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Candidate nominations for the 2018 State Election will open on February 12 next year for the Nationals.
The community pre-selection window's open until March 9 - then the Shepparton community gets to pick the party's candidate.
Leader Peter Walsh says it's the first time the Shepparton community gets direct input into a Nationals candidate for the State election.
Locals June Atkinson-Murray and the late Elizabeth Maud Morgan-Hoffmann are among 9 Aboriginal Victorians inducted into the 2017 Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll.
The Government's celebrated their profound contribution to the Goulburn Valley community.
Ms Atkinson-Murray's been applauded for her work for Rumbalara Aboriginal co-op - Ms Morgan-Hoffman recognised for her efforts fighting for land rights and better conditions for Aboriginal people.
Everyone in the Goulburn Valley's urged to not swim in any irrigation channels - no matter what the heat is outside.
Despite their deceptively calm nature - water can be released down the channel at any time - meaning conditions will change very quickly.
GMW's Daniel Irwin says submerged pipes, drains, broken glass, rocks and tree branches also pose their challenges.
Nathalia District Hospital, Cobram District Health and Numurkah District Health are aiming to combine their powers - by joining their health services.
Current services and facilities wouldn't change under the proposal - the hospitals would simply work together to provide enhanced care and treatment across the three communities.
More achievements for Shepparton Rapper Briggs in 2017.
His band AB Original's took out Best Album for Reclaim Australia, Best Hip-Hop Album and Best Aboriginal Act at the Music Victoria Awards last night.
Shepparton Golfer Jarrod Lyle's spending the next four days commentating the Emirates Australian Open - to take his mind off his impending major surgery.
Battling this third bout of leukaemia - LYLE will head back to hospital next week for a bone marrow transplant - which will see him in hospital for at least 5 weeks.
He says at best - he's got a 1 in 4 chance of coming out the other side successfully - but it's the strongest bout of chemotherapy he's ever done - he'll get stem cells from his brother, Leighton.