Mayoral Column 5 November 2018

Published on 05 November 2018

We will remember them

This Sunday 11 November is Remembrance Day. It is a time to pause and remember those who have died and been injured in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. This year’s Remembrance Day also marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, bringing the First World War to an end.

In recognition of the day, please wear a red poppy as a symbol of remembrance. Please also ensure you stop at 11am on Sunday to observe one minute’s silence, and reflect on the service and sacrifice of all our defence personnel and that of their families.

Official opening of Wedderburn streetscape project

On Tuesday 13 November I will join the Wedderburn community to celebrate the official opening of the Wedderburn Streetscape Improvement Project.

The project has certainly revitalised the streetscape, making the area more visually appealing, opening up the main street and its surrounds, and making it more accessible. Landscaping and new street furniture have further complemented the works.

The project is a credit to the Wedderburn community and businesses, as well as contractor Avard Civil and Council.
The $3.3 million project was made possible thanks to funding from the Federal Government, Regional Development Victoria and Council.

The celebrations will also include the burial of the Wedderburn Lions Club time capsule beneath the footpath in front of Soldiers’ Memorial Park. The time capsule is part of the centenary celebrations of Lions International and provides future residents of Wedderburn (and the Shire) a look at the day-to-day life of the town from our current era.

The Wedderburn streetscape opening will take place at 12.20pm in front of Soldiers’ Memorial Park. Members of the public are invited to attend.

Kia-Ora congratulations

Last month I mentioned that Yarrawalla’s Kia-Ora Piggery had become a finalist in the Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards.

I’m pleased to report that Kia-Ora Piggery won the award for their category – the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Diversity and Inclusion Award. The company received the award at a presentation evening on 26 October.

I’d like to congratulate Kia-Ora Piggery on this fantastic achievement. It is a well-deserved recognition of a company that is behind the success of our wonderful multicultural population in Pyramid Hill.

More congratulations

I’d also like to congratulate Bridgewater Compost on receiving a $500,000 grant from the State Government’s Regional Jobs and infrastructure Fund. The grant will go towards the company’s new advanced organic mushroom production facility at Newbridge.

Bridgewater Compost is investing $7.8 million in the facility, enabling it to purchase plant and equipment to produce 25 tonnes of organically grown mushrooms per week, creating 20 new full-time jobs. This is a great investment in our Shire.

Did you know?

The Wedderburn Streetscape Improvement Project includes 1,898 square metres of pavers, 1,254 square metres of footpath, construction of approximately one kilometre of kerb and channel, and 580 cubic metres of road base material. Forty-six trees and 1,288 square metres of grass have been planted, and eight seats and 13 bin surrounds installed.

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