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A message from Mayor Les McPhee

A message from Mayor Les McPhee

Everyone in the municipality is being urged to fill out the Census on 9 August.

The Census collects information about every single person in Australia – whether you are a long-term resident, visitor or temporary worker.

While personal information remains private, the collated population data is used to plan Council and other government services and to allocate funding.

Councils like ours rely heavily on the data, as do health services, schools and police.

Unfortunately, in the Robinvale area especially, the population has been undercounted for the past two Census periods, reducing funding for much-needed services.

That’s why it’s important that absolutely everyone fills out the Census.

You can do it online, even using your smartphone or iPad, and every household in the municipality will also receive a paper copy of the survey.

Census forms and unique online log-in details will start to arrive soon. You can fill out the Census as soon as you receive your form – there’s no need to wait until 9 August, just fill it out as if it is 9 August.

If you want to know more about the Census, visit census.abs.gov.au or check out the Census YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Award Pioneer Settlement


Pioneer Settlement’s Glynis Pitts and Tony Jenkins.

I was proud to be at the Regional Tourism Awards on the weekend, where the Pioneer Settlement’s Heartbeat of the Murray won silver in the cultural tourism section.

We know the Heartbeat is a wonderful tourist attraction and a huge drawcard for our region, so it was great to see it recognised at these peak tourism awards too. The award is great acknowledgement for Settlement staff and volunteers, and for Council, and will help us to further spread the word aboutour unique night-time show.

The Regional Tourism Award follows the Heartbeat’s win at the National Awards for Local Government earlier this month.

The Heartbeat of the Murray shows every night at the Settlement – why not head along and see what it’s all about?