Mayor's Message - 3 December
We presented Round 2 of our Community Grants Program last week – which saw 46 community groups receive a share of $127,000 to support their projects, events and equipment purchases. It is fantastic to see Bass Coast’s community groups embracing the Grants Program, which in turn helps them to support the wider community.
The annual Victorian Tourism Awards Gala was held in Melbourne last Thursday night, and was another big one for Council, with three nominations. We were lucky to win two silver awards in the Local Government Award for Tourism category and in the Visitor Services category. These awards are a great recognition of the services Bass Coast Visitor Information centres and staff provide, and the strategic goals the Economic Development and Tourism team have been delivering. It was also fantastic to see some Bass Coast businesses awarded for their excellence on the night as well.
It was wonderful to attend the inaugural Turn it Orange Festival, held in Cowes on Saturday, organised by the Change for Sam Committee. I’d like to congratulate the organisers for putting on such an inclusive and positive event to mark the 16 Days of Activism. It was heartening to see so many people at the event, supporting a future free of family violence. The day included displays and activities demonstrating the commitment of our community to promoting gender equality and preventing men’s violence against women. There was even a surprise appearance from gender equality superhero ‘Captain Equality’, which was a lot of fun.
Summer is coming, which also means bushfire season is almost upon us. Do you have a plan in case of bushfire emergency? There are some great resources on the www.cfa.vic.gov.au
website, and the VicEmergency app is a must have, download it on your phone today. There are also a few things we can do to keep ourselves happy and healthy once the temperature starts heating up. Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap, look out for anyone in your community who might be affected by extended periods of hot weather and please, never leave anyone or your pets in hot cars.