Local News 2nd February 2017

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Local News 2nd February 2017

Westpac's proposed decision to close doors at its Red Cliffs branch they say has come from more customers heading online.

However The Finance Sector Union of Australia have said Westpac are doing whatever they can to cut costs and they don't care if it's leaving elderly customers in the lurch.

The proposed cut is set to see many regional customers, particularly the elderly hit hard, with many relying on over the counter transactions.

While Westpac say they'll provide extra support for these customers the Finance Sector Union say it's all about cutting costs and moving online.

Experts fear this year's bumper grain harvest could be marred by incorrect use of fumigants for dealing with insects.
Chemicals specialists say silos should be inspected to make sure they're air tight regardless of how recently they were purchased.

Agriculture Victoria's Steven Field says all silos used for fumigation require pressure testing prior to use.

Today is World Wetlands Day and one of our local Murray Darling Basin Wetlands in being celebrated.

The rich and diverse range of eco-systems at the Hattah Lakes are being recognised around the world.

The Murray Darling Basin Authority says The Basin Plan aims to protect and conserve our vital wetlands recognising the significant role the Hattah Lakes have in providing economic, environmental and social benefits.

Sunraysia residents are being encouraged to nominate local businesses for the upcoming 2017 Telstra Business Awards.

In its 25th year the awards are renowned for showcasing and celebrating the achievements of local business.

Telstra's Paul Tyler says just being nominated can grow your business.

To nominate visit telstrabusinessawards.com forward slash nominate. Entries close March 16.

In Sport:

Men’s premiere league basketball entered round 13 last night.

Workers defeated The Hawks 64 to 39 points.

And the wildcats beat the demons.