Cr Robyn Gulline: Challenges and opportunities

It is so exciting to see the Mill Street silo art starting to take shape.

The official opening of the Yangga Dyata (Walking on Country) Horsham silo will be held on May 27 with a welcome and smoking ceremony followed by a walk along Firebrace Street to Sawyer Park.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Firebrace Street and Sawyer Park will be renamed for that week (Reconciliation Week) to a name proposed by the Barengi Gadjin Land Council Board.

Stage 1 of the City to River Masterplan is getting closer to completion with the awarding of the final contract for the riverfront landscaping and lighting.

Community members and visitors are regularly commenting on the positive developments being undertaken to make our beautiful river more of a “destination” rather than a place to walk or run through.

Making art more accessible to the public is the aim of the nbn Art Box project. They certainly provide a splash of colour and brighten up the town.

Congratulations to the artists who have contributed the artworks displayed on the nbn boxes.

The full collection can be viewed at the Horsham Art Gallery until June 15. Thank you to nbn Local for your support, and the Public Art Advisory Committee and the Council staff for delivering this project.

Last week, I attended the first Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel meeting with the Minister for Local Government, Shaun Leane.

Each Mayor shared their community’s experiences, challenges and opportunities as we transition out of Covid and the importance of state government assistance.

Meeting the workforce and skill gap needs of the regions was a key focus of the Regional Cities meeting.

Everyone is facing similar challenges in attracting and retaining sufficient and suitably qualified staff to fill key roles and the impact staff shortages is having on our regional health and wellbeing.

Currently the Victorian Skills Authority is developing a Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Skills Demand Profile. This document will be used to inform future priorities and help deliver local solutions.

The new Domestic Animal Management Plan is out for community consultation. Please take the time to read the document and provide your feedback online, or by email or letter by 5pm on May 27.

Commonwealth Games 2026 opportunities for our region will be predominantly side events, activities and festivals. I’m putting a call out to our community for ideas on what our municipality could offer to attract visitors, either before, during or after the Games.

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