We are looking for community input into two important projects at the moment – a new Local Law and a proposed off-leash dog park in Swan Hill.
Local Law review
The Community Local Law is due to expire in July and Council has released a proposed new Local Law for public input.
Some of the major proposed changes are that all dogs must be on a leash in public areas, and changes to the times and areas for consumption of alcohol in a public place.
A Community Impact Statement clearly lays out all proposed changes and is available, along with the full proposed Community Local Law, on our website and at Council offices.
We are also hosting information sessions – at the Swan Hill Region Information Centre on 14 March at 5.30pm, and the Robinvale Resource Centre on 16 March at 5.30pm – so that you can find out more and ask questions.
You can make a written submission until 29 March.
Off leash dog park survey
In light of the proposed new Local Law and following requests from some community members, we are also investigating an off-leash dog park for Swan Hill.
You can give us your thoughts through a survey on our website. The survey asks things like how often you would use the park, what facilities you would like to see included, and where the park should be located.
We have already received more than 120 responses to the survey, but there is still plenty of time to have your say. Visit www.swanhill.vic.gov.au/yoursay and fill out the survey before 29 March.
Massive March in Swan Hill region
If your diary isn’t full for March, it should be! There are four massive events planned in the Swan Hill and Robinvale regions, along with plenty of community markets, theatre and sport.
The Swan Hill Food and Wine Festival is on from March 10 to 12 with food and wine cruises, the festival day at the Pioneer Settlement with music from Russell Morris, and the local produce and design market on the Sunday.
That same weekend, the Robinvale community will host one of its biggest events of the year – the Robinvale Euston 80 Ski Race. Hundreds of competitors will tackle this unique course, which allows spectators to watch both the start and finish of the race from the same spot. The dash for cash will be held on the Saturday, and the main race on the Sunday.
From March 17 to 19, the Lake Boga Lions Club will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Flying Boat Repair Depot. There will be the amazing Air Force Roulettes, Catalina fly pasts, music from The Pacific Belles and RAAF band, kids’ activities, outdoor theatre, a theatre restaurant with Michael Veitch and a country market.
And to wrap up the month, on 25 March, Swan Hill’s Harmony Day will be held at Riverside Park. The community kitchen will be selling traditional food from across the globe, there will be workshops, performances and kids’ activities.
Council is proud to support each of these events and I hope to see you there. You can find out more about all local events at www.visitswanhill.com.au, or on individual Facebook pages and websites.