By Cr Pamela Rothfield

Here we are in the midst of the Spring Racing Carnival, with Christmas decorations on shop shelves and the promise of summer in the air! Bass Coast’s VCE students are in the midst of their assessments and I wish them all the best as they study, prepare and sit their exams.

While I admit, I am possibly one of the few Phillip Island residents to not own a wetsuit or surfboard, it was an absolute delight watching the World Surf League Qualifying Series Event, the Phillip Island Pro, last weekend.

I sat with and was taught by the experts who explained both the complexity of the sport, and the scoring process. A QS 1000 Qualifying Series event requires a six judging panel, with four judges on each heat. Of the four judge’s scores, the two middle scores are averaged, and this score is applied to the competitor.

It was also wonderful to hear these surfing gurus talk about Phillip Island as one of Australia’s premier surfing locations. Because the Island has many beaches facing different directions with different geological features, surfers are almost guaranteed to find a wave here somewhere. This helps explain why we have so many exceptional surfers locally and why it is such a large part of our culture in Bass Coast.

Congratulations to the winners from the weekend, Piper Harrison and Jacob Willcox, and thank you to Piper for acknowledging Council’s commitment to equality for women in sport and supporting women’s surfing by securing equal prize money at this event.

Congratulations also to the Energy Innovation Co-operative who were recently successful in achieving Registered Environmental Organisation (REO) status from the Federal Government. The REO involves obtaining DGR 1 status which will allow them to receive tax deductable donations from individuals and direct grants from philanthropic organisations. Obtaining this status is the result of the tireless work and commitment from the Coop committee, who key objective is to improve Bass Coast’s sustainability and energy practice. The hard work they are putting in today will make a significant impact on our future, and we are lucky to have such a group.

There will be Remembrance Day services held across the Shire this Saturday at Grantville, San Remo, Cowes, Inverloch and Wonthaggi. I encourage everyone to join me in one minutes silence at 11am on Saturday, in memory of all who have died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.