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A message from the Mayor – 7 June

A message from the Mayor – 7 June

After collaborating with the community and working to attract funding over many years, we are thrilled that the Bromley Road beautification project is now going ahead.

More than $1.3 million will be spent to upgrade the road and beautify the area between Moore Street and Ronald Street – $690,000 from the Federal Government’s Regional Growth Fund and the balance from Council and the TAC.

We are now seeking tenders for the road, drainage and footpath work. At the same time, the landscape plans are being finalised and will go out to tender once complete

The new landscaping will really set this area apart. The concept includes flowering and native trees, gardens and lawns; seating, bike racks, lighting (including beautiful up lights on feature trees) and modern directional signage.

We will create defined, sealed carparking, and re-align Bromley Road itself.

The upgrade will set this area apart, offering visitors an attractive place to stop, and connecting the area to the town’s centre.

Tenders for the roadwork component of the project close next week and after Council officers assess the tenders we will announce the successful contractor and have more information on timeframes.

Thanks for the catch-up

Councillors Jade Benham and Bill Moar joined me in Perrin Street recently for Barbecue With A Councillor.

Joining in a sausage sizzle is a great way for people to catch up, and that proved the case with Councillors. We were pleased that so many of you took the chance to grab a bite to eat, say hi and chat to us about your ideas and issues.

The barbecue was part of a new series of events where Councillors will catch up with residents in informal settings. There will be more in Robinvale, Wemen, Boundary Bend and Manangatang throughout the year – keep an eye on local media and Council’s Facebook page.

A wonderful visit from Stan Grant

I was left feeling inspired and hopeful after Stan Grant’s visit last week as part of Reconciliation Week. What an amazing speaker and what a message of hope for the future he shared. Thank you to everyone in Robinvale who came along, to the elders, the students and members of the wider community.
Another chance to talk to us Chief Executive Officer John McLinden and I will visit Robinvale next Friday, 14 June, and will be available to meet with community members to discuss your ideas, concerns or issues. To make an appointment, contact Sharon Lindsay on 5036 2348 or Sue Smythe on 5051 8000.

Racing in Swan Hill

Yes it’s racing weekend in Swan Hill – welcome to all those visiting, and to those returning home for the weekend. Have fun, enjoy Swan Hill and be safe. Congratulations must go to the organisers of the June Racing Carnival too – your weekend is a highlight on our local calendar and keeps getting bigger and better.

Boga playground going up

In just two weeks, the new playground outside Lake Boga Catalina Museum has been put up – and what a playground it is. All abilities elements, climbing equipment and a flying fox!

Judging by the reaction in our community and from our social media updates, it’s going to be a popular place for local and visiting families. This project has been a long time in the planning, so we’re thrilled that is now happening. It is thanks to a partnership between Regional Development Victoria, Council and the Lake Boga Lions Club.

Before the playground can be opened up for use, Council staff are doing the finishing touches like a concrete retaining wall/seat, lawn and other landscaping.

Join us for a coffee at Boga

Councillors Les McPhee and Nicole McKay will be at the Lake Boga Milk Bar for Coffee with a Councillor next Sunday, 16 June from 10am until 12pm. Join them for a coffee and chat about your ideas, concerns or to ask questions. Keep an eye out for other sessions during the year – the next one will be at Ultima in July.

McCallum roundabout designs

We have had some questions from the community about what will happen on the new roundabout on McCallum Street.

I’m pleased to say that our Parks and Gardens crew have put together a landscaping plan and a new irrigation system is now being installed.

The landscaping will represent the local river system and Pental Island. Flowering ground covers will create the rivers, and dwarf trees will create riverbanks and forest.

Added to this will be a sculpture, which locals at Swan Hill Woodworkers’ Club created from a tree that was removed from the site. I’m looking forward to seeing it all come together.