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Mayor's Message - 19 October

Mayor's Message - 19 October

Tuesday 19 October 2021
Cr Brett Tessari

Here’s something to look forward to – The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix will be back at Phillip Island in October 2022, which is fantastic news. Phillip Island has hosted what is regional Victoria’s biggest sporting event for over 20 years and we could not be more excited that it is back on track for next year. The economic benefit the MotoGP brings to Bass Coast Shire is in excess of $42 million and it is a major driver of off-season visitation and employment. In the lead up to the event, we will work with local businesses so that together, we can maximise the impact and make sure that this important event can play its part in our region’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Bass Coast is the home to regional events and we are optimistically looking forward to welcoming back a full events calendar in 2022.

It is good to see that Bass Coast’s COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to increase, with more than 95 per cent of eligible people over 15 having received their first dose, and just over 70 per cent of our eligible population is now fully vaccinated. We set out to lead the way in regional Victoria and we are doing just that. Keep up the good work!

Well done to the two Bass Coast businesses, North Pier Hotel in Cowes and Churchill Island Café, that are currently participating in the State Government’s two-week Vaccinated Economy Trial. The businesses are trialling processes to verify the vaccination status of customers using the Service Victoria app, while operating at settings aligned to the 70 per cent double dose threshold, based on Victoria’s roadmap. This means they can welcome more patrons if they can confirm all people on site are fully vaccinated. The trial will play an important part in helping our State open up once again, once we reach the required vaccination milestones.

We have our October Council Meeting coming up tomorrow (Wednesday) – with some really significant items on the agenda for consideration, including the Council Plan 2021-25, the Community Vision 2041, the Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-25, the Bass Coast Dinosaurs Trail Masterplan, funding recommendations for Round 2 of our Community Grants Program and the tender award for the construction of the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre. Our meetings are livestreamed, so if you are interested in tuning in, head to tomorrow at 1.00pm.