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A message from the Mayor Bill Moar

A message from the Mayor Bill Moar

Splatt Street office closure

As part of its response to limit the spread of COVID-19, Council has temporarily closed its Splatt
Street office in Swan Hill.

The Robinvale Resource Centre will remain open with social distancing measures in place.
Despite the Splatt Street office closure, staff will still be available to assist customers via phone and
email.

The aim is to ensure that during this closure period our community can still receive the same level of
support from Council that they are used to.

While the Splatt Street office doors might be closed, Council’s helpful staff will still be working hard
behind the scenes to assist people across our municipality.

For a full list of coronavirus updates regarding Council services and events click here

For more information please call Council on 5036 2333.

Rates payment extension for commercial properties

Council has extended the rates interest free period for Commercial properties. This means that any
unpaid 2019/20 rates and the 1st instalment of 2020/21 have been deferred until 30 November 2020,
without interest penalty.

The extension will happen automatically – no further action is required from commercial property
owners/tenants.

For other sectors experiencing hardship or difficulty in making their rate payment, these ratepayers
can apply for special consideration due to their individual circumstances.

Special consideration includes a range of options from approved repayment plans, partial or full
deferral to 30 November 2020 and interest deferrals.

Application for special consideration for these sectors will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Financial hardship application forms are available on Council’s website or call Council on 5036 2333.

Supporting our youth

Last week I mentioned looking after our mental health during this pandemic. This week I want to specifically mention our youth and the work that Council’s Youth Services is undertaking to support young people in our municipality.

In particular, there has been a strong focus on our Year 12 students through school study group
sessions and wellbeing programs across schools.

Our Youth Services team has also been conducting outreach to young people in Robinvale and Manangatang, which includes face-to-face Empower Youth Program clients or via Zoom.

Youth Services continue to have daily client meetings with Empower Youth Program clients, which is currently at around 95 referrals.

The Empower Youth Program, delivered by Council’s Youth Support Program, seeks to work with young people who have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from family, education, and/or community to identify their health, career and wellbeing aspirations.

Online weekly Novo meetings are taking place as are fortnightly Student Representative Council meetings in Robinvale. There are also NOVO initiatives for vulnerable young people.

Online workshops will be running to support young people in our municipality. These workshops will be based around various topics, including self worth, failure, fear, supports, healthy relationships and study blocker.

Guest speakers are also delivering online tailored workshops around connection and healthy relationships, while Youth Services is helping to conduct virtual life skills, with a broad focus on making this accessible for all young people.

There are also online music events and art/photo competitions.

Youth Services continue to hold service meetings with other agencies to ensure they can work in
cooperation and there is no duplication of content.

As always Council’s Youth Services planning and programming has been done in full collaboration
with young people, with around 35 young people in the initial planning phase. Youth Services will
continue to be adaptive during this time for the needs of the community.

Visit the YouthInc Facebook page for more resources, online events and information at www.facebook.com/swanhill.youthinc.3

There are also a number of online resources including dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus,
headspace.org.au, beyondblue.org.au and kidshelpline.com.au

Locomotive and windmill relocation

At its Ordinary Meeting this week, Council resolved to relocate the locomotive and large windmill at the Pioneer Settlement.

This follows on from Council’s July meeting, where Councillors resolved to proceed with the construction of the Our Place building at site option 1, inside the Pioneer Settlement.

The decision required the retention of the windmill and locomotive on the Pioneer Settlement grounds and that an investigation of the required repair works for the Pental Island Bridge is undertaken.

The locomotive will move to a new location behind the General Store, while the large windmill will be relocated to the site of the smaller windmill near the homestead dam. The smaller windmill will be relocated to near the Vega.

The decision of Council also took into consideration an online and phone survey where the community was asked to give their thoughts on the relocation sites for the locomotive and windmill within the Pioneer Settlement.

For more information about Our Place and to ask questions of the Our Place team click here