Our Vibrant Villages – love where you live

People in Woorinen, Ultima, Manangatang, Lake Boga, Boundary Bend, Piangil, Beverford, Nyah and Nyah West will have even more reason to love where they live, thanks to $750,000 worth of community upgrades.

The State Government announced last week that it would contribute $500,000 to Swan Hill Rural City Council’s Vibrant Villages project.

Council will contribute $250,000 and the project will be delivered over two years.

Mayor Bill Moar said Vibrant Villages would focus on four key areas – beautification, public infrastructure, recreation and public art – and projects would differ for each community.

“Vibrant Villages will improve infrastructure in public places, and each town will be enhanced for both residents and visitors alike,” Cr Moar said.

“We plan to create instant visual results, which is great for both local residents and visitors, and we hope the project helps to stimulate the local economy at the same time,” he said.

Vibrant Villages will include:

  • Beautification – like streetscaping town centres, town entrance improvements, irrigation
  • Public infrastructure – like tourism information signage, street furniture, street banner flags, community shelters and barbecue areas
  • Recreation assets – like footpaths and outdoor gym equipment
  • Public art – like street murals and community art projects

Cr Moar said upgrades would come from each community’s Community Plan and would be delivered in partnership with the communities themselves.

“For example, we’ll be doing upgrades to AN Lewis Park in Nyah and Memorial Park in Boundary Bend; new street trees and irrigation will go in at Ultima and Manangatang; and gym equipment will go in at Lake Boga,” he said.

“On behalf of all nine rural communities, we thank the State Government for its contribution and we now look forward to working with locals to see these improvements rolled out.”

The State contribution comes from Regional Development Victoria, through its Regional Infrastructure Fund.

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