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Mayor's Message - 5 May

Mayor's Message - 5 May

Tuesday 5 May 2020
Mayor's Message
Cr Brett Tessari

We are all enduring isolation to ensure our communities stay safe from this dangerous virus, which for most of us, means a lot more time at home. But it is not all pyjamas and Netflix, there are many out there who have lost their jobs, or are struggling to get the shopping they need. Children are missing out on the important social interactions they are used to. People who live alone may be feeling the pinch of loneliness creeping in. It can be really easy to get caught up in the negatives, which makes it even more important for us all to focus on the positives. There’s a lot of kindness and generosity in our community. I’ve seen businesses donate food and services to health care workers, neighbours offering each other support, and even just notes of kindness left in chalk on footpaths and letterboxes. This is exactly what we need – please keep it up and let’s do all that we can to make sure kindness rules in Bass Coast.

A Virtual Fence is now active on a section of Cowes-Rhyll Road on Phillip Island, in an effort to reduce the number of wildlife killed on our roads. The Virtual Fence has been installed for a 12-month trial and is a result of a huge collaborative effort between Council, Victoria University, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Citizen Scientist, Ron Day, Phillip Island Wildlife Rescue and Regional Roads Victoria. Over the next 12 months, data from the trial site will be compiled to produce a comprehensive report on the effectiveness of the Virtual Fence. This trial on Phillip Island may lead the way for the technology to be introduced to other areas in Bass Coast and across Australia.