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Below are the latest news headlines for Wednesday 15 May 2019.

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Ryan calls out Neville on speculators

Deputy Leader of the Nationals Steph Ryan has claimed that Labor MP Lisa Neville has quote 'turned a blind eye' to the issue of water speculators.

Ms. Ryan has called for further investigations into the water market, stating that the Andrews Government must ensure there are stronger obligations on water traders to ensure transactions are conducted fairly and with transparency.

Gannawarra bridge upgrades

Two bridge replacement programs outlined in Gannawarra Shire Council’s 2019/2020 Proposed Budget will proceed due to a financial contribution from the State Government.

The Council will receive $800,000 from the second round of Regional Roads Victoria’s Fixing Country Roads program to support the replacement of bridges along Appin South Road and Quambatook-Boort Road.

The contribution to the Quambatook-Boort Road Bridge will enable the current bridge to be replaced with a two-lane concrete structure that will be able to withstand higher mass limits.

Stage one of the Appin South Bridge replacement project, as well as the Quambatook-Boort Road Bridge works, form part of Council’s $11 million Capital Works program outlined in the 2019/2020 Proposed Budget.

Unions call for wage increase

Unions are calling for a 6% increase to the minimum wage to ensure the lowest paid workers across the Mallee are given a fair go.

Figures from a commission report show the current minimum wage still leaves some full-time workers in relative poverty as defined per the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Australian Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sally McManus said the situation is unacceptable and a pay rise would not only benefit local workers but also the community.

Coalition vow $15 million to support Murray Darling Basin communities

The Coalition has vowed to deliver more support to Murray Darling Basin Communities if re-elected

The proposed 15-million dollar commitment to the second round of the Economic Development program is set to help diversify economies in regional communities

Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said it's a sensible program that can make a real difference

Swan Hill Soccer Club Round 6 preview

Swan Hill Soccer Club will be facing Shepparton SC this Sunday in Round 6 of the Optus Championship.

Both the Division 2 and Women's side will be facing off against their respective opponent in Shepparton.

Division 2 fell to Shepparton South last week 4-1, with the Women's side also falling 7-0.

The Women's side is looking to snap a three game losing streak and are looking for their first win, having secured a draw and three losses. Currently, they sit at 11th on the ladder. For Division 2 they sit at 8th on the ladder with a 2-2 record.

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