Bass Coast,

Road And Drainage Policy Reviewed

A new priority list for areas due for road and drainage upgrades has been determined as part of a revised Urban Roads and Drainage Improvement Policy adopted by Bass Coast Shire Council.

Surf Beach Estate, Smiths Beach and Beachcomber Estate are now at the top of the priority list; however works on schemes for Sunset Strip, Sunderland Bay and Pioneer Bay will still go ahead as they were identified as priorities as part of the former Policy.

Originally prepared in 1996, a number of minor reviews of the original Policy was required to ensure it remained consistent with the various changes in the Local Government Act.

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said all new estates go through a planning process and are developed with sealed roads, stormwater management, paths and landscaping.

“Unfortunately, Bass Coast has many estates that were developed in the past without a level of infrastructure that is considered appropriate today, and the Urban Roads and Drainage Policy 2015 will address this issue,” Cr Brown said.

“The updated policy will provide direction and set criteria for consideration of prioroties for Council’s road and drainage program and it will also set out the process for the intiation, planning and delivery of road and drainage improvements programs.”

The draft policy and the supporting priority list were made available to the public for review and comment.

Following the receipt of submissions, further changes have been made to the policy.

“Strengthening the link between the current Planning Scheme and this policy ensures the key strategic objectives are considered during the first stage of any potential project,” Cr Brown said.

“By putting emphasis on what Council is trying to achieve for all its ratepayers, both now and in the future, regarding liveability, social and environmental outcomes, the Policy will help residents understand what proposed infrastructure improvements are set to achieve.”

Cr Brown said property owners offered a road and drainage upgrade are offered the opportunity to have input on the extent of works in their area.

“The new policy outlines the process around these community engagement opportunities and the project timeframe for any potential road and drainage improvement project,” Cr Brown said.

The revised priority list and 10 year program are now available on Council’s website at

For more information, contact Council’s Asset Management Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).