Mayor's Message

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.

For those interested in numbers, our investment in capital works continues to be a huge priority for Council and this is reflected in the Draft Budget 2018/19. It’s great to see the many, many projects that are on the go and in the wings across Bass Coast. The standout for me is our focus on recreation. Major skate park redevelopments across the municipality, including the allocation of funds to design a Regional Skate Park in San Remo, a sound shell in Inverloch and netball courts in Cowes, Bass and Dalyston. These netball court projects will cost in vicinity of $920,000. We’re also replacing the pavilion at Dalyston Recreation Reserve, at a cost of $1,100,000. So, a wide spectrum of recreational activities are pretty well covered in the Budget. Roads and drainage projects have not been overlooked, with funding allocated to several projects across the Shire. Naturally we remain committed to pursuing our advocacy objectives, to both the state and federal governments, which includes roads and transport funding.

In all, of the record $99 million dollar budget, we are investing some $21.2 million in capital works.

If you’d like to look at or comment on the budget, you will find it at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/budget and at our Customer Service Centres. Submissions need to be received by Tuesday 22 May.

Last week we also received some evidence validating our continued improvements and reduction in the dreaded bureaucratic red tape, particularly when it comes to processing Planning Applications. Planning Victoria provide Councils with monthly Planning Permit Activity Reports. These reports graph how our planning applications fare in terms of processing turn-around time and also, how we compare to other Councils. We were delighted to see that Bass Coast Shire continues to outpace our rural counterparts, with 88% of our permits processed within 60 days or less, which compares to the rural average of only 72% of permits processed within the same period. Our aim is to get to the magical 100% mark.
I recently enjoyed a wonderful guided bus tour with the Bass Coast Branch of the National Trust entitled “Islands of Inspriration”, as part of the Australian Heritage Festival and Phillip Island 150 years event.

The extent and quality of galleries was simply outstanding, as was the architecture. We were accompanied by renowned architect Professor Tim Shannon who provided some insights into some of the more innovative and stunning architecture on the Island. Indigenous Artist Patrice Mahoney enriched our understanding of the connection with place central to the lives of local Indigenous people.

This tour, once again, was a reminder of the creative community in which we are all so lucky to live.

Cr Pamela Rothfield, Mayor

Bass Coast Shire Council

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