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Mayor's Message - 6 August

Mayor's Message - 6 August

Tuesday 6 August 2019
Mayor's Message
Cr Brett Tessari

Keep recycling Bass Coast! We are not affected by the shutdown of the SKM recycling facilities, which means all of our recycling is being sorted as normal and isn’t being sent to landfill. Our community is doing a fantastic job of sorting their rubbish, which has led to a 77 per cent diversion rate of kerbside waste away from landfill. This is a significant achievement, so keep up the great work and keep recycling.

Last week, Councillors, along with Council senior staff spent the day at the City of Melbourne. Wow, what an incredible day. We discussed some of the big issues that our Councils face, including homelessness, climate change, waste and recycling and much more. It was an inspiring day and once again highlighted the dedication and talent of Bass Coast Councillors and staff.

It was great to see the variety of businesses announced as finalists in the 2019 Bass Coast Business Awards this week. Around 150 businesses were nominated for the People’s Choice Award and around 50 nominated for the judged awards. This annual program gives our local business community a great opportunity to celebrate what they do and to be celebrated. The Awards will be presented at a special event on Friday, 23 August at the RACV Inverloch Resort.

I would like to recognise the amazing achievement by our Senior Advocacy Officer Nina Barry-Macaulay, after she was named as a finalist in this year’s Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Fund Award recently. Nina was one of 13 finalists, and while she didn’t walk away with the prize, it was an incredible recognition of Nina’s hard work and dedication to the local community through her work and in her private life. Well done Nina!

It was a pleasure to attend the Phillip Island Lions Club’s annual changeover recently. What a well-run, vibrant community group they are – and so important to the local community. It was also a thrill to see former (and first!) Bass Coast Mayor Donald Cameron JP on the day, who has been a member of the Phillip Island Lions Club since its inception 51 years ago!