Mayor's Message

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Mayor's Message - 13 July 2018

NAIDOC Week is a wonderful celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and this year’s theme ‘Because of Her We Can’ is especially important for me. As a female leader in our Community, I rely on the strength, support and legacy of my fellow women – past, present and future.

Mayor's Message - 6 July 2018

After almost losing my head in a magician’s guillotine at Amaze’nThings recently, I was delighted to find I was still able to venture down to Smith’s Beach for the launch of the beautiful Rescue Base, which will be put to good use this year by the Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Some $40,000 was contributed by the Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo, which was enough to get the project kick started, and then further supported by the Victorian Government as well as the community, to bring the project to fruition. Congratulations must go the Woolamai Beach SLSC for their vision and unwavering support of our community.

Mayor's Message - 29 June 2018

Last week was my Birthday, and to celebrate I took myself to the Classic Cream Beautiful Black fashion exhibition currently on in the Wonthaggi Town Hall.

Mayor's Message - 21 June 2018

On Sunday morning I found myself in beautiful downtown Canberra, where the apparent temperature on arrival was a sunny, minus 2 degrees. As the wind whipped through me, chilling me to my bones, I vowed never to complain about our mild climate ever again… Let’s see how long that lasts!

Mayor's Message - 15 June

Over the weekend I wrote my last president’s message as president of Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo. It was a nostalgic and poignant experience, reflecting on what a pleasure this role has been and how quickly times passes, soon I will be writing my last Mayor’s Message before I hand the reigns over to one of my fellow Councillors come November.

Mayor's Message - 8 June 2018

Some say that rabbit is an acquired taste. However, each year the creativity and ingenuity of the chefs involved in Landcare’s annual ‘Bunny Boiler’ event never ceases to amaze me.

Mayor's Message - 31 May 2018

It was wonderful to walk into the newly refurbished Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre for the sold out opening night of Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s ‘Boy from Oz’, and be greeted with such a buzz of excitement, anticipation and a good sprinkling of pride from the crowd.

Mayor's Message - 25 May 2018

It’s National Reconciliation Week and I am looking forward to the wonderful range of events spanning across the week and across the community to recognise and honour this important week. This year’s theme of Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow encourages us all to learn more about the complete Australian story.

Mayor's Message 21 May 2018

It was a delight to attend the season launch for our local Women’s football team, the Bass Coast Breakers. The fact that this team came into existence literally on the backs of the dreams and passions of women in our community is phenomenal.

Mayor's Message - 14 May 2018

It’s May, and we have a wonderful arts event happening across Bass Coast, and the whole of Gippsland, called Come and Play – All of May. This is a month long celebration of arts and creativity, and I had the pleasure of opening the festival earlier this month.

Mayor's Message - 03 May 2018

Our Draft Budget is out for public comment. This budget is the culmination of weeks and weeks of discussion, debate, discourse, dispute and finally deliberation and compromise between councillors. We have worked hard to craft what we believe is a fair representation for the entire Shire. Now it’s the community’s chance to review and comment.

Mayor's Message - 27 April 2018

Last Friday was a day to remember! I was scheduled to be at an all-day meeting in Leongatha but an early morning phone call changed all that. I was advised that there would be an announcement at Wonthaggi Hospital which couldn’t be missed, hence my plans changed.

Mayor's Message - 19 April 2018

At the April 18 Council Meeting, I was so very proud to see our democratic process in action.

Mayor's Message - 13 April 2018

Much to my surprise Easter has been and gone, the days are getting shorter, and we are half way through April and autumn!

Mayor's Message - 9 April 2018

Recovering from another vibrant and hectic weekend in our shire, I must say that the 2018 Gippsland Sustainability Festival held at the classic Wonthaggi State Coal Mine, was stand-out event.

Mayor's Message - 2 April 2018

I had the honour last week of officially launching the book, Women in Conservation on Phillip Island, which is a book, celebrating and acknowledging the 50-year history of the Phillip Island Conservation Society (PICS.) It has been written, compiled and edited by an amazing team of local PICS women. The book is an historical text, detailing fascinating stories of environmental campaigns – some won, some lost – led by Phillip Island women whose passion for and commitment to preserving our beloved Phillip Island, was channelled into public action. I am so impressed by these dedicated women who have shared their stories and I congratulate and thank them for playing such an important part in protecting the beautiful natural environment, which we all enjoy today.

Mayor's Message - 26 March 2018

This week Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield shares a piece of Phillip Island history and looks at staying active as Easter approaches.

Mayor's Message - 19 March 2018

This week your Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield talks about Woni Proud project, the draft Car Ferry Business Case and her visit to Government House.

Mayor's Message - 12 March 2018

This week your Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield talks about International Women's Day, a visit from Melbourne City Council's Acting Lord Mayor, the Your Art Collection Awards and the Inverloch Jazz Fest.

Mayor's Message - 5 March 2018

What an amazing weekend we had at the Rhyll Wooden Boat Festival

Mayor's Message - 23 February 2018

Last week it was a great privilege to host the Bass Coast Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at the RACV Inverloch Resort and I would like to congratulate the students, the families and Bass Coast schools for their part in this wonderful evening.

Mayor's Message - 16 February 2018

We continue to see many events taking place both on and off the Island, with Churchill Island recently hosting a family day for some 2,000 attendees. This significant historical and environmental gem is such an asset to our community, and congratulations must go the Phillip island Nature Park for their exceptional management of Churchill Island. This week also sees the influx of visitors for the Superbikes, which is always a huge drawcard, following on from the Channel Challenge last weekend at San Remo.

Mayor's Message - 12 February 2018

I was privileged to be invited to attend the Young Leaders Award workshop, which took place in the Council Chambers last week. The Young Leaders Awards are an opportunity for Council to recognise and celebrate youth leadership in schools across Bass Coast. Last week’s workshop explored the art of ‘story telling’ in the context of leadership.

Mayor's Message - 2 February 2018

As the President of the Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo, I am often involved in planning events and working with other volunteers at sausage sizzles.Sausage sizzles are so quintessentially Australian – who doesn’t love a sausage in bread?

Mayor's Message - 19 January 2018

Over Summer, we have certainly seen back-to-back events and there’s still more to come, especially with Australia Day activities kicking-off this week.

Mayor's Message - 15 January 2018

This week Cr Pamela Rothfield talks about the busy summer crowds and water safety, challenges of the three bin system and a ministerial visit to unveil plans for the Cowes Jetty Triangle.

Mayor's Message - 3 January 2018

Happy New Year! Here we are in 2018 already! In my childhood, I imagined that we would be driving Jetson-like flying cars by now – and possibly flying around with a jetpack attached to our backs!

Mayor's Message - 13 December 2017

We are heading into our busy tourism period and shortly after Christmas our seaside towns will swell with the hustle and bustle of beach goers and holiday makers.

Mayor's Message - 7 December 2017

It’s that time of year already, twinkling Christmas trees are going up and the excitement of the festive season is building. Our community Christmas Carols are the perfect place to soak up the festive cheer and enjoy some quality time with family, friends and community.

Mayor's Message - 30 November 2017

We are currently in the midst of the 16 days of activism, a global movement to unite us all in the campaign to end violence against women.

Mayor's Message - 22 November 2017

The Help Shape a Better Bass Coast Council Plan has featured heavily in my Messages this past year, and with good reason. This was the largest community consultation ever conducted by Council, and it was conducted without employing consultants and on a shoestring budget.

Mayor's Message - 16 November 2017

Those wonderful lazy, hazy days of summer are just around the corner, and as the sun beats down on us, it is a timely for us all to consider our slip, slop and slapping!

Mayor's Message - 9 November 2017

Where have the past twelve months gone? It seems like only yesterday that I was first elected Mayor and then immediately launched onto a merry-go-round of meetings, assemblies and forums, trying to grasp not only the discussion at hand, but also getting up to speed on the strategies, plans and schemes behind such discussions. Not to mention trying to remember the names of the participants. What a learning curve!

Mayor's Message - 3 November 2017

Here we are in the midst of the Spring Racing Carnival, with Christmas decorations on shop shelves and the promise of summer in the air! Bass Coast’s VCE students are in the midst of their assessments and I wish them all the best as they study, prepare and sit their exams.

Mayor's Message - 27 October 2017

What a memorable and momentous occasion! I shall never forget attending ‘history in the making’ last Friday, October 27 as our Premier, the Hon. Daniel Andrews, MP and our upper house representative Harriet Shing MP arrived in Wonthaggi and announced the funding for the senior campus of the Wonthaggi Secondary College (WSC) plus the state of the art Highball facility. (I could have hugged them both!).

Mayor's Message - 23 October 2017

It really warms my heart to see how the Phillip Island community opens its arms to the continual stream of motorbikes on to the Island, with welcoming signs posted along the main entrance to Phillip Island, declaring a big welcome to all visitors for the Moto GP.

Mayor's Message - 12 October 2017

I am currently researching the histories of our early pioneers and in so doing, I often come across wonderful tales of compassionate and supportive communities. At the centre of these communities was the Community Hall, a place which is still active and important for many towns within our Shire.

Mayor's Message - 6 October 2017

As spring gets into full swing our local events calendar also starts to warm up. The Blessing of the Bikes at San Remo this Saturday 14 October kicks off the Phillip Island Motorbike festivities, with the Moto GP, Barry Sheene Tribute ride and the Cranbourne GP Run all just around the corner. Now is the moment of truth after winter – will I fit into my leathers?

Mayor's Message - 27 September 2017

The ramp up to the AFL Grand Final is always an exciting time of year in Victoria. To some it signals the start of spring and longer days, and for many it involves weekends of finals fever for our beloved winter ball sports.

Mayor's Message - 22 September 2017

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a Community Information Session hosted by the Corinella Foreshore Committee of Management, which showcased the result of years of work, releasing the final proposal of the Boating Ramp Upgrade Masterplan.

Mayor's Message - 15 September 2017

Congratulations to the Bass Coast Specialist School, which won the most online votes category at the Focus On Ability Film Festival awards in Sydney, earlier this month, for their film: ‘We Are Here’.

Mayor's Message - 6 September 2017

On my return from a northern holiday this week, I was delighted to see that the implementation of the new three bin system is in full swing.

Mayor's Message - 1 September 2017

As Murphy’s Law would have it, as soon as the Mayor took off on her annual leave and I stepped up to the plate, I was put on house arrest with a terrible case of the flu.

Mayor's Message - 25 August 2017

With our Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, away on a well-deserved holiday, as the Deputy Mayor, I’m taking over the reins for the next two weeks.

Mayor's Message - 18 August 2017

I recently had the honour of hosting a Civic Reception on Phillip Island for His Excellency, the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove, who had reason to visit our beautiful part of the world; a day I shall never forget.

Mayor's Message - 12 August

Firstly, I’d like to congratulate the National Vietnam Veterans Museum for their unveiling for the Caribou 231 recently.

Mayor's Message - 4 August 2017

Community engagement has been a huge focus for Council during our term. The role of Council has traditionally been to make decisions on behalf of our entire community, endeavouring to reflect what the majority desires.

Mayor's Message - 28 July 2017

If you’ve been wandering the streets of Wonthaggi lately, you may have spotted another bright addition to one of the many laneways!

Mayor's Message - 21 July 2017

The news that the two major supermarket chains have announced plans to phase out the single use plastic bags over the next 12 months is a welcome one and reminded me of the question Al Gore posed at the EcoCity World Summit held in Melbourne recently; "In years to come, when our children inherit the earth we leave them, will they wonder what we were thinking, when we ignored the science?”

Mayor’s Message - 14 July 2017

With the release of the 2016 Census data recently, it was fantastic – yet not surprising – to see that over 23 per cent of our Shire’s population reported doing some form of voluntary work.

Mayor's Message - 7 July

Did you know that ‘Millowl’ is the traditional name for Phillip Island?

Mayor's Message - 30 June

We received some fantastic news recently that our local Energy Innovation Co-op’s ‘Old Energy-New Energy’ Project at the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi is the recipient of a $242,000 State Government Grant.

Mayor’s Message - 23 June 2017

After many months of hard work from all our community and Council alike, I am very happy to say the Council Plan 2017-21 and Annual Budget 2017/18 were adopted at the June Ordinary Meeting.

Mayor's Message - 16 June 2017

Communities and social media alike are abuzz with conversation about rubbish after the ABC recently aired its three part exposé, ‘War on Waste’.

Mayor's Message - 9 June 2017

Almost each week, I report that I have had the good fortune of attended some wonderful community events, and this week is no exception!

Mayor's Message - 2 June 2017

It’s no secret that one of our biggest assets here in Bass Coast is our exquisite natural environment, and protecting our environment is the job of each and every one of us.

Mayor's Message - 26 May 2017

This week is National Reconciliation Week and I would like to begin by acknowledging our indigenous people and history. We each have a part to play in the journey towards reconciliation.

Mayor's Message - 18 May 2017

I am delighted to announce that we are organising a Mayoral Fundraiser, which will take the form of a concert called Winter Vibes. The event will take place at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre on Friday, 16 June 2017 and Bass Coast Health will be the recipient of the funds raised.

Mayor's Message - 12 May 2017

I hope that all mothers, everywhere, had a wonderful Mother’s Day, beginning for many with a cosy cup of tea in bed.

Mayor's Message - 5 May 2017

I am normally a very positive person – but my optimism has taken a battering after the State Government released its budget last week.

Mayor's Message - 28 April 2017

It’s been another busy week at Council. Just as the winter weather kicked in, so did the winter sports.

Mayor's Message - 21 April 2017

Firstly, what a fantastic effort from the Bass Coast community in doing our part for the Good Friday Appeal for the Royal Children’s Hospital!

Mayor's Message - 13 April 2017

Week after week, we see more examples of just how connected our incredible community is and what we can achieve when we band together.

Mayor's Message - 7 April

It is always a delight to see countless hours of work and commitment with a good measure of talent and passion culminate into one of our fabulous local events. The recent Wonthaggi Laneway Festival was no exception.

Mayor's Message - 30 March 2017

Last Tuesday marked National Harmony Day, a day dedicated to embracing diversity and reminding us of the value and importance of respecting each other and celebrating our differences.

Mayor's Message - 23 March 2017

Phillip Island Nature Parks is one of the cornerstone organisations of Bass Coast Shire.

Mayor's Message - 16 March 2017

During my time as Mayor, I’ve been told by a few people I’ve met that they’ve approached me on the street or waved from a distance, only to receive little response or recognition. For those of you who may not know, I have an identical twin sister who also lives on Phillip Island.

Mayor's Message - 10 March 2017

After celebrating International Women’s Day in the past week, I’d like to highlight the women of Bass Coast.

Mayor's Message - 28 February 2017

Many of you by now have heard or read the news that AquaSure is shipping in 30 diesel generators that may need to be used to run the Desalination Plant following electrical infrastructure issues.

Mayor's Message - 24 February

The dedication, effort and hours volunteered by so many of our community members never ceases to amaze me!

Mayor's Message - 17 February 2017

We held our first Ordinary Council Meeting for the year last Wednesday, and one decision in particular regarding highball facilities in Wonthaggi has raised a lot of discussion and comment in the community.

Mayor's Message - 10 February

I was so delighted to welcome yet another cruise ship to Bass Coast recently.

Mayor's Message - 3 February

Can you believe January has come and gone already? With students back at school and many of our visitors heading home, it’s starting to feel like the festive season is finally coming to a close for another summer.

Mayor's Message - 27 January 2017

I’d like to start this week’s message by saying a sincere thank you to everyone – residents, part-time residents and visitors as well as Council staff – who has taken part in our ‘Help shape a better Bass Coast’ campaign in some way or another.

Mayor's Message - 20 January 2017

The Bass Coast Citizen of the Year Awards are all about recognising the contribution within our Shire of ordinary Australians who contribute above and beyond expectations.

Mayor's Message - 13 January 2017

One of my more enjoyable tasks as Mayor, is the opportunity to get out and about in Bass Coast, meet people, hear their stories, ideas and opinions and discover many innovative initiatives.

Mayor’s Message - 6 January 2017

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! It’s already proving to be a big year for Bass Coast, and we’re only one week in!

Mayor's Message - 16 December 2016

The past week was another busy one – which, along with briefings, meetings and workshops, included some wonderful community encounters.

Mayor's Message - 9 December

Last week I witnessed first-hand the importance of partnerships.

Mayor's Message - 2 December 2016

It’s been another busy week in Bass Coast, and now we’re officially into summer, it’s only going to get busier!

Mayor's Message - 25 November 2016

I’m just over a week in my new role as Mayor of Bass Coast Shire and I’ve certainly had to hit the ground running!

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