Mayor's Message - 25 February
It was great to have members of the South East Australian Transport Strategy (SEATS) advocacy group in Bass Coast for their quarterly meeting recently. Cr Clare Le Serve represents Council as a member of the group’s committee. It was my pleasure to welcome the delegates to Bass Coast and provide a quick overview of the key features of the region – in our case our strong reliance on tourism, strong agriculture and construction sectors and emerging health and education opportunities. For Bass Coast, tourism presents very specific transport challenges, with high volumes of visitors coming at certain times of the year, but with much lower levels of infrastructure required for the rest of the time. This means there needs to be a balance, so our infrastructure can cope adequately with traffic peaks but is not underutilised at other times.
It was a privilege to attend the National Vietnam Veterans Museum at Newhaven on the weekend, to witness the ‘Back to ‘Nam Again’ concert. The show featured the Australian Army Band, performing some of the incredible music from the Vietnam War era. As always, it was a fantastic event, with an awesome vibe and showcased some super talented musicians. We are so lucky to have a National Museum of this calibre in our own backyard – if you haven’t visited lately, or at all, do yourself a favour and go and have a look. It is amazing.
It was exciting to officially open the Bass Coast Community Stadium along with the Wonthaggi Secondary College this week. The new Stadium features a Show Court with more than 500 seating capacity for basketball and netball and two additional courts, catering for badminton, basketball, netball and volleyball. It is a significant facility, which will cater to all levels of competition. I would like to thank the Wonthaggi Secondary College, the Wonthaggi Basketball Association and the wider community, who have worked closely with Council to support the development and ongoing management of the Stadium. I would also like to thank the State Government, who provided funding for this project to help make it a reality. This project was in the works for a number of years and as a Wonthaggi local, it was an absolute privilege to open such a fantastic community facility.