PHILLIP Island experienced a burst of growth last year and it’s set to continue as millions of dollars are spent revitalising the area.
The local council received 75 planning applications last year for works in Cowes, in addition to 20 in surrounding towns Wimbledon Heights, Ventnor and Summerlands.
Although some of those applications were for smaller projects such as removing trees, others included subdivisions, two-storey buildings, liquor licenses and warehouses in industrial estates.
But the big-ticket items, including a drug rehabilitation centre and a 22-unit apartment block, were both rejected by Bass Coast Shire councillors.
The four-storey apartment building on The Esplanade was knocked back at the council’s November meeting, although the applicant has since launched an appeal.
But this year it’s in council’s hands to improve Phillip Island, with works planned to remove car parking at the Cowes Jetty and replace it with open space.
Council’s tipped $1.4 million into the Cowes Jetty Triangle works, alongside the State Government’s $900,000 contribution.
The open space area will be ready by October, in time for celebrations for Phillip Island’s 150 years since settlement.
Entrepreneurs also see Phillip Island as the place to be, with an application received by shire officers for a brewery in an industrial estate in Cowes.
The application, lodged on Wednesday, January 31, is for 13 Harvey Drive, Cowes but no more information has been released as council’s still assessing the application.