Local News 13th February 2017

Ross River Virus alerts issued.

Local News 13th February 2017

Health experts say that we need to be taking extra precaution outside with a spike in cases of Ross River Virus around Victoria and New South Wales.

Residents in both Mildura and Wentworth have been diagnosed with the virus this year and there has been an alarming 857 cases state-wide in Victoria compared with the usual 30 at this time of the year.

Authorities are reminding people to wear loose fitting clothing outside, use repellents and get rid of any stagnant water around homes.


Australia's sporting culture see's alcohol play a key role in the social life of being part of a club and the call is out for clubs in Mildura to educate their players and members on the issues associated with excessive drinking.

The “Looking after our Mates” program aims to promote responsible behaviour around alcohol in Sunraysia's local sport clubs and schools.

A presenter will be coming in for a free 45 minute interactive presentation to point out how we can all improve and foster responsibility in local clubs.

RoadSafe Mildura's Tressna Martin says that drinking can often play a huge role in sports clubs.


New Australian food labelling laws will make it easier for buyers to see exactly where different ingredients come from.

Reforms to Australia's Country of Origin Labelling system have clarified the requirements of the Made in label and have altered the definition of substantial transformation.

AUSVEG Public Affairs Manager, Jordan Brooke-Barnett, says that consumers want to know where ingredients are coming from and the latest changes will allow for much more clarity in the supermarket.


Cricketers are set to play just a one day round this weekend after all SCA Round 12 fixtures were cancelled due to extreme weather conditions last weekend.

With the shortened format expected to put even more pressure on Top 4 places, both Merbein South and Irymple will be desperate to secure victory this Saturday.


The Northern Mallee Sports Star Awards were held on Friday night with local golfer Greg Rhodes claiming the Merbein & District Community Bank/MMM Peter Manolas Trophy.

Greg has played a number of sports throughout his time but has excelled in golf and is currently ranked the number 1 Senior Amateur Golfer in Australia.