Council Plans & Policies

A Better Bass Coast - Council Plan, Municipal Public Health & Wellbeing Plan and Annual Budget 17/18



**UPDATE 27 April 2017**

At a Special Council Meeting held on 26 April, Council resolved to place on public exhibition the draft Council Plan and Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-21 and draft Annual Budget 2017/18

Council considered the draft documents for public exhibition at a Special Meeting of Council on 26 April. These draft documents are now open to public comment. Submissions relating to the draft documents are due on 30 May 2017. Comments submitted by this date will be heard at a Special Meeting of Council on 7 June 2017. Any changes will be adopted at the General Council Meeting on Wednesday, 21 June 2017. Copies of the Council Report and draft documents can be accessed below:

Submission process

Under the provisions of Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989, any person may make a written submission on any proposal contained in the draft Council Plan and Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-21 and/or draft Annual Budget 2017/18.

Any person lodging a submission may request to be heard in person in support of their submission. Submissions may be made available to the public. Submissions must be received by 5.00pm on Tuesday 30 May 2017 and be addressed to The Chief Executive Officer, Bass Coast Shire Council, PO Box 118, Wonthaggi VIC 3995.  Submissions will be heard and considered by Council at a Special Meeting at 4.30pm on Wednesday, 7 June 2017. This Meeting will be open to the public. The Council Plan and Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-21 and Annual Budget 2017/18 will be formally presented at the Wednesday, 21 June Ordinary Meeting for adoption, along with the outcome of any submissions.

Community Sessions to discuss these draft documents:

  • Cowes - Monday, 15 May from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Cowes Cultural Centre Hall, 91-97 Thompson Ave, Cowes
  • Grantville - Tuesday, 16 May from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Grantville Hall, 1470 Bass Hwy
  • Inverloch - Monday, 22 May from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Inverloch Community Hub, 16 A'Beckett St
  • Online - Tuesday, 23 May from 6.30pm to 7.30pm online at - look for the Council Plan and Budget Q&A post

Help shape a better Bass Coast

Infographic on council's community engagement during January 2017

To help Council plan and prioritise for the next four years, we asked to hear your thoughts and ideas to help shape a better Bass Coast.

Throughout January, we ran an extensive engagement program (PDF 1.2MB) for the development of the Council Plan 2017-21 and Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get involved. 

The information collected through this consultation has also influenced the development of the 2017/18 Budget.

Councillors and staff have been busy working through all the feedback to develop the draft documents since January.

Council Plan Community Engagement

We asked you the following four questions:

  • What would make living, visiting or investing in Bass Coast better?
  • What would you like to see retained or improved?
  • What health and wellbeing issues are you concerned about?
  • What would you like the Council to achieve in the next four years?


What happened next?

Council gathered the responses and processed every survey, poster, comment, and notes taken from the conversations we had at events to highlight the themes that are important to our community.

These have been considered during the development of the draft Council Plan, draft Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan and draft Annual Budget 2017/18, which will be tabled at a Special Meeting of Council on 26 April.

You can still keep up-to-date with Council be by following us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

You can also contact your local Ward Councillors directly by phone or email.


What you told us

The following documents contain all the feedback and suggestions we have obtained throughout the course of the community engagement. They include all our survey responses - both online and printed, individual submissions, social media feedback and all the feedback received from the various community engagement sessions and event pop-ups we attended. The information provided on this website is exactly what the Councillors have reviewed and considered in order to develop the draft Council Plan, draft Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan and draft Annual Budget 2017/18.

They have been categorised into broad themes and also by the town community engagement sessions. Many comments cross over various themes:

by engagement session

by theme

Current Plan

The 2013 - 2017 Council Plan (PDF 1.3MB) and the supporting documents including the Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan was adopted by Council on Wednesday, 19 June 2013.

Appendix 1 - 2013 - 2017 Strategic Resource Plan (PDF 57kb)

Appendix 2 - 2013 - 2014 Annual Activity Statement (PDF 528kb)

Appendix 3 - 2014 - 2015 Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing - Action Plan (PDF 574kb)

                   2015 - 2016 Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing - Action Plan (PDF 377kb)

Appendix 4 - Municipal Public Health Plan - Consultation Report (PDF 319kb)

Appendix 5 - Bass Coast Shire - Determinants of Health (PDF 140kb)

Why do we have a Council Plan?

  • to measure the performance of the organisation and staff
  • to provide direction for staff
  • to help with decision making
  • to meet the requirements of the Local Government Act

The activities outlined in the Council Plan directly link to the projects in the Annual Budget. A new Council Plan must be prepared by 30 June after each Council election.

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