Mayor's Message - 13 July
It was a real blow to get confirmation that the Australian MotoGP is being cancelled again this year. The Australian MotoGP is the biggest sporting event in regional Victoria and the major event on the Bass Coast events calendar. The economic benefit it brings to Bass Coast Shire is in excess of $30 million. It is a significant off-peak event that strengthens our entire local event economy. It puts Phillip Island and Bass Coast on the map as a major destination, both locally and internationally and it helps to drive visitation to our region, outside of the busy summer period. The decision to cancel the MotoGP, especially after it did not run in 2020, will compound the major negative economic impact for the whole region and especially for Phillip Island. In light of this devastating news, we will quickly get to work alongside the State Government and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events the Hon Martin Pakula on how we can support our local businesses that will be the most impacted by this decision.
It was great to have the opportunity to talk about all things Bass Coast on ABC radio last Tuesday. Thanks to everyone who called in with questions as well! Towards the end of the interview, I spoke about the Phillip Island Speed Review and at the time, I said that speed limits will be reduced across the Island soon. Unfortunately, this was an error and what I should have said, is that the Speed Review Report will be released soon.
If you haven’t been in to ArtSpace Wonthaggi to see the NAIDOC Week art show yet – what are you waiting for? Proudly presented by the Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group, it is an absolutely amazing display of local Indigenous talent. The exhibition is showing in the ArtSpace gallery until 18 July and while there is nothing like seeing art in person, you can also view the exhibition online at www.naidoc-art.com.au.
Entries for the 2021 Bass Coast Prize for Non-Fiction are now open. We know that arts and culture are an incredibly important part of any community, with countless studies showing that engagement in the arts can ease anxiety, depression and stress, can boost confidence and make us feel more engaged and resilient. I would like to recognise Phyllis Papps, who established this prize, which puts Bass Coast’s name on the literary map. Council is delighted to support the 2021 competition by sponsoring first prize. For more information on the Prize, including how to enter, please visit basscoastprizefornonfiction.weebly.com.