Bass Coast,

Council adopts 2018/19 Budget

Bass Coast Shire Council adopted their 2018/19 Budget at the recent June Ordinary Council Meeting. This follows a period of community consultation which included a public submission process during May.

The Budget remains aligned with Council’s Long Term Financial Plan and will continue to focus on maintaining and upgrading existing assets with a Capital Works Program of $19.63 million.

Some of the key projects and services include:

  • Supporting the Wonthaggi Shared Highball facility and the second year contribution for Cape Paterson Life Saving Club replacement, $700,000
  • Ongoing development of skate parks across the municipality with replacement of the Cowes Skate Park and design for a Regional Skate Park on Phillip Island, $500,000
  • Acquisition of land for future community needs in Cowes, $2,000,000
  • Further development of the Cowes Transit Centre and all day car park, $727,000
  • Construction of the Pioneer Bay roads and drainage upgrade scheme, $4,364,000
  • Planning for an upgrade to the car park at Anderson Road Boat Ramp, Cowes, $25,000
  • Master Plan works for the Beachcomber YCW activity area, $15,000
  • Design of Olive Justice Place, Cowes $25,000
  • Upgrade of lighting at the Inverloch Tennis Club, $40,000
  • Support for works and signage at the Corinella Boat Ramp car park, $45,000
  • A contribution to the Inverloch Soundshell, $45,000
  • Refurbishment of the netball courts at Cowes, Bass and Dalyston, $920,000
  • Replacement of the pavilion at Dalyston Recreation Reserve, $1,100,000
  • Replacement of the air conditioning at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, $350,000
  • Refurbishment of the Phillip Island Football Club rooms, $350,000
  • Rehabilitation of Loch-Wonthaggi Road, Krowera, $300,000
  • Rehabilitation of Ventnor Beach Road, Ventnor, $317,000
  • Renewal of Bourne Creek (Kilcunda) Trestle Bridge, $400,000
  • Continuing support for our agricultural community with a rating differential of 80% plus the opportunity to apply for the Rural Land Management Program

Other items also included in response to public submissions include:

  • Phillip Island entrance planning and design, $50,000
  • Feasibility study for a pathway between Rose Avenue and Coghlan Road, Cowes $25,000
  • Expanded opening hours for the Cowes Library

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield thanked the community for their feedback and submissions towards the development of the 2018/19 Budget.

“This year we received a lot of diverse feedback and submissions to consider,” Cr Rothfield said.

“Our community have told us that they really value and want improved recreation facilities across Bass Coast and this year’s Budget reflects this with the significant number of fantastic recreation projects included in the Capital Works program. A number of changes have been included in the final Budget in response to community feedback from submissions.”

An additional $20,000 to the Youth Services component of the 2018/19 Budget, enabling funding of $40,000 to be provided to YES Youth Hub.

An amount of $160,000 has been added to review the alignment and design of the Inverloch Surf Parade Shared Pathway in response to a submission from the Inverloch Tourism Association. This review will look at the path design and car parking provisions. Construction for the Path from Veronica to Goroke Street will be deferred until 2019/20 and/or 2020/21.

Funding for a feasibility study for a pathway between Rose Avenue and Coghlan Road, Cowes was also added with an additional $25,000 allocated in the Budget.

There was a request for additional funding to be provided to the West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation to allow the Cowes Library to open on an additional day (Monday) but this had already been identified by Council in the draft 2018/19 Budget.

Also included is $50,000 funding towards an entrance design and planning for Phillip Island.

The 2018/19 Budget can be viewed at