Bass Coast,

Draft youth plan out for comment

Shaped by strong input and opinions from Bass Coast’s youth community, Bass Coast Shire Council is now releasing its draft Youth Action Plan 2016-2020 (YAP) for comment.

The four year strategic plan was developed across seven months throughout 2015 with extensive consultation and participation from over 830 young people, 120 parents and carers and 60 service providers.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said some of the feedback, input and answers showed that for the most part, young people had a strong connection with their physical environment, with their peers and with their communities.

“We do, however, have a disproportionate number of young people, when compared to state and regional averages, who are not travelling so well in areas of mental health, drug and alcohol use, homelessness and unemployment” Cr Crugnale said.

“Projects included in the YAP span the education, recreation, arts, health and enterprise spectrum. With some already in train, we look forward to implementing some innovative programs, introducing change-making opportunities and advocating for much needed services with and for our young people in the Bass Coast region.”

The YAP addresses issues including:

  • Drugs
  • Bullying
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol
  • Family Violence
  • Public Transport
  • Sexual Health
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Recreation
  • Where To Get Help
  • Youth Voice (Youth Leadership)

It also details actions to be undertaken for the five-year duration of the YAP, with the first year actions including:

  • Work with Bass Coast Health to investigate the issues and concerns of young people relating to alcohol and advocate local alcohol related issues to state government as opportunities arise
  • Complete installation of condom vending machine project and resources for schools and community to use in publicising machine locations
  • Consider youth homelessness or insecure housing and crisis accommodation as part of the review of Council’s Affordable Housing Strategy
  • Hold annual event raising awareness about prevention of violence as part of White Ribbon Day
  • Trial free summer shuttle bus including access for young people. Aim is to improve access to transport. Trial site San Remo – Phillip Island
  • Support young people to participate in the development of Council’s Skate Strategy and Playground Strategy
  • Ensure gender equity issues for young people are considered in Council funding, promotion, images and publications

The draft YAP is available to view online at and hard copies are available from all Council Customer Service Centres.

You can provide feedback by filling out the online survey or picking up a hard copy with the draft YAP and mailing it to Geraldine Archibald, Bass Coast Shire Council, PO Box 118, Wonthaggi, 3995. Alternatively, you can email your comments to

Comments must be submitted by Tuesday, 2 February 2016.