Bass Coast,

Community drives draft Plan and Budget

After extensive community conversations and consultation to ‘Help shape a better Bass Coast’ earlier this year, Bass Coast Shire Council has delivered its draft Council Plan 2017-21 and draft Annual Budget 2017/18.

The two draft documents are now on public exhibition after being approved for release at a Special Council Meeting held last Wednesday evening.

They can be viewed at, or at Council’s Customer Service Centres in Wonthaggi, Cowes, Inverloch and Grantville.

The draft Plan includes Council’s Vision, Mission and Values, as well as seven themes; Advocacy, Economic Development, Environment, Governance, Health and Wellbeing, Liveability, and Our Character.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said she was very proud of the draft Plan, which also encompasses the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-21, that would direct Council over the next four years.

“On behalf of Council, I am delighted to present our draft Council Plan to the community; the very community who has played such a huge role in shaping our priorities for the next four years, through our Engagement sessions,” Cr Rothfield said.

“The draft Plan reflects not only what we heard, but how we will meet these priorities, and the strategies on how the organisation will deliver and fund these outcomes for the community.”

Cr Rothfield said the draft Budget also reflects the input and aspirations from the community, and proposes how Council will fund the priorities outlined in year one of the draft Council Plan.

“We have committed to maintaining services and infrastructure, as well as delivering projects and services that are valued by our community, and doing this within the rate increase of two per cent mandated by the State Government,” Cr Rothfield said.

“Remaining aligned with our Long Term Financial Plan, the draft Budget includes funding for a number of priority projects our community has been calling for.

“We have also focussed on maintaining and upgrading our existing valuable assets, proposing over half of our Capital Works budget is committed to renewal.”

The $83.5 million draft Budget proposes an $18.6 million Capital Works Program, including major, minor and renewal projects such as:

  • New floodlighting for two soccer pitches at Newhaven Reserve
  • Redevelopment of change rooms at Dalyston Recreation Reserve
  • Development of the Cowes Transit Hub
  • Contribution to Wonthaggi CBD Traffic Lights
  • Extension of Surf Parade shared path to Veronica St, Inverloch
  • Refurbishment of Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre
  • Construction of a new landfill cell at Grantville Landfill
  • Bass Coast Rail Trail Bourne Creek Pedestrian Bridge Renewal
  • Resurfacing of Netball Courts at Dalyston Recreation Reserve
  • Replacement of footpath on Anchorage Rd, Ventnor between Ventnor Road and Pall Mall
  • Nyora St Helier Road Upgrade – Nation Building Blackspot Program
  • Kerb Renewal – Jenner Avenue, Cowes
  • Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve Gymnasium Building Renewal Works
  • South Dudley Road Upgrade – Nation Building Blackspot Program
  • Phillip Island Nature Parks commercial office development
  • Pioneer Bay Drainage Improvements

It also proposes Community Facilities Funding for:

  • a Wonthaggi Shared Highball Facility – provision for Council contribution of $1.5 million transferred to Reserve
  • the Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Club – provision for Council contribution of $600,000 (over two years)

“Other highlights from this Budget include the continuation of the Inverloch Transfer Station, an ongoing commitment to the development of skate parks across the Shire, land contribution towards a medical facility on Phillip Island, and commencing community engagement on how we spend $2 million on open spaces in 2018/19,” Cr Rothfield said.

“The draft Budget also continues to support our agricultural community with a rating differential of 80 per cent, as well as the opportunity to apply for the Rural Land Management Program which returns approximately $602,555 in environmental value to the rural community.”

With the draft Council Plan and draft Budget now on exhibition, Council is inviting the community to have their say by attending an upcoming drop in session, or making a written submission.

Drop in sessions will be held in:

  • Cowes – Monday, 15 May, Cowes Cultural Centre Hall, 91-97 Thompson Ave from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Grantville – Tuesday, 16 May at Grantville Hall, 1470 Bass Hwy from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Inverloch – Monday, 22 May at Inverloch Community Hub, 16 A’Beckett St from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Facebook – Tuesday, 23 May at from 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Submissions to the draft Plan and/or Budget can also be made in writing by emailing, or by mail to Bass Coast Shire Council, PO Box 118, Wonthaggi, 3995.

If you wish to speak to your submission, you must advise Council within your email or letter.

The exhibition period closes at 5.00pm on Tuesday, 30 May 2017 and submissions will be heard from 4.30pm on Wednesday, 7 June 2017 at a Special Meeting of Council.

The Council Plan and Budget will be formally presented to the Ordinary Council Meeting on Wednesday, 21 June for adoption, along with the outcome of any submissions.

For further information about the proposed budget, contact Council on 1300BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211

“We asked the community what they wanted us to achieve over the next four years, and now we want to make sure we’ve got it right,” Cr Rothfield said.

“I am looking forward to seeing what our community members have to say about both our draft Plan and Budget, and excited about what is proposed for Bass Coast in the very near future.”