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News Blog, May 2: Coalition Announces $25 Million for Sports Stadium; Kylie Jones will compete in Ultraman

Biggest challenge yet: Breast cancer survivor Kylie Jones is competing in an Ultraman on Mother’s Day weekend this year. Photo by Anna McGuinness

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Hello and Happy Monday,

Georgia Rossiter is behind the keyboard this Monday morning, bringing you the weekend’s news, as well as today’s headlines.

Expect a partly cloudy day today in Shepparton, with highs of 21 degrees.

UPDATE, 4.15pm: Shepparton is having a wet April

The April weather has arrived and it looks like Shepparton has had a lot more rain than normal.

Journalist Monique Preston took a look at previous years, and the 78.2mm that fell on Shepparton this month is more than double the average of the last 26 years (35.4mm).

And remember that really rainy day we had recently? That 40.8mm was a big chunk of April’s total rainfall.

UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Coalition announces $25 million investment in sports stadium

A re-elected coalition government will invest $25 million in transforming Shepparton Sports Stadium into the Shepparton Sports and Events Centre.

Regionalization, Regional Communications and Regional Education Minister Bridget McKenzie was in Shepparton earlier today to announce the funding.

“The new Shepparton Sports and Events Center will create a sporting, entertainment and event center of regional and national significance for a broad community,” said Minister McKenzie.

“Upgrading the center will create approximately 235 local jobs during construction and generate an additional 24,000 visitors per year, which is part of our government’s plan for a strong economy and a stronger future.

Darren Linton will talk about it soon.

UPDATE, 3pm: ‘Ultra’ challenge for the ambassador of the Mother’s Day Classic

Kylie Jones, Shepparton’s classic Mother’s Day ambassador and three-time breast cancer survivor, is feeling bittersweet about missing out on the annual event this year – instead she’ll be attempting her biggest event yet. endurance, the Ultraman, writes journalist Anna McGuinness.

The three-day event in Noosa features a 10km swim and 140km run on day one, a 281.1km run on day two and ends with an 84.3km run on day three.

Kylie was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, aged 32, and when he returned around five years later, she underwent a double mastectomy.

Although she couldn’t be there herself this year, she encouraged locals to support the event in its 10th year in Shepparton.

“Around 55 people are diagnosed with breast cancer every day and nine Australians die from it every day – these statistics are still quite startling,” she said.

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Local cannabis study to determine effectiveness of CBD oil.

The news’ Health correspondent Lachlan Durling writes that it is hoped a Shepparton research project will find answers about the effects of cannabis oils in cannabis users.

The 12-week project is seeking anonymous participants to determine the effectiveness of cannabidiol oil for mood and sleep issues in cannabis users.

The study, led by Shepparton-based Professor Edward Ogden, will include 33 participants who will meet with a researcher each month to record the results.

UPDATE, 1 p.m.: Higher demand for ambulances but slower response

High demand: Code one calls from Greater Shepparton ambulances increased by 16%. Photo by Megan Fisher

Code one calls for ambulances in the city of Greater Shepparton have increased by 16% since December last year, but response times have been slower as more paramedics join local branches.

Ambulance Victoria Hume Acting Regional Manager Narelle Capp said to help meet the increased demand, Ambulance Victoria has recruited 700 new paramedics.

Of 57 new graduate paramedics who started on May 2, 10 joined branches in the Hume area, including Mooroopna, Shepparton, Seymour, Benalla, Alexandra, Wallan, Wangaratta and Wodonga.

UPDATE, 11:45: Have you seen Lailah?

The police ask for help in finding missing girl Lailah.

A Victoria Police spokesperson said the 12-year-old was last seen at a Dookie address at around 1pm on Sunday May 1.

Police released a photo of Lailah to help locate her.

UPDATE, 11 a.m.: Energy bonuses announced

Electricity bonus: The Victorian Government has announced an electricity bonus for all households ahead of tomorrow’s budget.

The Victorian Government has announced ahead of tomorrow’s budget that all households will receive what it variously calls a ‘$250 bill reduction bonus’ or an ‘energy saving bonus’ – choose whichever bonus you prefer .

Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said to qualify for the bonus, households need only visit Victoria’s Energy Compare website to find out if they can get a better energy deal than they already get.

Ms D’Ambrosio said people without internet access can call the Victorian Energy Compare helpline or seek help from a community outreach organisation.

UPDATE, 10:10 a.m.: JobSeeker rates hot topic for job seekers in Nicholls

One of the agencies behind a forum of candidates for Nicholls’ seat expressed disappointment at the lack of commitment from major parties to raise JobSeeker’s rate, writes journalist Murray Silby.

Family Care chief executive David Tennant welcomed the opportunity to hear the candidates’ views on issues that have deeply affected many residents of the Goulburn Valley.

“Some of the questions ran through areas that we do in our day-to-day work that are critically important to the clients we work with,” Tennant said.

“There are some things that disappointed me, but overall it’s been helpful for people to recognize how terribly hard it is to live on low income, especially if you’re relying on an income of services.”

Read the full story.

UPDATE, 9am: What you missed over the weekend

A coroner’s inquest into the death of Veronica Nelson, a First Nations woman, has begun.

The 37-year-old died in a cell at Dame Phyllis Frost Center early on January 2, 2020, from an undiagnosed medical condition after screaming in pain and calling for help nine times.

Darren Linton has the latest.

Victorian Nationals deputy leader Steph Ryan says additional high-speed services on the Shepparton line will remain a distant dream unless the Victorian budget on Tuesday May 3 invests in the rolling stock needed to deliver them.

“Incredibly, the Labor Party promised additional services on regional lines without even ordering the rolling stock required,” Ms Ryan said.

“The 2022-23 state budget must ensure that this order is fulfilled as soon as possible so that these trains can come online without further frustrating delays.”

Step in: Cartlon AFLW player Grace Egan joined Class A side Shepparton Swans on Saturday. Photo by James Kleeman

Many sports activities also take place in the area during the weekend. AFLW Carlton star Grace Egan bolstered the Shepparton Swans netball team on Saturday, Chris Nield led the show in Mooroopna’s win over Seymour, and much more, which you can find in the section Sports from our website.

A note from our editor

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Tyler Maher, Shepparton News Editor