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A message from the Mayor

A message from the Mayor

The location of Swan Hill’s outdoor pool, the need for a water play park and future improvements of Robinvale, Manangatang and Nyah pools.

They are all hot topics in our communities and you can have your say on them through a survey out now.

Council is creating a 10-year Aquatics Strategy that will help us plan for future development and spending at pools across the region, as well as other opportunities like a water play park.

We know these facilities are much-loved in their local communities – so please have a say through the survey. It asks you to nominate a preferred location for the Swan Hill outdoor pool – at its current site or near the leisure centre. It asks which local pool you use, what you use the pool for and what facilities you value.

You can access the survey at Council’s website – www.swanhill.vic.gov.au/yoursay.

Mallee Almond Blossom Festival

This weekend is one of the biggest on Robinvale’s annual event calendar – the Mallee Almond Blossom Festival. The festival coincides with the blooming of almond trees, celebrating the area’s thriving almond industry and its produce in general.

This festival shows visitors everything Robinvale has to offer – a huge range of beautiful food, booming horticultural enterprises and a vibrant multicultural community.

While the festival has support from sponsors – and Council is proud to be one – it really is a community driven event. Robinvale residents have created a great festival, building the program and attendance over 11 years, and it really is something to be proud of.

I encourage people living in and around Swan Hill to take the trip north for the festival, to learn more about this amazing town in your own backyard, its almonds and its vibrant multicultural community.

On Sunday, home grown country music star Sara Storer will headline the music, there will be kids’ activities, stalls, produce tastings, food, a wakeboard demonstration on the river, and one of the festival drawcards – free bus tours through almond orchards to see the blossoms.

The Migration Memories exhibition will also be on, documenting the area’s migrant community.

The festival is on at the Robinvale Community Centre, on the banks of the Murray, from 10am until 4pm this Sunday. Hope to see you there.