We recently saw the running of the Stawell Easter Gift for the 135th time and what a fabulous carnival it was.
Congratulation to the Stawell Athletic Club and all concerned for a wonderful weekend of athletics, racing, bronco riding and all the other entertainment that Stawell and district provides during the Easter break.
A special thank you to StawellBiz and the Council personnel who give their time freely for the ongoing organisation of the Main Street Easter Festival. A huge crowd and numerous forms of entertainment for kids and adults alike.
All the major events over Easter were well patronised and what a huge boost for our economy. It sometimes amazes me that the Easter Carnival continues to grow, but it’s not surprising when you have the passionate, dedicated people that we have in our shire. Let’s now look forward to the 136th Stawell Easter Gift.
During the last few weeks I have met up with a number of state politicians. Last week I met with the Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Lisa Neville.
Of course most of that conversation was about the drought and what opportunities are available to those affected by the very dry conditions.
Some of the conversations were about providing water for the agricultural sector from the underground bores that have been recommissioned. Also the extension of the pipeline is a hot topic. Things like some funding direct to our communities for mental health, school fee assistance, training and the like have been discussed and our argument is that it is needed now, not after it rains. We are certainly out there trying to get some results for you.
Just before Easter, I had a meeting with the Department of Sport and Recreation about the ongoing wellbeing of the Stawell Gift. It was a very positive meeting which no doubt will be part of retaining this wonderful, iconic, international event here in Stawell.
On Sunday, April 17 a get together by our community supporting the Refugee Welcome Zone was held at Halls Gap. About 300 people attended and all were very positive about Council’s decision to support 37 other shires throughout the state.
In my next column I hope to be able to update you with some news on our current developments and some very exciting new opportunities.
Cr Murray Emerson, Northern Grampians Shire
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