Local News 14th March 2017

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Local News 14th March 2017

Farmers who experience livestock theft are being encouraged to report it by Mildura police they say the crime is on the rise but it often goes unreported.

The crime rise has prompted local police to appoint Agriculture Liaison Officers to help combat the issue the Sunraysia Daily reports.

Mildura police AGLO and Detective Sergeant Paul Harrison says many local farmers are hesitant to report the crime because they might not have properly checked stock numbers for a few months, and they don't want to cause a fuss or point the finger.

In the past year mobs of sheep ranging from 40 to several hundred have gone missing around the region. Police would like to see more reported so they can pick up trends and map what's going on.

Member for Mildura Peter Crisp has vented his frustration at the State Governments approach to Mildura's Planning Scheme.

Speaking in Parliament last week Mr Crisp said the Andrews Labour Government rejected approvals for new housing developments on small disused ag blocks in Mildura leaving land owners who wish to develop their block in limbo.

Mr Crisp said the rejection was another display of city-centric leadership

Energy Safe Victoria is urging locals who are doing renovations around their homes not to carry out the electrical work themselves.

The call comes after a man recently died trying to install a PowerPoint.

Director of Energy Safety in Victoria Paul Fearon says despite the practicality of doing a job yourself Sunraysia home owners need to employ professional help for electrical work

A number of Sunraysia schools have signed up to take part in the Bicycle Networks National Ride 2 School Day this Friday March 17.

Sacred Heart Primary School, St Josephs College and Red Cliffs Primary school are just a few that are getting behind the active initiative and encouraging students to ride, walk, skate or scoot to school to get their daily dose of exercise.

The Bicycle Networks Anthea Hargreaves says it promotes health and activity and improves students classroom performance.

In local sport.

Tonight it's semi-finals for Mildura women's premiere league basket ballers.

The Workers take on the Hawks and Alcheringa play Irymple.