August is going to be a busy month in Robinvale – a time for projects to get their start, for businesses to develop, and to celebrate all that the area has to offer.
Mark some of these dates in your diaries so you don’t miss out! Stay tuned for updates through The Sentinel and on Council’s website and Facebook page.
Bromley Road beautification
I’m excited to say that we have engaged a contractor to do the civil parts of this project – things like roadworks and pathways – and they will start preparing the site in late August. More details will be available when we get closer to the start date, but there’s no doubt the community (and Council) will be happy to see this one start.
Bromley Road land sale
From Thursday, Council will accept proposals from people wishing to buy the land at 71-77 Bromley Road. Submissions will be open until 12 September. Council will then use seven key criteria to assess proposals, before Councillors determine a preferred purchaser and enter into negotiations. All the details – including selection criteria – are available to view on Council’s website.
Building local business
The new Robinvale Business Program will be launched on Monday. The program will include mini business audits, workshops on things like digital marketing, sales and strategic planning, and the shopfront improvement program. Come along to the launch this Monday at 6.30pm at the Robinvale Bridge Motel to find out more.
Wemen – Coffee with a Councillor
Councillors Jade Benham and Bill Moar will be at the Wemen Store on Saturday, 10 August for Coffee with a Councillor. Come along between 11am and 1pm, have a coffee on us, and chat to them about your issues and ideas.
Hear firsthand the results of our population study at an information session at the Robinvale Community Centre on 13 August from 6pm. Consultants and Councillors will be there, you can see the study results and you can listen to the consultants explain them. This population study is going to be important in helping us all advocate for projects and improvements in and around Robinvale, so please come along and learn more about it.
New Community Library
You will be able to see concept designs for the new Robinvale Community Hub Library at an information session on 15 August. The new library will be built inside the Robinvale College multipurpose building on George Street and will replace weekly mobile library visits to Robinvale – what a great project!
The building architects, and representatives from the College and Council will be at the info session and can answer any questions you have about the new library. Come along to the multipurpose building at any time between 3pm and 5.30pm on 15 August.
Concept images and plans will also be available to view at the Robinvale Resource Centre and Robinvale College in the days after the information session. The new library is a joint project of Regional Development Victoria, the Victorian Education Department, Robinvale College and Swan Hill Rural City Council.
Finally, and perhaps most fun of all, is the 2019 Mallee Almond Blossom Festival on 18 August. This was named one of the state’s must-see events by the Herald Sun’s lifestyle magazine recently – and it’s right here in Robinvale, put on by local people to celebrate the local almond industry!
The event’s Facebook page is showing us some of the music and food that organisers have lined up for this year, and it looks brilliant. Looking forward to being part of it and I hope you will too.
Swan Hill boat ramp
The high Murray River has come as a bit of a surprise, but I’m pleased to report it has not stopped work on the new Swan Hill boat ramp.
The last concrete pour took place on Tuesday (pictured), and we will start work on the new carpark next week.
This project will mean better river access for boaters, with a wide, two lane boat ramp, and safer, more convenience parking for cars and trailers.
What a great group of volunteers we have in the Friends of the Pioneer Settlement. At their AGM last week I had the pleasure of hearing about their year, what they have achieved and the significant amount of money they have contributed to the Settlement.
Volunteers run the Paragon Café and Drapery bringing in revenue for the Settlement.
Volunteers work on the tractors and machinery, and get them going for visitors to enjoy. They work in the gardens, drive the Dodge and bring the Settlement to life every day.
Without the volunteers we would have no Settlement – thank you to each of you for your contribution.
On top of that the Friends offer retirees and other locals a chance to do meaningful volunteer work and to socialise – the value of this simply cannot be measured.
How good are our schools?
I’ve visited a few schools lately and have been blown away at how good our schools are.
I enjoyed a coffee at Swan Hill College FLO Campus’ coffee shop recently, and enjoyed hearing about how the campus works and what they are achieving.
Every student that finishes there comes out with a qualification – it might be as a barista, in first aid, or in construction. These are real life skills and qualifications that have also contributed to their VCAL certificate. Very impressive.
And last week I was at Lake Boga pre-school, which is part of the primary school, to see their refurbished building.
It was good fun meeting some of the pre-school students, even though their Lego knowledge put me to shame!
The new building means they will be able to take more kinder students, and there’s space for Maternal and Child health visits. It is now a one-stop shop for young children – from newborn to primary age.
It is a great outcome for Lake Boga and thanks to a partnership between the pre-school, primary school, Council and State Government.