Local News 27th June 2017

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Local News 27th June 2017

Works to revitalise more than one thousand kilometers of Victoria's rail freight network will be underway within weeks with the McConnell Dowell Martinus Rail joint venture being the successful tenderer.

The contract award for stage two, three and four of the 440 million dollar Murray Basin Rail Project has been announced jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments.

The project comes as the State Government announces a 1.6 billion dollar package for regional rail.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester says it'll be a cheaper, and safer way to transport goods.

Five drivers have been caught speeding by Sunraysia police over the weekend.

A Mildura man was clocked doing 148 kilometers per hour in a 100 kilometer zone.

A Sydney man was caught driving at 142 kilometers per hour in a 110 zone on the Sturt Highway.

Senior Constable Mark Baumann says 121 people have died on the road this year, with speeding often a factor.

Work has begun on a central median strip on Deakin Avenue as contractors work to improve the safety and appeal of the public space.

The area between Ninth and Tenth street will see a complete makeover, with the removal of 25 sugar gum trees after an independent arborist assessed them and deemed them unsafe.

National Farmers Federation Water spokesperson Les Gordon says the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists should take a dose of reality when commenting on the implementation of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
It comes after a new report from the group suggesting that without a significant increase in water for conservation the Plan will fail.


And in sport: 

Sunraysia's A Grade Netball teams have faced off this week as Round 10 of the Sunraysia Football and Netball Association comp kicks off.

Imperial stood tall over the Wentworth side and claimed a 41 to 36 victory.

Irymple couldn't get around the South Mildura side, going down by 8 points.

Mildura hung on tight to their win over Merbein, the side winning by just 2 points.

And 40 to 27 was the final score between Robinvale Euston and Ouyen United, the Robinvale netballers walking away with a win.