Heritage Centre Redevelopment Gets Community Bank Funding

Barwon Coast is delighted to announce that the Barwon Estuary Heritage Centre, (aka The Lobster Pot), has received $100,000 from the Barwon Heads Community Bank for the redevelopment of the centre as part of the Bank’s #2 Legacy Project funding program.

The Board of the Barwon Heads Community Bank recognised the merit of supporting the redevelopment based on the Lobster Pot’s application and community votes following a presentation given by Friends of the Lobster Pot Vice-President Paul Saunders at the Community Forum Project Pitch Night held in March this year.

Currently closed for Stage 1 of renovations the Lobster Pot houses a treasure trove of displays and information on local geology, botany, history, marine science and European and Aboriginal culture. The centre focuses on Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove and Lake Connewarre and is run by an enthusiastic and super-knowledgeable group of volunteers known as Friends of the Lobster Pot.

The funding will provide for the completion of Stage 2 of a three-stage project. It will allow for the detailed design, construction plans and a survey for the complete renovation of the collection and its future curation to a high, museum standard.

Barwon Coast CEO Gary McPike explains “This is an exciting opportunity for Barwon Coast to partner with Friends of the Lobster Pot in a revitalisation of the centre. We look forward to re-energising what is a fantastic collection of artefacts from the Barwon Estuary comprising geology, flora, fauna, Aboriginal history and more recently the settlement of Barwon Heads.”