Mayor's Message

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.

You may have heard late last year that the Bass Coast Specialist School bus was involved in an accident in the city and was written off. Unfortunately, whilst insurance covered the costs of the vehicle, it didn’t cover the special hydraulics system to ensure the bus is accessible for wheelchairs. This is where the Bass Coast community steps in.

Organised by our local Member for Bass, Brian Paynter MP, a charity golf day was held recently to raise money for the school and I was more than happy to bring along my clubs and take part for such a great cause. The game was followed by an auction, to the point where they were auctioning off seats on the bus – not a prize anyone could take home, but another excuse to raise the much needed funds! The day raised over $20,000 for the bus and I congratulate everyone involved in putting on such a successful day!

I then had the pleasure of opening the Country Women’s Association Bass Group Creative Arts Exhibition. The exhibition show-cased the members magnificent arts and crafts, as well as cooking and craft demonstrations, so there was definitely something for everyone.

I have so much respect for the CWA – which, by the way, will be 90 years old in March next year. The effort and dedication of members in making life better for women and their families through exhibition like this, and the contribution at local primary schools and various support programs for our local community, is highly valued by Council.

This was followed by the opening of Luminous Streets; the first part of the inspiring two-year community arts project ‘The Edge of Us’ involving five of our Waterline communities. I love that this project used the unique environment on the water’s edge as inspiration for art that brought together these beautiful Waterline towns and communities through the challenge of creating a transformative arts event. It was a wonderful example of art and culture creating connections, and enriching and strengthening our communities.

Still on the topic of ‘connecting communities’, we’re currently asking you to tell us where you’d like to see pathways ‘fill the gaps’ around Bass Coast. Last year, Council put together its Aspirational Pathways Plan which identified 53 aspirational paths that have not been built, and are not currently on any work plans. By visiting, you can find a link to our online interactive map where you can comment, like and support pathways around the region, as well as details about our open house sessions. If you’re not ‘connected’ online, call 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 for more information.

On a final note – there are plenty of Anzac Day services being held across the Shire. Jump online to find out times and locations at, or contact Council on the numbers above.

Cr Pamela Rothfield, Mayor
Bass Coast Shire Council

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