I was thrilled to learn this week that more than $1.6 million worth of contracts for our Swan Hill saleyards redevelopment have been awarded to local businesses.
The redevelopment will include reconfiguring the cattle yards to increase efficiency, improve safety and animal welfare; and replacing sheep ramps.
Prestige Engineering, Polymaster, Laser Electrical, Darren Delmenico Building and Whitfield Excavations will all work on the project. They will build the new cattle yards and draft, altered selling ring and building, cattle troughs, the scale house building, sheep laneways and truckwash.
Two businesses from outside the area that specialise in saleyards will also work on the project.
Not only will this project be a great economic stimulus for our region, but it is a credit to the local trades industry that we can complete this large-scale project from within.
Most of the work will take place from mid-December until February 2019. The entire project – funded by Council and the Federal Government – is expected to be complete in June 2019.
Boost for Robinvale youth
Robinvale young people will be a focus of the new project being run at Council’s Youth Support Services. Late last month, Council was announced as one of five Councils to share in $2.5 million from the State’s Youth Empower Program. Project staff will work with young people who have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging. They will look at their goals around health, career and wellbeing, and set individual pathways to help them achieve those goals. Ultimately, it’s about keeping young people connected to education or work, and helping them to achieve positive health outcomes. All these things will benefit our young people, their families and the community around them. We hope to start delivering the project early in the new year, so stay tuned for more information.
Head to Head in our region
You might have seen police officers walking the roads through our municipality this week as part of the Head to Head campaign. It aims to raise awareness and funds for retired police officers living with mental health issues.
Police Association Secretary Wayne Gatt and his team of walkers started in Mildura, were in Manangatang on Sunday morning, and walked down the highway to arrive in Swan Hill on Wednesday.
They will meet up with Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton and his team of walkers at Wangaratta on 23 October.
The fact that these two men are literally putting in the hard yards shows just how important this cause is. Police officers are put into situations every day that are traumatic, challenging and out of the ordinary. And so it stands to reason that this can impact on their mental health and wellbeing.
I want to thank everyone in our local communities who have supported this walk.
Mental Health Week
From a wider community perspective, today is the culmination of Mental Health Week in Swan Hill. The committee has done a brilliant job putting on events to cater for everyone in our community, like an art show, movie night and expos.
Congratulations to the committee for the work they do each year on this event, raising awareness of mental health, and providing ideas for improving mental health and where to seek help. They even put on mental health first aid training sessions for local community members.
Today, please join me at the community walk at 11am, leaving from the Swan Hill Town Hall. It will be a great way to come together as a community, raise awareness, show support for people with a mental illness, and get in a bit of exercise.