Wednesday, 4 October 2023
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A message from Mayor Cr Les McPhee

Swan Hill Bridge preferred alignment

I am pleased discussions have been taking place again, regarding a new Swan Hill Bridge.

At our Scheduled Council meeting last week, Councillors confirmed support for the McCallum Street Bridge alignment, as our preferred option.

We want to ensure that a new bridge, stays firmly on the agenda, and we will now be writing to stakeholders, State and Federal MP’s and ministers to notify them of our resolution. We will urge them to continue their advocacy efforts in support of a new bridge at Swan Hill.

Here’s hoping that we have some good news in the not-too-distant future – in the meantime, we will ensure we keep working hard, towards this outcome.

Thank you to our Volunteers

Last week we celebrated National Volunteers Week (NVW).

NVW week is dedicated to acknowledging volunteers and provides an opportunity for organisations to formally recognise the efforts of their volunteers.

We have many hard-working and passionate volunteers, across a wide variety of Council services.

I send my thanks to all Council volunteers and local community volunteers – you are appreciated – we thank you for your significant contributions!


Recently I was honored to join with community members, other agencies, and staff to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) Day.

IDAHOBIT Day is an opportunity for us to stand together and show support for our LGBTQIA+ community, their friends, and their families.

We shared a special story time with Constable Hayley Selby from Victoria Police who read the book, Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer.

Our library and youth services then hosted a delicious morning tea and – it was a great success.

Advisory Committee – First Nation Community

We are currently calling on members of our First Nation Community to join an Advisory Committee – to help shape the future of upcoming projects.

We have several exciting projects currently underway, that will be significantly enhanced by the involvement of our First Nation Community.

We are particularly seeking input for our Pental Island Masterplan, Swan Hill Tourism and Cultural hub and the Swan Hill Regional Art gallery redevelopment.

Our Advisory Committee aims to strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples and assist our journey towards reconciliation.

To register to be involved please click here or for more information please call Council’s Community Development Unit on 5036 2333.

Grant opportunities – still available

There is still time for community groups and organisations are currently invited to apply for up to $5000, through our grants and contributions program.

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

Our 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.

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A message from Mayor Cr Les McPhee

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