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Mayor's Message - 7 July

Mayor's Message - 7 July

Tuesday 7 July 2020
Mayor's Message
Cr Brett Tessari

We all received a stark reminder last week that the pandemic is not over and we all need to do more to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Following State Government announcements, ten postcodes have essentially been locked down for the next four weeks, in an effort to curb the increasing number of infections we are seeing every day.

While this doesn’t include us, it could if we don’t continue to observe social distancing and only leave home if we really have to. If you feel unwell, or have any symptoms, no matter how minor, please get tested. There is no room for complacency. Although there is no need to panic, we do need to remain cautious and keep listening to the directions from the Chief Health Officer and the State Government about what we need to do, to stop this virus.

The Holden Proving Ground, located in Lang Lang, holds an important place in the hearts of the local community, not just for its role in Australia’s motoring history, but also for its incredibly important natural environment. It was used for many years to test our famous Aussie cars, including, I’m led to believe, some of Peter Brock’s winning vehicles.

It is an area of significant environmental value and many in the community are requesting that all levels of government come together to put in place appropriate protections, so that the area can be enjoyed by people and wildlife for many years to come.

Here at Council, we will continue to advocate to the State and Federal Governments and other departments to protect this fragile and rare environment. We will also continue to think outside the box on this issue, to work out what the best solution could be for the community, our local economy and the environment including all the flora and fauna that call this piece of significant bushland home.

Finally, a reminder that our Budget Facebook Q and A session is on this Tuesday, 7 July. If you have any questions about the Proposed 2020/21 Budget, all you need to do is jump on to Council’s Facebook page between 6.00pm and 7.30pm. Just type your question in the comment section of the Q and A thread and Councillors and Council Officers will be on hand to provide answers. Hope to ‘see’ you there!