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From the mayor's desk - We're set to hit new heights

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June 15, 2017

I AM pleased to report that the City of Greater Bendigo Parks and Natural Reserves Unit has installed two tables and some bench seating in the valley of the liquid ambers.

The need for some outdoor furniture was raised with council by Advance Heathcote and also on the recent Ward Tour of the district.

There are plans to make further amenity improvements at the site, which will be rolled out as part of the Parks and Natural Reserves maintenance program.

Next Wednesday council will meet to formally adopt the 2017/2018 Budget and 2017-2021 Community Plan, formally known as the Council Plan. I look forward to working hard and joining with my fellow councillors to deliver for the Heathcote community.

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of officially opening stage two of the Bendigo Airport redevelopment, which was an exciting day. We now have a brand new 1600m runway capable of accepting aircraft carrying up to 70 passengers or 30 tonneS in freight.

This is an important piece of infrastructure that will connect producers to local, national and international markets. This represents an exciting opportunity, particularly for wine growers in the Heathcote region.

The airport will benefit not only Greater Bendigo producers but those in surrounding municipalities. Our discussions with airlines have been positive and they are doing further research on our region, so that is encouraging.

As a regional city, we have a key responsibility in leading the development of facilities and infrastructure that can benefit everyone.

Finally, save Saturday, July 1 in your diaries and head along to the Heathcote Bush Market. Cr Yvonne Wrigglesworth and I will be there to answer any questions you may have. Unfortunately, Cr George Flack will be away. We are very keen to hear from you and hope you will come along and say hello. Our email contact details are available on the city’s website or you can phone 5434 6000.

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