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Mayor's Message - 15 March

Mayor's Message - 15 March

Published:
Tuesday 15 March 2022
Cr Michael Whelan

Our hearts go out to those people impacted by the floods in NSW and Queensland. The magnitude of the flooding is unprecedented as were the Black Summer fires in 2019. Bass Coast continues to be impacted by severe coastal erosion and many of us recall the extreme storm that devastated parts of Cape Paterson a few years ago. It is clear that these are climate change induced events and regrettably becoming the new normal. That is why Bass Coast has declared a climate emergency and why we have set ambitious emissions reduction targets for Council and the community of zero net emissions by 2030. Council is also supporting a bid made to the Federal Government by the Australian Local Government Association for $200 million a year for climate change adaptation measures.

Several interesting events are coming up on the calendar in coming months – including the screening of short film ‘Greener Pastures’ at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre on Friday, 25 March. This free event also includes a panel discussion led by the director, Catherine Simmonds OAM, following the film. Greener Pastures captures the lived experience of Gippsland community members with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and touches on issues such as migration, refugees, isolation, courage, resilience, hope, generosity and community. To book your seats, visit www.trybooking.com/876627.

You’re invited to help us celebrate the completion of a solar energy project at Coronet Bay Community Hall on Tuesday, 29 March from 11.00am. In 2021, a Sustainability Victoria grant enabled the installation of a 6.6kW solar system and a 5.1kW storage battery on the Coronet Bay Hall. This project will result in a reduction in electricity costs and contribute to lower emissions, which aligns with actions from our Climate Change Action Plan, supporting our aim to reach zero emissions by 2030. After the formalities, a community renewable energy drop in session will be held to give people an opportunity to talk to representatives from Council, Gippsland Community Power Hub, and other local climate focussed organisations, to learn more about available grants and renewable energy.

On Saturday, 23 April, the Bass Coast Refugee Sponsorship Group (BCRSG) presents the inaugural World Music Festival, which will be held at the Inverloch Community Hub. It will include entertainment by local musician Aaron Lopez-Freeman and group, Karavana Flamenca, as well as multicultural food tastings and a live auction. This event has been created to help celebrate Bass Coasts’ cultural diversity, as well as to help support refugees to live in our welcoming Shire. You can book tables of eight, or individual tickets through www.trybooking.com/BXOZP.