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Below are the latest news headlines for Monday 20 May 2019.

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Federal Election results

The Nationals have looked maintained their seat in the Mallee, with candidate Anne Webster taking a majority of the votes and Liberal MP Sussan Ley won the seat in Farrer.

Webster took 66.8% of the votes, with Labor Party candidate Carole Hart following with 33.2% of votes with 79.8% of the votes being counted.

Mallee has always been a safe Country/National Party seat with only four members in the 64 years of its existence.

For Farrer, Ley has 61% of the votes, with Independent candidate Kevin Mack providing a strong challenge following with 39% of the votes with 81.5% of the votes being counted.

Considered a very safe liberal seat from the outset, the seat has been held by Ley since 2001.

Gannawarra Shire Council adopt new sport and recreation plan

Gannawarra Shire Council has adopted a document that will guide key sport and recreation opportunities in the coming decade.

Councillors adopted the Gannawarra Shire Sport and Recreation Strategy 2019-2029 and Implementation Plan at the May Ordinary Council meeting.

Placed on display for public comment in March 2019, the document has been developed to consolidate the strategic direction of Council’s investment and planning into sport and recreation facilities

Councillor Charlie Gillingham says that they met with 14 local sporting clubs and organisations to discuss the document and their club’s priority projects.

In addition 76 clubs and organisations were contacted via email with the document for their opportunity to provide feedback.

Calls for mental health funding

People in the Swan Hill area who have mental health issues, including schizophrenia are urged to reach out and get help if needed.

According to the not-for-profit Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia, the annual costs of psychosis cost Australian society close to $5 billion dollars annually.

The fellowship is calling on Government to invest an additional $500 million dollars into mental heath.

According to CEO Tony Stevenson, regional areas need to work together in approaching the issue but more resources are needed.

AMA Rural Health Survey results

Rural doctors around the Mallee are calling for an urgent investment in funding and resources to improve staff levels and hospital facilities in the rural health system.

The Australian Medical Association's Rural Health Issues Survey for 2019 found that more staff and workable rosters were the most critical priority for improving rural health outcomes as rated by rural doctors.

The survey which polled more than 600 rural doctors was conducted during March 2019.

That was followed closely by more trainee doctors in rural areas and the need for modern hospital facilities and equipment.

AMA President Dr Tony Bartone said that the survey results paint a picture of a struggling system.

Kyabram vs Golden Rivers interleague

Kyabram District has taken a 21-point victory over Golden Rivers in interleague action, with a final score of 18.16.124 to 15.13.103

Kyabram got out to a strong start, entering the first quarter break with a 27 point buffer. Over the course of the game, Golden Rivers started to chip away at the deficit, but Kyabram were too strong and will take home bragging rights.

Nathan O'Toole top scored with three goals for Golden Rivers, but was outdone by Kyabram's Brenton Campbell who kicked five majors in the win.

Central Murray v Gippsland interleague

Central Murray has come out victors over Gippsland by nine points at the weekend, with a final score of 11.19.85 to 12.4.76.

The game remained relatively close throughout the first half, with Central Murray going into the half with an 11 point buffer. But, Central Murray were able to extend it to 28 points heading into the final quarter.

Gippsland fought back kicking four goals to Central's five points in the last quarter, but it wasn't enough.

For Central Murray, Matthew O'Dwyer kicked three goals four in the win. Gippsland's Brayden Mccarrey kicked four goals five to lead his team offensively.

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