Australia Day events over two-days
I am very much looking forward to joining with members of the community to acknowledge and celebrate Australia Day, over two consecutive days.
The festivities will bring the community together to honour achievements, welcome new Australian citizens, and foster cultural connections.
The first day of celebration, today is dedicated to recognising the accomplishments of our residents and embracing new Australian citizens through official citizenship ceremonies in Swan Hill and Robinvale. The event in Swan Hill will also feature the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year, Community Event of the Year, Local Government and Student Achievement Awards.
Tomorrow, on Australia Day, 26 January Council proudly presents our inaugural Shared Connections Day with a morning event in Robinvale followed by an evening event in Swan Hill. These events are an opportunity to revive cultural practices together, fostering a sense of unity and strengthening connection and relationships within our diverse community.
Additionally, many of the towns in our municipality are hosting traditional Australia Day breakfasts or lunch providing the opportunity for our region to celebrate together in the spirit of community.
I encourage everyone not only to participate in Australia Day activities, but to take time and reflect on what it means to be an Australian: our shared values, our national history, our heritage, and our commitment to reconciliation. The origin of the word community is “common unity” and I believe that encompasses the Aussie spirit! Think about how you can become more involved with your local community to help make it a better place every day.
75 years of Australian Citizens
On 26 January 1949, the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 came into effect creating a new status of Australian citizen.
Since then, more than 6 million people from over 200 nations across the globe have been granted Australian citizenship.
For 75 years, Australian citizens have been working together to build a strong, united, and more prosperous community, for us all.
Today, twenty-one residents of our municipality will join thousands of migrants across the country to become Australia’s newest citizens. To them we say welcome and congratulations!
Community Satisfaction Survey
The annual Community Satisfaction Survey has kicked off once again.
From this week until mid-March randomly, selected households may receive a phone call from an independent market research agency, National Field Services.
Information gathered will help direct our strategic planning and make sure we are meeting the expectations of our community.
I appreciate residents taking the time to assist us in this process.
Still time to have your say on Cat Curfews and desexing
In a bid to enhance responsible pet ownership and address growing concerns around cat welfare, Council is currently seeking feedback from the communities.
Residents are invited to complete a short online survey at the following link: https://letstalk.swanhill.vic.gov.au/cat-containment-consultation
Alternatively, there will be a community pop-up session at Robinvale Resource Centre at 72 Herbert Street in Robinvale on Monday, 29 January between 11am and 1pm.
This consultation is open until Wednesday, 31 January 2024.