Local News June 27th 2017

Murray Basin Rail project to roll out.

Local News June 27th 2017

The State Government has announced the successful tenderer for the Murray Basin Rail project.

It is part of a $1.6B regional rail service that will see 9 lines running to all corners of Victoria.

The main project office will be established in Maryborough with other sites located in Mildura, Ouyen, and Ballarat.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, says that the rail will revolutionize regional farming transport.


Mildura Highway Patrol has urged motorists to slow down after stopping 5 motorists driving over the speed limit on the weekend.

A Mildura man was pulled over on the Murray Valley Highway allegedly going 148 kilometres per hour in the 100 zone.

The driving offenses of all five drivers sit between 20 and 48 kilometres over the speed limit.

All five drivers have lost their licenses and received substantial fines.

Senior Constable Mark Baumann says that motorists who slow down will significantly reduce their chances of being involved in a collision.


Mildura Rural City Council has begun renovations to the median strips along Deakin Avenue.

Works will be taking place in between 9th and 10th Streets for 4 months as the Council removes 25 sugar gum trees that line the strip.

The new design will include planting 28 established tree, new garden beds, an underground irrigation system, lighting and outdoor furniture and a central footpath.

Pedestrians and motorists are being urged to use caution when travelling past the building site.


The National Farmers Federation’s Water spokesperson has criticised a new report released by the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists which suggests that the Murray Darling Basin Plan will fail unless significantly more water is recovered for conservation.

Lead author of the report, Jamie Pittock, has stated that the sort of volumes of water that are currently available won’t deliver the conservation of some of the key environmental assets they said the plan was about.