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A message from the Mayor Bill Moar

A message from the Mayor Bill Moar

Events and entertainment grants open

Applications are now open for Council’s Event Support Fund as well as new Local Entertainment Grants.

Local event organisers can apply through the Event Support Fund for up to $1,000 for community events, minor events up to $2,000 and large events up to $5,000.

Local hospitality businesses can apply for up to two Live Entertainment Grants of $500 to pay for local artists to perform at their venue.

Council hopes the funding will have a significant impact on local non-profit groups, local hospitality businesses and the wider community as well as support sectors of our economy most affected by COVID-19.

I encourage local event organisers and hospitality business to start thinking about how they could benefit from this funding.

To find out more call Council’s Economic Development Unit on 5032 3033 or email events@swanhill.vic.gov.au 

Great line up at Swan Hill Town Hall for 2021

The Swan Hill Town Hall Performing Arts and Conference Centre (PACC) has reopened and is ready to impress with a great line up of performances scheduled for 2021.

There is a fantastic mix of events coming up this year, including circus, theatre, music, comedy and dance. There will be further announcements about other tours not yet advertised or on sale.

Visitors will notice some changes to the venue in line with current COVID-19 restrictions to ensure the safety of customers. This includes physical distancing requirements and changes for entering and exiting of the building. Group bookings may also be split in some circumstances.

Each performance must align with relevant density requirements and in some instances this could mean seating changes are required.

To find out more, visit www.swanhilltownhall.com or call the Swan Hill Town Hall bookings office on 5036 2384.

Remain vigilant against fruit fly

Council has noticed an increase in the reporting of Queensland Fruit Fly infestation. This is concerning as Queensland Fruit Fly is not only a nuisance for the home gardener but a threat to our horticultural industry.

The Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (GSPFA) is reminding residents to refresh their monitoring traps so they know if Queensland Fruit Flies are active in their gardens.

If you have fruit trees make sure fruit is not left to over-ripen on trees or left on the ground. You can still enjoy home gardening by growing herbs, leafy greens and root vegetables where the flies won’t lay their eggs.

Insect nets are also becoming popular for both fruit and vegetables as it provides a physical barrier.

If you are finding you don’t have time to manage trees, the GSPFA has a free host tree removal program.

For more information about managing Queensland Fruit Fly or tree removal, call the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area on 5022 0327 or click here.

Tender out for Ronald Street housing

The Ronald Street housing tender is now out, inviting suitably qualified contractors to tender to construct eight houses, on a stage basis, at the site. Tenders close on 18 February.

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.

Council uses VendorPanel Marketplace to manage all sourcing. This simplifies the procurement process and increases opportunities for local suppliers by making it easier for Council staff to invite them to quote and/or tender.

Find out more by clicking here. 

Nyah West Skate Park progresses

Stage one of the new Nyah West Skate Park has gotten underway. This stage includes earthworks and concreting, the removal of elements from the old Swan Hill Skate Park and installation at Nyah West, along with fencing and footpath improvements.

The Nyah West Skate Park is a joint project between Council and the Nyah District Action Group and is being funded by Federal Drought Communities Programme.