A diverse and fulfilling year
It has certainly been a diverse and fulfilling year as mayor of Swan Hill Rural City Council.
It has been a pleasure to represent the community as we opened a new drag strip, a new public art space and a new transfer station. We fought mozzies and fruit flies, repaired dangerous sections of road, and lit up the showgrounds.
We welcomed a new Council. The Councillors bring different views and experiences, which will be an advantage as we develop our four-year Council Plan and set the strategic direction for our municipality.
As always, much of the work we have done as Council has relied on input from and partnerships with the community. The drag strip is an ultimate example of that, with the community identifying the project, working with Council to attract funding, and putting in a tremendous effort to make it happen.
Volunteers from all kinds of community groups have worked with Council this year to make individual projects a reality. They have also worked with us to keep the every day services of Council ticking over well.
You might have read in last Friday’s edition of The Guardian a story about the volunteers at the Library. These people give their time to Library programs like home delivery, storytime, local history digitisation and Broadband for Seniors. Similarly we have volunteers who deliver Meals on Wheels, help out at the Gallery, act as mentors in the L2P Program… the list goes on.
Now is a perfect chance to thank both the community groups we have worked with and the volunteers who have served our community so well over the past 12 months. We simply cannot do what we do without you.
Well done to Robinvale community
The Robinvale community well and truly deserves a pat on the back. You have taken the lead on some key pieces of planning this year, setting your community up for some exciting projects in 2017 and beyond.
You should be proud of and excited about the Robinvale Community Plan 2031, which under the direction of the Robinvale Improvement Group, will help guide the future of the region over the next 15 years.
This year, the plans for Bromley Road were also consolidated after a concerted effort from community, Council and other organisations.
I hope and expect that both these plans will result in some exciting projects in 2017.
I’m also looking forward to another project really kicking off in Robinvale in 2017 – the Robinvale Employment Network. It is a project we are excited to be part of – helping to link jobs seekers, training groups and local industry – and will bring you more news about it early in 2017.
Heartbeat is back!
Don’t forget about our wonderful, world-class Heartbeat of the Murray, which is back just in time for the summer holidays.
This awesome 360-degree multimedia show uses water, light, laser, sound and special effects to tell the story of the Murray. We are so proud of this show and I encourage you to head along to see it.
You could bring along some visiting friends or family, or even think about tickets as a last minute Christmas gift. The show is on every night over summer at 9pm (except Christmas and Boxing days) at the Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement.
Thanks and Merry Christmas
As we reach the end of the year, it is also timely to thank the Councillors and Council staff who have worked hard for our entire region over the past year. Finally I want to wish everyone a safe and merry Christmas. I hope you enjoy time with your family and friends over the festive season, and I look forward to working with you again in 2017.