Mayor's Message - 26 April
Last Tuesday, six Bass Coast residents were officially made Australian Citizens! Many of the people we celebrate at these ceremonies have been living in the Bass Coast region for many years. So these ceremonies give us the opportunity to formally welcome them to not only citizenship, but also to our local community. In Bass Coast, we are always aiming to make our patch a better place to live, work and play and we are lucky to be able to live somewhere with such a fantastic and diverse community.
Last Thursday was Anzac Day, an important national day that gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served and died in wars, conflicts and peace-keeping operations. It is a tremendously important day, so it was great to see so many locals, young and old at the Wonthaggi Services on the day, something I am sure was reflected at the other Bass Coast Services as well.
Congratulations to the members of the Wonthaggi Citizens Band, who successfully defended their National Championship in Brisbane recently. The Band was named the National C Grade champion for the second year running, which is an incredible achievement and as I understand it, a rare achievement! The Band was also declared the winner in each of the four sections it competed in. Well done to all of the members of the Band and their supporters on this well-deserved recognition.
Do you have any questions about Council's Draft 2019/20 Budget? There are several opportunities for the community to have their say on anything Budget related coming up. On Tuesday, 30 April, we are holding a Budget information Session at the Old Post Office in Wonthaggi from 6.00pm to 7.30pm. We will also be hosting a Facebook Q&A session on Wednesday, 1 May from 6.00pm to 7.30pm. All you need to do is head to Council's Facebook page and type in your question to get a response. Head to our website to view the Draft 2019/20 Budget, www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/budget.
This will be my last Mayor's Message for a few weeks, as I am taking a much needed break. Next week, the Message will come to your courtesy of Deputy Mayor Cr Bruce Kent who will be stepping up to the role of Mayor while I'm away.