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Mayor's Message - 29 March

Mayor's Message - 29 March

Friday 29 March 2019
Mayor's Message
Cr Brett Tessari

The Bass Coast Film Festival was held last weekend, with huge audiences at the screenings, around 200 attended the opening film The Favourite. Eight fantastic films were screened over three days at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, in a fantastic weekend of entertainment. This was the ninth Bass Coast Fine Film Festival.

Council held a workshop last week, to talk about youth homelessness and what it looks like in Bass Coast. Local service providers from across the sector, local professionals, young people and parents attended the workshop. To get everyone in the same room was really valuable and allowed the participants to acknowledge the great work being done and to identify the gaps. One of the concerns identified by the workshop was the lack of emergency accommodation available in Bass Coast. Council has been advocating on the issue of Homelessness and lack of emergency housing in the lead up to the Federal Election. This has included letters and discussions with local candidates and the Minister and Shadow Minister for Housing. We are asking for $1.25 million to local agencies to increase emergency housing locally.

It was great to have the opportunity recently to meet with Roma Britnell MP, who is the State Shadow Minister for Regional Roads and Ports and Freight. We were able to keep her up to date with upcoming major road projects and our extractive industries, as well as our advocacy priorities. We will continue to advocate our community’s priorities and issues to any of our elected representatives.

It was great to get the opportunity to check out the Australian Border Force’s new vessel the Phillip Island when it visited Cowes recently. We even got the chance to take it for a spin on the water (don’t worry, I wasn’t allowed to drive)! It is actually quite an honour for the vessel to be named after Phillip Island. There is only one boat in each state named for a significant island. The $1.3 million boat is based in Docklands in Melbourne and is used in Port Phillip and Corio Bays, Westernport and the far western and eastern regions of the state. It can reach speeds of up to 40 knots and has a range of 300 nautical miles. This vessel has enabled ABF officers to more effectively detect and disrupt border and customs related crimes in the coastal waters of Victoria.