Mayor's Message - 5 July
I attended the Wonthaggi CFA's annual presentation evening recently, an event that acknowledges and recognises the hard work and dedication of our local CFA volunteers. Our community benefits greatly from the commitment shown by our local CFA volunteers - they don't get paid to do what they do, but they do it with such enthusiasm and skill. Well done to all those who were recognised with awards on the night.
We celebrated our community recently as well, with the presentation of the first round of the 2019 Community Grants program. Round Two of the Grants is now accepting applications - I would encourage all community groups and organisations to apply if they need some additional funds to help with a project or event, or to purchase some new equipment. You have until 9 August to get your applications in. Visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/grants for all of the details and to apply.
The Wonthaggi Theatrical Group keeps on kicking goals this year! As well as putting on a sell-out season of Les Miserables, the Group is also celebrating its golden anniversary. The Group's 50-year history was put on display over the weekend and I attended the opening night of this special exhibition on Friday, at the State Coal Mine. The exhibition features set pieces, costumes and other memorabilia and it is absolutely awesome. Congratulations to the Group on another excellent event and I am looking forward to many more over the next 50 years! If you didn't get to the exhibition this weekend, it is open again this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, check out WTG's Facebook page for the details.
I spent a fantastic evening watching the Harvard Krokodiloes at Newhaven College on Monday. What a fabulous night of entertainment from both the Kroks and the Newhaven students who performed as well. There is so much talent in Bass Coast, but it is always a bit awe inspiring to see it in person.
It's NAIDOC Week this week - there are several events happening around Bass Coast to help celebrate. A community celebration is being held on Tuesday, 9 June at the Cowes Cultural Centre from 11.00am to 1.00pm. The event will include a flag raising and smoking ceremony, speeches, stalls and presentation of the inaugural Ruby Gates Award. An art exhibition is being held at the Inverloch Community Hub until Sunday, 28 July and the First Peoples' Film Festival will be held at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre on Friday, 12 July and Saturday, 13 July. For more information on NAIDOC Week and the events, visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/reconciliation.