December 2020

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - 16 December 2020

This is my last column for the year so I wanted to take the opportunity to wish everyone in Wyndham a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. However you are planning on celebrating it, I hope you stay safe and take some time to recover from what has been a very challenging 2020!

The arts and events industries have been particularly hard hit by Covid-19. It was great to see public events returning to our City over the weekend with the launch of the West End Experience in Werribee, which brought pop up alfresco dining and live music to Watton St. This event will return in January 2021, so keep an eye out for it. We also saw Werribee Park transformed, with the exciting new event BLINK taking over the grounds of the Werribee Mansion. The free immersive experience is a collaboration between Council and local photographer David Mullins. Huge illuminated portraits of Wyndham residents are projected onto the surrounding trees, completely transforming one of our most famous landmarks. While this event is nearly booked out, the further relaxing of rules for social gatherings means that extra tickets are now available. This exciting event will run until 20 December, so get in now if you want to see it by visiting https://bit.ly/ticketstoblink

Wyndham is a great City for events that bring our community together and they are an important part of our economic recovery, which is why it’s exciting to see so many families enjoying these new and innovative experiences.

As we enter 2021 there will be a full calendar of events for you to enjoy so be sure to visit www.wyndhamtogether.com.au/ events/ to be a part of the action.

Mayor Election and 16 Days of Activism campaign - 2 December 2020

Last month I was elected as the Mayor of Wyndham Council. While it is only the sixth time a woman has held this position, I’m confident that many more women will continue to break this and many more barriers in the future. I am proud to represent this Council, especially as I will be working closely with so many other talented women.

This year, Council is once again participating in Respect Victoria’s 16 Days of Activism campaign, the theme of which is “Respect Women: Call it Out”. It aims to support communities to engage in conversations around respect – what it means, what it looks like, and how to put it into practice, especially in the context of gender equality.
The timing of this campaign is no coincidence either as it coincides with the United Nations 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. It will run from 25 November until 10 December 2020.

Council has already hosted two community workshops and a free movie event as part of the campaign, which have been very well received by the community.

While the events of 2020 have meant that all our lives have been greatly disrupted, we can never afford to forget that gender inequality and violence against women are real and should never be tolerated.

I encourage all of you to find out more about the 16 Days of Activism by visiting https://www.respectvictoria.vic.gov.au/16-days-activism-2020

Regards, Cr Adele Hegedich.

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