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Time to get tough – Member for Mildura implores State Parliament to seek ‘justice for Karen’

COMMUNITY FIGHTS FOR KAREN: Member for Mildura Peter Crisp with the thousands of signatures he tabled in Victorian Parliament yesterday calling for tougher sentencing for violent criminals. By JOHN DOOLEY and VINNIE RODI AN emotional and passionate Member for Mildura Peter Crisp has called on the State Government to introduce tougher sentencing for violent criminals during a sitting of the Victorian Legislative Assembly yesterday. Addressing his fellow Parliamentarians, Mr Crisp’s calls follow the death of former Mildura Rural City Council staff member Karen Belej at the hands of her partner, Brandon Osborn, in May 2016. Osborn was originally charged with...

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Shire defers On The Run development decision

ON HOLD: Wentworth Shire Council has a deferred a decision on whether to allow an On The Run Highway Service Centre to be built in Buronga. The proposed location of the site is immediately next door to the Sunraysia Petroleum-owned Shell Service Station. By VINNIE RODI PLANS to develop Sunraysia’s second ‘On The Run’ (OTR) Highway Service Centre in Buronga have hit a hurdle, with Wentworth Shire Council opting to defer a decision on whether to allow the development to go ahead. Deferment of the decision was made to give OTR a chance to answer some lingering questions about...

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Aerial reconnaissance offers ‘Broad’ view of river’s health

Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad is pictured on the banks of the Darling River at Bourke. Photo: PAUL MENSCH By VINNIE RODI I’VE been a working journalist in Mildura for the better part of nine years, and in that time have covered everything from footy grand finals to visiting celebrities, Council matters and multi-million dollar funding announcements. I have never, however, had an invitation quite like the one recently offered by Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad. Mr Broad’s office contacted me about two weeks ago, wanting to know whether I’d be interested in taking part in a...

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It doesn’t take a lot of salt to threaten heart health: report

THE equivalent of approximately two teaspoons of salt a day is all it takes to potentially cause structural heart damage leading to heart failure, according to a recent study conducted in the US. The study of almost 3000 people, with the median age of 49 years, examined data from lab tests of sodium intake, heart structure and heart function. It found those consuming 3.7 grams or more of salt a day had a significantly higher rate of damage to their heart than those who consumed lower levels. Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute director, Professor Tom Marwick, said it doesn’t...

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Candidates line up for Murray showdown…

By JOHN DOOLEY WHEN National Party Member for Murray Adrian Picoli announced his decision to leave politics a few weeks ago, it set the stage for a by-election showdown in the New South Wales rural seat. The date for the by-election is Saturday, October 14, and candidates who will contest the seat are lining up ready for what will no doubt be a hard fought campaign. The National Party announced this week that former Murrumbidgee Shire Mayor, Austin Evans, had been chosen as their candidate for the seat of Murray. NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro, welcomed the pre-selection of...

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