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Mayor's Message - 23 February

Mayor's Message - 23 February

Tuesday 23 February 2021
Cr Brett Tessari

It was great to be back with our first Council Meeting of the year last Wednesday. There were plenty of things of interest on the Agenda and while our meetings are currently being held virtually, they are also being live-streamed, so anyone in the community can tune in to see how Council works. You can access the stream via our website – and you don’t have to watch it live. All meetings that are live-streamed are recorded and available to watch at any time.

Victoria’s snap lockdown might have ended, however the impacts that this sudden closure has had on many of our local businesses are ongoing and in some cases, devastating. I encourage everyone, where they can, to support local businesses that might be doing it a bit tough right now. I also urge businesses owners to contact our Business Support Team if you need assistance.

Many in the community are keen to see the extension of the Shared Path along Surf Parade in Inverloch and I’d like to let the community know that we are still working really hard on this project behind the scenes and that it remains a priority for Council. We’re continuing to work with Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to find the best possible outcome for our community while acknowledging the sensitivity of the dynamic coastline.

It was fantastic to attend the film screening presented by the Coastal Connections Project on Saturday. The Project was created by Laura Brearley, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the social isolation and hardship it brought upon communities everywhere, including Bass Coast. The screening included seven short films, focussed on the importance of the natural environment. It is always wonderful to be given an opportunity to reflect on the amazing level of creative talent we have here in Bass Coast – and in this instance, the incredible beauty of our region as well.