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Below are the latest news headlines for Thursday 27 June 2019.

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Balranald Shire Council rates update

Balranald Shire Council General Manager Michael Kitzelmann has provided an update the council's review of their rates, fees and charges.

Upon review, the council had found that may residents had been placed in incorrect rating categories and as a result, may have been undercharged for years.

Mr. Kitzelmann said that they have been contacting residents to inform them of the changes and have been receiving valuable feedback.

Aldi to reduce plastic use

The Aldi Supermarket Chain have announced they will be reducing the amount of plastic on shelves by 25% by 2025.

The chain has a supermarket in Swan Hill which will be impacted by the decision.

The supermarkets will also be a part of a commitment to reduce food waste from farm to store and be the only supermarket chain to have a battery recycling scheme.

Autumn firewood collection season

The Autumn 2019 Firewood Collection Season will close across Victoria at the end of the month.

The felling of any trees for firewood is strictly prohibited.

According to Forest Fire Management Victoria authorised officers are patrolling parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing while collecting their firewood.

Victoria’s Acting Murray Goldfields District Manager, Adrian Parker said that they want to remind the public that firewood can only be taken from designated collection areas in state forests or parks during approved times, for personal use only and it cannot be sold.

Gepp welcomes carer funding for Regional Victoria

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp has welcomed funding going to carers in Regional Victoria, stating the importance of the profession.

The Labor Government is providing $4 million to make sure more carers get the emotional support they need and can access the local services that they count on, with grants for grassroots and statewide carer support groups.

Many grants will go towards groups in regional areas, or for those who look after under-recognised groups such as young or LGBTIQ carers.

Mr. Gepp stated that there are hundreds of carers across Victoria and that it is important they receive thanks for the work they do.

CMFNL Pride Cup

The inaugural Pride Cup will take place this weekend as part of the Central Murray Football and Netball League.

This year’s match will see Nyah Nyah West United Football Netball Club take on Kerang Football Netball Club at Nyah Recreation Reserve, with the ground being decorated in pride colours

The day celebrates diversity and inclusion in sport for those who identify as part of the LGBTIQ community.

Health Promotion Officer at Swan Hill District Health Matt Toohey said that the day in important for getting the sporting community involved in the conversation.

Netball leagues Round Ten preview

Murrabit will take on Nullawil in Round Ten of the Golden Rivers Netball League this weekend.

The game will take place at Murrabit Recreation Reserve, with Murrabit looking to take advantage with the home ground.

Currently, they sit in third position on the ladder following a win over Quambatook last week.

Nullawil is doing slightly better in the top spot, they also won last week taking a victory over Ultima.

In other upcoming games Macorna will face Hay, Moulamein will take on Quambatook and Ultima will oppose Wandella.

Switching to the Central Murray Netball League, Balranald will take on Mallee Eagles at home in Round Ten.

Balranald are currently in seventh on the ladder, with Mallee Eagles above them in fifth.

In other games Cohuna Kangas will face Woorinen, Tooleybuc Manangatang will take on Lake Boga, Nyah Nyah West United will oppose Kerang and Swan Hill will face Koondrook/Barham.

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