Bass Coast Shire

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Bass Coast Shire
Victoria
Australia Victoria Bass Coast Shire.svg
Location in Victoria
Population32,804 (2016)[1]
 • Density37.968/km2 (98.34/sq mi)
Established1994
Gazetted2 December 1994[2]
Area864 km2 (333.6 sq mi)
MayorCr Brett Tessari[3]
Council seatWonthaggi
RegionEastern Victoria
State electorate(s)Bass
Federal Division(s)
BassCoast shire logo.png
WebsiteBass Coast Shire
LGAs around Bass Coast Shire:
Casey Cardinia Baw Baw
Mornington Peninsula Bass Coast Shire South Gippsland
Bass Strait Bass Strait Bass Strait

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 2016 Census, had a population of 32,804.[1] 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.[2]

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.

Towns and suburbs[edit]

Suburb, postcode

Facilities[edit]

  • Local markets[4]

Cape Paterson[edit]

Wonthaggi[edit]

Phillip Island[edit]

Krowera[edit]

  • Garlic Farm, Olive Farm, Wayside Lookout, Dairy Farms

Kilcunda[edit]

Inverloch[edit]

Council[edit]

Current composition[edit]

The council is composed of three wards and nine councillors, with three councillors per ward elected to represent each ward.[11]

Ward Councillor Notes
Bunurong   Les Larke
Bunurong   Brett Tessari Current Mayor (2018–19)
Bunurong   Julian Brown
Island   Pamela Rothfield Mayor (2016–18)
Island   Stephen Fullarton
Island   Michael Whelan
Westernport   Clare Le Serve
Westernport   Bruce Kent
Westernport   Geoff Ellis

Administration and governance[edit]

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.

Protected areas[edit]

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.

On Phillip Island most beaches are off limits for shell collecting and are run by Phillip Island Nature Parks, with the exceptions of Ventnor, Cowes, Rhyll and Newhaven.[12]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bass Coast (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 December 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b 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.
  3. ^ http://www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/Council/Councillors_Contact_Details
  4. ^ a b c Bass Coast Information Centres (PDF), retrieved 19 November 2013
  5. ^ Bass Coast Information Centres, retrieved 13 November 2013
  6. ^ Wonthaggi Historical Society, retrieved 11 November 2013
  7. ^ Parks Victoria, retrieved 27 October 2013
  8. ^ Wonthaggi Golf Club, retrieved 11 November 2013
  9. ^ Bass Coast Regional Health, retrieved 30 October 2013
  10. ^ Inverloch Shell Museum, retrieved 14 November 2013
  11. ^ Local Government in Victoria. "Bass Coast Shire Council". Victorian Electoral Commission. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  12. ^ Department of Environment And Primary Industries, retrieved 11 November 2013

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°32′00″S 145°32′00″E / 38.53333°S 145.53333°E / -38.53333; 145.53333