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The Minister for Planning has approved Amendment C140, which
implements the Bass Coast Rural Land Use Strategy 2014, with the new
controls now forming part of the Bass Coast Planning Scheme. The new
provisions support agriculture, encourage rural tourism and protect rural
The technical changes to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme are as
Modi es the Municipal Strategic Statement to support the new
Includes the Bass Coast Rural Land Use Strategy 2014 and the
Bass Coast Shire Review of Rhyll Wetland 2015 as Reference
Introduces four new local policies - Rural subdivision, Rural
dwellings, Non-agricultural uses in the Farming Zone and Rural
Activity Zone to guide decision-making in these policy areas;
Rezones land at Coronet Bay/Corinella, Inverloch/Cape Paterson
and 1003 Bass Highway, The Gurdies, commonly referred to as
“Fantasia Site”, from the Farming Zone to the Rural Activity Zone.
Rezones an area west of the Rhyll Wetland from the Farming Zone
to the Rural Conservation Zone and applies the Environmental
Signi cance Overlay – Schedule 1 (Coastal Wetland Areas) to an
area west of the Rhyll Wetland.
Updates the schedule to the Rural Activity Zone.
Updates the schedule to the Farming Zone at Clause 35.07,
identifying three precincts with tailored subdivision provisions:
Precinct 1 – East of Bass Highway which is the main commercial
agriculture area. A minimum subdivision lot size of 80ha is introduced
and a permit will be required for a dwelling on any lot less than 40ha in
Precinct 2 – West and South of Bass Highway which is a mix of
commercial agriculture and lifestyle farming. A minimum subdivision lot
size of 80ha is introduced and a permit will be required for a dwelling
on any lot less than 40ha in area.
Precinct 3 – Phillip Island which is a mixture of commercial agriculture,
growing tourism demand and lifestyle farming. A minimum subdivision
lot size of 40ha is maintained, and a permit will be required for a
dwelling on any lot less than 40ha in area.
Amends Zone and Overlay mapping to correct anomalies on Cape
Paterson-Inverloch Road and 11 Brudenhall Terrace, Wonthaggi
Updates the planning scheme to re ect the mapping changes.
Further information about the amendment can also be found on
Council’s website www.basscoast.vic.gov.au .
For more information please contact Council’s Strategic Planning
Coordinator, Chris Wightman.
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Council is currently recruiting for the following position:
Community Facilitator Projects
Applications close on Sunday, 26 February 2017.
For more information visit Council’s website at
Bass Coast Shire Council has prepared Amendment C147 which
introduces a schedule to Clause 52.01 Public Open Space
Contributions. The amendment requires a 5 per cent contribution for
public open space on all developments of three or more subdivisions
within residential, commercial, and industrial land. The introduction
of this amendment into the Bass Coast Planning Scheme will provide
public open space for Bass Coast into the future, taking into account
population growth, environmental management, and the health of our
The amendment will be available for public viewing free of charge, at
the following locations:
During of ce hours, at the of ce of the planning authority, Bass
Coast Shire Council, 76 McBride Ave, Wonthaggi, Vic, 3995
At the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Any person who may be affected by the amendment may make
a submission to Bass Coast Shire Council about the amendment.
Submissions must be made in writing and include a name and contact
address, clearly stating why the amendment is supported or opposed
and indicating what changes (if any) should be made.
Name and contact details of submitters are required for council to
consider submissions regarding the amendment. These details are also
used to contact submitters regarding opportunities to attend council
meetings and any public hearing held in response to submissions. The
closing date for submissions is 10 March 2017. A submission must be
sent to Bass Coast Shire Council, PO Box 118, Wonthaggi, VIC, 3995.
Planning and Environment Act 1987
Bass Coast Shire Council Planning Scheme
Notice of Approval of Amendment C140
Notice of the preparation of Amendment C147
Public Open Space
The Phillip Island Community Bene t Fund (PICBF) is open for
applications up to Wednesday, 1 March 2017. Eligible not-for-pro t
groups based on Phillip Island are encouraged to apply for funds from
$5,000 up to $25,000. The total PICBF funding pool is $140,343.
PICBF guidelines are available on Council’s website at www.basscoast.
vic.gov.au/grants. For more information, please contact Council’s
Grants Of cer on email@example.com or on the
Phillip Island Community Bene t Fund
– closing soon
I WAS so delighted to welcome yet another cruise
ship to Bass Coast recently. Along with my fellow
Island Ward councillors, Stephen Fullarton and
Michael Whelan, I had the pleasure of meeting the
Captain of the Seabourn Encore on its maiden
voyage to Phillip Island, where its passengers and
crew spent the day.
The Rhyll community once again put on a very
warm welcome, jazz band included!
A number of passengers commented how blown
away they were with the welcome they received.
Having already travelled down the East Coast of
Australia, stopping at Townsville, Sydney and
Brisbane, they said that the Bass Coast welcome
eclipsed all others! The Seabourn Encore will re-
turn later in the year, whilst the Golden Princess,
who visited us in January, will be back on Satur-
day, February 18, when of course we’ll be putting
on our red carpet welcome once again.
I had the privilege of meeting with a group of tal-
ented artists visiting San Remo recently who will
be vying for their work to be selected as the next
public art project in the shire.
The artists were there to scope out the township
and foreshore, hear about its history and capture
the character of the area in preparation for their
concept design. It was wonderful to see the begin-
ning of the process for this $45,000 project and
was a great opportunity for local representatives
to speak with the artists about what’s important to
the San Remo community.
I also met with the chairman of the San Remo
Foreshore Committee, Andy Chappell, and spoke
to him about how the foreshore committee works.
Personally, I think they do a brilliant job and the
work they do for the San Remo Foreshore is in-
valuable. It is a wonderful illustration of how the
community can work together and use initiative
for the greater good.
Council hosted the first of its monthly Commu-
nity Connection Sessions for 2017 last Wednesday,
with the first presenter of the year the Bass Coast
South Gippsland Reconciliation Group.
It was very moving to hear about their Australia
Day picnic at Kongwak and the group’s commit-
ment to renaming the Federal Electorate of McMil-
lan. I applaud their passion.
Our first Council Meeting for the year is coming
up in Wonthaggi on Wednesday, February 15, and
again, I look forward to welcoming everyone.
Speaking of community engagement, all of the
community feedback we received from the ‘Shape
a better Bass Coast’ campaign is now available on-
line – over 300 pages of it! You can find all of the
comments and ideas we received categorised into
broad themes, as well as the feedback from each
community engagement session.
Those who provided us with their email ad-
dresses should have received an email with a link
to that information and an update on the Council
Plan (and if you haven’t, please contact us at com-
The draft Plan is scheduled to go out community
feedback in mid-March, and we’ll also be sending
out emails to let people know when that happens.
In the meantime, you can check out all of the
feedback for yourself at www.basscoast.vic.gov.
au/abetterbasscoast. When reading, I suggest you
settle in for the long haul in a comfortable chair
with a cup of tea!
IT’S not a matter of ‘if’, it’s a matter of ‘when’ the
next major fire will impact the coastal township of
And coastal fire brigades aren’t about to sit back
and wait until it happens, whether it’s at Cape or
one of a number of fire-prone coastal settlements
in the Bass Coast Shire.
Last Wednesday night, on either side of a hot-
red sun going down, they executed a realistic mock
response to a bushfire in the town, making sure
trucks and slip-ons could travel along the access
paths cut through the coastal bush, ensuring the
brigades worked well together with Parks Victoria
firefighters and the Bass Coast Shire’s emergency
management team and that locals were notified.
“We’ve got crews going through the caravan park
to see if they’d know what to do in the event of
an evacuation call,” said incident controller, Kim
O’Connor of the Wonthaggi CFA.
“We also want to see that the work done by the
shire to keep these fire access tracks open has
been effective,” said James Bremner, the BCSC
Emergency Management coordinator.
Crews from the likes of San Remo, Inverloch,
Wonthaggi and Glen Alvie were on the scene with
the operation going into the night to test night-time
capability as well.
After all, that’s what happened in February 2004
when a deliberately lit fire in the foreshore vegeta-
tion burnt hard and fast, threatening the caravan
park and nearby residents.
It could have had horrific outcomes except for
a fortunate wind change and cooler temperatures
later in the evening.
There’s been a serious fire in Cape Paterson
every 20 years, so it pays to review your own fire
response plans and not leave it all up to the CFA
volunteers, who were applauded for their efforts
after last week’s exercise.
Cape Paterson test case for local fire fighters
Crews from San Remo, Dalyston and other coastal brigades participate in a fire readiness
exercise at Cape Paterson last Wednesday, using the scenario from the February 2004 bush-
fire as their guide. M070717
Incident controller Kim O’Connor and the
shire’s Emergency Management coordina-
tor James Bremner plan the response to an
important fire exercise at Cape Paterson last
A CFA officer from Inverloch monitors on-
screen maps and other information to pro-
vide fire fighters with the information they
need on the weather conditions, boundaries
and expansion of the fire. M090717
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