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Mayor's Message - 12 April

Mayor's Message - 12 April

Friday 12 April 2019
Mayor's Message
Cr Brett Tessari

It was with great sadness that we farewelled our 2019 Bass Coast Citizen of the Year and all round amazing woman Deb Rielly last week. Bass Coast is a poorer place without Deb, she put up an admirable fight over the past 15 years, with the whole community behind her and her family. Deb was a selfless person, she never wanted sympathy from anyone and she never complained, even when she was in so much pain she couldn't walk. She was always willing to help others and she never had a bad thing to say about anyone or anything. She was an incredible woman and will be sorely missed.

I was privileged to know her and call her my friend.

Do you know about Council's small business mentoring sessions? Sessions are for business owners and aspiring business owners and are held throughout the year in Wonthaggi, Cowes and Grantville on a rotating basis. You can book in by visiting The sessions are confidential and are run by an experienced small business mentor who offers a fresh perspective. They can help businesses overcome issues or fill an information gap. The sessions are funded by Council, meaning business owners can attend one session a year for free.

We are continuing our community consultation on Inverloch's Surf Parade Shared Path extension project. If you haven't had a chance to go over the options, or have your say, jump on our website at, or catch up with Council officers at one of the pop-ups happening on Saturday, 20 April. One will be held at the Inverloch Primary School Easter Fair from 9.30am to 11.30am and another at the Inverloch Recreation Reserve from 12.00pm to 2.00pm. There will also be a live Q and A session tonight, Tuesday, 16 April from 6.00pm on the Council's Facebook page.

The third Wonthaggi Street Festival was held on Saturday, taking over the centre of Wonthaggi with live music including a youth busking competition, free family activities, rides, food and more, capped off with a fabulous fireworks display. The Wonthaggi Business and Tourism Association did a fantastic job putting the festival together again this year. Without the support of volunteers, businesses and sponsors, Bass Coast would not be able to host incredible community events like the Street Festival.