Bass Coast Shire
|Bass Coast Shire|
|• Density||40.793/km2 (105.65/sq mi)|
|Gazetted||2 December 1994|
|Area||866 km2 (334.4 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Cr Brett Tessari|
|Website||Bass Coast Shire|
The Bass Coast Shire is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, located in the southeastern part of the state. It covers an area of 866 square kilometres (334 sq mi) and in June 2018 had a population of 35,327. It includes the towns of Bass, Cape Paterson, Cape Woolamai, Corinella, Coronet Bay, Cowes, Inverloch, Kilcunda, Lang Lang, Newhaven, Rhyll, San Remo, Summerlands and Wonthaggi as well as the historic locality of Krowera. 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, 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 the council headquarters in Wonthaggi, with other service centres located in Cowes, Grantville and Inverloch. The Shire is named after its most precious asset, the coasts of Bass Strait and Western Port.
The council is composed of three wards and nine councillors, with three councillors per ward elected to represent each ward.
|Independent||Brett Tessari||Current Mayor (2020–21)|
|Independent||Michael Whelan||Current Deputy Mayor (2020–21)|
|Westernport||Independent||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.
Towns and suburbs
In June 2018 the shire had a population of 35,327.
- 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
- Garlic Farm, Olive Farm, Wayside Lookout, Dairy Farms
- Kilcunda Trestle Bridge
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.
- List of places on the Victorian Heritage Register in Bass Coast Shire
- Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve
- "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
- Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "S94 of 1994 - Order estg (Part 2) the Bass Coast Shire". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 2 December 1994). p. 2. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Local Government in Victoria. "Bass Coast Shire Council". Victorian Electoral Commission. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
- Bass Coast Information Centres (PDF), archived from the original (PDF) on 17 March 2012, retrieved 19 November 2013
- Bass Coast Information Centres, retrieved 13 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, archived from the original on 28 September 2013, retrieved 30 October 2013
- Inverloch Shell Museum, retrieved 14 November 2013
- Department of Environment And Primary Industries, retrieved 11 November 2013
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Bass Coast.|
- Bass Coast Shire Council official website
- Metlink local public transport map
- Link to Land Victoria interactive maps
- Bass Coast Security