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Below are the latest news headlines for Tuesday 04 June 2019.

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Smith Family Winter Appeal

The Smith Family's Winter Appeal has begun this week, with the organisation hoping to raise four million dollars to assist underprivileged children.

Reports by the Australian Council for Educational Research suggest the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students at age fifteen is equivalent to around three years of schooling.

Students experiencing disadvantage reported lower levels of motivation to learn and achieve than their more advantaged peers.

Smith Family CEO Anton Leschen said that the reports highlight the significant education gap that exists in Australia between students who are growing up in the wealthiest and poorest households.

Police: Queen's Birthday weekend

With the Queen's Birthday long weekend approaching, Swan Hill Police are advising caution and for local residents to think ahead.

With local events happening over the period, Senior Sergeant Brad Bennett said that if consuming alcohol, residents should think about a designated driver, or other options.

Murray-Darling Basin Authority water audit

An audit by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority about the reporting prices paid for water when it is traded in the Murray–Darling Basin has found that much more needs to be done.

The central finding of the audit was that no Basin government had robust arrangements in place to gather comprehensive price information.

MDBA Executive Director of Compliance Brent Williams, said that it will be up to each state about how it actions the authorities recommendations.

Property value increase in Gannawarra Shire

Property values within the Gannawarra Shire have increased by an average of between 4.84 per cent and 9.81 per cent according to data provided by the State Government.

The Council received a report from the Valuer-General regarding the value of all properties located within the municipality, which is a process all Councils in Victoria must undertake annually.

The report showed that the value of residential properties increased by an average of almost five per cent; with increases also evident on properties classified for commercial/industrial use, dryland farming and irrigation.

The Council’s Director of Corporate Services, Phil Higgins said the report will be used to help determine what each landowner will pay in municipal rates for 2019/2020.

Central Murray Netball League Round SIx Review

Nyah Nyah West United were defeated by 17 goals by Tooleybuc Manangatang in Round 6 of the Central Murray Netball League at the weekend.

With the win, Tooleybuc Manangatang sit in third position with a 4-2 record. Nyah Nyah West sit in ninth with a 1 win and 5 losses.

In other results, Tyntynder defeated Balranald 61 - 33, Kerang fell to Mallee Eagles 58 - 35 and Swan Hill got a victory over Lake Boga 68 - 19.

Golden Rivers Netball League Round Seven Review

Round Seven of the Golden Rivers Netball League has seen Nullawil take out Wandella 51 - 44 at the weekend.

Nullawil showed why they are currently the top team in the competition, holding the lead at each major break.

With the win, Nullawil hold a four point advantage over second placed Moulamein. On the other side, Wandella are sitting in third place.

In other results, Moulamein defeated Ultima 34 - 17, Hay fell to Murrabit 58 - 17 and Quambatook got a close win over Macorna 39 - 26.

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