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Personnel Changes at Food & Fibre Gippsland
Innovation Grants closing soon, JobKeeper Payments announced & more

Innovative Process to fight Food Waste, Grant Opportunities & lots more
Weekly catch-up with innovative process to fight food waste, grant opportunities & lots more

Plant Based Protein trends | Gippsland Online Marketplace Workshop & more
Weekly updates on plant based protein trends, Gippsland online marketplace workshop and more!

Smart Specialisation | Regional Produce Trust Token Progress & more
Welcome to the weekly catch up! Updates on smart specialisation, regional produce trust token progress and more!

Community Engagement, Sponsorship Opportunities at EGVID 2020 & More
Diverse group of East Gippsland food and fibre businesses for community engagement and more!

Bass Coast Local News

Virtual Fence Now Active on Phillip Island
The project, which began in April 2019, is a collaboration between Council, Victoria University, Phillip Island Nature Parks and Citizen Scientist, Ron Day.

Buy Local in Bass Coast
The Campaign will give the community information about how they can continue to support local businesses.

Council Gets Camera Ready
The trial will start at the May Council Meeting and will include a trial of voice-to-text closed captions.

Get involved in Climate Action Plan
Council has declared a climate emergency and is committed to developing an evidence-based Climate Change Action Plan.

Major Cowes Project Moves Forward
Council is currently in the process of engaging architects to oversee the development of the new purpose-built Centre.

Raingarden Rehab Continues
This Project is a continuation of previous raingarden renewal works completed within Seagrove Estate.

Response and Recovery Plan Announced
Bass Coast Shire Council will implement its COVID-19 Business and Community Response and Recovery package.

What’s Possible at Olive Justice Place
Feedback from diverse voices of local community needed on how to make Olive Justice Place better.

Changes to Council’s Waste Facilities
Victorians are now required to stay at home unless for essential activities

Toilets, Barbecues and Gyms Closed
Temporary closure of public toilet facilities, public barbecues and outdoor gyms follows after closure of Council managed beaches, playgrounds and skate parks in March.

Bass Coast Beach Closures
The difficult decision was taken following Directions of the State Chief Health Officer and Bass Coast Health regarding the risks of large numbers of people gathering at our beaches and not practicing social distancing rules.

Bass Coast Waste Facilities Open for Business
All kerbside waste collections are operating as normal and Waste Facilities remain open in Bass Coast.

Keep Batteries Out of Bins
Recent months have seen an increase in fires, with the most common cause being batteries that have been disposed of in kerbside bins.

Rhyll Jetty Lands an Upgrade
The Rhyll Jetty has had a fibre mesh decking, which is made from recycled materials, installed on top of the existing concrete deck.

A Message from Bass Coast Shire Council CEO, Ali Wastie
A message from Bass Coast Shire Council CEO in light of government advice on social distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Celebrating with a Sporty Breakfast
The breakfast will be held at the new Bass Coast Community Stadium, located at the Wonthaggi Secondary College.

Help Us Identify Heritage Places
Bass Coast Shire Council is conducting a Heritage Gaps Study, to identify places within the Shire with heritage significance.

Robert Smith Collection on Show for First Time
Robert Smith Collection is soon to open at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre

Surf Parade Path Project Progressing
Bass Coast Shire Council officers are currently finalising the design and going through the process of obtaining the necessary permits and approvals for the project to progress to the construction stage.

Working Together on Virus Response
Four of Bass Coast’s largest employers are working together to support their communities and employees as Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the world.

Young Leaders Come Together for the Environment
Two representatives from every school across Bass Coast were invited to explore their environmental interests through a series of fun activities.

Bass Coast Rail Trail Affected by Erosion
Safety measures put in place as erosion along the Kilcunda foreshore impacts the Bass Coast Rail Trail.

Game on at Bass Coast Community Stadium
Bass Coast Community Stadium was officially opened on Monday, 24 February.

New Courts for Waterline Towns
A new tennis court with an acrylic playing surface and new perimeter fencing and lighting at Corinella’s Harold Hughes Reserve.

New Lights for Bass Recreation Reserve
Lighting upgrades around the oval at the Bass Recreation Reserve underway.

Rating Review Gets Underway
Community Information sessions to be held to review how the cost of rates is shared by different property types.

This Girl Can in Bass Coast
Free workshop as part of ‘This Girl Can Week’ program.

Keep the Feedback Coming
Once developed, a Draft Plan based on recent community feedback will be made publically available for further comment, before being finalised.

Help Make Someone’s Summer
Calling volunteers to make someone's summer an amazing and unforgettable one!

Recognising Bass Coast's Top Achievers
Winners of the Bass Coast Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year announced at the Australia Day Awards.

Emma Kealy MP

Liberal Nationals Move to Extend Critical Work to Eliminate Family Violence
State Parliament to debate on the Liberal Nationals’ amendment to extend the critical work of the Family Violence Implementation Reform Monitor.


Latest Victorian Health Performance Data Released for Latrobe HospitalLatest Victorian Health Performance Data Released for Latrobe Hospital
Despite the significant interruptions caused by the pandemic, hospitals and ambulances continued to manage activity well, even as they quickly began preparations to increase capacity ahead of the predicted pandemic peak.

Russle Northe demands commitment to timber industry jobs for GippslandRussle Northe demands commitment to timber industry jobs for Gippsland
State Government will provide Australian Paper’s Maryvale Mill with a $200 million subsidy - confirms the irresponsible ban on native timber logging is flawed.

Russel Northe eequests Premier to intervene on local coronavirus concernsRussel Northe eequests Premier to intervene on local coronavirus concerns
Northe calls Premier to address local concerns amidst coronavirus

Mining companies must look after workers and communities during Coronavirus PandemicMining companies must look after workers and communities during Coronavirus Pandemic
Workers and communities in the mining industry need assurances about any disruption to work and income as a result of the spread of COVID-19

Northe Calls for Fix to Mobile ReceptionNorthe Calls for Fix to Mobile Reception
Action to address intermittent or poor mobile phone reception wanted to elinmate huge risks during emergency events and lessen impacts on people doing business in Gippsland towns and farms

Gippsland Water

Reducing Water Restrictions for Mitchell River and Buchan Customers
Reduced water restrictions to Stage 1 for customers supplied from the Mitchell River and Buchan River, from 1.00am this Friday, 27 March.

West Bairnsdale Sewer Main Upgrade Works
$700,000 project to boost the reliability and efficiency of sewer services for nearby East Gippsland Water customers.

Gippsland-wide News

Startup Gippsland - Official Announcement
Startup Gippsland officially opens!

Harriet Shing MP

Boosting Employability in Gippsland
Enterprise Skills Program, an initiative delivered by the Latrobe Valley Authority.

Honouring the Legacy of our Veterans in the Latrobe Valley
More opportunities to remember and honour veterans through various projects to build and repair memorials, preserve stories and ensure their wellbeing.

More Funding to Keep Women and Children Safe
Women experiencing or at risk of family violence and their children will continue to get access to the services with a two-year funding package for women’s health services across Victoria.

Making Drouin Primary School More Inclusive
EDU Projects Pty Ltd has been appointed to design the school’s $200,000 Inclusive Schools Fund project.

Backing Community Groups across the Latrobe Valley
13 grant recipients will share in the funding from the Labor Government's Latrobe Valley Authority's Community and Facility Fund.

Upgrading Morwell Schools Brick by Brick
Commencement of construction on Kurnai College’s $1.5 million upgrade will help it deliver a 21st century education.

Grants Now Open for Education Week Activities
Grants to host science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themed activities, now open for applications.

Innovative Warragul Space to Receive an Upgrade
$39,800 grant from the new Regional Coworking Spaces and Creative Places program awarded to The MAST in Warragul to support a dynamic new project to benefit local creatives and the broader community.

Kicking Goals at New Morwell Recreation Reserve Oval
The $3.5 million synthetic oval, funded by Latrobe Valley Sports and Community Initiative administered by the Latrobe Valley Authority, now opens.

More Police for Baw Baw, Bass Coast and Latrobe to Support Safer Communities
Additional 80 officers allocated to the police division that serves the local community to boost police resources.

More Support for Mental Health and Wellbeing after Bushfires
More mental health budget after the bushfires for immediate and long-term support under a $23.4 million investment.

New Kinder Hub Opens in Morwell
Minister for Education James Merlino today opened the $6.5 million integrated children’s centre.

Solar Batteries to Power More Victorian Postcodes
Store cleaner, cheaper rooftop energy with extra 143 postcodes to Solar Homes battery rebate scheme.

Victorian Hospitals Receive New Equipment and Infrastructure
Latrobe Regional Hospital and West Gippsland Healthcare Group to share in $60 million from the latest funding round of the Medical Equipment Replacement Program and the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program.

2020 Learn Local Award Nominations Open
Nominations now open for the 2020 Victorian Learn Local Awards.

Better Connections for Baw Baw Pedestrians
Safer access to public transport and tourism facilities with $15,000 Flexible Local Transport Solutions program to build a concreted area near the shopping strip in Yarragon.

Community Road Safety Grants Now Open
Apply for grants to boost road safety awareness in your local area.

Construction to Begin on New Morwell CFA Station
Morwell community better protected with construction of a $11.6 million fire station.

Designs Unveiled for Latrobe Regional Hospital Revamp
Artist impressions released for the massive expansion of Latrobe Regional Hospital.

Doors Open at Australia’s First Maltese Museum
Maltese Community Centre in Morwell now transformed into Australia’s first Maltese Museum.

Levelling the Playing Field in Eastern Victoria
Applications now open for Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program.

Local Businesses Saving Big on Payroll Tax
Future savings with regional payroll tax cuts.

New Home for Gippsland Ranges Roller Derby
Gippsland Ranges Roller Derby settling into new home at the Traralgon Recreation Reserve and Showgrounds.

New Local Activities to Better Support Carers
$1 million package of grants to improve the health and wellbeing of carers.

New Local Activities to Better Support Carers
$1 million package of grants for carers in Gippsland.

School Breakfast Clubs Expansion to Help Eastern Victorian Students Thrive
Healthy breakfasts, lunches and school holiday supplies to students living in Eastern Victoria.

Small Business Bus Brings Advice on Wheels to Latrobe Valley and West Gippsland
Access support and government business services as Small Business Bus visits.

Busy Warragul Hospital Steps Up for Patients
The Labor Government delivered a $2.5 billion boost to hospitals’ operating budgets and is getting on with delivering a huge $7 billion pipeline of hospital projects to back hospitals to do what they do best.

Latrobe Regional Hospital Steps Up for Patients
Latrobe Regional Hospital has continued to perform strongly in treating and caring for patients - providing operations to 100 per cent of the Category 1 urgent elective surgery patients.

Safety First as Students Start New School Year
Drivers urged to take extra care around schools as Victorian students return to classrooms this week.

Victoria Continues to Lead Despite Economic Headwinds
Victoria remained to be the best performing economy in Australia.

$19,184 Awarded to Latrobe to Keep Communities Safe
Addressing local crime and safety issues with the Community Safety Fund.

$23,750 Awarded to Baw Baw to Keep Communities Safe
Baw Baw Shire awarded $23,750 fund to address local crime and safety issues under the Community Safety Fund.

Additional Support for Latrobe Valley Businesses
Latrobe Valley Business and Industry Capability Fund will provide up to $1 million to support early-stage businesses in the region.

Latrobe Local News

Plea for Responsible Pet Ownership
Walking your much loved family pet is a great way to stay active and get outdoors, please do so responsibly

Business Support
Supports endorsed for almost 700 local businesses and over 100 sporting clubs and community groups in recognition of the adverse impact COVID-19.

Monday Night's Council Meeting Round-Up: 6 April
A snapshot of some of the decisions made by Council at its Ordinary Meeting on Monday 6 April

Round 2 Drought Funding
Three local projects proposed to be considered for drought relief funding.

Building Work at Home
Latrobe City residents uses the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions as opportunity to undertake building and maintenance work at home.

Negative Result
Leisure Centre team member who has been awaiting results for COVID-19 has tested negative.

Hybrid Vehicles continue to cut Council’s Carbon Footprint
Additional 2 new hybrid vehicles with continued efforts by Latrobe City Council to reduce carbon footprint.

Morwell Makes it Mark as AFL Centre of Excellence
The new all-weather training oval measures 120 by 90 metres and was officially opened in a huge boon for local sporting clubs, community groups and elite pathway programs.

Official opening of the Morwell Recreation Reserve synthetic oval – 28 February, 2020 – 4pm
Morwell Recreation Reserve Synthetic Oval officially opens on February 28, 2020.

Postponement of Sister Cities Festival
Sister Cities Festival postponed.

Six Steps sets G.E.T. on Path to Success
Latrobe City Council is again running the Six Steps to Business Success Program in 2020.

Council Endorse CBD 40km/h Zone Application
Improved pedestrian safety and movement in the main Central Business Districts of Latrobe City after a traffic improvement project gets unanimous vote.

Sister Cities Festival to Take to the Streets
Celebration of Chinese and Japanese cultures at The Sister Cities Festival.

A Look Inside The Latrobe Creative Precinct
Architect’s artist impression of the state-of-theart performing arts centre at the launch of the Latrobe Performing Arts 2020 Season.

Blue Green Algae Detected at Lake Narracan
Lake Narracan closed due to blue green algae.

Dwelling Restumping Works Results in Second Conviction and Fines for Unregistered Contractor
Successful legal action against a local unregistered dwelling Contractor.

Kerbside Collection in Latrobe City
E-waste in kerbside side collection has risen and so does concerns for a potential incident.

Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey
Local Government Survey will begin on Monday February 17.

Making It Easier To Connect - New Website Launched
Latrobe's outdated website platform replaced.

Beyond the Classroom
‘Beyond the Classroom’, encompasses a range of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital and mixed media along with theatre and dance.

Harry Potter Library Event
Get ready as Harry Potter fandom from across the world meet at the sixth annual Harry Potter Book Night this week.

Latrobe Creative Precinct Update
State-of-the-art performing arts centre, Latrobe Creative Precinct update.

School’s Back
Community encouraged to make sure students can move to and from school safely.

Latrobe City Celebrates Australia Day Award Winners
Australia Day celebrated by honoring community members.

Peter Walsh MP

Bushfire Recovery Measures
Peter Walsh on bushfire component of the state taxation bill.

Expanded Testing Must Include Agriculture Workforce
Priority testing is a positive action we can take as a state to secure our food supply chain and ensure farm businesses can quickly, and safely, resume operations.

Rates Freeze to Ease Financial Burden
Calling for a freeze on farm rates to support farmers struggling with financial pressure caused by both the bushfires and the coronavirus pandemic.

Slow Clean-Up a Setback for Bushfire Recovery
Questions arose with slow progress on work to clean up homes destroyed in the summer’s catastrophic bushfires.

Victoria Exposed to Disease Risk unless AG Scientist Job Cuts are Reversed
Unexpected decision to close the Victorian Pig Services Centre (VPSC) should be reversed.

Priority Testing for Food Supply Chain Businesses
Farmers, food processors and businesses critical to making sure the supermarket shelves remain fully stocked.

Bushfire-Affected Farmers Billed for Fence Subsidies
One farmer was shocked to receive an invoice from DELWP demanding they repay thousands of dollars in GST.

Food Supply Chain must get Clear Way forward in COVID-19 Crisis
Farmers still don’t know how restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 will affect the agriculture supply chain, including access to fertilizer and chemicals.

Andrews Backtracks on Subsidy for Bushfire Hay Run Volunteers
No fodder for bush-fire afffected farmers.

Andrews Turns his Back on Bushfire-affected Farmers
Andrews' Labor Government failed to explain failure to allocate enough money to its promised fodder transport subsidy.

Labor’s Botched Basin Rail a "missed opportunity": VAGO
Cost blowouts have left the Basin Rail barely half finished.

Liberal Nationals Move to Establish Inquiry into Timber Ban
Liberal Nationals introduced a motion to State Parliament to establish inquiry into the Andrews Labor Government’s destructive plan to cut Victoria’s native timber industry and thousands of Victorian jobs.

Statement on the 2020 Duck Season
Bag limit of three ducks per day on opening weekend, bag limit of 10 ducks per day from mid-March to mid-June.

Victoria's Plan to Go It Alone will Push Up Power Bills
Labor has made a mess of Victoria’s energy network, leaving us with an unreliable supply and sent prices skyrocketing

Daniel Andrews Must Reverse Cut to Timber Jobs
Daniel Andrews puts nearly 100 workers out of a job this week.

Farm Trespass Inquiry Delivers Final Report
Liberal Nationals reject the Committee’s recommendation to legislate stronger protections for animal activists caught trespassing on Victorian farms.

Cleared Timber Must Not Go to Waste
Cleared timber from roadsides should be utilised.

Heyfield Sale a Vote of No Confidence in Andrews’ ‘Transition’ Plan
Plan to transition the native timber industry to plantation timber by 2030 won’t work.

Property and Fence Assessments Must be Fast-Tracked
Urgent support for farmers to replace boundary fencing destroyed in the bushfires needed.

Russel Northe MLA

An Update from State Parliament – COVID-19 Measures
Update regarding the emergency sitting of State Parliament.

Latrobe to Receive Additional Police
More police resources will be dedicated to regional areas of Victoria including in Latrobe.

Northe Calls for Meaningful Support during COVID-19 Crisis
Northe requests for commitment in supporting local small and medium businesses facing closures, cancellations and reduction in customers.

Tragic Bus Accident not Forgotten 60 years on
22nd March, 2020 marks 60 years since the tragedy at the Liddiard Road level crossing in Traralgon.

Northe Calls upon Committee to Fix Unfair Transport Pricing Mess
North asked corrections to the public transport ticketing system that is unfairly discriminating against Latrobe Valley commuters for years.

Country Fire Authority Morwell Brigade
Hansard Speech from Mr Northe in Parliament

Northe Calls for Boost to Police Resources
Northe calls for increase in police resources to tackle crime in the region.

Northe Seeks Government Support for Morwell CFA Volunteers
Northe supports Morwell Fire Brigade volunteers to remain at existing fire station in McDonald Street Morwell.

Latrobe Valley Yacht Club
Latrobe Valley Yacht Club (LVYC) entering into dialogue with the Lake Wellington Yacht Club is bittersweet news for many in the Latrobe Valley community.

Condolences – Victorian Bushfires
Today the State Parliament sent it’s condolences to those impacted by recent bushfire events following the endorsement of the following motion as moved by the Premier Daniel Andrews.

Northe Highlights World Cancer Day 2020
Significant improvements highlighted in World Cancer Day 2020.

Cowwarr Primary School
Cowwarr Primary School was destroyed by fire.

Steph Ryan MP

How Low Can VLine Go?
Vline train neglected with $149 million axed from VLine’s operating budget last year.

Keelty Report Endorses More Transparency in Southern Basin
Transparency requested on delivery of water sharing agreements or water States annual allocation.

Statement on Wallan Train Derailment Interim Report
Wallan Train Derailment Interim Report

No End to VLine’s Poor Performance
Every short distance service – failed to meet reliability and punctuality targets.

Gippsland Trains Perfect Record of Failure
Perfect failure with VLine trains' punctuality.

Tim Bull MP

Carers Need More Respite during COVID-19
More support needs to be provided to carers and families of those with special needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Victorians to Mark ANZAC Day from Home
ANZAC Day will be commemorated respectfully at home.

Disability Workers must be considered Essential
Liberal Nationals are urgently seeking certainty for workers in the disability sector.

Lack of Access to Cleaning Products, Hand Sanitiser putting Victorians with a Disability at Risk
People with disability are in the high risk category of complications from coronavirus.






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