Mayor's Message - 10 August
After the devastating loss of the Australian MotoGP recently, I am thrilled that the Bass Coast Festival of Motorsport will take its place, at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on October 22-24. Supercars will headline the Festival, which will also feature championship rounds for both four and two-wheel Australian motorsport categories including the Australian Superbike Championship and Porsche Carrera Cup, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. It’s wonderful that we will get to see motorsport action back at the greatest grand prix track in the world – it will be a huge boost, not only for the Island, but for the whole of Bass Coast.
I would like to acknowledge the recent passing of Neil Beddo. Neil was instrumental in the success of the L2P Learner Driver Program in Bass Coast. Neil joined the Program as a mentor in 2012 and the steering committee shortly after. During his time as a mentor for the Program, Neil donated over 700 hours to supervised driving with over 20 learner drivers, nine of which gained their ‘P’ Plates while he was working with them. Neil had an obvious dedication, passion and commitment to road safety and to supporting young people. In just one demonstration of Neil’s dedication, last summer he mentored a learner driver between 9.00pm and 11.00pm each week to help her achieve the necessary 20 night hours of driving practice required to get her P’s, before she started at university in March.
It was great to catch up with former Bass Coast Councillor Stephen Fullarton recently, who is recovering really well after suffering from a stroke in June. This was a timely catch-up, as last week was also National Stroke Week. Australians are being urged to learn and share the most common signs of stroke. More than 27,400 Australians had a stroke for the first time in 2020 – that is one stroke every 19 minutes. So it’s really important that we familiarise ourselves with the symptoms: F.A.S.T. Face - Check their face. Has their mouth drooped? Arms - Can they lift both arms? Speech - Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you? Time is critical - If you see any of these signs, call 000 straight away.