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Permanent Water Saving Rules on the agenda as water consumption ramps up

LOWER Murray Water (LMW) has put Permanent Water Saving Rules back on the community agenda following a recent spike in the region’s water consumption. The increase in water usage coincides with a recent burst of hot weather, including consecutive days of 40-plus degrees earlier this month. Those extreme heat days led to increased demand at LMW’s water treatment plants, with the plant providing more than 60 megalitres of water to households in the Mildura area alone during that time. To put this usage into perspective, LMW says this number is usually halved during the cooler months. LMW said the...

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Scorcher alert – Caution flagged as Sunraysia residents look to beat forecast heat

Mildura Life Saving Club members, and sisters, Abigail, 17, and Elizabeth Rowe, 16, will be among the many life savers on high alert this weekend as Sunraysia residents and visitors are expected to flock to Apex Park beach in an effort to beat forecast temperatures in excess of 44 degrees. Photo: PAUL MENSCH By PAUL MENSCH and VINNIE RODI MILDURA is in for a scorcher this weekend, with high temperatures forecast today, tomorrow and Sunday forcing many health and emergency services personnel to go on high alert. Among those agencies will be the Mildura Life Saving Club, with members...

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Road repair not a major ask

By JOHN DOOLEY DESPITE the best efforts of people advocating for the unsealed road to the Psyche Bend pumping station to be upgraded to ‘all-weather’ status, it seems a task no closer to coming to fruition. At its annual New Year’s running day last Monday, the Psyche Bend Historical Reserve management committee asked visitors to sign a petition calling on the State Government to allocate funds to Parks Victoria to enable rectification works to be carried out on the access road. Sunraysia Steam Preservation Society president, Ian Kellett, said the road into the old pump station was, to say...

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Indian tariff on pulse crops an unfriendly act

UNWELCOME GIFT: The Indian Government sent pulse crop farmers, like Trentham Cliffs’ Daniel Linklater, an unwanted Christmas gift in the form of a massive 30 percent tariff on the imports of chickpeas and lentils. JUST a few days before Christmas, the highly protectionist Indian Government announced a massive 30 percent tariff on imports of chickpeas and lentils, effective immediately. The unwelcome gift, which didn’t come as a total surprise, will hit Australia’s two most important pulse crops hard, and comes right in the middle of harvest, when much of the export trade is getting under way for the year....

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Beating the post-holiday blues: Five ways your home can help!

WITH the holiday season at a close, it would be fair to say that many local residents would be succumbing to ‘post-holiday blues.’ The first few days are definitely the hardest to handle, and even experts who regularly deal with post-holiday blues agree that for many, this is the toughest time of the year! There are plenty of ways to handle post-Christmas despair, including using your home as a type of therapy. The following tips will ensure that some of the holiday season charm lives on around you, making the first few weeks of the New Year a lot...

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