Mayor's Message

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.

The raised funds will be used to purchase equipment to support Bass Coast Health’s Hospital in the Home (HITH) program. This is a service for our whole community that you or your loved ones may need in the future.

The concert will be held at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre from 6.30pm and will be headlined by Australia’s finest blue grass band, The Davidson Brothers. Tickets are $35 and I urge you to come along for a night of enjoyment, supporting a worthy cause. You can purchase your tickets here: www.trybooking.com/283596

Last week I attended the Foundation Day assembly at Newhaven College. What a remarkable history! From its humble beginnings 50 years ago, when a small group of dedicated individuals followed their vision, the school has flourished with a beautiful culture and a strong community.   

A school at the beginning of their journey is the Phillip Island Village School, a beautiful education space which opened its doors last year. In a similar way, this school is the outcome of a dedicated team working towards a shared goal.

It is wonderful to see these institutions thriving. While they teach us school lessons, their existence and history also demonstrates that by working together and sticking to our goals we can achieve great things.

I also attended the Rural Councils Victoria Forum in Melbourne, last week. RCV is an alliance of the 38 rural councils in Victoria. This network promotes a collective voice for the rural councils, which addresses the unique issues we face – which are often overlooked in Spring Street. Issues such as public transport to rural areas featured in the advocacy strategy, a subject to which we can certainly relate.

In closing, I would like to acknowledge the wonderful work of the Bass Coast Community Foundation (BCCF). This organisation was established in 2002 as a local charitable organisation committed to sourcing funds for important community projects. The BCCF is governed by a board of volunteers and operates independent of any religious or political persuasion. They are quiet achievers and we are lucky to have such a group dedicated to the needs of our community.

Cr Pamela Rothfield, Mayor
Bass Coast Shire Council

 

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