Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - 28 July 2017

If you’ve been wandering the streets of Wonthaggi lately, you may have spotted another bright addition to one of the many laneways! As part of Council’s commitment to revitalise the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, we’ve recruited the Wonthaggi Secondary College Satellite VCAL students and local artist, Tom Murray-White, to bring art into the public arena. It was our Wonthaggi VCAL students, under the guidance of Tom and his fellow local artists, who were responsible for painting the amazing artworks along Abrahams Lane in 2014 and by what I have seen so far – this latest project will also be sensational.

The wall mural will reflect all the crazy, colourful, wonderful events that happen inside the walls of WUCAC, and it’s just so good to see more young people getting involved in the arts in whatever form they choose. We’d like to thank the owners of the neighbouring property who have allowed access and use of the wall as a blank canvas. Keep an eye on the wall – it should be finished in the next week or so.

It was great to see that, thanks to a $24,520 grant from the Phillip Island Community Benefit Fund, Bass Coast Health was able to purchase a new car to be used to transport patients from Phillip Island to medical appointments – both locally and to Melbourne. This service is run by volunteer drivers and is of incredible value to Islanders.

We seem to be celebrating a number of milestones lately, with more to come – including the 50th anniversary of the Phillip Island & District Historical Society. This Society was actually first established in 1941, but subsequently closed down during the 1950s. Thank goodness for some forward thinking locals, who re-established the Society in 1967, which led to the Historical Museum to be opened in 1982. The value of local history cannot be overstated, the stories of our early pioneers tell us something about how people lived, they paint a picture of days gone by, they are personal and compelling.

Through our local history Society, we learn to understand the challenges faced by those who went before us, including our indigenous history. I’d like to congratulate the Society on their achievements over the past 50 years, and look forward to the next 50.

I would like to congratulate the 12 residents who were officiated as Australian citizens at our Citizenship Ceremony held in Wonthaggi last Wednesday. It is always a pleasure to welcome new citizens to Bass Coast Shire, although many have lived here for many years. I would like to acknowledge the significant contribution these people make in enriching our varied and diverse local community.

Cr Pamela Rothfield, Mayor
Bass Coast Shire Council

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