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Mayors Message - 13 December 2022

Mayors Message - 13 December 2022

Published:
Tuesday 13 December 2022
Cr Michael Whelan

It took a while to arrive, but summer may finally be here on the Bass Coast, with holidays not far behind.

Your safety is the Council’s priority.

The Fire Danger Period has not yet been declared as for Bass Coast, but recent wet weather has caused significant grass growth, with forecast ideal weather for grass to continue to flourish well into the Summer.

Emergency Management Officers will be starting Fire Prevention Inspections soon. This program aims to reduce bushfire risk to the community, reduce fire spread and intensity in the event of a bushfire and fulfil relevant legislative obligations.

During summer it is critical that everyone understands their bushfire risk and plans ahead. Know what to do on hot, dry, windy days and plan for all situations. Talk to your family and friends about how you’ll know when to leave, where you’ll go and how you will get there.

If you're travelling through bush or grasslands this summer, check the conditions for your destination and any areas you will travel through before you go, listen to local radio for warnings and advice while you’re on the road, and check conditions regularly throughout your stay. Download the VicEmergency app, visit emergency.vic.gov.au and save the VicEmergency Hotline (1800 226 226) into your mobile phone.

Never travel into bush or grassland areas where a Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating has been forecast.

Summer also means beaches and we want people to enjoy our world-class coastline, but please follow the rules to stay safe.

Lifesavers return to beaches across the state this month, including six patrolled beaches in Bass Coast.

I urge beachgoers to head to those beaches where lifeguards are on duty and to swim between the red and yellow flags, where lifeguards can look out for you in the water and to never swim alone.

Summer brings regulations relating to dogs on beaches. Council encourages beach goers to ensure they are following the regulations by checking the signs at the access points to beaches and reserves or by visiting Council’s website at: www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/dogwalking.

And finally, Bass Coast Shire townships Inverloch, Coronet Bay and Cowes will celebrate the year that was 2022 and welcome in the New Year with family friendly fireworks display.

Check out a range of events across Bass Coast at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/explore/whats-on