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Mayor's Message - 11 May

Mayor's Message - 11 May

Tuesday 11 May 2021
Mayor's Message
Cr Michael Whelan

Did you know that the Cowes Transit Centre has four electric vehicle (EV) charging points? There are two Tesla HPWC type chargers and two Type 1 GARO chargers (all with cables), that can be used over three designated EV charging parking bays – and the best part is, it is free to use, for a maximum of two hours. Recently, to improve visibility, access and use, we upgraded line marking and signage to help promote the charging points. This fantastic, free service contributes to Council’s zero net emissions target for our community by 2030.

It was great to see so many members of our community get involved with the Facebook Q&A session on our proposed Budget 2021/22 last Wednesday and take the opportunity to learn more about the Budget, ask questions and provide feedback. If you missed out on the session, but would still like to provide feedback or make a submission on the Budget, or just give it a read, head to The feedback we receive will help us to deliver an efficient and financially responsible budget for the next 12 months.

We are still calling for Expressions of Interest to join our Community Panel, which will help us create a Long Term Community Vision. Applications are open to anyone aged over 16 who lives or owns a property or business in Bass Coast. The Panel will be made up of over 40 community members from a diverse range of demographics and backgrounds. So if you or someone you know would like to be involved then visit our website at to find out more information. Expressions of Interest close at 5.00pm on Sunday, 16 May.

The Bass Coast Community Foundation has partnered with Kids Thrive and Newhaven Primary School to bring an award winning education program to the Bass Coast called Kids as Catalysts. Kids as Catalysts is a schools-based program that equips children aged 8-12 with real world experience in leading positive community change. The program is being piloted in 2021 with a view to rolling it out across all primary schools in Bass Coast over the next five years, which is really exciting news for the Bass Coast school community.