Mayor's Message - 12 November
Bass Coast’s Mayoral Election for the final 12 months of this term will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, 13 November), so I thought this was a good time to reflect on my time as Mayor.
From the Mayoral Fundraiser, to our successful advocacy efforts, to big projects like the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre, there are so many things to be proud of.
It was incredible to see the Mayoral Fundraiser all come together this year, to support the YES Youth Hub. We raised over $15,000 in the end, which is an incredible achievement. We have continued to successfully advocate to all levels of government in the past 12 months, which has resulted in funding for erosion mitigation works, the transfer of the former Wonthaggi Secondary College Site for community use and the declaration of Bass Coast as a Distinctive Area and Landscape, to name a few. Just a few weeks ago, this Council committed to providing $19 million to redevelop the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre – the largest project ever undertaken by Council, which is very exciting for the Bass Coast community.
I would like to thank my fellow Councillors for supporting me in this role. I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to lead this experienced, diverse and skilled group of Councillors. To bring nine people together from different backgrounds, with different outlooks and have them work together so well is a great achievement in itself. I can admit we don’t always see eye to eye, but debate is always constructive and importantly, respectful.
It has also been fantastic to have the support of our new CEO Ali Wastie and the Executive Team – they are just one part of a highly dedicated, experienced and skilled team.
Personally, it has been an incredibly humbling experience being Mayor for the past 12 months. It has been a wonderfully positive experience and one that I would like to continue. I am committed to the role and it would be an honour to keep representing the Shire that I am so passionate about and proud of, for another 12 months.