Mayor's Message - 3 September
It’s that time of year again – finals season! Good luck to all of the local teams competing in finals and grand finals over the next few weeks. The finals are also a great time to don your team’s colours and get out there and show your support for your club.
I enjoyed another event on the Gippsland Business Festival Calendar last Friday - a business breakfast held at Wonthaggi’s Coffee Collective featuring Beechworth Bakery founder, Tom O’Toole. He delved into the ‘ingredients of success’ and shared his inspirational story of how he grew his business into one of Australia’s most successful bakeries. It has been great to see these events really well supported by the local business community this year, I hope they have been finding them as eye opening and inspirational as I have.
Friday was a busy day, straight after breakfast I headed across to the Latrobe Valley for a Gippsland Local Government Network (GLGN) meeting. GLGN is an alliance of the six Gippsland councils – Bass Coast, Baw Baw, East Gippsland, Latrobe City, South Gippsland and Wellington. The Mayors from these councils meet every couple of months to progress the development in the region and discuss ways we can advocate to State and Federal Government. It always provides a great opportunity to hear about the challenges and triumphs of our neighbouring councils and also to let them know about what is going on in Bass Coast.
After GLGN – it was quick smart back to Wonthaggi to attend a Deb Ball at the Wonthaggi Workman’s Club, which are always fun occasions to be a part of. It was a smaller Ball this time, but all of the couples looked incredible and had their dances down pat.
On Monday night, I attended the Wonthaggi and District Girl Guides’ 96th birthday party. What an incredible achievement to be a part of the local community for that long. The Girl Guides is a fantastic organisation that helps to empower girls and young women to become confident, responsible, self-respecting community members. Happy birthday!