Borough of Queenscliffe: Mayor’s Column

Seniors Festival
We’re now midway through the 2011 Victorian Seniors Festival, with a diverse range of activities held in the Borough throughout October.

There are still a number of events coming up, including a Men’s and Women’s Health and Wellbeing forum at the Bellarine Masonic Centre on Thursday 27 October.

This event is free and I urge all our senior residents to get out and make the most of this and other activities during the Seniors Festival.

Queenscliff Music Festival
Continuing on the subject of festivals, we’re now just weeks away from the QMF, which this year returns to its original location at Princess Park overlooking picturesque Port Phillip Bay.

Queenscliff’s grand buildings and stunning coastal environment will again provide the perfect backdrop to this three-day celebration of contemporary Australian and world music.
This fantastic event has earned a warm place in the hearts of local residents, who are proud to share their wonderful village and environs with visitors to the festival. Many also contribute their time as volunteers or take the opportunity to share in the musical experience.

The festival provides the Borough of Queenscliffe with excellent exposure and is a key factor in attracting many people to the village, not just at festival time, but throughout the year.

Annual Report
The Borough’s 2010/11 Annual Report will be considered at this week’s Ordinary Meeting of Council at the Town Hall. The report highlights a year of great activity and achievement.

The Borough was able to maintain a healthy financial position and continue its high standard of services, despite our unique population profile that places considerable demand on resources, and pressure from uncertain global economic conditions.

The report is available to view on the council’s website or in person at the council offices in Learmonth Street and the public library in Hesse Street.

Australia Day Awards
The Borough is seeking nominations from the community for the Australia Day Awards, which will be announced on 26 January 2012. Nominations are open in the following categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Community Events and Community Environment Project awards.

The Community Environment Project of the Year is a new award for a group or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to the environment over the past year.

Nomination forms are on the council’s website, with nominations closing on November 30.

Bob Merriman
Mayor, Borough of Queenscliffe