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Mayor's Message - 1 October

Mayor's Message - 1 October

Tuesday 1 October 2019
Mayor's Message
Cr Brett Tessari

Last week we officially opened the new skate parks at Grantville and Corinella, with fun, food, music and of course, skating. The Cowes Skate Park will have its opening party today (Tuesday, 1 October) from 10.00am to 2.00pm. These parks are fantastic assets for our communities and I am sure they will provide plenty of fun times for all ages and abilities, well into the future.

We are getting closer to the Mayoral Fundraiser, which is being held at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre on Saturday, 12 October, with all proceeds going to the YES Youth Hub. The night is going to be incredible, with some amazing local talent performing on the night. Emceed by hilarious comedian Lawrence Mooney, it is definitely a night not to be missed – get your tickets now at

It was the biggest day of the year for AFL fans on Saturday – especially for Tigers and Greater Western Sydney followers! Even if your team didn’t make it into the final – the day is always such an incredible spectacle and one I always enjoy watching with my family.

I went to see When the Light Leaves in Wonthaggi recently, presented by the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group. What a thought provoking show! Written by Inverloch’s Rory Godbold – it is a show with some confronting themes – but wow, it really had an impact on me. It was an incredibly powerful experience and I truly enjoyed it – well done to all involved.

I attended the opening of the Your Art Collection exhibition recently and had a lovely conversation with Phillip Island artist Jill Rogers. Jill’s paintings are amazing – in fact Council has one of her paintings – ‘Minah Swansong’ in its art collection, after she won the Your Art Collection award back in 2017. Just recently, Jill found out she is a finalist in the Mission to Seafarers Victoria Annual ANL Maritime Art Award and Exhibition – for the fourth time! Her painting, ‘Sunset Serenade Glenelg’ was chosen as one of 80 finalists, from a pool of around 400 entries. It is an acquisitive exhibition, with a first prize of $15,000, so I would like to wish Jill the best of luck.

While we are talking art, make sure you get along and visit the YAC Award exhibition, which is on in the foyer of the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre until Thursday, 10 October.