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Mayor's Message - 8 October

Mayor's Message - 8 October

Tuesday 8 October 2019
Mayor's Message
Cr Brett Tessari

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Bass Coast Australia Day Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year Awards. If you know someone who goes above and beyond for their community, jump online and fill out a nomination form. There are plenty of people doing great things in Bass Coast, but we need you to tell us about them, to give them a shot at being formally recognised. Head to for more info and to submit your nomination.

Work is continuing at the Inverloch Surf Beach to mitigate erosion, particularly in front of the Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club and Bunurong Road. The construction of modified and strengthened wet sand fencing is progressing well, and should be completed in the next few weeks. Harder engineering options, such as large sandbags, or a boulder wall are currently being designed, following the relocation of about 2,800 cubic metres of sand in the last couple of weeks, as a short term solution.

While we are talking erosion, works are about to start in Cowes, to relocate sand from the Cowes Boat Ramp to the beach between the Cowes Jetty and Mussel Rocks, which is also suffering from significant erosion. Work will be completed over the next four weeks. The Cowes foreshore is an iconic location for our community and visitors and we need to make sure we are protecting it for future generations. Still in Cowes, design work will start in the next month to investigate longer term erosion infrastructure at the Cowes East foreshore, where groynes have been replaced in the past few years.

I was at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club on Sunday, to witness the Regional Victorian Boxing Team take on Tasmania in the Bass Coast Boxing Championships. The day was full, with 25 bouts on the schedule. It is always impressive to see the athleticism and skill of our local sporting stars, no matter what discipline they are competing in.

We are just a few weeks away from the Australian Motorcycle grand Prix that hits Phillip Island from 25 to 27 of October. If you haven’t already, jump on Council’s Facebook page and check out our competition – we are giving away six 3-day general admission double passes and four Sunday general admission double passes! It’s easy to enter, but you do have to be a Bass Coast resident or ratepayer to be eligible for the prizes. Good luck!