Mayor's Message

Mayor's Message - 7 December 2017

It’s that time of year already, twinkling Christmas trees are going up and the excitement of the festive season is building. Our community Christmas Carols are the perfect place to soak up the festive cheer and enjoy some quality time with family, friends and community.

Carols will be held in Grantville, San Remo and Inverloch on Friday, 15 December, in Wonthaggi on Sunday, 17 December, and in Cowes on Tuesday, 19 December with a fireworks celebration to launch us into the Christmas week. I look forward to attending and seeing many of you there in the candlelight.     

Last week the Phillip Island Landcare Group celebrated their 30th Birthday, and I must acknowledge this group and their achievements. Landcare should be proud to have single-handedly bought Phillip Island back from the brink by increasing the native vegetation from a mere 7% to now over 20% and rising.

The objectives of Landcare dovetail perfectly with Council’s Plan and its key theme Environment, which among other things sets the goal of increasing native vegetation by 1.5% each year.

It was a pleasure to officially open the Newhaven Yacht Squadron Sailability Shed last week. The Newhaven Sailability Program is one of the best examples of a community generated, community driven program in our Shire.

This program provides the opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to experience the freedom of sailing, and it simply would not exist without the hard work, dedication and financial support of the Newhaven Yacht Squadron members and committee.

Council is proud to support a group as passionate and dedicated as the Newhaven Yacht Squadron and I would like to acknowledge all of the hard work, which has gone behind getting the sailability program where it is at today.

There was wonderful news for the Kilcunda-Bass Netball Club this week as they were presented with $100,000 of state government funding and the promise of new Courts. I would like to acknowledge that the Bass Reserve Committee and Kilcunda Bass Football Netball Club contributed $27,000 to kick start this project, by funding a completed detailed design of the courts.

As we all know, the hotter weather brings with it an increased risk for fires. If you haven’t already done so, now is the perfect time to prepare your property for bushfire season. Council’s green waste amnesty allows Bass Coast residents to dispose of green waste, excluding weeds and hard to mulch items, at transfer stations free of charge. The amnesty finishes on Tuesday, 19 December.

Cr Pamela Rothfield, Mayor
Bass Coast Shire Council

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