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A message from the Mayor – 19 July

A message from the Mayor – 19 July

On Tuesday, Councillors approved 57 successful grants through the 2019 Event Support and Community Development funds.

From the Event Support Fund, 33 events will share in $70,500.

This includes support for regular events like the Lake Boga Yacht Club Easter Regatta, Mallee Almond Blossom Festival, Nyah District Christmas Carnival and Swan Hill Autumn Bowls Carnival. It will also support new events like an International Quilting Day event at Robinvale, an Ultima art and craft exhibition, and the Robinvale Lantern Festival.

From the Community Development Fund, 24 community groups will share in $67,000. This included projects right across the municipality.

Examples include a new oven for the Manangatang Public Hall, a development camp for Swan Hill Junior Fire Brigade, an electronic target for the Robinvale Rifle Club, and new technology equipment for the Piangil community.

We know these grants are sought after and I’m pleased that so many community groups from right across the municipality took the chance to apply.

All applicants will be contacted about their grant application soon. You can see a full list of successful applicants on Council’s website.

Come along to the Festa

I’m looking forward to this weekend’s Festa Della Madonna Del Monte Carmelo – and I hope plenty of locals can join in this celebration of Italian culture too.

There will be a dinner dance on Saturday night, Mass at St Mary’s on Sunday morning and then a family day at the Swan Hill Italian Social Club with pasta, a barbecue and other Italian treats for lunch, kids activities and entertainment.

Find out more at their Facebook page and at visitswanhill.com.au.

Welcome to hospital CEO

New Swan Hill District Health CEO Peter Abraham has started work and I would like to welcome him and his family to the Swan Hill region.

The Swan Hill hospital has a bright future ahead, and we look forward to working with Peter and his team.

NAIDOC Week – well done

I was pleased to attend the NAIDOC Week opening and smoking ceremony at Caix Square. A highlight for me was the inaugural public performance by the young women’s dance group – well done to all.

Kids’ show success

Almost 130 people came to the Children Are Stinky circus performance during the school holidays, and from all reports had a wow of a time.

Our Performing Arts team is keen to continue bringing shows to Robinvale and this level of support makes that possible.

Enjoy a coffee and chat at Wemen

A head’s up to people living around Wemen – Councillors will be at the Wemen Store on Saturday, 10 August for Coffee with a Councillor. Come along between 11am and 1pm, have a coffee on us, and chat about you issues and ideas.