Bass Coast Shire
|Bass Coast Shire
Location in Victoria
|• Density||34.275/km2 (88.77/sq mi)|
|Gazetted||2 December 1994|
|Area||864 km2 (333.6 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Cr Neil Rankine|
The Bass Coast Shire is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, located in the south-eastern part of the state. It covers an area of 864 square kilometres (334 sq mi) and, at the 2011 Census, had a population of 29,614. It includes the towns of Bass, Cape Paterson, Cape Woolamai, Cowes, Inverloch, Kilcunda, Lang Lang, Newhaven, Rhyll, San Remo, Summerlands and Wonthaggi. It also includes the popular tourist destination, Phillip Island. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the Shire of Bass, Shire of Phillip Island, Borough of Wonthaggi, and parts of the Shire of Woorayl, Shire of Korumburra and City of Cranbourne.
The Shire is governed and administered by the Bass Coast Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Wonthaggi, it also has a service centre located in Cowes. The Shire is named after its location on the coast of Bass Strait.
Towns and suburbs
- Almurta 3979
- Bass 3991
- Corinella 3984
- Coronet Bay 3984
- Glen Alvie 3979
- Glen Forbes 3990
- Grantville 3984
- Gurdies, The 3984
- Jam Jerrup 3984
- Kernot 3979
- Kongwak 3951
- Krowera 3945
- Pioneer Bay 3984
- Pound Creek 3996
- San Remo 3925
- Tenby Point 3984
- Wattle Bank 3995
- Woodleigh 3945
- Wonthaggi 3995
- Rhyll 3923
- Cape Woolamai 3925
- Newhaven 3925
- Phillip Island
- Inverloch 3996
- Local markets
- Lower Powlett Road – Williamsons Beach, Powlett River, Wonthaggi Wind Farm and Victorian Desalination Plant (tours and walking/cycling/horse riding)
- Bass Coast Rail Trail – walk/cycle/horse trot
- Historic mine whistle – sounds 12 noon every day in the centre of Wonthaggi, mine shaft tower, Apex Park, Murray Street
- Wonthaggi Museum – open Saturday mornings, Murray Street
- State Coal Mine – museum and tours, Garden Street
- Coal mine ruins – Number 5 Brace & the McBride tunnel entry, off West Area Road Wonthaggi and scattered around the region
- Wonthaggi Golf Course – 18 hole, par 72, ACR 70, easy walk, McKenzie Street
- Large chain stores
- Wonthaggi Hospital – Smoking ban, Graham Street
- Phillip Island Penguin Parade
- Australian motorcycle Grand Prix
- Pyramid Rock Festival on New Year's Eve
- Nobbies Centre at Seal Rocks
- Kilcunda Trestle Bridge
The council is composed of seven wards and seven councillors, with one councillor per ward elected to represent each ward.
|Hovell||Neil Rankine||Mayor (2013–14)|
|Leadbeater||Clare Le Serve|
Administration and governance
The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Wonthaggi Municipal Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at both its administrative centre in Wonthaggi, and its service centre in Cowes.
Collecting empty seashells and other dead remnants is legal on most Australian Beaches except for state national parks and some nature parks and reserves. If you are unsure contact the states parks authority and the local shire offices.
Collecting empty seashells (leave most alone for creatures to live in), driftwood, twigs, sea glass and other non-living materials or interesting rubbish of small size and in small quantities is legal from most beaches along the Bass Coast, with the exception being Wilsons Promontory, the Bunurong Marine National Park and most of Phillip Island.
The Bunurong Marine National Park is a middle outstretching section of Bunurong Marine Park which is along the coastline of Harmers Haven, Cape Paterson and Inverloch. The restricted zone (Bunurong Marine National Park inside Bunurong Marine Park) is an area south-west past Cape Paterson's Safety Beach and Undertow Bay namely; The Oaks, Twin Reefs, Shack Bay and Eagles Nest.
- Census QuickStats (2011). "Bass Coast (S) – LGA20740". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "Order estg (Part 2) the Bass Coast Shire". "S94 of 1994". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 2 December 1994). p. 2. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Bass Coast Information Centres, retrieved 19 November 2013
- Wonthaggi Historical Society, retrieved 11 November 2013
- Parks Victoria, retrieved 27 October 2013
- Wonthaggi Golf Club, retrieved 11 November 2013
- Bass Coast Regional Health, retrieved 30 October 2013
- Inverloch Shell Museum, retrieved 14 November 2013
- Local Government in Victoria. "Bass Coast Shire Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Department of Environment And Primary Industries, retrieved 11 November 2013
- Bass Coast Shire Council official website
- Metlink local public transport map
- Link to Land Victoria interactive maps