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Mayor's Message - 16 February

Mayor's Message - 16 February

Tuesday 16 February 2021
Mayor's Message
Cr Brett Tessari

It feels like we are really back into the swing of things now, with plenty of meetings and opportunities to advocate for Bass Coast happening over the last few weeks.

Some representatives from Council, including CEO Ali Wastie, Deputy Mayor Cr Michael Whelan and Crs Clare Le Serve and Rochelle Halstead met with the new owners of the Lang Lang Proving Ground facility recently – Vietnamese car manufacturer VinFast. It is great news that the site will continue to operate as a vehicle proving ground, employing many of the former Holden staff, with more roles expected to arise as the business expands its operations over the next six to 12 months. Excitingly, the company plans to move into the US market later this year with an electric vehicle. The company has also acknowledged the significance of the remnant bushland surrounding the facility. We look forward to working with VinFast as they establish their business in Bass Coast.

I had the opportunity to meet with Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale last week, to discuss all things Bass Coast. It is really important that we continue to work with all levels of Government on important issues affecting the Bass Coast region, such as the development of more social and community housing. I also had a chance to meet with Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent recently and took the opportunity to advocate to him on a range of issues as well.

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale were in San Remo last Thursday to turn the sod on the new Wonthaggi Secondary College Junior Campus, as construction on the new school gets underway. This new school is wonderful news for junior students from the Phillip Island and Waterline areas - they won’t have to spend over an hour on the bus every day and it will provide new and innovative learning facilities. Funding for the new Junior Campus comes after Council successfully advocated to the State Government for funding to construct a new Senior Campus of the College in Wonthaggi – which opened to students in 2020. The San Remo Campus is expected to open in 2022.

The State Government is also seeking feedback on a new name for the College, which will soon have three campuses across Bass Coast. To have your say, visit