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Mayor's Message - 14 December

Mayor's Message - 14 December

Tuesday 14 December 2021
Mayor's Message
Cr Michael Whelan

It was great to touch base last Friday with a number of excited Community groups who will be active in the new Cowes Cultural and Community Centre. As the construction process moves forward, we are working in the background to make sure this important new facility supports and celebrates the creativity and cultural heritage of our region. This includes a mix of opportunities for established artists as well as our younger emerging creative community. Considerable preparation and planning take place in 2022, as we prepare for an opening in early 2023.

Bass Coast’s huge variety of businesses are an important part of our region and our economy, and make it easy to find just what you need, right here. We recently invited businesses to apply for the Shopfront Improvement Rebate Program, funded by Regional Development Victoria. Incredibly, we received 41 applications across eight townships. Twenty-six of these businesses will receive rebates of up to $2,000 from Regional Development Victoria, with the remaining 15 being funded by Council, for a total of just over $27,500. It was wonderful to welcome Minister for Regional Development the Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas to Wonthaggi last Thursday to announce the recipients of the rebates. I would also like to thank our Member for Bass, Jordan Crugnale, who has been a passionate advocate for Bass Coast and has played a critical role in the State Government’s continued investment in our region. I look forward to seeing all of these projects coming to life.

Christmas is coming and with the substantial easing of restrictions, we are able to enjoy the festivities of the season to our heart’s content. Inverloch, Wonthaggi and Grantville held carols events over the weekend and I must say it was so incredible to see families and friends out to celebrate together. We have missed out on so many of these important connections over the past 18 months, so it makes this year even more special. It’s great to see festive decorations popping up in towns across Bass Coast now as well!

Congratulations to Council’s Visitor Information Centre Network on being named a finalist in the 2021 Victorian Tourism Awards. It’s also great to see some other amazing Bass Coast businesses make the list of finalists as well, including Genesta House Bed and Breakfast, Harman Wines, Phillip Island Nature Parks and Trulli. Winners will be announced in February 2022.