Bass Coast,

Council Receives Prestigious Award


Bass Coast Shire Council has received a Commendation at the Australian National Coastal Awards for its work with the Land Subject to Inundation Planning Scheme proposed amendment.

The Australian National Coastal Awards were established by the National Seachange Taskforce to raise awareness of the importance of Australia’s coastal zone and to acknowledge the organisations that have made a significant contribution to the nation’s coastal environment and communities.

Deputy Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, represented Bass Coast Shire Council at the Australian Coastal Councils Conference at Ballina on 25 March 2014, and accepted the commendation on behalf of Council.

“We are absolutely delighted that Bass Coast was acknowledged with this commendation,” said Cr Brown.

“The Australian Coastal Councils Conference is an important national event that brings together representatives of local government, researchers, policy makers and others with a stake in the future of the Australian coast and its communities.

“There were more than 120 high profile delegates at the conference and more than 20 projects were assessed.

“The Land Subject to Inundation Overlay (LSIO) project is a partnership between, Melbourne Water, the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and Bass Coast Shire Council.

“This work now forms the basis of a planning scheme amendment that is currently on exhibition

“The Coastal Award was for the area of Planning and Management and recognises Council’s proactive approach to responding to the threat of coastal inundation using a planning scheme overlay that will ensure that new development is responsive to inundation risk,” said Cr Brown.

“I would also like to acknowledge the Council’s strategic planning and the global information systems teams for their top-class work on this project.”