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Mayor's Message - 1 March

Mayor's Message - 1 March

Tuesday 1 March 2022
Cr Michael Whelan

Council is hosting a free event for International Women’s Day next Tuesday, 8 March at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre. The morning will start at 7.30am for a light breakfast, followed by an hour (8.00am to 9.00am) with inspirational local speakers representing Women for Change, Gippsland Women's Health, Council and Totally Renewable Phillip Island, with Cr Rochelle Halstead as MC. International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women within the community, in our families and workplaces, and to highlight and celebrate the UN theme ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’. We need to recognise the contribution of women and girls around the world who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation and response, to build a more sustainable future for all. Guest speakers will include Nina Barry-Macaulay from Women for Change, Benita Russell from Council and Zoe Geyer from Totally Renewable Phillip Island, as well a representative from Gippsland Women’s Health. Everyone is welcome to attend this event, however bookings are essential via

Have you had a chance to check out our events calendar yet ( It is fast starting to fill up, which is great news for our local economy, businesses and service providers. This weekend saw motorbike racing return to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, with the opening round of the Australian Superbike Championship. Another exciting event coming up on the calendar is the third event in the Bass Coast Series – the Cowes Classic and Little Penguin Dash, which will be held this Saturday, 5 March at Cowes. Phillip Island Nature Parks is also hosting its open day this weekend, on Sunday, 6 March. There are plenty of other fun, family friendly events on the calendar, so get out and enjoy them.

This week, we launched our new community engagement platform – Engage Bass Coast, which can be found at This new website will host all of the engagement opportunities that are currently available to our community – in one place. The first project that we want your feedback on is the review of our Communications and Engagement Strategy. During the past two years, the ways that we communicate with our community have changed considerably. We want to know how you would like to hear from us, how often and the types of information we can provide to keep you updated. To find out more about engagement opportunities for this review, or to give feedback, visit