We are seeing both the benefits and the results of our wet Spring; among them the swarms of mosquitoes. Now nearly everyone you talk to has a different, but great, tried and true mosquito repellent that really works. However, while we wait for the shops to restock repellents, one of the best ways to reduce mosquitoes in the home garden is to clear out areas where they can breed including getting rid of any water, or containers of water, and reduce weeds. There is more information on page 3.
This month we congratulate the Wycheproof Kindergarten on its 50th anniversary at the current site in High St. There will be an open day on Sunday 6 November from 12 noon to 3pm and includes a barbecue and display. Organisers are seeking memorabilia for display. For information call in to the Wycheproof Community Resource Centre.
As we begin November we look forward to some warmer days spent at the Wycheproof swimming pool which opens for the season on Friday 11 November. The pool will be open between 3pm and 7pm weekdays and 2pm and 7pm weekends, school holidays and public holidays.
Lobbying to have Broadway made safer for pedestrians continues and there has been interest from VicRoads to learn more about our traffic issues. VicRoads manager Planning Mr Daya Govender attended a site inspection with representatives from Buloke Council, Wycheproof VISION, Broadway retailers and the P-12 College. Wycheproof VISION is putting together a further submission with photographs to send to Mr Govender.
Community comment is being sought by Buloke Council about library services. In Wycheproof, we have the mobile library from Swan Hill Library visit fortnightly for four hours. It is likely that this service will cease towards the end of 2017 as the mobile library vehicle is due to be replaced. There are two options being considered. The first is for Buloke Council to invest in and provide all library services and book stock and the second option is for Buloke Council, as a member of the Wimmera Regional Library Corporation which already provides a static library service in Birchip, to have the corporation provide book stock and library services. The Wycheproof Community Resource Centre has been earmarked as a central point to have a library/reading room and the library project includes a grant to upgrade existing buildings. Under the project there is also an opportunity to offer part-time employment and training for a library technician.
Finally thank you to Bianca Orr who was confirmed as Wycheproof VISION Secretary and Kendall Phyland confirmed as Youth Liaison. I am sure we will keep both very busy over the coming year.