Mayor's Message - 16 November
I would like to begin my first Mayor's Message by acknowledging the fantastic work of our Mayor for the past two years, Cr Pamela Rothfield.
Pam presented herself with elegance and grace, even under the toughest pressure. I learnt a lot from the way she supported Council with strong, consistent leadership.
Much of my inspiration to be Mayor comes from Pam and former Mayors John Fleming, Alan Brown, John Duscher and Neville Goodwin. From all of these I have watched and learnt and been fortunate to receive strong support and guidance.
I would like to thank all my fellow Councillors for their support, and I look forward to working with them over the coming year, continuing to advocate for and represent our community as a united front.
Finally, I am incredibly humbled and proud to be given this opportunity. To be the spokesperson for my community, which I am so passionate about and proud of, is a great honour.
"To be the spokesperson for my community, which I am so passionate about and proud of, is a great honour."
I recently attended the Phillip Island 150th Gala Ball and wanted to make note of what an incredible event it was. Throughout the year we have been celebrating the past 150 years of Phillip Island’s history, a significant anniversary since the first European settlement in 1868.
These celebrations have provided a lot of fun for the whole community. They have bought people together, new relationships have been formed, old ones rekindled, and new memories made. Celebrations like these make a valuable contribution to our community. Thank you to everyone who has been involved throughout the year, and especially to those on the steering committee: all of your hard work and commitment has not gone unnoticed and is greatly appreciated.
Finally, on Remembrance Day I was struck by the united respect shown at 11.00am. I was in Wonthaggi, at the Rotary Market, a bustling, busy place full of noise and movement. At 11.00am, when the bugle sounded, the whole market place became still and silent. It was remarkable and I was very proud of my community and the respect shown.
Later in the morning I made my way up the memorial to pay my respects. I want to thank all of the local RSL clubs who coordinated events on Remembrance Day. Lest we forget.
Cr Brett Tessari, Mayor
Bass Coast Shire Council