Bromley Road consultation
We have been pleased with the response to consultation on the proposed sale of Bromley Road land.
As of Tuesday morning, we had received more than 80 submissions from community members, with a mix of views.
Please keep these views coming. Councillors will not decide whether or not to sell the land until we have considered all these points of view.
Submissions will be received until 18 March. If you make a submission you can also nominate to speak about it further with Councillors at a meeting held specifically to hear from people of Robinvale.
To find out more and to have your say, you can visit Council’s website www.swanhill.vicgov.au/yoursay.
Planning amendment – find out more
Ratepayers have all recently received a letter about a Planning Scheme Amendment – C073. Some have since asked why they received this letter and what it means to them.
Well, by law we were required to inform all ratepayers who might be affected, either directly or indirectly, by the proposed Planning Scheme changes.
Residents mostly affected will be those living within the flood overlay, the farming zone, the rural living zone and the low density residential zone.
Changes will impact on things like subdivision sizes, requirements for permits to build sheds and extensions, and set backs from roads, among other things.
We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions to help better explain the amendment – visit Council’s website to access those.
There will also be an information session at the Robinvale Community Centre this Monday where you can find out more – call in any time between 5pm and 7pm.
Huge motor racing weekend
This weekend is going to be a huge one at Chisholm Reserve – drag racing, speedway and a tractor pull. I truly encourage the Swan Hill community to get behind these two events.
The Swan Hill Dragway will host the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars.
This will be family friendly – the club is working hard to make it an event that everyone in our community can enjoy. There will be kids’ entertainment in the afternoon like face painting, balloon twisting, jumping castles and laser tag. There’s even a colouring competition on the dragway’s Facebook page.
For all the rev heads, everyone gets access to the pits. It’s on tomorrow from 11am.
And in a win for local motor racing lovers, the Swan Hill Speedway will have a tractor pull on Saturday night, along with its regular speedway racing.
It will be a great night’s entertainment – gates open at 3pm and there’s racing from 6pm.
Catalina playground update
The community has expressed frustration with delays to the proposed new playground near the Catalina Flying Boat Museum at Lake Boga.
I am pleased to say that we have received the much-awaited Heritage Services Aboriginal Victoria approval for the site’s Cultural Heritage Management Plan. Council officers have now been able to order playground equipment, including a flying fox and pod swing.
And while it will still be a few months before we receive and then install the playground, the community can be assured that it will happen.
Impressive school leaders
Visiting the Swan Hill Specialist and Swan Hill Primary schools in recent weeks, I have been really impressed with the skills and qualities of the students.
I had the pleasure of presenting leadership medals and certificates to students – these young people could very well be the leaders of our community in years to come. I was equally impressed at the dedication of the teachers at the schools.
It has been many years since my direct involvement at schools, and so it was great to be back in that environment – such a positive place.
Pre-school work starts
I had the pleasure this week of helping MP Mark Gepp turn the first sod on the upgraded Lake Boga Pre-School building. It was great to have so many keen young helpers from the school and pre-school too!
The upgraded building will include space for Maternal and Child Health, and will allow for extra pre-school capacity. Lake Boga is fast becoming a top pick for families to live, and this upgrade will cater for anticipated growth.
It is a joint project of State Government, Council and Lake Boga Primary School.