Mayor's Message - 24 March
On behalf of Council, I would like to pay tribute to Judy Hughes, who sadly passed away recently. Judy was one of Council’s school crossing supervisors, and had been in the role since 2007. Judy was an excellent example of someone who constantly went above and beyond to contribute to her community. Her job as a crossing supervisor was to ensure children could safely cross the road. However, Judy also made sure students crossed the road with a smile and positive attitude. Judy knew everyone who used her crossing at Inverloch Primary School, not only the students but also their parents, carers and siblings and even their pets. Our thoughts are with her family, friends, colleagues and the school community at this time. She will be missed.
It is important that in these uncertain times, Council continues to show leadership and put the health and safety of its workforce, constituents and wider community at the top of its priority list. In order to do our bit to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made changes to the way we provide some services. We have currently ceased our face-to-face Customer Services and Visitor Services at Wonthaggi, Cowes and Inverloch, Newhaven and Grantville. You can still contact us over the phone and online via email and social media. All performances at Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre scheduled for the next four weeks have been cancelled or postponed. Cancellations of local events and markets are following the advice of State and Federal Governments. We will continue to monitor the situation and make other changes as necessary. Essential services, including cleaning and waste collection are continuing and our Waste Facilities remain open, but are not accepting cash payments, so remember to take your card. Keep up to date with ongoing services changes at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/covid19.
It is so important to approach this situation with a sense of calm and compassion. We need to consider first and foremost the most vulnerable people in our community and continue to support them and show kindness in this difficult time. While we are being encouraged to practice ‘social distancing’, this doesn’t mean we need to put ourselves into social isolation. Check in on your neighbours. Look out for the people around you, while also taking the necessary precautions to slow the spread of the virus.