Mayor's Message - 22 June
Well done Bass Coast! I want to give a big thanks to everyone who helped out after the massive storms we experienced recently – from Council’s outdoor crews and Emergency Management Team to the countless number of emergency services volunteers – all who worked around the clock to make sure our community was safe as soon as possible. I would also like to thank the community groups that had barbecues and made meals and took people in for shelter if they needed it and our Council officers for organising charging stations and hot showers and for checking in on some of our more isolated residents. I also want to acknowledge our community as a whole – the number of posts I saw on Facebook from those offering a hot meal, a shower, somewhere to charge a phone, or even a place to stay for those who were suffering while the power was out – was so heartening. To see everyone come together in times of need and people that are so willing to help out their community when it is most needed is quite incredible. I truly admire just how resilient our community is. Now, it is really important to continue to check on our neighbours, to make sure everyone has got through the ordeal – there are some out there who are still doing it tough.
I would like to congratulate Wonthaggi’s George and Joan Scott, after they both received an Order of Australia Medal in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Both George and Joan are heavily invested in their community and together, they have amassed countless hours volunteering across a number of community organisations, including at the State Coal Mine, Rotary and the Wonthaggi and District Netball Association. Possibly the most notable is the work they have done with the Wonthaggi Life Saving Club – where they have been members since the 1950s and both currently sit on the committee. Well deserved, George and Joan - it is wonderful to see all of your important work recognised!
And finally, at last week’s Ordinary Council Meeting, the 2021/22 Annual Budget was adopted. The Budget includes funding for some fantastic projects and initiatives and includes a record $35.1 million Capital Works Program. For more information and to view the Budget, head to www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/budget.