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Improving Crop Production, Lab-grown Meat, and Impact of Insecticides
Your free weekly update on research to benefit farmers.

Plant Virus Detection, Scent Training Honeybees, Heading off Flystrike Risks
Your free weekly update on research to benefit farmers.

Chickpea Disease management, On-farm Grain Storage Options, and Feeding the World through Science
Your free weekly update on research to benefit farmers.

Banana Industry Research, Reducing Cattle Methane and the Agribusiness Sector Report
Free weekly update on research to benefit farmers.

Boosting Red Meat Industry, Smart Farms Small Grants, and Have your Say on New Fisheries Framework
Free weekly update on research to benefit farmers.

Opportunity for Agribusinesses, Trends in Global Consumption, and Avoiding Crop Failure
Fee weekly update on research to benefit farmers.

Meat quality, Degradation of Microplastics and More
Your free weekly update on research to benefit farmers.

Agribusiness Report
Agribusiness Sector report, flock values, biosecurity research, marine heatwaves and more.

Bass Coast Local News

Batteries in Bins start Fires
Increase in fires and smoulders with batteries that have been disposed of in kerbside bins.

On the Way to Path Upgrades
Work has started to completely replace the decking of the boardwalk at Ventnor Common, off Ventnor Beach Road. This project is expected to be completed by early October.

$2.5 Million for Cowes Cultural Centre
Demolition of the old site is underway, while construction of the new facility will start in early 2021 and is expected to take 12 to 14 months.

A New Home for the Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre
PICAL’s current site is set to be the site for the new Phillip Island Community Hospital.

Dinosaur Trail Master Plan Launches into Action
$250,000 allocated from 2020/21 Budget to complete the Master Plan.

Inverloch Projects Ready to Go
Projects include road and kerb renewal works along Golf Street, between Freda Street and Sandymount Avenue and the design and installation of a new shelter at the Wallace Avenue Park.

Powlett Street Footpath on the Way
Work is expected to be completed by mid-November, subject to favourable weather and contractor availability.

Annual Budget Adopted
Highlights of the Budget include funding for the planning and/or design of a number of significant, intergenerational projects.

Candidate Training Moves Online
Mandatory training required to be eligible to nominate with the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Draft Climate Action Plan 2020-24 Endorsed by Council
The Plan identifies a number of actions to undertake to achieve the objective of zero net emissions over the next 10 years and to ensure a climate resilient community.

Footpath Renewals Underway
Work on these projects is expected to take up to four weeks to be completed, subject to favourable weather conditions and contractor availability.

Policies Adopted in Time for New Act
The Public Transparency Policy 2020 provides clarity on the information Council must make available, access to that information and categories of information that Council may not be able to make available to the public.

Resilience and Agility in Action
Important progress on delivering on actions of the strategies, while also responding to the challenges presented by the bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working Together to #puthernameonit
#puthernameonit campaign is aimed at honouring and recognising the great women who have helped shape Gippsland.

Changes to Facilities and Services
Closing community facilities is a difficult but necessary step.

Planning for Aquatics Centres Underway
Business Case that include operational and concept plans to prepare Phillip Island Aquatic and Leisure Centre and a redeveloped Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Wonthaggi.

Stage 3 Changes to Waste Services
Waste Facilities remain open, but in accordance with State Government directions you should avoid travel unless for essential purposes only.

Wonthaggi Railway Station Extension in Progress
Local design company DB Design, Council and the Historical Society worked closely to prepare the project and significant attention to detail was required to ensure it was supported by Heritage Victoria.

How to Dispose of Face Masks and Gloves
Single-use masks and gloves must be put in your red-lidded general waste bin and not in your recycling or organics bins.


Northe – Gippsland business grantsNorthe – Gippsland business grants
Grants are available to help Gippsland businesses in the region that have been doing it extremely tough, with a number unable to open their doors or only offer limited service. Russell Northe said he cautiously welcomes this announcement.

Concerns over AFL Public HolidayConcerns over AFL Public Holiday
While some workers and employees will welcome the State Government’s decision to proceed with an AFL Grand Final Parade public holiday, given the Grand Final is most likely to be held interstate, is it necessary to have a public holiday in Victoria?

Gippsland Water

National Water Week Festival goes online!
National Water Week is going online!

Seeking your Feedback on Water and Sewerage Services
Seeking feedback on water and sewerage services

Get Creative!
Poster competion for National Water Week from 19-25th of October.

Harriet Shing MP

Celebrating Children’s Week in West Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley with Community Grants
$100,000 fund to local communities across Victoria to host fun and free educational activities and events during this year’s Children’s Week celebrations.

Latrobe Valley Receives Vital Recovery Funding
Chambers of Commerce and Trader Groups provide critical advice, connections and resources to businesses in the Latrobe Valley and these grants will be crucial in helping them to support members’ transition to COVID Normal.

Local Festivals and Events go Digital
Activities will be supported through the Government’s Multicultural Festivals and Events program, encouraging 148 community organisations across Victoria to get creative and move their events online.

Bringing More Clean Energy to Gippsland
The Victorian Government is helping more Gippsland businesses use renewable energy technologies to reduce electricity costs, create local jobs and support clean power

Early Works Underway for Car Parks in the Latrobe Valley
Tests underway to determine feasibility of the eight preferred sites in Moe, Morwell and Traralgon.

Helping Sport and Active Recreation Organisations in West Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley Survive and Thrive
Six grants under Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-term Survival Package announced.

Local Artists to Be Showcased Along Rail Trail
Latrobe Valley artists will have the chance to showcase their work along one of the region’s most scenic recreational trails.

New Initiative Opens Cultural Doors for Locals
Distance and transport will no longer be a barrier for Latrobe Valley residents wanting to attend cultural events in the regional city.

Preserving Morwell’s Local History
Community groups across Victoria are being recognised for preserving, recording and sharing their community’s local history.

Supporting Eastern Victoria’s Men’s Sheds
Men in Eastern Victoria will continue to have places to connect, build new friendships and share skills.

Agribusinesses Supported to Adapt to Pandemic Conditions
Funding through the Government’s Business Adaptation Grants program will support the retraining of 30 employees in COVID-safe processes and the use of new equipment.

Supporting Our Music Industry in the Latrobe Valley
Survival grants for local live music venues and new grants to protect music jobs on stage.

Regional Victoria to Take Third Step
In the Third Step you can form household bubbles.which will allow households across regional Victoria to choose one other household to be in a bubble. You can visit them in their home and they can visit you – with up to a total of five visitors.

$14 Million in Grants to Support Emergency Volunteers
Grant to fund new equipment and vehicles in support for emergency volunteers.

Backing a Bright Future for Morwell
Completion of the Morwell CBD Revitalisation project.

Building Better, Safer Schools in West Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley
Vital maintenance and safety works delivery to over 400 schools.

Call Out for Creative Ideas to Boost Tourism
Ideas needed for creative projects that have strong potential to become new tourist attractions, contributing to the economic recovery of the region in 2021 and beyond.

Critical Family Violence Training under Way
Family violence reforms training delivery.

Eastern Victoria Clubs Urged to Apply for Sport and Active Recreation Grants
Applications are now open for the latest round of the Victorian Government’s 2020-21 Sporting Club Grants Program.

Expansion for Longwarry Early Learning Centre
Longwarry Early Learning Centre to receive receive $500,000 from the Growing Suburbs Fund.

Gippsland to Share in Tafe Upgrade Blitz
TAFE Gippsland to receive more than $4.3 million for modernisation and upgrades of learning spaces and and facilities at Warragul and Morwell schools.

Kinder Upgrade for Warragul
$600,000 contribution towards a $754,000 expansion of St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School Early Learning Centre.

Kinders in the Latrobe Valley Get Tech Savvy with New Gear
$1.1 million in technology grants for kindergartens.

More Mental Health Support for Students in West Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley
Access to the school-based mental health support for secondary students soon.

Plan Now for Winter Firewood Needs
From September 1, designated firewood collection areas opened across Victoria.

Work Starts on Churchill School Upgrades
Architect appointed to design the Churchill school’s upgrade.

Building a Sustainable Eastern Victoria
$2.6 million Sustainable Infrastructure Fund grants opened to encourage the use of recycled materials in local infrastructure projects across Victoria.

Millions in Stamp Duty Savings for First Home Buyers
First home buyers spared millions of dollars in stamp duty costs over the past financial year.

Funding for More Latrobe Valley Community Projects
Upgrades to community meeting spaces in Glengarry and Morwell with nearly $200,000 fund.

Growing Gippsland’s Future Health Workforce
$200,000 for a feasibility study for a Community Health Hub and Clinic at the Gippsland campus in Churchill.

Latrobe Valley Reserves Score Funding for Lighting Boost
Transformation and improved amenity with $1,046,109 from Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.

Supporting Early Stage Latrobe Valley Businesses
Over $1.9 million in funding from the Business and Industry Capability Fund to support early stage businesses in the Latrobe Valley.

Warragul’s Western Park Scores Funding for Redevelopment of Netball Facilities
Transformation fund of $1,440,000 from Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.

Builder Appointed for Morwell Trade Centre Project
Victorian Government appoints a builder for the Morwell Trade Centre Project.

Grants to Keep West Gippsland and Latrobe Valley Creatives Working
West Gippsland and Latrobe Valley artists and creative businesses to receive a lifeline from the Victorian Government.

Helping Gippsland’s Competition Survive and Thrive
Boost given to Gippsland community sport to help local leagues and associations ride out the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Work Starts on Neerim District Secondary College Upgrades
Architect and contractor appointed to design and provide upgrades to Neerim District Secondary College.

Latrobe Local News

Flood Warning as Wet Spring Tipped
There may be a higher risk of flooding in coming months, with higher rainfall expected in October and November.

Give your Voting Ballot Papers to the VEC
Mail your completed voting ballot papers for the council election to the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC).

Local Choir Creates Connection and Celebration across Latrobe Valley
Inventive virtual choir promoting social connection and fun through music in the Latrobe Valley.

Council working to help Business Access Outdoor Dining Assistance
$87.5 million Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package ready to assist local businesses.

Home Library offers Lockdown Lifeline
Home Library Service extended to everyone who wanted to borrow items, with no restrictions on age.

Business Support Vouchers Now Available
$1.7M Business and Community Support and Recovery Package in June this year in response to COVID-19 shutdowns

Council Grants Support the Community
138 projects funded through its Community Grants and Community Sponsorship programs.

Council’s Responsibilities during the Local Council Election Period
Council Election Caretaker Period from Tuesday 22 September to Saturday 24 October at 6pm.

Launch of New look 2020 International Rose Garden Festival Morwell
Launch of International Rose Garden Festival Morwell

New look Morwell Rose Festival to Go Ahead
Annual celebration of the stunning blooms of Morwell’s Centenary Rose Garden will push thru.

Reconciliation Action Plan Endorsed
Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-2022 focuses on relationships, respect for culture, opportunities and governance.

Startup Gippsland Funding to Launch Entrepreneurial Tech Program
$250,000 grant to allow Startup Gippsland to provide pre-accelerator programs targeting non-tech founders with tech-focused startups.

Bush Crew beautifies Latrobe City
Workers found new employment after losing their jobs during the pandemic through beautification of Latrobe City.

Caring for our Diverse Community
Council appointed new members to the City Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee.

Council’s Building Services Team can Answer your Building Questions
Building Services team is available to answer questions relating to building works and permits during the restrictions.

Fight COVID-19, Take Care with Rubbish
Help fight COVID-19. Take precautions in disposing garbage.

Lighting Upgrades to Benefit Sports Clubs
Four recreation reserves get lighting upgrades.

Nominate a Top Senior
Latrobe City Senior Citizen of the Year award, now open for nominations.

Youth Council Spreads Health Message
Good Food for Mental Health project was identified to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for the Latrobe City population.

Nominate a Top Senior
Nominate a senior citizen who has made significant contribution to the community of Latrobe City.

Latrobe City Advocates for Additional COVID-19 Testing Resources
Additional COVID testing resources to assist in reducing the lengthy delays requested.

Latrobe City Releases Draft Investment Roadmap for Comment
Latrobe City Investment Roadmap - ready for public comment.

Peter Walsh MP

Truth Masked by Minister on Mandatory Face Coverings for Regional Vic
Regional Victorians need to continue to wear masks.

Virus escapes Melbourne without a Trace
Asymptomatic testing wasn’t offered to customers who were potentially exposed to a Melbourne virus outbreak.

Buck stops with Victorian Labor on stalled Murray Basin Rail Project
Minister Jacinta Allan is attempting to rewrite history by handballing blame for the stalled Murray Basin Rail Project to the Federal Government.

Government Backs Down on the Omnibus Bill
Government backs down on its controversial COVID-19 Omnibus bill.

Low Cases Grounds for Early Mark for Regional Vic
Implement New South Wales restrictions in country areas.

New Federal funds could open the floodgates to Big Buffalo
Victoria must seize the opportunity to build Big Buffalo and boost water security for irrigators in the northeast after the Federal Budget delivered an unprecedented $2 billion for water infrastructure

Workforce Increase puts the Christmas Ham back on the Menu
Enough hands on deck to meet growing demand for high-quality Victorian produce.

No Confidence
Letter to the editor.

No Support for Cellar Doors Closed for Coronavirus Shutdowns
No business support for family-run cellar doors.

Progress towards Workforce Win for Meat Processors
Workforce limits on Victorian meat processors won’t be able to keep up during peak spring season.

Labor’s Got no Shame Steamrolling the Rights of Victorians
Public Health and Wellbeing Act allows a person who suffers loss arising from a direction of the Chief Health Officer to apply to the Secretary for compensation.

Regional Victoria Moving to the Third Step
Victoria comes out of the second wave.

Statement on Regional Victoria Moving to the Third Step
Towards recovery with the Third Step.

Dan’s Dodgy Belt and Road Selling out Victorian Producers
No actions yet for China’s punitive 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley and further threats targeting wine and dairy exports.

Labor Giving City Projects a Leg Up, but Forcing Country Communities to their Knees
Tangled red and green tape makes it too difficult for people to develop in regional Victoria.

Labor Must Lift Workforce Limits or Risk Stealing Christmas
Food supply chain will crumble unless workforce restrictions are lifted before the Christmas period.

Labor Pressed for Answers on Campaign against Recreational Hunters
Explanation wanted for unsolicited threat to suspend or cancel firearms licences.

Labor to be Held to Account on Farmers’ Market Backflip
Wanted: Explanation for sudden backflip that threatened closure of farmers' markets.

Op-ed by Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh
State of Emergency powers must only operate under appropriate safeguards, scrutiny and checks and balances.

Victorian Shooters Targeted by Labor Government’s ‘Overreach’
Unsolicited threat to take away firearms licences.

Workforce Restrictions on Lamb Meat Processors are Unworkable
If workforce restrictions on meat processors aren’t relaxed soon in regional areas local farmers will miss out.

COVID Pandemic to Impact Seasonal Workforce
A workable solution must be found before farmers put the for sale sign on the front gate.

Labor’s Bushfire Recovery ‘Plan’ Long Overdue
Rolling old money up in a new press release delivers nothing for families, businesses and communities in East Gippsland and north east Victoria hit by January’s catastrophic bushfires.

Special Agriculture Permits a Positive Step Forward
‘Highly Specialised Agriculture Permit’ which will allow exempted Victorian agriculture workers who live within 100km of the NSW-Victoria to move up to 100km across the border into NSW.

Statement on VLine CEO James Pinder
VLine CEO James Pinder has been suspended today.

Agriculture Permits Must be Offered to Solve Supply Chain Problems
Special agriculture permits should be offered to streamline interstate travel to prevent cost increase and food shortages.

Fighting for Jobs in Victoria's Timber Sector
Victoria’s $7.32 billion timber industry are being destroyed.

JobKeeper Scheme Extended
JobKeeper scheme extended for 6 months.

Liberal Nationals Slam Union War against Agriculture Seasonal Workforce
Food security jeopardized at a time of crisis.

Statement on COVID Restrictions for Regional Victoria
Regional Victoria re-entering Stage 3 COVID restrictions this week.

Dan’s Plan to Close Meat Processors will put Food Security at Risk
Coronavirus outbreaks at meatworks under control is threatening the supply of food to supermarket shelves.

Victorian Timber Workers an Endangered Species under Labor
Code of Practice for Timber Production 2014 will do nothing to protect jobs.

Russel Northe MLA

New Business Penalties and Rules raise concern
Strong penalties and rules that now apply for booking arrangements in Regional Victoria.

New Regional COVID Rules a Mixed Bag
Mixed views on COVID-19 restrictions for Regional Victorians.

Northe Calls for Clarity on Government Emission Reduction Targets
Transparency and clarity wanted around the energy policy and the content of Emission Reduction Target plans.

Photographers Capture the Moment
Face-coverings can be removed where practicable for professional photography shoots.

Regional Roadmap Going in Wrong Direction
Calls to review the thresholds that apply to the "Last Step" within the reopening roadmap to Regional Victoria.

Shocktober Campaign aims to help Save Lives in Regional Victoria
Ambulance Victoria are encouraging communities to learn CPR and how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), everyday 18 Victorians suffer a cardiac arrest, this can happen to anyone anywhere at any time.

Community Food Relief Fund Applications Open
Launch of the State Governments $5 million Community Food Relief Fund

Driver Testing Finally Moving Forward
Clarity welcomed in regards to driver licence testing arrangements for local drivers.

Morwell Foodbank Awaiting Delivery
Fast-track the promised Morwell Foodbank hub to support the Latrobe Valley community.

National Mental Health Month Begins Today
Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) to raise awareness of Mental Health

Photographers Left in the Dark
Weeks of uncertainty for the photography businesses.

Rate Freeze, Not a Freeze for Some
Council rate increases being experienced by a number of local rate-payers.

Agribusinesses Supported to Adapt to Pandemic Conditions
Business Adaptation Grants program has been extended.

Driver Testing Resumes
Driver licence and learner permit testing will resume from today.

Ministers Reply Sought on CFA Tankers
118 days after, no response yet from the Minister for Police and Emergency Services.

Parliament Decision - State of Emergency Legislation
State of Emergency legislation

Sole Trader Support Fund Applications Now Open
Victorian Governments Sole Trader Support Fund is now open for application.

Indoor Swimming Lessons and in Limbo
Review of COVID-19 restrictions wanted for impeding the delivery of swimming lessons for children in Regional Victoria.

Latrobe Valley Back to Work Scheme - Northe
Considerations to reinstate Latrobe Valley Back to Work Scheme.

New VicHealth Funding Available
$2.5 million in new funding to support local organisations to address the immediate health and wellbeing concerns of Victorians hardest hit by the impact coronavirus pandemic.

Northe Highlights COVID Concerns
Concerns raised relating to the State Government’s COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2020.

2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grants Open
2020 Supplementary Volunteer Grants are now open.

Business Support Fund to Close Soon
Applications for the State Governments Business Support Fund Expansion program, to close over the coming days.

Community Sport Survival Package Second Round Open
Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package – Round 2

Grants to Support Emergency Volunteers
14 Million in funds through the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) to enable volunteer organisations.

Multicultural Awards and Event Grants
Multicultural Festivals and Events (MFE) program and Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence now open for nominations.

Northe Continues Call for Sole-Trader Support
Wanted: support for local businesses currently excluded from the Victorian Business Support Fund.

Regional Roadmap Goes in Wrong Direction
Concerns for many local businesses with Regional Roadmap.

Sporting Club Grants Now Open
2020/2021 Sporting Club Grants are now open for application.

Covid-19 Testing in Latrobe Needs Ramping up
Drive through and mobile testing options within the Latrobe Valley urged.

More Testing Facilities Needed in Latrobe
Enhanced testing capacities in the Latrobe Valley urged.

Northe Calls for Greater COVID Compassion
Interstate travel exemption process applicable to persons seeking to say goodbye to a loved one or attend a funeral urged.

Northe Licence Testing Backlog Continues
Driver licence testing still pending.

Licence Testing Concerns Continue
Long delays in sitting learners hazard perception test or going for their probationary drivers’ licence.

Tim Bull MP

Simple Change to Restrictions will transform Pain Relief for Victorians in Need
Urgent need to reopen community pools to people with a disability for hydrotherapy treatment and water-based pain relief activities.

Country Racing Needs a Clear Pathway Home
Still no plan country racing clubs.

Statement on Victory in the Pacific Day
Victory in the Pacific day – the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.






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