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Drastic Changes proposed for Cape Paterson

NOTE: Submission deadline now 30-Jan-09

What are these changes?
Amendments are proposed to the Bass Coast planning scheme that will have major implications for the Cape Paterson community. The two amendments are C53 and C93, but only C53 is currently on public display:

  • C53 will enable the issuing of a permit to build the proposed Ecovillage housing development on land currently zoned Rural.
  • C93 will triple the town size by moving the existing town boundary to the west of Cape Paterson from Sail Street to Wilson’s Road and an extension of the Northern boundary into the farmland north of Seaward Drive – see diagram below.



Great concept but wrong location
The Cape Paterson Residents & Ratepayers Association, community groups and community members have consistently opposed the development of the proposed site because of its rural nature and its proximity to the coast. We do in fact support and welcome environmentally sensitive development and point out that there is plenty of land available on the northern side of Seaward Drive that would be appropriate for this type of development.  Why isn’t it an appropriate site?

The proposed site has been consistently referred to as being degraded, but in actual fact is a beautiful piece of productive rural land that offers magnificent views, which at present can be enjoyed by the whole community.   

  • If these amendments are successful it will set a precedent for owners of other land that adjoins the coast and development will continue to extend along the beaches, degrading our whole coastline.
  • The location of a community hub at the western end on Wilson’s Road would fragment the community, as existing facilities and infrastructure are all located at the other end of Cape Paterson.
  • The ease of access to the 2nd Surf Beach, which is not patrolled and is subject to dangerous “rips” creates safety concerns.
  • Amendments C53 and C93 will treble the size of Cape Paterson. Our existing infrastructure and small beaches are struggling to cope with the current population. An expansion of this magnitude will destroy the coastal village type environment that attracted people here in the first place.

What can you do?

If you believe that our coast is worth preserving and you want to maintain the coastal village atmosphere and at the same time support environmentally sensitive and sustainable development in an appropriate location, then make a submission to the Bass Coast Council by the Friday 30th January 2009.   

How can you make a submission?

  • You can download the proforma letter by clicking here, then please add your own concerns plus name and address and post it; or,
  • You can write a letter - addressed to Bass Coast Shire Council, PO Box 118, Wonthaggi VIC 3995 - outlining your concerns (see Points to Consider by clicking here); or,
  • You can send an e-mail to (remember to include your name and address) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. outlining your concerns (see Points to Consider by clicking here).

Whichever way you do it, submissions must be received at Council by the Friday 30th January.

And, please join our Annual General Meeting 10am this Saturday at the Wonthaggi Life Saving Club   



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Whale Watch

There are many whales seen in our area but few sightings are formally recorded - so there is no evidence of these. So, if you see a whale, please:

- Take a photo and/or note the fin and tail shape, plus any markings

- Note the time/day/location

Then e-mail this info to our local Whale Watcher by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Our Hoodies

    Hooded PloversWe have two valuable Hooded Plover breeding sites at Undertow Bay and 2nd Surf Beach.  Hoodies are endangered species with breeding success currently very low.  To protect them you must:

      - Read and follow signage

      - Only observe them from a distance of 80-100m

      - Keep your dog on a lead and well away from the birds.

          To find out more about our Hoodies, click here