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Mayor's Message - 29 December

Mayor's Message - 29 December

Published:
Wednesday 29 December 2021
Cr Michael Whelan

And just like that Christmas is over and we now look forward to a new year, one that is bound to be full of possibilities after another challenging 12 months for all of us. A new year can also provide a welcome opportunity to reconnect with those we care about, relax and reflect on what is important. I hope you get to make the most of it, I am definitely looking forward to spending some time with family and friends over the New Year.

Thankfully, this year we are able to travel and enjoy the holiday period, something that was not possible at many times throughout the past two years. Bass Coast is a popular place for visitors over the holiday period and we will be welcoming thousands of people into our community over the next month or so. While this is great news for local businesses, it also means that our roads will be much busier than normal, so make sure you travel safe over the festive period and beyond.

With summer comes heat and with that, the temptation to hit the beach is understandably strong. I would just like to take a moment to encourage everyone to download the Beachsafe app, to swim between the flags and to avoid swimming on your own if possible. I would also like to pass on some great advice that was given to me recently – when you get to the beach, take five minutes to assess the situation – survey the water to check for rips or other potential hazards. Getting in the water straight away might seem really important, but your safety and the safety of those around you should be what’s at the forefront of your mind.

While we are talking about staying safe around the water – Maritime Safety Victoria is holding a FloatSafe inflatable life-jacket safety clinic at the Inverloch Boat Ramp on Thursday, January 6 from 2.00pm. Your life-jacket can only save your life if it works, so consider attending the clinic to get some tips on how to inspect your jackets, so you remain safe while out on the water. Learn more and register at msv.vic.gov.au/floatsafe.