Mayor's Message - 20 April
Thank you to everyone who has already provided their thoughts and ideas that will help us develop our Council Plan, Long-Term Community Vision, 10-Year Financial Plan and Health and Wellbeing Plan. So far, we have received over 550 responses to our online survey and have chatted to over 250 people at our face to face sessions and through our Facebook Q&A’s – which is fantastic. If you haven’t had your say on the future of Bass Coast yet – there is still time - the first round of community engagement runs through until the end of April. And while our face to face sessions have wrapped up – you can still provide feedback by filling out our survey, which can be found at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/ourfuture.
Our April Council Meeting is tomorrow (Wednesday, 21 April), which will be livestreamed so you can tune in from anywhere. There is quite a bit on the Agenda for us to consider, including the 2020/21 Proposed Budget. If the Proposed Budget is adopted, we will soon start a process of community engagement, which allows you to make a submission to the budget, or provides suggestions and feedback – keep an eye out on our Facebook page and website for more information.
We have had a horror month in Bass Coast, both on our roads, and in the water. It is so important to avoid distractions and stay alert when driving, and of course, never drink and drive. Men over the age of 45 are most at risk in the water – so please, know the risks and how to best prepare yourself. Never overestimate your abilities and never underestimate the risks around water.
This Sunday, 25 April, is Anzac Day. There are several events happening around the Shire to commemorate this special day in our nation’s history, so be sure to check out the events calendar on our website, to find a service near you.
Vale Malcom Hole
On behalf of Bass Coast Shire Council and as Chair of OneGippsland, I wish to convey our condolences and deepest sympathy to the family and council colleagues of Wellington Shire Councillor, Malcolm Hole. Malcolm was first elected as a councillor in 2000, and has served the community since, including two terms as Mayor. He was a strong advocate for the Gippsland community and was involved with many associations in his time, including as a Board Member of the Municipal Association of Victoria.