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A message from the Mayor Bill Moar

A message from the Mayor Bill Moar

With Coronavirus risk increasing in Japan and the Japanese government introducing a range of measures to prevent the virus’ spread, we have decided to postpone this year’s Yamagata student and citizen exchanges.

This is disappointing for the families involved – they have been working hard to raise money for their trip and have been getting to know their host families already.

But it was the only decision to make in the current climate. We will work with Yamagata council later in the year to find an alternative date for the exchange to occur.

This year is the 40th year of our Sister City relationship with Yamagata, and in addition to the regular student exchange, a group of residents was planning to visit to mark the anniversary.

Our Place update

Our next Ordinary Council Meeting will be on Tuesday next week and we will receive a report about the proposed Our Place building.

No decision will be made about the location of Our Place at this meeting.

We will receive a summary of the community consultation to date, and the recommendation is to conduct another round of information and feedback sessions late in March. We will be able to show the community the architect’s sketches for each of the options – inside the Pioneer Settlement, and outside the Settlement near the gallery.

You can find the most up to date information at any time on our website – https://www.swanhill.vic.gov.au/our-place – or contact one of the Councillors. You can also visit the website to access the agenda for our 17 March Ordinary Council Meeting.

Coffee with a Councillor

Cr Nicole McKay and Cr Chris Jeffery will be at the Linga Longa Cafe at Nyah West this Sunday, 15 March for Coffee with a Councillor.

Come along and chat to them about your Council-related issues, ideas or concerns, and enjoy a cuppa.

If you can’t make this one, there will be another Coffee with a Councillor at the Piangil Community Centre on 19 April.

Library update

I’m pleased to report that the Robinvale Community Library project is progressing well. Demolition work is underway and the builders have confirmed that the existing building is in good condition.

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

Student gets involved in garden beautification

The Robinvale works team has been busy in recent weeks beautifying garden beds on Latje Road and in Caix Square

They had some extra help from local student Tyson, who is undertaking a student placement program, working with Council one day a week for 10 weeks.

The work placement program is just one way that Council gives local young people some experience working in Council-related fields. Applications for the work placement program are open until 26 March, and are open to Victorian and New South Wales students in years 9 to 12. You can jump onto Council’s website for the details.