Mayor's Message - 14 July
We held our annual Budget Q&A session live on Facebook last week, which gave our community the opportunity to ask questions about the proposed 2020/21 Budget, with Councillors and staff on hand to provide answers in real time.
This year, the pandemic meant we weren’t able to hold face-to-face consultation sessions on the proposed Budget, so this online platform has proven to be incredibly valuable. Our reach from the session currently exceeds 8,500 people and the engagement is up around 1,300. Bass Coast has led the way in online engagement using Facebook. In fact, these online sessions are one of our most effective, open and transparent community engagement tools and their success has been the envy of many other councils across the state.
You may have seen the fantastic news last week that we have been successful in securing $1.2 million in grants from Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) for the Guide Park redevelopment in Wonthaggi and a new change room facility for the Dalyston Netball Club. With this funding, we will be able to get to work on the $1.4 million Guide Park Redevelopment Project and the $1.3 million Dalyston Netball Court and Change Pavilion Project.
The Dalyston Netball Court and Change Pavilion Project actually represents quite a milestone for our region. Once it is complete, it will mean that all of our local Football/Netball clubs will have received a netball court and pavilion upgrade, achieved within recent years.
Speaking of grants, we were super proud and excited to announce the successful applicants for our Business and Community Resilience Grants Program this week. This $700,000 program is unprecedented for Council and was developed earlier in the year in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A heap of work has gone into the assessment of the grants by Council Officers and our Community Leadership Group, particularly considering we received over 250 applications for the Program.