The Bass Coast contains distinctive rural and coastal landscapes, productive agricultural land, and sensitive environments of significant biodiversity value. The area attracts lifestyle residents, as well as holiday makers and includes the popular tourist destination of Phillip Island.

The small coastal towns along the Bass Coast are experiencing increasing urban development pressures, due to the municipality’s high growth rate and proximity to Melbourne. We need to provide greater planning certainty to ensure we build liveable and sustainable communities.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will work with the Bass Coast Shire Council and Traditional Owners, the Bunurong, to declare the Bass Coast a Distinctive Area and Landscape under the Planning and Environment Act (1987). The Distinctive Area and Landscape project will identify long-term settlement boundaries to protect the unique Bass Coast for current and future generations.

We will consult with Traditional Owners, local councils and the community throughout 2019 and 2020.

Get involved

There will be public engagement throughout the project to capture the community's input into the long-term vision and direction for the Bass Coast.


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The Bass Coast is renowned for its excellent beaches, coastal biodiversity, and wealth of tourism opportunities. In past community engagement exercises undertaken by government, we’ve heard that the landscapes, history and natural environment are much loved aspects of the Bass Coast.

In the following questions, you can identify (a) what you value in the Bass Coast; (b) what you believe are the threats to these values; and (c) how you think these values could be better protected.

You can also pinpoint these values using the below mapping tool.


Tell us what you value about the Bass Coast

Here is an opportunity to identify places you value on the Bass Coast. Click 'Add Marker' and drag and drop a pin, make a comment and upload images. You can drop more than one pin.
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1. The Bass Coast is known for its pristine natural environments such as rich coastal areas and wetlands.
2. The Bass Coast is known for its quality landscapes and scenic views such as the Bass Hills and Bunurong coastline.
3. The Bass Coast is known for its cultural heritage significance, including Aboriginal cultural heritage and paleontological heritage.
4. The Bass Coast is known to have distinctive township character including a relaxed coastal feel and renowned beaches.
5. The Bass Coast economy is supported by diverse sectors including agriculture, tourism, construction, and infrastructure.

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Stories of the future

Other initiatives and prior engagement with the Bass Coast community have contributed to the development of vision statements for the region. The following collage captures the sentiments expressed by people and may help inspire your response to this question.

You can also add pictures or drawings to your story.

8. Which of the following statements describe your connection to the Bass Coast? Tick all that apply
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10. How would you like to be informed about the development of the Bass Coast Distinctive Area and Landscape project?
11. How would you like to be involved in the engagement for the Bass Coast Distinctive Areas and Landscapes project?
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