($75,000).
• Bikeways on both sides of Thompson
Avenue from Chapel to Settlement Road
• Development of boardwalks, footpaths and
parking improvements along the Cowes fore-
• Town bikeway and footpath in identified lo -
It suggested the Chapel Street roundabout be
replaced by a people centred intersection, and
a re-activated town square.
In line with the community view that the
township is currently shifting away from the
unique and beautiful foreshore area, the Ac-
tivity Plan focussed design back towards this
It gave Thompson Avenue north of Chapel
Street a strong tourism and entertainment fo-
cus, and identified potential for this stretch of
the main street to become a high quality living
Increased height limits were suggested to fa-
cilitate this outcome, which in turn would sup-
port business viability, with the establishment
of cafes, bars and restaurants at ground level,
beneath apartment development.
Planning controls were suggested to achieve
a consistent character in Thompson Avenue.
These included incorporation of large win-
dows to connect each building to the street; the
provision of street awnings between buildings
and the footpath edge to provide shade, and
uniformity; and increased heights on key street
corners to provide views of the foreshore.
At an estimated cost of about $11 million,
spread out over 10 years, from mid-2015, the
work identified in the Cowes Activity Centre
Plan would have cost ratepayers about $1 mil-
lion annually, presuming no government grants
or contributions were made.
The plan was adopted by the council in June
2015, and council stated it was keen to get
started immediately on the Jetty Triangle proj-
However, none of the recommended works
The plan’s secondary action recommenda-
tion for $510,000 to be spent on street and
town square works at the Cowes Cultural Cen-
tre site somehow morphed into a $12 million
redevelopment of the Cowes Cultural centre,
with the focus of council completely on this
The then $10 million Cowes Cultural Cen-
tre redevelopment was incorrectly identified
as a priority in the Cowes Activity Centre Plan
in December 2015, with council “bundling” it
with the Jetty Triangle and Transit Centre and
car park proposals, in the hope of attracting
Federal and State government funding to pro -
ceed with all three at a cost of $15 million.
Its application for Federal funding for the
Cultural Centre redevelopment was not suc-
cessful, and that project is currently in limbo.
The new council moved at its most recent
meeting (December 2016) to proceed with the
Jetty triangle project.
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