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Mayor's Message - 7 June

Mayor's Message - 7 June

Friday 7 June 2019
Mayor's Message
Cr Brett Tessari

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend - it is always nice to have an extra day to spend with family, or to finish up that job you have been putting off. We can always count on the Queen's Birthday holiday to be a little cooler than others - an excellent excuse to stay indoors, where it's warm! This was our last long weekend until September, so I hope you made the most of it, whatever you got up to.

Last Thursday, we headed to Melbourne to attend the Municipal Association of Victoria's Metropolitan and Rural/Regional Forum. It is always great to get an opportunity to network with other Councils and hear more about what we can do together to achieve the best outcomes.

While in Melbourne, we also met with Bass MP Jordan Crugnale, as well as ministerial advisors to the Minister for Environment. It was a great opportunity to remind the State Government of what we need when it comes to combatting coastal erosion. Council will continue to advocate for further funding from the State Government, to add to the up to $1.5 million promised by the Federal Government prior to the election.

Congratulations to the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group on their recent production of Les Miserables. This group, like many in our community, never ceases to amaze me. The level of talent that we have in our community is mind blowing: from performers, to set, lighting, costume, direction and of course the orchestra - I was blown away. We really are lucky to have so many dedicated, passionate and talented people in our own backyard.

Are you collecting plastic bottle caps and jar lids for the Helping Hands Project? The Rotary Club of Wonthaggi is collecting the caps and lids, which are recycled and turned into prosthetic hands for children in developing countries. To get involved, you can drop off (clean) lids and caps at Wonthaggi Hospital, Connells Bakery in Wonthaggi, ANZ Bank in Wonthaggi, Bass Valley Dairy, Wonthaggi State Coal Mine, NutureOne Children's Centre, Wonthaggi Club, Rose Lodge, Wonthaggi Golf Club, Coffee Collective, Inverloch Hub and Council Offices in Wonthaggi and Cowes. Happy collecting!