Mayor's Message - 10 December
I was incredibly proud to be unanimously elected as the Chair of the Gippsland Local Government Network (GLGN) recently – the first time in GLGN’s existence that Bass Coast Shire Council has held the role of Chairperson. This is a great endorsement for our Council and our ability to work collaboratively and effectively across Gippsland.
I joined the Premier Daniel Andrews and Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale at the official opening of MediPharm Labs on Friday. Operated by Bass Coast local Warren Everitt, MediPharm Labs brings opportunities for local employment, local businesses, regional cultivators as well as attracting highly skilled professionals who will settle in our region and provide a range of benefits for the local community.
The 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence is a global campaign, which Bass Coast Shire Council is proud to support. It runs from 25 November to 10 December and in the past few weeks, I have been to a number of events aimed at promoting gender equality and preventing violence against women.
We know that incidents of family violence in Bass Coast are above the state average. We also know that by addressing the drivers of gender inequality, we can begin to Change the Story.
It was great to attend the Deadlifts & Donuts event, run by CBX CrossFit. While I was particularly interested in the donuts, this event was much more than that. Participants were involved in some physical exercise to earn their donuts, while also joining the conversation on what gender equality looks like in our community, and how we can all contribute to building and encouraging respect. Congratulations to everyone who participated and to the organisers of the event.
I was also a part of the Panel Discussion on action against gender-based violence, held at the Wonthaggi Library on Friday afternoon. The panel featured local women and advocates, as well as expert Pam Parker from Change for Sam. It was confronting to hear the stories of women who have been the victims of violence and inspiring to hear the discussions about how we can prevent and eliminate violence against women.
It is important we all do our part to stamp out violence within our community and remember, if you see something, Call it Out.