Mayor's Message - 12 May
This week, I have sent an urgent request to the State Government to ask them to immediately increase their resources to address the erosion issues facing our coastal towns, particularly Inverloch. It has been great to see both Federal and State Governments provide funding support towards this, but more is needed.
The support received from the State for their erosion mitigation works at Inverloch has been welcome; however, it has become clear that current rate of intervention is not keeping pace with the rate of erosion.
Our beach is at risk and our assets, including the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club, are at risk. It is pretty disappointing that we find ourselves in May and the State Government’s work on the geotextile container wall is still not complete. We can expect more strong winds, king tides and big swells in the coming weeks, so a greater focus needs to be placed on finishing the project as soon as possible.
Our Influenza immunisation program will begin this week. Under the program, free flu vaccinations are administered through the Government's National Immunisation Program. Free vaccines are available for eligible children aged between six months and four years old, adults aged over 65 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over six months old and pregnant women. Immunisation sessions are held in Cowes, Grantville and Wonthaggi. For all the information on session dates and times, go to www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/immunisation.
I would like to thank the community for their response to our recent Climate Action Plan survey. We received 524 responses, which is fantastic. The data from the surveys will now be analysed and form part of the development of Council’s Climate Action Plan 2020-30.