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COMMUNITY NEWS
 Edition 4 - October 2020
Welcome to the fourth edition of our Community News!
Thank you for your support over the past 3 months whilst we have been getting our newsletter off the ground. We aim to provide relevant and important information to you each month and we encourage you to share this information within your networks.
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In Brief
- Team Member Profile
- Apex Park Upgrade
- BeachPatrol
- #ReigniteBassCoast
- 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
- Neighbourhood House Update
- Community Safety Message
- Free office furniture
- Useful Links / Information
Team Member Profile
Joey Boothby - Team Leader Social Planning
Where do you live?
My family moved to Inverloch 3 years ago from inner city Melbourne and haven’t looked back – we love Bass Coast.

What do you love about your job?
I love the people I work with at Bass Coast Shire Council and within all our partner organisations. I’ve learnt so much from such a diverse group of committed people who work passionately to improve the health and wellbeing of our community.

What is your favourite book?
I’ve been loving Jane Harper’s Australian crime/mysteries books and have just started ‘The Survivors’ and am already hooked!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? 
I love being active outdoors whether its bushwalking, jogging, gardening or ocean swimming (the water needs to get a bit warmer though before I am brave enough to get wet!)
Apex Park, Wonthaggi
September saw the opening of the new upgrade at Apex Park in Wonthaggi. The unique playspace draws upon the historical significance of the train station at Apex Park and includes a timber train engine and carriages, a wooden trestle bridge, a slide and a swing and other nature-based play items.
BeachPatrol & Love Our Street
Love our Street is a litter collection initiative that falls under the BeachPatrol program. Both are volunteer groups that are spread over many postcodes. Within these postcodes, there is a group of locals who pick up litter from their beaches, streets or parks once a month. The groups enter their litter collection details on an app called Litter Stopper. This then stores all the data from all pickups on a common website litterstopper.com. This combined data is used to encourage change within communities and to help advocate for improvements in waste management and recycling. Individuals and other groups are also encouraged to download the free app and enter their collection data.

Local community members of Cape Woolamai have formed their own Love our Street Group, bringing together like-minded people to help drive change and tackle the ever-growing litter problem. At present, all Beach Patrol and Love Our Street group cleans are suspended due to Covid-19. If you would like to clean up your favourite spot, you should do so using gloves and tongs or a reacher, disposing of any litter safely. Cleans should not be along any roadside where the speed limit exceeds 60 kph. Keep safe and remember hand hygiene. 
It will be wonderful to welcome you to our first clean. Watch out for our announcement on our Facebook page.

An hour of action, once a month cleans up the streets, prevents litter entering storm water drains and thus protects our marine environments and beaches. Read more about this initiative here.
#ReigniteBassCoast
2020 has proven to be a challenging year for us all and we are proud of our community and the way it has joined together to do amazing things during this unprecedented period.

As restrictions ease, we will begin a new and important period. A period of recovery where we begin to settle into ‘COVID normal’ practices, see a long awaited return of our local businesses and welcome back visitors to our beautiful Bass Coast.
This is an important period for us all and we are excited to see how community will ‘reignite’ – how we will reconnect with one another, reinvigorate our local economy and re-energise the townships of our beautiful Bass Coast. 

Over the coming months we will be running a number of initiatives to support and encourage our community to #ReigniteBassCoast.  We invite you to become involved, continue supporting one another and to embrace the many opportunities that are in front of us. 

And most importantly, we’d love to hear how you might be planning, or already working to, #ReigniteBassCoast. Let us know at
reignite@basscoast.vic.gov.au and regularly check out #ReigniteBassCoast https://www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/community-support-services/reignite-bass-coast
 to see what might be planned or what our community are doing.
16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The 16 Days continue on until 10 December, Human Rights Day. To learn more about the campaign, click here.
 
Regionally, a Working Group of the Gippsland Free From Violence Coalition has developed a Gippsland Film Campaign/Project for this year, encouraging individuals and groups to create short films that promote the impact of gender equity. An online workshop was held on 19 October 2020 (a recording of this session is available for anyone who wishes to join the campaign), and the campaign is still open to receive short films from individuals or organisations around the key message of “Freedom from Gender Stereotypes”. 
 
Please encourage people in your organisation and networks to share this information and to consider creating a film themselves. For more information, please email prevention@gippscasa.org.
Neighbourhood House Update
If you live in or nearby to Corinella, you will know that due to Covid-19 restrictions the Corinella and District Community Centre has not been able to open its doors to programs, activities or events for our community to socialise and celebrate lifelong learning. 

However, while people aren’t spending time at the Centre, other residents have made Corinella and District Community Centre their home.   
If you walk past, you may see the smiling faces of the Spoonville Community. These residents have been arriving in response to questions on the Corinella Area Group Facebook page.
The humans of Corinella artistically created Spoon people with flair and bright happy colours.  Would you like to add to the corner where no social distancing is required?

The Centre is working hard behind the scenes getting ready for when the doors can be opened again and everyone is welcomed back to their favourite activities or join in with the variety of new ones on offer. 
Check out the Corinella and District Facebook page here to see what is happening and current hours, or phone Corinella and District Community Centre on 5678 0777, and leave a message. Click on the logo image above to see the website.
Community Safety & Emergency Messages
Get Spring Flood Ready
Storms can happen anywhere, at any time of year and are often accompanied by strong winds, large hailstones and lightning. The BoM have declared that we are now in La Niña and so VICSES are preparing for what could be a very wet spring and summer.
Most importantly, we want to help you prepare and stay safe. Experience shows that those who plan and prepare for emergencies can reduce the impact of the emergency, and can recover quicker afterwards. For more information on how to prepare your home for flood emergencies check out:
https://www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/at-home.
 
Fire Preparedness
Spring is the time to start to prepare your property for the fire season.  Bass Coast Shire Council provide a Fee-Free Green Waste Disposal Period each year to encourage residents to prepare for the fire and storm season.
This year the dates are Saturday 31 October 2020 until Sunday, 22 November 2020 (inclusive)
You can dispose of green waste at our waste facilities for no charge during this period. Weed species and species that cannot physically be mulched (such as palm fronds) are not accepted and fees will apply. For all of your green waste disposal questions see:
https://www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/services/waste-rubbish/green-waste-disposal
 
Whether it’s a bushfire, flood, beach closure, storm or earthquake —VicEmergency gives all warnings from a single app and phone number.  The free application can be downloaded from mobile phone app stores or at
www.emv.vic.gov.au or you can call the hotline on — 1800 226 226.
 
Thunderstorm Asthma
Do you have hay fever? Speak to your pharmacist today about what you can do to manage your hay fever and help reduce your risk of thunderstorm asthma.
Thunderstorm asthma may be triggered by a thunderstorm on a high pollen day and even people who have never had asthma before can be affected. If symptoms become severe or life-threatening, call triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance – say it is an asthma emergency. More information on can be found at:
https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/thunderstormasthma.
Inspirational Quote for the Month

You're never fully dressed without a smile!
Office furniture available to community groups
 Does your Community Group need any office furniture? We have a limited amount of furniture available like desks, desk cupboards, lockable cabinet, white boards or second hand stationery like lever arch folders, plastic in-trays, plastic folders etc.

We have recently made a number of environmental and cost conscious decisions resulting in some spare furniture and office equipment becoming available now for Bass Coast community groups like yours.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Kirsty, community planning officer – Island Ward on M: 0435 243 863 (Wednesday - Friday)
Useful Links / Information
Children and Youth Art Competition

To celebrate Children's Week and National Youth month, Bass Coast Shire Council have opened an art competition for children and youth in Bass Coast Shire.
Create an artwork that shows what you hope for Bass Coast in trhe year 2030. Artworks can include drawings, paintings, photographs or digital illustrations.
The Judging Panel, including Alison Lester, will award three $100 gift cards for each age group (Under 10 years, 10-18 years, 19-25 years).
For more information please visit
Bass Coast Shire Council website.

Citizen of the Year Nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Bass Coast Australia Day Awards for Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year. While 2020 has been a challenging year, it has not stopped the many beautiful acts of caring, selflessness, giving and compassion from individuals within our community.

Do you know someone living in Bass Coast who regularly goes above and beyond, you can always rely on for help, or you admire for their contribution to the community? These Awards allow us to recognise our local heroes for all they do in our community. Nominating your local hero is easy and only takes a few minutes.

Visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/ausday2021 to nominate someone, or to read the guidelines.

Nominations close on Monday, 23 November 2020 and the finalists and winners will be announced in the lead up to Australia Day in January 2021.

Access To Local Services Improved by New Guide.
The South Coast Primary and Community Partnership, Bass Coast Shire Council and South Gippsland Shire Council have released a Community Guide to Local Health Services and Supports to assist the public to access services available right here in the local South Gippsland and Bass Coast region. 
This resource follows on from the success of the COVID-19 Community Supports Booklet that was distributed in June. This expanded edition has a greater focus on local services ranging from health and welfare organisations through to mental health, youth, financial and food relief services and community houses. State Government hotlines and 24 hour support services are also included. 
The resource is available online on South Gippsland Shire Council’s, Bass Coast Shire Council’s and the South Coast Primary and Community Partnership’s websites and will be available in hard copy print from many community locations across the sub-region. 

Click here to view the booklet.
Let's Pivot Program - Make a Change Australia
In recognition of the many ways COVID-19 has impacted community organisations, not-for profits and volunteer based organisations, Make A Change Australia has released the ‘Let’s Pivot’ program.  Let’s Pivot is a free online community and professional development program supporting community leaders, organisations and individuals to change their strategy without changing their vision. The Program runs from October 1st 2020 to March 31st 2021.  Find out more about this exciting opportunity here
Click
here for more information.
COVID Hardship Support Hotline and No Interest Loans
Good Shepherd has expanded its long running No Interest Loans program to offer Household Relief Loans Without Interest for people impacted by the pandemic. A free COVID Hardship Support Hotline is also available to help you navigate the often-complex supports and services you may be eligible for.
Phone 1300121130 to access the free COVID Hardship Support Hotline, check eligibility and apply for a Household Relief Loan Without Interest or visit
www.householdrelief.org.au.
Annual General Meetings are essential business for not-for-profits.
But COVID-19 means that this year, more organisations than ever will be going "virtual" with their AGM.
Whether you've held yours already or you're among the thousands of community groups and not-for-profits taking advantage of a time extension, ourcommunity's latest help sheet contains free, practical advice to keep your organisation ticking.
Click image to learn more.
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Council Facilities Update
Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Facility in Wonthaggi will commence a staged opening. The aquatic area will open on Thursday 29 October and the health club and group fitness on Monday 2 November. There will be limited capacities and online bookings will be essential. Please visit https://wonthaggi.ymca.org.au/ for up to date operating hours.

Phillip island Leisure Centre in Cowes is currently closed. It is anticipated that as restrictions ease, the facility will re-open with reduced access. Please visit
https://phillipisland.ymca.org.au/ for up to date information.

Council play spaces, fitness stations, Skate parks and BMX tracks are open for community use. The community is encouraged to continue utilising open space at recreation reserves as well as tracks and trails across the Shire for daily exercise, while adhering to the safe distancing measures.


Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre is currently a hive of activity behind closed doors! We are working hard to ensure that the centre can re-open safely as soon as restrictions allow. Please visit our facebook page for up to date information www.facebook.com/wonthaggiartcentre/ or our website www.wonthaggiartscentre.com.au/ and subscribe to our newsletter.

All Bass Coast Visitor and Information Centres are currently closed to the public.  Staff are still available 7 days a week, 9am – 5pm to assist with enquires on t: 1300 366 422, online
www.visitbasscoast.com.au or send us an email bookings@basscoast.vic.gov.au. We are hoping to reopen to the public soon but this will depend on state government advice.
We hope you have enjoyed this months edition of Community News!  If you have any information you think other Community Groups would like to know about please share with Kirsty via email kirsty.crooks@basscoast.vic.gov.au or call on 0435 243 863 (Wednesday - Friday) so we can include in future newsletters.  Editions will come out monthly.  We are really looking forward to getting out and meeting you all face to face.  Take care of yourselves 

Kind regards,

The Social and Community Planning Team  
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Bass Coast Shire Council

Phone: 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03 5671 2211) 
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