Mayor's Message

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.

This means not only writing the weekly Mayor’s Message, but also stepping into the Mayor’s shoes for meetings, openings and presentations. If there’s anything I’ve learnt, it’s that Cr Rothfield wears very busy shoes – yet another opportunity to appreciate just how hard she works for our Shire.

On Friday, we welcomed attendees from across the state at this year’s Victorian Visitor Information Centre (VIC) Summit in San Remo. Council was very proud to host the 17th annual event this year, with the Summit an opportunity for all VIC personnel, economic development staff and regional tourism bodies to learn, develop skills, exchange ideas, and celebrate the important role that VICs play in many communities across Victoria.

Welcoming over 1.85 million visitors every year, we understand just how big an impact visitor economy has on our local economy, community and environment. Every year, visitation generates $339 million in direct expenditure, and equates to 3,100 jobs in our Shire, and we recognise the importance of this industry through the development of the Phillip Island and San Remo Visitor Economy Strategy 2035, and our investment in visitor infrastructure, events, regional tourism boards, preservation of the natural environment, advocacy and visitor servicing. You could say we’re a big fan of tourism here in Bass Coast!

At the recent August Ordinary Meeting, we committed to continue construction of the Surf Parade shared path in Inverloch, and construction of the section between Ayr Creek and Veronica Street will begin in early September. The path should be ready to use in time for the upcoming Christmas and summer holidays, and will provide pedestrian and cyclists with a safe, off-road option further along Surf Parade.

We’ve also committed to completing the following stage of the path between Veronica and Goroke Street, and funding for this will be considered in next year’s budget. I’m looking forward to seeing the path eventually connecting the centre of Inverloch and the Surf Life Saving Club and the Surf Beach, meaning Inverloch community members and visitors can leave their cars at home and walk or ride to their favourite beaches.

Last, but not least, after a six-month long education period, it’s finally time to start using our new three-bin system! The three bins, which include the new green-lidded organics bin, will begin to be collected the week starting 4 September, meaning residents can start separating their organic waste following their bin collection the week starting 28 August.

From the enthusiasm we’ve received during our education sessions in our local schools, our younger generations are already on board and excited to help our environment, so I have no doubt our new system will become the norm in homes across Bass Coast in no time.

Cr Brett Tessari, Deputy Mayor
Bass Coast Shire Council

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