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Mayor's Message - 22 February

Mayor's Message - 22 February

Published:
Tuesday 22 February 2022
Cr Michael Whelan

We were very proud to welcome Sustainability Victoria to San Remo last Thursday, to launch the innovative and important Buy Recycled Service. The new Buy Recycled Service sets a benchmark for the use of products made using recycled materials in Council’s infrastructure projects.

Using products derived from recycled materials not only reduces waste sent to landfill, but reduces the sourcing of natural resources. Thanks to a recent grant from Sustainability Victoria, we have already installed 32 new recycled furniture pieces across the Shire in the last 12 months, with a further 16 to be installed in Inverloch in coming months.

Bass Coast is proud to be leading the way in recycling and resource recovery. Our ‘early adopter’ approach to introducing a three bin system in 2017 saw Bass Coast rise to the top of the state government’s annual kerbside waste services leader board. Of the 79 local councils in Victoria, Bass Coast has now maintained the number one position for three years running. In short, Bass Coast households have been recycling better than any other community in the state – for three years in a row. The Bass Coast community deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated for their brilliant recycling efforts and the introduction of the Buy Recycled Service is a fantastic way for Council to back up that community effort and ensure our local infrastructure reflects our community’s commitment to recycling and a sustainable future.

Speaking of a sustainable future, we are excited to say that our climate change community action portal ‘The CAP’ was launched on Friday (18 February) and can be found at www.thecap.com.au. The CAP has been developed to include local climate indicators, monitoring and evaluation to track the progress of Council’s Climate Change Action Plan, links to community groups and projects that support climate action, ‘real life’ case studies and tools to assist implementation and links to free external advice resources. The CAP is for anyone, from those interested in raising their awareness of climate change to people who are climate change champions. Follow The CAP to keep informed with any updates or engagement relating to our Climate Change Action Plan.

Applications for our Youth Grants Program are now open. This exciting new Program will provide funding to support not-for-profit organisations, small businesses and education providers based in Bass Coast to deliver projects that benefit young people. Head to www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/youthgrants for more information.