Local News 21st February 2017

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Local News 21st February 2017

A solar future has been confirmed for Sunraysia with the announcement of 3 of the largest solar farms to be built in the state going up near Mildura.

Overland Sun Farming and Island Green Power have announced the new projects will be a joint venture by the businesses with the planning process complete construction of the farms will happen in the second quarter of 2017.

Overland Sun farming estimates the projects will represent a 500 million dollar investment in the region and generate 200 jobs during construction.

Production of energy is set to start from January first 2018.

Sunraysia police are investigating following 11 reports of theft from motor vehicles last week.

They say it's clear unlocked homes and cars are being targeted throughout the district.

With 10 out of 11 targeted cars seemingly left unlocked the community is being urged to not make it so easy for thieves.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to call crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The body representing local irrigators is urging the Federal Opposition to rethink its position on how the Murray Darling Basin Plan is to be finally implemented to ensure that the outcomes of the Plan are actually delivered.

The NSW Irrigators Council believes proposed amendments foreshadowed by the Opposition’s Environment and Water spokesperson, Tony Burke, could destroy the progress that’s been made on the plan thus far.
CEO Mark McKenzie says if the Opposition continues to push for the purchase of 450 thousand mega litres of additional water recovery as non-negotiable then it’s almost certain states upstream of South Australia will walk away from implementing the rest of the plan.

Possible industrial action at state schools around the region as the Australia Education Union seeks a pay rise and new enterprise agreement for our educators.

The current agreement expired on October 31 and school staff haven't had a pay rise since August 2015.

AEU Victorian Branch President Meredith Peace says workloads are at breaking point and the Andrews Government have failed to adequately address the unions claims despite constructive negotiations.

In local sport:

Women’s premier league basket ballers line up for round 15 clashed tonight with just a few rounds to go before finals.

Workers will take on the demons in the 6 o’clock match.

And The Hawks play the late game against Irymple.