Next month’s Federal election affords our region some great opportunities. The election will be unlike any we have seen in the Mallee before. Independent, minor party and major party candidates have been campaigning for months already, there have been candidate forums, meet and greets, and candidates are working hard to have their policies and promises noticed. As a Council, we will use this opportunity to lobby hard for projects on our community’s wishlist. Recreation reserves, transport and solar energy will be our major focuses.
Our Game Plan is a 10-year, $33 million masterplan to upgrade recreation reserves across the municipality and we will use the election campaign to seek funding commitments for two of the plan’s major projects.
The Swan Hill Regional Sports Precinct will consolidate Alan Garden Memorial and Swan Hill Showgrounds reserves into a regional hub for AFL, netball, cricket and aquatics. While in Robinvale, the focus will be on upgrading Robinvale Leisure Centre and Robinvale Recreation Reserve.
In terms of transport, Council is calling for funding for projects from the Central Murray Regional Transport Strategy. In our area, this includes upgrades to the Hattah-Robinvale Road and the Murray Valley Highway, completion of the Murray Basin Rail Project and more user-friendly passenger rail timetables.
We have also been lobbying at state and federal levels for improved capacity in the electricity network to make our region a centre for solar power generation. Investors are constantly keen to tap into our region’s ideal solar conditions, but unable to do so due to network constraints. Council CEO John McLinden and I have progressively met with Mallee candidates to discuss these priorities, and have taken every chance we can to lobby for these priorities when meeting with Government Ministers, Shadow Ministers and advisors. We will continue to do so.
Change of meeting location
A reminder for Robinvale residents that we have changed the location of our May Council Meeting so that it is held in Robinvale. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 21 May at the Robinvale Community Centre at 6pm.
At this meeting, a decision is expected to be made about the potential sale of land on Bromley Road. Like all formal Council meetings, the community is welcome to attend and observe this meeting.