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A message from Mayor Cr Les McPhee

A message from Mayor Cr Les McPhee

Community and Events Grants – now available

Community groups and organisations are currently invited to apply for up to $5000, through our grants and contributions program.

These funding opportunities are just one way for us to show how much we value the contributions that our community, sporting and not-for-profit groups and organisations make to our community.

The Community Development Fund assists eligible community groups and organisations to undertake a variety of projects including building updates, new equipment and other diverse projects.

The Event Support Fund recognises the benefits of events to our community and municipality, including tourism and the local economy and helps new and existing local events that are of social and economic benefits to our communities.

I encourage all groups and organisations to consider applying this year. Click here to access application forms and guidelines.

For more information, contact the Economic Development team on 5036 2333 or email ecodev@swanhill.vic.gov.au

Building Better Finance

Council has partnered with Better Building Finance (BBF), to enable Environmental Upgrade Finance to be offered to local businesses.

A free business networking event will be held on Wednesday, 17 May from 5.30pm. It aims to encourage businesses to learn more about how they can improve their profitability and sustainability and what supports is available to them.

Event details:
Sustainability & savings for businesses
Date: Wednesday, 17 May 2023
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Venue: Swan Hill Club – 17 McCallum Street, Swan Hill

Successful light events

I would like to extend my thanks to all that played a part in the success of the spectacular Yana Waingi event in Swan Hill and Kartini Waingi in Robinvale recently.

For 10 nights Riverside Park in Swan Hill was lit up with both light and sound.
For 4 nights a water laser show experience, showcased the vibrant, diverse, and rich culture that is Robinvale. Opening night saw approximately 400 people enjoy the show on the banks of the Murray River in Robinvale.

Yana Waingi in Swan Hill saw a whopping 8800 locals and visitors across the 10 nights, with visitors coming from as far as Western Australia.

Events like these provide an enormous benefit to tourism and the local economy – thank you for getting behind them.

Volunteer recruitment at Pioneer Settlement

Last week I hosted a Volunteer open day at Pioneer Settlement. It was an opportunity for residents contemplating the idea of volunteering at Pioneer Settlement to experience what it could be like to volunteer at one of the happiest visitor destinations in the region.

Attendees had the chance to speak with existing volunteers and learn more about what unique volunteering opportunities are available at the Pioneer Settlement.

Currently, Pioneer Settlement are seeking to fill vacancies for a vintage car driver and drapery and music shop assistants – the open day provided the perfect opportunity for people to get some insight into these volunteer roles and many more.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer at Pioneer Settlement and missed the open day can find out more information by contacting the Pioneer Settlement on 5036 2410.

Robinvale Splash Park on the way

Council is currently in the process of planning a brand-new 200 square meter Splash Park at the Robinvale Leisure Centre!

The Splash Park will provide community members, and visitors to the region, access to an all-inclusive aquatic leisure and recreational facility.

After a contractor has been appointed, we are looking forward to working alongside the community to seek feedback on design concepts.