Less than two weeks into the Mayor’s post and I have certainly hit the ground running.
The diversity of this community, and this role, has become truly evident.
In my first few weeks, meetings have included those on water security and waste, learning about the issues and advocating for better outcomes for our community.
I attended a Mallee Sun Solar Bulk Buy info session – learning how this initiative is helping local people get cost-effective solar on their roofs. (I was also pleased to announce that Mallee Sun Solar Bulk buy will donate a solar system to a local community group. Find out more – malleesunsolar.org.au).
I attended the Swan Hill Australia Day breakfast organising meeting, and look forward to them sharing some new features for the 2020 breakfast soon.
I will also celebrate student success at school awards nights, most recently a brilliant awards night for Swan Hill College’s Clontarf Academy.
Perhaps one of the biggest jobs as Mayor will be continuing to advocate on behalf of our community, for improvements in housing in Robinvale, for a new hospital in Swan Hill, for water security and water trading transparency across our region, and for a new Swan Hill bridge.
We will work away at these at every chance we get – when politicians and government officials visit, when there are opportunities to make submissions, when we can meet with decision-makers of any kind.
As a resident of our municipality, if you have concerns, issues or ideas, please get in touch with Council.
There are plenty of ways to do it – via our offices in Swan Hill and Robinvale, on the phone, via our website or Facebook page, or by contacting a Councillor.
You can also catch up with Councillors at our regular Coffee with a Councillor events. The next one is at Boundary Bend General Store on 8 December from 10am to 12pm. More will be planned in the new year.
16 Days of Activism
Finally, a quick note about two local events happening to mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which Council is proudly supporting.
16 Days of Activism is a global initiative that advocates for an end to violence against women and girls.
In Robinvale, there will be a Walk Against Family Violence this Monday at 11am. The walk starts at the bridge car park. If you can, please wear orange, the colour of the campaign. A barbecue will be held afterwards at Robinvale District Health Services.
In Swan Hill, there will be a free barbecue behind the clock tower on Thursday, 28 November from 11am until 2pm.