Mayor's Message - 25 January
On Australia Day, we get the opportunity to celebrate our country, the lifestyle we all love and enjoy and in particular, our people. With this in mind, it was fantastic to have the opportunity to welcome Bass Coast's newest Australian Citizens on Saturday. We had 25 people take part in our Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, many of who have been living and working in our local area for many years. It was great to offer them a formal welcome to citizenship, as well as to our local community.
Speaking of our local community, we have plenty of consultation happening at Council at the moment. A big part of consultation involves engaging with our community, so we are encouraging all Bass Coast residents to jump onto our Facebook page or website to have a say on off-leash dog areas for Phillip Island and San Remo, plans for Wonthaggi's much loved Guide Park and developing a new Arts and Culture Strategy.
Council is putting out an invitation to meet with all the candidates for this year's Federal Election to continue advocating for our community's top priorities. Last week, we met with Labor Candidate for the Federal seat of Monash Jessica O'Donnell. It was a really positive meeting, to discuss with Jessica our top 10 advocacy priorities which have been identified by the Bass Coast community. Our advocacy priorities include climate change and adaptation, connectivity and communications, the Phillip Island Recreation Precinct, homelessness and emergency housing and tertiary education. I look forward to further engagement with Jessica, and the other Monash candidates, in the lead up to the 2019 Federal Election.
With summer in full swing, the hot days are now coming thick and fast. There are some excellent apps and websites out there that have some really useful information on how to combat hot weather, what to do in case of an emergency and how to stay safe in and around water. The VicEmergency App can be downloaded from the relevant App Store on your mobile phone, or you can visit emergency.vic.gov.au for all the latest updates. The Beachsafe App can also be downloaded onto a mobile phone and can be used to locate the nearest beach and whether or not that beach is patrolled by Surf Life Savers. It also has up to date weather and swell details, which is really useful. With all the hot weather, it is also a great idea to check in on family and friends, to make sure everyone is coping okay with the extreme temperatures.
Cr Brett Tessari, Mayor
Bass Coast Shire Council