Local News June 2nd 2017

Mental Health Consortium on trial.

Local News June 2nd 2017

A two year trial offering integrated services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be hosted in Mildura.

Called the Mildura Mental Health Consortium, the scheme will aim to reduce the number of repeat offenders in the community.

The program comes with a $935,000 funding injection from the Department of Health and Human Services ensuring people get access to the relevant services, rather than only accessing services in a crisis.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Mildura currently sits at 3.7% of the overall population, 3% more than the State average.


In 2014-2015, the Mildura region had the highest number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders per Community Corrections Services locations in Victoria.

MDAS Social Emotional Wellbeing Manager, Raylene Stephens, says that expert personal are key to the program.

It has been announced that the 2017/18 Services Property Levy will collect the approximately the same as in 2016/17.

The levy serves to fund the State’s vital fire services, moving in line with Consumer Price Index changes from $107 to $105 for residential properties as a fixed charge.

The second part of the levy will remain the same, or, even drop to a variable price depending on property type and location.


The cost of maintaining our vital fire services will remain at comparable levels to those previous for the next two years.

This decision comes with the Labor Government looking to reforms the State’s fire services.

State Treasurer Tim Pallas says that the Government has tidied up the levy to ensure its doing its job for firefighters so that they can properly protect Victorians and their homes.


The Mallee is coming together tonight in Mildura, with our regional heat of the FReeZA Battle of the Bands competition.

With age restrictions in place, young and upcoming talent will gain recognition across the community and the chance to win through to the Grand Final line up at the St. Kilda Music Festival.

A variety of musical talents will be on show ranging from electronic to acoustic acts.