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Mayor's Message - 22 March

Mayor's Message - 22 March

Tuesday 22 March 2022
Cr Michael Whelan

Congratulations to Fabio Contu, who is a Roads Program Officer at Council. Fab recently received a Commendation for Brave Conduct and Group Bravery Citation decoration, to recognise his courageous act on a flight headed for Indonesia with his friend Troy in May 2017. A great story and a huge honour to receive such an award. Well done Fab!

Check out the Hoard. Next time you are in Cowes, make your way to the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre construction site, which is currently home to a wonderful art exhibition: Hoard – a Pop Up. This exhibition is an initiative of Council and has been curated by Phillip Island Contemporary Exhibition Space Inc. (PICES). Fourteen incredible images are currently on show along the fencing surrounding the construction site of the new Centre. The current 14 artworks will remain in place until the end of September. The second stage of the exhibition, which will feature another 14 works by different artists, will run from the start of October through until April 2023.

We are now in full advocacy mode in the lead up to the Federal Government election and the State Government election later this year.

Last week our CEO Ali Wastie, our Senior Advocacy Officer Alanna Pomeroy and I met with Monash Labor candidate Jessica O’Donnell and Federal Member for Monash Russell Broadbent MP, to discuss our advocacy priorities. One of the advocacy items that we discussed was our two-pool strategy, for which we are seeking an investment of $79.3 million. Our Aquatics Strategy notes that due to the size of the Shire, two aquatic facilities are essential in meeting the community’s needs and expectations.

Our Strategy, which has been commended by Ministerial staff for its quality, recommends rebuilding the Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Wonthaggi, as well as the development of a new district aquatic leisure centre for Phillip Island. Due to the high costs associated with developing aquatics facilities, both projects are dependent on significant government support. The vast majority of councils across Australia actively seek State and Federal Government contributions to fund aquatics facilities, which is what we will continue to do.