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Mayors Message - 14 February 2023

Mayors Message - 14 February 2023

Tuesday 14 February 2023
Cr Michael Whelan

Modern councils are charged with responsibilities that go beyond the traditional three Rs: Roads, Rates and Rubbish. Today the focus includes a range of critical issues in our community.

This is why Bass Coast Shire Council has proudly taken a lead role on climate change and its impact on our coast, as well as the issues of gender equality and diversity.

Late last year I joined 38 mayors from across Australia to sign a Joint Statement of Mayors in support of constitutional recognition through an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Forty-one mayors have now signed the statement.

Local government must play an important role in holding civic forums, promoting dialogue, and providing a platform for all voices to be heard.

In coming months the voters of Bass Coast will join with the rest of the country to vote on an issue of such importance to our community.

Council is proud to acknowledge the people of the Bunurong as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and waters. We recognise the unique diversity of the First Peoples here in Bass Coast.

Council is committed to an ongoing process of reconciliation and community strengthening through building strong organisational and community relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

The Voice to Parliament is an important – and overdue – part of our journey towards reconciliation and to building strong and meaningful relationships with the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work.

As local leaders we are committed to building awareness in our community about the upcoming referendum.