Mayor's Message - 13 August
Last week, I was thrilled to hear the news from the State Government that San Remo has been chosen as the location for the new junior secondary college campus for Bass Coast. While an exact site has not been chosen, it is exciting to know that progress is being made and future students from Phillip Island and the Waterline communities in years 7-9 won’t have to travel all the way to Wonthaggi to go to school.
Speaking of education, on Monday we had a meeting with the Higher Education Steering Committee. This group was formed last year to progress our advocacy priority to establish a Regional Study Hub in Wonthaggi. It is great to have some exceptional leaders from our community in the room, talking together about the future of higher education for our community. We have already established some great partnerships through this process. The next step is to put in an application when the federal Regional Study Hubs funding round opens later this year. We will be applying for $2 million to establish and operate a Bass Coast Country University Centre in Wonthaggi.
Another one of our advocacy priorities was in the spotlight last week when SalvoCare Eastern held an event in Apex Park in Wonthaggi as part of Homelessness Week. The event displayed what rough sleeping in Bass Coast really looks like and featured stories from those with real-life experiences. Bass Coast is experiencing an increased incidence of people facing or at risk of homelessness, and there is a severe lack of emergency housing in our local area. Council has been advocating to State and Federal governments to allocate $1.25 million to agencies in our Shire to identify and develop emergency housing for the most vulnerable in our community.
I was lucky enough to attend a business breakfast at The Cape Kitchen last week as part of the Gippsland Business Festival and oh, boy was guest speaker Chris Helder amazing! Funny, insightful, full of energy and enthusiasm, I hope that everyone left feeling as inspired and motivated by Chris as I did! Chris spoke about being present, mindful, in the moment and choosing your energy. This event is one of several across Gippsland as part of the festival which runs for all of August. To check out what else is on visit gippslandbusinessfestival.com.au