Bass Coast Shire

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Bass Coast Shire
Australia Victoria Bass Coast Shire.svg
Location in Victoria
Population35,327 (2018)[1]
 • Density40.793/km2 (105.65/sq mi)
Gazetted2 December 1994[2]
Area866 km2 (334.4 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Brett Tessari[3]
Council seatWonthaggi
RegionEastern Victoria
State electorate(s)Bass
Federal Division(s)Monash
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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 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.[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.


Current composition[edit]

The council is composed of three wards and nine councillors, with three councillors per ward elected to represent each ward.[4]

Ward Party Councillor Notes
Bunurong   Independent Les Larke
  Independent Brett Tessari Current Mayor (2020–21)
  Independent Leticia Laing
Island   Independent Ron Bauer
  Independent David Rooks
  Independent Michael Whelan Current Deputy Mayor (2020–21)
Westernport   Independent Clare Le Serve
  Independent Bruce Kent
  Independent Rochelle Halstead

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.

Towns and suburbs[edit]

In June 2018 the shire had a population of 35,327.[1]

Locality Total
Adams Estate 59
Almurta 48
Anderson 28
Archies Creek 22
Bass 359
Cape Paterson 891
Corinella 507
Coronet Bay 791
Dalyston 583
Glen Alvie 165
Glen Forbes 106
Locality Total
Grantville 831
Harmers Haven 37
Inverloch 5,437
Jam Jerrup 97
Kernot 100
Kilcunda 396
Krowera 108
Lance Creek 136
North Wonthaggi 2,806
Pioneer Bay 352
Pound Creek 104
Locality Total
Ryanston 271
San Remo 1,212
South Dudley 461
St Clair 49
Tenby Point 184
The Gurdies 191
Wattle Bank 177
West Creek 109
Woodleigh 125
Woolamai 208
Wonthaggi 4,965
Town on Phillip Is. Total
Cape Woolamai 1,232
Cowes 4,839
Newhaven 449
Rhyll 568
Silverleaves 211
Smiths Beach 226
Sunderland Bay 234
Sunset Strip 427
Surf Beach 533
Ventnor 855
Wimbledon Heights 386


  • Local markets[5]

Cape Paterson[edit]


Phillip Island[edit]


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



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]


  1. ^ a b c d "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.
  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. ^
  4. ^ Local Government in Victoria. "Bass Coast Shire Council". Victorian Electoral Commission. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Bass Coast Information Centres (PDF), archived from the original (PDF) on 17 March 2012, retrieved 19 November 2013
  6. ^ Bass Coast Information Centres, retrieved 13 November 2013
  7. ^ Wonthaggi Historical Society, retrieved 11 November 2013
  8. ^ Parks Victoria, retrieved 27 October 2013
  9. ^ Wonthaggi Golf Club, retrieved 11 November 2013
  10. ^ Bass Coast Regional Health, archived from the original on 28 September 2013, retrieved 30 October 2013
  11. ^ Inverloch Shell Museum, retrieved 14 November 2013
  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