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Local News August 7th 2017

Private & State bodies unite.

Local News August 7th 2017

Private and State bodies have come together to establish Safety Alliance Victoria in an effort to drop the Victorian burglary rate by 10%.

Safety Alliance Victoria is an initiative from Victoria Police, the RACV, Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Stoppers Victoria and Federation University.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner, Tess Walsh, says that it's come about after a report several years ago recommended police establish these partnerships.

 

The Mallee Federal electorate has been surveyed on marriage equality with close to two thirds of voters in the Coalition stronghold supporting a conscience vote on the issue.

Liberal MPs are meeting in Canberra to discuss legalising same sex marriage today after 5 backbench MPs began pushing for a parliamentary vote.

The Government went to the last election promising a plebiscite on the issue.

 

Rex Airlines has responded to mandatory airport security searches saying that implementing the protocols here in Mildura will be too much cost for the airline.

Currently, Rex's fleet of Saab 340 aircrafts are under the 20 tonne weight limit required for the security checks.

The airline revealed the cost of carrying out the security checks in regional areas like Sunraysia would be upwards of $750,000.

  

Calls have been made for rural and remote Australians to have better access to GP healthcare as a new report is released showing the issue at the top of local concerns.

The figures come from the Royal Flying Doctor Service who found that a third of respondents nominated access to doctors and specialists as their biggest healthcare concerns while calling for more Government funding of services.

The survey found that for Australians living in remote places, a visit to the doctor could mean a 10-hour round trip, or, more.

 

New data has been released for the Agricultural Census with the Australian Bureau of Statistics recording some significant increases in two of our region’s biggest products, oranges and cotton.

Director of Environment and Agriculture statistics at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Lauren Binns, says that in 2015-16 there was a 15% increase in New South Wales orange production.

New South Wales data also showed a 16% reduction in water use for agriculture over the last financial year. 

 

 

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