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.
Bass Coast Women and Philanthropy
For the Bass Coast Community Foundation it started with a thought.
We know that there are challenges faced by women, girls and families, that impact our community. So, wouldn’t it be great if there was a fund that focused on the unique needs of women and children within Bass Coast? Even better - what if the fund was shaped, run and supported by women!
The result was the Foundation facilitating a breakfast supported by the gorgeous Cape Kitchen on Phillip Island. Fantastic Bass Coast women, great food and an inspirational speaker, Rhonda Renwick, were the order of the day.
Rhonda, of the Kindred Spirits Foundation, spoke the real impact of her foundation’s philanthropic work on many different community organisations. It was amazing to hear about how it strengthened local communities. Their success has been particularly evident in areas such as early literacy and social foundation.
Philanthropy was the focus of the day and the Bass Coast Community Foundation invited women to express interest in becoming part of a group planning to develop a new initiative. The Foundation will establish the Women for Change Fund providing Bass Coast with an opportunity to donate to a fund that supports women and girls in the municipality.
Several women who attended the breakfast volunteered to become part of the planning group, or committed to donate and to be informed about progress and future fundraising events.
Felicity Sist, BCCF Board Director said, “The Board is delighted with the response and will be working with volunteers to make the original thought, - a Women For Change fund, a reality. We would love to see it started in early 2019.” She explained that “... the fund will provide donors with an opportunity to direct their funds specifically to women’s issues benefiting women and girls across the Bass Coast.”
It is not too late to be involved –whether it be your offering your time, treasure or talent, or wanting to organise or come to fundraising function. Every little bit helps and together – we can make things better for women and children in Bass Coast.
Email email@example.com with your questions, or contact details with how you would like to offer help or keep informed about the Women for Change initiative.
BCCF helps local groups get their slice of the pie
The Bass Coast Community Foundation and Bass Coast Shire Council were pleased and proud to host a "Getting Your Slice of the Pie" event in the Old Post Office, Wonthaggi in March 2018.
The event was facilitated by former BCCF Executive Officer Kate Dwyer. It was designed to help local community-based organisations tap into Australia's philanthropic sector - with its 5,000+ Trusts and Foundations distributing over $650 million a year - and get their slice of the philanthropic pie.
Kate outlined how organisations can achieve Australian Charities & Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) endorsement, and Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, which are often pre-conditions to receiving grants and donations from philanthropic organisations. She gave attendees useful hints and tips to make the difference between success and rejection, and a list of useful website for future reference.
A copy of Kate's PowerPoint presentation can be obtained from the BCCF office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.