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A message from the Mayor Bill Moar

A message from the Mayor Bill Moar

Nominations are open for Novo Youth Awards. The awards are held every two years and promote positive contributions from local young people.

There are eight categories, so plenty of chances to recognise young people doing really diverse, good deeds in our community. You can nominate a young person for overcoming obstacles to achieve their goals, for giving their time and effort to improve the lives of others, and for excelling at performing or visual arts, sport or school.

You can get nomination forms and more details at youth.swanhill.vic.gov.au.

Adventure play getting closer

We’re all getting pretty excited about the new adventure playground at Swan Hill’s Riverside Park.

Local contractors have installed the frame for the barbecue shelter, plus the flying fox and double slide. The double flying fox will be 40m long, and will be a real highlight

We’re expecting to take delivery of the 8.7m high play tower soon – it will be the first of its kind in Victoria.

As well as the flying fox and tower, there will be a giant sandpit with play equipment and misters overhead; a gyro swing near the river; locally designed Aboriginal artwork; and lots of landscaping that doubles as play spaces.

Keep an eye on progress over the next few weeks – we’re aiming to have it complete in time for the holidays.

Boundary Bend coffee and chat

This Sunday, Cr Nicole McKay, Cr Jade Benham and I will be at the Boundary Bend General Store for a coffee and chat, as part of our regular Coffee With A Councillor sessions. Come along and chat to them about your issues and ideas. They’ll be there from 10am to 12pm.

Book in to see us

Council CEO John McLinden and I will be in Robinvale on Wednesday, 11 December to meet with local residents. If you want to make an appointment to see us, please contact Sharon at Council on 5036 2348.

Solar on community buildings

The Robinvale Community Centre has been one of five community buildings to have new solar systems installed.

We used funding from Sustainability Victoria’s Local Government Energy Saver Program and Council’s budget to install a total of 84kw of solar systems across five Council-owned sites.

LED lighting upgrades will also improve energy efficiency and reduce power bills. The Nyah and Manangatang pools will also have variable speed drives installed to their pump systems to reduce energy consumption.

Free community group solar

Finally, a quick plug for the Mallee Sun Solar Bulk Buy’s community giveaway. Community groups have until 18 December to be in the running to receive a free 5.94kw solar system.

It’s part of Council’s partnership with Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance to bring more solar to rooftops in our municipality. Find out if your community group is eligible – www.malleesunsolar.org.au.