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Notes from the CEO’s desk

Notes from the CEO’s desk

Time to reconnect

Council understands that 2020 has been a difficult year for community and social groups and wants to assist them in reconnecting.

It is offering $50 Swan Hill and Robinvale Euston Association Gift Cards to encourage communities to reconnect.

The gift cards are being offered to local community and social groups who run free virtual and/or COVID-19 safe competitions or activities that actively engage new and/or existing members.

The gift cards are a small way that Council can encourage groups to get active again and back to doing what they love most.

Eligible applicants must be an existing social or community group located within the municipality.

Groups can apply to get involved online at: https://forms.swanhill.vic.gov.au/lets-reconnect/
To find out more contact Council’s Community Support Coordinator, Emily Siely on 5036 2415 or email esiely@swanhill.vic.gov.au
The project is part of the Victorian Government’s Community Activation and Social Isolation Initiative.

Parking time limits reminder

Council has welcomed a boom in visitors to our municipality during the school holiday period – it’s been great to see more people out and about and shopping within Swan Hill and Robinvale.
Council has been delighted to welcome visitors from regional Victoria to our municipality and showcase once again the wonderful things our region has to offer.
With the additional traffic, Council will like to remind the community to follow Council’s parking time limits and restrictions. This applies to both Swan Hill (which currently has parking meters switched off) and Robinvale.
Parking turnover is vital for shop owners to ensure their customers can easily visit local businesses and access the services they need. Therefore, parking time limits will be enforced.
Parking meters are expected to be reactivated in the Swan Hill CBD towards the end of this month.
For more information contact Council’s Local Laws Department on 5036 2346.

Youth Arts Festival goes virtual

Preparations have started for a virtual youth art gallery after the cancellation of Swan Hill’s Youth Arts Festival 2020, which is traditionally held in October.

The virtual youth art gallery is an opportunity for young artists to share their artwork on an even wider scale. It will be live from Monday, 16 November, as part of Victorian Youth Week celebrations.

Any young people aged 12 to 25 years living in the municipality can enter their artwork. All forms of artwork are welcome, from hair and beauty, paintings, drawings or fashion.

To enter artwork into the virtual gallery visit the Youth Inc website at https://youth.swanhill.vic.gov.au/ or direct message the Swan Hill Youth Arts Festival Instagram page.

Entries must include a name, age, title, and a description of the artwork. Applications close on Friday, 30 October 2020.

For more information please call YouthInc on 5036 2482, email youthinc@swanhill.vic.gov.au or send them a message via Facebook.

Prepare your property

With the Fire Danger Period fast approaching for the Swan Hill Rural City Council area, the CFA is urging home owners to prepare before the Fire Danger Period begins. This includes cleaning up your gardens, gutters and removing flammable waste from yards.

While many property owners dispose of this waste by burning-off, the CFA is asking owners to consider alternative methods such as mulching, chipping or taking green waste to a transfer station or local landfills.

Residents wanting to conduct burn-offs on their private properties need to follow some basic rules, including checking fire restrictions with Council and registering your burn on 1800 668 511 or emailing burnoffs@esta.vic.gov.au

Before starting your burn-off, make sure to check the weather – winds must be light and temperatures low. When conducting burn-offs, remain alert, and always have an adult supervising. Make sure you have sufficient water on hand at all times and fully extinguish the burn once completed.

For more information about preparing your property, go to cfa.vic.gov.au/prepare

The CFA will provide further information about the Fire Danger Period in the coming weeks.

Ballot packs posted

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is urging voters enrolled in the Swan Hill Rural City Council election to check the mail for their ballot packs, which were mailed out this week.

The VEC is asking voters to complete and return their ballot material as soon as possible to make sure their vote counts.

Ballot papers must be in the mail or hand-delivered to the Election Manager by 6pm Friday, 23 October. Voters are advised to check their local mail clearance times.

Voters who haven’t received their ballot pack by Friday 16 October should call 1300 140 716 during business hours to arrange a replacement.

Candidates who have nominated for the election are listed in the ballot packs and can also be viewed at vec.vic.gov.au. Where provided by candidates, a photo and statement will be included. Voters can also view answers to the optional candidate questionnaire online.

Voting is compulsory for voters who were on the State roll for this election at 4pm Friday, 28 August and Council-enrolled voters are encouraged to vote. State-enrolled voters who don’t vote may be fined.