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Notes from the CEO’s desk

Library re-opens

Following Sunday’s announcement of the easing of some restrictions in regional Victoria, the Swan Hill Regional Library yesterday re-opened its doors.

For the next couple of weeks the library will be open from 10am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays. This includes today’s AFL Grand Final public holiday.

The library will then expand to its full opening hours from Wednesday, 11 November when it will re-open on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 8.30pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 12pm starting 14 November.

As per State Government requirements, there is a maximum of 20 people allowed in the library at a time.

There will also be a two-hour limit per day for each person using the library and customers staying for longer than 15 minutes will be required to provide their name and phone number.

The library will continue to hold Baby Rhyme Time at Riverside Park on Fridays for at least the next two weeks. Bookings for this program are essential due to a limit of 10 people per session.

For more information, give the library a call on 5036 2480.

Fire Danger Period starts

The Fire Danger Period for the Swan Hill Rural City municipality started on Monday, 19 October.

This means you cannot light a fire in the open air unless you have a permit or comply with certain requirements.

Burn-off permits will not be issued by Council during the Fire Danger Period.

As well as a permit to burn-off during the Fire Danger Period, you must also notify the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) of your burn-off as contained in your permit. This is to avoid brigades being called out unnecessarily.

For more information regarding the Fire Danger Period, including burn-off permits, visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions and click on “Restrictions during the fire danger period”.

Parking meters to be reactivated

Council will be reactivating parking meters from next Friday, 30 October.

From this date parking meters will be reactivated and fines will be issued for not displaying a valid parking ticket or obeying parking signage.

Council deactivated parking meters on 30 March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with easing of restrictions and the peak season approaching, parking meters will now be reactivated on 30 October.

In the meantime, while there is still free parking, residents should be aware that parking time limits and restrictions still apply, this includes loading and disabled parking bays. Parking time limits are also being enforced.

Parking turnover is important to ensure customers can easily visit local businesses and access services they need. People not following parking signage and time limits make this difficult.

For more information contact Council’s Local Laws Department on 5036 2346.

L2P program is back

Following its suspension due to COVID-19 restrictions, the TAC L2P program in Swan Hill has now restarted.

The program helps learners under 21 years of age, who do not have access to a supervising driver or vehicle, to gain the 120 hours driving experience required to apply for a probationary licence.

The TAC L2P Program improves road safety and safe driving practices and, for many young learners, it leads to education, employment, and the sense of achievement and independence that comes with a drivers licence.

The program is also looking for mentors who can work with young people aged 16 to 21 and help them to achieve 120 hours of driving experience, in preparation for taking their licence test.

By partnering local volunteers with young people, L2P allows for great one-on-one mentorship, safer road users and great social and community benefits such as education and employment.

For more information on the program, or if you’re interested in becoming a mentor click here  or contact Ross Palmer on 5036 2380.