Local News August 18th 2017

A bomb threat, crime rates and more!

Local News August 18th 2017

Investigations are currently continuing into a reported bomb threat that occurred in Mildura yesterday.

Mildura Police responded to the incident at Mildura Fruit Company.

Workers were evacuated yesterday, with officers conducting a security search of the fruit packing facility.

The area was found to be safe, with access no longer restricted.



New figures show the monetary cost of burglary and theft in Victoria is far higher than other states in Australia.

Over the past 12 months, insurance companies have paid out $92 million dollars to Victorians affected by burglaries from their home; which is the amount paid out in QLD and NSW combined.

Burglaries and home thefts are up 25% in Victoria compared to 2% in NSW and 9% in QLD.

In Mildura, 1 in 33 homes were broken into in 2016.



People with underlying health problems like asthma and heart issues are being told to get themselves immunised against the flu; with Sunraysia on the brink of one of the biggest outbreaks in the last few years.

Right now, Loddon Mallee recorded 3 times as many cases as this time last year; with most people coming down with a runny nose, sore throat, and aches and pains in the last 4 weeks.

Dr Lou Irving - a Member of the Immunisation Coalition - says people with heart and respiratory issues are at risk of developing dangerous complications from the flu



Member for Mallee Andrew Broad has addressed Parliament this week - backing proposed reforms to the Wine Equalisation Tax.

The changes would see more support for smaller wine producers like those here in our region.

Under the reforms, the rebate cap would be lowered from 500,000 to 350,000 dollars from July next year.

If passed, the new reforms would mean in order to be eligible for the rebate, wine producers will need to own 85 per cent of the grapes used throughout the wine making process, and their wine must be packaged in a container not exceeding 5 litres.



Mildura Rural City Council will be sending out rate notices for the 2017/2018 Financial year.

The rates will reflect the two per cent increase that was endorsed by Councillors earlier this year.

Mildura Mayor Glenn Milne says those who have moved or changed their addresses need to update their details with Council has soon as possible.



It's the last round of footy before the semi-finals - with the senior sides ready to dominate on the field for Round 18 of Sunraysia Football and Netball League.

The Demons are ready to go head to head with Imperials, as Wentworth takes on Robinvale-Euston.

Merbein will be looking for a win in their game against South Mildura, as Red Cliffs goes up against Irymple.

Ouyen-United will be the only team not playing - taking a bye from the round.