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Mayor's Message - 19 May

Mayor's Message - 19 May

Published:
Tuesday 19 May 2020
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Mayor's Message
Cr Brett Tessari

In a first for Bass Coast, tomorrow’s Council Meeting will be not only live-streamed – but also held virtually. In another change, the meeting will also be held a bit earlier in the day, from 11.00am. A link to the live-stream will be up on Council’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/2020meetings before the start of the meeting.

It was International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on Sunday. IDAHOBIT is a day to stand with our LGBTIQ community to celebrate our diversity. The day was marked with a rainbow flag raising ceremony at Mitchell House in Wonthaggi by members of the South Coat Inclusion Network (SCIN). SCIN’s new website has now been launched as well, head to www.scin.org.auto check it out.

This week is National Volunteers Week. Volunteers are incredibly important, not just to us here at Bass Coast Shire Council, but also to the wider community. Without volunteers, there would be so many programs and services that didn’t exist. Of course, due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to celebrate our volunteers across the community like we normally would. So, why not give them a virtual thank-you? Visit Volunteering Australia’s website for great suggestions about how to virtually recognise the great work of volunteers. One fantastic idea is to grab a photo or short video of yourself giving a wave of appreciation from your own home. Then, it’s just a matter of popping it on social media with the hashtags #NVW2020 and #waveforvolunteers. Don’t forget to tag Volunteering Australia!

Late last year, Council applied for Federal Government funding to establish the Bass Coast Country University Centre. Unfortunately, there have been a number of setbacks that have delayed the announcement of successful applications, including the summer bushfires, and more recently, COVID-19. I hope that we will soon hear if we have been successful. Fingers crossed for a positive outcome.