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A message from the Mayor

A message from the Mayor

I’d like to start by thanking the community for taking part in important community surveys and consultations recently – on pools, the arts and communication.

More than 300 of you completed a survey about the future of swimming pools and other aquatic facilities. It was such a great response. Consultants will use these results, input from local user groups and other information to write a draft report.

The draft will be released for public feedback, so please keep an eye out for that.

Ultimately, the Aquatics Strategy will help inform the way we maintain and upgrade Swan Hill and Robinvale leisure centres, outdoor pools at Swan Hill, Manangatang and Nyah, as well as the potential for a water play space.

We recently released our draft Creative Strategy for public comment and received seven online submissions as well as some that were emailed and some provided verbally. Our Cultural Services team will now work with consultants to incorporate relevant feedback before presenting the final strategy to Councillors for adoption.

And finally, we received more than 200 responses to a survey on communication and engagement, looking at the best ways Council can communicate projects and decisions with you, and how we can best get you involved in decision making. Community members gave us some very useful information and some great ideas, and a draft strategy is being put together now.

Council meeting in Robinvale

We will host our September Ordinary Council Meeting at the Robinvale Community Centre on Tuesday afternoon (18 September). Some of the things on the agenda are our campaign to reduce illegal rooming houses in the Robinvale area, and the results of a recent Community Satisfaction Survey. If you are interested in any of these issues, please come along. The meeting starts at 4pm and is open to the community.

Singing in Swan Hill

If you’re anything like me, you love a good singalong. But maybe you haven’t taken that next step and sung in public? Well, next Tuesday night (18 September) in Swan Hill, you have your chance as part of In Full Voice – a huge community pop-up choir.

No matter what your singing skills or age, you are invited to join the choir to sing a special song – Bridge Over Trouble Water, mixed with John Lennon’s iconic Imagine . You’ll learn the song, practice with the choir and then perform it for a video filming. The video will be editing and shared on social media. It’s such a unique opportunity for Swan Hill.

If you’re not ready to take to the stage, a performance at the Gallery, also on Tuesday, might be more up your alley. Word of Mouth from the Ballarat Arts Academy will perform a free concert at 1pm.

Find out more about both events on our Facebook page.

Mayor and CEO visiting

Council CEO John McLinden and I will be in Robinvale on 27 September to meet one-on-one with community members, to discuss your ideas and concerns. To make a time to meet, contact the Council office on 5036 2348.

Email gremlins

Finally, a small personal note about emails. The email gremlins have been into my Council email address in the past few weeks and some emails from ratepayers have gone straight to junk mail instead of my inbox.

When I realised I was able to respond, albeit a little late, and I apologise to those ratepayers.

We’ve worked to try and fix this problem at our end, but if you send an email to Council or one of your Councillors and don’t get a response, please follow it up. The gremlins might just have been busy again…