Mayor's Message - 5 January
Welcome to 2021 – a year of possibility and action! We were all impacted in some way by the trials and tribulations of 2020, but now is the time to put that all behind us and look forward to all of the great things that are to come.
Wonthaggi’s newest mural, featuring a White-Eared Honeyeater and a Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo on the side of Connells’ Bakery, is the first in what will be a series of artworks that we hope to see popping up all over the Shire, as part of our Street Art Scheme. We have received such great feedback about the mural, which was painted by talented street artist Jimmy Dvate – so we are excited to see what the next project will be – watch this space.
The rebuild of the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre will begin early this year, with construction expected to take around 12 to 14 months to complete. This is such an incredible community project and will have so many benefits once it is complete.
We also look forward to discovering more of Wonthaggi’s secrets, as part of the campaign launched in December designed to ignite interest in the town’s rich culture, history, natural assets and tourism offerings.
Speaking of secrets, as part of the campaign, the Wonthaggi and District Historical Society is hosting a series of free 15 minute talks in Apex Park, to help you discover the remarkable secrets of Wonthaggi’s rich and vibrant history. The talks are being held at 11.30am every day, from now until 23 January in Apex Park, outside the Railway Station Museum. The fascinating stories will be supported by historical photographs, artefacts and display objects from the Historical Society’s collection.
Lastly, don’t forget we are currently looking for feedback from the community on our draft Community Engagement Policy. You can view the draft Policy and provide your feedback via our website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/engage. Feedback will be accepted until Sunday, 17 January.