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  • About Bass Coast

    Bass Coast is characterised by pristine beaches, thriving artist communities and penguins.

    In 2011, ACMI film crews visited the towns Inverloch, Phillip Island, Waterline and Bass Valley Region, creating films that celebrate local stories and explore the contemporary preoccupations of people living in Bass Coast.



    The Ripple and The Shed (10 mins)

    Inverloch’s Clock Tower Committee and Historical Society joined forces to create a maritime precinct along the town’s foreshore. The lovingly restored rocket shed and newly built replica of The Ripple sit side by side and showcase Inverloch’s connection to the water. The Ripple is responsible for delivering timber for the first house built in Inverloch and the Rocket Shed tells the story of a time when ocean rescues were less sophisticated then in more recent times. 

    Swell Mamas  (8:30 mins)

    Lucy and Geraldine have been the best of friends since school, when they both became mums they decided that their love of surfing and of being in the water would not take a back seat, so they started Swell Mamas. Now dozens of mums across Inverloch get together every Friday morning to connect, to laugh, to share and to feel the water wash over them.

    Settlement Soccer Club  (8:50 mins)

    Gene started a Friday afternoon soccer game at the Inverloch Community Hub and invited some young people from the Settlement communities to share in their of the world game. The Settlement Soccer Club is about connecting with others in the community and breaking down boundaries with the international language of the beautiful game. Anyone is welcome to play. 


    Phillip Island

    Life in the Waves  (10:15 mins) 

    Sandy Ryan’s life revolves around surfing, helping his Dad run Island Surfboards and teaching others how to ride waves. Matt’s best mate and mentor; Glyndyn is an ex-pro surfer that shapes boards for Island Surfboards and doesn’t mind a surfeither. 

    This is a story about a mateship, keeping it local and living the surfing lifestyle dream.

    DAK (David Alexander Kopelman)  (9:35 mins) <

    DAK doesn’t consider himself an artist; he just “dabbles and makes stuff”. Despite this his scrap-metal sculptures and decorative gates can be found throughout the neighborhoods, businesses and galleries of the Bass Coast. Cape Woolamai’s very own mo-hawked road warrior has a plasma cutter and he’s not afraid to use it!

    Community Banking Bass Coast  (10:30 mins) 

    10 years ago the banks pulled out of the small coastal town of San Remo, leaving the community with a challenge. Rather than sit on his hands and accept the inevitable consequences of downsizing, a local hardware store owner; Terry Ashenden pulled together a committee of residents and business owners to overcome the problem.


    Waterline and Bass Valley Region

    Following their Footsteps (10:47 mins) 

    The small towns of Kernot and Grantville rely heavily on volunteer emergency services to ensure that when fires break-out, car accidents happen or cats are stuck in trees that someone is there to help. And who better to have on call than local legend Barrie Stewart and the dedicated members of the Kernot / Grantville CFA.

    The Corinella Jetty  (6:30 mins) 

    6 years ago the small waterline community of Corinella was at risk of losing its iconic jetty. Barbara Oates; a local and owner of the general store rallied the community to raise $10,000 to have the jetty renovated and extended, ensuring the prominent landmark will be enjoyed for generations to come.

    The Bass Valley Community Centre  (11:25 mins) 

    When Clare Le Serve started a craft group for young mums over 30 years ago she could not have imagined that it would grow to be the amazing community asset that it is today. With the help of local volunteers and paid staff, the Community Centre offers essential services that make a positive impact on the people of Bass and the surrounding Waterline region.  


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