Mildura Weekly : Friday November 21 2014 Vol 9 No 3
06 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014 STATE ELECTION 2014 THE key organiser of this week’s Victorian election candidates forum in Mildu- ra said he believed the event achieved its aims. The forum on Wednes- day night attracted about 100 people, who heard all but one of the candidates for the seat of Mildura speak on four key issues - irrigation, health, education and trans- port - before taking ques- tions from the floor. Vocal advocate for irri- gators’ rights and forum or- ganiser Greg Milner said the night showed there are alter- natives to representation in Mildura and allowed resi- dents to learn more about each of the candidates and how they handled them- selves in a public forum, and under pressure. “To be honest, I was a little disappointed with the numbers. I was hoping a few more people may have come along, but overall I think it went well,” Mr Milner said. “The thing that really came across for me, and I hope for the people who at- tended, and for the media, was that there are alterna- tives to the way we’ve been represented over the past four years.” During the open mic segment of the night, sev- eral members of the public sought firm commitments from the major party candi- dates, particularly Member for Mildura Peter Crisp, on several key issues, including the return of the district’s passenger rail service, the return of the Mildura Base Hospital to public manage- ment and grower represen- tation on the Lower Murray Water board. “Overall, we did achieve our aims. We wanted every- one to have the opportunity to see who they’re getting at this election and I think we did that,” Mr Milner said. Candidates forum achieved aims says the organiser • YOUR CHOICE: The majority of Mildura candidates in this year’s Victorian election attended this week’s forum. From left: Carl Carter (Rise Up Australia Party), Danny Lee (Australian Country Alliance), Jo Clutterbuck (independent), Mark Cory (independent), Ali Cupper (independent), Peter Crisp (The Nationals) and Shane Roberts (Australian Labor Party). Absent were Judith Fenn (Family First) and Morgana Russell (Greens). WITH the onset of summer just a couple of weeks away, Mildura residents are being urged to be mindful of not only the heat, but also the expected rise in mosquito activity. Mildura Rural City Council is encourag- ing residents to think about protecting them- selves from mosquito bites following the start of Council’s annual mosquito monitoring program. Under the annual program, Council sends captured mosquito specimens to the Depart- ment of Environment and Primary Industries in Melbourne for identification and testing. During mosquito season, Council regu- larly checks more than 200 breeding sites and treats them as required. Areas used for large community events are also treated during the monitoring pe- riod. Portfolio Councillor for Community Wellbeing and Services, Sharyon Peart, said it was important people take precautions to reduce the risk of being infected with a potentially-debilitating mosquito-borne dis- ease, with at least one case of Ross River Virus already recorded in the region this year. Residents urged to be aware of mozzies PETER CRISP & THE NATIONALS ADVERTISEMENT Authorised by Peter Crisp, 35 Deakin Ave, MILDURA VIC 3500 $10 MILLION commitment to upgrade Merbein P-10; • $929,000 upgrades underway at Robinvale P-12 with a commitment of $1.5 million for further redevelopment; • Expansion to our kindergartens; and • SuniTAFE is a state leader and is running at a surplus.
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