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A message from the Mayor – 11 October

A message from the Mayor – 11 October

We’ve been calling this month Chock-tober at Council, and for good reason – it’s chock-a-block full of events.

We’ve just enjoyed the Swan Hill Show; this week was Mental Health Week and Seniors Week; and on the weekend will be the Manangatang Races and the gallery’s Live on the Lawn music event.

On the last weekend of Chock-tober will be the Annual Junior Basketball Tournament, Market Day, Youth Arts Festival, the Swan Hill Food Truck Festival, Lake Boga ski races and the Swan Hill Pacing Cup. Accommodation is fully booked for the weekend, and Swan Hill Region Information Centre has been fielding lots of calls from people looking for other options.

These events bring a huge number of visitors to our region and I can’t wait to see our town buzzing over the next few weeks.

On top of these, there are also plenty of local events including Swan Hill Theatre Group’s new show, the Swan Hill District Health open garden day, lots of markets, live music and more. Call into the info centre to find out what’s on when. Adventure play begins

I’m really looking forward to seeing the new adventure playground come to life at Riverside Park.

My grandkids are certainly going to enjoy this one – an 8.7m high play tower, a 40 metre long double flying fox, a huge sandpit and plenty more. There will also be a barbecue shelter, featuring locally designed Aboriginal artwork.

I have no doubt that locals will love using this space, and we know it will also be a destination for visitors in its own right. Robinvale – Sea Lake Road

Regional Roads Victoria announced $2.9 million for maintenance on the Robinvale-Sea Lake Road, between Manangatang and Bannerton, last week.

It looks like some shoulders will be repaired and some sections of road re-built, but it is still unclear exactly what this means for the road long-term and whether the 80kmh speed limits will be removed. We absolutely welcome the maintenance funding, but encourage the State Government to consider a more complete solution.

Other maintenance projects were announced for our area too – along sections of the Hattah-Robinvale Road, Murray Valley Highway, Mallee Highway and the Sea Lake-Swan Hill Road.

Bromley Road progress

I’m pleased to see progress being made on the Bromley Road upgrade, with contractors Bitu-Mill working solidly over the past couple of weeks.

They’ve installed pram crossings at Ronald Street, and kerbing for the traffic islands on the northern end of the area. They’re now going to start cutting the pavement on the north bound lane of Bromley Road as part of the road widening.

Thankfully traffic impacts seem to have been minimal so far and we thank everyone for their patience while driving through the 40kmh construction zone.

Welcome to our French friends

Members of the Robinvale/Villers-Bretonneux Association will welcome about 30 visitors from Robinvale’s twin town later this month.

The group will stopover in Robinvale for an official welcome at Robinswood Homestead, and enjoy a visit to Robinvale Euston Memorial Park, a park that pays tribute to the towns’ connection. I know Robinvale will turn on its welcoming hospitality for our guests, and I look forward to being part of it.

Australia Day awards

Please nominate a person or event for our Australia Day Local Government Awards. Nominations are open for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year, with award winners to be announced at Australia Day events in 2020.

Anyone can nominate a person or event that they think deserves recognition – nominate online here or collect forms from Council offices in Swan Hill and Robinvale.