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Mayor's Message - 23 July

Mayor's Message - 23 July

Tuesday 23 July 2019
Mayor's Message
Cr Brett Tessari

I was up and at them early last Thursday morning to attend the Developing Bass Coast Forum breakfast. The event featured guest speaker Justin Madden, who not only knows his stuff, but is also a former AFL footballer. It was great to see the room full of Bass Coast business people keen to hear about future opportunities for our region. Justin had some great information, including how regional communities like Bass Coast can position themselves for future growth.

It was great to take part in the Phillip Island Senior Citizens AGM last Friday. Community groups like these are so important for our older residents and it is fantastic to see this club doing so well.

While on the subject of seniors, the Victorian Seniors Festival will be held across Victoria during the month of October. Council, with funding from Department of Health and Human Services, can advertise eligible events being held by local senior and community groups during the festival in a local program of events, which is sent to Seniors Groups, Aged and Disability services clients and is available in local libraries and Council Customer Service Centres during September. If your organisation would like its event listed in the local program of events, give Kylie Pryor a call on (03) 5671 2404 by 8 August. For more information about the Victorian Seniors Festival including an online calendar of events, visit

Last Friday night, I was one of a lucky bunch who was treated to a special sneak preview of Phillip Island Nature Parks’ new Penguin Parade Visitor Centre. The star-shaped building is super impressive. One notable statistic from the build was that throughout the project, over 85 per cent of construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfill. That’s an awesome effort. This incredible new building is a fantastic asset for our region and well worth a visit - it opens to the public on 25 July.

I attended the Wonthaggi Activity Centre Plan drop-in session at the Wonthaggi Library on Monday. The engagement sessions are continuing today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday) at the library between 10.00am and 1.00pm. Council officers are on hand during this time to answer any questions and collect feedback on the draft Plan. The aim of the Plan is to create a vibrant town centre for Wonthaggi. We would love to hear what the community thinks of it, and where they think the gaps might be. Check out for more information.