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By Cr Kimberley Brown, Mayor Bass Coast Shire Council
WITH the Mayoral election being held this week,
I thought I'd take this opportunity to thank the Bass
Coast community for my time as Mayor.
It has been an incredibly exhausting 12 months, but
I have definitely made the most of this opportunity and
not taken it for granted.
A lesson I have learnt as a Councillor, but more so
as Mayor, is the diverse, but valued, opinions our com-
Perhaps the most diverse comes from our younger
residents, whom I've had a lot of opportunity to spend
time with throughout the year.
Although they may not be the voices we always hear,
they are definitely there; even during consultation for
the Cowes Activity Centre Plan, there were young peo-
ple telling us what they wanted for Phillip Island and I
learnt from the youth that they have a vision for their
It may not be the same as the older generations, but
they want to see Bass Coast thrive as much as anyone
Which brings me to my second lesson; everyone is
working towards the same goal and, as Mayor, I got to
see more than the average person. People may be criti-
cal of Council, but fundamentally we all want to make
Bass Coast the best place it can possibly be.
I have seen how much our community is in love with
where we live. I already knew it, but my time as Mayor
has reinforced to me how passionate we all are about
our home, and how hard we are all working to make it
There are so many fantastic, hardworking commu-
nity members out there making our home a better place
and I don't think they always receive the acknowledge-
ment they deserve.
I had the honour of hosting these community mem-
bers, nearly all volunteers, at our annual Mayor's Com-
munity Thank You last Friday night to do just that -- to
thank them for their selfless contributions to our com-
A few smaller things to note; I only had to use the
gavel at Council meetings about four times this year
(I'm not actually sure whether that's a lot or not). And if
you've been following my Facebook page, you may have
also seen that my flair for a selfie at community events
has flourished -- a trend I hope to continue, as I've loved
snapping photos with you all.
So to the Bass Coast community, I thank you for hav-
ing me as your Mayor for the last year. It's been a privi-
lege, and an experience I will value for a long time to
It was a double celebration for members of the Phillip Island Day Club when
they dressed up for both the club's ninth birthday and to celebrate the Mel-
bourne Cup. Pictured are entrants in the best hat parade. From left, they are Bill
Simondson (runner up) Louise Dellamarta (ladies winner) Joan Rodwell (runner
up) and men's winner John Palmer.
Day Club's Cup birthday
THE Phillip Island Day
Club had plenty to cele-
brate last Tuesday, the Mel-
bourne Cup and its ninth
This special occasion
was held at the Senior Citi-
zens rooms in Cowes on
Over 55 guests were
treated to a delicious two
course dinner prepared by
house chef Melva Smith,
followed by an afternoon
of entertainment includ-
ing a men's and women's
hat parade, a series of rac-
ing sweeps and six major
Everyone was a winner on
the day and all went home
keen to see how much they
would win next day in their
Cup Day sweeps.
Setting the scene in fashion at the Phillip Island
Day Club celebrations are members Lillian Kump
(left) and Janice Simondson (right) pictured on Cup
Eve at the Senior Citizens Club rooms in Cowes.
ON Sunday November 29, the Phillip Island commu-
nity is invited to come together for the People's Climate
March and call for action from world leaders meeting
at the Paris Climate Summit at the end of the month.
Joining people around the world on similar marches,
the Phillip Island People's Climate March is a family
friendly event with a festival atmosphere.
The march aims to encourage and empower individu-
als to take small steps to being better climate citizens.
Meeting at 3pm at the Newhaven Playground on For-
rest Avenue, Newhaven, participants will march across
the Phillip Island bridge to San Remo. Participants are
encouraged to get creative and dress-up as a penguin
or other animal, make a climate sign and bring kites,
flags or streamers. Entertainment along the march will
be provided by Sam from "Chaos at Play."
The march concludes at the Westernport Hotel where
a carbon friendly menu will be available, along with
post-march entertainment by "Braxton Hicks."
The event will also feature a guest speaker and practi-
cal take-home tips for climate action.
RSVP and further details at www.tinyurl.com/picli-
Phillip Island to march
for climate change action
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