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Mayor's Message - 15 February

Mayor's Message - 15 February

Tuesday 15 February 2022
Cr Michael Whelan

Congratulations to our hard-working team at the Phillip Island and Bass Coast Visitor Information Centres. As finalists in the Victorian Tourism Awards, they won the Silver Award in the Visitor Information Services category at the Gala Ceremony held at Melbourne Town Hall recently. It's a fantastic acknowledgement for our Visitor Experience Team's tenacity in an extremely challenging year, confirming our commitment to tourism excellence.

We'd also like to congratulate all businesses across Gippsland who won awards tonight and in particular to Bass Coast businesses, Genesta House Bed and Breakfast who won Bronze in the Hosted Accommodation category and Harman Wines, who won Silver in the Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries category. Trulli won a Silver in the Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services category and Phillip Island Nature Parks won Bronze in the Ecotourism category and the Regional Victoria Tourism Innovation and Resilience Award.

Big thanks to the Victoria Tourism Industry Council for recognising these amazing businesses and for the wonderful night of celebrations. Some of these businesses haven’t had too much to celebrate in recent times so this was a wonderful opportunity to recognise the incredibly achievements they have made despite the challenges.

Applications are now open for people aged 12 to 25 interested in joining Council’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The YAC is an advisory group of young people who are connected to Bass Coast, who are passionate about making a difference in the local community. It provides a channel for young people to communicate directly with Council, in a way that is meaningful and recognises the value of their voices and lived experiences. To read more about being a volunteer member of the YAC, visit Applications close on Friday, 25 February.