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Mayor's Message - 10 September

Mayor's Message - 10 September

Tuesday 10 September 2019
Mayor's Message
Cr Brett Tessari

There are so many incredible businesses and organisations within Bass Coast, illustrated by the amount of awards that have been coming our way recently.

We announced the winners of our Bass Coast Business Awards recently, with plenty of the region’s best businesses recognised. Some of these businesses were also recently recognised at the 2019 Gippsland Business Awards – with Harman Wines, Phillip Island Helicopters and Dalyston General Store all bringing home awards.

Congratulations also must go to the Bass Coast Landcare Network, who picked up the Landcare Network Award at the 2019 Victorian Landcare Awards held recently. What a fantastic achievement.

Closer to home, Council has been the recipient of a few awards recently as well, including the 2019 Carbon Cocky Award for Best Achievement by a Regional Council to encourage Carbon Farming/Emissions Reduction or Related Low Emissions Industries and the Australian Organics Recycling Association award for Outstanding Local Government Initiative in Collection/Processing/Marketing. Well done to all the Teams involved in these awards.

It was very exciting to have Minister for Boating and Fishing Jaala Pulford and Better Boating CEO Gary Gaffney visit Bass Coast to make an announcement on the upgrade of the Rhyll Boating Facility last Friday. A concept design to create a regional boating facility at Rhyll will now be developed, with input from the community. Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos was also here last week to reveal concept plans for the upgrade to the Wonthaggi Hospital. Construction is due to start early next year, on what will be a really exciting project for Bass Coast - we can’t wait to see it underway.

It was a pleasure to open the South Gippsland Orchid Society’s 30th Annual Spring Show last Friday. The show always features a spectacular display of beautiful orchids and other flowers and it was a treat to be invited to select an orchid that I felt was worthy of the Mayor’s Award, which went to Marg Owens.

Excitement is building within the local sporting community – as Wonthaggi’s new three court, multi-sport stadium nears completion, as part of the new Wonthaggi Secondary College Senior Campus development. The Bass Coast Community Stadium will cater to a variety of sporting clubs, teams and events, with facilities built to the best standards. Our community has been calling for better sporting facilities for many years, so it is great to see this project really coming together. It is expected for the Stadium to be available for community use in early 2020.