Bass Coast,

Play it safe this summer

With an influx of tourists expected to arrive in Bass Coast from Boxing Day onwards, Bass Coast Shire Council Rangers will be out and about making sure people are enjoying their holidays safely.

Although a number of local laws are in place all year round, Council’s General Manager Healthy Communities, David Elder, said there are more instances of people pushing the boundaries during the peak holiday period.

“With so many visitors wanting to have a good time, we expect and need everyone to play by the rules allowing everyone to feel safe in our public spaces,” Mr Elder said.

Local laws in Bass Coast include:

  • Camping on the beach or in places other than designated camping grounds is not permitted. This includes sleeping overnight in cars.

  • Camping on vacant blocks of land requires a permit

  • Campfires are a no-no as they are a potential fire risk

  • Drinking alcohol is not allowed on a footpath or road (other than in licensed outdoor dining areas), or in parks, beaches and reserves at night

Mr Elder also reminded community members and visitors that dog restrictions on some beaches throughout the Shire are in effect over the next few months.

“There are signs at the entrances to beaches and reserves, so make sure you check these before entering,” Mr Elder said.

“Rangers will be patrolling Bass Coast beaches throughout Summer, so if people are venturing out with their pet, knowing these simples rules will make it an enjoyable experience for all.”

For more information call 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or visit the Community Safety section of our website at