Mayor's Message - 18 January
Last Wednesday, we presented our 2019 Bass Coast Australia Day Awards. This year, we presented an award for Young Citizen of the Year and Citizen of the Year.
Our 2019 Citizen of the Year is Deb Rielly from Wonthaggi. An incredible lady, Deb was indeed a deserving winner and I don't think there was a dry eye in the house after her moving acceptance speech. Deb has been fighting cancer for the past 15 years, and through it all, continues to be an inspiration to all of those around her.
This year, Rhyll's Hayden Marshall was announced as the winner of the Young Citizen Award. Hayden has overcome a huge challenge in his life, to come back stronger and more determined than ever.
Congratulations must also go to every one of our winners and nominees, who are all very deserving of the honour.
Now, we look forward to Australia Day on Saturday, 26 January. Council supports a number of events around the region and also holds a Citizenship Ceremony on the day. It is a great time to reflect on what being Australian means to you.
It was great to recently see the very important issue of coastal erosion in Bass Coast being discussed in metropolitan newspapers. Two of the major areas of concern for us in Inverloch are the foreshore in front of the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club and the foreshore along Bunurong Road. The foreshore at the Life Saving Club has receded 33.5 metres since 2012. We do not have the resources to tackle the problem of coastal erosion alone, which is why we are advocating for $6 million to implement critical erosion infrastructure at Inverloch and Cowes. At Inverloch, trial works to construct wet-sand fencing in combination with sand renourishment and dune reconstruction, are planned for early 2019. These works will provide a buffer against further coastal erosion and protect the beach for continued community use.
At Council, we are committed to working with the community to shape a better Bass Coast. Currently, we are engaging with the community to find out their thoughts on off-leash dog areas for San Remo and Phillip Island and the design for the Wonthaggi Guide Park Playspace. We rely on the community to provide input and direction for projects like these, so it will be great to see what you come up with. Visit basscoast.vic.gov.au/consultation to get involved.
Cr Brett Tessari, Mayor
Bass Coast Shire Council