October 2021
Welcome to the October edition of our Community News.
We truly have some beautiful places here in Bass Coast - boats at Rhyll 
In Brief

- Team Member Profile - Kathryn Pryor - Access and Healthy Ageing Officer
- Community Guide to Local Health Services and Support - 2nd Edition
- FREE Community Training - book now!
- Grants Goss
- Council's Community Directory
- Wonthaggi Public Art - Expression of Interest
- YES Youth Hub committee recruitment
- Whitelion seeking volunteers
- Detox your Home - Wonthaggi
- Artists + Creatives in ACTION!
- Step Outside move your way
- Applications open for RISE fund
- New Hippocampe at Phillip Island VIC
- Phillip Island VIC free kids activities
- Neighbourhood House update

- Inspirational quote for the month
- Useful Links / Information
- Council Facilities Update
Team Member Profile
Kathryn Pryor
Access and Healthy Ageing Officer

Where do you live?

What do you love about your job?
Everything! I’m passionate about working with our community, especially people with disability, their families and carers, to ensure they have a say about everything ‘access and inclusion’ in Bass Coast. I also enjoy working alongside the members of my team who are equally passionate and knowledgeable about their jobs.

What is your favourite book?
At the moment, it’s all about cook books! I’m currently cooking my way through ‘Sweet’ by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh. The only downside is the amount of taste testing required and the associated calories!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I really enjoy cooking and baking for family and friends. I love hosting dinner parties, however like everyone, my social opportunities have been curtailed over the past 18 months. The silver lining is that I’ve had more time to practice and improve my cooking skills!
Community Guide to Local Health Services and Support - 2nd Edition
To try and keep information as current and up to date as possible, the second edition of the Community Guide to health services and supports in Bass Coast and South Gippsland is now available. We hope that this guide is able to provide you with a quick reference to localised support services for yourself, family, friends, colleagues or neighbours. To access the booklet click on the front cover below, or contact the Community Planning Team to find out where you can get a hard copy.
FREE Community Training - book now!
We are pleased to offer the following FREE training in person:
  • Grant Writing - are you grant ready? Set up a framework to address different grant requirements and applications
    Thursday, 21 October 9.30am to 12.30pm - Bass Community Hall
  • Governance for Community Groups - roles and responsibilities of Committees
    Tuesday, 26 October 9.00am to 12noon - Inverloch
  • Succession Planning for Community Groups - create a succession plan for committee and volunteers
    Wednesday, 10 November 1.30 to 4.30pm - Kilcunda
To book, please contact the Community Planning Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or via email or go to the Community Planning page on our website.

Each course will require a minimum of 10 participants to be viable (max 20), so please share this far and wide.
Grants Goss
Exciting News!  Council's Community Grants Program has been expanded to offer more funding opportunities

Our Community Grants Program has been expanded to include the following: 
  • a Quick Response Grants Program which will provide community groups with more opportunities to access funding with an easier and quicker application process. Quick Response applications will open the first day of the month and close the last Friday of the month from July until May and provide funding up to $1,000 per application, no co-contribution required. 
  • The Community Grants Program will still run twice a year with grants of up to $5,000 and up to three $10,000 grants offered per round for major projects.
Applications for the first round of Quick Response Grants will open Friday, 1 October 2021 and close Friday, 29 October.  Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of the closing date.

Applications for the first round of the 2022 Community Grants will open on Friday, 1 October 2021 and close on Friday, 4 March 2022. Successful applicants will be notified after the May 2022 Council Meeting.

For more information, including guidelines and downloadable application forms, visit
Community Grants web page or contact our Community Grants Officer on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or email For people who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have a speech impairment please contact Council via one of the National Relay Service call numbers at 

Are you a fan of podcasts?  Download and listen to Grants Uncovered
Jessie Ballantyne hosts
Grants Uncovered, a series of podcasts for those looking to get real with grants. Featuring fun interviews with grant seekers and funding providers across Australia, you will learn what works and what doesn’t when it comes to grants. Grants Uncovered is aimed at helping you find and win more grants.

Grant Finder
We have a free online service hosted by Grant Guru that enables individuals, businesses and community organisations to easily identify and access funding opportunities from local, state and federal government and other grant programs. It also includes a quick link to available Coronavirus funding. 

By registering on the website, you can create favourites lists, receive direct email alerts from your chosen areas of interest and keep up to date with potential funding opportunities and deadlines.

The website also offers advice and top tips for finding and applying for grants and allows you to filter your search by a specific location, industry or type of project.
Council's Community Directory
Bass Coast has a plethora of community groups, and we have a Community Directory on our website to help you find them. Are your group's details included in the directory, or do they need updating?  

If so, please forward the following details to and we will ensure your group's details are added to the Community Directory.
  • Name of group
  • Location
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website (if applicable)
  • Contact details eg President's name and telephone number
  • A brief description of who your group is and what they do/offer
Wonthaggi Public Art
Expression of Interest

We're extending an invitation to suitably experienced artists to create a contemporary public artwork to be situated in the township of Wonthaggi.

Artists are invited to submit design concepts that will deliver an innovative and engaging creative artwork that speaks to the theme of Transitions.

Artists are to propose the preferred site/s within the township. Three potential locations have been identified as suitable sites by Council and the Community Working Group. Depending on the nature of the work proposed, the artist may select a single site or an array of smaller discreet locations scattered across the town.

The Wonthaggi Public Art Commission is being delivered as part of our annual Public Art Program.

To apply please review the Expression of Interest Document.  Applications are invited via SmartyGrants and close Sunday, 17 October at 11.59pm. Further information can be found on our website, Wonthaggi Public Artor contact us on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671 2211.

Do you like working with young people?
The YES Youth Hub is recruiting
The YES Youth Hub (YYH), a community driven project supported by Bass Coast Shire Council and under the auspice of YMCA Bass Coast, are currently seeking new Committee Members to drive the strategic plan towards its vision.

The YHH is governed by a Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from Council, Bass Coast Health, YMCA Bass Coast, South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network, Anglicare Victoria, SalvoCare Eastern and the community.  A Youth Advisory Council (YAC) has been formed in 2021 to help shape the direction of the YHH and comprises 12 young people from across Bass Coast ranging in age from 12 to 24.

The broad aim of the YYH is to provide a space for young people where they will have access to information, services and connection with peers. The YYH aims to provide a variety of programs, events and activities organised and delivered by the YYH staff, YAC and Steering Committee members. The YYH also provides a central point for the youth sector in Bass Coast, and services can book and utilise the space. 

The YHH opened its doors in late 2019 and the last 18 months have proven to be a challenging time due to COVID-19. The YYH over this time has undertaken strategic planning and is now at an exciting point in its journey.

If you are interested in joining the Steering Committee, please contact Wendy Major (Executive Officer, South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning Employment Network) on phone 0427 304 445 or email  Applications, together with a CV and Resume, should also be emailed to Wendy by Friday, 8 October 2021.
Does supporting and mentoring young people interest you? Whitelion are seeking volunteers
Detox your Home is coming to Wonthaggi
A Detox your Home event is coming to the Wonthaggi Transfer Station on Sunday, 31 October 2021 from 1.00pm - 4.00pm.

Chemicals should never go in your kerbside bins, and there are many that can’t usually be accepted at Council’s Waste Facilities.

Detox your Home events are designed to accept a specific range of highly toxic household chemicals that can't be accepted at most transfer stations because they pose a high risk when combined or stored in large volumes. 

Detox your Home accepts weed killers, cleaning products, cosmetics, cooking oil – check out the
list of what can be accepted

Registrations are essential.  Register at

If you'd like more information, check out or contact our Waste Services Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).

If you can't make it to Wonthaggi there is also an event in Korumburra on the same day at the same time.
Artists + Creatives in ACTION!
Invitation to REGISTER for online Workshops - FREE!
ArtsACTION upskills creatives to activate career pathways, broaden networks and build market reach.
This workshop series includes six sessions covering topics:
  1. Being Market Ready - preparing credentials: improving portfolios, devising messaging, creating clear action plans, becoming market ready and better equipped for new opportunities.
  2. Working Together Effectively - exploring methods/practices for working in teams: effective collaboration, supporting operation of management groups and teams, development of current/future opportunities.
  3. Digital Communities - identifying appropriate online platforms, for effective navigation in: building digital communities, set up of e-commerce tools, brand-building engagement methods, and refining strategies for building reach to grow success.
Workshop Series #3 2022
Wednesdays 10.30am to 12noon - 23 February to 30 March
** LAST CHANCE Workshop Series #4 2022 
Tuesdays 4.00pm to 5,30pm - 1 March to 5 April 

For more information visit:
Step outside and explore where you live. Start by doing what you can, and then look for ways to do more. If you have not moved much for a while, start out slowly. After several weeks or months, build up your activities and try to do them for longer and more frequently.

Grab your friends and family and get moving. If someone you care about needs to get moving, suggest activities you can do together. Finding someone to be active with will turn the whole experience into something social and fun. 

For inspiration visit the
South Coast Primary and Community Partnership website which highlights over 60 local tracks and trails including those suitable for beginners and more experienced walkers. The webpage also lists local opportunities for people to join walking groups or other activity groups with over 40 groups listed.

For information about the campaign and to view the new webpage please go to 
Applications open for RISE fund
The latest batch of successful Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund applications have seen a significant increase in support for visual arts projects, with 12 visual arts grant recipients announced last week in the fifth batch of RISE Funding. This reflects the increased eligibility for visual arts and craft applicants in the recent updates to the criteria.

Initiated in response to the impacts of COVID-19 on the arts industry, the federal government’s RISE Fund aims to support the arts and entertainment sector to reactivate and rebuild confidence in artists, investors and audiences. The program is targeting funding to assist the presentation of new, re-shaped or existing cultural and creative activities and events. 

The next batch is now open with a deadline yet to be announced. NAVA has received advice that independent artists, small to medium arts organisations and Artist Run Initiatives are eligible to apply. Approximately 75% of successful applicants are S2M organisations. 

If you need help making, articulating or strengthening your application, please contact the RISE Team directly via or call 02 6271 7971
New Hippocampe arrives at Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre (VIC)
The Team at Phillip Island VIC are excited to have recently taken possession of a new Hippocampe Wheelchair, just in time for summer! The three-wheeled chair can be towed, pushed or self-propelled.  The double tyre set up in the rear helps to travel over a wide variety of terrains including rock, uneven surfaces and soft sand. It can be packed into a large storage bag for easy transporting.
To hire the Hippocampe contact the Team at Phillip Island VIC via phone 1300 366 422 or email

Another Hippocampe is available to hire at Inverloch VIC. To hire, phone 1300 762 433 or email

Kids bored? Head over to Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre for FREE activities
Neighbourhood House update
What's happening at your local Neighbourhood House?  Follow the links for more information and to view current programs. And don't forget to check out Bass Coast Adult Learning located at 239 White Road, Wonthaggi tel: 5672 3115 
Inspirational quote for the month

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain"
Dolly Parton
Useful Links / Information
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Council Facilities Update
The Wonthaggi Civic Centre and Cowes Customer Service Centre are now open Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 3.00pm for any queries.

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! 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 is open 7 days per week from 10.00am – 3.00pm. If you have any queries, please contact by phone on 1300 366 422, online at or by emailing

The Inverloch Visitor Information Centre is open 7 days per week from 10.00am – 3.00pm. If you have any queries, please contact by phone on 1300 762 433, online at or by emailng
Look out for our next Community Newsletter in December

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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 Shirley, via email we can include in future newsletters. We are really excited to be getting out and about, and meeting you all again face to face. Take care of yourselves.

Kind regards,
The Social and Community Planning Team
Bass Coast Shire Council

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