Mayor's Message - 11 February
Got any plans this weekend? Why not take the opportunity to get out there and explore Bass Coast? Holidaying in our own backyard is something that we may not necessarily consider, but we have some amazing things to see and do and now is the perfect time. School’s back, which means it’s not as busy as it has been and due to current travel restrictions, we are also seeing a reduction in international visitor numbers as well. When was the last time you went to the Penguin Parade or Churchill Island? Have you explored the Waterline Area or visited the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi lately? What about fossicking for fossils at Inverloch? Our natural drawcards are enough to keep you busy for a weekend, but there are so many incredible local eateries, wineries and fun attractions to visit as well. Another great idea is to take a trip to an area in Victoria that has been impacted by bushfires and support their local businesses, every little bit helps!
The Bass Coast Prize for Non-Fiction was awarded on Sunday and it was a pleasure to attend and see the winners announced. It was also a pleasure to hear from guest speaker, Gippsland born acclaimed author, Don Watson. The inaugural competition was open to people living, working or studying in Gippsland and attracted more than 40 incredible entries. The judges said they were hard pressed to whittle them down into a shortlist, but they managed to agree on seven finalists for the Prize, in Karen Bateman, Malcolm Brodie, Julie Constable, Linda Cuttriss, Susan Davies, Christine Grayden and Julie Maclean. Events like this one reinforce how many amazingly talented people we have in Bass Coast and the value of a flourishing arts culture.
There is still time to provide feedback on the development of the Bass Coast Living Young Plan 2020-24, which aims to guide our priorities for children, youth and families over the next four years. All you need to do is fill out our survey, either in hard copy (pick one up from any of our Customer Service Centres) or online at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/livingyoung. We are also seeking feedback on two new proposed off-leash beach areas for dogs – one at Rhyll and one at Cowes East. Visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/pioffleash to complete the survey.