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A message from the Mayor Bill Moar

A message from the Mayor Bill Moar

COVID-19 business and mental health support

Obviously Stage 3 restrictions will continue to have a huge effect on our local businesses.

In this current rapidly changing environment, Council wants to make sure local businesses have access to the latest reliable information.

Please feel free to contact our Economic Development Unit for information and assistance by phoning 5032 3033 or emailing ecodev@swanhill.vic.gov.au

Business Victoria also has a dedicated COVID-19 Hotline on 13 22 15, and also has a number of dedicated online resources for businesses.

To find out more, go to business.vic.gov.au and click on the link to “Coronavirus business support” from the site’s front page.

The page includes a number of links; including business financial support programs, as well as staying physically and mentally well in the workplace.

It’s also important to make sure you are looking after your mental health.

Although we can’t visit people, it’s essential to support those around us and check in. This could be a phone call, a text, a message through social media or a video chat.

The Department of Health and Human Services also has a number of resources, tips and advice to help you stay safe and well.

It includes videos with advice from Clinical Psychologist Dr Michelle Lim, including around feeling loss of control, support and kindness, social isolation and routines.

It also has a range of information such as tips for staying calm and healthy, staying positive, staying connected and who to call to get help.

Visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus and click on the Mental Health resources link.

Vegetation management

Qualified contractors will be trimming trees located under and around electricity lines in the Swan Hill township.

Trees coming into contact with overhead powerlines pose serious hazards to people, wildlife and surrounding environment, with potential for bushfires, damage to property, injury and unplanned power outages.

The trimming will be undertaken by qualified contractors and in compliance with the Australian Standard regarding ‘Pruning of Amenity Trees’ where possible.

The tree trimming program aims to strike a balance between preserving Swan Hill’s trees and ensuring power safety and reliability.

The pruning techniques remove branches growing towards a power line. This is to encourage re-growth away from the power network.

Residents might see harder pruning techniques in some cases or even the complete removal of specific trees.

This is to make sure particular vegetation regrowth doesn’t enter the clearance space in accordance with the Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2020.

Contractors must comply with appropriate operational protocols to ensure contractor and community safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, including complying with all social distancing requirements.

For more information contact Council’s Engineering Department on 5036 2324.

Responsible pet ownership

Dog owners are being urged to increase their vigilance after a large number of incidents recently. The incidents include the killing of livestock, attacks on other dogs and people.

Last month, Council received eight reports of dog attacks, which is very disappointing.

Owners must demonstrate responsible pet ownership at all times, which includes knowing where your dog is and undertaking training to ensure you can control your dog. You should also make sure your dog is on a leash when out walking.

It’s also in the best interests of everyone – farmers, dog owners and the general community – to make sure dogs are securely confined when owners are not home.

If a dog is involved in any sort of attack, owners can face fines of up to $6,000. Depending on the severity of an attack, dogs may be placed onto the dangerous dogs register. This dictates how the dog must be housed, and in some cases the dog may be required to be euthanised.

It’s also important to make sure your pet or pets are registered and microchipped. This is to help with identification and then returning your pet if they have escaped your home and found wandering.

To find out more or if you have any information on wandering dogs or stock, please ring Council on 5036 2346.

Marking 75 years since the end of WWII

This Saturday 15 August, will be 75 years since the end of World War II for Australians – marking what’s now known as Victory in the Pacific Day.

Some one million Australians served in the Second World War, overseas and on the home front, to protect our nation. Victory in the Pacific or ‘VP Day’ is commemorated annually in Australia and around the world.

The Victorian Government is encouraging Victorians to commemorate the day and pay tribute to the service of World War II veterans from our homes. An online ceremony will be hosted by RSL Victoria and the Shrine of Remembrance on their Facebook pages from 11.20am on VP Day. There will also be a number of online exhibitions to mark the day.

For a full list of what’s happening click here

The Swan Hill Regional Library is also photographing and recording World War II items for its collection for the Swan Hill Remembers project.

It’s asking community members to provide World War II items for the online project such as war records, letters, photographs, uniforms, medals and memorabilia.

The deadline for items is close of business today (14 August). However, you can submit photos of memorabilia and email it with information on the item/s to library@swanhill.vic.gov.au up to Monday, 17 August.

The photos need to be clear and taken on a light background for inclusion in the online exhibition. The names and details of people sending photos and information about the items will be kept confidential.

To find out more about Swan Hill Remembers project give the Library a call on 5036 2480.

The project has been made possible through a $9,000 from the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War Two Grant Program.