Community Planning

Discovering new ways for Council and the community to work alongside one another


In 2016 Council hosted world-renowned experts, Cormac Russell from Nurture Development and Peter Kenyon from Bank of Ideas to introduce our community and Council to a ‘Community Building Masterclass’. Community Building is about starting with 'what’s strong, not what’s wrong', and focuses on communities discovering their existing local capacities and assets.

Since the masterclass Council has become one of the first Australian Councils to join a ‘National Network of ABCDE Community Building Learning Sites’.  This will give us access to expert advice, mentoring, workshops, tools and resources and connect us up with other communities around the world, who are also working on community building projects. 

Community Builders Network

Welcoming all community group representatives.

  • Hear about the success stories happening in other towns
  • Share your ideas
  • Partner up with others doing similar work
  • Get access to resources and tools to help your community and committee
  • Be part of the new 'National Learning Sites' project
  • Work alongside Council to get your projects moving

Gatherings are held quarterly in a community location.
National Learning Sites project planned for 2017 with a range of learning opportunities and access to world renowned community Building experts. 


Social Enterprise Structures - Free group webinar for Bass Coast Community Members

If you’re thinking of setting up a social enterprise, make sure you fully understand the legal requirements before you start.
Bass Coast Shire Council is hosting a free group screening of this webinar from Justice Connect for local community members.
The webinar will provide an overview of social enterprises, how they operate and how to choose the best structure for you.

12.30pm to 2.30pm Wednesday, 16 August 2017  (Webinar commences 12.45pm)
Old Post Office Building, Cnr Watt St and Mc Bride Ave, Wonthaggi
Bookings essential (30 places):, via email, or telephone Melissa Hayes / Kristen Yates-Matthews 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211
Please book by 12.00pm Tuesday, 15 August

The Justice Connect webinar covers:

• tax concessions

• entering into contracts

• protecting intellectual property rights

• best practice for dealing with employees and/or volunteers

• Information on further resources and support will be provided

This webinar is also offered through the Justice Connect website and can be accessed here for a cost of $27.12

Need to know more?

Contact our Community Planning Facilitator to find out more via phone 5671 2440 (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) or via email.


Current Projects

Check out some of the great community building work happening in Bass Coast

Community Tools and Resources

Tap into these great websites and start building your community

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