Bass Coast,
13
January
2017
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05:16
Australia/Melbourne

Community helps to shape Bass Coast’s future

The ‘Help shape a better Bass Coast’ campaign is off to a flying start, having already received an overwhelming response from the community only two weeks into the month-long engagement process.

Bass Coast Shire Council launched the campaign earlier this month to gather ideas, information and feedback from the community to help Council develop its direction for the next four years.

Whether you work, live or play in the area, Council is inviting people to take part by answering questions through an online or printed survey, joining in the discussion at a community engagement session around the Shire, or stopping by one of Council’s pop-up marquees at local events.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said this is an opportunity for all of us to shape a better future for Bass Coast.

“We believe our community must be active participants and collaborators in the development of our future plan,” Cr Rothfield said.

“It’s only early days for our ‘Help shape a better Bass Coast’ campaign, and we’ve already had an overwhelming, positive response from people putting their ideas forward. We know how passionate you all are about your own slice of paradise within Bass Coast and this is the time to show it!”

The campaign kicked off with a pop-up marquee at the Music in the Glade event in Inverloch, followed by the first community engagement event in Cape Paterson. Sessions have also been held in Cowes and Bass, and pop-ups at the Bass Coast Agricultural Show and Inverloch Farmers Market.

Cr Rothfield said ideas and comments were flying in, and that attendance at the sessions and pop-ups had been extremely promising.

“In two weeks, we’ve already had over 400 surveys completed, collected hundreds of comments on social media, and had face-to-face conversations with at least 150 people,” Cr Rothfield said.

“We’ve also had over 2,500 emails sent out to community groups, organisations, businesses, committees and residents, and have been advertising through our local newspaper and radio.

“To top that off, we’ve reached over 25,000 people on Facebook with our targeted posts to-date.

“This is by far the biggest consultation project Council has ever undertaken, and we’re all very excited to see it grow even bigger in the second half of January.

“So please do not miss our face-to-face engagement sessions and pop-ups, get on board with our social media exchanges, complete our online survey and come and have a coffee with a Councillor so we can hear your thoughts.”

Variety of issues already raised

Plenty of themes have already developed in the feedback gathered so far, including:

  • Roads – improving safety and reducing conjestion
  • Waste – more public bins, free hard waste collections and kerbside green waste collection
  • Paths, Trails and Footpaths – Completing the Surf Parade path in Inverloch, more paths in residential areas and linking towns with paths
  • Boating and Fishing – Improving boat ramps
  • Car parking, Crossings and Signage – Better town entrance signs, more pedestrian crossings and more car parks
  • Arts and Culture – Improving towns with street art and a home for the Robert Smith art collection
  • Accessibility – Better access to beaches and facilities for people with disability
  • Sports and Recreation – Improve the Aquatic Centre and build a basketball stadium in Wonthaggi, pool for Phillip Island, and more skate parks
  • Economic Development – More promotion of the area to attract businesses, more festivals and events, and encourage industrial development
  • Tourism – More promotion of tourist drives, consider boardwalks and water parks
  • Education – A new highschool in Wonthaggi, a government highschool in San Remo or Phillip Island and more tertiary education options
  • Youth and Children – More youth services and centres
  • Health – Upgrade the Wonthaggi Hospital and a hospital or 24/7 medical centre for Phillip Island
  • Environment, Beaches and Dogs – Balance wildlife and visitors, more wildlife corridors and signage, and more access for dogs on beaches
  • Public Transport – More regular and efficient public transport
  • Parks and Towns Beautification – Landscaping and modernisation of Wonthaggi CBD, improve parks for families and visitors
  • Planning – No high density development and retain town boundaries

Join the conversation

The online survey can be accessed online at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/abetterbasscoast, and Council will also be running a Q&A session on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/basscoastshire on Monday, 16 January from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

Community engagement sessions still to come will be held at:

  • San Remo Recreation Centre, Wynne Road, San Remo on Tuesday, 17 January from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Inverloch Community Hub, A'Beckett Street, Inverloch on Thursday, 19 January from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Grantville Hall, Bass Highway, Grantville on Monday, 23 January from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Old Post Office, Watt Street, Wonthaggi on Tuesday, 24 January from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Rhyll Hall, Lock Road, Rhyll on Wednesday, 25 January from 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Council will also be appearing at local events including:

  • Churchill Island Farmers Market on Saturday, 21 January
  • Grantville Market on Sunday, 22 January
  • Pioneer Bay Aussie BBQ Bash on Thursday, 26 January
  • Inverloch Park Run on Saturday, 28 January
  • Kilcunda Lobster Festival on Sunday, 29 January