Local News 17th January 2017

A Total Fire Ban is in place today

Local News 17th January 2017

A health warning from Ambulance Victoria to check on our loved ones as temperatures soar across the Fire Banned District of Mallee

Operations Manager at Ambulance Victoria, Paul Holman, says that temperatures will reach levels dangerous to our health.


The Mallee Divisional Response Unit is continuing their investigation into the alleged sale of synthetic cannabis in Sunraysia.

Police have released a 63 year old man arrested in relation to the investigation without charge as they wait on results from substances seized in raids last week.

Synthetic cannabis has been illegal in Victoria since 2011, but, in some circumstances people have still been able to buy it.

Local forces say this issue is a priority as the drug can have vast mental health effects.


Future investment priorities and flood mitigation options are set to be outlined in a new Floodplain Management Strategy for the Mallee Region.

During 2017 the Mallee Catchment Management Authority will collect information from the public helping identify local flood behaviour, major risks, and important infrastructure to develop the plan.

Mallee CMA Floodplain Manager, Nicholas Sheahan, says that the local strategy is a great way for communities and individuals to work with agencies to decide what best suits our region.


A Mildura man and a team of RMIT students are aiming to change the way we get around forever by designing a hyperloop pod to transport people and cargo at the speed of sound.

Matt O’Callaghan and his VicHyper team entered Elon Musk’s Hyperloop competition and to their surprise they've made it all the way to the trials in California this month.

The expensive project in its final stages of fine tuning before they go up against other competitors.

Matt says that Hyperloop has the ability to change the world, able to move up to 1,200 kilometres per hour. Its ability to connect people means commuters could work in Sydney and live in Melbourne without a problem.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up under Matt's name for locals to support the VicHyper team in getting to the US for the finals.


A rising tennis star has been the deserving recipient of the annual Phil Lancaster Tennis Scholarship.

Laicey Rogerson is now looking forward to a 3 week trip to the US which will further advance her skills.