Mayor's Message - 4 August
On Wednesday, we held a Special Council Meeting to hear submissions relating to the proposed 2020/21 Budget. This year, we received 31 submissions, with seven people choosing to present theirs to Council. It really is fantastic to see such a strong level of community interest in the budget process. The next step is to review all of the submissions that were received and to consider any changes to the Proposed Budget, before it comes to Council for adoption at the August Ordinary Council Meeting.
It has been great to see plenty of people in Bass Coast wearing a face mask in busy places like the supermarket, or other places physical distancing is difficult. Up until now this was a personal choice. Last Thursday, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that all Victorians are now required to wear a face covering outside of their home (there are some exemptions). For some, this will just be a continuation of what they were already doing. For everyone else, it’s a simple thing that we can all do to protect ourselves and those around us. Visit www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus for all of the details.
Did you see Bass Coast’s proposed dinosaur trail featured in The Age recently? It was a fantastic article about a really exciting project. The trail would stretch from San Remo to Inverloch and celebrate the prehistoric significance of Bass Coast. Hundreds of dinosaur fossils have been unearthed along our coastline, many of those in Inverloch, including the first discovery near Eagles Nest in 1903. The proposed trail features art installations along the trail and even a museum! An attraction like the dinosaur trail could cement Bass Coast as a global tourism destination and become part of the recovery effort after the bushfires and the pandemic have caused a huge reduction in visitor numbers so far this year. We have allocated $250,000 in the proposed 2020/21 Budget to draw up the plans for the trail and we will be advocating to the State and Federal governments to raise the estimated $4.5 million to complete the project.
Formerly known as the Gippsland Local Government Network, OneGippsland met (virtually) last week. Comprising the Mayors from the six Gippsland councils, the meetings give us a chance to collectively discuss some of the opportunities available to our region and how we can make the most of them.