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Mayor's Message - 24 August

Mayor's Message - 24 August

Tuesday 24 August 2021
Mayor's Message
Cr Brett Tessari

I received my second COVID vaccination on Friday, and joined the 28.4 per cent of people in Gippsland that have received both their shots. I strongly believe that vaccination is our way out of this health crisis and is also one of the best ways to fast-track the return of tourists to the Bass Coast region, who are vital to our economy. Also on Friday, Bass Coast Shire announced that it has set itself the ambitious goal to become the first region in Victoria to achieve an 80 per cent COVID vaccination rate, with our #Vax4Bass campaign. We want to get to that rate as fast as possible so we can return to the lifestyle we love and help our businesses and economy recover. We hope that this campaign can help show people a future beyond COVID. If you are eligible for a vaccine, please consider booking in for yours today.

I think this is a great time to remind our community that there is likely to be people and businesses out there that are doing it tough and struggling with the constant uncertainty that this pandemic has forced upon us. How we treat one another in times of stress and strain reflects the true nature of our community, so now is the time to be kind and compassionate to everyone. Look after yourself, your loved ones, your community. Remember, we are in this together and we will come out of it together.

There are plenty of community consultation opportunities open at the moment. We are currently seeking your feedback on a number of plans and initiatives, including our Community Vision 2041, Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-25, Healthy Communities Plan and Disability Action Plan, Dinosaurs Trail Masterplan and the Smiths Beach Town Plan. We have also just released the Draft Kilcunda Skate and Play Plan and are keen to hear your thoughts. To view the plans, head to You can also keep an eye out on our website or Facebook page for more information about how to get involved and help us shape the future of Bass Coast.