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Mayor blog – 15 March 2019

Mayor blog – 15 March 2019

Well done Swan Hill

March is always a hectic but wonderful time for events and activity in the Swan Hill region, and this year our local tourism, hospitality, community and sporting groups have really turned it on.

Over the past fortnight, thousands of people attended the Swan Hill Dragway’s Outlaw Nitros, and the Swan Hill Region Food and Wine Festival. Tomorrow will be the hugely popular Lake Boga Airshow and Splash In.

These events have and will be a huge drawcard for visitors, bringing in valuable tourism dollars and demonstrating to outsiders just how wonderful our region is.

These events are top-class, right here in our backyard and so it was great to see local people taking the chance to come along too. I hope to see some familiar faces at Lake Boga tomorrow for the fly-in – it’s on from 10am until 4pm.

And last but not least, well done and thank you to everyone involved in organising, sponsoring and volunteering for these events – your work is invaluable.

Saleyards tick

The upgraded Swan Hill saleyards have had their first couple of runs and have performed really well.

This upgrade was a huge project. We received support from the Federal Government, co-operation from local cattle producers and agents, and engaged mostly local contractors to get the job done in a tight timeframe.

Thank you to everyone involved.

Work continues on some smaller sections of the upgrade, but stock sales will be able to go on around that work.

Perrin Street upgrade

Perrin Street in Robinvale will be the place for a state-first, innovative project later this month.

The street will be resurfaced using recycled tyres. This new technology will minimise disruption during the work, and in the longer term, provide a durable new road surface.

After talking with REBA and local businesses we have re-scheduled work to a more suitable date – work will start on Saturday, 30 March and should be complete by Wednesday, 3 April.

We know this work will cause disruption, but it is important to do this work to improve the surface of Perrin Street.

I would like to reassure residents and local business owners that pedestrian access will still be available at all times, ensuring people can still access shops. And our crews will be working as hard as possible to keep disruption to a minimum.

Linemarking will take place after construction, and new concrete tree surrounds will be installed. No road closures will be needed for this work.

New Councillor

I would like to congratulate Jade Benham on her election to Council.

We’re looking forward to having such a passionate Robinvale resident representing the Robinvale ward, and contributing to debate on issues right around our municipality.

Ms Benham will be sworn in at next week’s Ordinary Council Meeting and community members are welcome to attend – Tuesday, 19 March at 6pm at the Swan Hill Town Hall.

Ski race congratulations

Congratulations to all the community groups, volunteers and local businesses who were involved in helping out with the Robinvale Euston Ski 80 on the weekend.

I’m told that more than 250 boats and their crews were in town for the event – a great way to demonstrate the beauty and hospitality of the Robinvale region.