Local News July 5th 2017

NAIDOC Week celebrations in full swing.

Local News July 5th 2017

Sunraysia is joining millions across the nation to celebrate NAIDOC week with the Australian Government providing more than $6,000 to support local organisations and their celebrations.

The national theme for this year's NAIDOC week is "Our Languages Matter" shining the spotlight on the role languages play in the celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievements and history.

Member of Mallee, Andrew Broad, says that NAIDOC events are a great opportunity for those in the Wimmera, Mallee and Mildura regions to gain a better understanding and appreciation for Indigenous art, language and culture.

  

Cyclists who use their phone on the road could now be hit with a $476 fine.

Safety laws that have gone into effect this month preventing people using mobile phones while using their bike.

Riders can make and accept phone calls when the device is secured in a holder fixed to the bike, or, when the phone can be operated without the rider touching any part of the phone.

 

The State Government's Risk Assessment and Management Panel has seen great success in its first year of operation.

The initiative has seen representatives from Victoria Police, Victoria Corrections, child protection, specialist women's family violence services, mental health, drug, alcohol and housing departments working together to prevent family violence.

Figures show the panel manages 53 cases within the Mallee Electorate.

The programme is designed to use multi-faceted approaches to reduce the risk of violence for families.

 

Sunraysia Farmers are looking ahead hoping this week's break of rain becomes more regular after June became Victoria's driest on record.

The dry start to the season has caused a bit of concern from our cropping/veggie and livestock community with forecasters predicting that we're going to see higher than usual temps and drier than usual conditions up until September.

Brett Hosking Vice President of the Victorian Farmers Federation says that it's all a part of the job.

 

A $35,000 injection from the State Government has been allocated to the Mildura and District Ski Club.

The club has seen the completion of a new ramp helping more boats launch into the Murray safely and is set to improve annual events like the Ted Hurley Classic and Mildura 100.

Minister of Sport, John Eren, has visited the region and opened the upgraded ramp at the Club. 

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