Mayor's Message - 13 April
It was wonderful to hear that the State Government’s has allocated $100,000 to Bass Coast Shire Council, through its Streamlining for Growth program, to encourage development in tourism areas across the Shire. The funding is aimed at encouraging private investment in Bass Coast, by ensuring land-use controls align with local tourism strategies. The grant will be used to carry out visitor economy assessments and make recommendations on how to update the Bass Coast Planning Scheme and other levers to encourage investment. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a significant impact on our local commercial tourism operators and this funding will help us to identify and remove unnecessary barriers to investment, especially as they relate to land-use and development approvals.
After last year saw most sports put on hold, it is exciting to see that weekends are now buzzing with competitions of all sorts, right across the Shire. It was a particularly huge weekend in Wonthaggi, with several impressive sporting events coming to town.
The Wonthaggi Basketball Association hosted a NBL1 practice match between the Ringwood Hawks and the Waverley Falcons, with both men’s and women’s teams taking to the court. The players also held clinics for young players on the day as well, which would have been a fantastic experience. This event was, of course, held in the Bass Coast Community Stadium, which is an amazing local facility, which is sure to bring more and more high calibre events like this one to our patch.
Another huge event held on the weekend was Round 1 of the ProMX Championship, at the Wonthaggi Motocross Track. This is Australia’s premier motocross championship, so it is incredibly exciting that they chose to kick-off their season in Wonthaggi.
And of course, the weekend saw football and netball seasons continues and soccer is set to start up in the coming weeks as well. It’s all happening!
Last Wednesday, I, together with my fellow Councillors headed to Bunjil Place - the City of Casey’s entertainment precinct, that brings together a mix of facilities including an outdoor community plaza, theatre, multipurpose studio, function centre, library, gallery and Customer Service Centre. It is an amazing space, that is really valued by the community. Our visit provided some great inspiration for the redevelopment of the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre, which is currently underway.