Mayor's Message - 26 January
It was great to meet with the Minister for Local Government, Shaun Leane and Member for Bass, Jordan Crugnale in Cowes last Wednesday, to discuss the plans for the new Cowes Cultural and Community Centre. This significant and important community asset will begin construction later this year, and we thank the State Government for their support of this project through the Growing Suburbs Fund and the Community Infrastructure Loans scheme.
While Minister Leane was in town, we also took advantage of the incredible summer weather to showcase some of Bass Coast's amazing COVID-safe outdoor dining spaces, created for our community and visitors to enjoy. These spaces, created by Council in collaboration with local businesses and organisations, were made possible through grant funding from the State Government’s Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package. The outdoor spaces that have been created have helped to drive visitation to our towns, after a particularly difficult year, which in turn has helped to stimulate the local economy. With intrastate tourism strong over summer, our current outdoor dining precincts in Cowes, San Remo, Inverloch, and Grantville have been really well used and much appreciated by the community and visitors alike.
Minister Leane’s visit was a really fantastic opportunity for Bass Coast and we look forward to continuing to develop our great working relationship with the State Government.
Moving on, also on Wednesday last week, it was an honour to attend the moving commemoration of Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheener, held in Wonthaggi’s Wishart Reserve. The ceremony was held by the Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group to remember these freedom fighters, who were captured at Harmers Haven in 1842, and after being convicted of murder, became the first people hanged in Melbourne.