2019 is already shaping up to be a big year. Our region is growing in many areas with new industry arriving and major projects starting or already underway. And I’m excited about what the future holds for the Swan Hill municipality.
At the start of a new year I feel it’s important to reflect on what’s important and how it’s best to move forward. I’m a firm believer that growth and development comes from sound leadership, and this is always accompanied by a positive attitude. Positivity ripples through the community, people are happier and prepared to take risks and look for opportunity.
Negativity on the other hand is the biggest growth inhibitor and enemy of individuals and communities. Everyone has a role to play in keeping negativity at bay and promoting happiness and growth in all areas of our lives. So I encourage you to become ambassadors for our region. Take pride in what you love about our townships, focus on the positives and let that be the message you share with others.
Major projects around the municipality
Speaking of growth, this month has seen a number a major projects progress. The Swan Hill Regional Livestock Exchange redevelopment (pictured) is moving along steadily. Agriculture is the backbone of the Swan Hill regional economy and that’s why we committed to upgrading this facility and to improve OHS for agents and improve animal welfare.
Work has also started on the final section of Lake Boga – Ultima Road which will allow safer travel for heavy vehicles and farm machinery.
Looking ahead, we have work starting soon on the upgrade of Jaycee Park, tenders for Swan Hill Skate Park have closed and Active Play Precinct tenders close at the end of the month.
A number of roads across the municipality will also be upgraded in March and April including the resurfacing of Perrin Street, Robinvale, full reconstruction of Annuello – Wemen Road, Wemen, reseal of Moondah Road, Manangatang and reseal of Bolton – Kooloonong Road, Kooloonong.
Celebrate Australia Day
Community groups across our region have been working hard to put together Australia Day events for 26 January. I encourage everyone to get together with their neighbours, friends and family, to celebrate what’s great about Australia and what’s great about our communities too.
In Swan Hill, head down to Riverside Park from 6.30am for the traditional breakfast and musical entertainment, and be there as we announce citizen, young citizen and community event of the year.
Australia Day events will also be held at other places around our municipality.
Building Better Events workshop
Do you run a local community event? Our Economic Development Unit is hosting a free one-day workshop next month for local event organisers to help them build on and grow their current local events.
Community events are so important for our region. They promote a sense of togetherness and pride, support the local economy, attract visitors and provide a source of fun and entertainment for our residents.
I encourage anyone involved in community events, no matter how big or small, to take up the opportunity to learn more about taking your event to the next level. If you’d like to attend, contact our Economic Development Unit on 5032 3033 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.