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Community benefits from $250,000 in grants
Bass Coast Shire Council congratulated successful grant recipients at a special presentation event at the Phillip Island Golf Club on Monday, 19 June.

Next step for Pioneer Bay streets upgrade
Bass Coast Shire Council resolved to continue the process to upgrade road and drainage in Pioneer Bay at last night’s meeting.

Council and Phillip Island Nature Parks partnership to benefit community
Bass Coast Shire Council will work with Phillip Island Nature Parks (PINP) to get the best outcome for the community regarding the commercial space available as part of the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre plans.

Council plans for Wonthaggi growth
Bass Coast Shire Council is undertaking long term planning for Wonthaggi and surrounds, with plans to guide development and support growth for the next 50 years.

Council sets direction with Council Plan and Budget
After the largest community engagement campaign to ever be undertaken by Bass Coast Shire Council, Bass Coast Shire Council has adopted its Council Plan 2017-21 and Annual Budget 2017/8.

Extended hours for Cowes Recycle Bank
The Cowes Recycle Bank opening hours will be extended to seven days a week after a decision at Bass Coast Shire Council’s June Ordinary Meeting.

Horses permitted to stay on beach
Horses, dogs and people alike will be free to enjoy the beach along Corinella Foreshore, with Bass Coast Shire Council introducing a trial system to suit everyone at the June Ordinary Meeting.

Investment booming in Bass Coast
Investment in Bass Coast Shire continues to thrive, with millions of dollars invested in commercial endeavours over the past 12 months.

Island NYE could go off with a bang
Fireworks could return to New Year’s Eve celebrations on Phillip Island in 2017 after Bass Coast Shire Council endorsed a plan from the Phillip Island New Year’s Eve Working Group at this week’s meeting.

Mayoral fundraiser concert a success on all fronts
Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield’s fundraiser concert on Friday 16 June at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre was a huge success, with almost $12,000 raised for Bass Coast Health’s Hospital in the Home (HITH) program.

St Kilda Short Film Fest in Bass Coast
The Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre will host St Kilda Short Film Festival’s Victorian Tour on Friday 14 July at 7.30pm.

Tender awarded for car ferry business case
The case for a car ferry between Bass Coast and the Mornington Peninsula has progressed, with the contract for the Cowes to Stony Point Car Ferry Infrastructure Business Case awarded to Earthcheck Pty Ltd.

Sister Act
Local Women's AFL football team, the Bass Coast Breakers, defeated Pearcedale over the weekend for their sixth win, with a final score of 25-13- 162 to 0-0- 0.

Changes made to proposed Budget and Council Plan
Bass Coast Shire Council has made a number of changes and inclusions to the proposed Annual Budget 2017/18 and Council Plan 2017-21 following community feedback.

Council looking for business excellence
The search is on again to find businesses excelling in Bass Coast as part of Bass Coast Shire Council’s 2017 Business Awards.

Safety works for Island intersection
Bass Coast Shire Council has appointed SR Excavations to undertake safety improvement works on the Smiths Beach Road and Back Beach Road intersection in Smiths Beach.

Work on Wonthaggi’s first traffic signals get the green light

Partnering to care for Bass Coast land
Bass Coast Shire Council and Bass Coast Landcare Network have formally agreed to continue their partnership with the signing of a new 4 year Memorandum of Understanding.

Accessibility grants grow bigger
Accessibility grants in Bass Coast have doubled this year, with businesses and community groups invited to apply for funding of up to $1,000 per project.

Keeping everyone in the loop
Access and communication for community members wearing hearing aids has been improved in Bass Coast Shire Council’s Customer Service and Visitor Information Centres with the recent installation of ‘Cross the Counter’ portable hearing loops.

Mayor’s concert raising funds for Hospital in the Home
If you like good music, great company, helping others and are free on Friday, 16 June – then this is the perfect event for you.

East Gippsland Local News

Replacing 500m of water pipeline in Main Street, Bairnsdale
Site work is expected to get underway next week (from Monday 26 June) on an East Gippsland Water project to replace 500m of old water pipeline along Main Street in the centre of Bairnsdale.

Emma Kealy MP

Rising drug offences in Victorian schools
Police are investigating an increasing number of drug offences on school grounds.

Guy - Walsh

Heyfield mill closure to begin early
Australian Sustainable Hardwoods has announced today it will close its Heyfield mill earlier than planned.

Latrobe Local News

Regional rail funding committed
Latrobe City Council has welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to regional rail.

Have your say on our draft Recreation Needs Assessment
Latrobe City Council’s draft Recreational Needs Assessment is a municipality-wide strategic project that affects the entire community.

Nominate now for Latrobe City Council Senior Citizen of the Year
It’s time to recognise the achievements, hours of service and outstanding contributions of our older residents, with nominations now open for Latrobe City Council’s Senior Citizen of the Year.

Last Night's Council Meeting Round-Up: 19 June 2017
A snapshot of some of the decisions made by Council at their Ordinary Meeting on Monday 19 June.

Melina Bath MP

Labor's failed Federation Training 'rescue'
Daniel Andrews' TAFE 'rescue' has been a total sham.

Nationals deliver rail for Regional Victoria
Gippsland MPs from The Nationals have welcomed today’s announcement of major Commonwealth funding to upgrade rail infrastructure across regional Victoria.

Gippsland taking lead on fire prevention
The Environment and Planning Committee’s report, Inquiry into fire season preparedness yesterday, has acknowledged the success of the Gippsland Arson Prevention Program (GAPP) and recommended that it be replicated in regions across the state.

Nationals' win for Shires and Regional Victoria
Strong opposition from the Liberal/Nationals in the Legislative Council has resulted in the Andrews Labor Government today abandoning unpopular plans to centralise property valuations for the entire state to Valuer-General’s office in Melbourne.

Budget gaps for Gippsland
Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath has highlighted a number of oversights for Gippsland in the 2017/18 state budget in her budget reply speech to parliament this week.

Peter Walsh MP

Federal Liberal Nationals’ $1.42bn regional rail boost
The Liberal-Nationals in Federal Government have delivered for regional Victoria where Daniel Andrews and his city-centric Labor Government failed.

Native vegetation laws
The Andrews Labor Government is on notice that it must get on with native vegetation law reforms.

Labor sparks Heyfield mill fire sale
Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford still refuses to admit the Labor Government’s offer to buy the Heyfield mill is just smoke and mirrors.

Letter to the Editor - Fox Bounty & wild dog control

Letter to the Editor (Daniel Andrews squanders $60m opportunity)

Russel Northe MLA

Northe calls for extension to the Back to Work Scheme
Member for Morwell Russell Northe yesterday in Parliament called on the Andrews Labor Government to extend the Back to Work Scheme for unemployed Latrobe Valley residents and retrenched Hazelwood workers to 30 June 2018.

Northe raises closure of Carter Holt Harvey in Parliament
Member for Morwell Russel Northe has today taken the opportunity in Parliament to raise concerns around the closure of Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) and the effects on the Latrobe Valley community.

Crime up 21 per cent in Latrobe City
Daniel Andrews refuses to take action to fix the violent crime rate in Victoria, Member for Morwell Russell Northe has said.

Tim Bull MP

Situation normal: Andrews Labor Government confused over its policies
The Liberal Nationals support greyhound racing in Victoria and we believe this code of practice looks like overreach by the Andrews Labor Government and a banning by stealth.






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