REGIONAL NEWS IN BRIEF
Funding splurge on Benalla
BENALLA is being swamped with government funding offers at the moment, as it shapes up to be one of the election hot spots for both actual and promised cash. Last week, Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) was throwing money at the town when she visited with Labor candidate for Euroa Fionna Deppeler-Morton in tow. Ms Symes announced $125,000 for the Benalla Race Club, $175,000 to go to the Australian Christian College and $500,000 for the development of the Arundel Street oval. Not to be outdone, Nationals member for Euroa, Steph Ryan (MLA, Euroa), was in Benalla as well – pledging that an elected Nationals party would provide $1 million to the Tomorrow Today Foundation. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was also sighted, stopping at the art gallery for a coffee.
Farmer given wrong info
A FARMER from Violet Town has been cleared after a long running dispute with the Strathbogie Shire Council. Kevin Sloan is a beef and sheep producer, and was taken to court by the local council after he removed trees along his fence line without a permit. However, Mr Sloan told the court he had previously been told by the same council that it was within regulations to clear within 4 metres of a fence. The magistrate found Mr Sloan had carried out works without a permit, but that he did so on wrong information provided to him by the Strathbogie Shire. No conviction or fine was recorded.
Hospital promised funds
WANGARATTA has been promised $10 million for Northeast Health, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced on a visit to town last week.
City secures pool loan
RURAL City of Wangaratta council has secured a $6 million low-interest loan from the State Labor Government to pay for works for the 50 metre outdoor and hydrotherapy pools project. Under the plan, the Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre will build a new outdoor heated 50 metre pool, indoor 17m x 12m hydrotherapy pool, outdoor toddlers’ wading/splash play area along with the installation of solar panels on the roof of the stadium. A 117 space sealed car park will also be constructed adjacent to the new pool.
Charging station at Shell
EUROA’S Shell Service Centre was abuzz with excitement last week as Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio officially unveiled the new ultra-rapid vehicle charging site. The charging station will dramatically reduce charging time for drivers, capable of delivering up to 400 kilometres of range delivered in 15 minutes, being the fastest of any charger currently in Australia. Energy company Chargefox received $1 million from the Labor Government and matched that funding to develop the site. Celebratory market
THE Violet Town Market turns 40 this month, with a special celebratory market to be held on November 10.