Mayor's Message - 14 December
Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas! It's snuck up on us again. This time next week I hope that many, like me, will be enjoying the indulgence of Christmas and some quality time with friends, family and loved ones.
Christmas is a fantastic time to reflect and to take a moment to appreciate those things we often take for granted. We are lucky to live in such a wonderful community, where the spirit of working together and supporting each other is strong.
It was fantastic to attend the local Christmas Carols on the weekend, and see our community, young and old, coming together to celebrate. I am often impressed by the talent of our musicians and performers, and the Carols was no exception.
Of course, work continues even amongst the festive cheer. Last week I met with our newly elected member for Bass, Jordan Crugnale. It was great to get the opportunity to sit down with Jordan and discuss how we would work together to get the best outcomes for the Bass Coast community.
In the lead up to the election both major parties made several exciting promises, and now we will look towards realising those promises and ensuring they are followed through with a strategic and well planned approach. These projects include a Junior Secondary College for the Phillip Island/San Remo area, the Bunurong Coastal Reserve, a community hospital for Phillip Island and the application of a Distinctive Area Landscape Bill.
We have also written to the state ministers of health, education, environment, planning and tourism to congratulate them on the election result and welcome them to meet with us to discuss their promised investments in Bass Coast.
Our Council newsletter publication, Coastell, has hit the printers and is making its way around the Shire - if you see a copy in your local Customer Service Centre or library, have a look. There are some great stories from the last few months, as well as a list of events for summer. You can download a copy online on our website, where you can also sign up to receive each edition as it comes out. Visit: www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/coastell
To all of the visitors who come to our Shire to share in our beautiful beaches and natural landscapes, please help us to look after the natural environment which draws you here.
I wish you all a wonderful, safe and happy Christmas!
Cr Brett Tessari, Mayor
Bass Coast Shire Council