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Below are the latest news headlines for Wednesday 12 June 2019.

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Local charities missing out on funds

A new report from the Community Council for Australia warns billions of dollars that could be used by charities are not being accessed at the current time.

The report calls on charities to use impact investing, where charitable organisations use money from the financial sector to actively fund programs that have a clear social benefit and provide a good return on the investment.

The report stated that impact investing could be worth $35 billion over the next five years.

Executive Director Brad Swan from Life Without Barriers said that this approach could benefit local charities.

Swan Hill road projects progress

Road construction projects in Swan Hill are progressing nicely according to Regional Roads Victoria

After the completion of the roundabout at the intersection of McCallum and High streets, crews are now focussing on the nearby intersection of Splatt and McCallum streets and building a left-in and left-out intersection only. This to stop drivers from needing to cross four lanes of traffic.

RRV Operations Manager Matt Gard said that the project is on track to finish in August and they know it will make a difference for the community by increasing safety, visibility and traffic flow.

SHC: Community funding applications

The Swan Hill Rural City Council are reminding residents that applications for for community and event funding on Monday June 17.

The council is offering up to $5,000 to event organisers, community groups and sporting clubs.

Last year the council provided $70,000 in funding to local events, in addition to $100,000 towards community projects.

Mayor Ann Young said that applications can be made through the council.

Drought relief from NSW Government

The NSW Government have further advanced their commitment to relieve drought stricken framers of some of the impact the drought has had on them.

NSW Farmers President James Jackson says there are two components to the package, an economic stimulus for shovel ready infrastructure and on-farm drought support measures, such as continuation of the freight subsidy.

Mr. Jackson says the drought has had a serious impact on rural communities.

North Central Football League Round Eight preview

Birchip Watchem and Charlton will face off in Round Eight of the North Central Football League this weekend.

Birchip Watchem are currently in second place on the ladder with a 6-1 record, four points behind league leading Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers. The Bulls' last result was a 99 - 43 win over Donald.

On the other side, Charlton is in third position with a 5 - 2 record over the seven games this season. Their last result was a 76 - 45 victory over Wedderburn.

In other upcoming fixtures, Wedderburn will face Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers, St Arnaud will take on Boort and Wycheproof Narraport will oppose Donald.

Swan Hill Soccer Club Round Nine preview

Swan Hill will be facing Epsom SC Round Nine of the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League at the weekend.

The league is coming off of a bye week from the long weekend with Swan Hill facing Colts United FC back in Round Eight

Looking back to last week, the Women's side fell 8-0 and as a result they sit in eleventh position, with a 1-5-1 (W-L-D) record.

The Division Two side had better fortune, taking a 2-0 victory. With the win, they moved to eighth position with 3 wins and 4 losses.

Their opponent's Division Two side had a 3-0 victory over Moama-Euchuca Raiders and the women's side fell 5-1.

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