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A message from the acting Mayor Bill Moar

A message from the acting Mayor Bill Moar

Biosecurity risks are increasing

As I mentioned in my previous column, I have growing concerns for Australia’s biosecurity.
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is our largest agricultural biosecurity threat.

Last week, along with staff members from Council’s Emergency Response team and Livestock exchange, I took part in a webinar with Agriculture Victoria Veterinary specialists about how we are preparing for, and will respond to a Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak.

Topics that were discussed included:

  •  What is FMD and how is Agriculture Victoria preparing for an outbreak?
  • What to expect on Day one of an outbreak and livestock standstill?
  • What actions and farm biosecurity measures can we do now?

On Monday, I will also attend an event to learn about biosecurity plans and the tools available to protect our livestock industry presented by Western Murray Land Improvement Group and BestWool BestLamb.

Foot-and-mouth disease along with Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) are some of the most significant animal diseases both globally and for Victoria.

In addition to FMD and LSD preparedness, Victoria is also boosting its preparedness for a Varroa mite incursion, following a recent detection in NSW.

Here are some tips for good on-farm biosecurity practices:

  • Have a biosecurity plan in place and review regularly
  • Maintain good records of people, livestock and vehicle movements
  • Talk to your vet if your animals are sick
  • Keep your Property Identification Codes (PIC) up to date
  • Follow best hygiene practices including clean shoes and clothes

If local farmers have any suspicion of sickness or a disease that concerns you, contact your local vet or notify Agriculture Victoria on the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline phone number 1800 675 888

Further regularly updated information is available by clicking here.

Senseless vandalism

Needless to say, it is disappointing to report an increase in vandalism to Council facilities, once again.

Vandalism attacks are incredibly disappointing, unnecessary and expensive to clean up.

In that last two weeks, Council has witnessed damage to local trees now requiring removal, a door ripped off its hinges at the Showgrounds and toilet facilities in Lake Boga trashed.

Police have been informed, but we are also calling on the community to please report any anti social activity to the Police Assistance Line 131 444 or Crimestoppers 1800 333 000. If you see something, say something.

Thank you to our amazing facilities crew, cleaners and Council staff for their ongoing dedication to provide clean and safe facilities to the public!

Kerbside bin collection

If you ever get confused about your bin collection days, I know on occasions I can lose track, or perhaps you are just new to town.
There is a handy resource on our website that can help. Residents can either type in their address and find their next collection day, or download our printable calendar.

There’s a number of other useful resources available here.

Nyah/Nyah West Masterplan

Now is your chance to a say on the future of the Nyah Riverfront and the Nyah West Community Park, encompassing three key areas – Nyah Recreation Reserve, AN Lewis Park and the Nyah West Community Park.

The designs aim to: improve facilities, enhance liveability and improve functionality of space.

We want to hear from you!

Come along to our planned consultation session to view the plans and have your say.

Date:   Thursday, 18 August
Venue: Nyah Community Centre (Upstairs at Rec Reserve)
Time:   4.30pm to 7pm

What’s on at the Town Hall

There is a fantastic mix of events coming up at the Town Hall and I encourage you to support them.

Next Thursday, 18 August they will relive the good old days with The Robertson Brothers 1960’s TV Variety Show. It will feature the hits from The Seekers, Bee Gees, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Neil Sedaka, and The Everly Brothers.

They will host Amity Dry for a hilarious cabaret on Friday, 26 August, the popular Bjorn Again on Friday, 2 September and the Alphabet of Awesome Science will bring not one, but two shows on Tuesday, 13 September.

For more information, visit the Swan Hill Town Hall website or call the Swan Hill Town Hall bookings office on 5036 2384.