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A message from Mayor Les McPhee

A message from Mayor Les McPhee

Robinvale will be feeling very proud this week, and rightly so. Two of its residents took top awards on Australia Day.

Marion Leslie was awarded the Swan Hill Rural City Council Citizen of the Year Award for her long and outstanding community services. Marion has been The Sentinel editor and owner for 31 years, always acting as an advocate and promoter of the Robinvale area. She has also held executive roles at the local footy club since 1987, growing the club into a successful and professionally-run entity.

The other Robinvale winner was Ashley Valinoti, Young Citizen of the Year. Ashley’s award recognised his efforts to help rehabilitate Suli Ikafunga – a Robinvale man injured in an assault five years ago. After reading about Suli’s situation in The Sentinel, Ashley started visiting Suli daily and has since taught him how to communicate using hand signals. He also helped raise $48,000 to modify Suli’s family home. What an amazing young man and so worthy of this award.

Congratulations also go to the team at Woorinen District Primary School for winning the Community Event of the Year award. The school co-ordinates the annual State School Extravaganza, with more than 900 people taking part in 2013. The event’s continuous growth, and its positive impact on all students involved, makes it a very worthy winner. Well done.

Touring the municipality

Councillors and senior staff spent two days recently touring the municipality to look at all the capital works that are underway, or soon to start. It has been fantastic for us all to see these private and Council projects firsthand and to learn about their progress.

Among them were the Robinvale levee site and drainage projects, Bromley Road, Robinvale’s aged care unit development, the large residential development at Lake Boga, the Little Murray Weir, Swan Hill Aerodrome, Chisholm Reserve, Swan Hill’s south west precinct, the Nyah West preschool, and a range of major road projects.

Myself and CEO Dean Miller will also be in Robinvale today to discuss issues and opportunities with community members. It is the first of our regular visits to Robinvale for 2014. If you would like to chat to us at any of our future visits, please contact our Robinvale or Swan Hill offices to make an appointment.

CBD stage 3

Work on the third and final stage of the Swan Hill CBD redevelopment began this week. Once complete, this section of Campbell Street, between McCrae and Rutherford streets, will have a similar look to the other stages of the redevelopment.

The project includes new trees, garden beds and irrigation systems, new green shade structures, curved seats and tables, extra carparks, and new paving, footpaths, kerb and channel, kerb crossings and pedestrian islands. We expect the works will be completed in May.