Tuesday, January 6, 2009


A Monash university professor said the death of a 38-year old Barooga woman, who died from ectopic pregnancy after an extended ambulance wait, was a very uncommon scenario in Australia. Professor Euan Wallace said it was extremely rare for death to occur from the condition and it more likely to happen in developing countries with little medical service. “It does happen, the tube ruptures because it can’t accommodate the developing pregnancy and bleeds into the woman’s abdomen,” Professor Wallace said.


A proposal to give indigenous groups power to jointly manage Victorian Crown land has represented equality according to local indigenous figure Neville Atkinson. Mr Atkinson praised the Victoria Government it’s commitment to reconciliation. “I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up because it hasn’t been decided yet, but I think it would be huge,” Mr Atkinson said. This comes after just one week ago when it was announced the Yorta Yorta people would co-mange the Barmah national park.


An elderly man who gunned down a Numurkah woman last year, who he was infatuated with, is being sued by her children for compensation. 36-year old mother of three Jodie Blake was fatally shot on March 5 last year by 65-year old Ronald Sauders who later turned the gun on himself. Her children are seeking compensation for emotional and psychological hardship. “Immediately following the shooting of the deceased, (two of the children) attended their dead or dying mother on the floor of the premises,” a court document read.

Monday, January 5, 2009


The Mayor of Shepparton says the council has to accept a controversial brothel development will go ahead in the north-east Victorian region. The council last year refused to extend a planning permit for a brothel to be built on Apollo Drive. The applicant appealed against the decision to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) which has ruled in their favour. Mayor Geoff Dobson says the council accepts VCAT's decision and will cooperate with the applicant. "There's nothing more we can do... the appeal's been through VCAT and the council will react accordingly and wait for the official paper work to come through," he said. But anti-brothel campaigner Mark Rumble has questioned the democracy of the state's planning system if a decision is made contrary to what the community wants. "What's the good of spending all that money and getting our council representatives to attempt to make decisions that are ideally for the betterment of our community and then not be able to follow through on those decisions because people are allowed to appeal to a higher source and have those decisions overturned?" he said. Shepparton's vocal anti-brothel group said there would be no further protest planned after Victoria’s planning tribunal gave the controversial development the green light to begin construction. Social impact Regional Victoria spokesman Mark Rumble said although the group was shocked about the decision, they have fought a good fight and must accept what has been handed down.


The number of speeding motorists was a concern in the Goulburn valley after the largest traffic operation in the state's history came to an end. The operation netted a total of 614 offences occurring across Greater Shepparton, Moira and Campaspe shires with more than half of that being speeding drivers. Victoria Police region three traffic inspector Neil Cheney said the number was bigger than what he expected and obviously higher than what he would like.