Mayor's Message - 4 February
Have you heard about the Empty Esky challenge? It’s a national movement that aims to support local businesses and communities affected by the recent fires, some of which are still burning. The idea is, you take an empty esky to a town or region affected by the recent fires, and fill it up with local produce and wares. A lot the towns ravaged by fire in Victoria rely on seasonal tourism and this has been impacted greatly, with tourists choosing to postpone or cancel their plans in these areas. With this in mind, my wife Leanne and I packed our esky last weekend and headed off to Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland. Not only was it nice to get away and refresh, it was also really important to us to help out an area devastated by fire. We spread our spend across several towns, including Johnsonville, Metung, Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance. It was a great weekend away and it felt good to be able to do our (very small) part to help these places get back on their feet after a terrifying few months.
On Friday last week, the new senior campus of Wonthaggi Secondary College was officially opened. Council has been heavily involved with the Project, working alongside the College, the Victorian School Building Authority and contractors, from the early stages of planning to project completion. This project would not be possible without the commitment and generosity of the Andrews State Government. On behalf of the Bass Coast community, I sincerely thank them for helping us achieve this vitally important project for Bass Coast. As an alumnus of Wonthaggi Technical School, it’s a bittersweet occasion, however it is great to see this fantastic, state of the art school in our town, marking a new era for the next generation of students. It will also be really exciting to see how we can put the old campus on McBride Avenue to use for the community.
I would like to congratulate the four magnificent locals who were recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours List. Each received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), an honour that recognises those who have contributed meaningful service to their communities. Our Bass Coast recipients were Wonthaggi’s Patrice Mahoney, Inverloch’s Eulalie Brewster, John Lindsay from Wonthaggi and Inverloch’s Terry Shannon. This level of recognition is just incredible and it goes to show how many amazing people are out there in our communities, doing fantastic things.