Mayor's Message - 23 November
We are very fortunate to have many amazing individuals in our Shire who make a positive and significant impact on our community. I am reminded of this daily in my work and role as Mayor and Councillor.
Deb Rielly is the best example of these people. Deb has given so much to this community. She has inspired and left her mark on many people, encouraging and empowering them to be the best version of themselves, and to never give up.
I was honoured to be at Deb's Book launch recently, and read her incredible story about living with cancer titled 'Just Because'. Deb is constantly positive, even in the face of adversity, even when the odds are against her. She is a selfless person, who constantly strives to give back and find ways she can have a positive impact on the people around her.
Deb's story gives us a new perspective on life - if you get a chance, read it.
It's a very exciting time for our VCE students. Congratulations to everyone who has finished their final school exams. I hope that you seize the opportunity to follow your dreams and make your own future.
Of course, this means there are students visiting Bass Coast to celebrate Schoolies, and I was fortunate to speak to Wesley and his team at the Red Frogs. Red Frogs come to Bass Coast each year to support Schoolies students and make sure they have a safe and enjoyable time.
Last week I attended the Victorian Tourism Awards where we took out the local government tourism award. It was a fantastic night and I want to congratulate the Economic Development and Tourism team on their well-deserved award.
It was a real privilege to chair my first Ordinary Council Meeting in Wonthaggi last week. There were some big and exciting decisions to be made on the night and, as always, some tough ones.
An exciting decision was adopting the Memorandum of Understanding between Council and Country Universities Centre, who will develop a business case for tertiary education in Bass Coast, free of charge. There are great times ahead regarding further education in our community - watch this space.
Cr Brett Tessari, Mayor
Bass Coast Shire Council