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A message from the Mayor Bill Moar

A message from the Mayor Bill Moar

Parklet applications open

Council is now taking applications from local businesses under a new outdoor dining Parklet Program.

A Parklet is the re-purposing of parking bays outside a hospitality business, in the interest of increasing footpath trading and providing a safe, socially-distanced environment for patrons.

By increasing trading areas our local hospitality businesses will be able to increase trade as well as ensure social distancing regulations are upheld.

Local businesses can now apply to Council for a Parklet or additional outdoor furniture – at no cost to them. This will be covered by the Victorian Government’s Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package.

Parklets are currently available, subject to conditions and a demonstrated need, and they will be provided free of charge until April 2021.

For more information regarding the Parklet Program or to submit an application, click here.

For help with your application please call the Economic Development Unit on 5032 3033 or email ecodev@swanhill.vic.gov.au

Curlewis Street free car park

Following negotiations, car parking will be free in the Curlewis Street car park (located at the back of the Reject Shop) until the end of January.

The initiative is part of a package developed by Council to encourage people to come to the Swan Hill CBD and support local retailers and hospitality businesses.

We all know that shopping and dining out locally help communities to grow and thrive and that local support is particularly needed this season to help our businesses recover.

It is hoped that providing easily accessible parking will contribute to make the Swan Hill CBD a vibrant place this summer.

Council thanks the Curlewis Street Car Park owners who agreed to open their premises to be used free of charge.

Customers are reminded to enter the carpark from McCallum Street and exit from Curlewis Street. For more information contact Council on 5036 2333.

Council flicks the renewable switch

Council has joined with 46 other Victorian Councils to form Australia’s largest ever buying group to switch to 100 per cent renewable energy.

Participating councils will be using renewable energy to power municipal offices, leisure centres, streetlights and community buildings.

The councils have come together to drive investment in renewable energy, resulting in pooling 238GWh of electricity – equivalent to powering 44,500 homes with renewable energy. It is the largest ever emissions reduction project undertaken by local government in Australia.

Set to start on 1 July 2021, the project has been initiated and facilitated by the Victorian Greenhouse Alliances and Darebin City Council.

Ronald Street housing update

The Ronald Street housing development in Robinvale continues to move ahead. Civil works have been completed and Council is now seeking Expressions of Interest for the Design and Construction of new housing.

Council is undertaking a housing subdivision in Ronald Street to alleviate the shortage of housing in the area. The land has been subdivided into eight blocks to build eight houses in two stages.

It is expected that the first four houses will be completed in the first half of 2021.

The project has been made possible via $500,000 in funding from the State Government, matching Council’s own contribution.

Meet the maker
Ever wondered who is behind the amazing locally made products in our region? Now you have a chance to meet the maker behind the products.

The Swan Hill Region Information Centre recently launched its ‘Meet the Maker’ video campaign on their Facebook page.

Released monthly, these videos will provide you with some behind the scenes access and insight into how our makers are where they are today – that is, creating some fantastic products unique to our region. The first instalment features Handmade by Kara Jade.

Click here to find out more and view the videos.

Summer Reading Club

The Summer Reading Club has returned to the Swan Hill Regional Library for another season – this year’s theme is Myths, Legends and Fairy tales.

The Summer Reading Club is a free program that inspires imaginations and instils a love of libraries and reading for children and young people school age to 18.

A number of local businesses have provided prizes and incentives for children who read throughout the summer break. There’s also a major prize draw in February.

The first 100 children to register at the Swan Hill Library will receive a Summer Reading Club kit. There is no limit to the number of children who can join and all participants have a chance to enter the major prize draw to be held in February.

Summer Reading Club is running now until 31 January 2021. To find out more call the library on 5036 2480.