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Mayor's Message - 16 March

Mayor's Message - 16 March

Tuesday 16 March 2021
Cr Brett Tessari

International Women’s Day is an important day on which we can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. Partnering with Westernport Water, Phillip Island Nature Parks and Bass Coast Health, Council held an International Women’s Day event last Tuesday. A highlight of the event was to have young leaders from Wonthaggi Secondary College, Newhaven College, Wonthaggi Primary School, Powlett River Primary School and our Young Citizen of the Year in attendance. I was delighted to hear from one of Newhaven’s Year 12 students that her dream is to become a fighter pilot with the Navy – and what better way for her to realise her dream can become a reality, than by attending an event like this one, to be inspired by incredible, trendsetting and barrier-smashing women. It is brilliant women like these, that become the inspiration for our next generation.

We have plenty of community engagement opportunities coming up during March and April, as part of the development of our Council Plan 2021-25, Long Term Community Vision, 10-year Financial Plan and Health and Wellbeing Plan. Long term planning is a huge part of Council’s role and it’s really important for us to get the community involved in setting the direction we will take over our four-year term. I would encourage everyone to consider having their say – we want to hear from young and old, residents, ratepayers, visitors – anyone who has an interest in what the future holds for Bass Coast. I ask everyone to please, have your say at one of our upcoming drop-in sessions, at one of our online Facebook Q&A sessions, or via our online survey. Find out more about these sessions at

Representing Bass Coast and the Gippsland region is something that I am passionate about. I was humbled to recently be appointed to the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) Board, representing the Rural Gippsland Region. As the current Chair of One Gippsland and Chair of the Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils, this position on the MAV Board will further allow me to advocate for the needs of Bass Coast and the Gippsland region.