Edition 6 - December 2020
Welcome to the sixth edition of our Community News!
Given that we are wrapping up after a long and testing year, this edition will be brief and we will return in January 2021.
Thank you for the support this year, and we look forward to providing you with more valuable information in the New Year.
Brief Overview

- 2020: A Year in Review
- Christmas Display Competition Winners
- Neighbourhood House Update
- Community Safety and Emergency Messages
- Working for Victoria Program Update
- Useful Links/Information
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
From all of us in the Social and Community Planning Team, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thank you for all of your hard work within our community over the last 12 months - it does not go unnoticed. We look forward to a brighter year coming, and can't wait to work with you in the future.
2020: A Year in Review
There are so many things 2020 will be remembered for. Whilst the highlight will be the extraordinary ways our community has supported each other, below are a few other positives that have come away from 2020.

Island Whales - Although the Island Whale Festival 2020 was cancelled due to Covid-19, it didn't stop the team at Island Whales from taking out the prize as the winner of the 'Best Small Event in 2019' category at the Australian Event Awards. The festival had strong competition in the category, going up against the Gold Coast Music Awards, among other events from around the nation. For more information on Island Whales, please visit their website.

Bass Coast Happy Rocks - A wonderful initiative brought to our community by the community. Hidden amongst the foreshores of our coastline, our walking trails, throughout our neighbourhoods and well....basically anywhere, you may find a little rock treasure with positive and uplifting messages. For further information connect through the Bass Coast Happy Rocks facebook page.

The Inverloch Kindness Pandemic Facebook Page - Whilst 2020 has been a year of scary and unprecedented times, it highlighted the fact it has never been more important to remember we're all in this together.
With the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic at hand, the residents of Inverloch and surrounds decided it was time to look at how we go about everyday life. This group was developed to help make times less difficult in the community and a place to ask, without judgement, for help at any time.

Bass Coast Spoonville - Whilst the idea of Spoonville originated in England, we have still seen plenty of small spoon villages popping up around the Bass Coast!  Spoons are now calling these places home - Corinella and District Community Centre, Inverloch Primary School, South Dudley Road and even near the foreshore of Smith's Beach! If you visit, you will see a diverse community of Spoony's hanging out together, enjoying each others company and giving us a visual reminder of the strength of a community - continuing to connect despite the challenges!

Young Leaders for the Environment 2020
COVID-19 has been responsible for stalling a number of events this year but it wasn't going to stand in the way of celebrating our Young Leaders for the Environment 2020 Awards. Despite not being able to meet in person, a celebration was reimagined into a short standalone film documenting the journey of our Young Leaders of 2020 and released at an online event on 26 October 2020.
Together with the students, their families and teachers we were able to celebrate the voice of our very passionate, wise and inspiring Young Leaders and their visions for the future of our Environment.
Christmas Display Competition

This competition aimed to spread a bit of Christmas joy, after what has been a challenging year. Thank you to all our entrants, it was great to see the many varied displays. We hope that you enjoy the wonderful Christmas displays in Bass Coast.
The resident category winners:

  • Bunurong Ward - 41 Ivor Street, North Wonthaggi
  • Island Ward – 249 Settlement Road, Cowes
  • Westernport Ward – 60 Desmond Road, Wattle Bank

The business winners:

  • Bunurong Ward – Mookah Studio – 11 A’Beckett Street, Inverloch
  • Island Ward – Cowes Primary School – 177 Settlement Road, Cowes
  • Westernport Ward – Tanash Café – 127 Marine Parade, San Remo

For a full list of applicants and to plan your visit of a Christmas display near you, click here.

Neighbourhood House Update
The Christmas season is upon us, and with that brings holiday closures to our local Community Houses. These houses will be closed between the following dates:
  • Inverloch Community House - 18 December 2020 to 17 January 2021.
  • Bass Coast Adult Learning -20 December 2020 to 11 January 2021.
  • Mitchell House - 24 December 2020 to 11 January 2021.
  • Corinella and Bass Valley Community Houses - 17 December 2020 to 11 January 2021.
  • Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre (PICAL) - Closed 25 - 28 December 2020 and 1 January 2021. Open 10.00am - 2.00pm every other weekday until 11 January 2021, when normal trading hours resume.
Community Safety and Emergency Messages
Bass Coast Fire Danger Period
The Fire Danger Period in Bass Coast commenced on 14 December 2020 and will remain in place until 1 May 2020 (unless stated otherwise). The Fire Danger Period is when CFA restricts the use of fire in the community. During this period no open air burning is allowed in the municipal district. This is to help prevent fires from starting. Unauthorised burning during the Fire Danger Period is breaking the law and may lead to fines and prosecution. For guides on what you can and can't do during the Fire Danger Period or on days of total fire ban visit

VIC Emergency App
Whether it’s a bushfire, flood, beach closure, storm, thunderstorm asthma or extreme heat day - VicEmergency gives all warnings from a single app and phone number.  Download the free app on your mobile phone or at or you can call the hotline on 1800 226 226.
Want to know how to prepare for different emergencies?  Visit for key information on planning for a range of emergencies.
Working for Victoria Program bringing old buildings back to life
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Working for Victoria Program - Kicking Big Goals at the Bass Valley Community Centre.
Bass Valley Community Group is made up of a mix of historic buildings, including the Bass State School, Bass Hall and Hadden House Op Shop. 
Bass Hall has served the town for over 100 years in different locations and together with Hadden House Op shop, which was the School Masters house, now serve the community in the current location since their regeneration into the thriving Bass Valley Community Centre. 
With so much history and life within its walls you could imagine how over time the weatherboards of Hadden House would deteriorate.  Bass Coast Shire Council’s Working for Victoria maintenance crew, Carl and Will, have the task of repairing the weatherboards and giving it a coat of paint. For two guys who don’t like to paint they are doing a tremendous job! 
If you have visited the op shop with the last three weeks (and it is well worth the trip if you haven’t) you may see Carl and Will working away on transforming the exterior of the building, so that it may last another 100 years!
Bass Valley Community Centre - Phone 5678 2277.
Inspirational Quote for the Month

It's a good day to have a good day!
Useful Links / Information
Have your say: Draft Community Engagement Policy
We'd like to hear your thoughts and ideas on how you want Council to engage with you.
The Draft Community Engagement Policy is available on our website at You can provide your feedback through the form on our website at this address, by emailing or by post to Bass Coast Shire Council, PO Box 118 Wonthaggi, 3995 before Sunday, 17 January 2021.
Bass Coast Accessible Parking
From 30 November 2020, Bass Coast Shire will be participating in a Pilot of the State Government's new Accessible Parking Permit (APP) Scheme and online administration system.
If you or your organisation needs a new permit, or needs to renew or replace an existing permit, you can now apply online.

Visit our website or take a look at the Accessible Parking website for more information, including answers to common questions.
Travel CovidSafe this Summer
Before you travel, keep up to date with the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, as these may affect your travel plans. Some restrictions may include limits on home visits, public gatherings and accommodation.

Prepare to be flexible as restrictions may change during your time away. Check the latest Victorian restriction levels or call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.
Click here for more information.

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.
   Got the app?                       Follow Bass Coast Shire Facebook page
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 for cinema, screening a selection of new films with something for everyone. Tickets are $15 full fare, $10 children / concession. Please visit our Facebook page or website for up to date session times and to subscribe to our newsletter.

The Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre in Newhaven is excited to welcome back visitors and will be open for face-to-face services, seven days a week from 9.00am to 5.00pm. Call on 1300 366 422, connect with them online or email
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 is also now open from Monday to Friday from 10.00am - 2.00pm 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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