Mayor's Message - 28 June
What a fitting end for a fantastic program! The Startup Gippsland Pitch Showcase was held recently to mark the end of the 12-week program, which was run for the first time this year. Nine Bass Coast businesses participated in the program and huge congratulations must go to Wattle Bank's Annabelle van Tongeren and her business Fern and Frost, who won the Most Improved Entrepreneur Award, worth $3,000. The Program was a great success and it was fantastic for Bass Coast to be a part of it.
Have you caught a glimpse of any whales yet? The whale watching season is well underway, and for the first time, I was lucky enough to see a Southern Right whale up close while on the Island recently. What an incredible experience. It was frolicking about in the water for quite a while, as we were all glued to the window watching its antics. The Whale Trail runs along the coast between Phillip Island and Inverloch's Eagles Nest, with plenty of brilliant vantage points to view migrating whales, from the shore. You might need some binoculars, but if you are lucky, the whales might put on a show for you too!
It was a treat to be invited to the launch of the Freemasons Armitage House Palliative Care Appeal recently. A partnership between local Freemasons branch Powlett Lodge and Bass Coast Health, the appeal is aiming to raise funds for the extension and refurbishment of the palliative care areas in Armitage House at Wonthaggi. The care provided by the staff at Armitage House is amazing, but their facility and equipment need upgrading. Keep a look out for more fundraising events, or head to www.gha2.net.au/BCH to donate.
On behalf of Council, I would like to acknowledge the passing of Phillip Island identity Jock McKechnie, who was the Shire Engineer from 1960 to 1988. He also held the role of the Town Planner and Building Surveyor, among others. A lot of the infrastructure on Phillip Island is there as a result of Jock's contribution, including the Cowes Recreation Centre, Cultural Centre, Senior Citizens and Newhaven Information Centre. Jock was also a keen sports lover and supported many of the local clubs throughout the years.