THE Bass coast shire is named after the explorer george bass who sighted the area during an expedition to prove the existence of the bass strait in 1796
Bass Coast Shire is located in south-eastern Victoria, about 130 kilometres south-east of Melbourne and is bounded by Western Port Bay in the north and west, Cardinia Shire in the north-east, South Gippsland Shire in the east and Bass Strait in the south. The region is a rural, residential and holiday area. The Shire encompasses a total land area of about 860 square kilometres, including substantial coastal areas. The major towns are Wonthaggi, Cowes, Inverloch, San Remo and Grantville. The major industries of the Shire are tourism and agriculture, particularly cattle and sheep grazing. Bass Coast Shire is named after the explorer George Bass, who sighted the area during an expedition to prove the existence of Bass Strait in 1796. The original inhabitants of the Bass Coast area were the Bunurong Aboriginal people. European settlement dates from 1826 when a military outpost was set up at Corinella. However, permanent settlement did not occur until the late 1830s, with land used mainly for timber-getting, farming and grazing.
L2P Driver Education - Bass Coast Community Foundation funding making a difference
As the L2P Drivers Education Program celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018, a recent VicRoads commissioned independent report has found that drivers who have been through the L2P program are 20% less likely to have a serious crash in the first two years of gaining their probationary licence. The program could not survive without the additional funding provided by sponsors, and the Bass Coast Community Foundation is proud to be one of the major sponsors. Over the past five years we have purchased a vehicle and provided $5,000 funding each year to help with maintenance and running costs.
Our investment is continuing to provide opportunities for youth, and the long-term benefits of the program also include:
increased access to education, employment and training opportunities.
increased access to community based activities, which results in a decrease in mental health issues and increases in participants' contribution to their community.
The young 16-20 year old disadvantaged learners who participate in the program are provided with professional driving lessons, and at different stages of the program are matched to volunteer mentors who support them to achieve their 120 required hours of practice. In 2017 the L2P program had over 30 active learners and 26 volunteer mentors who gave over 1,200 hours of their time.
What a successful program which it has been our privilege to support.