Bass Coast,

Bass Coast wins Industry Awards for Tourism and Community Engagement


At Thursday night’s RACV Victorian Tourism Awards and last week's Local Government Professionals Corporate Planners Network Awards, Bass Coast Shire Council was recognised for achievements in Tourism and Community Engagement.

Bass Coast won the Local Government Award for Tourism and received a Silver Award for Visitor Information Services, narrowly missing out on a third win in the Visitor Information category to enter the Hall of Fame.

The Shire was well represented at the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards. Congratulations to A Maze’N Things which won Best Tourism Attraction category, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on receiving a Bronze Award, and Maru Koala and Animal Park who were recognised as Finalists.

Also awarded on the night was BIG4 Inverloch Holiday Park who won the Caravan and Holiday Parks category, Wildlife Coast Cruises took out Silver for Tour and Transport Operators Award, with Phillip Island Helicopters recognised as a Finalist.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, who attended the awards, explained that a healthy tourism industry is the result of a collaborative effort from local and state government, and local businesses.  

“Visitor economy is a major economic driver in Bass Coast,” Cr Rothfield said.

“We have many small and medium sized businesses who work hard at contributing to and improving our tourism market, and it was wonderful to see some of these businesses recognised at the Awards.”

Last week, Council won the 2017 LGPro ‘Best Practice and Innovation in Council Development Award' for community engagement in developing the Council Plan.

Our approach to developing our Council Plan was unique in that our process of community engagement was diverse, varied, in-house (no consultants) and quite simply - heartfelt.”

“I was thrilled when the authenticity and hard work behind our Council Plan was recognised with this Award. It was a great collaboration between the community and Council!”

To read about the development of the Council Plan visit For more information on Bass Coast’s tourism industry, go to