Mayor's Message - 31 August
A few weeks ago, we launched our #Vax4Bass campaign and set the ambitious goal to become the first region in Victoria to achieve an 80 per cent COVID-19 vaccination rate. One of the best ways we can help our community get ‘back to normal’ is by getting vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccinations are available for anyone over the age of 16 at the Community Vaccination Clinic, which is being run by Bass Coast Health at the Wonthaggi Town Hall. If you are eligible, please consider getting vaccinated – I have had both shots and am proud to be doing my part in protecting my community.
At the August Council Meeting, I was pleased to be nominated as the Councillor representative and Co-Chair for Council’s Australian First Peoples Advisory Committee (AFPAC). The Committee will also include Community Representatives. The Committee will provide a formalised connection between Community and Council and will be a leading advocacy group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community affairs across Bass Coast. The first meeting of the AFPAC will be held in September.
We have released our Draft Council Plan 2021-25 for community feedback. The Plan brings together feedback that we received from our extensive community engagement program earlier this year and identifies the priority focus areas for Council over the next four years. The draft Plan and information about how to provide your feedback can be found at www.bassscoast.vic.gov.au/ourfuture. Community feedback will open until Friday, 24 September.
Improving internet speeds and connectivity in Bass Coast is one of Council’s advocacy priorities, so it was fantastic to hear that a deal between the State Government and NBN Co will help more businesses in Bass Coast get access to faster broadband internet, thanks to a new Business Fibre Zone (BFZ) for in Wonthaggi. This BFZ will also cover the towns of Inverloch, Cape Paterson, San Remo, Grantville, Corinella and Coronet Bay. A BFZ for Cowes was announced earlier this month. Businesses in these areas will be able to connect to the service from September 1, through their existing service provider. For more information, head to the NBN Co website.
Finally this week, I would like to acknowledge the passing of former Shire of Phillip Island CEO and Cowes resident, Barry Hayes. On behalf of Council, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to Barry’s family.