Mayor's Message - 9 February
In my role as Chair of One Gippsland, I and the other Gippsland Mayors met with Federal Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government Mark Coulton MP and Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester MP recently, to discuss the prevalence of both NBN and mobile blackspots in Gippsland. The rollout of the NBN network in Gippsland is falling behind, compared to metropolitan areas, so we are advocating to have Gippsland at the forefront of the next rollout. We are also advocating for our region to be at the forefront of the next set of mobile blackspot trials. There are still 496 mobile blackspots registered across the whole of Gippsland at the moment, which needs to change. It was a positive meeting and we received a good response from the Ministers regarding these issues.
Last Wednesday, we were provided with a fantastic opportunity to hold a planning day at Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Penguin Parade. It was the ideal venue for the day and seeing the penguins come in from the Penguins Plus grandstand was a real treat and the perfect way to end a highly productive and memorable day.
It was an honour to attend St George Anglican Church last Tuesday, to welcome Reverend Graeme Liersch to the appointment of Rector of Wonthaggi and Inverloch. He and his wife, Reverend Susan Liersch are coming to the area from Central Queensland – and it took a little longer than expected to make the journey south, thanks to border shutdowns and other COVID-19 restrictions. Now they are here, I would like to wish them both all the very best as they embark on this new stage in Bass Coast – I hope they are prepared for the change in climate!
Our first Council meeting of 2021 will be held on Wednesday, 17 February. We are holding all of our meetings virtually, which is expected to continue until at least April – however if you want to take a look and see what happens during a meeting – they are all livestreamed via our YouTube Channel – you can find the link on our website on the day of the meeting at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/2021meetings.