Edition 8 - March 2021
Welcome to the March edition of our Community News!
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In Brief

- Team Member Profile
- Our Bass Coast. Our Future
- ArtsACTION Workshops - FREE
- 2021 Victorian Community History Awards

- Neighbourhood House Update
- Welcome Refugees
- Community Gardens Australia
- Inspirational quote for the month
- Useful Links / Information
Team Member Profile
Lucy Cousens - Community Connector - Community Activation and Social Isolation Initiative (CASI)
Where do you live?

What do you love about your job?
I am new to the position so I am excited about the opportunity this brings to create meaningful connections and support for our community. 

What is your favourite book?
I am adding an ‘s’ to the word book. The Gold Finch by Donna Tartt, Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko, Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton, Phosphorescence by Julia Baird.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I am surf-centric. I love everything about the ocean but mostly surfing. It is my health and wellbeing ticket. I also do love a good book and of course spending time with family and friends. I also love to travel. Nothing delights me more than a good old road trip.
Our Bass Coast. Our Future.

What do you want for the future of Bass Coast? We want to hear from you!

Your ideas will help shape a number of important Council documents, including the Council Plan 2021-25, Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-25 long-term Community Vision and 10 Year Financial Plan.

Bass Coast Shire Council are asking the community to share your thoughts and your expertise about the future of Bass Coast. Everyone is encouraged to have a say through one of the many consultation opportunities available. You can:

  • Complete the online survey at
  • If a paper survey is your preference, please let us know! We can send some out to you. Please contact Shirley on 5671 2412 or to enquire.
  • Join us for an online Facebook Q&A session. The next session is on Tuesday 13 April at 6:30pm. Follow us on Facebook to connect
  • Or, we can come to you! Call Shirley on 5671 2412 or to book in a time.
Background Information
The Long Term Community Vision sets out the direction for what Bass Coast will look like in the year 2040, the Council Plan outlines the actions that will be taken to work towards the Vision during the current Council Term, while the10-year Financial Plan provides the detail on how investment will be made to deliver on both the Long Term Community Vision and the Council Plan. The Health and Wellbeing Plan is an integrated Plan, that guides the work of Council and partner organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of the Bass Coast community.
ArtsACTION workshops - FREE
Entries now open for the 2021 Victorian Community History Awards
Public Record Office Victoria and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria are calling for entries from community groups, local historians and writers for the 2021 Victorian Community History Awards including the Victorian Premier's History Award. for more information visit:
Neighbourhood House Update
Keep an eye out for upcoming courses in
  • First Aid
  • Hospitality
  • Computers
  • Workplace Safety including White Card and Traffic Management
and much more!
Please give us a call on (03) 5672 3115, email or visit the website if you are interested in learning more.
Welcome refugees
Have you ever wondered where you can get a Refugees are Welcome Here sign?  Have they resonated with you? If so, you can purchase them from Wonthaggi Neighourhood Centre at Mitchell House for $4.00. 
Community Gardens Australia
11 April is Community Gardens Day!
The month of April is national Urban Agriculture Month. Community Gardens Australia are encouraging all gardens to put on an event, make contact with your local media and get the word out about the benefits of growing your own food. They will be promoting these events nationally and don't forget it is also a great opportunity for you to run a fundraising event such as a plant sale.
April 11, 2021 is the inaugural national community gardening day. Stay tuned for more details on the website, as it is intended for this to be an annual event to celebrate community gardening everywhere - let's all head down to our local garden on the same day and celebrate the joys of growing and sharing together!
Inspirational quote for the month

A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset! 
Useful Links / Information
Veterans Grants Program
Grants of up to $50,000 will be provided for projects which support building and facility improvements for not-for-profit organisations delivering services to veterans, their families and communities.
The funding can be used for renovation or maintenance projects such as providing all abilities access, installing more environmentally sustainable features, improving community access or upgrading memorial halls.
Grant applications close on Monday, 12 April 2021. For more information or to apply, visit
Have you heard of the Luminous Galleries?
A series of night time artworks lit up by permanent lights in the 4 waterline towns of Coronet Bay, Corinella, Grantville and Pioneer Bay, the luminous galleries are made from recycled products where possible and each month a new artwork in each of the towns is revealed.
If you are yet to venture down to have a look, make the time - you won't be disappointed!
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
The Wonthaggi Civic Centre and Cowes Customer Service Centre are now open Monday to Friday from 10.00am - 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 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
Community Newsletter Update
Our 'Community News' will be moving to bi-monthly editions from now on. Our next edition will be released at the end of May. 
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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 Leah via email so we can include in future newsletters. 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

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