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Below are the latest news headlines for Wednesday 22 May 2019.

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New NSW drink-driving laws come into effect

New drink-driving laws have come into effect this week for NSW, which will see anyone caught driving over the alcohol limit have their licence immediately suspended.

From Monday any driver even if they are a first time or low-range offender, will receive a $561 fine and immediate three-month licence suspension.

The new penalties were announced by Transport and Roads Minister Andrew Constance earlier this month.

The new penalty comes as part of a number of changes being introduced as part of the Road Safety Plan 2021 in a bid to further deter drink-driving and reduce alcohol-related trauma.

Alcohol-related crashes claimed the lives of at least 68 people on NSW roads last year, accounting for nearly one in five road deaths, including 55 lives lost on country roads.

The Road Safety Plan aims to reduce road fatalities by at least 30 per cent by 2021.

Spending increases over April

New figures suggest April was a busy month for entertainment and accommodation providers across the Mallee.

It comes as the latest Commonwealth Bank Business Sales Indicator reveals spending across the nation rose 0.5% last month.

The increase was lead by the Amusement and Entertainment sector (1.0%), along with Hotels and Motels (0.9%) as people took advantage of the Easter and Anzac Day holidays.

CommSec Chief Economist, Craig James, says the outlook is stable with the election now over and other indicators looking strong.

Swan Hill Police update

Swan Hill Highway Patrol detected a vehicle on the Loddon Valley Highway at Macorna, travelling at a speed of 172km/h.

The probationary driver is expected to be charged on summons for exceeding the speed limit by 45km/h or more and speed dangerous.

The driver also had a portable music speaker on the dash partially obscuring the speedometer.

Police are advising drivers to drive to the speed limit and avoid all distractions within the vehicle.

Police are also seeking witnesses to an incident involving a vehicle being driven erratically on Sunday May 19 at about 11:00am.

A silver coloured sedan was travelling at speed north on Murlong Street Swan Hill, through the McCallum Street intersection. It narrowly avoided being involved in a serious collision.

Anyone with information can contact Swan Hill Police.

Gen-Y business owners struggle for funding

New research from the MYOB Business Monitor suggests young business owners across the Mallee are struggling to get financial support to kick-start their business.

Nearly half of Generation-Y small business owners across the nation have applied for finance in the past year but more than a third of those applications were declined.

CEO Tim Reed believes that business owners need greater access to finance and other support to get their ideas up and running.

Swan Hill Soccer Club Round Seven preview

Swan Hill Soccer Club will be facing Shepparton United on Sunday in Round Seven of the Optus Championship.

Currently, the Women's side is trying maintain last week's form and get another win in their campaign as they picked up their first win over Shepparton SC 3-0. They currently sit in tenth on the ladder with a 1-3-1 record.

For Division Two, they lost 6-2 and will be looking to rebound. they sit at ninth on the ladder with a 2-3 record.

Both the Division Two and Women's side fixtures will be at Ken Harrison Reserve.

North Central Football League Round Five review

Tyntynder will have a tough task ahead of them in Round Five of the North Central Football League, facing the undefeated Koondrook Barham at Alan Garden Reserve.

For Tyntynder, they come off a 68 - 51 win over Kerang where Kayle Kirby kicked four goals in the win and they'll be looking for similar production this week.

Currently they sit at sixth on the ladder between Mallee Eagles and Swan Hill with a 2-2 record.

For Koondrook Barham, they are following up a 111 - 10 win over Lake Boga and FOUR point lead over second placed Woorinen on the ladder.

In other fixtures, Lake Boga will take on Balranald, Cohuna Kangas will face Mallee Eagles, Tooleybuc Manangatang will try to get a victory over Swan Hill and Woorinen will attempt a win over Kerang.

With the loss, Kerang sit at sixth with a 2-4 record and will look to take on fifth placed Benalla Saints in Round Seven at Benalla Showgrounds.

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