Mayor's Message - 14 September
Well done Bass Coast! Since the launch of Council’s #Vax4Bass campaign, more than 74 per cent of our eligible population has received their first COVID-19 vaccination, and over 47 per cent have been fully vaccinated. This is an incredible achievement and it would be great to see those numbers keep increasing over the coming weeks and months. This pandemic has thrown many different challenges at every one of us – and we know that vaccination is our way out of this health crisis and the key to opening up our region, state and country once more. Let’s keep working together and doing everything we can to keep ourselves and our community safe.
In some more good news, it was great to see restrictions for regional Victoria eased on Friday, which means we can once again get out there and enjoy everything our region has to offer.
Speaking of getting out, exploring the outdoors can do wonders for your mental and physical health. Exercising outside has been shown to lower stress, blood pressure, heart rate and improve overall wellbeing. There are so many trails and tracks to try in Bass Coast, perfect for taking advantage of the spring sunshine that is coming our way. For more information on local nature trails, paths and activities to suit everyone, head to www.southcoastpcp.org.au/what-we-do/step-outside-move-your-way.
As part of our commitment to the Bass Coast Climate Change Action Plan, Deputy Mayor Michael Whelan and CEO Ali Wastie are participating in a clean energy future forum hosted by the Committee for Gippsland this month. The aim of the Forum is to develop a compelling investment prospectus and investment attraction plan which positions Gippsland as a future clean energy region. As part of Gippsland’s transition to a clean energy, we will need to advocate as a region, to attract private and public investment to support this important change.
There is still time to provide your feedback on our draft Council Plan 2021-25 and draft Long Term Financial Plan 2021-31. Both Plans bring together the feedback we received through community engagement, as well as the work of our Community Panel. The feedback period for the Council Plan closes on Friday, 24 September, and for the Financial Plan on Friday, 1 October. Head to www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/ourfuture for more information, or to provide your feedback.