Mayor's Message - 28 January
On January 26, we congratulated 28 people on becoming citizens of Australia and welcomed them to the Bass Coast community. Citizenship Ceremonies provide a great opportunity to talk to people about the reasons they have chosen to make Bass Coast their home, and to celebrate the diversity that they bring which enriches and strengthens our community. Australian Citizenship is overseen by the Department of Home Affairs, and there is a requirement for Local Councils to host a Citizenship Ceremony on January 26. However, our events are given a Bass Coast focus. Council has the ability to control what is included in the Ceremony outside of the legal requirements, such as acknowledgement of our First Nations People. It is a great honour to make such an acknowledgement and we do it with the utmost respect.
We are currently developing the Bass Coast Living Young Plan 2020-2024, which aims to guide our priorities for children, youth and families over the next four years. There is an opportunity for the community to provide feedback to assist in the development of the Plan by attending a consultation session, or filling out a survey. The last consultation session will be held at the San Remo Channel Challenge on Saturday, 8 February from 9.00am to 1.00pm. If you can’t make it to the session, you can fill out our survey, either in hard copy (pick one up from any of our Customer Service Centres) or online at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/livingyoung.
We’re also seeking community input on potential dog off-leash beach areas in Rhyll, between Jansson Road and Walton Street and in Cowes East, between the Dunsmore Road beach access track and Rose Avenue beach access track. Provide feedback by filling out a survey, which you can pick up from any of our Customer Service Centres, or fill it out online at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/pioffleash.
It’s nearly February (already!) which means we have all had plenty of time to set our goals for the new year and decide if we are going to stick to them or not. I am steadily working towards my goal of completing a five-kilometre run. Summer gives us plenty of opportunities to get out, get active, and participate in all of the great events that are happening across the Shire. What are you waiting for?!