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Advocating Bass Coast's Priorities to Government

We have two key documents which guide how we advocate: The Advocacy Strategy 2018-21 and the Advocacy Priority List: Federal January 2019 and State January 2019.

Our Advocacy Strategy 2018-21 provides a framework for determining how, when and why we 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 Federal Advocacy Priority List January 2019 and State Advocacy Priority List January 2019. These top priorities are all weighted equally and undergo a pro-active and planned approach.

Priorities adopted December 2018

We are currently advocating on the below eight priorities in the lead up to the 2019 Federal Election. These priorities are also being advocated at a State level. These priorities are in no particular order and are all equally weighted.

  • Arts and Culture - Cowes Cultural and Community Centre
  • Climate Change and Adaptation - Environment and Erosion
  • Connectivity and Telecommunications
  • Philip Island Recreation and Aquatic Precinct
  • Homelessness and Emergency Housing
  • Pathways - Visitor Economy Infrastructure
  • Wonthaggi as a Regional Centre - Redevelopment of Bass Coast Aquatic Centre and key town centre projects

The following two priorities are also top priorities being advocated at the State level.

  • Wonthaggi North East Precinct Infrastructure
  • South-West Gippsland Transport Strategy - Bass Coast Transport Priorities

Our Advocacy priority list: Representing our Community, Shaping our Future was originally adopted in October 2017. It 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 $200 million in funding 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.

Why do we 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.