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Extra Mental Health Advice for Victorian Courts
Initiatives for extra support for offenders suffering a mental illness.


Innovation Groups for future industry growth in Gippsland
An update on news, events, activities and opportunities across the Food & Fibre sector in Gippsland.

Breaking the Long Term Unemployment Cycle, Export Opportunities and More
An update on news, events, activities and opportunities across the Food & Fibre sector in Gippsland.

Collaborations and Clusters
An update on news, events, activities and opportunities across the Food & Fibre sector in Gippsland.

R U OK | International Chef to visit Gippsland and lots more
An update on news, events, activities and opportunities across the Food & Fibre sector in Gippsland.

Award Winning Gippsland Businesses
An update on news, events, activities and opportunities across the Food & Fibre sector in Gippsland.

A New Chairperson Appointed and Lots More!
An update on news, events, activities and opportunities across the Food & Fibre sector in Gippsland.

Bass Coast Local News

Black Spot Work Ready to Start
Road safety improvement works with Black Spot Program.

Phillip Island to Host Australian Stand Up Paddle Board Championships
Top paddlers in the country head to Phillip Island for the The Hyundai Australian SUP Titles.

Skating Around Bass Coast
New Skate Park officially opens.

Targeting Erosion at Cowes
Sand will be brought in to Cowes Main Beach in response to coastal erosion.

Art Prize Builds Council’s Art Collection
Leongatha’s Julie Lundgren-Coulter named winner of this year’s Your Art Collection.

Children’s Expo and Kidz Mini Mudda Unite Again!
Primary School’s Kidz Mini Mudda slam dunks Children’s Expo and Kidz Mini Mudda.

Council Supports Marine Park plan
Development for Bass Coast Marine and Coastal Park gets supported.

Cowes Wins Bike Ed Challenge
Cowes Primary School students win the annual Bass Coast Bike Ed Challenge.

Faster, Easier Business Approvals
Better Approvals Project gets fast and easy!

Investing in Bass Coast
Progress in the past 12 months with Council's Economic Development Strategy 2016-2021.

Jump on Board the Training Calendar
2019/20 Community Training Calendar launched with workshops "Expanding Community Connections through Social Media."

Master Plans Adopted
Bass Coast Shire Council meeting adopted master plans for Reserves.

Nominate your Aussie hero!
Nominations for 2020 Bass Coast Australia Day Awards Citizen of the Year or Young Citizen of the Year now open.

Stopping Illegal Vegetation Removal
Council prevents removal and damage of native vegetation.

Vaccinations for Local Students
Nearly 1,000 vaccinations administered to Year 7 students this year as part of the Secondary School Immunisation Program.

Warming up for Walk to School
Get kids walking, riding and scooting to school this October in the annual Walk to School program.

Working Together to Combat Climate Change
Efforts to develop a Climate Action Plan 2020-2030.

Getting Ready to Play Ball
Near completion of Wonthaggi’s three court, multi-sport stadium.

Cemetery Maintenance Contract Awarded
General maintenance of the cemeteries as work opportunity for local people with disabilities.

Council’s Work Awarded
Bass Coast Shire Council received two national awards.

Footpath Upgrades on the Way
Footpath Renewal Program well underway.

Mayor’s Event to Benefit Youth
YES Youth Hub Mayoral Benefit at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre this October.

Trees to be Removed in Cowes
Trees removed to repair water main problem.

Capital Works Projects Forging Ahead
Carpark renewal works at the Inverloch Boat Ramp and footpath renewals in Wonthaggi are underway.

Climate Change is an Emergency
Bass Coast Climate Change Action Plan 2020-30 on its development.

Dumping Rubbish A Costly Option
Recyclable items that don’t fit into household recycling bins can be disposed of for free at Council’s waste facilities.

Harman Wines Goes Back to Back
Bass Coast Shire Council’s annual Business Awards

Landslip Under Repair
Repairs on landslip at Glen Alvie Road on the way.

Putting Out the Call for a New Kind of Art
Bass Coast Shire Council calls for expressions of interest for 2019/20 project.

Sheepways Road Renewal Continues
Pavement renewal works along Sheepways Road is now underway.

Skate Parks Ready to Ride
New completed skate parks at Cowes, Grantville and Corinella.

Surf Parade Path Gets Tick of Approval
Inverloch’s Surf Parade Shared Path construction to begin in 2020.

Tourism Growth on Trend
Update on Growing Tourism at the August Council Meeting.

World Class Shows Coming to Wonthaggi
Live performances over the coming months.

Funding to Improve Access – Now Open
Applications are now open for Building Disability Inclusive Businesses and Community Organisations Funding round.

Taking Bass Coast to the City
Collaboration and sharing with councillors and staff from City of Melbourne.

Wonthaggi Life Saving Club Update
Wonthaggi Life Saving Club (LSC) to provide lifesaving services to Cape Paterson Bay Beach.


Swinburne Bachelor of Design student Holly Barbour’s volunteering efforts spread across Victoria and span the TasmanSwinburne Bachelor of Design student Holly Barbour’s volunteering efforts spread across Victoria and span the Tasman
Swinburne design student, Holly Barbour, who is an avid volunteer in Gippsland (while working, studying and having a social life!).

Gippsland Water

Water Main Replacement Works - Lindenow
Work to commence next week to replace ageing water pipeline.

Work starts on new 36 million litre water storage tank at Wy Yung
Construction of a new 36 million litre water storage tank at East Gippsland Water's Wy Yung water storage facility.

We Need your Feedback
Feedback wanted on water and sewerage services.

Seeking Feedback on Possible Water Restrictions Ahead
Water restrictions likely to occur as cutomers continue to experience extreme drought and prepares for another hot, dry summer ahead.

Harriet Shing MP

Kicking Goals for Women and Girls in Eastern Victoria
2019-20 Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program now open for applications.

Reducing Stigma in Mental Health Month
Reduce stigma and empower people to seek help in October is Mental Health Month.

Seniors Festival Returns with Week of Free Travel
Seniors get a treat with 2,500 free or low-cost events across the state and a week of free travel for seniors state-wide.

Works Underway on Gippsland Roads
Massive road maintenance blitz is underway across Gippsland for safer, smoother and stronger roads.

Eastern Victorian Schools Complete Premiers’ Reading Challenge
Congratulations to Premiers’ Reading Challenge participants who read more than 4.3 million books.

Experts Appointed to Run Traralgon Youth Rehab Beds
New youth residential rehabilitation service in the Latrobe Valley to run by alcohol and other drug support agencies.

Getting Eastern Victorian Children Ready for School and Beyond
More than 28,000 children to benefit from a $160 million School Readiness Funding initiative.

Record Grants Funding to Protect Local Heritage
$3 million in grants to protect Victoria’s most important cultural landmarks and buildings.

Support Service Open for Business
Free, flexible and confidential tailored support service for business owners in Latrobe Valley.

Traralgon College Takes Out Award at Wakakirri Finals Night
Traralgon College wins Best Adapted Story Award.

Upgrading Education for All Traralgon Students
Development of masterplan options to modernise Traralgon College’s senior campus, and rebuild Latrobe Special Developmental School on the Traralgon College Junior Campus site.

Free Tafe Graduates at Tafe Gippsland Ready for Work
Free TAFE students from TAFE Gippsland have graduated from their courses.

Have Your Say on Preventing Cruelty to Animals
Be heard on important animal welfare issues.

New Blue Gum Plantation Ready to Bloom
Timber plantation on crown land in the Latrobe Valley already completed.

Providing Certainty for the Rawson School Bus
Erica to Rawson’s school bus service will continue to operate.

Scholarships Help Change the Game for Women in Sport
Scholarships for up to $10,000 women looking to pursue leadership and development roles in sport and active recreation.

Turning Vacant Places to Local Creative Spaces in Eastern Victoria
Projects to develop new creative spaces under Regional Coworking Spaces and Creative Places program.

Ballet under the Stars Comes to the Latrobe Valley
Australian Ballet’s free outdoor gala event Ballet Under the Stars will visit the Latrobe Valley.

Gippsland Trail Blazes in Motorbike Safety
New pilot project for riders at Neerim State Forest.

Grant Round Open for Local Crime and Safety Solutions - Latrobe Valley
$25 million investment in the Community Crime Prevention Program.

Grant Round Open for Local Crime and Safety Solutions - Narracan
$25 million investment in the Community Crime Prevention Program.

Safer Rural Intersections across Gippsland
Nineteen of highest-risk intersections in Gippsland targeted with state-wide blitz project.

School Breakfast Clubs Expansion to Help Traralgon Students Thrive
Traralgon (Stockdale Road) Primary School have been invited to participate in the School Breakfast Clubs Expansion Program.

Schools to Share in Statewide $515M Maintenance Blitz
61 schools to benefit from $515 million budget for school maintenance.

Specialist Appointments Close to Home for Gippsland Locals
Gippsland patients will benefit from appointments closer to home.

Specialist Appointments Close to Home for West Gippsland Locals
500,000 specialist appointments in regional Victoria becomes a reality.

A New Jobs and Volunteering Hub for Gippsland
New job opportunities for Gippsland locals with new job hub.

Backing Nurses and Doctors in Eastern Victoria to Do What They Do Best
Massive million dollar investment for nurses and doctors at Latrobe Regional Hospital.

Backing Nurses and Doctors in West Gippsland to do What They do Best
Funding boost awarded to West Gippsland Health Care.

Regional Students on Track to Learn About Rail Safety
Safety workshop series on Rail Safety Week 2019.

Latrobe Local News

Garden Competition
Latrobe City Council’s annual garden competition now open.

Libraries After Dark
Pilot program that provides opportunities for social interaction and activities within the community that are an alternative to afterhours gambling venues.

Official Opening of the Traralgon West Sporting Complex First Floor
Traralgon West Sporting Complex officially opened.

Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner visits Latrobe City
Mr Peter McGauran visits Latrobe City.

Gippsland Business Festival a big success for Latrobe City
Huge turnout of business owners and entrepreneur’s at ‘Tom O’Toole – Ingredients of Success’.

Latrobe City Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run
Special Olympics Torch Run Tour to Latrobe City by Victoria Police and Special Olympics Australia.

Safe & Strong Latrobe Executive Leadership Forum
Focus on gender equality and prevention of family violence in the business sector at Latrobe Executive Leadership forum.

Monday Night's Council Meeting Round-Up: 5 August
Below is a snapshot of some of the decisions made by Council at its Ordinary Meeting on Monday 5 August 2019. For full details of the Council Meeting, please see the Council Meeting Minutes available on the Council website on Thursday 8 August 2019.

Liberal Nationals

The Isobel Project
New program gives female leaders opportunity to better understand the political process.

Melina Bath MP

Recreational Prospectors and Miners Ignored by Labor
Questions for Labor’s Resources Minister on access to public land.

Peter Walsh MP

Drought-Stricken Farmers Miss Out on Direct Rates Relief –Again
Underwhelming response with failure to deliver the genuine relief measures farmers.

Kangaroo Pet Food Program
Changes to the kangaroo pet food program announced.

Part-Time Squad Not Enough to Tackle Rural Crime
Disappointment rises with no additional manpower to tackle rural crime.

Farmers in Drought Ignored as Premier Jet-Sets to China
Premier visits China more than drought affected communities.

Statement on Tim Fischer
Statement for Tim Fischer.

Jobs And Funding Cut under Labor’s ‘Plan’ For Regional Development
No funding cut for Regional Development Victoria after current review is finished.

Labor Avoids Questions on Squandered Steelvision Grant
No answer with $400,000 grant to Steelvision.

Russel Northe MLA

Pondage Plight Still Ignored
Frustration rises with lack of response and interest with Hazelwood Pondage closure.

Rates Feedback Sought
Share your views on council rates and charges.

Resolution Must be Found for Derelict Buildings
Support for local communities to clean up abandoned and/or derelict buildings.

Parliament Pursuits
Discussions in the Parliament.

Northe Supports Suicide Prevention Programs
Full support to mental health and suicide prevention programs.

Brancourts Closure a Blow for the Latrobe Valley
Tough times for 30 local employees of Brancourts’ Traralgon processing plant.

Community Safety Fund Grants Now Open
Crime prevention grants are now open for applications.

Blackouts Predicted for Victorian Summer
Greater risk of power blackouts this summer

Gippsland Rail Services Questioned Again
Question Time used to ask benefits Gippsland commuters will receive when current rail upgrades get completed.

Northe Calls for Local Funding Budget Considerations
Requests for additional support and meaningful investment for local community groups, organisations and projects that would build local infrastructure and create local jobs.

Northe Calls for SEA Electric Update
Questions on Sea Electric raised.

Northe Calls for VRET Bill to be Delayed
Request on delay for the debate of the Renewable Energy (Jobs and Investment) Amendment Bill 2019.

Northe Tips Hat to Local Legends and Leaders
Northe salutes local legends and leaders.

Parliament Pursuits | 27-29 August 2019
Highlights in the achievements of the Morwell electorate.

Plastic Bag Ban to Take Place in November
All single-use lightweight shopping bags are banned.

Something Fishy about Gov support - Northe
Calls for support for stakeholders impacted by Hazelwood Pondage closure.

Latrobe Valley Yacht Club
Hazelwood Power Station closure.

Northe Tables Petition Calling for Fire Track Action
Petition to ensure access to local fire emergency are adequately maintained and accessible to first responders.

Steph Ryan MP

Dan’s ‘No Dam’ Plan Threatening Our Future Water Security
Water Minister: no point in building dams when it’s not raining.

No End in Sight for Regional Commuter Crush
Two more years of slow and overcrowded trains.

Labor’s Appalling Track Record on Vline
Victorians stranded at the station with VLine punctuality dives again.






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