Four years ago, voters tossed out almost all the Bass Coast Shire councillors.
I was sworn in as one of eight brand-new councillors. It was a steep learning curve. Four years down the track I have experience. I understand the inner working of council. I know how to get things done. I know how to listen to the people we represent as they tell me what matters.
As Western Port Ward councillors, Clare, Bruce and I combined our individual strengths into a positive, effective driver of council’s long-term strategies.
We also successfully focused on the delivery of much-needed local infrastructure.
That success includes big upgrades at Dalyston, Bass, Grantville and Newhaven sports grounds. Construction of new local skate parks in the Waterline with design underway on the next one in Kilcunda. Bus shelters for the school kids and pensioners at The Gurdies. The Carnival Site, Cowes, acquired for a new sporting precinct. Hughes Reserve, Corinella, updated and upgraded. $700,000 in Community COVID-19 Resilience Grants have been distributed across the shire. Guy Road shared pathway to Bass Valley Children’s Centre is now funded. The potholes at the Grantville shops have finally been fixed.
A dedicated community development officer is now based in Grantville with others based on the Island and in Wonthaggi.
I have delivered on my commitment to a regular newsletter, email updates and attending community groups to find out what matters and keep people in the loop. I will continue to answer your emails and meet with residents.
This is not the time to rest on our record. We will provide stability and strong leadership as Bass Coast recovers from the pandemic.
This is part of my 2024 vision:
• Climate variation – A shire and region-wide approach, not just local band-aids.
• Compassion – We are here to help. We have hardship policies, we have people you can talk to, and we will continue to support you.
• Unsealed urban roads – #We want what Jason Woods got – In Yarra Ranges and the adjoining shire their federal member secured millions of Commonwealth money to subsidise sealing of urban roads. That means their special charge schemes are capped at $7000 per property.
• Education/work – The opening of the uni hub means our kids won’t have to trek to Melbourne for a tertiary education. Our infrastructure-led recovery will ensure local work.
• Planning scheme amendments – Ensure new roads are wide enough for emergency service vehicles. Effective controls that protect your amenity.
• LGBTIQ – More safe spaces with accredited Rainbow-Friendly venues and tourist accommodation. I will keep flying the flag.
• Art – A strong art voice from across the shire to push for a regional gallery.
Four years ago, it was time for radical change. Western Port Ward now has a proven team with runs on the board. We are well prepared for the opportunity of a second innings.
I ask you to vote for your voice on council, Geoff Ellis. Vote for the proven combination of Geoff Ellis, Clare Le Serve and Bruce Kent to stand up for the people of Western Port Ward.
Geoff Ellis, Western Port Ward.