Mayor's Message

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. Council well-understands our role as stewards of the environment and this wonderful annual festival raises awareness of the latest technologies in environmental sustainability and provides an opportunity to build skills to support community to live sustainably. It was fantastic to see so many schools participate in the Recycled Art Exhibition. The activity of producing recycled art, offers the children more than the chance to use their vivid imagination, it also provides reflection of changing times and behaviours, as well as responsibility to our community and the world, when it comes to the rubbish we generate.

As I immerse myself in the stories of past generations as part of the 150 year Phillip Island celebrations, I am constantly reminded of the strength and resilience of women. Their stories are not always documented but we need only scratch the surface of a historically significant event to understand how it may have affected or been influenced by women. The Country Women’s Association epitomises and illustrates this. While cake and craft stalls might come to mind, the CWA are so much more. Celebrating 100 years, this organisation advocates for women and families, particularly rural and regional Australians. They fund research into health needs of rural Australians, they empower women through scholarships, training and education programs, they lobby government and they build relationships with service providers to research women’s health and women’s education. They have for many years provided a vehicle for women to have a voice. So I was delighted to attend last weekend’s Bass CWA Group Creative Arts Exhibition. The theme for the Exhibition was caring, sharing, believing and the social issue addressed through the event was men’s mental health and recognising the importance of carers. On behalf of our community, I thank the CWA for the wonderful work they do.

The Edge of Us Luminous Galleries Festival was another major event last weekend and again I want to congratulate the Waterline communities – Corinella, Coronet Bay, Grantville, Pioneer Bay and Tenby Point. Funded through a Regional Arts Victoria grant, the Edge of Us is driven by community and artists from across Bass Coast. It was a wonderful festival, kicking off a five-month program of night time galleries in the Waterline communities.

Cr Pamela Rothfield, Mayor

Bass Coast Shire Council

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