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Friday News Wrap 14/09

  • Friday News Wrap 14/09

The Latest News From Around the Mallee

- Coalition Promises New Share Arrangement for Sunraysia Irrigators

Following concern from irrigators in the Sunraysia region regarding their water security at peak periods, the Coalition are promising to develop a capacity share arrangement for those downstream of Nyah on the Murray River if elected in November.

Shadow Minister for Water Steph Ryan promoted the plan on Wednesday, saying a capacity share scheme is the only way to fairly allocate water from the Murray River since four states use the water.

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"Horticulture’s thirst for allocation is putting pressure on the Murray River’s capacity to deliver water to irrigators and the environment at the peak of summer when they need it most.," Ryan said.

"Only a Liberal Nationals Government will make sure local irrigators can get the water they need, when they need it."

The Coalition have also sighted the growing shift to allocation trading as another reason to implement a plan for capacity shares.

- Murray River Council Gets Big Boost for Local Projects

The second round of the New South Wales Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund has reaped big rewards for the Murray River Council region.

The Council received almost $800,000 for upgrades to seven different reserves and parks, with the funding boom continuing for the region.

The Moulamein South Recreation Reserve will receive the most funding of the projects, with almost $250,000 for new tennis courts and light installations.

Murray River Council Deputy Mayor Gen Campbell says it's a terrific result for the whole region.

"All of these different places are very pleased that these projects have gotten off the ground," Campbell said.

- Three Massive Games Headline Weekend's Footy

The 2018 Grand Final for the Golden Rivers Football Netball League could offer up a heartstopper tomorrow, with fierce competitors Nullawil and Ultima going head-to-head again in Moulamein

All three matches between the pair this season have been decided by less than 10 points, including the 4-point thriller won by the Maroons in the second semi-final two weeks ago.

Both teams have also had varied success in grand finals since 2010; the Roos are looking for their third flag in six straight grand finals, whilst the Maroons will be aiming for their second premiership in their fourth attempt.

The Mallee Eagles will be searching for their first Grand Final appearance since 1996, when they face off reigning premiers Kerang in Nyah tomorrow for the Central Murray Prelim Final.

The Blues have rebounded to flag form after a poor start to the season, and following their 25-point win over SWAN HILL last week they'll be confident to make it three wins in a row over the Eagles this year.

The Eagles will be also be fighting to rebound themselves, following their 40-point loss last Saturday to Woorinen in the second semi-final.

The two top teams in the North Central Football Netball League will go head-to-head tomorrow as well in the 2018 Grand Final at Charlton Park.

Wycheproof-Narraport are sure to take plenty of confidence into tomorrow's rematch of last year's decider after defeating Birchip-Watchem by 14 points in the second semi-final three weeks ago, thanks to a rampant third quarter and three goals from George Turner.

Prior to their finals meeting, the Bulls had won both of their matches this season against the Demons, despite trailing at half-time in both clashes.

The Bulls will be looking for their first flag in over a decade on Saturday, whilst the Demons will be vying for their third flag since 2010.