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A message from the Mayor – Friday, 14 February

A message from the Mayor – Friday, 14 February

Great news – work started this week on the new Robinvale Community Hub Library.

The library will be built inside an existing building at the front of Robinvale College and will be a permanent community library, replacing weekly mobile library visits to Robinvale, as well as a new school library.

It will include meeting spaces, public computers with wifi and internet access, and spaces for study.

It is a great community partnership – a joint project of Council, Robinvale College, Regional Development Victoria and the Victorian Education Department.

As the construction goes on, Council and the College will work to finalise operational details like opening hours, staffing and events, but I know it will be a welcome and positive addition to the Robinvale community. I look forward to seeing it progress throughout the year.

Talking all things Robinvale

I was in Robinvale last week to chat to community members in a Coffee with a Councillor session and to record an episode of The Vale podcast. This episode I spoke about the current issues with recycling, about Bromley Road and the Robinvale aerodrome.

This podcast is growing in popularity and I look forward to having a monthly spot on the podcast to inform the community about all kinds of things happening at Council.

CEO John McLinden and I will be in Robinvale again on Wednesday, 11 March to meet one-on-one with community members.

If you have an idea, concern or question, pleases contact our office on 5036 2348 to make a time to see us on that day.

Our Place – tell us your views

My open letter in today’s edition of The Guardian (and available here) includes all the details for community consultation sessions we have planned for Our Place – the new tourism and cultural building being planned for Monash Drive in Swan Hill.

There will be five sessions from tomorrow (Saturday, 15 February) until 25 February. If you have a view – either for or against Our Place – we would love to hear directly from you. We’d also love to talk to people who might want to get the facts before forming their view.

Councillors will be at these sessions and will consider all your feedback, along with the investigation of another proposed site, before formally responding to the petitions we received about the building,and its proposed location in the Pioneer Settlement.

Clearing sale a community success

There was a great turnout at the recent clearing sale at the Swan Hill Regional Livestock Exchange.

Cattle and sheep yard fencing and gates, ramps and other surplus items were sold following the recent redevelopment of the saleyards.

Thanks must go to the Swan Hill Livestock Agents Association who organised and ran the sale, and then generously donated all their proceeds to the Swan Hill Hospice –a total of $12,000. The cheque presentation is pictured above. Well done and thank you.