Mayor's Message - 22 February
We had our first Ordinary Council Meeting for 2019 in Inverloch last week. It was great to see such fantastic representation from the community at the meeting. Our monthly Meeting is the only formal decision-making forum for Council and we encourage community members to attend and observe this process. We will continue to rotate our Meetings around the Shire this year. Our March meeting will be held in Wonthaggi at the Civic Centre. We also hold a monthly Community Connection Session, on the Wednesday before the Council Meeting. These sessions provide an opportunity for community members to present to the Councillors about anything happening in the Shire.
Recently, we have been seeing lot of interest from the community about the topic of aquatics. Last week, we tabled a petition at the Ordinary Council Meeting regarding an aquatics facility for Philip Island, and I also had the chance to meet with representatives from the Wonthaggi based South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club. It was great to learn about the needs of community in this space, it also gave me an opportunity to extend a belated congratulations to the club, which was named both Swimming Victoria's and Swimming Australia's Club of the Year in 2018.
I attended the monthly Gippsland Local Government Network catch-up on Friday, along with the Mayors and CEOs of Gippsland's other councils. I see these meetings as a great opportunity to discuss common issues and matters, affecting the greater Gippsland region. I take a lot of pride in being able to represent Bass Coast and report on some of our wonderful achievements.
I know I mentioned the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group in my Message last week, after they celebrated their 50th anniversary recently. But the night absolutely blew me away with the showcase of incredible local talent, so it is well worth mentioning again. It often happens that we never quite truly appreciate what we have locally. Tickets for the Group's mid-year show, Les Miserables, are now on sale on their website www.wtg.org.au. I hear opening night is just about sold out, so don't miss out on seeing this iconic show, which will no doubt be another world-class performance.
Cr Brett Tessari, Mayor
Bass Coast Shire Council