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Mayor's Message - 3 May

Mayor's Message - 3 May

Published:
Friday 29 April 2022

It was great to see the crowds return to our five ANZAC Day services held across Bass Coast to commemorate the lives of all those killed in military operations. I attended the dawn service at Cowes and it was a touching, memorable event that honoured our service personnel.

With just over a fortnight until the Federal election, I encourage you to use your voice and your vote. Our coast is rapidly disappearing through coastal erosion and we have experienced the worst floods and bushfires we have ever seen, yet climate change is being ignored in this election campaign. Bass Coast Shire Council has declared a climate emergency but we need funding and policy change from all levels of government to protect the safety and prosperity of Bass Coast.

If you live in a low lying area, by the sea or in bushland you should be worried. Council is seeking an urgent contribution of $12 million to address the urgent needs.

We have just come through a good summer but forecasts for heatwaves in climate change must not be ignored. Australian houses are not designed to withstand these and they are predicted to be the biggest killer with climate change.

We have just come through a good summer but forecasts for increasingly serious heatwaves must not be ignored. Australian houses are not designed to withstand these and they are predicted to cause the most fatalities due to climate change.

We encourage you to meet the Candidates for Monash and ask questions prior to voting on 21 May. Fellow Councillor, Clare Le Serve will chair the Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre ‘Meet the Federal Candidates for Monash’ event on Wednesday, 4 May at 6.00pm and you can book by calling 5672 3731 or www.facebook.com/events/520562689650767. Tonight (3 May) the Monash Candidates Forum on Climate Environment will be hosted online by Just Transition South Gippsland Inc and Bass Coast Climate Action Network. Searching online for either of these groups will bring you to the event on their pages.

Community feedback is now being sought on the Draft 2022/23 Budget. Submissions are invited to the Draft Budget and can be made online, through www.engage.basscoast.vic.gov.au/22-23budget. We are hosting an on-line Facebook Q&A forum Wednesday, 4 May from 6.00pm to 7.30pm at www.facebook.com/basscoastshire. I encourage you to ask any Budget related questions you may have on the night. Copies of the Draft Budget are available online, you can drop in to our Customer Service Centre in Wonthaggi to view a copy, or contact basscoast@basscoast.vic.gov.au or 1300 BCOAST (226 278) on (03) 5671 2211 to request a copy be sent to you. The submission period closes at 5.00pm on Monday, 16 May.

I also encourage you to book tickets to the Developing Bass Coast Forum with demographer Bernard Salt. This is a great opportunity to understand the key trends shaping Bass Coast in the years to come. Bass Coast experienced population growth of 3.7% from 2020-21 against the regional Victorian average of 1.02%. Bernard’s insights will be invaluable for developers, the construction industry, real estate agents and business leaders. This event will be held on Tuesday, 17 May at Silverwater Resort, tickets are $20 each (including breakfast) and can be booked at developing-bass-coast.eventbrite.com.au.