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A message from the Mayor

A message from the Mayor

Upgrading Jaycee Park

Next week will be your chance to help fine tune plans to upgrade Swan Hill’s Jaycee Park.

On Thursday, 22 March, Council and a landscape architect will meet with school students, Aboriginal community members and key organisations, before a community barbecue at the park from 4pm.

More details will be coming your way soon, but please head along on Thursday to give your input.

Celebrating culture at Harmony Day

March is always a busy month for events in our region. We’ve already had the successful Swan Hill Region Food and Wine Festival, the Lake Boga seaplane splash in, and others, but there is more to come.

Next Saturday, 24 March, Harmony Day will be on at Riverside Park from 4pm. This is a day to celebrate the amazing cultural diversity of our region, to learn about these cultures, enjoy their food and experience their music and traditional dress. As many as 2000 people have attended past events, which speaks volumes about what it has to offer. Entry is free, with international food for sale.

Beyond that, we can look forward to the Easter regatta at Lake Boga, plenty of motor racing events at Chisholm Reserve, events at the Library and Gallery and community markets. You can find out about all of them at www.visitswanhill.com.au or see the team at Swan Hill Region Information Centre.

Gallery upgrades

You might have been wondering what’s been happening outside Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery over the past few weeks?

The front of the Gallery is getting a bit of a makeover with a timber deck soon to be installed, as well as plenty of lawn, making it a great open public space and a place for the Gallery to host outdoor events. It will be finished for the Gallery’s prestigious National Print and Drawing Awards in May.

Robinvale cricket boost

The campaign for a senior cricket club in Robinvale has been boosted with the State Government recently announcing $51,500 to build new practice nets.

We will work with the Robinvale District Cricket Association to build the three-lane facility and hope they will help to entice new players and ultimately support the establishment of a new senior club.

The nets will also be great to junior cricket development, for the Clontarf Foundation and for local schools.

Robinvale to mark 100 years since French battle

The countdown is on to Robinvale’s big event to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux.

Three events will be held on 24 April – the re-consecration of the Euston Cenotaph, the official opening of the Robinvale-Euston Memorial Park, and an RSL Service at the Robinvale Cenotaph. Then there will be a community barbecue at Caix Square.

I encourage people from right around our municipality to get involved in this event – the Robinvale community and the dedicated event committee has worked hard to bring this event together.

Find out more at the event’s Facebook page.

Business Mixer on again

I’ll be back in Robinvale next Thursday, 22 March for the next Business Mixer.

These events have been great in the past, giving business people from the Robinvale area a chance to share ideas, build networks and learn about what Council is up to in your community.

Light refreshments will be provided at this free event which runs 5.30pm until 6.30pm at the Robinvale Bridge Motel. Hope to see you there.

Yamagata students on their way

Fifteen Japanese students and four leaders will arrive in Swan Hill this Monday for the biennial Yamagata Swan Hill student exchange.

The group will be in our region for a week, visiting the Pioneer Settlement, Lake Tyrrell, Robinvale and Lake Boga, going to school, trying Aussie rules and getting involved in old-style bush dancing.

Congratulations to the parents, volunteers and students who have organised this exchange – I look forward to meeting the group on Monday.

The exchange is just one part of Swan Hill’s sister city relationship with the Japanese city of Yamagata, which has been going strong since 1980. Our students will travel to Japan in June to complete the 2018 student exchange.