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A message from the Mayor

A message from the Mayor

There has been much conversation in the community about the promotional levy raised by Council. I want to reassure the business community that the future of this special rate has not been decided by Council. And that prior to any decision being made, a full and formal consultation process will take place with all businesses that will potentially participate in the rate. Keep an eye on local media, Council’s website and Facebook for details on how you can have your say. In the meantime, you can speak to one of your Councillors if you have questions or want to discuss. The special rate is charged to businesses in and around Swan Hill, collected by Council through annual rates, and passed onto Swan Hill Incorporated to use for promoting the Swan Hill region.

Have a say on riverfront designs

Please come along to the Swan Hill Region Information Centre today between 12pm and 2pm to find out more about the planned Yamagata garden and river walk extension. Concepts for the Yamagata Japanese garden and riverside walk are out for public comment until 18 January. The Yamagata Japanese garden will be between the riverside caravan park and the Pioneer Settlement. This area needs to be beautified and we thought it a fitting tribute to the sister city relationship we have with Yamagata. A new shared pathway will also be built between the caravan park and Settlement, as well as extra car parks near the Pioneer Settlement and a new raised pedestrian crossing. I’m looking forward to seeing how this project progresses – it will make such a huge difference to this popular part of the riverfront. It is also worth mentioning that Council continues to plan for the crossing over the rail line that will directly link the CBD and the river – a much needed improvement that will be welcomed by locals and visitors alike.

Library survey

Thank you to the Robinvale community and surrounds for your input so far into the services you want at your new community library. Council and Robinvale College are working with the State Government to develop the new Library on the college grounds. It will be located in the multipurpose room at the front of the school, making it easy for the wider community to access. We expect to architects will be signed up this month, but in the meantime have put out a survey to get your thoughts on the services that should be included in the library and its opening hours. As of Tuesday morning, we had received almost 80 responses. Keep up the good work Robinvale and district – the more information we receive the best library service we will be able to deliver. Our Libraries Manager Camille Cullinan will be on the mobile library today at Boundary Bend and Robinvale to talk to you about the library and survey, so pop in and say hello. You can also fill out the survey at Council’s website, or at the Robinvale Resource Centre, Robinvale College and the mobile library, until 21 December.

Thank you for stepping up

I’ve been watching as local football and netball clubs announce their new executive teams – presidents, vice presidents, secretaries and treasurers – and committees. Well done and thank you to those who put their hands up. We continue to see some clubs struggle for numbers both on and off the field. This includes most recently the Wakool club’s decision to disband. So it is even more important for people to put their hands up to lead these clubs, not only the future of the clubs themselves, but for the betterment of their local areas too. Well done.