Mayor's Message - 7 September
It’s tough. It’s been tough for the past 18 months and counting. Constantly postponing or cancelling important events and milestones, missing out on seeing family members or enjoying the company of friends – these are the sacrifices we have all had to make during this pandemic – and it hasn’t been easy. But it is still so important that we follow the health directions set out by the State Government. The rules aren’t in place because we want them to be, but because they have to be. Please do your best to stick it out. Keep wearing your masks, physical distancing, washing your hands, staying home unless it’s for one of the five valid reasons to do so – and please, be kind to yourselves and one another. Positively, the start of spring has put on some glorious weather, it had been so great to enjoy some sunshine, warmth and fresh air. And in more positive news, playgrounds have been reopened, which is sure to give local kids something to cheer about. We are also hearing that the Premier will announce an easing of restrictions for regional areas any day now, which is something to look forward to.
One way that we can help our state and country to get through to the other side, one that doesn’t include lockdowns, is to get vaccinated as soon as we are eligible. Anyone over the age of 16 is now able to book in for a COVID-19 vaccination – with the Community Vaccination Hub in Wonthaggi fitting in as many people as they can. Remember that there are alternatives as well – Leongatha hospital is providing vaccinations and don’t forget to check in with your GP or pharmacist, as they also might be able to provide the vaccine.
In other news, it has been great to catch up with some State and Shadow MPs in recent weeks, representing OneGippsland. We have had the opportunity to talk to Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien, Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull, Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood, Eastern Victoria MLC Edward O’Donohue and Eastern Victoria MLA Harriet Shing to advocate not only for Bass Coast, by the wider Gippsland region. Some of the topics we covered during our conversations was how to best position Gippsland to enable it to recover after COVID and what we need to do in the future to capitalise on the strong population growth Gippsland is currently experiencing.