Local News March 9th 2017

A boost for Mildura Base Hospital.

Local News March 9th 2017

Upgrade and expansion is on the cards at the Mildura Base Hospital with a Government investment set to boost local services.

The Hospital’s ICU and Mental Health unit will be modernised under the $4.5m project announced yesterday.

With the addition of more inpatient beds, plus, a complete refurbish of the Mental Health unit among other upgrades, Chief Executive Julia Morgan says that the Mildura Base Hospital will be able to offer Mental Health services never seen before in the Northern Mallee.

The projects have been warmly welcomed by staff with the ICU often completely full. The hospital will be now able to keep up with the growing needs of our community.

The funding is in addition to the $400,000 recently announced to expand the ED's Short Stay Unit.


Victorian farmers are claiming major victory after State Parliament passed the legislation to permanently ban fracking in Victoria.

The law now completely bans un-conventional gas exploration and also extends the moratorium on conventional gas extraction until 2020.

President of the Victorian Farmers Federation, David Johinke, says that the decision will give local landholders security and reaffirms a commitment to long term investment in Victorian agriculture.


A warning for our horticulture growers to be wary of offers of labour for harvest season at suspiciously low rates.

The Fair Work Ombudsman says that growers should ensure that people working on their farms, whether directly employed, or, via a labour-hire provider are receiving their correct entitlements.

Natalie James says growers and hostel operators who enter into contracts with unscrupulous labour-hire companies can be held liable as an accessory under the Fair Work Act if they knowingly enter into sub-standard and illegal arrangements.

Ms James is encouraging growers to contact the agency if they receive offers of labour at suspiciously low rates, saying that the deliberate exploitation of young, vulnerable backpackers, many of them from non-English speaking backgrounds is totally unacceptable.

This weekend will see Olympic Park Speedway come alive with the 40th running of the Curly Carmes Sidecar Spectacular.

15 teams are set to battle it out to join household names like Treloar, Gates and Cleave as Sidecar champions.

The teams will be split into two groups competing against one another until the top teams are found, then they'll battle it out for the Curly Carmes Trophy.

The event starts at 7.30 on Saturday night with tickets available for purchase at the gate.


In basketball news, a talented forward from the United States has touched down in Mildura and is set to join the Mildura Lady Heat for the upcoming season.

Siobhan Beslow is a strong shooter and rebounder. The 23 year old will line up with the team for practice matches this weekend against Central Districts on Saturday and Sunday at the Toyota Hothouse.