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Mayor's Message - 8 September

Mayor's Message - 8 September

Tuesday 8 September 2020
Mayor's Message
Cr Brett Tessari

It’s fantastic to be able to share some good news this week. Last Wednesday, the State Government announced that Bass Coast would receive $2.5 million through the Growing Suburbs Fund, for the redevelopment of the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre.

The Growing Suburbs Fund was expanded earlier this year, to include peri-urban councils. I was very pleased to be elected as Chair of the Peri-Urban Group of Rural Councils (PUGRC) recently, which provided a further opportunity to advocate for Bass Coast's inclusion in the Fund and to be recognised as a growing municipality that needs additional financial support.

I would like to thank the State Government, Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane MP and Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale MP, as well as all of the Council Officers and Councillors involved in advocating for this funding. It’s a magnificent outcome and testament to what we can achieve when we work together.

If you’re keen to see what the new Centre could look like, the current concept designs for the $19 million redevelopment are available on our website at There is also a recording of a recent presentation of the concept designs, which is really informative.

If you’re a member of a Bass Coast community group or ‘not for profit’ organisation and want to keep up with the news that affects you most, consider subscribing to Council’s Social and Community Planning Team’s new monthly newsletter. The newsletter provides information about community grants, news and events. To subscribe, or for more information, give the Social and Community Planning Team a call on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

On Sunday, Premier, Daniel Andrews, announced the ‘roadmap’ for regional Victorians to move out of restrictions. While it’s fantastic to have something to look forward to, it’s important we don’t become complacent. Maintain hand hygiene, physical distance when needed and keep wearing your masks. We are by no means clear of COVID-19 yet, but remember, keep smiling, be kind and look out for one another.