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Coast & Bushland Management

Council manages 42 kilometres of coastline and 100 hectares of bushland.

There are a number of different land managers responsible for the management of coastline along Bass Coast. View the Bass Coast Coastal Reserves Map to find out more.

If you have any queries regarding our Council managed foreshores and bushland areas, please contact the Sustainable Environment Department on 1300 BCOAST (226 278), (03) 5671 2211 or

Foreshore Management Plans

Cape Paterson Bay Beach Precinct Masterplan - December 2014

The Cape Paterson Bay Beach Activity Area Master Plan (2014) (3.6MB) was developed following public consultation, and provides a vision for the highly used Bay Beach area of the Cape Paterson Foreshore and will be used to seek funding for future improvements to the area. This includes the provision or upgrade of a number of facilities such as pedestrian access, car parking and picnic/barbecue facilities.

The Plan supports the objective of the Wonthaggi Surf Life Saving Club to develop a new clubroom and public facility and improvements to the iconic man-made tidal rock pool. Nature conservation works through the removal of environmental weeds and revegetation of indigenous plant species and further protection of the Hooded Plover, will also continue.

We will now work to identify funding for the various infrastructure identified in the plan.

Ayr Creek Management Plan - June 2016

Ayr Creek is a drainage asset and an area for conservation. The Ayr Creek Management plan 2016 (5.5MB) is an operational document that sets out actions for Council and the community to achieve.

The reserve consists of public land with a modified waterway and wetland. It supports significant environmental and community values. The South Gippsland Conservation Society have made a significant contribution to caring for the reserve over many years to make it the valued environmental, social and recreational asset it is today.

Cuttriss Street Activity Area Plan - May 2016

Project update: Construction for the new toilet block identified in the plan is was completed in June 2017.

At its 18 May 2016 Ordinary Meeting, Council resolved to change the location of the proposed toilet block on the adopted plan:

"That Council amends the Inverloch Foreshore Cuttriss Street Activity Area Plan July 2014 to reflect the change of location of Key Direction 1- Proposed toilet block to Area 10 as identified in the Plan, immediately west of the Angling Club."

Council endorsed the Cuttriss Street Activity Area Plan (PDF 2.5MB) in July 2014 following several periods of public consultation, during which the community provided comment on several draft plan options.

The plan provides a range of improvements for this area of the Inverloch foreshore while maintaining its open space and usability. Improvements within the plan include providing or upgrading a number of facilities, such as beach access ramps and public toilets.

Beachcomber YCW Activity Area Plan - November 2014

Project Update: Revegetation and weed control is being undertaken as per the plan, in partnership with the Smiths Beachcomber Association.

Council endorsed the Beachcomber YCW Activity Area Plan (PDF 1.2MB) at its Ordinary Meeting on 19 November, 2014. We're now working to identify funding sources for the improvements in the Plan.

The Plan was developed following community consultation. The adopted Plan represents a balance between a broad range of comments received and the legislative requirements of Council as the land manager, to achieve good sustainability outcomes for the environment.

The Plan provides a range of improvements for this area of the Phillip Island foreshore while maintaining its open space and usability. Improvements include providing or upgrading a number of facilities, such as beach access ramps and public toilets

Kilcunda Foreshore Management Plan - March 2016

Project Update: Updating of the emergency signage is included for consideration in the 2017/18 Council Budget.

The Kilcunda Foreshore Management Plan (PDF 2.3MB) identifies what the community values about the foreshore and the main issues associated with managing the reserve. The Plan also provides a number of actions in order to ensure that the natural environment and the community values are conserved and enhanced. Council would like to thank the community for their participation and feedback, which was incorporated into the Kilcunda Foreshore Management Plan and was adopted at the 16 March 2016 Ordinary Meeting of Council.

During consultation, the community expressed concern over several traffic issues at Kilcunda, many of which are associated with the Bass Highway.

Although this road is not within the Kilcunda Foreshore, Council will continue to advocate on behalf of the community in order to achieve the best outcomes to these traffic matters. This includes contacting the relevant State Government Minister.

Council will now working to identify funding for the various works identified in the plan.

For further information on any of these plans please contact the Sustainable Environment Department on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03)5671 2211.

Foreshore & Bushland Encroachment

Encroachment into a public reserve by a private landowner is illegal. This includes extending lawns, unauthorised planting, creating informal access tracks, erecting buildings or storing items in public reserves.

Areas that have already been identified as 'hot spots' for encroachment include foreshore and bushland reserves in Cowes, Silverleaves, Ventnor, Grantville and Coronet Bay.

Council officers have power to undertake removal of unauthorised items and rehabilitate the foreshore.

For more information please contact Council's Coast and Bushland Coordinator, Derek Hibbert on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

Hooded Plovers

Environmental Asset Hooded Plover 1

The Hooded Plover is a vulnerable species in Australia and endangered in Victoria. Hooded Plovers nest on many of the Bass Coast beaches from August to March each year. Council works together with Parks Victoria, Phillip Island Nature Parks and the community volunteer groups Friends of the Hooded Plover and Hooded Plover Watch to help protect the birds.

People can help the Hooded Plovers have a successful breeding season by undertaking the following:

  • Avoid using beaches known to be used for Hooded Plover breeding
  • Walk close to the water’s edge
  • Keep an eye out for, and obey signage and barriers put up for the protection of the birds
  • Keep your dog on a leash at all times and off the beach during ‘no dogs’ times. For details on restrictions please see the website
  • Report any incidents to 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211

Foreshore Weddings