Mildura Weekly : Friday March 21 2014 Vol 8 No 20
Mildura Weekly – 21/03/14 7 www.milduraphonebook.com.au Shire support for tourism TOURISM north of the Murray River is in the spotlight with a new cam- paign and a funding in- jection from Wentworth Shire Council. The Shire has pledged $60,000 to be spent this financial year on promo- tional and marketing ac- tivities as the cornerstone of a commitment to grow far west NSW regional toursim and stimulate economic development. Meanwhile, an ad- ditional $2000 has been spent on a Wentworth Regional Tourism Inc (WRTI) tourism brochure, with another $4000 put towards a new official ‘Vis- itors Guide.’ “Council has worked hard to generate the funds to be able to undertake these initiatives, and I have to applaud the coun- cillors and staff for work- ing closely together to achieve these outcomes,” Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Don McKinnon said. While announcing the funding, Council has also flagged a change to its tour- ism branding and website, with two prominant road signs welcoming visitors to the Wentworth Shire in the pipeline. Robinvale’s Rowe Street Park to be re-established ROBINVALE community members and Swan Hill City Council have decided to work together to revitalise the Rowe Street Park, with Council voting to sup- port the revitalisation project through its Community Plan initiative. The decision came after extensive community input into a concept plan, and after a petition signed by 154 resi- dents was presented to Council, with works to cost between $45,000 and $50,000 Robinvale ward Councillor John Katis said he was pleased that Councillors had supported the idea. “Residents in the neighbourhood around Rowe Street have been telling us that they want the park fixed up, and they have already been heavily involved in planning for the park’s future,” he said. “It has been wonderful to have so much involvement from the residents, and I’m glad Councillors have supported the idea of re-establishing the park. “I look forward to seeing how the project unfolds, and what the Council and community can achieve together. “The land consists of two house blocks that have frontage to both Rowe Street and Morris Street, and despite the area not being maintained to a high stan- dard, the local community uses the space as an informal meeting area.” Cr Katis said pedestrians also use the site to connect various parts of the neigh- bourhood, with a concept plan devel- oped for the park’s future following two meetings between Robinvale residents and Council in February. The plan lists the community priori- ties as shade, grassed areas, seating, play equipment, an art project, paths and ac- tivities like hopscotch and ‘four-square.’ Funding will come from existing bud- gets, with Council to also seek funding from external sources. Stone returns to lead peak vigneron group MURRAY Valley Winegrow- ers has appointed experi- enced wine grape advocate Mike Stone as its new execu- tive officer, replacing outgo- ing chief executive Mark Mc- Kenzie. Mr Stone previously led MVW for nine years between 2001 and 2010, before work- ing as a political adviser to State and national parlia- mentarians, and as a print journalist. MVW Chairman Brian Englefield welcomed Mr Stone’s appointment, saying it had come at a crucial time for the Murray Valley’s wine grape sector. “Mike is a very experi- enced campaigner on com- mercial issues for Murray Val- ley growers, and we are very pleased to welcome him back to MVW at a time when our growers are facing a major crossroad that will determine the future of wine grapes in this region,” he said. “Mike’s experience will allow us to continue the campaign we have launched in recent months seeking fairer commercial arrange- ments and sustainable wine grape prices in the industry on which growers can plan for a future in grape growing. “His appointment will mean we can continue to push hard for government action against lop-sided contracts, and the disas- trous pricing practices that we have seen many wineries implement in 2014.” Mr Stone commences with MVW on Tuesday, March 25. Survey opportunity for community input MILDURA Rural City Council is inviting resi- dents and ratepayers to provide feedback on Council services, facilities and the organisa- tion’s overall performance through an online survey. Council’s annual ‘Community Satisfac- tion Survey’ opened on Monday, with com- munity members encouraged to participate and share their thoughts and views. Mildura Mayor Glenn Milne said the sur- vey asked people to rate 71 different Council services in terms of their importance and per- formance. “Our annual Community Satisfaction Survey is an opportunity to gauge how impor- tant people feel each of these services are, and how they are performing,” he said. Cr Milne said results would be used to help Council plan for the next 12 months, while also revealing which areas the organisa- tion could improve on. Council’s annual Community Satisfac- tion Survey can be accessed online at www. mildura.vic.gov.au, with hard copies also available at all Council Service Centres and libraries.
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