Bass Coast,

Council Projects Up For Nomination


Bass Coast Shire Council is once again in the running for Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria awards after a judge visited the Shire recently.

Council presented information on five projects nominated in seven of the 12 available categories for the 2015 Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards, which recognise and celebrate community activities that protect and enhance regional Victoria’s environment and communities.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said Council was able to showcase a diverse range of projects as part of its entries.

Projects nominated include:

The Stop Tagging, Start Street Art project, nominated in both the Community Government Partnership and Young Leaders category, was funded through a Community Crime Prevention Graffiti Prevention Grant. This project demonstrated how community, government and youth can work together to achieve outstanding outcomes. Partners include Council, Wonthaggi Police, Wonthaggi Business Association and Wonthaggi Satellite VCAL. The project included cleaning up illegal graffiti and tagging, and introducing street art as an alternative.

The Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival, nominated in the Community Action and Leadership category, demonstrated how the partnership between Bass Coast and South Gippsland Shire Councils can organise a community event which enables business and community groups to showcase their activities and sustainable living options in Southern Gippsland. Held at the State Coal Mine Wonthaggi, the event attracted a large number of exhibitors and visitors.

The nomination for the Clean Beach/Waterways category was a new take on the criteria for this category, as Council demonstrated its All-Terrain Wheelchair Program. This program provides access for people with disability to a range of beaches, wetlands and walking tracks using all terrain wheelchairs, which can access locations where infrastructure is either unsuitable or unsustainable.

The Sustainable Street Lighting Project, nominated under the Environmental Sustainability category, which replaced 2,559 existing 80-watt mercury vapour residential street lights with energy efficient T5 bulbs. This project reduced Council’s street-lighting emissions by 50 per cent, resulted in improved public lighting for the community and reduced public lighting bills by $80,000.

The Keep Phillip Island Beautiful Project, nominated in both the Resource Recovery and Waste Management plus Litter Prevention categories, was a Shire-wide initiative to increase recycling and reduce litter, with a focus on Cowes/Phillip Island during the peak summer visitor period. Council conducted 20 promotional displays with the ‘Rowdy Recycle Bin’ recycling mascot and distributed promotional items through local primary schools, holiday home agents, supermarkets and Council offices. The results were a new recycling record of 485.5 tonnes for December – an extra 27 tonnes in just one month. There was also significantly less cigarette butts in the litter monitoring areas on Cowes Foreshore.

“We are very proud of the outcomes and achievements we’ve made with all of these individual projects, with many of them thanks to the commitment and involvement of our community,” Cr Brown said.

“Council staff delivered fantastic presentations to the judges and I’ve got my fingers crossed we are named finalists when the shortlist comes out later this year.”