Community Projects

Bass Coast Cultural Precinct

Cultural Precinct LogoThe vision for the precinct includes a public gathering space, as well as a multi function centre, principal library for the Shire, regional art gallery, performing arts centre, convention centre and cinemas. 
A business case for the development of the Bass Coast Cultural Precinct (PDF 2.2MB) was presented to Council in December 2012. The total cost of Precinct is $35.6 million and would take a number of years to develop. The business case has considered the inputs from the consultation session with community members back in September.

The Business Case

The business case identifies that the concept of a Cultural Precinct is a viable proposition that would greatly assist the community by providing access to improved learning, arts and culture programs.

In order for this project to go ahead, Council will need to work with the state and federal governments to obtain support and funding.

The Bass Coast Cultural Precinct would meet the needs of a growing community and provides an extraordinary opportunity to transition a publicly owned site into new cultural infrastructure.

The development of a cultural precinct in Bass Coast would allow Council to meet a number of strategies including;

  • the long held view that a principal library is required in Bass Coast,
  • the need to provide an art gallery to assist with actions in the arts and culture plan,
  • the establishment of a large venue to meet the needs of the community in relation to performances and civic/community functions.

Projected cost

The development of the Bass Coast Cultural Precinct will require significant funding and a number of years to develop. The total estimated cost of the project is in the order of $35.6 million.

The costs of the individual components of the project are identified in the following table.

Projected costs for the Bass Coast Cultural Precinct project

Cost ($ million)

Principal Library $3.5
Regional Art Gallery $4.3
Performing Arts/Convention Centre $13.4
Cinemas $3.4
Small retail space $1.0
Open space and car parking $4.5
Site preparation $3.5
External works and services $2.0
Total $35.6

Council will need to attract significant funding from grants in order to deliver the project and it would need to be delivered over a 5 to 15 year.

The project will have a long development period however the benefits that such a facility would provide are significant.


The concept of a Cultural Precinct is a way to bring together two major projects for Council. Council has been working on a plan to retain the Wonthaggi Secondary College Senior Campus site for public use if the Secondary College relocated to the new Education Precinct.

We have also been in discussions with the State Government about some kind of tangible and lasting benefit to offset the impact of the construction of Victoria’s largest ever capital project on our community. We first raised this concept in our EES submission for the Victorian Desalination Project and have repeated it in separate submissions to the government.

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