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A message from the Mayor

A message from the Mayor

There was exciting news in the Victorian State Budget for Robinvale – funding for the new Robinvale Community Hub and Library.

The hub will be built at Robinvale P-12 College and include a permanent library for the people of Robinvale and for students, and will become a centre for children and families. It will be a unique model and something that we hope might be replicated in other towns around the state.

I want to thank the Mallee Regional Partnership and the State Government for their belief in this project and in the future of Robinvale. We look forward to working with them, the college, the Robinvale community and other local partners to see this project through.

We were also thrilled to receive $1 million from the State Government to continue our Swan Hill Riverfront Masterplan rollout.

While the community has been enjoying some great improvements to the riverfront – like shared pathways, lighting and exercise equipment – planning has continued in the background for the next round of projects.

We have been planning a new active play space, which will make Riverside Park an even better area for children and their families to be. And we have worked with consultants to build two business cases – one around private investment along the riverfront and one looking at a cultural centre.

Thanks to last week’s State’s Budget announcement, we will soon see some more development on the ground. We will keep you up to date through The Guardian, our website and social media as details about the next project are finalised.

Commonwealth Games updates

I’m pleased to report that Councillors will soon meet with the committee planning to bid for the 2030 Commonwealth Games to be here in regional Victoria. The committee has extended an invitation to rural cities like ours to be part of the discussion and we will take that up.

It’s also important to remind you that there are just a few days left to nominate locals as batonbearers for the 2018 Commonwealth Games baton relay, which will visit Swan Hill, Nyah and Robinvale in February.

You have until this Monday, 15 May to nominate – it might be someone who gives their time to support our community, someone who has excelled in their field or someone who is an up and coming leader. Visit the Gold Coast 2018 website for details.

Council also gets to nominate one person to represent each of the three towns during the relay and we are looking to the community to help us with that nomination. If you have nominated someone through the relay website, you can put their name forward for Council consideration too. Send their name and reason for nomination via email to [ mailto:ecodev@swanhill.vic.gov.au | ecodev@swanhill.vic.gov.au ] or call into the information centre in Swan Hill before 12 May.

Yamagata exchange

And just quick reminder that secondary school students from across the municipality can apply to be part of the next Yamagata student exchange. Fifteen students will be chosen for the two-week exchange, which will take place during the 2018 June school holidays.

If you want to be part of it, visit Council’s website or call Robyn Fry on 5032 3033 to find out more or get an application form. Applications close 9 June.