In 2014, Council committed to provide an Aquatic Centre on Phillip Island and redevelop the Wonthaggi pool. In 2015, Council adopted the Bass Coast Aquatic Strategy 2015-2024 confirming that two pools should be built saying “Each centre will be developed with a point of difference”. In 2018, Council commissioned a report that found the Wonthaggi pool could continue satisfactory operation for a 10 year period (to 2028).
(Links to these documents can be found at the bottom of this page.)

Bass Coast Shire Council has now released concept plans and draft feasibility studies for both Wonthaggi and Phillip Island Aquatic Leisure Centres.
Cost estimates total $80-90 million, making this the largest Council-managed project ever seen in Bass Coast.

In discussion of these new studies, at least one councillor said that we cannot afford two pools and another stated that we should only build a regional pool. What do you think?

This engagement is the time for all ratepayers and residents to get involved. It’s your money being spent on this project. If you have strong feelings regarding these projects, it is vital that you let the Shire know. As well as considering the studies and plans released by Council, BCRRA asks

  • which facility should be prioritised if reduced funding is available?
  • are the two facilities different enough?
  • do the proposed facilities really cater for their local community needs?

Council counts the number of individual submissions as indicative of community feeling, so it is important that as many community members as possible turn up at an engagement session or individually email the Council at with your thoughts. You can send copies of your email to your Councillors also to let them know your feelings. Ultimately they will decide what happens. Their contact details are here.


We have received advice that following the recent storms, further changes have been made to the upcoming drop-in sessions:

Two of the in-person drop-in sessions have been postponed due to the impacts of the recent storm. These sessions will be rescheduled. Currently the Wonthaggi session on 19 June will be going ahead (subject to further restrictions):

Cowes – Phillip Island Leisure Centre, 10-12 Church Street

  • ** POSTPONED **Saturday, 12 June: 9.00am to 1.00pm
  • Wednesday, 23 June 9.00am-1.00pm

Wonthaggi – Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre, 41 Wentworth Road

  • ** POSTPONED **Wednesday, 16 June: 9.00am to 1.00pm
  • Saturday, 19 June: 9.00am to 1.00pm

For more information, see

Council documents available for download: