Edition 7 - January 2021
Welcome to the January edition of our Community News!
This is Carlo the Community House!
Keep an eye out for him throughout this month's edition of Community News!
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In Brief

- Team Member Profile
- Covid-Safe Record Keeping
- Out and about in the Community
- Community Grants Information Sessions
- Neighbourhood House Update
- Information for not-for-profits
- Useful Links / Information
Team Member Profile
Shirley Egan - Community Grants and Projects Officer
Where do you live? Inverloch

What do you love about your job? 
I love that Council’s community grants program is able to assist many groups in the community to realise their projects and events, and I am really excited to see these projects come to fruition.  I also love that I work with such a talented and passionate team.

What is your favourite book? At the moment it is 'The Brain that Changes Itself' by Norman Doidge, MD.  Who knew just how adaptable the brain actually is?  I can also happily re-read the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?  I enjoy cooking (and eating!), exploring and walking the beach, catching up with family and friends, and trying to master stand up paddle-boarding.
Covid-Safe Record-Keeping for Community Groups
After numerous requests for simple instructions on how to ensure accurate record keeping and capacity limits, DHHS have created these instructions. This document explains everything in easy to read terms and can be shared between community groups if required.
Out and about in the Community
Ferry Captain Tree Sculpture in Rhyll
We were recently contacted by the Rhyll Community Association with a request for the sculpture to be resealed due to deterioration. Two of our staff members under the Working for Victoria Program made quick work of this and within eight days of the original request, the work was completed. Well done to Will Cochrane and Carl Seyfort for your outstanding work for our community!

Sports Locker Programs
Thanks to the hard work put in by our Working for Victoria Staff Members in the Club Sports Coordinator roles, we were able to partner with GippsSport to offer some exciting Sports Locker Programs. During January, Beach Yoga was a favourite, as well as several sports days that were run across the Shire. 

Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener Commemoration
On Wednesday, 20 January 2021, a ceremony in memory of Tunnerminnerwait and Maulbouyheener was conducted in Wishart Reserve, Wonthaggi. These men were the first people hanged in Victoria on 20 January 1842 after their capture at Harmers Haven.
Organised by the Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group, a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony was hosted by the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation. Thank you to all who attended this event.
Community Grants Information Sessions
Do you have a question about our Community Grants Program? Not sure how to apply? Is your proposed group and/or project eligible? What even is Community Grants?
Then come along to an Information Session, via Zoom. You don't even have to leave your house!
9.30am Wednesday, 3 February 2021
2.00pm Monday, 8  February 2021

Registrations are essential. Please advise which session you want to attend when you register, you will be forwarded a link to the session prior to the day. To register please call Shirley on 0435 205 816 or email
Neighbourhood House Update
Local community houses are back in full swing after the Christmas break, and have returned with a jam packed schedule of courses! From formal qualifications to social classes, there really is something for everyone!

Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre are offering a range of courses in February, so if you'd like to learn how to sew, or be able to administer First Aid successfully - jump on their website to see their full course brochure including times and dates.
In Wonthaggi, The Neighbourhood Centre at Mitchell House offer a lot of social inclusion activities, and they encourage people from all walks of life to participate. If you would like to learn more about the locally run groups - please give Mitchell House a call on 5672 3731.
Bass Coast Adult Learning offer courses in Hospitality, Hairdressing, Horticulture, Mindfulness, retirement planning, Early Childhood Education, Computers, First Aid, Workplace Safety and more! Registrations can be completed on their website.
Inverloch Community House host a range of activities throughout their summer program. All activities are listed on their brochure, located here.

Don't forget classes are also available at both Bass Valley Community Group and Corinella and District Community Centre. Click here to see what Bass Valley has to offer, and here to visit Corinella's website.
Do you live in the waterline area?
Corinella and District Community Centre are looking to revitalise after Covid and are seeking locals who would like to lead social groups and/or share their skills. CDCC would like to start any or all of the following: knitting group, crossword or Sudoku group, cooking club, chess or board games etc. They are also looking for leaders for children’s story time and other activities.  Leaders of these groups would provide a welcome to new group members and help the Centre to promote the group. The Centre are also seeking people with skills to run sessions on soap making, cooking, macramé, or any other craft activity and exercise/wellbeing activities.
With Covid restrictions easing and the Centre now open again, they are welcoming back many of their regular groups in February including, crafties, art group, book club, social lunch, garden club, strength training and more. Yoga will be returning in March. 
If you have any ideas, would like to volunteer your time or hire a room to run a course please give the Centre Manager a call between 10am -4pm Monday – Thursday on 5678 0777.
Where do not-for-profits go for help?
Our Community is the engine room for creating and disseminating practical, affordable training, leadership, and technological solutions that allow not-for-profit and grantmaking organisations to get on with the crucial work of building stronger communities.
Our partners in that work are not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises; government, philanthropic and corporate grant makers; donors and volunteers; enlightened businesses; and other community builders.
Click on the image above for more information.
Inspirational Quote for the Month

When you love what you have, you have everything you need!
Useful Links / Information
Coming together to combat loneliness
Ending Loneliness Together is a national network of organisations who have come together to address the emerging problem of loneliness in Australia. We’ve been working together to address loneliness across all ages since 2016.
Click on the image for some good resources and tips if you are worried about people feeling lonely.
Waterline Community Library Grantville
Connect with us to access streaming movies, e-books, e-audio books, magazines and much more via our website 24/7 and visit us to enjoy free events and family fun.
Opening hours: Tuesday 3.00pm - 6.00pm, Thursday 10.00am - 1.00pm, Saturday 10.00am - 12.00pm.

Please click the image to head to our website.
Children & Youth Art Competition Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the Children and Youth Art Competition
Under 10 years Category – Celeste Petracca, Harrison Walsh and Lucca Smith
10-18 years category – Ashlee Cornelis, Mia Thompson and Phoenix Steadman
Visit our website to see the winning artworks
Access to Local Services Improved by New Guide
The South Coast Primary and Community Partnership, Bass Coast Shire Council and South Gippsland Shire Council have released a Community Guide to Local Health Services and Supports to assist the public to access services available right here in the local South Gippsland and Bass Coast region. 
This edition has a greater focus on local services ranging from health and welfare organisations through to mental health, youth, financial and food relief services and community houses. State Government hotlines and 24-hour support services are also included. 
The resource is available online on our website and also in hard copy from many community locations across the sub-region.
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Council Facilities Update
Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Facility in Wonthaggi has re-opened to the community in a restricted manner. Online bookings are essential for use of the pool, gym facilities and group fitness classes, with reduced capacity in accordance with State Government guidelines. Please visit for up to date operating hours and availability for use.
The Phillip Island Leisure Centre in Cowes has also re-opened in a reduced capacity for use of the gym and group fitness classes. Please visit for up to date information.

Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre is open, screening a selection of new films with something for everyone. Tickets are $15 adult, $10 children / concession. Live shows are back from February 20! Please visit our Facebook page or website for up to date event times and to subscribe to our newsletter.

The Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre in Newhaven are now operating at full capacity and are open 7 days per week from 9.00am – 5.00pm. If you have any queries, please contact by phone on 1300 366 422, online at or by emailing

The Inverloch Visitor Information Centre are now operating at full capacity and are open 7 days per week from 9.00am – 5.00pm. If you have any queries, please contact by phone on 1300 762 433, online at or by emailng

The Wonthaggi Civic Centre and Cowes Customer Service Centre are now open Monday to Friday from 10.00am - 3.00pm for any queries.
We hope you have enjoyed this month's edition of Community News! If you have any information you think other Community Groups would like to know about please share with Leah via email so we can include in future newsletters. Editions will come out monthly. We are really looking forward to getting out and meeting you all face to face. Take care of yourselves.

Kind regards,

The Social and Community Planning Team
Bass Coast Shire Council

Phone: 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03 5671 2211) 
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