Local News 25th January 2017

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Local News 25th January 2017

Two young boys have been arrested following the assault of a 72 year old man earlier this month.

Emergency services were called to a sports club in Wentworth around 6.30 January 14 after reports of assault.

As a result of inquiries Barrier Local Area Command attended a darling street address in Wentworth arresting the 16 and a 14 year old boys.

They have both been charged with assault occasion actual bodily harm in company.

The boys will appear in children's court in February.

The Australian Tax Office is encouraging anyone in Sunraysia who currently employs a backpacker to register by January 31 so they can apply for the new 15% tax rebate.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Gleeson says the employers of working holiday makers need to register with the ATO and check that their worker has the right visa before withholding at the new backpacker tax rate.

Mallee Landholders and groups will share in just under 400 thousand dollars in Government Funding to improve the regions biodiversity.

The money comes through the latest round of Mallee Biodiversity Grants helping deliver a range of activities to help protect priority areas.

15 local groups are set to receive 149 thousand to complete a range of works including revegetation. stock exclusion fencing and pest control.

A new campaign is urging Sunraysia residents to be alert to travelling con men.

Often impersonating tradesmen, con men will travel door to door offering cheap work to be done around your home the money making scam often targeting older people and those with English as a second language.

Crime stoppers community manager Chris Plumridge says Summer weather in particular can attract con men.

In local basketball: 

Mildura women’s teams played last night.

The Workers smashing the Wildcats 89 to 21 points.

The Demons went down to Irymple 62 to 50.

And the men’s premiere league competition is back tonight for round 12.

Workers premier men play Irymple.

While the Demons take on Alcheringa.