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Mayor's Message - 2 March

Mayor's Message - 2 March

Published:
Tuesday 2 March 2021
Cr Brett Tessari

At the first One Gippsland meeting for 2021, it was an honour to be re-appointed as chair for a second term. One Gippsland is a peak regional advocacy body for the Gippsland region, bringing together local government, industry leaders and education providers. Our region has faced a multitude of challenges, particularly over the past 12 months. But every challenge is also an opportunity and I and my fellow Board members remain incredibly focussed on making the most of every opportunity that comes our way, to achieve more for our communities.

Now that COVID-19 restrictions have once again eased across the state, it is great to see sport has also begun to start up again across Bass Coast. Cricket has just about come to an end and training for the 2021 football and netball season will soon be in full swing. I have also seen many of our local soccer clubs are hitting the oval to get training underway for the coming season. A couple of weekends ago, some of Bass Coast’s basketballers took to the road to compete in the Victorian Country Basketball Championships. Congratulations to the Wonthaggi Coasters Under 18 boys who took out the championship in their division, and to the Coasters’ under 16 girls, who made it through to the semi-finals. The benefits of the new Wonthaggi Community Stadium are starting to shine through, helping our local basketballers reach new heights.

As Chair of the Peri Urban Group, I was recently given the opportunity to sit down with representatives from the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), to work through strategies for the Peri Urban Councils, including Bass Coast. We discussed their role with relation to the development of sand mines, as well as the role they might play in fast-tracking residential development in areas such as North East Wonthaggi, in line with the Wonthaggi North East Precinct Structure Plan.

It was great to see representation from Council at the annual general meeting of the Bass Coast Climate Action Network recently, with Deputy Mayor Cr Michael Whelan and Cr Leticia Laing in attendance. Erosion infrastructure and Climate Change Policy is one of Council’s top advocacy priorities. Our Draft Climate Change Action Plan 2020-30 identifies a number of actions that we and our community can undertake to achieve the objective of zero net emissions over the next 10 years and to ensure a climate resilient community. To take a look at the draft plan, visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/climateaction.