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A message from Mayor Les McPhee

A message from Mayor Les McPhee

Bright Futures Roadshow

On Monday I had the honour of emceeing the VicHealth Bright Futures Regional Roadshow. The roadshow discussed the five megatrends that will impact on the mental wellbeing of young people in Victoria over the next 20 years.

These megatrends are skill and education levels, globalisation and digital technology, diverse culture and society, online exposure and improved understanding of mental health and wellbeing and service delivery.

The forum talked about VicHealth’s Mental Wellbeing Strategy that looks at new ways to build resilience in young people and make a positive difference to create a bright future for young Victorians.

Young people are integral to our community and municipality, and I’d like to congratulate VicHealth and Council for putting on this event. I’d also like to acknowledge Murray Mallee LLEN, Headspace Swan Hill, Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership and Youth Affairs Council Victoria who supported the roadshow.

CBD laneway public gallery opening

Next Friday, 8 July will be the official opening of the laneway public gallery. This fantastic project has seen the transformation of the Swan Hill CBD laneway connecting Campbell and Curlewis streets, with six murals showcasing the stunning flora and fauna of our region.

In addition to beautifying the laneway, safety upgrades have been incorporated, including security camera, lighting and surface works. These works have made the laneway more accessible, giving our community and visitors safer and improved access to and from the CBD, encouraging people to visit the area.

I’d like to thank artists Kerryn Finch and Paul Oswin for creating the six murals as well as the State Government’s Public Safety Infrastructure Fund for funding the project.

Everyone is welcome to attend the opening, which will be held at 12pm in the laneway.

Natural gas infrastructure

It’s great to see that works have started on natural gas infrastructure for the Swan Hill township. Council has been advocating for natural gas since the 1990s and it is fantastic that these very welcome works are underway.

Robinvale will be the next cab off the rank for natural gas, with community information sessions having already been held in the township.

If you haven’t already done so, you can still register your interest for natural gas with Tas Gas.