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News Wrap - 30th May 2018

News Wrap - 30th May 2018

All the latest news from around the Mallee

- Swan Hill Rallies for Taylah

The Swan Hill community are rallying behind a local family after their 6-year-old daughter was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer earlier this year.

The diagnosis for Taylah Johnson has hit her family hard, however the Swan Hill community are showing their support by running an auction and raffle at the Swan Hill Club next month to help her parents cover the costs.

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Matt Brennan, who is helping organise the event, says it's been hard watching the whole family go through the struggle.

"To see Jeremy and Josie (Johnson) go through it, it hits home pretty hard," Brennan said.

"One minute you're talking to them, the next minute they've flown to Melbourne and been told of a stage four diagnosis in a six-year-old. However, they're all fighters."

The outpouring for the event has already been substantial, with the organisers stunned by the generosity of the Swan Hill community.

"It's just amazing seeing the community spirit; the donations have been amazing."

The event will begin at 7:30pm on the 22nd of June in the Glencoe Function Room.

- Empower Youth to Arrive in the Mallee

Youth workers in the Swan Hill and Gannawarra Shire regions have received a boost from the Labor Government, with the Empower Youth program set to enter into the Mallee.

The program has been assisting youth workers tailor individual plans for at-risk youths to help them develop career pathways and connections to community.

The Labor initiative had been deemed to have been successful in other parts of the state, with the Government extending and bolstering the program for the next four years.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp says the funding boost is foremost designed to help the younger generations set themselves up.

"Young people are our future; we need to ensure that we provide every possible aspect of support we can so that they can be the best they can be," Gepp said.

- More Aboriginal Jobs for the Murray Region

The Murray region will be furthering expanding their capabilities for supporting and creating Aboriginal jobs, thanks to new policies announced by the NSW Government.

The new Aboriginal Procurement Policy will look to support 3000 jobs over 3 years, with 3 percent of the Government goods and services contracts to be offered to businesses owned by Aboriginal persons.

Member for Murray Austin Evans says it's about creating the opportunities and watching the community thrive on them.

"Those who are interested in having a crack at business or want to expand their business will have more opportunities and certainties," Evans said.

"It's a great way of producing beneficial changes in the Aboriginal community."

- Tough Weekend for the Mallee's Women's Footy Squads

The Kerang Womens Footy squad has again fallen out of the top four following a 30-point loss to Benalla on Sunday in Round 5 of the Northern Women's Country League.

The Blues simply could not contain the Saints' leading target up forward, with Kelsie Piscioneri kicking seven of her side's eight goals in the win which took the Saints back into the top four at Kerang's expense.

Toni Kelly, Jayde Maney, Tenay Fellows and Sharni Ferrari all got on the scorebard for the Blues with majors.

The side now sits 2-3 ahead of their bye round this weekend.

In other footy news, the Under 18 Woorinen Girls side has coming crashing down to earth on Sunday, with their 3-game winning streak snapped by top-of-the-table Kangaroo Flat.

It simply wasn't the Tigers day, as they managed just the one goal in the 53-point loss, with the girls failing to add a single point up to halftime.

Katelyn Hazlett, Lily den Houting and Maddison Curran were named amongst the bests for the Tigers, with Natasha Kelly the sole kicker on the day.

Ella Wicks was the main force up front for the Roos, kicking 5 majors.

The Tigers will next host Eaglehawk on Sunday.

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