Over the past few weeks we have met with our state and federal MPs – Andrew Broad, Peter Walsh and Peter Crisp – as well as Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.
High on the agenda has been discussing Our Region, Our Rivers – a funding application to the Federal Regional Growth Fund that we’re working on with six other local councils.
If successful, the funding application would result in more than $33 million worth of works in the Swan Hill Rural City, Murray River, Edward River, Balranald Shire, Loddon Shire, Buloke Shire and Gannawarra Shire councils.
Here in our region, the funding would allow us to deliver some of the major projects that the community asked for in the Swan Hill Riverfront Masterplan. And in Robinvale, one of the projects is to create a walking trail to capture the Robinvale/Villers Bretonneux history.
Other councils are looking at projects along their riverfronts and around their lakes too.
Putting this application together has been a great example of our councils working together for a greater regional benefit – councils on either side of the state border and in different electoral seats.
Obviously, there is still a long way to go with this application, but we will continue advocating at every chance for its success.
Also, while meeting with these members of parliament, we’ve discussed another issue that is high on our council’s agenda – improving housing availability in Robinvale. We’re working on a funding application that, if successful, will allow us to review population data for Robinvale and create a housing strategy and action plan for Robinvale.
Anzac and Robinvale services
Thank you and congratulations to the local RSL branches and community groups for putting on Anzac Day commemorations across our area this week.
I would especially like to congratulate the Robinvale community on putting on a full afternoon of events on Tuesday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Villers Bretonneux. The events really demonstrated the community’s commitment to our relationship with the French town, and to remembering the sacrifices that locals made throughout World War I.
Talking creativity, community, parks and business
And finally, a plug for some community consultation and events coming up across our municipality – you can find out more about each of these on Council’s website and Facebook page.
On 2 May from 6pm at the Swan Hill Region Information Centre, we’ll host an info session for community groups to learn about our revamped community grants program, and to workshop ideas for event promotion, fundraising and using social media from marketing expert Ailsa Page.
The next morning, on 3 May, Ailsa Page will speak at The Breakfast Series business event at Spoons Riverside at 7am. Tickets are $20.
Also on 3 May from 4pm to 6pm you can drop into the Robinvale Resource Centre to learn more about the revamped community grants program.
From 6 to 9 May, workshops will be held at Swan Hill, Robinvale, Manangatang, Nyah and Lake Boga to get community input to our new Creative Strategy. We want all sorts of creative people to be involved – you might create craft at home, visit the Library or Gallery, go to live shows, take photos, the list goes on. If you can’t make it to a workshop, you can give your ideas online at Council’s website.
Then on 10 May at 4pm, you can share your ideas and provide feedback on plans for Mundara Park’s future at a free community barbecue. The park is about 10,000 square metres in size and needs upgrading. Two concept plans have been drawn up, and one includes subdividing part of the park for housing development. We’d like to know the neighbouring community’s thoughts and get their ideas for a revamp, so please come along.