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Mayors Message - 20 December 2022

Mayors Message - 20 December 2022

Tuesday 20 December 2022
Cr Michael Whelan

The festive season is upon us again in Bass Coast. Whether you celebrate Christmas or other traditions, I hope they are heart-warming and give you a chance to relax.

Along with relaxation this time of year brings people together and prompts us to reflect on the year we’ve had, and celebrate. I hope that as many of you as possible can be reunited with family and friends at this special time of year.

I acknowledge that Christmas can be a lonely and difficult time for some people in our community. Financial pressures will also be impacting many households. I encourage you to be generous and kind to all in our community and keep each other safe.

For many of you, this will be a busy summer season as we welcome visitors who chose to spend their holidays in Bass Coast. To all those working this festive season, thank you. Our healthcare, hospitality, business and community workers ensure that so many others across our region can enjoy a well-earned break.

Throughout this year, I have been continually humbled by the passion and generosity of our community. Our community volunteers will again throughout this season, serve a critical role supporting the vulnerable members of our community and be ready to act should any emergencies unfold. Your passion and dedication is commendable.

Christmas is also a time where we need to exercise extra care and patience, particularly on our roads.

If you have any last-minute Christmas shopping to do, we encourage you to buy from local traders to support our local business economy. It’s been wonderful to see our business community really get behind the new ‘Shop. Eat. Love Local.’ Campaign.

For those looking ahead there are some fantastic New Year’s Eve activities happening around the region, including fireworks in Inverloch, Cowes and Coronet Bay.

On behalf of my fellow Councillors and Bass Coast Shire Council staff, I wish you a safe and joyful festive season.