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Mayor's Message - 9 November

Mayor's Message - 9 November

Tuesday 9 November 2021
Mayor's Message
Cr Brett Tessari

I am getting ready to jump on the treadmill this Saturday, 13 November at the Wonthaggi Plaza from 10.30am, as part of my fundraiser in partnership with the Rotary Club of Wonthaggi, for our local Ambulance Service. We are raising money to purchase ‘CorPuls’ devices, which provide mechanical chest compressions. Having these devices fitted into ambulances means that in an emergency situation, paramedics can work on other ways to save a critically ill patient, rather than performing the compressions themselves. This is incredibly important, especially in a regional area, when back-up can take a little bit of time to arrive. It would be great to see you down at the Plaza with some encouragement and of course, your donations if you are able. Alternatively, please consider donating to this great cause online, at

Council has a long-running partnership with the Bass Coast Landcare Network (BCLN), that has helped to deliver a vast improvement in the natural environment in Bass Coast over the past 27 years. Myself, some of my fellow Councillors and Council Officers were treated to a half-day tour with members of the Network last Wednesday. We got to see the River Garden and Indigenous plant nursery at the Network’s office in Bass, had a tour of Macca’s Farm, to see several Biolinks revegetation projects and enjoyed a tour of Paul Speirs’ farm in Ryanston. Paul is a founding member of the Powlett Project Landcare group and he showed us 20 to 30 years of Cool Temperate Rainforest revegetation across five connecting properties. The afternoon was finished by planting trees at Ric and Mez Oldham’s farm in Archies Creek. An important part of the partnership between BCLN is the Biolinks Project, which will see around 115,000 plants, planted across Bass Coast this year.

The Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC had a virtual tour of Bass Coast recently – the day after we were once again hit by a large storm, that caused widespread damage and power outages. The visit provided a great chance to discuss all things Bass Coast with Ms Dessau, including the challenges and opportunities that we face as one of the fastest growing municipalities in Victoria. The Governor has an excellent understanding of our region and was very receptive. The visit also provided an opportunity for some of our local businesses to meet with the Governor.