Mayor's Message - 6 July
As we continue to adapt and learn to live with COVID, outbreaks across the country still present a challenge for all of those impacted. Victoria has seemed like the unlucky state many times during the past 18 months – although at the moment, and fingers crossed it continues, we are one of the few places that have avoided a lockdown this time around. There are a few things that we can do to help keep ourselves and the people around us safe, so that hopefully soon, lockdowns become a thing of the past. Check in whenever you enter a business – no matter how much time you spend there. If you are eligible, get vaccinated and lastly, if you have any symptoms, no matter how minor, get tested and isolate until you get a negative result.
It’s NAIDOC Week (between 4 July and 11 July), a time that provides all Australians with an opportunity to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet. This year’s theme is ‘Heal Country’, which calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction. During NAIDOC week, we are proud to be supporting the wonderful Indigenous Art Exhibition at ArtSpace in Wonthaggi which runs until Sunday, 18 July. The exhibition is curated and run by the Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group and is a wonderful showcase of the talent in Bass Coast.
Visiting as guests of The Rotary Club of Wonthaggi, Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy and Women's Economic Security Senator The Hon Jane Hume and Federal Member for Monash Russell Broadbent spent the day in Bass Coast last week. This provided us with another fantastic advocacy opportunity, following on from our recent visit to Canberra. Across the day, we visited Inverloch, Wonthaggi and Newhaven discussing coastal erosion, managing growth and development, recovery after COVID, improving regional education outcomes and finishing the day with a tour of the Vietnam Veteran’s Museum. To have Minister Hume and Mr Broadbent in our region for such an intensive visit provides a great chance for us and our community to discuss current issues, as well as any opportunities we might see for the future of Bass Coast.