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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.

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