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.
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.
Community Open Houses
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.