Local News 9th March 2017

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Local News 9th March 2017

The Mildura Base Hospital has received a multi-million dollar boost to upgrade facilities and boost the local hospital's care.

A 4.5 million dollar upgrade program was announced by the Victorian Government yesterday set to see the hospital’s intensive care unit and Mental health unit modernised.

The ICU which is often full at the hospital will be expanded under the new upgrades going from 5 beds to eight.

Staff say it's something they really pushed for as the local ICU is often at full capacity.

This funding is an addition to the 400 thousand recently announced to expand the MBH's emergency department short stay unit.

 

 

The State Government says the pass of legislation permanently banning fracking in Victoria is a win for farmers -- the legislation also extends the moratorium on conventional onshore gas exploration until the middle of 2020.

Sunraysia environmental groups some of the most vocal about protecting our food bowl and agriculture businesses from the controversial use of fracking.

The Resources Legislation Amendment passing the upper house of Parliament this week with bipartisan support.

 

 

The Fair Work Ombudsman is urging horticulture businesses to be vigilant when sourcing workers from labour-hire operators this harvest season by ensuring they’re aware of the minimum rates of pay for casual pickers under the Horticulture Award.

Employers are being advised to be particularly wary of ‘offers’ from labour-hire providers who turn up at their properties offering to supply workers.

Ombudsman Natalie James says growers should be especially mindful about piecework agreements they must be set at a rate that would allow the average competent worker to pick enough to earn 15 per cent above the hourly minimum.

Ms James says with the labour hire provider presumably taking a cut of the agreement the question growers need to ask is ‘how much are the workers receiving?’

 

In local sport.

Olympic Park Speedway will host the 40th Curly Carmes Sidecar Spectacular this weekend in its traditional March long weekend slot with 15 racers in the lined up.

The teams will be divided into 2 groups - each will have a semi-final and the top riders will then go on to compete for the Curly Carmes Trophy.

The gates will open at 5pm will full catering at the venue the sidecar spectacular starts at 7.30.

And in basketball a talented import to the Mildura lady heat has arrived in town Siobhan Beslow's set to make a big impact this season.

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