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Weekly News Wrap 01/12

Weekly News Wrap 01/12

Your Wrap of Friday's Big News

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- Summer Outlook Gives Mallee Hope

The Bureau of Meteorology's Summer Outlook released on Thursday has given the Mallee region cause for hope that helpful rainfall may be on the horizon.

Areas such as Kerang and Cohuna have been outlined as part of a handful of places across the entire country of having a greater chance of exceeding their median rainfall for summer.

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The Bureau has highlighted the high likelihood of hotter days and nights however, with an El Nino event 70 percent likely.

The Bureau's State Manger for Victoria Doctor Andrew Tupper says there's reason to be optimistic.

"The rainfall outlook is at least average; for parts of Northern Victoria it might be a little wetter than average," Dr Tupper said.

For the full outlook, visit

- Police Up Patrols for Rockfest Today

An increased police presence is expected today around Swan Hill, with Rockfest descending on Riverside Park.

A strong crowd is expected due to favourable weather today, and police have opted to increase patrols to be prepared.

Swan Hill Police Acting Inspector Brad Bennett says it's a precautionary measure.

"We'll have increased patrols just to make sure everyone feels safe," Bennett said.

"We're not out looking for anything in particular, just for people's protection."

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