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Below are the latest news headlines for Friday 07 June 2019.

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Swan Hill Police caution residents ahead of long weekend

With the rising road toll in focus, Swan Hill Police are once again advising local residents to avoid drink and drug driving.

Acting Senior Sergeant Brian Molloy, said that looking after your friends is just as important as looking after yourself.

Warning about winter burns

Swan Hill Rural City Council is working on three environmental projects as part of trying to be climate friendly.

Coinciding with World Environment Day this week, the council is partnering with the Victorian Government to gradually build its own solar energy generation system.

The council says that the solar panels and battery storage on Council buildings will save ratepayers $20,000 per year.

Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor Ann Young said that part the reasoning is to reduce the community impact on the environment.

Balranald Shire Council rates review

An annual process of reviewing rates, fees and charges by the Balranald Shire Council found that residents have been charged the incorrect rates for years.

A performance improvement order necessitated the review and found that residents has been put in the incorrect review rating category and that many had been undercharged.

General Manager Michael Kitzellmann said that the council needs to provide full cost recovery for what they deliver.

Beef industry sustainability report card

A new report card on the nation's beef industry shows it's continuing to improve its care of the environment, animals and its people.

The latest update from the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework shows the industry has more than halved its carbon footprint and is on-track to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Chair of the Sustainability Steering Group Tess Herbert says the update highlights a number of improvements being made right across the industry.

June Racing Carnival

Ahead of the June Racing Carnival this weekend, local jockey Jye McNeil will be racing in the event.

Scheduled for five races today, McNeil will be competing in both the Pooles Accountants Golden Topaz on Lyn Tolson's 'Well Sprung' and the Vobis Gold Elvstroem Classic with trainer James Cummings' 'Spirit Medium'. Both events have a prize pool of $100,000.

The three-day carnival will run through the long weekend, with a total of $972,000 of prize money on offer.

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