Representing our community: shaping our future.

Advocating Bass Coast’s priorities to Government

Council has two key documents which guide the Advocacy we undertake: The Advocacy Strategy 2018-21 (850KB) and Advocacy Priority List (January 2019 1.8MB).

Our Advocacy Strategy 2018-21 provides a framework for determining how, when and why Council will advocate. This strategy identifies a three-tiered structure to advocacy, where level one priorities are the top 10 most important priorities for the community.

Level one priorities are listed in the Advocacy Priority List (January 2019 1.8MB) and undergo a pro-active and planned approach.

Priorities adopted December 2018

Council’s Advocacy priority list: Representing our Community, Shaping our Future was originally adopted in October 2017. I was revised at the June 2018 Ordinary council Meeting, and again at the December 2018 Ordinary Council Meeting.   

Priorities on the previous lists which have been achieved received collectively over $160 million in funding. These include: securing funding for the Wonthaggi Secondary College senior campus development, Wonthaggi Hospital, Wonthaggi Highball Stadium, Phillip Island/Back Beach Road intersection, transfer of land of the current Wonthaggi Secondary College McBride Campus, 24 hour health care for Phillip Island, maintenance to the Cowes Jetty and Planning Policy Changes – recognising Bass Coast as a Distinctive Area Landscape.  

The December 2018 List is as follows:

Retained from previous list

  • Tertiary Education Investment
  • Pathways - Visitor Economy Infrastructure
  • Climate Change and Adaptation - Environment and Erosion

New priorities

  • Arts and Culture - Cowes Cultural and Community Centre
  • Connectivity and Telecommunications
  • Cowes Recreation and Aquatics Precinct
  • Homelessness and Emergency Housing
  • Wonthaggi as a Regional Centre including Aquatics

Why does Council advocate?

Advocacy was a key theme which was constantly reappearing during our extensive community conversations and engagement to ‘Help shape a better Bass Coast’ in early 2017. 

During this time we repeatedly heard that the community wanted Council to focus on advocating on issues and projects which require support from higher levels of government. We understand that the community expect Council to represent them and advocate on their behalf to other levels of government, and drive home the needs of Bass Coast in the major areas of roads, health, education, and a range of other state or federal government controlled areas.

As a direct result of this feedback, Council developed our very first Advocacy Strategy (850KB). This strategy was adopted at the June Council Meeting, 2018.

In September 2017, Council adopted phase one of the Strategy, a priority list document which outlines the key priorities for Council, which require government funding. All of the projects listed at top priorities were identified as priorities during this consultation.

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