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Roundup of District News (weekly)

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  • The Labor Government’s wilting to an ongoing campaign to re-instate the fox bounty has been welcomed by Nationals Member for Benalla, Bill Sykes.

  • IT’S arrivederci to Wangaratta’s inaugural Viva Italia festival in March unless people instantly come to its rescue through sponsorship and purchase of gala dinner tickets.

    Crunch time is Tuesday night when festival organisers, at this stage, are likely to make the heartbreaking decision to cancel the festival after eight months of hard work.

  • WANGARATTA residents are happier than their counterparts in Albury and Wodonga, a new wellbeing report shows.

    The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index has found people living in Wangaratta are 78.57 per cent satisfied with their lives while Albury- Wodonga residents are less content with a score of 75.54 per cent.

  • Applications are now open for the latest round of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s Small Grants for Small Rural Communities program, The Nationals Member for Murray Valley, Ken Jasper, said today.
    Preference this funding round will be given to projects which support community hardship in drought affected areas, community infrastructure, resettlement of immigrants in rural Australia and community development involving disadvantaged young people or children.

  • Entries are now open for the Victorian Community History Awards 2009, offering a first prize of $5000 and six $1000 awards for finalists in each award category, The Nationals Member for Murray Valley, Ken Jasper, said today. The diverse award categories acknowledge history can be told in many and varied formats, he said.

  • VICTORIAN grocery shoppers are saving or losing hundreds of dollars, depending on where they live.

    • The ACCC’s GroceryChoice website’s January survey of average prices also revealed:

      DRINKS and snacks were cheapest in country areas of eastern Victoria such as Morwell and Wangaratta.

      BREAD and cereal were bargains in the outer southeast, and most expensive in the inner east and near the CBD.

      PET food, toiletries and other supplies cost most in Melbourne’s inner southeast.

      CHEAPEST dairy foods are in the Geelong to Ballarat area.

      Discount group Aldi had the cheapest separate basket of staples in all parts of Victoria, its customers usually saving at least $20

  • Wodonga residents spent the most with $9.5 million put through the pokies compared with $8.18 million in Wangaratta, $5.45 million in Benalla and $3.73 million in the Alpine Shire.

    Despite the extra burden of Christmas and the deepening financial crisis, in Wodonga and Wangaratta the most money was punted on the gaming machines in December, with $865,361 and $780,635 spent respectively.

  • A $620,000 slush fund provided by the Federal Government will be divided between 12 community projects across the Rural City of Wangaratta. Councillor Lauren O’Neill said the final list would boost both rural and urban communities, with major handouts including $120,000 for South Wangaratta Recreation Reserve improvements, $76,000 for the Whitfield Recreation Reserve Pavilion and $65,000 toward the footpath adjacent to St Bernard’s Primary School.

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Written by Greg Naylor

2 February 2009 at 12:30 am

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