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If you live on Phillip Island or the Bass Coast surrounds and identify as LBGTIQ+ please consider coming along to our new group! Find connection, friendship and peer support in an inclusive space facilitated by professional counsellor Linda Wilson from Elite Counselling.

Contact Linda for more information and a confidential discussion about the group's purpose and shared beliefs.

Everyone is welcome at PICAL

Phil Dixon Emergency Food Relief Pantry's new home!

Now operating from its spacious new home the Phil Dixon Emergency Food Relief Pantry is located in the portable building previously called the Sunroom, just beind the main reception building.

Volunteers have worked tirelessly to provide a bright welcoming space where items are easily identified and can be handled with all COVID safe measures through a servery window.

Over the past 6 months the pantry has grown to become the largest food relief service in the South Gippsland region! 

Term 4 Course Guide out now!

Expand your learning or start something new for work or personal development!

We have been working hard to secure extra funding to subsidise some of our courses in response to the shifting COVID-19 environment. If you have been looking to update your resume or re-skill into a new area, now is the time.

This term we are introducing a new Digital Skills short course. This course is designed to help you live, learn and work in the digital world. The first class is delivered face-to-face here at PICAL. We will teach you how to set up and use the online video conferencing platform everyone's talking about - Zoom! If you don't have a computer or device at home, we can lend you an iPad for the duration of the course. For the next 5 classes you will Zoom in from home on your device and meet your tutor and classmates online. It's a supportive and safe space to help you gain your confidence with digital technology!

Our Discover Horticulture course with Rick Coleman is still proving very popular with gardeners wanting to improve their home grown production and also those considering taking their horticulture knowledge a little further.

Download the current Term 4 2020 Course Guide HERE

PICAL's Isolation Nights series

concluded on Monday September 7th following a fantastic presentation from Mat Bowtell from

Free 3D Hands. We were blown away by Mat and his team's response to the shortages faced by the community and our frontline workers at the start of the pandemic. With dedication and unwavering commitment, one small factory on Phillip Island proved just how we can get manufacturing done, right here on home soil.

We'd like to thank all of our presenters: Chris Duff The Country Dietitian, Lois Gaskin from Turn the Page Bookshop and Linda Wilson from Elite Counselling

for giving so generously of their time. Make sure you stay connected as we continue along the road to the new COVID normal. There are many people in our community ready and willing to help and PICAL is only a phone call away!


Restrictions in regional Victoria are starting to ease as of 16th September. Workplace Training and Learn Local classes will continue with all COVID safe guidelines in place. Leisure & Lifestyle classes will resume shortly.

EMERGENCY FOOD RELIEF OPEN Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

CENTRELINK AGENCY OPEN Monday to Friday 9am to 1:30pm

YOU MUST WEAR A MASK WHEN ATTENDING THE CENTRE and follow all directives from staff in regards to social distancing.


White Card, Traffic Management & Traffic Control Courses delivered by Cove Training. 


These courses will go ahead at PICAL with strict adherence to all social distancing and covid safe guidelines.

White Card: Friday 18th September

Traffic Control: Friday 25th September

Traffic Management: Friday 2nd October


PICAL has been working hard to secure further funding and we're passing it onto our locals! If you are looking for work in construction or traffic control and are a Bass Coast Shire resident you can still register for the 3-course combo White Card, Traffic Management and Traffic Control for an incredible $450 per person! White Card tickets $150 pp. Numbers are limited

Bookings by ringing Cove Training 8773 9000 and proof of residency will be required to 

Classes and activities may be subject to change at short notice in-line with government recommendations. Please check the website, the PICAL Facebook page and/or group facilitators for any changes to programming.

56 - 58 Church St, Cowes VIC 3922

PH: (03) 5952 1131

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm (except Public Holidays)


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