Local News July 24th 2017

More connectivity for regional areas.

Local News July 24th 2017

Mildura has been named as one of the areas targeted by a billion dollar regional network upgrade by Optus which is set bring more connectivity to remote and rural areas across the country.

114 areas on the Federal Government's Black Spots program are being included in the scheme that will see the company build 500 new mobile sites.

Optus Chief Executive Officer, Allen Lew, says that Optus's funding is earmarked to expand coverage and build network resilience that is critical to supporting public safety and emergency services during natural disasters.


Mildura City Rural Council is urging locals to stop feeding feral cats because they are destroying the natural environment around them.

An increase in the pest animals sees drops in numbers of insects, birds, marsupials, frogs and lizards in the area due to the feline's feeding habits.

Councillors are convinced that the animals stick around due to being fed directly by humans, or, feasting upon food scraps left in accessible areas.


The Metropolitan Fire Service and Metropolitan Fire Brigade have put out the call to Sunraysia residents to make sure their homes are fire safe as the months get colder.

The higher use of electric blankets, heaters and wood fires can potentially lead to a higher number of preventable house fires.

New figures show that 42% off all preventable fires took place last year with unattended cooking making up 26% of those numbers.

CFA Chief Warrington says that winter will always be a traditionally busy time for fire fighters.


The Mildura Grand Hotel will be playing host to representatives from Vic Roads this Thursday as the leadership team gives locals the chance to give feedback on the Country Roads Project.

Focusing on the future maintenance and management of 19,000km of arterial roads, residents are being encouraged to give feedback on the program by giving their insight into rural road safety, road maintenance, freight, and tourism across the region.

Locals can make submissions at the meeting from 5pm, or, through online interaction until August 13th.