Mayor's Message - 30 March
It was absolutely wonderful to attend the official opening of the Country Universities Centre (CUC) Bass Coast last Friday. Council has been involved in this project since its inception and having this Centre in Wonthaggi will open up some amazing opportunities for students across Bass Coast and surrounding areas. The number of Year 12 students in Bass Coast who don’t take up further education or training is almost double the Victorian state average. We look forward to changing that statistic. The CUC Bass Coast is a game changer for the whole region and couldn’t have happened without the support of the Australian Government. I would like to especially thank Federal Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent, who played a critical role in achieving the Federal Government’s investment in education in our town. The CUC Bass Coast Board, led by Chair Martin Keogh, has done a tremendous job in setting up the Centre and we wish them all the best going forward.
Thank you to everyone who has attended our community engagement drop-in sessions so far, as part of the development of our Council Plan 2021-25, Long Term Community Vision, 10-year Financial Plan and Health and Wellbeing Plan. There is still a couple of sessions left – at the Grantville Hall on Tuesday, 30 March and at the Inverloch Community Hub Hall on Wednesday, 31 March. The sessions run from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. If you can’t make it to a session in person, consider taking part in our next Facebook Q&A session on Tuesday, 13 April, or fill in our online survey. More details are available at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/ourfuture.
It’s hard to forget the bushfires that ravaged Victoria, devastating homes, livelihoods and lives in early 2020. It was a firefighting effort that involved many from around the state, including Wonthaggi’s Bill Slade. Bill was on the East Gippsland fire front, when he was tragically killed by a falling tree. A special tribute was held for Bill and his family recently at the Bass Recreation Reserve and it was an honour to attend. On the day, the ‘Bill Slade Bass River Bar’ was officially opened. Bill will always be remembered for his dedication to the community and it was wonderful to see the community come together to create this lasting memorial for Bill.