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Below are the latest news headlines for Thursday 09 May 2019.

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Ray Kingston wants to bring a rural voice to climate policy

Independent candidate for the Mallee Ray Kingston is hoping to bring a rural voice to climate change discussions and has communicated this desire through a video release through social media

Mr. Kingston used the video to call for a rural focus on climate policy and has pledged to work together with other politicians on achieving his desired goal.

According to Kingston, he is worried about policy that focuses on metropolitan areas and neglects regional communities saying;

"I'm fearful that the opportunities in that [policy] and the threat for that is that rural areas will be overlooked by policy that is more Melbourne or Sydney-centric. I think it's really important for a region like us to push our voters, agriculture can be a part of this conversation."

Rural Fire Service volunteers wanted

With the bushfire danger period over, the Rural Fire Service is looking for volunteers for next season.

Superintendent Pat Westwood says it’s been a busy season and they could always do with more firefighters.

Kitzelmann wants equal treatment when it comes to water

Balranald Shire Council General Manager Michael Kitzelmann is wanting equal treatment when it comes to the federal government’s safe secure water program.

After receiving commitments from previous water minister Niall Blair that he would work to upgrade their water treatment plant to meet modern standards, the council was unsuccessful in receiving funding.

As a result departmental members came out to inspect the treatment plant.

Mr. Kitzelmann’s message to those members is that the community must be supported, saying;

"In Sydney, it might be simple to fix things, but here in the rural communities, we don't have the same resources and the same revenue, and they need to step up, they need to do their part, and they need to support our community."

Koondrook CBD redevelopment

Stage 2 of the Koondrook CBD redevelopment will resume later this week.

Works to rejuvenate the area along Main Street between Keene and Station streets began in late February, with the area re-opened to traffic in mid-April.

Arbuthnot Street will remain open during the works, with both Apex Park and the Koondrook Wharf unaffected.

The Koondrook CBD upgrade is being made possible thanks to funding from the Regional Roads Victoria Fixing Country Roads program.

It is anticipated the road will re-open to the public in June 2019.

Archery shoot-off to benefit cancer resources

The Mallee Sunset Field Archers Club will be having a charity shoot-off against Swan Hill on May 12, with proceeds going to Sunraysia Cancer Resources.

The event which as been going for the past four years has brought the two groups together as many at both clubs have been affected by cancer at some level.

According to acting president of the Mallee Sunset Field Archers club Dwayne Hanemann, the community rallies around the event to help those affected.

Golden Rivers & Central Murray Netball League preview

Heading into Round 5 of the Golden Rivers Netball League, the top two teams of the competition will face each other on Saturday.

Nullawil and Moulamein are both sitting at the top of the ladder with 16 points a piece and will look to take first place outright with a victory.

In other fixtures, third place Wandella will face eighth place Macorna who are searching for their first win, fifth placed Hay will take on sixth place Quambatook and fourth place Murrabit will try to stop seventh placed Ultima from moving up the ladder.

In the Central Murray Netball League, third place Balranald will face fifth place Tooleybuc Manangatang in Round 4 of the competition.

Seventh placed Kerang will face sixth place Tyntynder, fourth placed Koondrook/Barham will take on tenth place Lake Boga, eighth place Mallee Eagles will try to stop second placed Woorinen and ninth placed Nyah Nyah West United will try to topple eleventh placed Cohuna Kangas.

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