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A message from the Mayor

A message from the Mayor

Fruit growers, grain producers and transport companies will benefit from a Council decision to open up about 2000 extra kilometres of rural roads to B-double trucks.

About 560km (or 16 per cent) of our roads had previously been gazetted for B-double access Operators could apply for access to other roads as needed, but this was proving frustrating for operators with a wait of up to five days some times.

Now they will have permanent B-double access to about 2500km (or 67 per cent) of our roads.

We grow so much wonderful fruit, vegetables, nuts and grain in our region and this commonsense change will help growers get that produce to markets, ports and receival sites efficiently. Ultimately this will have a positive flow-on effect for our economy.

Youth Awards next Friday

I’m looking forward to next week’s Youth Awards here in Swan Hill. These awards grow each time they are held, and are testament to the great work young people are doing in our community.

This year, Novo Youth Council received nominations involving 75 different young people – that’s 75 young people succeeding at school, in sport, the arts and in our community, and some of them overcoming huge obstacles along the way.

Winners will be announced on Friday, 7 April at the Swan Hill Town Hall starting at 6pm. The ceremony will also include a dinner and entertainment from local bands Twenty18 and The Kelly Sisters.

Tickets are available from Youth Inc in Campbell Street for $5, with profits going towards more youth-run and focused events through the Youth Council. Hope to see you there.

Lake Boga and Harmony Day

We know that community groups do a stellar job helping our region to thrive.

The past two weekends we have seen this volunteer work at its best as the Lake Boga Lions Club staged the 75th anniversary of the flying boat depot, and a volunteer committee organised the eighth annual Swan Hill Harmony Day.

The Boga anniversary was an enormous success – 5000 people attended and were full of praise for the aerobatic spectacle and other entertainment. Well done to the Lions Club and the entire Lake Boga community that supported them.

And on the weekend I enjoyed Harmony Day at Riverside Park. This is another example of groups and individuals pitching in to bring together something big. It was a wonderful celebration of culture and diversity, and I congratulate everyone involved.

Renewal of Robinvale netball courts

CEO John McLinden and Council staff have discussed the state of Robinvale’s netball courts with netball representatives in the past few weeks, as we develop the municipality-wide Recreation Reserves Masterplan.

The courts’ repair is our next priority project for Robinvale and we are putting together a funding application at the moment.

We will keep the netball community updated on progress.

Robinvale community visit

The CEO and I will be in Robinvale next Thursday, 6 April to meet with community members to discuss their issues and ideas.

You can make a time to talk with us by contacting Sharon Lindsay on 5036 2348.

Business Mixer success

And finally, thank you to the business owners and community members who joined us for the first Robinvale Business Mixer last week.

More than 20 people joined us to hear about local projects like the Robinvale Employment Network, Bromley Road and the Economic Development Strategy.

We’ll hold another one later in the year – check out the Sentinel and Facebook for more information.