Bass Coast Shire

Bass Coast Shire

Location in Victoria
Population 32,033 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 37.075/km2 (96.02/sq mi)
Established 1994
Gazetted 2 December 1994[2]
Area 864 km2 (333.6 sq mi)
Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale
Council seat Wonthaggi
Region Eastern Victoria
State electorate(s) Bass
Federal Division(s)
Website Bass Coast Shire
LGAs around Bass Coast Shire:
Casey Cardinia Baw Baw
Mornington Peninsula Bass Coast Shire South Gippsland
Bass Strait Bass Strait Bass Strait

The Bass Coast Shire is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, located in the south-eastern part of the state. It covers an area of 864 square kilometres (334 sq mi) and, at the 2011 Census, had a population of 29,614.[3] It includes the towns of Bass, Cape Paterson, Cape Woolamai, Cowes, Inverloch, Kilcunda, Lang Lang, Newhaven, Rhyll, San Remo, Summerlands and Wonthaggi. It also includes the popular tourist destination, Phillip Island. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the Shire of Bass, Shire of Phillip Island, Borough of Wonthaggi, and parts of the Shire of Woorayl, Shire of Korumburra and City of Cranbourne.[2]

The Shire is governed and administered by the Bass Coast Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Wonthaggi, it also has a service centre located in Cowes. The Shire is named after its location on the coast of Bass Strait.

Towns and suburbs


Cape Paterson


Phillip Island




Current composition

The council is composed of seven wards and seven councillors, with one councillor per ward elected to represent each ward.[11]

Anderson   Bradley Drew
Churchill   Philip Wright
Hovell   Neil Rankine
Leadbeater   Clare Le Serve
McHaffie   Kimberley Brown
Thompson   Andrew Phillips
Townsend   Jordan Crugnale Mayor (2015–16)

Administration and governance

The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Wonthaggi Municipal Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at both its administrative centre in Wonthaggi, and its service centre in Cowes.

Protected areas

Collecting empty seashells and other dead remnants is legal on most Australian Beaches except for state national parks and some nature parks and reserves. If you are unsure contact the states parks authority and the local shire offices.

Collecting empty seashells (leave most alone for creatures to live in), driftwood, twigs, sea glass and other non-living materials or interesting rubbish of small size and in small quantities is legal from most beaches along the Bass Coast, with the exception being Wilsons Promontory, the Bunurong Marine National Park and most of Phillip Island.

On Phillip Island most beaches are off limits for shell collecting and are run by Phillip Island Nature Parks, with the exceptions of Ventnor, Cowes, Rhyll and Newhaven.[12]

The Bunurong Marine National Park is a middle outstretching section of Bunurong Marine Park which is along the coastline of Harmers Haven, Cape Paterson and Inverloch. The restricted zone (Bunurong Marine National Park inside Bunurong Marine Park) is an area south-west past Cape Paterson's Safety Beach and Undertow Bay namely; The Oaks, Twin Reefs, Shack Bay and Eagles Nest.

See also


  1. "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. 1 2 Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "S94 of 1994". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 2 December 1994). p. 2. Retrieved 10 January 2014. |article= ignored (help)
  3. Census QuickStats (2011). "Bass Coast (S) – LGA20740". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  4. 1 2 3 Bass Coast Information Centres (PDF), retrieved 19 November 2013
  5. Bass Coast Information Centres, retrieved 13 November 2013
  6. Wonthaggi Historical Society, retrieved 11 November 2013
  7. Parks Victoria, retrieved 27 October 2013
  8. Wonthaggi Golf Club, retrieved 11 November 2013
  9. Bass Coast Regional Health, retrieved 30 October 2013
  10. Inverloch Shell Museum, retrieved 14 November 2013
  11. Local Government in Victoria. "Bass Coast Shire Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  12. Department of Environment And Primary Industries, retrieved 11 November 2013

External links

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Bass Coast.

Coordinates: 38°32′00″S 145°32′00″E / 38.53333°S 145.53333°E / -38.53333; 145.53333

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