Mayor's Message - 25 May
It was a big week for funding announcements last week, with the State Government committing over $3.3 million, on top of Council and Club contributions of around $680,000, for new pavilions at Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve and Blue Gum Reserve Cowes, pavilion upgrades at Newhaven Reserve, cricket training facilities at Thompson Reserve Inverloch, plus new lighting at Cowes, Dalyston and Inverloch Recreation Reserves. This is really incredible news for our area, and comes on the back of other recent funding announcements, including $2 million for the Wonthaggi Activity Centre Plan, $1.4 million for the Guy Road shared path and $350,000 for the redevelopment of Wonthaggi’s’ Guide Park. We would like to thank the State Government and Jordan Crugnale MP for their continued support of Bass Coast. It is also wonderful to see some rewards for all of the incredible work being done behind the scenes to get these projects shovel ready and eligible for funding.
We are proud to announce that we’re one of 46 local governments to sign up to the Victorian Energy Collaboration (VECO), the largest emissions reduction project ever undertaken by local government in Australia. We’ll be pooling our energy needs into a long-term contract to power our Council buildings and depots, community venues and street lights, with renewable energy generated from wind farms right here in Victoria. Our involvement in VECO will also see an overall reduction in greenhouse emissions by 260,000 tonnes of CO2-e per year. This is equivalent to powering 48,000 homes or taking 90,000 cars off the road. It was also great to see Council’s Climate Change Action Plan 2020-2030 adopted at last week’s Council Meeting. This Plan will set out the ways Council and our community can work together towards a zero emissions future.
It was an absolute pleasure to be invited to read ‘Give me some space!’ to over 60 students from Wonthaggi Primary School at the Wonthaggi Library last week, as part of National Simultaneous Story Time. While we are on the subject of the library, did you know that it’s free to join? Members can borrow books, magazines and DVDs, access the internet on the branch computers, and attend events and activities, access downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, databases and on-line courses, stream movies, and much more – all for free!