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Taking Bass Coast to Capital Hill

Taking Bass Coast to Capital Hill

Thursday 27 June 2019
Mayor Cr Brett Tessari, CEO Ali Wastie and Deputy Mayor Cr Bruce Kent in Canberra

A delegation from Bass Coast Shire Council recently travelled to Canberra to attend the National General Assembly. During the visit they attended ten meetings to advocate on Bass Coast's top advocacy priorities.

Four of the meetings were held at Parliament House with Ministerial Offices including Minister for Housing and Assistant Treasurer the Hon. Michael Sukkar MP, Minister for Local Government, Regional Services and Decentralisation the Hon. Mark Coulton MP and Senior Advisors to Minister for Education The Hon. Dan Tehan MP and Deputy Prime Minister The Hon. Michael McCormack MP.

Six meetings were held with Secretaries and Assistant Secretaries of various federal departments including: Department of Education, Department of Infrastructure, Department of Health, Department of Social Services, Department of Communications and the Arts and Department of Environment and Energy.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, explained that it was a great opportunity to put Bass Coast on the map and advocate on the community's top priorities.

"It was excellent to have a seat at the table, to promote and push for the needs of the Bass Coast community" Cr Tessari said.

"We received some great feedback, support and guidance, and established some important relationships in Canberra."

"I'm excited to follow up on this advice and look forward to progressing our advocacy priorities. We received some particularly positive feedback regarding our Tertiary Education Priority to establish a Regional Study Hub in Wonthaggi – this will be a real game changer and we will be working hard to secure funding through the competitive application process."

For more information on Bass Coast's advocacy priorities visit