THE Bass Coast Shire Council has kick-started funding for Phillip Island’s 150th year celebrations, allocating $68,000 for five major community events.
The anniversary, to be celebrated next year, will celebrate 150 years since the first release of land for selection in 1868 for European settlement.
The celebrations have been four years in the making and will include a Rhyll Wooden Boat Festival, Bendigo Bank Community Day, subdivision re-enactment, a street parade and an evening for a ball, dance or alike.
The Phillip Island 150th Celebrations Planning Committee says the $68,000 will cover all the costs for the events, as well as $10,000 for signage and promotions.
At its ordinary council meeting, Deputy Mayor Cr Brett Tessari said the event was a fantastic idea.
“For this committee to have no funds at their disposal, it’d be a bit hard to organise an event at this size and level and have no money,” he said.
“I think this is gonna be massive for our area, not only for Phillip Island. I’m all for it.”
Island Ward Cr Stephen Fullarton said
the community’s shown plenty of support for the event.
“The community’s actually really getting right behind this and the planning meetings are energetic.
“It’s progressing very very well and there’s a lot people putting a lot of energy into it.”
Cr Les Larke expressed interest in other towns in Bass Coast Shire celebrating Phillip Island’s 150 years, keen to spread the love to the Bunurong Ward.
“I’m not proposing to do anything other than to vote for this, but I would like to see other areas of Bass Coast celebrating Phillip Island for this centenary.
“I’m not sure how we go about that, you know, maybe a march down Graham Street in Wonthaggi,” he said, receiving laughter from his colleagues.
“That’s something for another day that we can think about.”
Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said she could also envision flags coming into Grantville.
Council officers anticipate the Phillip Island community may come up with other events to celebrate the 150 years.
While council can’t allocate any more money to these events under the Community Grants program, groups can apply for funding for other celebratory events.