Mayor's Message - 10 March
Homelessness and emergency housing is one of this Council’s current advocacy priorities, as Bass Coast is experiencing an increase in the number of people becoming homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness. It was great to see so many people come together at the Housing Forum held in Wonthaggi recently, organised by a dedicated and hardworking local group. It is important that individuals, groups and Council keep coming together to discuss this important issue, so we can continue to work together towards a solution.
Council is currently engaging with Bass Coast young people and their families, to inform the development of the Living Young Plan 2020-2024. Last week, along with the YES! Youth Hub in Wonthaggi, young people were invited to come along, have some pizza, and chat about what they would like to see in Bass Coast in the future. It was fantastic to see plenty of young people engaging with Council to put their ideas and concerns forward.
The annual Jazz Fest rocked into Inverloch this long weekend – a fantastic event in its 27th year. Once again it put on some incredible music, within a fun, festival atmosphere, celebrated by thousands of Jazz fans over the three days. During its lifetime, the event has also raised over $300,000 for the local community and organisations – a fantastic achievement and a true demonstration of the efforts of the hard working committee. Congratulations on another great year!
It was super to attend the 34th Annual Inverloch Art Show, which was held over the weekend. It is was a wonderful evening, to celebrate a fantastic exhibition and the amazingly talented artists we have in Bass Coast and the wider Gippsland area. I would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of the volunteers and committee members who coordinate this very successful art exhibition. The Inverloch Show is one of four Your Art Collection (YAC) exhibitions held in Bass Coast. The YAC Awards provide a fantastic opportunity for local artists. This exhibition is extra special, as the funds raised through the Show are used to provide food parcels for local families experiencing hardship.