Mayoral Matters - April 2019

Published on 16 April 2019

Mayoral Matters - April 2019

We’re entering what is arguably the busiest time of the year for our shire, which is set to be a hive of activity over the Easter long weekend.

The Stawell Easter Festival will run right across the long weekend, starting with the ever popular Great Western Rodeo on Good Friday, the Fashions on the Field at the Stawell Gift and Stawellbiz Main Street Sensation on Saturday, followed by the ‘Off the Track’ Easter Street Party at night.

The 39th Lindsay Kent Memorial Fun Run will weave its way through Stawell on Easter Sunday morning, and as always, the exciting Stuart McGregor Stawell Gold Cup will be held at the Stawell Racing Club in the afternoon.

To finish this action-packed weekend, we will crown new champions at the finals of the Stawell Gift at Central Park on Easter Monday.

I encourage everyone to get to as many of these events as possible, and to check out our website ngshire.vic.gov.au for a complete calendar of all the events that are happening across the shire over that weekend.

The Federal Budget brought with it some positive news for our shire, and it was great to have Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan MP, in Stawell to announce the $360 million towards the completion of the Western Highway duplication to Stawell, as well as $5 million towards the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory (SUPL).

The SUPL project is incredibly exciting given Stawell will become one of the most advanced locations in the world for cutting-edge research into detecting highly elusive dark matter.

We will continue to push for further funding for this particular project to be able to complete it, but the $5 million is a great start and allows us to get the project underway later this year.

Personally, it was great to attend the retirement party for Grant Fiedler, who has been the Principal at the Marnoo Primary School for the past six years.

I know that the parents and kids at the school have greatly appreciated the work he has put in over that time, and we wish him all the best on his new adventure.

And finally, I’d like to wish all our community members a happy Easter and if you’re travelling, to drive safely.

To all our visitors over this time, I welcome you to our shire and hope you enjoy your stay!

Cr Kevin Erwin

Mayor of Northern Grampians Shire Council