Source: State of Victoria Local Government
Well, we made it. It’s nearly the end of 2020 – one of the most challenging years many of us would have faced in a long time, or ever!
We have all been impacted in different ways over the last 12 months. This includes the stress and anxiety of being separated from our friends and family and concerns about our community’s health and well-being.
Christmas and summer in Bass Coast gives us a welcome opportunity to reconnect with those we care about, relax and reflect on what is important.
It has been a long and challenging year for all of us and I sincerely wish you all a safe and rewarding festive season – make the most of it!
As we know, our beloved Bass Coast is a popular place to visit and we will be welcoming thousands of people into our community over the next month or so. This also means that the roads will be busy, so make sure you travel safe over the festive period and beyond.
With summer comes heat and with that, the temptation to hit the beach is understandably strong. I would just like to take a moment to encourage everyone to download the Beachsafe app, to swim between the flags and to avoid swimming on your own if possible. I would also like to pass on some great advice that was given to me recently – when you get to the beach, take five minutes to assess the situation – survey the water to check for rips or other potential hazards. Getting in the water straight away might seem really important, but your safety and the safety of those around you should be what’s at the forefront of your mind.
We held our last Council meeting for 2020 last week. At that meeting, we received the draft Community Engagement Policy and we are now inviting everyone in our community to provide feedback on the policy. You can view the draft Policy and provide your feedback via our website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/engage. Feedback will be accepted until Sunday, 17 January.
Our 2019/20 Annual Report was adopted at the meeting as well, which highlights some of the incredible achievements of Council during the year. Some of these highlights include Capital Works, such as the redevelopment of the Inverloch Netball Courts and Pavilion, the completion of the Cowes Transit Centre and all day carpark, and the redevelopment of the Inverloch Tennis Courts. Community highlights include raising over $15,000 for the YES Youth Hub with the Mayoral Youth Fundraiser, winning two silver awards at the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards and the successful advocacy for Federal funding to establish a Country Universities Centre in Bass Coast.