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Mayor's Message - 8 March

Mayor's Message - 8 March

Published:
Tuesday 8 March 2022
Cr Michael Whelan

Another wonderful funding announcement came our way last week, with the Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas visiting Rhyll on Thursday, to announce $416,000 from the Regional Infrastructure Fund for two important tracks and trails projects for Bass Coast.

The Cowes to Rhyll trail and boardwalk and the Bridge Creek bridge on the Bass Coast Rail Trail, near the Mouth of the Powlett Rive will be upgraded thanks to this funding.

The Cowes to Rhyll boardwalk will be extended and the path will be widened to 2.5 metres, while the ageing timbers on a 700-metre section of boardwalk will be replaced with a low-maintenance, long-life composite material now used on many trails. The new material is also safer for people of all abilities.

On the Bass Coast Rail Trail, the funding will assist us to remove and replace the existing worn timber Bridge Creek bridge with a pre-cast concrete box culvert bridge, to ensure a wide, solid crossing for generations to come, providing access from the Wonthaggi side to Kilcunda and beyond.

These upgrades also move us closer to being a more connected community for residents, students and workers, opening up new options for active transport across the Shire.

The State Government has released a draft Bass Coast Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) as part of the Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Program and is now calling for community feedback. The SPP includes a 50-year vision, objectives and strategies for guiding land use, management and development decisions to better protect and enhance the significant attributes of the Bass Coast declared area. It will also designate long-term settlement boundaries for townships to provide greater certainty for communities and investors today and future generations. Read the SPP and have your say at www.engage.vic.gov.au/project/distinctive-areas-and-landscapes-program/page/bass-coast.

Today (8 March) is International Women’s Day, a worldwide celebration, this year with the theme ‘Changing Climates: Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’. This theme allows us to recognise the incredible contributions of women and girls around the world, working to change the climate of gender equality and build a sustainable future for everyone. International Women’s Day also provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made, to keep up the call for change and to celebrate ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.