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Our Bass Coast. Our Future.

Council Plan 2021-25

The Council Plan 2021-25 brings together feedback we have received through community engagement and identifies our priority focus areas over the next four years.

Bass Coast Community Vision 2041

From its flowing hills to its wild unspoiled coastlines, the Bass Coast is a source of celebration for all who live in and visit the region.

Our townships are vibrant, rich with culture and full of life, each with its own distinct character. Drawing on our creativity, innovation and resilience we’ve created a thriving and diverse economy that supports sustainable agriculture and industry.

We live proudly on Bunurong Country, and build on learnings from our First Peoples and their knowledge. We coexist in harmony with our environment, and are prepared for future challenges and changes.

We are the people of the Bass Coast. Experience our cultures and history, and contribute to our story.

The Community Vision was developed by a community panel, made up of over 40 people representative of the Shire, who have worked together to write the vision statement, aspirations and priorities for Bass Coast, for the next 20 years.

The Community Vision will form part of Council’s strategic planning and reporting framework, to ensure a long-term view of the community’s desired future is incorporated into strategic planning and decision making.

Long Term Financial Plan

Planning for the Future

During March and April we asked you to tell us what you want for the future of Bass Coast to help shape the long-term Community Vision, Council Plan 2021-25, Health and Wellbeing Plan and long-term Financial Plan.

Community Panel - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Community Panel?

Establishing a community panel is one method of running a ‘deliberative’ community engagement process.

A deliberative engagement process puts the community and/or stakeholders affected by a decision at the centre of the decision, and brings citizens closer to decision makers and affairs of government. It’s built around a number of principles. These principles include:

  • A diverse sample of people affected by the decision are selected to participate
  • Participants are provided with detailed, in-depth information from a range of sources that helps them to understand the issues and options associated with the decision
  • Participants are given the time and support they need to consider and discuss information and ideas, weigh up issues and options and agree on recommendations
  • Participants will write their report which is presented directly to Council. The recommendations in their report will influence outcomes or decisions

The Panel will meet up to four times, with their discussions supported by professional, independent facilitators. Over these workshops, the Panel will discuss and share ideas based on a wide selection of information, including the results of broader engagement processes. A fifth workshop will take place in September to discuss and feedback received from the community on the draft Community Vision.

Why is Council setting up a Community Panel?

Understanding what is important for the community and future generations of Bass Coast will help Council respond to environmental, social technological and infrastructure challenges and more.

The Community Panel will offer an opportunity for up to 43 representative community members who will be provided with enough time and information to take a deeper dive into the issues relating to the future of Bass Coast.

This Community Panel, in conjunction with a wider community engagement process, will help to provide Council with a clear direction on the communities values and priorities and will establish a set of recommendations for Council which will be used to inform the following:

  • Community Vision 2041
  • Council Plan 2021-25
  • Long Term Financial Plan
What is involved?

The Community Panel will meet over five non-consecutive workshops.

Panel members will receive presentations from a range of Council Officers and subject matter experts as well as representatives of special interest.

Community Panel members will also participate in interactive, facilitated workshops to analyse data gathered from the broad community engagement and develop recommendations.

The Panel will work together (with the support of professional facilitators) to consider a wide range of inputs, ideas and evidence, discuss the question and decide a response. This response will be detailed in a report that the Panel members will create together and present to Council.

When will the Panel meet?

Workshops will be held:

Workshop one – meet and greet

Tuesday, 1 June, 6.30pm – 8.30 pm – online

Workshop two – deliberation and small group workshops

Tuesday, 8 June, 6.30pm – 8.30 pm - online

Workshop three – work together with support on creating the Community Vision

Saturday, 26 June, 10.00am – 4.00pm – face to face – Kilcunda Community Hall

Workshop four – bringing it all together

Tuesday, 6 July, 6.30pm – 8.30pm - online

Workshop five – return to discuss feedback before Council adoption

Tuesday, 7 September, 6.30 – 8.30 pm – online

Will the Panel be paid to attend these workshops?

We understand this is a time commitment so participants will be paid $200 for attending all workshops. This is a great opportunity to have your say and be involved in local decision making and participants will be compensated for their time and effort.

What happens if I can only attend some of the workshops?

Unfortunately, we require Panel members to attend all workshops. We understand that life happens and unforeseen circumstances that arise during the Panel period will be managed on a case by case basis.

How is the Panel selected?

All expression of interest applications will be reviewed by our community engagement consultant to ensure the panel represents the diversity of our community. The Panel will be made up of people of all ages, and abilities, including residents, workers, volunteers, business owners, residents, ratepayers and young adults.

Who will facilitate the process?

Council has engaged Conversation Caravan, an experienced facilitator specialising in Community Engagement, bringing a multidisciplinary approach. Conversations Caravan has extensive experience in state and local government, community and private sectors.

Conversation Caravan will work with the Panel on: promoting informed discussion

  • Enabling everyone have a chance to participate and contribute
  • Remaining neutral and not having a stake or interest in the content or outcome
  • Responding and adapting to the group’s needs, and
  • Guiding the process in a way that helps the participant to do their work as effectively as possible
Where will Panel workshops be held?

The Community Panel will meet both online and face-to-face if appropriate, depending on COVID-19 restrictions.

Face-to-face workshops will be held at a Kilcunda Community Hall

Online workshops will be hosted via Zoom – and links to access these will be made available.

Community consultation


We conducted a survey an online survey during March to April to find out what our community sees for the future of Bass Coast. This survey is now closed, thank you for your responses.

Drop-in Sessions

Drop in sessions were held across Bass Coast during March:

  • Corinella - Monday, 15 March, 6.30pm - 8.00pm, Corinella Hall (COVIDSafe Event Registration)
  • Cape Paterson - Tuesday, 16 March, 6.30pm - 8.00pm, Cape Paterson Hall (COVIDSafe Event Registration)
  • San Remo - Wednesday, 17 March, 6.30pm - 8.00pm, San Remo Recreation Centre (COVIDSafe Event Registration)
  • Wonthaggi - Monday, 22 March, 6.30pm - 8.00pm, Wonthaggi Workmen's Club (COVIDSafe Event Registration)
  • Kernot - Tuesday, 23 March, 11.00am - 12.30pm, Kernot Hall (COVIDSafe Event Registration)
  • Rhyll - Wednesday, 24 March, 6.30pm - 8.00pm, Rhyll Mechanics Hall
  • Cowes - Monday, 29 March, 6.30pm - 8.00pm, Phillip Island Football Netball Club social rooms
  • Grantville - Tuesday, 30 March, 6.30pm - 8.00pm, Grantville Hall
  • Inverloch - Wednesday, 31 March, 6.30pm - 8.00pm, Inverloch Community Hub Hall
Facebook Q&As

Online Facebook Q&As were held on our Facebook page on:

  • 23 March, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
  • 13 April, 6.30pm - 8.00pm

More Information

What is a Long Term Community Vision?

The Long Term Community Vision sets out the direction for what Bass Coast will look like in the year 2041. The Engagement Plan below outlines how we'll develop this in partnership with our community.

What is a Council Plan?

The Council Plan outlines the actions that will be taken to work towards the Community Vision during the current Council Term.

What is a 10-Year Financial Plan?

The 10-year Financial Plan provides the detail on how investment will be made to deliver on both the Long Term Community Vision and the Council Plan.

What is a Health and Wellbeing Plan?

The Health and Wellbeing Plan is an integrated plan that guides the work of Council and partner organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of the Bass Coast community.

Some emerging themes include:

· Tackling climate change and its impact on health

· Reducing injury in the community

· Preventing all forms of violence

· Increasing healthy eating

· Decreasing the risk of drug-resistant infections in the community

· Increasing active living

· Improving mental wellbeing

· Improving sexual and reproductive health

· Reducing tobacco-related harm

· Reducing harmful alcohol and drug use

· Healthy Ageing

· Accessible and inclusive environments

· Support vulnerable families / communities.