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A message from the Mayor – 15 May 2020

A message from the Mayor – 15 May 2020

We have released new concept designs and details on the two possible locations for Our Place in Swan Hill. I encourage anyone interested in this new building to get online and give us your thoughts.

This new building will house the art gallery, visitor information service, the Pioneer Settlement entrance and a new Aboriginal cultural experience.

We are building it with Federal Government and Council funding, with a view to co-located services and creating a new experience for visitors and locals.

There are two site options that we’re asking people to give us their views on – one inside the Pioneer Settlement, one outside where Spoons is now.

Both options have a reception, gift shop, education space and an Aboriginal cultural space on the ground floor, and the gallery and rooftop garden upstairs. In option 2, the ground floor also includes a restaurant space in place of Spoons.

So far, we’ve received about 200 responses to our online survey. It is great to see people taking an interest and providing us with some really constructive ideas and opinions on the two options.

If you haven’t done so already, there are four ways to tell us your views:

  1. You can complete the survey at our website – it has taken people an average of seven minutes to complete, so it’s not a huge amount of time to commit.
  2. You can chat to us online – Head to the Council website during business hours to ask a question or provide feedback about Our Place – just click on the blue speech bubble at the bottom of the page and type your question or comment to start.
  3. Call 5036 2333 during business hours and ask to speak to someone about Our Place. If you want to speak to the project team outside of business hours, send an email to candis.fraser@swanhill.vic.gov.au or call 5036 2333 to nominate a preferred time.
  4. You can give us your feedback at our website at any time – there’s a special section to do that.

We’re looking for feedback before 1 June, and then all that feedback will be collated, and Councillors will look to make a decision on the location in early July.

Everything you need know is at this webpage.

Robinvale projects going ahead

Coronavirus hasn’t put a stop to the many Council projects on the go in the Robinvale area.

Tenders are out for the levee bank upgrade, which includes the upgrade and reconstruction of the current levee bank, construction of a new section of levee, and the development of a seasonal wetland. Work is expected to start late in June.

Tenders are also out for landscaping and irrigation work along Bromley Road. Work is expected to start early July and take about two months to complete.

The new Robinvale Community Library Hub at the college is continuing to take shape.

Road resealing work is in full swing around town. The team has recently focused on Sawka Court, River Grove, Donald Street, and a large section of Hocking Road.

Smaller, but no less important, maintenance jobs have also been taking place. For example, the Robinvale Works team has undertaken irrigation repairs on the main footy oval, and they have replaced damaged stormwater drain lids on Anniversary Drive

Replacement fencing has been ordered for Pisasale Park, which will be a big improvement for that area.

We have now appointed a contractor for the new practice cricket nets, which should start in June. Three new cricket practice nets with retractable netting will be built.

And looking further ahead, the design work is now complete on the planned netball upgrades and we hope to start work in October. This will be a major project funded by Council and the Federal Government and will include three new concrete netball courts and lighting.

Coronavirus restrictions

We are still seeing the details of this week’s coronavirus changes coming through, but the Premier has been clear.

This pandemic is still on. We must keep social distancing and hygiene up, we must stay cautious and safe.

The changes announced as of Wednesday include that you can now visit family and friends with a limit on five visitors to a home at once, and that face-to-face school will gradually return for Victorian students from 26 May.

Numbers of people allowed at things like funerals, weddings and outdoor recreation have increased slightly as well.

The State Government will release more information on the changes to give us more certainty, and will make more announcements about other changes.

Keep an eye on the Department of Health and Human Services’ coronavirus webpage for up to date information on the restrictions.

– Mayor Bill Moar