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Roads & Pathways

Dust Suppression

Effectively, dust supression seals are a costly, short term solution, and we now have better long-term alternatives.

From 2005-2007 we trialed a dust suppressant program. One of the products trialed was a primer seal treatment. This treatment involved a sprayed bituminous binder with the application of stone being applied to the road. This makes the road look like a standard sealed road; however in most cases, they do not perform in the same way. Over the long term they are costly to maintain and are only a short term solution to manage dust.

When the primer seal treatment was applied, it was done so without strengthening the road’s pavement, improving the drainage or applying a final seal to the surface. This work would need to be done to construct a road to a sealed standard.

Some of the dust suppressant roads treated with a primer seal have deteriorated significantly and proactive action now needs to be taken to keep the roads both safe and cost effective to maintain.

Dust Management Strategy

In August 2013, Council adopted a management strategy which will be implemented until the roads can be upgraded.

This management strategy focuses on:

  • the better performing roads which are appropriate for resealing
  • setting clear intervention criteria for returning unsealed surfaces to the roads as they continue to deteriorate

Heavy Vehicle National Law

The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) is managed by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

The NVNL affects the way heavy vehicles access the national road network including the way they apply for access to local roads within Bass Coast. Heavy vehicle operators must apply to the NHVR for a permit to travel on our local roads. All requests for heavy vehicle access to the local road network go to NHVR and may be referred to us for consent.

For further information contact National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on 1300 MYNHVR (696 487) or email

Road Register & Pathway Register

Every road and public pathway in Bass Coast is listed and categorised in accordance with the Road Management Plan in the Road and Pathways Registers.

Is it a VicRoads or Council road?

If you want to report an issue with a road and aren't sure whether to report it to VicRoads or Council, this map will help direct your call.

The Road Register is updated periodically as new roads are created, generally following the subdivision of land. The register includes private roads, VicRoads and Council roads. The latest update was completed in March 2018.

The Pathways Register is also updated periodically as new public pathways are created. New pathways are generally created following the subdivision of land or when funded through our Gaps Program and Footpath Extension Program. The register includes some private, VicRoads, Landcare, Parks Victoria, Phillip Island Nature Parks and Council paths. The latest update was completed in March 2018.

Phillip Island Integrated Transport Study

The Phillip Island Integrated Transport Study is a community vision for transport. It is essential to attract funding from the State or Federal Governments for future road projects The Study was funded by the Department of Transport Planning and Local Infrastructure and Council with input from VicRoads. It looked at all forms of transport right across the study area which included the whole of Phillip Island, across the bridge to San Remo and through to Anderson. Over 600 Phillip Island community members contributed to the consultation process, providing valuable comments and ideas. Key transport players included emergency services, community groups, transport companies, tourism providers, other business operators and school bus operators.

The Phillip Island Integrated Transport Study Community Reference Group continues to keep the study alive with ongoing contributions to future planning consultation.

Traffic Management Plans

Council has adopted Traffic Management Plans for several townships across Bass Coast. Each project has been carried out with a comprehensive and realistic report being provided by qualified professionals, informed by the community.