Stawell's breakfast scoop - June 4

Weather:  Partly cloudy. Isolated showers developing during the morning. Winds west to northwesterly and light increasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming west to southwesterly and light in the early afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to around 9 with daytime temperatures reaching around 17.

Top Stories:

- Northern Grampians Shire Council is still struggling to come to terms with the impact the federal government's freeze on indexation of its Financial Assistance Grants will have financially.

Council has just released its draft budget for 2014-15 and took pride in the fact the rate increase was able to be kept to just five percent.

- Northern Grampians Shire Council is set to save almost $11,000 a year thanks to a new initiative cutting operating costs at the Stawell Leisure Complex

Funding provided through the Australian Government's Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) has allowed council to install a new solar heating system and LED lighting to minimise gas and electricity consumption at the facility.

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