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Mayor's Message - 24 September

Mayor's Message - 24 September

Tuesday 24 September 2019
Mayor's Message
Cr Brett Tessari

Last Tuesday was Australian Citizenship Day and as part of that day, we welcomed 18 new Australian citizens at our Citizenship Ceremony. Many of the people we celebrate at these ceremonies have been living in the Bass Coast region for many years. But the ceremonies also give us the opportunity to formally welcome them to not only citizenship, but also to our local community.

Last Thursday it was a thrill to attend the launch of the Happiness Tree Project at Wonthaggi’s Guide Park. The Project has been initiated by a group from the 2019 Gippsland Community Leadership Program and has engaged four Gippsland Councils, Community College Gippsland and Latrobe Health Innovation Zone to dedicate a tree in a public space to raise awareness of mental and wellbeing. This is just an incredible initiative and I can’t wait to see the positive outcomes of the Project into the future.

It was fantastic to see the feeling of the region captured in the artworks on display as part of this year’s annual Your Art Collection (YAC) Exhibition, which was officially opened on Saturday. Through its Arts and Culture Strategy, Council is investigating ways of improving its acquisitive program and will be looking into this over the next 12 months with the guidance of the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. The YAC exhibition is open during opening hours at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre until 10 October.

Did you catch Bass Coast’s 2019 Young Citizen of the Year on television show This Time Next Year last night? This incredible young man has had an extraordinary 12 months and it was great to see his journey on such a huge stage. I am sure Hayden will continue to amaze us for many years to come.

Council has released its 2019/20 Community Training Calendar, outlining a series of free workshops for Bass Coast community groups. The first workshops will cover how to expand your community connections through social media and are being held in September and October. To book in for the sessions or to have a look at the Training Calendar, visit for more information.

Don’t forget – tickets to the Mayor’s YES to Youth fundraiser are now on sale – head to and search for YES to Youth.