Edition 2 - August 2020
Welcome to the second edition of our Community News! We hope you enjoyed our first edition and it provided some useful information for you and your group.
In Brief
- Introducing our new social and community planning officers
- 2020 Not-for Profit Treasurers' Awards
- Bass Coast Shire Council community grants
- Volunteer grants
- +55 community feedback survey
- PICAL's isolation nights
- Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre update
- Useful links/information
Our new Social and Community Planning Officers

(Very top left) Introducing Siona Jones and Erin Johnson our new Children and Youth Development Officers, (just above) Emily Harris our new Community Planning Officer - Westernport Ward

We will give you a little more insight into each of our officers in the coming editions

2020 Commonwealth Bank
Not-for-Profit Treasurers' Awards

Calling all not-for-profit treasurers (and the committee members who love them!)

The 2020 Not-for-Profit Treasurers' Awards are open and we're writing to encourage you to participate in this free recognition and awards program.

The Awards are designed to recognise the contribution that not-for-profit treasurers make to their community group, the not-for-profit sector as a whole and to Australian society.  We would, once again, love your help to celebrate our community treasurers.

Don't miss out! Nominate and recognise your treasurer now!

This year, you can take part in the 2020 Not-for-Profit Treasurers' Awards in one of two ways:
  1. You can nominate anyone who has served as a treasurer of an Australian not-for-profit organisation at any time in the past 12 months, or
  2. For your chance to win one of four $5,000 donations to your not-for-profit, simply tell us what lessons you have learned about surviving a crisis while fulfilling your role as treasurer in 2020.
Every nominated treasurer will also be awarded with a 2020 Not-for-Profit Treasurers' Awards Certificate of Appreciation.
Hurry, nomination close 1pm AEDT, Tuesday October 6,2020
Click here to nominate
Bass Coast Shire Council
Community Grants
Remember, Round 2 of Council’s Community Grants program is closing on Friday, 11 September.  You still have time to submit an application for that long overdue, or new, project.

If you have any questions, or need any further information, call Shirley 5671 2412 or visit our website

2020 supplementary volunteer grants

Volunteering Victoria, on behalf of the Australian Government, is pleased to offer 2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grants to volunteer involving organisations across Victoria to support the efforts of volunteers in building stronger, more resilient communities.

Grants of between $1,000 to $5,000 can be used by volunteer involving organisations and community groups to support the efforts of their volunteers and encourage and increase participation in volunteering.

The grants provide small amounts that organisations and community groups can use for the following items/activities*:
  • Small equipment items
  • Transport costs of volunteers with a disability
  • Fuel costs incurred by volunteers
  • Training for volunteers
  • Background screening checks of volunteers
  • Documentation requirements
  • Post COVID-19 re-engagement activities for volunteers
  • Adapting practices to support volunteers safety in relation to COVID-19 
*For details on eligible items/activities, visit the grants page on our website.

We especially encourage small volunteer involving organisations across Victoria to apply!

Applications close 20 September 11:59pm

Win a Fitbit!
Are you aged 55 years or over?  Do you live in Bass Coast or South Gippsland? We need your feedback to understand how people in our community are using the local natural environment for physical activity.
By completing the survey below, you will go into the draw to win one of two Fitbits, winners will be announced at the end of September 2020.

The South Coast Primary Community Partnership (SCCPC) is a voluntary partnership of health and community organisations, including Bass Coast Shire Council, working together towards achieving better health outcomes for the community across the South Coast (South Gippsland and Bass Coast) Local Government Area.

We encourage all recipients of our newsletter (aged 55+) to complete the survey and for these community groups to promote the survey amongst your networks/membership too.
Phillip Island Community & Learning Centre are thrilled to bring a series of free online sessions for our community to help us all through the weeks ahead.

PICAL's Isolation Nights:  Strengthening Community Connections

PICAL has incredible local community members sharing their knowledge and individual stories.

Each session is between 30 - 45 minutes long, delivered online via Zoom. All you need to do is register and receive your zoom ID and password at

Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre is currently closed. 
However for up to date information and daily updates on things to do, we encourage you to like and follow the Arts Centre facebook page and to access and/or subscribe to our newsletter please visit 


Click here for everyday creativity ideas to do at home

Great tips on coping with COVID -19
Get Informed - Understand history - Get organised - Balance your thoughts - Shut down the noise - Remember who you are - Keep healthy routines - Stay engaged - Do enjoyable things that are good for you - Keep looking forward - 'this too shall pass' 

COVID-19 Local Support Booklet

This booklet provides information on local services and supports available during this time and how best to contact them.

Our region has a wide range of support services available and these organisations are ready to support those who need assistance right now.
Well worth taking the time to grab a cuppa and watch this video

Emergencies do not always involve great drama but do always involve threat and disruption to our lives. Dr Rob Gordon (Clinical Psychologist) unpacks some of the emotions we all might be feeling during the COVID-19 pandemic (23 minutes)

Dr Robert Gordon video produced in partnership with the Latrobe Health Assembly. 
We want your old clothes!
Connecting2Australia is seeking your support to reduce the amount of recyclable materials that go to landfill.
Our newly created Rags 2 Riches Program will take your old towels, t-shirts & sheets and re-purpose them into useable rags for local businesses.
Your generous donation helps support C2A provide ongoing support to people living with disability in the greater Bass Coast region.

Contact Michele on 
0418 733 798 to arrange
collections of your
Please make sure you dispose of All PPE (personal protective equipment) in the landfill bin (red lid)
For more information visit
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All Bass Coast Visitor and Information Centres are currently closed to the public however staff are available to assist on t 1300 366 422, use the web chat function on our website or send us an email . We are hoping to reopen to the public in time for the school holidays but this will depend on state government advice.

As a result of Stage Three restrictions, the Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Facility in Wonthaggi and the Phillip island Leisure Centre in Cowes are currently closed. It is anticipated that as restrictions ease, both facilities will re-open with reduced access. Please visit for more details.
In addition to this, Councils play spaces, skate parks, BMX tracks and fitness stations remain closed for use, however the community is encouraged to continue utilising open space at recreation reserves as well as tracks and trails across the Shire for daily exercise.

We hope you have enjoyed this months edition of Community News!  If you have any information you think other Community Groups would like to know about please share with Kirsty via email or call on 0435 243 863 (Wednesday - Friday) 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) 
National Relay Service 13 37 77 (for people with communication difficulties) |

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