Local News 30th January 2017

Total Fire Ban today

Local News 30th January 2017

Today has been declared a Total Fire Ban Day for the whole state of Victoria & The Wentworth and Balranald Local Government Areas.

With the mercury set to hit 42 degrees the CFA and the New South Wales RFS are advising residents to ensure they obey fire ban rules.

Member for Murray Adrian Piccoli has lost his position as New South Wales education Minister in the cabinet shake-up.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has axed the local representative just hours ahead of the announcement of the new look cabinet.

Mr Piccoli says he's satisfied with what he's achieved over his time as minister.

A mass of Blue-Green Algae has closed off Lake Hattah (Hat-a) and Lake Mournpall to swimmers.

Parks Victoria has warned the public not to swim in the popular lake areas with algae affected water posing possible health threats.

Direct contact with Blue Green Algae can cause allergic reactions, nausea and vomiting.

A spokesperson for Parks Victoria said the water should not be used for drinking, cooking or any other domestic use. Visitors to the lakes are advised to camp at alternate locations.

Sunraysia community groups and local councils are being encouraged to apply for new funding under the Governments Building Better Regions Fund.

Applications are open for all community and infrastructure projects that will strengthen local community and create jobs.

Member for Mallee Andrew Broad says we need to invest in the infrastructure, events and initiatives that will strengthen our region.

For more details visit business.gov.au/bbrf.

In Sport:

Sunraysia cricketers took to the field over the weekend for the first innings matches of round 11.

Mildura East made 9 for two hundred and 22 against the Settlers.

And Merbein South defeated Coomealla Wentworth 7 for 86 against 80.