Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - 6 July 2018

After almost losing my head in a magician’s guillotine at Amaze’nThings recently, I was delighted to find I was still able to venture down to Smith’s Beach for the launch of the beautiful Rescue Base, which will be put to good use this year by the Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Some $40,000 was contributed by the Rotary Club of Phillip Island and San Remo, which was enough to get the project kick started, and then further supported by the Victorian Government as well as the community, to bring the project to fruition. Congratulations must go the Woolamai Beach SLSC for their vision and unwavering support of our community.

Congratulations must also go to the Wonthaggi Woodcrafters, also known as the ‘Woodies’, who recently opened their newly constructed shed where they can practice their craft. It was a delight to see the superbly organised and clearly well utilised space, buzzing with members and magnificent works from the Woodies. It made me think about the difference between what is called art and what is called craft. There is no doubt in my mind that both require skill – and to my thinking art takes the ordinary and transforms it into something extraordinary – which speaks to your heart. On this basis, I would suggest that the Woodies create art as much as they so craft.

Of particular awe was a remarkable wooden urn crafted by 94 year-old, Mr Alan McNaught. Mr McNaught has graciously gifted this piece of work to Council and I look forward to the day when we have a regional gallery where we can display Council’s art collection and share these wonderful works, and their stories, with the community.

We know that winter is a time for wind, wild weather and whales. As we continue to focus on improving and increasing off-peak events and visitation, winter is also becoming a time for activities and fun!

It was fabulous to see a great turn out at the Winter Sunshine Festival, despite the inclement weather. In its third year, this year’s festival raised money for Whisky’s Wish, who train service dogs to provide support for first responders who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The Winter Sunshine Festival is a great example of people coming together to create and organise an event that gives back to its community in more ways than one. Congratulations to Shepard Australia and all those involved in organising the festival.

Cr Pamela Rothfield, Mayor

Bass Coast Shire Council

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