Local News August 2nd 2017

A new rail, new funding and free Wi-Fi

Work is now underway on the second stage of the 440 million dollar Murray Basin Rail Project - continuing the upgrade and conversion of over one thousand kilometres of track to standard gauge.

The project will bring major upgrades to the Mildura freight rail line - focusing on better access between the Murray Basin and Victoria's major ports at Portland, Geelong and Melbourne.

The rail hopes to boost capacity, safety, and reliability of freight services around the region.
Nationals Member for Mildura Peter Crisp says it will bring our rail in line with the rest of the country.



The Federal Government is set to provide over 2 million dollars to local projects in the Mildura region after two successful applications to the Building Better Regions Fund.

The Mildura Arts Centre will receive $200,000 under the new scheme for a new stage lift.

The Mallee Accommodation and Support Program will use their funds to build a new office complex to continue to deliver programs to those in need - a project totaling 2.45 million dollars.



Free Wi-Fi will now be available for devices such as mobile phones and tablets throughout the Langtree Mall, Langtree Avenue dining precinct AKA Feast Street, and the pedestrian connection between Langtree Avenue and the Riverfront.

The service comes as Mildura Rural City Council partners with Telstra to connect 12 Telstra Air Hotspots in the City Heart.

Tourism and Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Mark Eckel says with well over half the world owning a smartphone, every urban dweller wants to know they’ll be able to get the content they want from their smartphone wherever they are.



Mildura Rural City Council will be holding an information session on the future of Irymple library.

After a comprehensive review, Council is looking to transform the Library into a Community Resource Centre.

Councillor for Arts and Culture Jason Modica says Council has tried to find a balance between ensuring a sustainable service for the community and meeting the community’s needs at the same time.

A compulsory information session for interested parties will be held at the Irymple Library at 5pm on Monday August 14th 2017.

Due to space limitations, a maximum of three representatives from interested organisations can attend.

Interested parties can contact Sue Kelly on 03 5018 8350 to register to attend.