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 Lists:
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 priorities for the community.
Level one priorities are listed in Our Bass Coast. Our Future Advocacy Priorities State and Federal documents. These top priorities are all weighted equally and undergo a pro-active and planned approach.
These priorities are in alphabetical order and are all equally weighted.
- Aquatics - Phillip Island and Wonthaggi
- Bass Coast Dinosaurs Trail
- Climate Emergency Mitigation and Adaptation
- Creative Programming Support
- Digital Connectivity and Communications
- Emergency Management
- Public Transport
- Safer Roads
- Sealing Urban Roads
- Tourism Infrastructure - Tracks and Trails
- Transport - Freight
- Wonthaggi Opportunity Unlocked
Successful Advocacy Priorities have collectively received over $200 million in funding. Projects include:
- Wonthaggi Secondary College senior campus development
- Wonthaggi Hospital redevelopment
- Wonthaggi Community Stadium
- Phillip Island/Back Beach Road intersection
- 24 hour health care for Phillip Island
- Erosion Infrastructure funding
- Planning Policy Changes: recognising Bass Coast as a Distinctive Area Landscape
- Wonthaggi Streetscapes
- Wonthaggi to Inverloch Trail
Why do we advocate?
Advocacy was a key theme that constantly reappeared during our extensive community conversations and engagement to Help shape a better Bass Coast in early 2017 and again in 2021 through engagement on our Our Bass Coast. Our Future.
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. This strategy was adopted at the June Council Meeting, 2018. A revised Advocacy Strategy will be completed later in 2021.
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 as top priorities were identified as priorities during this consultation. An annual review of Advocacy Priorities has been completed.
In March 2012, Bass Coast Shire Council resolved a position on coal seam gas:
Bass Coast Shire Council is totally opposed to exploration and mining of coal and unconventional gas within the shire. In resolving this position, it is advocating the already widely expressed views of the community.
The continuing preservation, protection and promotion of existing agricultural enterprises, environmental values and tourism opportunities within the Bass Coast Shire, is essential to the economic and social well being of the Shire.
Council is committed to further research the impact of Coal Seam Gas on our region. Council will keep the community informed about advocacy of this position and opportunities that are available for community participation.
In response to a Notice of Motion at the March 2020 Ordinary Council Meeting, Council resolved to declare its opposition to the development of fossil fuel assets on Western Port and in particular, opposition to the AGL’s proposed Gas Import Jetty project for Crib Point.
In August 2020, we provided formal feedback on the Environmental Effects Statement (EES) prepared for the Crib Point Gas Import Jetty and gas pipeline project.
On 30 April 2021, AGL formally withdrew their referral for a proposed gas import facility at Crib Point.
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One Gippsland Partnership
Bass Coast Shire Council is a proud member of One Gippsland, which is the peak regional advocacy body representing this diverse region and its communities.
One Gippsland aims to form and keep strong relationships between government, business and community, while also collectively working together to champion the interests of our region and our people.
The Peri-Urban Group of Rural Councils (PUGRC) represents the fasting growing Councils in Victoria; Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Moorabool, Golden Plains and Surf Coast. THE PUGRC identifies the need for an overarching strategy which outlines suitable employment and investment opportunities and required infrastructure projects for the regions to successfully manage population growth and visitor populations.