Deniliquin Pastoral Times

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Hospital funding

Echuca Regional Health will receive more than $2.6 million under the Victorian Government’s Regional Health Infrastruc­ture Fund.

The latest round of the fund sees nearly 80 hospitals, community health services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisati­ons across 40 rural and regional council areas in Victoria sharing in $120 million.

The program will deliver a variety of projects across regional Victoria including operating theatre refurbishm­ents, new waiting rooms and hospital beds, accessible paths and ramps, additional consulting rooms, expansion projects and equipment upgrades.

ERH’s allocation will go towards designing dementia-friendly spaces within the acute general medical unit and subacute setting using colour, lighting, furnishing­s and landscapin­g.

It will also see various works on its operating theatres, including constructi­on to eliminate cross contaminat­ion and replacing a washer disinfecto­r.

Kyabram hospital also received funding under the latest round for the replacemen­t of existing fire detection systems.

Missing teen found

A police helicopter was used in the search for a missing teenager near Dookie on Friday.

The 16-year-old went missing from the Shepparton area on Thursday night, sparking a search to start at 2.30am Friday.

The police helicopter hovered overhead on Friday morning and into the afternoon as officers onboard scoured Mt Major and then the surroundin­g area at Dookie for the teen.

Seven police officers were also on the ground looking for the teen.

The teenager was found safe in the Mt Major area about 3pm Friday.

Hot property

Despite lockdowns and Coronaviru­s outbreaks, homes and rentals remain hot property in the Goulburn Valley.

While Shepparton’s growth of 3.8 per cent in the second quarter of the year was far below the rest of regional Victoria’s 10.5 per cent, real estate agents said this year has been as busy as the city’s ever been.

The figures are yet to be released for the September quarter of 2021, but agents across the Goulburn Valley are expecting the city’s growth from last quarter to continue.

Outside Shepparton, towards Echuca and Yarrawonga, along the river, and Nathalia and Numurkah, out of town, growth is stronger still from retirees and tree changers, according to Gagliardi Scott principal Rocky Gagliardi.

He said some homes in Numurkah were selling for more than half a million dollars, which was unheard of.

Firearm charge

A Yarrawonga man will face court after allegedly entering a private property in Barooga and shooting a cat while spotlighti­ng in the Murray River region earlier this year.

On April 1, about 11pm, a 61 year-old man was at his property on Coldwells Rd, Barooga with his wife when they noticed a vehicle in their driveway.

The vehicle continued to the rear sheds, where the property owner observed a spotlight being used, before hearing two shots fired.

The owner found the family cat dead two days later as a result of being shot, police said.

Officers attached to Murray River Police District’s rural crime prevention team were notified and commenced an investigat­ion.

Following extensive inquiries, a Yarrawonga man, 47, was arrested at Mulwala Police Station on September 27.

The man was charged with firing a firearm on to enclosed lands and unlawfully entering enclosed agricultur­al land — possess/discharge firearm.

The man was issued a field court attendance notice to appear in Corowa Local Court on Wednesday, November 17.

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