Aren’t our small communities just amazing?
Councillors and senior Council staff have been on the road this week, touring Boundary Bend and Manangatang to find out what they are most proud of in their communities and to learn more about their aspirations.
At Manangatang, an enthusiastic group gave us a comprehensive town tour and talked with us about their proposed walking track, Wattle Street beautification, Lowan Park and their community centre, among other community issues.
At Boundary Bend, a high priority remains a riverfront walking track and we discussed this with community leaders.
Boundary Bend and Manangatang are among the 11 towns in our municipality involved in the Community Planning program. They each have an individual Community Plan that helps prioritise their community projects and deliver them with Council support.
Meeting with these community groups this week and seeing their communities firsthand helps us as Councillors when making decisions and setting priorities, and I thank everyone who made the time to be there.
Upgrade to Milloo Street boat ramp
After the Easter fishing rush, we’ll be closing the Milloo Street boat ramp in Swan Hill for its much-anticipated upgrade.
The popular boat ramp will be extended to two lanes, plus we will build toilets and a sealed car park, thanks to funding from the State Government’s Better Fishing program and its Boating Safety and Facilities program.
The boat ramp will have to be closed for about three weeks from mid April – we will let boaters know via media and via signs at the ramp once the closure dates are confirmed.
Manufacturing and Trades
And finally, a quick plug for an information session coming up for local manufacturing and trade businesses.
Manufacturing and trades are some of our biggest industries, and we know there are some really innovative local businesses. This information session with AusIndustry and Regional Development Victoria will give businesses specialist knowledge to help them expand, launch new products or take advantage of government funding and tax incentives.
It will be on 11 April from 5.30pm at Swan Hill Region Information Centre. Register and find out more on Facebook or by calling 5032 3033.
Robinvale housing plans continue
Our discussions about housing continued in Robinvale last week.
Councillor Katis, Council CEO John McLinden and I met with about 20 representatives from the tablegrape industry and from large corporate horticulturalists.
Everyone there accepted that industry had a vital role to play, along with government, to work on resolving housing shortages and issues in Robinvale.
We discussed actions that we hope will create some quick wins. Council will also put together an action plan that will involve all groups working together on longer term solutions.