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Where have the past 12
It seems like only yester-
day that I was first elected
Mayor and then immedi-
ately launched onto a mer-
ry-go-round of meetings,
assemblies and forums,
trying to grasp not only the
discussion at hand, but
also getting up to speed on
the strategies, plans and
schemes behind such dis-
cussions. Not to mention
trying to remember the
names of the participants.
What a learning curve!
Twelve months on, I am
so delighted to have been
re-elected to represent this
wonderful community as
Mayor, for a yet another
This time, with the knowl-
edge base acquired over the
past 12 months, I have a
much greater sense of con-
fidence heading into what
is arguably one of the most
important years of our term
the year of the state elec-
tion where our focus and
work on advocacy will come
to its zenith.
I look forward to the bat-
tles, journey and triumphs
I would like to thank the
community for your sup-
port, guidance and trust,
and acknowledge my fellow
Councillors – I simply could
not have picked a better
bunch to be by my side.
We will each harness our
unique strengths and skills,
and work together towards
completing the work which
we started at the beginning
our term, when we em-
barked on the development
of the 2017-2021 Council
Plan, a project which in-
volved the largest commu-
nity engagement ever un-
dertaken by Council.
I was thrilled to hear that
this piece of work, our “Help
Shape a Better Bass Coast”
Council Plan, has achieved
the status of finalist in the
2017 LGPro ‘Best Practice
and Innovation in Council
This award is offered ev-
ery four years and recognis-
es Council Plan Community
LGPro is the peak body
for Local Government pro -
fessionals in Victoria.
A massive thank you to
our community for your
support in the process and
a big shout out to the Coun-
cil staff, who all put in a
huge effort to undertake
the engagement and get this
Plan over the line.
It was wonderful to see
people from across the
community and organisa-
tion coming together.
It is also wonderful to see
our efforts rewarded with
Cr Pamela Rothfield, Mayor, Bass Coast Shire Council
Ken Lay AO APM, Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria is pictured signing his Commission
document as the 14th Lieutenant Governor of Victoria. Her Excellency the Honourable
Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria. Is presiding. Photo: Peter Casamento
Ken Lay appointed Victoria’s
KEN Lay AO APM was last week sworn in
as the 14th Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria
by Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Des-
sau AC, Governor of Victoria, at a ceremony at
Mr Lay, well known on Phillip Island and San
Remo as a former police inspector in charge of
the Bass Coast district in his younger years, is
now an eminent Victorian with a distinguished
career in public service, including as Chief
Commissioner of Victoria Police from 2011 to
His professional achievements include es-
tablishing the Family Violence Command with-
in Victoria Police, alongside his Chairmanship
of the Council of Australian Governments
Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence Against
Women and the Prime Minister’s National Ice
The Governor appoints the Lieutenant-Gov-
ernor under section 6A(2) of the Constitution
Act 1975 on the advice of the Premier.
The Lieutenant-Governor assumes the ad-
ministration of Victoria if:
• There is a temporary vacancy in the office
of the Governor
• The Governor of Victoria has assumed the
administration of the Commonwealth in the
absence of the Governor General
• The Governor is not in Victoria or is un-
able or unwilling to fulfil the role, for example
due to illness
Mr Lay replaces the Honourable Marilyn War-
ren AC, who has been Lieutenant-Governor of
Victoria since April 2006 and has recently re-
tired as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of
Victoria – the first woman to hold that office.
Premier Daniel Andrews described Ken Lay
at last week’s ceremony as a highly respected
and valued community leader in Victoria, with
a deep commitment to improving people’s
“I know he’ll be an excellent Lieutenant-
Governor and I look forward to continuing our
positive working relationship as he takes on
this new role,” the Premier stated.
The 2018 ‘Having a Say’ Conference
BASS Coast Shire Council will sponsor two
people to attend the Having a Say Conference,
to be held from February 5 to 7 in Geelong.
The conference is organised by the Victorian
Advocacy League for Individuals with Disabil-
ity and provides people with disability the op-
portunity to ‘have a say’ about issues that affect
their lives, and develop strategies to address
The conference theme for 2018 is ‘Commu-
nity – Here I am!’ which will talk about the im-
portance of having a healthy life, a caring family
and a meaningful job.
The Having a Say Conference is a place where
people can speak up and have their voices
heard, be respected and empowered, and have
fun meeting and engaging with new people.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, ex-
plained that in 2016, 6.6 per cent of the popula-
tion in Bass Coast Shire reported needing help
in their day-to-day lives due to a severe or pro-
“This conference provides the opportunity for
people with disability from all around Australia
and the world to get together, share experiences
and celebrate achievements,” Cr Rothfield said.
“Council will sponsor two Bass Coast resi-
dents to attend the Having a Say Conference,
and we hope these delegates will come back
with some new ideas about how to improve the
health and wellbeing of people with disability
who live in and visit Bass Coast.”
People wishing to nominate have until 2pm
on Friday, January 5, to submit a nomination
Council will fund the registration fee, accom-
modation and a small food allowance for the
two successful nominations.
Assistance to complete a nomination form
can be provided on request.
Nomination forms are available on www.bass-
coast.vic.gov.au/havingasay or by contacting the
Social and Community Planning Administra-
tion Officer on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or
5671 2211 or email ruralaccess@basscoast.
THE Royal Australian Navy, Vietnam, 1965 -
1972 exhibition will open at the National Viet-
nam Veterans Museum this weekend.
Between 1965 and 1972, elements of the
Royal Australian Navy undertook continuous
operational service in Vietnam.
During this period the Navy operational tasks
included sea, shore and air duties.
The Vietnam War was not markedly a naval
conflict, but for the 13,500 members of the
R.A.N who saw active service, it was real.
R.A .N played a significant role in the Austra-
lian Forces overall commitment.
Destroyers sailed 400,000 miles (nautical)
and fired 100,000 rounds of ammunition.
HMAS Sydney, famed as the Vung Tau Ferry,
carried 16,000 troops.
The exhibition opens this Saturday, Novem-
ber 18 at 2pm and will continue until May
Images, video and artefacts will convey di-
verse stories and incidents, many having hith-
erto not been available for the public to see.
The Royal Australian Navy Band will be per-
forming at the opening of the exhibition before
and after the formalities on Saturday.
Launch of Royal Australian Navy exhibition
The HMAS Sydney, infamously nicknamed the Vung Tau Ferry during its service in Viet-
nam, carried 16,000 troops between 1965 and 1972.
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