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Mayor's Message - 30 June

Mayor's Message - 30 June

Tuesday 30 June 2020
Cr Brett Tessari

It was a bit unfortunate that the easing of restrictions in Victoria were put on hold recently, due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. While some of us were starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, the latest setback will be a bit of a blow to our local communities, particularly our business owners, who were looking forward to the school holidays and the expected increase in visitation and trade. We have been seeing a steady increase in demand for accommodation and restaurant bookings recently, so hopefully the impact of this delay to restrictions easing is minimal.

To reduce the risk of further setbacks and to help keep us and those around us safe, we need to keep social distancing and adhering to the gathering rules. We may have started to get a bit complacent, so this is a timely reminder that we are still in a pandemic.

There are a few opportunities currently available for our community to provide feedback on Council projects and initiatives.

Our Proposed 2020/21 Budget is now on public exhibition. We will be hosting a Facebook Q and A session on Tuesday, 7 July between 6.00pm and 7.30pm. All you will need to do to be involved is head to Council’s Facebook page on the night, where Councillors and Officers will be on hand to answer any questions you might have on the Proposed Budget. We also invite community members to make a submission to the Budget in writing by emailing by mail, addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, Bass Coast Shire Council, PO Box 118, Wonthaggi, 3995. If you would like to speak to your submission, you must advise of this within your email or letter. You just need to get your submission in to us by 5.00pm on Tuesday, 21 July. Submissions will be heard at a Special Meeting of Council at 11.00am on Wednesday, 29 July.

We are also looking for community feedback to help us put together a Town Plan for Smiths Beach. If you are a resident, or a regular visitor to the town, we would really appreciate your thoughts on what you would like to see in Smiths Beach in the future. Head to our website at to get involved.

If you want to have your say on the development of our Climate Action Plan 2020 – 2030, head to and take the short survey.