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A message from Mayor Les McPhee

A message from Mayor Les McPhee

Natural gas sod-turning

It was terrific to attend a special sod-turning event last Tuesday to mark the physical start of bringing natural gas to Swan Hill.

This is a significant milestone in the Swan Hill Energy for the Regions Project and I’d like to thank Regional Development Victoria’s Peter Harrison. Peter attended the event as a representative for the Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford.

As mentioned in my last column, Council is thrilled that these works for natural gas infrastructure are underway. It has been the result of considerable advocacy and lobbying efforts and I’d like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who enabled us to reach this point.

The Victorian Government also deserves special recognition for providing the funding to bring this valuable and cost-effective resource to Swan Hill and our region. I’d also like recognise Tas Gas who have been working and collaborating with Council on this project.

Regional Tourism Awards nomination

Council is honoured to be nominated for the 2016 Regional Tourism Awards, which will be held in Echuca Moama on the 23 July. Council has been shortlisted in the Cultural Tourism category for the Pioneer Settlement’s Heartbeat of the Murray.

This follows on from the Heartbeat of the Murray winning the category for Contributing to Regional Growth in the National Awards for Local Government. It was fantastic to be presented with the award in Canberra during the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly.

Robinvale candidate information session this Monday

If you live in the Robinvale area and have been thinking about standing in October’s Council elections, I encourage you to get along to the Robinvale Golf Club this Monday, 18 July.

Starting at 6pm, Council will hold a candidate information session for those interested in standing for the Robinvale Ward.

The session will include a general presentation from Council’s Chief Executive Officer John McLinden about standing as a Councillor and about Swan Hill Rural City Council. I’ll also be speaking about running for Council and the role and responsibilities of being a Councillor.

For more information about the information session call Amanda Young at Council on 5032 3033.

Candidate information sessions will also be held at the Swan Hill Town Hall cafe area on the 11 August at 12pm and at 7pm.

Nominations for Council elections open on 15 September and close at 12pm on 20 September with elections to be conducted via postal vote from the 6 to 21 October.