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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: Representing our Community: Shaping our Future - January 2020.

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 Representing our Community: Shaping our Future - January 2020. These top priorities are all weighted equally and undergo a pro-active and planned approach.

Priorities adopted December 2019

We are currently advocating on the below top ten priorities to the State and Federal Governments. These priorities are in alphabetical order and are all equally weighted.

  • Bass Coast Aquatics Centre - Wonthaggi
  • Cowes Cultural and Community Centre
  • Erosion Infrastructure and Climate Change Policy
  • Homelessness and Emergency Housing
  • Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
  • Pathways - Visitor Economy Infrastructure
  • Phillip Island Aquatics and Recreation Precinct
  • Roads Upgrades - Kilcunda ans San Remo
  • Tertiary Education Investment - Bass Coast University Centre
  • Transport - Public Transport Infrastructure and Freight

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, again at the December 2018 Ordinary Council Meeting and most recently at the December 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting.

Priorities on the previous lists which have been achieved received collectively over $200 million in funding. This includes: securing funding for the Wonthaggi Secondary College senior campus development, Wonthaggi Hospital, Wonthaggi Community 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, Erosion Infrastructure funding, 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.

Coal Seam Gas

Council's Position

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.

Crib Point Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project

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.

Download the full submission below.

One Gippsland Partnership

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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.