Local News August 9th 2017

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9 August 2017

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The National Farmers Federation is calling for political calm in relation to the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

The group says while water theft should not be condoned, until the claims are properly investigated --- they remain allegations only.

NFF President Fiona Simson says we should let the inquiries into compliance being conducted by ICAC, the MDBA, the Auditor-General and Ken Matthews run their course - rather than jumping headlong into a protracted Royal Commission or judicial inquiry that could take years to come to any conclusion.

 Ms Simson says the Federation expects Governments to co-operate fully with the reviews, and that the interim and final reports are made available.



Plenty on offer throughout this week as support services rally their troops during Homelessness Week 2017

Although thorough work is constantly being done to decrease the current 105 thousand homeless people across the country, statistics suggest these numbers are in fact rising

Mission Australia CEO Catherine Yeomans says seeing people who are asleep on the streets is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to homeless living



Mildura Rural City Council has released the draft business plan of the Mildura South Regional Sporting Precinct.

The 36 million dollar facility is expected to create over 200 jobs in the construction and operational stages of the project.

Officials hope the MSRSP will address the shortage of indoor sporting facilities in the district.

Interested parties can visit the Have Your Say section of Council's websites to make submissions.



After 8 months of intensive repairs, Irymple Community Leisure Centre is reopening.

The facility was one of Council's most damaged buildings after the Remembrance Day Storms of last year.

Works involved demolition of all water-damaged materials, including the entire ceiling in both function rooms and the foyer area and the removal existing lighting and floor coverings.

Council has also replaced the stage wall lining in the basketball court area and polished the basketball stage.

The total cost of the works is over 326 thousand dollars - the majority of which was covered by insurance.



This year's 2017 Towards Zero Willowfest Australian Cricket Championship will be a milestone event - celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Australian and international cricket teams will make their way to the region, enjoying first-class facilities while playing for a large prize purse.

Wentworth Shire Mayor Melisa Hedericks says the significance and opportunities for Sunraysia that Willowfest brings cannot be underestimated.

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