Following the adoption of the Cowes Streetscape Master Plan in November 2022, Bass Coast Shire Council is excited to be commencing stage 1 of the project, which includes formalising The Esplanade to one-way traffic. Council invites the community to provide feedback on the permanent change to one-way traffic flow along the Esplanade.

In accordance with clause 9 of Schedule 11 of the Local Government Act 1989, Council proposes to restrict the passage of vehicles to flow in a one-way direction from east to west between Thompson Ave to Warley Ave, and west to east between Thompson Ave to Bass Ave (shown in the image below).

By formalising one-way traffic to the proposed area Council commences the stage 1 program of works to deliver an improved Cowes activity centre.

Council invites the community to submit feedback on the proposed change of road use, with all submissions considered to inform the final decision. A written submission on the proposal is made in accordance with section 203 and section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989. Should you wish to make a submission, this must be done within 28 days of this notice.

Submissions can be made:

  • Online using the form below
  • In writing addressed to Major Projects Team and posted to the following address: Bass Coast Shire Council PO Box 118 Wonthaggi VIC 3995
  • Emailed to

Written submissions that meet the requirements of this notice will be considered in accordance with section 203 and section 223 of the Act. Any person requesting to be heard in support of their submission is entitled to be heard before Council or be represented by a person acting on their behalf. At the close of the 28 days period, all persons requesting to be heard will be notified of the time and date of the hearing.

After considering the submissions, the Council may either decide to proceed with a formalising the permanent change to one-way traffic along the Esplanade or to that The Esplanade remains as a two-way street.

Further information regarding the proposal may be obtained from Council’s Major Projects Team, on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.