Mayor's Message - 15 February
Our CEO, Paul Buckley PSM finished up on Friday after five years at Bass Coast Shire Council, and more than 40 years in Local Government. Paul was amazing to work with. He has incredible knowledge on such a broad spectrum of topics. During his time at Bass Coast, Paul was instrumental in getting this organisation into the positive position it is now in. Good luck in your semi-retirement Paul!
With Paul's departure, we welcome our new CEO, Ali Wastie. She comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience in Local Government so we are excited for her to join Bass Coast. We look forward to continuing to work together to meet the needs of our communities and ratepayers.
I attended the South Gippsland Adult Riding Club's rally recently and helped to unveil the Club's new show jumps, purchased with the help of a Community Grant. If you are a Bass Coast not-for-profit club, group or organisation, now is the time to apply for a Community Grant. Applications for Round 1 are open until Friday, 8 March. An information session will be held this Thursday, February 21 for all prospective applicants at the Old Post Office in Wonthaggi, from 5.15pm.
I attended the Young Leaders Award Workshop last Tuesday along with Deputy Mayor Bruce Kent. It was fantastic to hear all of the ideas and thoughts from our future leaders. We also enjoyed a fast and furious game of dodgeball, which was great fun. I had to ice my elbow afterwards and I only threw one ball!
The Wonthaggi Theatrical Group celebrated its golden anniversary this weekend, with a concert documenting the Group's incredible history. Congratulations to the Group, which over the years has wowed audiences with high quality, professional performances with productions of big name musicals and entertaining plays. Well done to all involved.
As Mayor, I had the pleasure of chairing Council's first meeting of the Higher Education Steering Committee recently. The Committee is made up of representatives from Council, Bass Coast Community Foundation, Bass Coast Health, Destination Phillip Island, Newhaven College, Department of Education and Training, Federation University, and Regional Development Victoria. Our discussion focused on how we can progress establishing a tertiary education campus in Bass Coast, one of Council's advocacy priorities. Council has signed an MOU with Country Universities Centre and commenced the development a business case to establish a regional study hub in Bass Coast.
Cr Brett Tessari, Mayor
Bass Coast Shire Council