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Notes from the CEO’s desk

Notes from the CEO’s desk

Bridge crossing feedback open

Transport for NSW has extended the closing date for feedback regarding the alignment options (9a or McCallum Street) for the future Swan Hill Bridge to 30 October 2020.

Earlier this week, Transport for NSW held an online information session regarding the future bridge crossing. A recording of this session is available for viewing from nswroads.work/hysswanhill

You can also visit this website for more information, including the alignment options, and to submit your feedback online.

You can also email south.west.projects@transport.nsw.gov.au or write to Swan Hill Bridge, PO Box 464, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

Last riday afternoon, Council held an unscheduled meeting regarding the alignment options for the future of the Swan Hill Bridge.

At this meeting, Council resolved to support the McCallum Street bridge alignment over the 9a alignment in the open community consultation. Council will also continue to support Option 4B or 4B Alternative over any plans for a 9a bridge and maintain that position if the McCallum Street alignment is not able to be built.Additionally, Council will make a submission to the Transport for NSW community consultation on the alignment of the Swan Hill Bridge setting out Council’s position.

Step three reopenings

Now that regional Victoria has moved onto Step three of the state’s roadmap, we are seeing the reopening of some Council services. This includes Council’s Splatt Street office, which is now open during normal business hours, 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Additional measures are in place to help stop the potential spread of coronavirus, including a hand sanitiser station, protective screens at customer service points, floor indicators to maintain social distancing and signage. There’s also a limit of 10 people in the reception foyer at a time.

Community members are welcome to phone ahead to save time or if they wish to make appointments with staff. If you are unwell please don’t come into Council, instead you can contact Council over the phone, via email or through Council’s website.

For more information, please call Council on 5036 2333 or visit Council at 45 Splatt Street during business hours.

The Swan Hill Region Information Centre also opened its doors on Monday this week, in time for the school holidays.

The information centre is open weekdays from 9.00am for normal business hours and from 10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information call the Information Centre on 5032 3033.

The nightly “Heartbeat of the Murray” laser light spectacular is also back for the Victorian School Holidays, and will be showing every night until Saturday, 3 October.

As there are only 30 patrons per show, bookings are essential. Please call 1800 981 911 during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) to book your tickets.

Community development and events grants

A number of projects and events will receive support under the Community Development Fund and Event Support Fund following the approval of grants at Council’s September meeting.

Twenty-two projects were successful in gaining funding under the Community Development Fund program, with successful applicants contributing almost $153,000 in cash, in-kind and sponsorships or other funding to match Council’s funds.

There is a broad cross-section of projects across a number of townships including Robinvale, Swan Hill, Lake Boga, Nyah, Nyah West, Manangatang and Ultima.

Projects include building and amenities upgrades and repairs, shading, roof insulation, equipment upgrades and more.

Around $35,000 in funding was also allocated to 16 events under the Event Support Fund.

Funding for events include the Robinvale and Euston Christmas Promotional Draw, Swan Hill Region Food and Wine Festival, Nyah District Christmas Carnival, Lake Boga Yacht Club Easter Regatta and Piangil Xmas get together.

The full list of projects and events that received funding is available from the September Council meeting minutes at here

Local projects get funding

Council has received $1.4 million dollars in federal funding through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

The funding will pave the way for a number of projects right across the municipality, with Council to undertake 17 separate projects.

Projects include skate park shade structure in Swan Hill’s Riverside Park, toilets for George Lay Park, netball courts lighting upgrade at Alan Garden Reserve, amenities renewal at the Nyah Community Centre and lighting upgrades for Council’s road reserves.

Where possible, Council will use local businesses and workforces to deliver projects, which have the potential to bring money back into local communities, particularly in the wake of COVID-19.

Projects will be completed by December 2021.