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Mayor's Message - 19 April

Mayor's Message - 19 April

Tuesday 19 April 2022
Cr Michael Whelan

How exciting is it that the Commonwealth Games are coming to regional Victoria in 2026! We are looking forward to working with the State Government for opportunities for Bass Coast as part of the Games, such as surfing on our famous beaches, or road cycling along our magnificent coast. Victorians are passionate sport lovers and these games will provide a fantastic opportunity for regional people to experience sport at a level they might not have been able to access before. As a Council, we will work hard to make sure that, as one of the fastest growing regional populations in the state, Bass Coast is given its fair share of the community infrastructure, funding and business opportunities that the Games will present.

Our April Council Meeting is being held today (Wednesday, 20 April) and there are some really important things on the Agenda this month. We will consider the release of the Draft Budget 2022/23, Draft Governance Rules, as well as the Draft Local Law for community consultation. Other interesting items on the Agenda include the Smiths Beach Town Plan and Community Group needs in Cowes. If you are interested in viewing the Council Meeting, it will be livestreamed at

There is still time to provide your feedback on the State Government’s Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Program. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is seeking your feedback on a draft Bass Coast Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) to guide the future of land use and development on the Bass Coast for the next 50 years. To view the SPP and to provide your feedback, visit and search for Bass Coast. Feedback is open until Friday, 29 April.

The State Government is also looking for feedback on the Cape to Cape Resilience Project, which is looking at ways to improve the way erosion and inundation is managed along the coast, between Inverloch and Venus Bay. If you live in or visit this area, I encourage you to provide your feedback. Visit and search for Cape to Cape to complete the survey. There are also two in-person sessions being held this week at the Inverloch Community Hub, on Thursday, 21 April from 10.30am and on Saturday, 23 April from 11.00am. For more information, please visit the Engage Victoria website.