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Mayor's Message - 6 September

Mayor's Message - 6 September

Tuesday 6 September 2022
Cr Michael Whelan

It was wonderful to attend the Kids Thrive Kids as Catalysts 2022 pitch event last week. I was really inspired by the students from Bass Valley, Newhaven and Powlett River primary schools, and their pitches for funding and community approval for their Community Actions, in partnership with local organisations and volunteers, to enable them to follow their dreams to make their local communities better places for everyone. The Kids as Catalysts Program aims to nourish connections between children and local communities, develop children’s courage, creativity and capacity to drive positive change.

At Council, our purpose is to foster positive outcomes for children and their communities. We do this by developing innovative arts and social justice programs in collaboration with specialists in children’s education, health, welfare and cultural diversity. Child-led social change recognises that children are able to initiate and lead positive change for the benefit of all

Programs like Kids as Catalysts provides an opportunity to empower some of our younger citizens to be our next leaders. Kids as Catalysts gives students the skills and confidence to be engaged in community life, to learn and experience the benefits of advocating for meaningful change in their community. Here in Bass Coast, we know our communities want to become more caring and connected and welcoming to all people, celebrating and supporting diversity and uniqueness. Having programs like Kids as Catalysts, encouraging and developing some of our youngest citizens will create an exciting and more inclusive future for Bass Coast.

We’re excited to announce that we are now taking applications for Round 2 of our Shopfront Improvement Rebate Program. Round 1 of the Program was a great success, with 46 businesses and services applying from eight towns across Bass Coast. This round, like the first, will assist businesses and service providers in Bass Coast to improve the appearance of their shopfronts and outdoor spaces with rebates of up to $2,000. Vibrant and attractive streets, shops, and public spaces play a key role in creating prosperous town centres.

If you want to help celebrate business excellence in Bass Coast, why not get yourself a ticket to the Bass Coast Business Awards Presentation evening? The event is being held on Friday, 21 October at Silverwater Resort in San Remo. Tickets are $85 each, or $750 for a table of 10. The evening is open to all businesses, not just those who have entered or been nominated in the Awards. To book your tickets, visit