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Bass Coast Shire

Notes - geography

Census geography overview

Census data is available at a variety of different geographic levels such as State, Capital City, Local Government Area, Suburb and Postal Area. These areas are created by aggregating smaller units of geography together into a 'best fit.'

The boundaries available from the ABS rarely match actual 'communities', 'suburbs' or 'service catchments' needed for effective decision making, and even if they do, they are seldom available on the same geographic basis over time, making it very difficult to identify trends in population characteristics based on meaningful areas.

For the 2011 Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) implemented a brand new geographic structure, which is based on labour force areas. This is known as the Australian Standard Geography Standard, and uses the base unit of the SA1 (Statistical Area Level 1). These build into SA2s, SA3s, SA4s and Greater Capital City Areas.

For previous Censuses the base building block was called a Census Collector District. Census Collector Districts aggregated to Local Government Areas.

Local Government Areas are available from the 2011 Census output. They are created by aggregating SA1s. However these SA1s do not sum exactly to Local Government boundaries, making geographic breakdowns problematic, and time series even more difficult.

profile.id resolves all of these issues to create a meaningful geography that can be analysed over a long time period.

Bass Coast Shire geography

This profile provides Census data for Bass Coast Shire broken down into small areas based on customised suburbs/localities.

For the 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 Census years these small areas are created by aggregating Census Collection Districts. For the 2011 Census they are created by aggregating Statistical Area Level 1 units.

Where SA1s or CCDs do not fit exactly into a suburb or locality boundary, estimates are made in each Census year of the number of dwellings to be included. These estimates use aerial photography, dwelling counts, planning schemes, and street directories to determine what percentage of each SA1 or CCD to include in the suburb.

This means that regardless of the Census year, and the changes in ABS output boundaries, the data presented in profile.id exactly matches the suburb/locality boundary. This provides the most accurate population information for suburbs and localities and a meaningful time series for the current geography.

NOTE: The geography in the Community Profile tables may not match the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) SA2, state suburb or postal area boundaries, which are based on aggregation of whole SA1s and are not comparable to previous Census years.

Bass Coast Shire has 14 small areas:

Location of Cowes - Ventnor and District

Cowes - Ventnor and District

Cowes - Ventnor & District is bounded by Western Port Bay in the north and west, Settlement Road, Coghlan Road, Phillip Island Road and the localities of Sunset Strip and Smiths Beach in the east, and Bass Strait in the south.

Location of Inverloch - Pound Creek

Inverloch - Pound Creek

Inverloch - Pound Creek is bounded by the locality of Wattle Bank, Lynnes Road and the locality of Outtrim in the north, Stuchberry Road, the Bass Highway, Pound Creek Road, Inverloch-Venus Bay Road and Pound Creek in the east, Bass Strait in the south, and Struan Road, the locality of Cape Paterson, Boundary Road, the Bass Highway and the locality of Wonthaggi in the west.

Location of Newhaven - Cape Woolamai

Newhaven - Cape Woolamai

Newhaven - Cape Woolamai is bounded by Western Port Bay in the north and east, Bass Strait in the south, and the locality of Surf Beach and Phillip Island Road in the west.

Location of North Wonthaggi

North Wonthaggi

North Wonthaggi is bounded by the Powlett River in the north, the locality of St Clair, Heslop Road, Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, Korumburra Road and Benetti Road in the east, White Road and the Bass Highway in the south, and Loch-Wonthaggi Road in the west.

Location of Phillip Island Balance

Phillip Island Balance

Phillip Island Balance encompasses the central part of Phillip Island. Phillip Island Balance is bounded by Settlement Road and the locality of Silverleaves in the north, Western Port Bay in the east, the locality of Newhaven, Phillip Island Road and Bass Strait in the south, and the locality of Ventnor, Back Beach Road, the locality of Cowes, Phillip Island Road and Coghlan Road in the west.

Location of Rural Balance

Rural Balance

Rural Balance is bounded by the locality of Lang Lang and the South Gippsland Highway in the north, South Gippsland Shire in the east, the localities of Inverloch and Wonthaggi, Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, Heslop Road, the Powlett River, Loch-Wonthaggi Road, White Road, Lower Powlett Road and Bass Strait in the south, and the localities of San Remo, Anderson and Woolamai, McGrath Road, the Bass River, McKenzie Road, the Bass Highway, Stanley Road and the localities of Grantville and The Gurdies in the west.

Location of San Remo

San Remo

San Remo is bounded by Western Port Bay in the north and west, the localities of Bass and Anderson, Phillip Island Road, the Bass Highway and the locality of Kilcunda in the east, and Bass Strait in the south.

Location of Waterline (Westernport Townships)

Waterline (Westernport Townships)

Waterline (Westernport Townships) is bounded by Jetty Road, the Bass Highway and the South Gippsland Highway in the north, Scout Drive, the locality of Woodleigh, Gurdies-St Helier Road, Stewart Road, the Bass River, the locality of Glen Forbes, the Bass Highway, McKenzie Road, the Bass River, McGrath Road, Eden Road, Dalyston-Glen Forbes Road, McDowell Road and Mill Road in the east, the localities of Kilcunda and San Remo and Phillip Island Road in the south, and Western Port Bay in the west.

Location of Wonthaggi - Cape Paterson

Wonthaggi - Cape Paterson

Wonthaggi - Cape Paterson is bounded by Lower Powlett Road, White Road, Benetti Road, Korumburra Road and the locality of St Clair in the north, the locality of Inverloch, the Bass Highway, Boundary Road, the locality of Inverloch and Struan Road in the east, and Bass Strait in the south and west.

Location of Cowes - Ventnor - Silverleaves

Cowes - Ventnor - Silverleaves

Cowes - Ventnor - Silverleaves is located on the western part of Phillip Island. Cowes - Ventnor - Silverleaves is bounded by Western Port Bay in the north, Settlement Road, Coghlan Road, Phillip Island Road and the localities of Sunset Strip and Smiths Beach in the east, Bass Strait in the south, and the locality of Summerlands in the west.

Location of Wonthaggi District

Wonthaggi District

Wonthaggi District is bounded by the Powlett River in the north, the locality of St Clair, Heslop Road, Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, the localities of St Clair and Inverloch, the Bass Highway and Boundary Road in the east, the localities of Cape Paterson and Harmers Haven in the south, and Bass Strait, Lower Powlett Road, White Road and Loch-Wonthaggi Road in the west.

Location of Wonthaggi District and Surrounds

Wonthaggi District and Surrounds

Wonthaggi District & Surrounds is bounded by the localities of San Remo, Anderson, Woolamai, Ryanston, Glen Alvie, Kongwak and Outtrim in the north, Stuchberry Road, the Bass Highway, Pound Creek Road, Inverloch-Venus Bay Road and Pound Creek in the east, and Bass Strait in the south and west.

Location of Bass Coast Mainland

Bass Coast Mainland

Bass Coast Mainland is bounded by the South Gippsland Highway in the north, South Gippsland Shire in the east, Bass Strait in the south, and Western Port Bay in the west.

Location of Phillip Island

Phillip Island

Phillip Island is surrounded by Western Port Bay and Bass Strait.

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