Mayor's Message - 26 May
Last week, Council had its first virtual live streamed meeting on Wednesday. A big thank you to all those behind the scenes who put in a huge amount of work to make sure that the technology was ready to go for this momentous occasion. While it was a bit different to what we are used to, it all worked fantastically and was definitely a success. It was great to see that at one stage, we had over 40 people tuned in to the live-stream as well.
While on the topic of the Meeting, one of the items that was adopted last Wednesday was our Community and Business Resilience Grants Program. This Grants Program has been created in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and applications are now open for eligible businesses and not-for-profit community organisations. Grants are available for between $1,000 and $30,000, to help fund initiatives in response to the pandemic. Guidelines and applications forms are available on our website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/resiliencegrants. The first round of applications closes on Friday, 5 June 2020.
Last week, the State Government announced that Bass Coast Shire Council had been successful in obtaining funding to support 101 new positions for local people who have lost work due to the coronavirus pandemic, as part of the Working for Victoria initiative. We are one of the first 28 councils to sign up to the $500 million program, which will allow us to offer 55 positions in Asset and Infrastructure, 33 positions in Community Support and 13 positions in Health and Emergency Response. This is a wonderful initiative and one that Bass Coast Shire Council is proud to be a part of. It has been a really difficult time for a lot of people and these new positions will give 101 people in Bass Coast who have lost their job, an opportunity to get back into the workforce.
To commemorate National Reconciliation Week, the Bass Coast Reconciliation Network will host two online events this week. The first will be for Sorry Day on Tuesday, 26 May and another will be held for National Reconciliation Week, which starts on Wednesday, 27 May and runs through until Wednesday, 3 June. The Network has risen to the challenge of acknowledging this year’s national events through digital mediums. This year’s theme of ‘In This Together’ could not be more relevant to the current situation. While we would all love to be together in person, this is an opportunity to come together and acknowledge these events in a new way. You can find more information on these events on Council’s Facebook page.