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 (August 2018 1.5MB).

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 (August 2018 1.5MB) and undergo a pro-active and planned approach.

NOTE: Council is currently developing a revised Priority List document based on the below revised priorities.

Priorities adopted June 2018

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

Priorities on the previous list which have been achieved and received collectively over $155million in funding (such as securing funding for the Wonthaggi Secondary College senior campus development, Wonthaggi Hospital, Wonthaggi Highball Stadium and Phillip Island/Back Beach Road intersection) created the opportunity for Council to reconsider the list and adopt some new advocacy priorities. The June 2018 List is as follows:

Retained from previous list

  • South West Gippsland Transport Strategy
  • Transfer management of the current Wonthaggi Secondary College McBride Campus site to Council and development of a masterplan for future use of the site
  • Cowes Jetty replacement and request to state government for funding support to investigate this location as a potential car ferry terminal site
  • Wonthaggi North East Precinct key infrastructure
  • Cowes 24 hour Pharmacy and Nursing Facility

New priorities

  • Bass Coast foreshore management and erosion control – protecting our coastal assets
  • Decentralise a state government department/service to Wonthaggi to support Wonthaggi’s status as a regional centre
  • Visitor Economy Infrastructure - pathways funding
  • Tertiary education investment – planning for improved tertiary education options
  • Planning Policy Changes - Recognising and protecting Bass Coast's unique natural landscape


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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