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Mayor's Message - 27 July

Mayor's Message - 27 July

Tuesday 27 July 2021
Cr Brett Tessari

It’s been a rocky 18 months for all of us. Not only have we all been dealing with COVID-19 and five lockdowns but we have also had to endure wild weather and power outages, as well as other challenges like major event cancellations and loss of tourism. While we can’t predict when we will be able to return to ‘normal’ life, I encourage everyone to keep being kind and courteous and to keep supporting our local businesses where and when they can. Buying local and putting our dollars back into our own economy is one of the easiest ways to support our community and especially our small businesses, who have been hit particularly hard.

COVID-19 vaccinations are now available at the Community Vaccination Clinic, which is being run by Bass Coast Health (BCH) at the Wonthaggi Town Hall. If you are eligible, please consider getting vaccinated – I have had my first vaccine and am looking forward to being fully vaccination to do my part in protecting my community. You can make a booking by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398, through the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine online booking system, or through the friendly BCH staff at the Wonthaggi Town Hall. Please also remember that if you feel unwell, or have any symptoms, no matter how minor - please get tested.

Winter might be upon us, with the short days and cold weather making venturing outdoors less appealing. However, the good news is that if you do go outside – there is a good chance that you could spot a migrating humpback, southern right or even a killer whale from a number of great viewing points along our beautiful coast. The award winning Phillip Island Whale Festival might have been and gone, but the whales are still around, usually until September. Of course, the best way to see them is jumping on a boat tour, but you can get lucky and see them from shore too, once restrictions ease, of course.