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Mayor's Message - 18 May

Mayor's Message - 18 May

Tuesday 18 May 2021
Cr Brett Tessari

It was very exciting to have Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas in Wonthaggi last Thursday, to announce $2 million from the State Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund Stimulus Round. This funding will support the $1 million that Council will allocate and be used to deliver projects designed to improve Wonthaggi’s streetscapes, as part of the Wonthaggi Activity Centre Plan. The Activity Centre Plan was recently adopted by Council and will see Wonthaggi revitalised over the coming years, with projects that improve the streetscape, pedestrian safety and traffic flow all part of the Plan.

Speaking of funding, we were also thrilled to learn that we will be receiving around $400,000 from the State Government’s World Game Facilities Fund to deliver of a significant change room and toilet/shower facility upgrade for the Newhaven Reserve Soccer Pavilion. The Phillip Island Breakers Soccer Club, along with other local sporting clubs and schools will all benefit from these improvements. The upgrade will meet guidelines and ensure privacy, security and accessibility for all user groups. Council will also allocate $200,000 to this project.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia and Intersex Discrimination (IDAHOBIT) was yesterday, Monday, 17 May - an important date to stand with our LGBTQIA+ community. To celebrate, we held a flag raising ceremony at the Bass Coast Civic Centre in Wonthaggi, to demonstrate solidarity with our LGBTQIA+ friends, family, colleagues and community. It was great to have Greg Tingate from the South Coast Inclusion Network, as well as Wonthaggi Secondary College Year 11 student Lauren Brooks speak on the day, about the importance of IDAHOBIT to the community.

It's National Volunteer's Week. Volunteers are an extremely important part of our community, particularly in times of crisis or need. Here at Council, we acknowledge the significant contribution our volunteers have made and the important service they provide to the community and visitors of the Bass Coast region. A huge 'thank-you' to our volunteers and to all of the other volunteers that support our community every day.