Well, Dimboola and Nhill have certainly been in the media recently, for all the right reasons, especially Dimboola with their winning of the 2018 Tidy Town of the Year. They were finalists in nine categories of the awards and will now host next year's tidy towns awards, a great opportunity to showcase their town.

To all people that were involved in this event, I would like to express my personal appreciation for all the work that is done over a long period of time, that is quite often taken for granted. Well done to all of you.

While on  the subject of Dimboola, they also were successful in obtaining funding for the old pub site in Lloyd Street through ‘Pick my Project’, the only one of quite a few that were entered through out the shire.

Nhill has also been in the limelight taking out the award for best new business in the Wimmera business awards.

That business being Paw Po. What a great achievement and a great success story, something I'm very proud to be involved with, not only as Mayor but the shire in general. Congratulations to Annette and Alison and all the ladies that make the store the wonderful place that it is.

It was disappointing that the grandstand at Davis Park missed out on the Pick my Project funding, I think in hindsight and listening to some of the people that were successful, if this funding is available again our communities may need to be more pro-active in encouraging people to vote.

Hindmarsh Shire has applied for funding to replace the grandstand, so we will have to keep our fingers crossed that we are successful in obtaining a grant.

The rain this year has been rather elusive with farmers in my area to the north, recording rainfalls of around 100 mil (four inches in old-timers measurement) however the Nhill and Kaniva area and further south are still looking pretty good.

The politicians are all still promising money in the lead up to the state election and it is pleasing that there seems to be some extra money starting to flow through to the newly formed VicRoads regional body hopefully, and there needs to be some substantial extra funding allocated to our rural roads, some of which are now in desperate need of repair.

Cr Ron Ismay

Hindmarsh Shire Mayor