Premier meets with Council
Bass Coast hosted Victorian Premier, The Hon Daniel Andrews MP, as he visited the region following an invitation from Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, and the Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club last Friday.
Arriving in the early afternoon, the Premier toured Archiblox in Wonthaggi, a innovative local building company.
He then took part in a Round Table discussion organised by the Mayor, and also attended by Deputy Mayor Cr Bradley Drew, Council’s CEO Paul Buckley PSM, Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing MLC, and representatives from local community groups and businesses.
Cr Crugnale said the afternoon was a chance to strengthen partnerships between the community, private sector and local and state government with a focus on capital and social investment in the area.
“We had representatives from both the private and public sector, with business leaders and key players representing the four pillars of the sustainability framework; economy, environment, community and culture,” Cr Crugnale said.
“It was a rare opportunity to discuss issues face-to-face with the Premier, such as Wonthaggi as a regional centre, education, business growth and renewable energy.”
“We advocated for a whole of Government approach to develop long term holistic strategies to enable Wonthaggi to perform as a thriving regional centre, focussing on health, education, employment and the arts in particular.
“We also promoted Bass Coast as an area to invest in, presenting a brief outline on current and planned investment in the Shire, and discussed investigating and seeking clean energy initiatives and alternatives within Bass Coast.”
Cr Crugnale said Mr Andrews’ visit was also a chance to continue advocating for major projects requiring State Government support, such as the Bass Valley Children’s Centre, the Cowes Revitalisation Project and the Wonthaggi Education Precinct.
“The Premier committed to working with Council and making available the relevant Ministers to ensure that community priorities can be progressed,” Cr Crugnale said.
“As a first step, the Premier has advised that he will arrange for a number of Ministers to spend some time in Bass Coast as a group within three months to ensure they are well aware of the challenges and opportunities facing Bass Coast.”
Mr Andrews spent one hour with the group before heading to Cape Paterson to meet with the Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club.