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Industry News 31 March 2021


Easter week and the Island is preparing for a bumper weekend!

On behalf of the team we wish all our partners a busy Easter and School Holidays and we look forward to catching up after the holidays.

Our social media channels will be busy sharing content including our latest Easter Ideas Blog.

Please reach out if you would like to have a chat about any challenges you are still facing with regulations, resourcing etc

Kim Storey 0409 250 895
Pauleen Boulton / Arnika Martin 0466 620 856

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Bass Coast Country University Centre Opens

The centre opened last Friday, thanks to the great work and advocacy of the community and council. Here is what the centre is all about.

Who we are

We are driving change in regional education by empowering the Bass Coast community to fulfil their potential through higher education. We are increasing access by providing a highly connected learning communities in Wonthaggi to overcome the barriers to success.

Why we are here

Regional and rural communities deserve quality opportunities to pursue their dreams without the need to relocate. Our mission is to provide regional people with the space and tools they need to create a vibrant and more prosperous future for themselves and their wider community.

What we do

We are creating a dedicated learning and study space in Wonthaggi that has been designed for regional people by regional people. Our students will have free access to high-speed Internet, modern technology, and general academic support all delivered here at CUC Bass Coast. Our students will have the opportunity to build a network of like-minded fellow students and can take advantage of being part of a state-wide learning community.

Who we are here for

All people in the Bass Coast region who are studying higher education from any university or non-university higher education provider. If you’re a local business or service provider interested in engaging locally trained university graduates and students, or hosting student placements and work-based learning, we are here for you too.

Where it all began

CUC Bass Coast will be opened in March 2021 as an affiliate of Country Universities Centre, with support from the Australian Federal Government and Bass Coast Shire Council. In June 2020 we were successful in obtaining Federal funding to deepen our operations and engagement under the Regional Universities Centres program. We look forward to supporting local students in their learning journeys, and we look forward to being a part of the future of higher education for the Bass Coast region.
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Pelican Feeding back at 12 noon daily San Remo Jetty

It was great to support Paul and the Co-Op team getting the go ahead for Pelican Feeding to be back at its regular gig 12noon daily.

Cowes Jetty Progress

Planned burns on French Island

FFMVic wishes to advise that we have scheduled the first part of the McLeod West planned burn on French Island for this Saturday, 3 April 2021, if the conditions are suitable.

The planned burn on Saturday is the 275 hectare Block 1 of the 1057 hectare McLeod West ecological burn.
This is in the French Island National Park near the historic McLeod Prison Farm at the eastern edge of the island (see map below and attached information flyer).

Block 2 of the burn is also scheduled for autumn 2021.
This second planned burn of 304 hectare may be carried out any time from next week onwards, when the next suitable weather window is identified.

We understand that the planned burn and the smoke from this burning may be of concern to the tourism industry in the general area of French Island.
The FFMVic fuel management team has been working closely with the Bureau of Meteorology and our fire behaviour specialists predicting smoke behaviour.

As summarised below, on Saturday the current forecasts indicate that the prevailing wind direction will be from the north-north-westerly for most of the day.
This will move smoke away from the Mornington Peninsula area, towards the south east, away from the burn.

Ventilation should also be good as the mixing height is predicted to be approximately 2km on Saturday.
Planned burns in this heath vegetation tend to burn quickly and will be relatively short - 4-5 hours - and generate a strong smoke column.
The column is predicted to rise to approx. 2km elevation and move to the south east at that elevation.
This smoke should then dissipate at elevation due to the predicted moderate winds.

Therefore smoke from this burn is not expected to impact at ground level.

Easter Events

Victorian Tourism Conference register now

  • Under the theme of Shaping the future of Victorian tourism, the two-day event will bring together our tourism, events and hospitality industries at a time when it’s needed most.
  • Held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), the conference is an opportunity to connect and collaborate on big picture ideas and practical advice on reigniting Victoria’s visitor economy and businesses in 2021.
  • A program update is now available:
  • MC Holly Ransom joins a stellar line-up of industry leaders, brand experts and Victorian tourism and event operators, with highlights including:
    • From agility back to strategy – Mark Ritson, brand consultant
    • The lights are back on: Victoria leads the way in sport, culture, arts, music, innovation and knowledge – Marriner Group, MCEC, Visit Victoria and MCB
    • Trends and insights driving tourism in the next 6-18 months – Accommodation Association, Roy Morgan, STR and Visit Victoria
    • Visit Victoria’s strategy and update – Brendan McClements, Visit Victoria CEO
  • Additional speakers will be announced soon.
  • Follow the latest event information on LinkedIn and Twitter at #VTCme2021.
Join us as we hear from industry leaders and brand experts, exchange stories of innovation, and reconnect at an evening function hosted by VTIC in partnership with Showtime Events Group, at Cargo Hall and Melbourne Public, South Wharf on 21 April.

Visit Vic understand it has been a difficult year financially for most tourism, hospitality and events operators. So they've committed to a ticket price that offers value for money ($200 for the entire conference) but then also wanted to take it a step further and offer Destination Phillip Island Partners a price of $180 for our partners.

Secure your Destination Phillip Island partner offer at the conference today by selecting Member Price.

Visit victoriantourismconference.com.au for more information.

Visit Victoria will deliver the event in line with MCEC's VenueSafe plan.