Mayor's Message - 8 March
Summer might be over but we are still seeing destructive bushfires throughout Gippsland - a stark reminder to remain vigilant and adhere to fire danger warnings that are put in place for our safety. The ongoing impacts of the fires are still being felt in those affected communities and all of our thoughts go out to them and the volunteers involved in the fire fighting efforts. Now is a great time to make sure you have the Emergency Victoria app downloaded, to keep up to date with any emergencies in your area, including warnings and fire danger ratings. And remember, on days of extreme heat check in on your neighbours and family members who might be suffering.
We have some really talented artists in the Bass Coast Shire. It was great to attend two of the annual Bass Coast Your Art Collection (YAC) Awards qualifying shows on the weekend, at Inverloch and San Remo. The YAC Awards provide a fantastic opportunity for our local artists to share their work with the community, see what other artists are doing and to get together to celebrate. And the best part is, the winners of the YAC Award at the five registered qualifying shows will come together in September for the YAC Award Exhibition. The winner of the final show will take home $6,000 and have their work added to the Council's art collection.
As well as the art show, this weekend was a huge one for Inverloch, which hosted its 26th annual Jazz Festival. It is always a fabulous event to be a part of. The Jazz Festival is run by a dedicated group of volunteers, who continue to change and improve the event, to make sure each year's is better than the last. During its lifetime, the event has also raised over $300,000 for the local community and organisations â€“ a super achievement and a true testament of the hard working committee.
I attended the Phillip Island Nature Parks Community Open Day recently to support the release of the 30 Year Conservation Vision for Phillip Island. The document describes the future challenges of the region, including climate change, controlling the effects of an expanding population and maintaining the Island's existing ecosystems. Nature Parks' Conservation Manager Jessica McKelson and her team did an incredible job putting the vision together and it was great to see so many turn out to see its release.
Cr Brett Tessari, Mayor
Bass Coast Shire Council