Bass Coast Local News

Bass Coast Shire Council approves 2024/2025 Budget ensuring stability through prudent financial management and infrastructure enhancements
At today's meeting, Bass Coast Shire Council approved its 2024/2025 Budget, ensuring financial stability with prudent management, meeting community needs amid economic challenges and enhancing infrastructure across the region.

Bass Coast Shire Council breaks urban roads and drainage improvement projects into smaller areas to better prioritising from community input
Bass Coast Shire Council adopted a new Urban Roads and Drainage Improvement Policy, breaking projects into smaller areas for community influence, prioritising community initiatives, and addressing infrastructure issues sustainably.

Herbal distillation class in Mirboo North by aromatherapist Laura A'Bell on 21 July 2024
In Mirboo North this July, Laura A'Bell of Herbal Farmacy hosts an herbal distillation class, part of her East Coast series blending nature and distillation science.

Herbal distillation class in Mirboo North by aromatherapist Laura A'Bell on 21 July 2024
In Mirboo North this July, Laura A'Bell of Herbal Farmacy hosts an herbal distillation class, part of her East Coast series blending nature and distillation science.

Input wanted on plans to improve traffic management in Cape Paterson by 4 July 2024
Bass Coast Shire Council is developing a "Local Area Traffic Management Plan" for Cape Paterson, seeking input on transport and road safety experiences until July 4, 2024. Feedback from all road users is encouraged to Engage Bass Coast.

Bass Coast Council invites businesses to participate in 2024 Business and Industry Survey to share insights and experiences by 14 July 2024
Bass Coast Shire Council is thrilled to unveil the 2024 Business and Industry Survey, inviting all local businesses to participate. This survey aims to gather crucial insights, identify challenges, and tailor support services effectively.

Bass Coast Shire Council welcomes everyone to join initiatives to mark the World Environment Day on 5 June 2024
World Environment Day approaches on Wednesday, June 5th, and the Bass Coast Shire Council is thrilled to announce a series of ongoing initiatives. We invite all community members to participate and make a difference.

Volunteers recognised for their leadership and generosity at Bass Coast Community Awards held on 30 May 2024
The second annual Bass Coast Community Awards honoured local volunteers for their leadership and generosity. Mayor Cr Clare Le Serve praised their dedication, making Bass Coast vibrant and thriving.

Gippsland Perspectives, Robert Smith Collection works and other Gippsland artists present at Berninneit Art Gallery from 1 June to 14 July
Curated by Kate Zizys, Drawing Insights blends Robert Smith Collection works, including Noel Counihan and Kathe Kollwitz, with Gippsland artists Amanda Thompson, Wendy Satchell, and Karen Barnes, emphasising mark-making and hand drawing.

Harmony Bells by Dr Anton Hasell returns to Berninneit in Bass Coast from 3 to 5 June 2024
Bass Coast Shire Council announces the return of Harmony Bells by Dr. Anton Hasell. Recovered in 2021, the reimagined sculptures will be reinstalled in Berninneit from June 3-5.

Community feedback wanted on future upgrades for Graydens Reserve in Bass Coast by 16 June 2024
Bass Coast Shire Council seeks your input on the future of Graydens Reserve, a beloved Newhaven space, with upgrades planned. Participate via surveys and drop-in sessions until 16 June 2024.

Bass Coast Shire Council celebrates Volunteer Week highling brilliant community contributors from 20 to 26 May, 2024
Bass Coast Shire Council and community groups celebrate Volunteer Week, May 20-26, 2024, highlighting diverse volunteers. With nearly 20% of residents volunteering, Bass Coast thrives on their contributions.

Bass Coast Shire Council will host free community workshop on 18 May 2024 with keynote speaker Kate Buxton of Shift the Needle
Bass Coast Shire Council presents a complimentary workshop for nonprofit community groups and volunteers. Featuring guest speaker Kate Buxton from Shift the Needle, guiding attendees through a 'theory of change' approach.

Bourne Creek Beach and Mussel Rocks stairs in Bass Coast to be upgraded by SR Excavations by June 2024, weather permitting
Bass Coast Shire has hired SR Excavations for maintenance at Bourne Creek Beach and Mussel Rocks stairs. Completion is expected by June 2024, with a $240,000 budget from council's 2023/24 Capital Works Program.

Surf Parade Shared Path to be extended to last 550m to InverlochSurf Club
Council endorsed the preferred option for Surf Parade Shared Path in Inverloch, enabling planning to proceed for the final 550m section to the Surf Club, considering community input and expert advice.

APS Drainage and Civil selected for culvert relining on Loch-Kernot Road in Bass Coast Shire from 13 May 2024 with $750,000 budget
Bass Coast Shire Council appoints APS Drainage and Civil for culvert relining on Loch-Kernot Road from Stewart Road to Garry Road, Kernot. Construction starts May 13, 2024, lasting six weeks.

Inspections identify maintenance needs for Cypress trees in San Remo as part of pioneering Bass Coast Urban Forest Strategy
Recent inspections identified maintenance needs for Cypress trees in San Remo. Pruning and removals are scheduled in early May, with wood repurposed for future art or furniture. Replacement planting supports forestry goals.

Box Hill Hawks and Bass Coast Shire Council announce free VFLW/VFL double-header in Wonthaggi on 12 May 2024
Over 3,000 expected at Wonthaggi Rec Reserve on May 12 for a free football double-header celebrating gender equality and local talent.

Loizuo Design & Construction Engineering awarded $111,000 for Grantville Foreshore Public Toilet renovations starting May 2024
Bass Coast Shire Council awarded Loizuo Design & Construction Engineering a $111,000 contract for Grantville Foreshore Public Toilet renovations. Construction starts May 2024.

Exhibition by artist Matthew Bagley is captivating journey into ocean conservation at Berninneit Art Gallery
Bass Coast Shire Council presents "Unseen" Exhibition by Matthew Bagley, blending art and technology to address ocean conservation. Mayor Clare Le Serve expresses delight, highlighting the series' innovative approach and impact.

Mayor Clare Le Serve gives message to empower girls and women
As Mayor of Bass Coast, I prioritise gender equality and empowerment. Recent headlines highlight alarming rates of femicide and violence against women. We support initiatives like GFFV to create safe, respectful communities.

Nominate outstanding volunteers and contributors in Bass Coast by 3 May and honour their hard work
Bass Coast Community Awards honour dedicated volunteers and groups enhancing our community. Nominate unsung heroes by May 3. Ceremony on May 30. Visit the website or contact for nominations and info.

Berninneit in Cowes earns four nominations for prestigious Australian Institute of Architects' Victorian Chapter Awards
Cowes' Berninneit, celebrated for its unique design and sustainability, earns nominations in four categories for a top architectural award. Designed by Jackson Clements Burrows and lauded by Mayor Cr Clare Le Serve.

Bass Coast Shire Council draft 2024/25 Budget ready for community input prioritising $25M for climate-focused projects
Bass Coast Shire Council unveils draft 2024/25 Budget, emphasizing $25M for capital projects and commitment to climate change mitigation. Ensures service quality while adhering to 2.75% rate cap through efficiency measures.

Community feedback on Urban Roads and Drainage Improvement Policy in Bass Coast Shire by 12 May 2024
Council seeks feedback on its revised Urban Roads and Drainage Improvement Policy until May 12. The policy addresses issues like inadequate stormwater drainage and unmade roads, aiming for equitable upgrades funded by special charge schemes.

Free kerbside collection of storm waste in Bass Coast Shire from 22 to 29 April 2024 by Emergency Recovery Victoria
Residents in storm-affected areas of Bass Coast can avail of free kerbside debris collection. Emergency Recovery Victoria partners. Collection: April 22-29. Contractors pick up debris directly from the kerbside.

Inverloch Bowls Club showcases upgrades with new greens, pavilion and night lights
Inverloch Bowls Club showcases excellence in community sports with recent upgrades including new greens and an upgraded pavilion. Today, they began installing lights for night play, supported by Mayor Clare Le Serve and local government.

Marine Parade in San Remo to have hazardous footpath replaced from 15 April 2024
Prioritising community safety in council's plans, acknowledging the need to remove trees for pedestrian safety and replacement of Marine Parade, San Remo footpath including potted trees, ensuring community safety and amenity.

Bass Coast Council welcomes six community project trainees for with support from Westvic Staffing Solutions
Bass Coast Shire Council welcomes six new trainees for a 12-month Traineeship, supported by Westvic Staffing Solutions, this partnership strengthens the future workforce and upskills individuals in our community.

Bass Coast Garden Gems free workshop to cultivate food for healthier, resilient living from April to November 2024
Bass Coast Shire Council and BCAL proudly announce the 2024 Bass Coast Garden Gems workshop series, promoting sustainability and community through gardening. Join us from April to November across eight community gardens.

Community feedback wanted on Bass Coast Drainage Service Asset Management Plan by 12 April 2024
Bass Coast Shire Council seeks community feedback on its Drainage Services Asset Management Plan until April 12. The plan includes investigating impacts of legacy issues, development, and climate change on drainage infrastructure.

Applications open for Bass Coast Business Awards 2024 now open to highlight the achievements of local businesses
Entries are now open for the esteemed 2024 Bass Coast Business Awards, celebrating the achievements of local businesses in innovation, customer service, sustainability, and community involvement.

Nominations open for Bass Coast Community Awards until 18 April 2024
Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Clare Le Serve, highlights the significance of the Community Awards, honouring those who contribute to the region's vitality through dedication and volunteering.

Clare Le Serve Bass Coast Shire Mayor joins Minister Mayoral Advisory Panel 2024 advising on local government matters
Minister Melissa Horne announced the 2024 Local government Mayoral Advisory Panel, featuring ten mayors, including Bass Coast Shire Mayor, advising on crucial local government matters.

Community feedback wanted on Bass Coast Shire Council Fair Access Policy and Action Plan by 21 April 2024
Bass Coast introduces Fair Access Policy promoting equal access to sports facilities, emphasising gender equality, inclusivity, and leadership representation. Community feedback sought through information sessions.

Red riders reign as Wonthaggi starts 2024 Penrite ProMX Championship with a bang
Penrite ProMX Championship's Wonthaggi opener hints at an exciting 2024 series. Honda dominates Thor MX1; Connolly and Ferguson shine in Pirelli MX2; WBR Yamaha sweeps MAXXIS MX3 podium; Cannon dominates EZILIFT MXW.

Victoria Devine presents 'She's on the Money' on 30 April 2024 at RACV Inverloch Resort for Bass Coast business owners
Join Bass Coast Shire Council for "She's on the Money for Business," featuring financial expert Victoria Devine. Gain insights on financial management tailored for business success, April 30, 5:30-7:30 PM at RACV Inverloch Resort.

Bass Coast Shire Council launches Solar Savers to make rooftop solar more affordable for the residents
Bass Coast Council launches Solar Savers, aiding households/businesses with affordable rooftop solar, rebates, and credible advice. Over 680 systems installed since 2019.

Bass Coast Shire Council to make all-electric refuge by joining Neighbourhood Batteries Program and Risk and Resilience Program
Grant programs for climate resilience, installing neighbourhood batteries with Mondo on Phillip Island and establishing all-electric refuge centres funded by Emergency Management Victoria to bolster community resilience during emergencies.

Gippsland beach visitors must prioritise safety and swim in lifeguard-monitored areas between designated flags for 2024 Labor Day weekend
Beach authorities emphasise safety in the Bass Coast region. Patrolled beaches are urged, caution advised with high temperatures. Increased communication efforts initiated for visitor safety.

Bass Coast housing and neighbourhood character strategies open for community feedback from 8 to 16 March 2024
Bass Coast Shire Council initiates community consultations to guide housing development and preserve neighbourhood uniqueness. Project includes Housing Strategy and Neighbourhood Character Study for informed, community-driven decisions.

Berninneit centre and Bass Coast council venues now have online booking facility to improve community access
Bass Coast introduces online booking for Berninneit cultural centre and other council venues, fostering community access and engagement. The Passivhaus design centre offers various spaces for hire, promoting collaboration and connectivity.

Berninneit Phillip Island cultural hub celebrates 100 days with sold-out shows, acclaimed architecture and diverse programs becoming a vibrant artistic centre
Berninneit, Phillip Island's newest cultural hub, thrives with over 10,000 attendees in its first 100 days. Featuring diverse arts, sustainable architecture, and acclaimed performances, it's hailed as a vibrant centre of creativity.

Hawthorn Football partners with Bass Coast to promote women footy with camps, clinics and VFLW/VFL double-header at Wonthaggi in 2024
The Bass Coast community collaborates with Hawthorn Football Club to promote women's footy, hosting preseason camps and coaching clinics. A highlight will be a VFLW and VFL double-header at Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve.

Bass Coast Council welcomes everyone to join the Farming Resilience Workshop by Ion Group on 15 Feb 2024
Join us on Feb 15 for a Farming Resilience Workshop by council's Rural Engagement Group, led by Leigh and Liz Crocker from Ion Group. Learn, connect, and enjoy a light lunch.

Bass Coast Shire International Women's Day lunch at Silverwater Resort in San Remo with Nicole Livingstone OAM on 8 Mar 2024
Celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, 2024, at Silverwater Resort, San Remo, with keynote speaker Nicole Livingstone OAM. Embrace the theme of inspiring inclusion, highlighting women in sport at all levels.

Developing Bass Coast forums open to local stakeholders to discuss regional trends with panel of experts on 28 Feb 2024
The Forums bridge council and local development, fostering connections between business, construction, and council. They ensure top-tier developments align with the Bass Coast Community Vision's emphasis on the natural environment.

Cowes-Rhyll path upgrade starts 29 January 2024 funded by $416,000 as part of Victorian government's Regional Infrastructure Fund
A 700m segment of the Cowes-Rhyll trail, popular among pedestrians and cyclists, will undergo upgrades by Bass Coast Shire Council, including converting gravel to concrete. Work starts on January 29, with some closures.

Free webinars for Gippsland residents cut energy costs and live sustainably every Wednesday starting 21 Feb to 13 March 2024
Bass Coast and South Gippsland Shire Councils, partnered with Renew, present free 2024 webinars for residents to cut energy costs and adopt sustainable living.

Condolences extended to families and friends of Phillip Island drownings by Bass Coast Shire Mayor Clare Le Serve
Condolences to the victims' families. Gratitude to first responders and beachgoers involved. Prioritise safety: swim on patrolled beaches with lifeguards.

Community Satisfaction Survey 2024 for Bass Coast Shire Council starts 29 January
Bass Coast Shire Council launches the 2024 Community Satisfaction Survey, aiming to assess performance, gather feedback, and improve services. Similar surveys in Victorian councils seek comprehensive insights.

Wonthaggi to expand north-east with plan approved to unlock 444 hectares for residential development to accommodate over 12,000 people
Bass Coast Shire Council approved the Wonthaggi North-East expansion, doubling the town's size, unlocking 444 hectares for development. The plan includes housing, jobs, and amenities, fostering regional growth.

Bass Coast Council admits to emissions increase for 2022/23 as it strives for net zero by 2030 with eco-friendly strategies
Bass Coast Council notes emissions rise but celebrates 50% reduction in 5 years, targeting net zero by 2030 via electric fleets, Circular Economy Strategy, and sustainable initiatives.

Feedback from local business stakeholders to improve precincts and expand industrial areas by 8 February 2024
Bass Coast Council reviews industrial land use challenges in distinct precincts, seeks feedback to aid expansion and development, emphasising economic importance and urging local businesses' input for growth.

NRMA Phillip Island Beachfront Holiday Park Victorian Tourism Awards gets honoured NRMA Phillip
Victorian Tourism Awards honour NRMA Phillip Island Beachfront Holiday Park for its glamping tents, superior guest experiences, and advocacy for local tourism. NRMA Parks & Resorts span Australia's scenic locales.

Phillip Island fire brigade celebrates opening of new $3M station in Cowes
Phillip Island celebrated the upgraded fire station despite average weather, welcoming notable figures like CFA officers, politicians, the Mayor, and dedicated volunteers.

Greg Box appointed as Bass Coast Shire Council's new Chief Executive Officer
Bass Coast Shire Council appoints Greg Box as new CEO, transitioning from General Manager with extensive local government experience. Recruitment took five months.

Surf Beach Sunderland Bay road and drainage upgrades cancelled due to community objections over special charge
Bass Coast Shire Council acknowledged community objections, halting Surf Beach Sunderland Bay charge scheme for road and drainage upgrades due to property owner dissent. Compliance with legislative rules ensued.

Bass Coast Shire Council seeks feedback on Christmas and New Year celebrations involving fireworks from 2025 by 31 January 2024
Bass Coast Council seeks feedback on fireworks for future festivities, assessing impacts inclusively to shape celebrations, considering community, environment, and economy for a vibrant, balanced destination.

PICAL volunteers honoured at Blue Gum Reserve for work in Community Garden and aiding Phillip Island food pantry
Blue Gum Reserve hosted an event honouring PICAL volunteers for their role in the Community Garden, aiding the food pantry. This collaborative effort received support from various organisations, fostering a thriving community space.

Traineeships at Bass Coast Shire Council now open for applications until 14 Jan 2024
Bass Coast Shire Council reopens 2024 Traineeships, aiming for diversity and inclusion, offering varied roles and learning opportunities for aspiring individuals. Applications close 14 January 2024.

Bass Coast Council wins Victorian Tourism Awards 2023 for local government tourism and visitor services
Bass Coast Shire Council secures Victorian Tourism Awards for local government tourism and visitor services, emphasising environmental harmony, visitor engagement, and inclusive tourism development initiatives.

Reality TV renovation show The Block 20th to be filmed at Cowes property on Phillip Island in 2024
Bass Coast Shire Council approved The Block's permit. Mayor Le Serve anticipates showcasing the region's appeal, benefiting businesses, workers, and hospitality during filming.

Bass Coast Shire Council gives nearly $300,000 in community grants in 2023 during celebration at Berninneit in Cowes
Recently, Bass Coast Shire Council celebrated Community Grants in Cowes, recognizing groups funded for impactful projects. Collaborating with various organisations catered to diverse community needs.

Bass Coast Mayor Clare Le Serve encourages residents to give what they can to Christmas Giving Trees program
Council's Customer Service Centres in Cowes, Grantville, Inverloch, and Wonthaggi are showcasing Christmas Giving Trees. Donations will be warmly received at all Centres until Thursday, 7 December 7.

Community feedback wanted on new designs for Cowes, Inverloch and Cape Woolamai play spaces by 3 December 2023
Community feedback to shape new playspace designs across McKenzie Views Park, Outrigger Reserve, and Woolamai Park, focusing on accommodating local preferences within design limitations.

New economic development that puts community first embraced by Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council adopts a new economic framework that puts community first that will boost investments, regional growth and open more opportunities for the locals.

Claire Le Serve elected as new mayor and Cr Rochelle Halstead as deputy mayor for Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire councillors appointed Councillor Clare Le Serve as the new Mayor, marking her second term in the role. Recently recognized for a decade of service, she is the first woman mayor since Pamela Rothfield.

Tubular Bells for Two performs at Berninneit in Phillip Island on 25 November 2023b
Experience the mesmerising Tubular Bells for Two, where two performers juggle over 20 instruments on stage. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Mike Oldfield's iconic work, this thrilling show is a must-see!

Resilience workshops for farmiers on 22 and 24 November 2023 from Food and Fibre Gippsland and Bass Coast Shire Council
Explore resilient farming practices with free workshops presented by Bass Coast Shire Council and Food and Fibre Gippsland. Limited seats available, secure your spot by registering now!

San Remo Town Structure Plan is underway to tackle future growth and an ageing population requires community feedback
San Remo's significance to Bunurong people acknowledged as the fourth-largest Bass Coast town, renowned for its coastal beauty and history, with a Town Structure Plan is in development to address future growth and ageing population.

Berninneit cultural centre in Cowes officially inaugurated on 1 November 2023 after completing an 18 year journey
Week-long celebration of the new Cowes cultural centre, Berninneit expected to bring cultural enrichment and economic value to the region, with over 100,000 visitors anticipated annually.

Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club hosted sold-out Bass Coast Shire Council Business Awards on 27 October 2023
The 2023 Bass Coast Shire Council Business Awards, held at Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club on October 27, showcased local excellence with 170 attendees and 2,300 People's Choice votes.

Clare Le Serve Bass Coast celebrates ten years service at Municipal Association of Victoria Councillor Service Awards 2023
Councillor Clare Le Serve of Bass Coast Shire received a ten-year service award from MAV, honouring her dedication and achievements in representing the Western Port Ward over three terms.

Grants of up to $2000 to improve accessibility and inclusion for disabled people open to Bass Coast businesses and local groups
Bass Coast Shire Council offers $2,000 grants for businesses and community groups to boost accessibility and inclusion. Projects range from physical improvements to alternative formats, promoting diversity and equity.

Bass Coast Shire Council delivers 2022/23 Annual Report highlighting continued growth and commitment to sustainable future for region
Bass Coast Shire Council's 2022/23 Annual Report showcases accomplishments, with $46.9 million in capital projects, climate risk management, and a strong commitment to sustainability, including addressing climate change and reducing emissions.

Free green waste disposal period for Bass Coast starts 4 November to 26 November 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council offers fee-free green waste disposal from Nov 4 to Nov 26 for fire season preparation. Residents can use local waste facilities. Expect queues during Melbourne Cup weekend. Safety measures in place.

Bass Coast Dinosaurs Trail has exciting plans revealed for $18M expansion to make global icon to Victorian prehistoric past
Bass Coast Dino Trail website - Bass Coast Dinosaurs - Enter the realm of the Dinosaurs photo and interview opportunity on Tuesday 10 October, 11am

MotoGP superstar Marc Marquez to lead homecoming ride to Phillip Island Grand Prix on 18 October 2023
Join our Homecoming Ride celebrating MotoGP at Phillip Island, accompanied by superstar Marc Marquez for a thrilling journey from San Remo to the circuit.

AGIS to traverse and conduct assessments for pathway and open space in Bass Coast by December 2023
Vehicles will be deployed to traverse the council's pathways and open space areas, collecting data and evaluating our assets.

New cultural centre in Cowes launches 1 November 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council is excited to unveil Cowes' new cultural centre. Join us for a program launch event on November 1st, 2023, featuring previews and an opportunity to explore the centre.

Cowes Recreation Reserve $300k revitalization works expected to be completed by January 2024
Bass Coast Shire Council begins revitalization work at Cowes Recreation Reserve from October 2, 2022, with an expected completion date in January 2024, costing approximately $300,000, contingent on weather and resources.

Shopfront improvement rebate returns in Bass Coast with applications due by 19 November 2023
Third Shopfront Improvement Rebate program with a $50,000 budget to enhance town accessibility, and safety, benefiting local businesses and suppliers. Applications open on October 9, 2023, with grants up to $2,000 available to successful applicants.

Registrations open for Bass Coast Local Jobs Expo from 4 - 11 October 2023
The Local Jobs Expo, hosted by Bass Coast Shire Council, will feature around 60 employers offering diverse job opportunities across various sectors.

Baluk Arts in partnership with Bass Coast Shire present Aboriginal artist Mitch Mahoney from 26-30 September 2023
Baluk Arts in presents a 5-day residency on Millowl with award-winning Aboriginal artist Mitch Mahoney, creating a traditional stringy bark canoe. Public interaction daily from September 26-30, 10am-2pm. Hosted by Sheltered Glamping.

Business breakfast on how to attract and retain staff with employment expert Catherine Bell on 10 October at RACV Inverloch Resort
Local business owners and managers are welcomed to partake in a breakfast event, fostering networking and gaining innovative insights into recruitment and retention.

Bass Coast Shire Council to tackle housing crisis with new Affordable Housing Strategy
Bass Coast Affordable Housing Strategy addresses the housing crisis in Victoria, focusing on affordability, homelessness, and community collaboration, advocating for partnerships and government support to provide affordable housing in the region.

Bass Coast Shire Council launches Seniors Festival and celebrates learning, loving and living with lots of from 1 to 8 October 2023
Program launching for the Victorian Seniors Festival, celebrating the diverse contributions of over one million seniors in Victoria. The festival, themed Learn, Love, Live, unites all 79 councils to honour senior community spirit.

Phillip Island MotoGP Guru by Gryfyn Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2023 runs from 20 - 22 October 2023
Join us for three days of edge-of-your-seat racing, live music and family-friendly entertainment when MotoGP descends on Phillip Island.

Isle of Wight site in Cowes at Phillip Island get $85M redevelopment plans approved by Bass Coast Council
The $85 million development on the former Isle of Wight Hotel site in Phillip Island aims to address the accommodation shortage, boost tourism, and stimulate economic growth with 163 hotel rooms, a pool terrace, and four restaurants.

Phillip Island Recreation Reserve has master plan adopted to meet future sporting and recreation needs of the community
The Master Plan outlines the future growth of the new Phillip Island Recreation Reserve, addressing sports, recreation, and public spaces at 'Hilton Chadwick Reserve' and nearby locations.

Phillip Island Junior Pro opening ceremony at Penguin Parade 7:30 am 20 September 2023
The Phillip Island Junior Pro's Opening Ceremony has been relocated to the Penguin Parade due to weather conditions. Event starts at 7:30am with Mayor Cr Michael Whelan's opening speech.

Cowes Cultural and Community Centre to celebrate official opening on 2 November 2023
The Bass Coast Shire Council has announced that the new Cowes cultural center opens to the public on November 2, 2023. The official launch, featuring Mayor Cr Michael Whelan and government officials, is set for October 28.

Vandals cause extensive damage to Cape Paterson toilet blocks resulting in their temporary closure
Bass Coast Shire Council and Victoria Police are responding to a recent vandalism incident that caused extensive damage to three toilet blocks in Cape Paterson placing the facility in temporary closure.

Community Guide to local health services and support groups for Bass Coast and South Gippsland Shire councils in 2023 has launched
Bass Coast Shire Council and South Gippsland Shire Council have launched their third edition of a community services guide booklet, offering easy access to local health services and support groups.

Community input on Bass Coast Economic Development Framework focusing on building coastal community full of opportunity due by 15 October 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council invites feedback on its Economic Development Framework, "A Coastal Community Full of Opportunity," emphasising economic growth, tourism, and community vitality.

Feedback on new plans for Surf Parade shared path at Inverloch due by 8 October 2023
The Bass Coast Shire Council is seeking community input on two options for the final stage of the Surf Parade shared path in Inverloch, prioritising coastal erosion mitigation and preserving vegetation.

Bass Coast Council Recycling Island Resources project wins AustStab Award of Excellence for Sustainability
Recycling Island Resources, used recycled materials to revamp a road, preventing the need for new materials and saving 2,353 tonnes of construction and demolition materials from being discarded. It also reduced truck movements and saved diesel.

Bass Coast to host the Local Jobs Expo in October 2023 to connect employers and workers
Bass Coast Local Jobs Expo in October will bring many job opportunities in early childcare, health care, construction, hospitality and tourism.

Glen Alvie Road culvert to be renewed in late September with $94,000 funding from Bass Coast Shire Council
This Glen Alvie Road culvert renewal completion project aims to protect against road erosion by renewing the culvert structure. Expect construction activities, traffic measures, and updates on the council's website.

Short stay rentals get stricter regulations in Bass Coast with online portal to simplify property owner compliance and management
Bass Coast Council's new regulations for short stay rentals, under Local Law No.1 Neighbourhood Amenity 2022, include a $300 annual fee, occupant behaviour standards, and an online portal for streamlined applications.

Infrastructure Management Group to do unsealed road assessment with cameras for Bass Coast Shire from 11 September 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council partners with Infrastructure Management Group to assess unsealed roads for 2 weeks from 11 September 2023. Cameras focus on roads, no private property recordings. More info on the website.

Phillip Island Junior Pro Surfing event unveiled by Bass Coast Shire Council and Surfing Victoria for September 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council and Surfing Victoria collaborate to introduce the Phillip Island Junior Pro, hosting 180 top under-18 surfers nationwide this September, offering vital rankings for the ISA World Junior Surfing Titles.

Cowes main beach starts dune and beach re-nourishment project from 4 September 2023
Cowes Main Beach Sand Renourishment: 5-7 Days to Protect Assets. Responds to Erosion Threat. Prioritises Western Section. Utilises Excess Sand from Boat Ramp Upgrade. Minimal Disruption Expected. $67K Australian government Grant Funded.

Mental Health First Aid Training for agricultural community initiative starts with collaboration from Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Council addresses farmers' mental health training for agricultural support networks. Alarming stats drive initiative to equip communities for mental health resilience.

Bass Coast Local Jobs Expo at Phillip Island and Wonthaggi from 4 to 12 October 2023 open for businesses to register
With support from the Australian government's Local Jobs Program, South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network, and the state government's Skills and Jobs Centre, will host a series of events throughout October.

Calls for community help to find closest relatives of prominent Bass Coast for road naming
Bass Coast Council joins 'Put Her Name On It' campaign to commemorate women in road naming, collaborating with Geographic Names Victoria.

Bass Coast residents can borrow home energy and water efficiency kits and portable induction cooktops from Myli Libraries
Myli libraries partner with local councils to launch a sustainability initiative. Residents can borrow Home Energy & Water Efficiency Kits and Portable Induction Cooktops for free, promoting energy efficiency and sustainable cooking.

Kerbside bin collection information and 2023/24 calendars for Bass Coast Shire now available
Get your annual kerbside bin collection calendars now! Effective from September. Download or pick up at council's service centres. Keep up the recycling success.

Rhyll to host Tour of Gippsland 2023 AusCycling in Phillip Island from 25 to 27 August
Gippsland's Bass Coast hosts the Tour of Gippsland in August. Rhyll opens, Phillip Island Circuit stages. The National Road Series attracts cyclists, including the U19 category. Ausbike session included.

Silverleaves coastal erosion to be addressed with sand renourishment to allow for dune preservation and improve coastal stability
Collaborative efforts for Silverleaves Coastal Erosion: monitoring, study, and sand renourishment. Council, government, and the community work to address challenges and ensure future coastal resilience.

Bass Coast Council endorses Berninneit name for new cultural centre in Cowes to emphasise connection to First Nations history
Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor Cr Michael Whelan expressed pride in the community's enthusiastic response to naming the cultural centre, emphasising its connection to First Nations history.

RACV Inverloch Resort extension approved pending climate change-induced sea level rise and flood risk management
West Gippsland Catchment Authority flood risk concerns must be addressed. The $13.66m development includes accommodation, car spaces, and a wedding deck.

Surf Beach and Sunderland Bay road upgrade works to be funded by Bass Coast Shire Council special charge scheme
Resident engagement in special charge scheme declaration process potential upgrades for Surf Beach & Sunderland Bay.

Geoff Ellis wins Bass Coast Shire Council seat through a vote countback after resignation of Bruce Kent
Geoff Ellis won Bass Coast Council seat through vote count back after Bruce Kent's exit. Sworn in Aug 14, former 2016-2020. Advocates environment, inclusion, collaboration. Mayor Whelan praises his commitment.

Inverloch Tennis Pavilion roof replacement starts on 14 August 2023 by San Remo Plumbing Services with Bass Coast Shire funding
From August 14, 2023, San Remo Plumbing Services began Inverloch Tennis Pavilion Roof Replacement, costing $30,000. Expected August-end finish, weather allowing, to enhance roof and gutter durability.

Councillor Bruce Kent resigns from Bass Coast Council after seven years citing difficulty balancing full-time work and council commitments
Councillor Bruce Kent resigns from Western Port Ward after seven years due to work commitments. Bass Coast Shire Council acknowledges his contributions and awaits electoral decisions for replacement.

Bass Coast Shire Council wins GovMedia Award for Digital Transformation
Bass Coast Council wins GovMedia Award for 24/7 Customer Engagement and Digital Transformation Project, enhancing staff efficiency and flexibility.

Debate over BMX track built illegally Cape Woolamai foreshore by Bass Coast Shire Council Deputy Mayor Cr Rochelle Halstead
Emotional debate over illegal BMX Track on Cape Woolamai foreshore prompts council's proactive strategy development for safe facilities.

Commonwealth Games cancellation has Bass Coast Shire Council learn valuable lessons for future athlete hosting opportunities
The state government's Commonwealth Games cancellation impacted an innovative council project, but valuable learnings gained for future entrepreneurial hosting opportunities.

Bass Coast Business Awards 2023 announces finalists from increased community involvement and applications
The Bass Coast Business Awards 2023 announced finalists for Judged Categories and People's Choice Awards, celebrating local businesses' achievements and contributions.

Shetland Heights Road in San Remo officially opens to better support recent growth and development
Bass Coast Council announces the completion of Shetland Heights Road in San Remo, with improved safety measures and joint funding from government programs.

Innovative lucrative athlete hosting plan thwarted for Bass Coast by cancellation of 2026 Victorian Commonwealth Games
The cancellation of the 2026 Victorian Commonwealth Games dashes Bass Coast's lucrative athlete hosting plan, but they aim to pursue other tourism-driven opportunities.

Three interim CEOs appointed at Bass Coast Shire Council to ensure a smooth transition after Ali Wastie resignation
Bass Coast Shire Council appoints three experienced General Managers as interim CEOs in a rotational system after Ali Wastie's resignation.

Wonthaggi revitalisation for art, lighting and pedestrian improvements adopted in Master Plan by Bass Coast Shire Council
The Wonthaggi Activity Centre Streetscape Master Plan, adopted by Bass Coast Shire Council, aims to revitalise the town with art, pedestrian improvements, and smart city infrastructure to support future growth and tourism.

New electric vehicles added to Bass Coast Shire Council fleet to progress towards net zero emissions
Council invests in 4 Tesla Model 3 EVs to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2030, promoting EV adoption and renewable energy initiatives, leading by example in sustainability.

Coastal erosion protection measures for Silverleaves at Phillip Island implemented by Bass Coast Shire Council and Victorian government
Bass Coast Shire Council and Victorian government collaborate on coastal erosion measures for Silverleaves, Phillip Island. A Coastal Processes Study planned for long-term management.

Illegal BMX track at Cape Woolamai removed by Bass Coast Council due to community safety and environmental concerns
Bass Coast Council removed an illegal BMX track at Cape Woolamai due to community safety and environmental concerns. They'll reforest the area and plan suitable locations for new facilities.

Community feedback wanted on new playgrounds for Inverloch, Cape Woolamai, Cowes and San Remo by 28 July 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council invites community input for playground upgrades and installations, encouraging ideas and designs to create unique and inclusive play spaces.

New 24-hour cat containment laws and fines for roaming cats aims to protect native wildlife in Bass Coast Shire
Bass Coast Shire Council enforces 24-hour cat containment laws to safeguard native wildlife, reduce impoundment, and promote responsible pet ownership, with fines for roaming cats.

Women dominate Bass Coast Council traineeship program and make up two-thirds of recruits across various disciplines
Brief:Females dominate Bass Coast Council traineeship program, with 68 women employed compared to 40 men. Council promotes gender equality and long-term career opportunities.

Bass Coast becomes first council to use worldwide climate change risk data from newly adopted Building Asset Management Plan 2023-2033
Updated Building Asset Management Plan models the current building portfolio at the necessary funding levels each year to meet required service levels.

Bass Coast Shire Council begins search for new CEO as CEO Ali Wastie resigns as of 28 July 2023
Bass Coast Shire CEO for more than four years, Ali Wastie, resigns, her service ends on 28 July 2023.

Fred Gration Reserve Open Space Master Plan for Coronet Bay adopted at by Bass Coast Council
A consultation process for the Fred Gration Reserve was conducted by the council whereby a draft plan was developed with the community.

Bass Coast Shire Council adopts 2023/24 Annual Budget including $30M for capital works improvements
Bass Coast Shire Council has worked hard to improve the efficiency of the organisation to ensure that all service levels are maintained within the state government cap of 3.5 percent.

Wonthaggi Children's Centre slashes electricity bill after installation of solar power system with funding from Sustainability Victoria and Bass Coast Council
Installation of a 15.98 kW solar power system in Bass Coast Children's Centre in Wonthaggi in November 2022 gave a 54% decrease on their electricity bill.

Guy Road Shared Pathway from Corinella Community Centre to Bass Valley Primary School officially opened
The new 6.1 km Guy Road Shared Pathway takes you on a journey from the Corinella Community Centre to Bass Valley Primary School with 700 m of reinforced concrete, 750 m of recycled plastic boardwalk, and 4.7 km of scenic gravel path.

Feedback on Bass Coast Council Affordable Housing Strategy to address homelessness and affordable housing by 26 June 2023
Bass Coast Council seeks feedback on Affordable Housing Strategy to address urgent need for more affordable, social housing and reduce homelessness.

Bass Coast Shire Council adopts Urban Forest Strategy to protect and expand urban vegetation and help mitigate climate change
Bass Coast Shire Council adopts inaugural Urban Forest Strategy, aiming for 40% canopy coverage by 2040 to combat climate change and promote community well-being.

Cowes cultural centre to be named by local traditional owners Bunurong Land Council
Community involvement in naming historic cultural centres, honouring Bunurong Land Council. Council embraces reconciliation and recognizes First Nations heritage.

New skate parks planned for Wonthaggi, Cowes and Newhaven based on high demand
New skate parks planned in Wonthaggi, Cowes, and Newhaven based on strong demand. Council adopts Skate Park Strategy Review and engages community input for design and renewal works.

Bass Coast Community Awards for 2024 celebrate spirit, honouring excellence and inspiring the future
Honouring community spirit, inspiring excellence, successful Bass Coast Community Awards celebrate passionate individuals and groups. Nominations open for 2024.

Nominations are open for 2023 Bass Coast Business Awards and include new Event Excellence category
16th annual Bass Coast Business Awards, celebrating innovation, creativity and excellence in the thriving community. Showcase your success and gain recognition.

Active Bystander training for employees of Westernport Water, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bass Coast Shire Council and Bass Coast Health
Westernport Water, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bass Coast Shire Council, and Bass Coast Health are partnering to train their employees as Active Bystanders to address family violence in Bass Coast, where incidents are high.

Settlement Road renewal works in Bass Coast with $840,000 funding to be complete by July 2023
Bass Coast Shire begins road renewal works on Settlement Road between Justice Road and Red Rocks Road in Cowes. The $840,000 project aims to ensure safety and sustainability of the urban road network.

Free event Box Hill Hawks vs Casey Demons from VFL and VFLW in Wonthaggi on 30 April 2023
Footy players from Bass Coast return with pride for historic double-header on April 30th at Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve with an expected 3000+ crowd for first-ever competition game in the region.

Big public support for outdoor dining with use of parklets in Bass Coast Shire
Council addresses key issues with parklets, introduced in 2020 for COVID-safe outdoor dining. Positive feedback received; new guidelines aim for economic development.

Short-tailed shearwaters migration protection program for 2023 has Bass Coast Shire Council partnering with Dark Sky So Shearwater Fly
Bass Coast Shire Council partners with others to protect migrating Short-tailed shearwaters in 2023 program, aiming to prevent injuries on roads.

Bass Coast Shire Council releases Draft Budget 2023/24 with $30M for capital works to cater for population growth
Bass Coast Shire Council's Draft Budget allocates $30M for capital works to support population growth while maintaining services under the 3.5 percent rate cap.

Bass Coast Shop Eat Love Local launches new campaign from 6 March to 30 September 2023
Bass Coast Shire launches Shop Eat Love Local to support local businesses, reduce spend leakage and strengthen the economy. Spend $20 for a chance to win a monthly $200 hamper.

Feedback wanted on sporting and recreation precinct for Phillip Island and surrounds from 27 April to 3 May 2023
Bass Coast Council unveils draft Master Plan for a sustainable, diverse, and adaptable 80-acre sports and recreation precinct in Cowes.

Feedback wanted on Draft Building Asset Management Plan 2023-2033 from Bass Coast Shire Council by 4 May 2023
The Draft Building Asset Management Plan 2023-2033 by Bass Coast Shire Council is open for public feedback until May 4, as part of their infrastructure management commitment.

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit to be complemented with new motorsport precinct at Avalon Airport
Avalon's new motorsport precinct will enhance Victoria's status as Australia's motorsport hub. Bass Coast Shire Council is thrilled and working with officials to develop Phillip Island's events.

Feedback wanted on Cowes to Rhyll Shared Path by 14 May 2023
Community asked to comment on Cowes-Rhyll Shared Path (Stage 4) project that aims to connect townships, improve pedestrian access, and boost tourism.

Applications for new members for Rural Engagement Group to help shape future of agriculture for Bass Coast Shire close by 31 May 2023
Bass Coast seeks members for Rural Engagement Group advising council on agriculture. Significant contributions made, meets quarterly for networking and strategic advice. Two-year minimum term from 2024.

Free entry to historic Box Hill vs Casey Demons footy game at Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve on 30 April 2023
Bass Coast invites you to the historic Box Hill vs Casey Demons footy game. Free entry, food, kids activities, support local players on April 30 at Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve.

Expressions of Interest for new Bass Coast BMX, Pump Track and Mountain Bike reference group open until 6 April 2023
BMX/Mountain Bike Group seeks diverse members to advise council on suitable locations and strategy development for bike trails.

Bruce Street in Inverloch get $160,000 kerb renewal over March 2023 from Bass Coast Shire Council
Kerb renewal on Bruce St. Inverloch, costing $160k, by Super Paving Vic Pty Ltd. Driveway access restricted, updates on council's website, completion expected Apr. 2023.

Cameron Street Wonthaggi Cemetery gets additional burial plots as part of first stage of upgrade
Council funds project with $130k from Capital Works program, works begin March 2023, estimated 4-5 weeks completion subject to conditions.

Stewarts Road in Kongwak gets $450,000 road pavement renewal from Capital Works Programs
Road pavement renewal works on Stewarts Road Kongwak starting March 2023 and expected to be completed by mid-April 2023.

Bass Coast Council has new rural tourism strategy to boost region post-COVID
New rural tourism strategy adopted by Bass Coast Shire Council to aid COVID-19 recovery and boost economy.

Community feedback wanted on Open Space Master Plan for Fred Gration Reserve at Coronet Bay by 3 April 2023
Community invited to give feedback on Draft Open Space Master Plan for Fred Gration Reserve, co-created with locals from 21 March to 3 April 2023.

Partnership Policy and Framework approved by Bass Coast Shire Council to improve consistency and transparency
Bass Coast Shire Council approves new Partnership Policy to guide community partnerships, allocating $2.6m to 174 partnerships yearly for positive community benefit.

Plan to improve roads and drainage in Surf Beach and Sunderland Bay based on community feedback adopted by Bass Coast Council
Bass Coast Shire Council adopted a plan for Surf Beach and Sunderland Bay, next step is to develop cost estimates and funding models to inform property owners.

Magnificent new art piece in Wonthaggi by Australian artist Joel Adler celebrates coal mining heritage and renewable energy
Australian artist Joel Adler's public art sculpture in Wonthaggi combines coal mining heritage with renewable energy themes.

Shetland Heights Road in Bass Coast will have speed limit reduced to improve safety
Bass Coast Council plans to lower the speed limit on Shetland Heights Road for safety near the new junior secondary campus of Bass Coast College located on Potters Hill Road in San Remo.

Bass Coast Shire celebrates International Women's Day on 9 March 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council proudly celebrated this year's International Women's Day, Thursday 9 March, with a community event honouring inspiring women and cultural diversity.

Bass Coast Community Awards 2023 program open for nominations until 11 April 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council is excited to announce the 2023 Bass Coast Community Awards, our brand-new program recognising incredible residents.

Kilcunda Foreshore skatepark and new play space gets $250,000 from Sport and Recreation Victoria
Bass Coast Shire Council is pleased to announce that Grind Projects has been awarded the contract for the construction of a skate park and new play space at Kilcunda Foreshore.

Rhyll Playspace upgrade starts 14 March 2023 with $300,000 from Victorian Growing Suburb Fund and Bass Coast Council
Stage 2 construction works for the Rhyll Playspace behind the Rhyll Angling Club are set to begin on 14 March 2023.

Terra Lab in San Remo wins 2022 Bass Coast Business Innovation Award with total prize of $70,000
Bass Coast Shire Council congratulates San Remo's Terra Lab, winner of council's 2022 Business Innovation Award, for being crowned Innovate with nbn Grant Program Agriculture category winner and overall Champion.

Discussion on closing of Lookout Road in San Remo to traffic ends on 4 April 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council plans to close a section of Lookout Road, San Remo to prevent illegal activities that have been occurring including lighting fires, dumping of rubbish and hoon driving.

Stormwater drainage $85,000 renewal at Pioneer Bay commenced on 3 March 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Wiltrack Earthmoving Pty Ltd as part of our annual supply contract for the drainage renewal works behind 45 Sonia Crescent.

Celebrating first year of Engage Bass Coast as special type of council communications and engagement method
Bass Coast Shire Council's innovative online platform has celebrated its first year of informing and engaging the community.

Number 20 Coal mine shaft site unveils at Dalyston signage by Bass Coast Shire Council an Wonthaggi and District Historical Society
Unveiling the stories of Wonthaggi with local significance and tragic history of the No. 20 coal mine shaft site at Dalyston as a landmark.

Wonthaggi Guide Park to get $1.77M redevelopment grant from Victorian Sport and Recreation and Victoria and Growing Suburbs Fund in April 2023
The much-loved Wonthaggi Guide Park will be officially opened today after a major $1.77 million redevelopment which has created a new playspace for people of all ages and abilities.

Rhyll boat amp upgrade and seawall extension works to commence 23 February 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council is pleased to announce that the Rhyll Boat Ramp Upgrade works will continue with the commencement of seawall extension works from late February 2023.

Illegal vegetation removal installed at Ventnor Foreshore Reserve and along Inverloch Foreshore to reduce vandalism
Illegal vegetation removal signs installed at Ventnor Foreshore Reserve and along Inverloch Foreshore to prevent tree vandalism.

Kernot-Krowera Road temporarily closed due to landslip damage from torrential rain
Kernot-Krowera Road temporarily closed due to damage from heavy rainfall over the past few months.

New Phillip Island Waterfront Brewery and Distillery gets $1.2M from Victorian Regional Tourism Investment Fund
Bass Coast Shire Council approves landmark of new Phillip Island Waterfront brewery and distillery.

Recognising Bass Coast community members celebration on 15 May 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council has announced new awards to recognise the valuable contribution of our local community members.

Dinosaur dig at Inverloch starts with $500,000 grant from Victorian government Enabling Tourism Fund for Bass Coast Dinosaurs Trail
Team of 'dino hunters' will embark on the first 'dinosaur dig' at Inverloch since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community feedback wanted on revitalisation of Wonthaggi Activity Streetscape Master Plan at Apex Park from 15 to 20 February 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council is seeking community feedback on a new detailed plan to revitalise the connectivity and character of the Wonthaggi township.

Gippsland beach goers are encouraged to help with the survival of the Hooded Plover with its breeding season
Hooded Plovers breeding season and beachgoers are encouraged to act and give help to the success of their breeding period.

Box Hill Hawks to host Victorian Football League on 30 April at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve against Casey Demons
Box Hill Hawks and Bass Coast Shire Council to host historic double-header in Wonthaggi.

Div Pillay keynote speaker on Embracing Cultural Diversity for International Women's Day on 9 March at Phillip Island Winery
Celebrate cultural diversity with us this International Women's Day, by joining a special lunch on 9 March.

Div Pillay keynote speaker on Embracing Cultural Diversity for International Women's Day on 9 March at Phillip Island Winery
Celebrate cultural diversity with us this International Women's Day, by joining a special lunch on 9 March.

Soldiers Road and Agar Road intersection gets safety improvements as part of Local Road Safety Improvement Program
Notice of works for the Soldiers Road and Agar Road intersection -Bass road safety improvements.

San Remo Shetland Heights Road $2M upgrade to start February 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council is pleased to announce that long-awaited works connecting greater San Remo to the township of San Remo, via improvements to Shetland Heights Road, will begin in February.

Wonthaggi Croquet Club new pavilion to begin in February and be completed by August 2023
Wonthaggi is about to score another upgraded sports facility, as building of Wonthaggi Croquet Club's new pavilion is confirmed to begin in February at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve, Wentworth Road.

Shop front improvement rebate program gives up to $135,000 to modernise street shops in Bass Coast
Bass Coast Shire Council is pleased to contribute $63,000 worth of shopfront upgrades to 34 local businesses across the shire, to revamp our town centres by improving their appearance, attracting customers and increasing economic growth.

Community invited to celebrate Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner at Wonthaggi Wishart Reserve on 20 January 2023
The Bass Coast Reconciliation Network invites you to a gathering in memory of Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner on Friday 20 January 2023.

Young people are encouraged to apply for traineeships at Bass Coast Shire Council by 11 January 2023
Council has opened opportunities for young people through the Bass Coast Shire Council 2023 Traineeship program.

Enjoy Bass Coast beaches with your dog this summer with designated off-leash areas
Take your dog to the beach this summer and let them run freely in the designated off-leash areas at Bass Coast. Enjoy the sand and surf together!

Kilcunda Foreshore Toilets works to be completed by 24 January 2023
Kilcunda foreshore toilets set to start on 16 January and expected to be completed by 24 January 2023.

Bass Strait to become first official offshore Australian wind zone after consideration from Bass Coast community
Bass Coast Shire Council welcomes the formal announcement by federal government that eastern Bass Strait will become Australia's first official offshore wind zone, after clearly considering community feedback to adapt plans for the project.

Electric vehicle chargers at Cowes Transit Centre temporary closures from electrical supply issue
Electric Vehicle (EV) Chargers at the Cowes Transit Centre inoperable due to electrical supply issue.

Wonthaggi Guide Park and Playspace now open after extensive redevelopment
Bass Coast Shire Council are very pleased to share an early Christmas present with our community: Wonthaggi's Guide Park and Playspace has reopened after extensive redevelopment.

Smart Parking app introduced to Cowes and Wonthaggi by Bass Coast Shire Council as a better way to manage car parking
Bass Coast parking app now available for download to make a better way to manage parking.

Community feedback wanted on Christmas and New Year Eve celebrations fireworks for 205 and beyond by 31 January 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council are seeking community feedback on the future of fireworks as part of the annual Christmas and New Years Eve celebrations, to influence future celebration plans.

Annual Bass Coast Community Awards moves to May 2023 to coincide with National Volunteer Week
Bass Coast Shire Council voted to move the annual Community Awards from January to May to coincide with National Volunteer Week.

Greenhouse gases plummet for second year for Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council's corporate greenhouse gas emissions are down almost 10 percent, falling for the second year in a row, new figures released today reveal.

Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre officially opens 12 December 2022
Bass Coast Shire Council has officially opened the new Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre, providing a custom-designed adult learning space and neighbourhood house in Cowes.

Urban Forest Strategy open for community feedback until 20 February 2023 at Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council has today released its draft Urban Forest Strategy for community consultation, as the council seeks to grow and care for the urban forest.

Wonthaggi Croquet Club gets new $1.78M pavilion via state government Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program
Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve had another exciting sporting addition confirmed, after Bass Coast Shire Council granted the contract for the construction of a new sports pavilion to an award-winning Wonthaggi-based builder.

Community feedback wanted for skate park and pump tracks by Bass Coast Shire Council
The community will help shape the future of skate parks and pump tracks in Bass Coast, with residents asked to get involved at upcoming engagement sessions or by completing an online survey.

Cowes Streetscape Master Plan adopted by Bass Coast Shire Council
The Cowes Streetscape Master Planning project will focus on redesigning and improving Cowes main community and visitor activity hub on Thompson Avenue, from The Esplanade to Church Street.

Bass Coast Shire Council slashes energy bills using renewable energy through Victorian Energy Collaboration
Bass Coast Shire Council has saved almost $30,000 in the last 12 months powering its municipal offices, streetlights and community buildings with renewable energy.

Jordan Crugnale MP re-elected as Member for Bass in 2022
Bass Coast Shire Council congratulates Member for Bass, Jordan Crugnale on her re-election to the seat.

Wildlife habitat for koalas at Grantville threatened to be destroyed by concrete giant Barro Group
Native wildlife habitat threatened by wide-spread vegetation clearing.

Bass Coast Shire Council supports Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign
Bass Coast Shire joins the 16 Days of Activism, and supports against gender-based violence.

World-renowned palaeontologists Pat Vickers-Rich and Tom Rich discuss Bass Coast Dinosaurs Trail in Inverloch
Two of the world's leading palaeontologists along with scientific researchers and educators have gathered to discuss the importance of the Bass Coast Dinosaurs Trail in Inverloch.

Bass Coast Shire receives Silver for Visitor Information Centre and GOLD for the Local government Award at 2022 Victorian Tourism Awards
Bass Coast Shire awarded with gold and silver for Tourism Awards and other services they have provided and milestones achieved.

Jenner Avenue in Cowes to undergo asphalt works from 7 to 9 December 2022
Jenner Avenue in Cowes will undergo asphalt sealing works from the 7th to 9th December.

Feedback wanted on Erehwon Point access improvement in Cowes by 6 February 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council are undertaking consultation with the community to collate important local feedback on how we can improve access at Erehwon Point, Cowes.

Bass Coast Shire Council announces more 2022 Community Grants Program recipients
Bass Coast Shire Council confirms the 2022 Community Grant recipients of $137,000 funding.

Local artists invited to express interest for Cowes Public Art Commission 2023 by 15 January 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from experienced artists to create a contemporary public artwork for Cowes.

New registration process and and fee structure for short stay accommodation in Bass Coast Shire
Bass Coast Shire Council will introduce a new registration process and fee structure for short stay rental accommodation across the municipality to better regulate the sector in line with local laws.

Cowes Schoolies Week from 26 November to 4 December 2022 with thousands of school leavers expected in Bass Coast
More than 1,500 Year 12 school leavers will start arriving in Bass Coast this week for the official start of Schoolies Week celebrations which runs from 26 November to 4 December.

Annual rural road spray sealing program set to start in Bass Coast Shire from on 21 November 2022
Bass Coast Shire Council has engaged Fulton Hogan Industries Pty Ltd to complete the works, as part of the 2022-23 Capital works program.

Bass Coast Shire Council calls on Victorian government to provide sufficient funding for school crossings to better protect kids
Bass Coast Shire Council strongly urges the Victorian government to provide sufficient funding to secure the future of the stressed school crossings program - or risk putting pupils in increasing danger.

Community feedback wanted on the future of al fresco dining parklets in Bass Coast by 15 December 2022
Bass Coast Shire Council invites community and business to help define the future of outdoor dining in our region, by taking part in a consultation on parklets from 18 November to 15 December 2022.

Bass Coast Shire Council advocates funding to improve Responsive Transport network to reduce car reliance
Together with partners, the Department of Transport and Destination Phillip Island, we have undertaken a study into an innovative Demand Responsive Transport network - starting with Phillip Island and San Remo.

Bass Coast Tracks and Trails Strategy 2022 - 2032 adopted by Bass Coast Shire Council
Council voted to adopt the Bass Coast Tracks and Trails Strategy 2022 - 2032 at its council meeting on Wednesday, November 16.

Community feedback sought on draft 2023-2026 Bass Coast Communications and Engagement Strategy opens by 6 January 2023
Bass Coast Shire Council invites the community for final feedback on the draft 2023-2026 Communications and Engagement Strategy.

Councillor Michael Whelan re-elected as Mayor and Cr Rochelle Halstead as the new Deputy Mayor of Bass Coast Shire
Councillors voted unanimously for the term of Mayor and Deputy Mayor to remain at 12 months.

Christmas Giving Trees charity program by Bass Coast Shire Council goes to 16 December 2022
Get in the festive spirit early by donating a gift to a local family in need, with Bass Coast Shire Council's Christmas Giving Trees.

Bass Coast Shire Council shares in $50M from Victorian government Coastal and Estuarine Risk Mitigation Program for Cape to Cape Resilience Project
Bass Coast Shire Council's advocacy efforts continue to pay off for the community with further funding for coastal erosion secured.

Stormwater drainage rehabilitation on Bayview Avenue at Tenby Point starts 14 November 2022
Bass Coast Shire Council advises the commencement of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Rehabilitation Works at Bayview Avenue, Tenby Point on the week commencing 14 November

Phillip Island Community Garden at Blue Gum Reserve first stage delivery due by end of November 2022
Bass Coast Shire is delighted to continue construction of the Phillip Island Community Garden at Blue Gum Reserve, by awarding contracts for education and storage sheds, garden beds, accessible toilets and much more.

Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve gets $290,000 for lighting from Sports and Recreation Victoria fund
The refurbishment of Oval 2 Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve enters an exciting new stage, as Bass Coast Shire Council contracts RJC Electrical Solutions Pty Ltd for design and construction of field lighting.

Free film screening 'The reason why I jump' for Social Inclusion Week and International Day of People with Disability in Bass Coast Shire
Bass Coast Shire Council is hosting a free film screening event in Wonthaggi on Thursday, 1stDecember to celebrate Social Inclusion Week and International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD).

Bass Coast receives $33,000 for solar installation project from Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program
Bass Coast solar projects in four community facilities energised by state government funding to cut emissions.

Great Southern Rail Trail redevelopment between Woolamai and Nyora gets $375,000 from Fast-Track Funding 2022-23 from Victorian government
Bass Coast Shire Council and South Gippsland Shire Council are working in collaboration and both financially contributing to the $500,000 trail redevelopment between Woolamai and Nyora planning project.

No update on protection of distinctive area and landscape in Bass Coast Shire frm Andrews Labor government
In October 2019, the Victorian Government declared Bass Coast a distinctive area and landscape (DAL) in order to protect the environment, landscape and lifestyle of the region.

Bass Coast Shire Council releases its 2021/22 Annual Report showing record amounts spent on capital works
Bass Coast Shire Council has released its 2021/22 Annual Report showing record amounts spent on capital works as the region recorded Victoria's fastest rising regional population.

Rhyll Mechanics Hall secures $100,000 funding upgrade from Victorian government Universal Design grant
Bass Coast Shire Council's commitment to continuous improvement of council assets has had a helping hand thanks to the Victorian government's Universal Design grant with Rhyll Mechanics Hall set to benefit.

Guide Park Playspace in Wonthaggi will close on 24 October for redevelopment
Work is nearing completion on the eagerly anticipated Guide Park Playspace in Wonthaggi.

2022 Bass Coast Business Awards announces Wildlife Coast Cruises business of year and more
Eco-tourism leader Wildlife Coast Cruises has been awarded Business of the Year in the annual Bass Coast Awards which celebrate service excellence, innovation and resilience.

Wonthaggi Miners Friendly Society Dispensary celebrates 100 years in November 2022
The Wonthaggi Miners Friendly Societies Dispensary or "the Dispensary" as it is fondly known, turns 100 in November and plans are well under way for this milestone to be celebrated.

Construction has kicked off with new Wonthaggi Soccer Pavilion and set to be completed in June 2023
An exciting, high-quality sports facility has kicked off in Bass Coast Shire, as construction of the brand-new Wonthaggi United Soccer Club soccer pavilion begins.

Hooded Plovers to be helped breeding season by Bass Coast Shire Council
Hooded Plover breeding season, tips for everyone to help in the breeding season of the bird species.

Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2022 to draw estimated $42M tourism boost for Bass Coast Shire
Bass Coast Shire Council celebrates a multi-million boost to local tourism as the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2022 wraps a phenomenal, record-breaking weekend.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor calls meeting on 26 October 2022 for 2021/22 Annual Report
Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Michael Whelan intends to call a council meeting to be held on Wednesday 26 October for the purpose of considering the 2021/22 Annual Report.

Cape Woolamai residents and Bass Coast Shire Council outraged as part of foreshore destroyed
Cape Woolamai residents and Council are outraged that a small number of people have once again destroyed part of Cape Woolamai Foreshore, in order to create a BMX and motorbike track.

San Remo Anderson Street Reserve, Bass Coast Rail trails and Rhyll Foreshore Playspace share $1.14M upgrade funding
Bass Coast Shire Council has welcomed the announcement of $1.14 million from the Victorian government's Growing Suburbs Fund.

Phillip Island Contemporary Exhibition Space to feature carefully selected new artists in April 2023
Following on from the success of the initial Hoard - a Pop Up exhibition on the hoarding of the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre development, 28 new artworks have been unveiled.

Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix kicks off next weekend at Phillip Island 13 - 16 October 2022
The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix kicks off next weekend on Phillip Island and brings with it plenty of things to see and do.

Gippsland Jobs Expo in conjunction with Australian government's Local Jobs Program to visit Phillip Island and Wonthaggi in Bass Coast Shire
The Bass Coast - Gippsland Jobs Expo is a free event for local employers and job seekers, allowing employers and job seekers to network, apply for jobs on the day and explore upcoming employment opportunities in the region.

Phillip Island Croquet Club gets new pavilion with $600,000 funding from Sport and Recreation Victoria and Bass Coast Council
Attracting new members to the popular sport of croquet just got a whole lot easier thanks to the official opening of a new croquet club pavilion.

Sunderland Bay and Surf Beach local road upgrade project with special charge scheme is underway
Development of concept design options for the proposed Sunderland Bay and Surf Beach special charge scheme is underway, with residents soon able to visualise what the potential road and drainage upgrades would look like.

Women Leading Locally Forum hosted by Bass Coast Shire Council
Further supporting women to become community leaders, Bass Coast Shire Council hosted the Women Leading Locally Forum.

Anti-online-bullying workshops held on 10-28 October 2022 at 13 primary and secondary schools in Bass Coast Shire
Schools across Bass Coast Shire will learn about how to stay safe online through workshops offered by anti-bullying organisation, Dolly's Dream.

Retaining wall renewal works for Cape Paterson boat ramp car park gets $110,000 funding as part of Bass Coast Shire open space renewal program
Bass Coast Shire Council has contracted Wiltrack Earthmoving to undertake important works to a retaining wall at the Cape Paterson boat ramp car park.

Wonthaggi Tennis Club pavilion construction with $870,000 funding starts
Construction of new pavilion at Wonthaggi Tennis Club starts.

New footpath for Toorak Road in Inverloch to be built $170,000 from Bass Coast Shire council 2022/23 Pathway Gaps Program
A new footpath will be constructed in Inverloch, along Toorak Road between Ullathornes Road and Cashin Street, in coming months.

Community feedback wanted on Bass Coast Shire Economic Development Framework
Help shape our council's approach to economic development. Bass Coast Shire Council is creating our new Economic Development Framework.

Red Rocks Road Footpath upgrade in Cowes underway by Bass Coast Council
A new footpath will be built along Red Rocks Road in Cowes, between Cypress Court and the foreshore, with work to start in mid-October.

Cat containment of 24 hours orders to have community info sessions from Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council will introduce a 24-hour cat containment order from 1 July, 2023.

Australian MotoGP back where it belongs in Phillip Island on 14 October 2022
The Animoca Brands Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is almost here, with thousands of fans expected to converge on Phillip Island for the event, which runs from Friday, 14 to Sunday, 16 October.

Detox Your Home happening on 30 October 2022 at Wonthaggi Transfer Station for Bass Coast Shire
Bass Coast Shire Council's 2022 Detox Your Home event will be happening on Sunday, 30 October at the Wonthaggi Transfer Station.

Community feedback wanted for development of Fred Gration Reserve Open Space Master Plan in Bass Coast Shire by 23 October 2022
Bass Coast Shire Council is seeking community feedback to help develop an Open Space Master Plan for Fred Gration Reserve.

Phillip Island to become first fully sustainable tourist hot spot in Australia with the installation of 5MW and 10MW batteries for renewable energy
Phillip Island's bold vision to become Victoria's first fully sustainable tourist hot spot in Australia is one step closer, with plans approved for a revolutionary community energy storage system.

Free green waste disposal in Bass Coast Shire from 29 October to 20 November 2022 to help with pruning over spring season
Bass Coast Shire Council's annual fee-free green waste disposal period will run from Saturday, 29 October until Sunday, 20 November.

Ruth McGowan OAM, former Mayor Baw Baw Shire Council joins the Women Leading Locally Forum as one of guest speakers
Bass Coast Shire Council is excited to announce that Ruth McGowan OAM will be attending the Women Leading Locally Forum, being held next month.

Free Bass Coast Women Leading Locally Forum on 6 October 2022 with current and former women councillors as speakers
Bass Coast Shire Council is hosting a free Bass Coast Women Leading Locally Forum to inspire women to become successful leaders in the community.

Applications for Bass Coast Shopfront Improvement Rebate of up to $2,000 open until 23 October 2022
Bass Coast Shire Council is excited to announce that the Shopfront Improvement Rebate Program is back.

Bass Coast Dinosaurs Trail gets $500,000 funding boost from Victorian government Enabling Tourism Fund
The Bass Coast Dinosaur Trail will intersect at key points with the state government funded Yallock-Bulluk Marine Coastal Access Park - that will run from San Remo to Inverloch, once completed.

Nine Bass Coast Shire organisations get $1000 for upgrades from council Building Disability Inclusive Organisations Grants
Successful funding applications for Bass Coast Shire Council's Building Disability Inclusive Businesses and Community Organisations Grants Program.

Tickets available for Bass Coast Business Awards 21 October at Silverwater Resort in San Remo
With more nominations than ever, now is a great time to get your tickets for Bass Coast Shire Council's Business Awards Presentation evening.

Wonthaggi North East Precinct Structure Plan now ready for future residential development
The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) has released its Projects Standing Advisory Committee Final Report, for the Wonthaggi North East Precinct Structure Plan.

Community feedback wanted on draft Cowes Streetscape Master Plan by 2 October 2022
Bass Coast Shire Council is seeking community feedback on the draft Cowes Streetscape Master Plan.

Wonthaggi Apex Park toilet block to be replaced with modern unisex and accessible facilities
The toilet block in Wonthaggi's Apex Park will be replaced, as part of Bass Coast Shire Council's Wonthaggi Activity Centre Plan.

Cowes public place officially named as Olive Justice Place to honour active member of community
The public space in Cowes locally known as Olive Justice Place has now been officially named in Olive's honour.

Ali Wastie has tenure extended as Bass Coast Shire Council CEO until 17 February 2028
Bass Coast Shire Council CEO Ali Wastie will continue in the top job, with her contract formally extended for a further five years this week.

Have your say on Bass Coast population growth plan and neighbourhood character study by 16 September 2022
Bass Coast Shire Council is developing a Neighbourhood Character Study, a Housing Strategy, and a Residential Development Framework to help manage future population growth.

Removal of gas mandate by Andrews Labor government seen as positive step towards renewable energy solutions by Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council welcomes the state government's decision to remove the mandate requiring gas connections for new housing developments.

Cowes boat ramp car park limitations addressed with upgrade by Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council is ready to start construction of the eastern carpark upgrade at the Cowes (Anderson Road) Boat Ramp.

Cowes West foreshore restoration by Bass Coast Shire Council in response to Crown Land encroachment
Bass Coast Shire Council has undertaken further restoration works on the Cowes West foreshore, in response to Crown Land encroachment.

New kerbside bin calendars now available for Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council's 2022/23 kerbside bin calendars are now available.

Wonthaggi to get improved stormwater flow with $180,000 drainage renewal by Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council will start drainage renewal works in Wonthaggi this month, near 104 McKenzie Street.

Waste rates assistance of $10 waste charge reduction per property from Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council has announced additional help for residents and landholders to pay their rates, following the completion of annual property assessments.

Short Stay Accommodation Registration and Significant Tree Register adopted as new local in law Bass Coast Shire
Bass Coast Shire Council has adopted its new Local Law (Local Law No. 1 Neighbourhood Amenity 2022), which was developed based on significant feedback from the community, councillors and council Officers.

Another section of Inverloch Surf Parade shared path announced as completed by Mayor Cr Michael Whelan
Bass Coast Shire Council is celebrating another milestone for Inverloch's Surf Parade Shared Path, following the completion of the section between Veronica Street and Ozone Street.

Nominations for Bass Coast Business Awards are open until 28 August 2022
Bass Coast Shire Council's Business Awards are back for 2022 - with all local businesses encouraged to get involved.

Thompson Reserve cricket practice enclosure $375,000 works underway in Inverloch funded by local club, council and state government
Work will soon get underway on the construction of a multi-use cricket practice enclosure at Thompson Reserve in Inverloch.

Cat owners required to keep cats on their property 24-hour a day from 1 July 2023 as part of Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-25
Bass Coast Shire Council's Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-25 that focuses on responsible pet ownership, creating a suitable environment for your cat within owner property.

Bass Coast Shire Council receives Excellence Award in 2022 Australian HR Awards as public sector employer of choice
Bass Coast Shire Council is excited to share that the organisation has received national recognition in the 2022 Australian HR Awards.

Bass Coast Shire Council to pursue enforcement options if any local laws breached by new wind turbine on private property near surf beach
Bass Coast Shire Council is aware of the Wind Turbine installed on private property in Surf Beach in recent days, the council also understands and share the community's concerns about the turbine.

Community feedback wanted on reducing speed limit on Lynnes Road in Wattle Bank wanted by Bass Coast Council
Bass Coast Shire Council is reviewing the speed limit on a section of Lynnes Road in Wattle Bank.

Bass Coast shop front improvement program delivered rebates to 41 businesses as part of the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
With the assistance of the rebates, nearly 30 projects have already been completed, such as external signage, painting, minor repairs, accessibility improvements and lighting upgrades.

Community feedback wanted on draft Unlocking Rural Tourism Strategy 2022 by Bass Coast Council
Bass Coast Shire Council is seeking feedback on its draft Unlocking Rural Tourism Strategy.

Input from Jam Jerrup residents on possible road upgrade encouraged by Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council wants to hear from property owners in Jam Jerrup, as part of a potential future road and drainage upgrade project.

Community feedback wanted on draft Tracks and Trails Strategy from Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council wants to hear from the community on the draft Tracks and Trails Strategy, which has now been released.

Kilcunda Skate and Play project gets $250,000 funding from Bass Coast Shire Council and Victorian government
Bass Coast Shire Council was excited to join Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale MP in Kilcunda today (Monday, 23 May), who announced $250,000 for the town's skate and play project, this is in addition to the $325,000 committed by council.

Feedback wanted on Bass Coast Council Draft Asset Plan to achieve its objective aligning with community vision
Bass Coast Shire Council is calling for community feedback on its Draft Asset Plan that will end on Tuesday, 7 June.

Bass Coast Shire Council to push new federal government to boost funding on priority projects
Council has announced it will be heading to Canberra next month to lobby the new Federal Government on behalf of our community for fairer funding for priority projects in climate change, infrastructure, education, aged care and tourism.

Draft statement of planning policy submitted by Bass Coast Shire Council for Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Program from Victorian government
Bass Coast Shire Council will lodge a submission with the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP) on the draft Statement of Planning Policy, outlining its concerns.

Phillip Island Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve set to return to nature for everyone with removal of roads
The final chapter in the story of returning Phillip Island's Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve to nature for everyone to enjoy is now complete.

Help for local event organisers and businesses from Bass Coast Shire Council thanks to $10,000 grant from LVA
Event activation voucher program, initiated by Bass Coast Shire Council's Economic Development and Investment Team, has been applauded by local events and businesses.

Sandymount Avenue and Powlett Street to get raised pedestrian crossing part with $128,000 funding from Bass Coast Shire Council
In a first for Bass Coast, a raised pedestrian crossing will be constructed at the intersection of Sandymount Avenue and Powlett Street in Inverloch this month.

Applications open for Building Disability Inclusive Businesses and Community Organisations grants from Bass Coast Shire Council
Applications are now open for up to $1,000 for Bass Coast Shire Council's 2022 Building Disability Inclusive Businesses and Community Organisations Grant.

Feedback on Local Law review from community from Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council is calling on the community to provide their feedback on the Draft Local Law No. 1 Neighbourhood Amenity 2022.

Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre on Church Street to be relocated to Blue Gum Reserve on Warley Avenue
Bass Coast Shire Council has resolved to amend the Blue Gum Reserve Master Plan, to incorporate a new community garden.

Community to feedback wanted on Urban Forest Strategy for Bass Coast Shire
Bass Coast Shire Council is developing an Urban Forest Strategy, to help ensure Bass Coast's 'urban forest' continues to thrive.

Surf Beach and Sunderland Bay Project concept plans need community feedback from Bass Coast residents
Bass Coast Shire Council will continue its development of concept plans for the potential special charge scheme for road and drainage upgrade works for the Surf Beach and Sunderland Bay estates.

Wonthaggi Civic Centre lits up for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia on 17 May 2022
The Wonthaggi Civic Centre will be lit up tonight (Tuesday, 17 May) to acknowledge and support International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

Join in and learn about the Bass Coast Walk for Reconciliation on 26 May 2022
Council invites everyone to join Bass Coast Walk for Reconciliation on 26 May 2022, a joint media release from the Bass Coast Reconciliation Network.

Rehabilitation of Cape Woolamai foreshore resulting from damage caused unauthorised activities under way
Bass Coast Shire Council is undertaking works to rehabilitate a deliberately damaged section of the Cape Woolamai foreshore.

Controversial Grantville sand mine extension in Bass Coast gets a green light ignoring the environmental risks
Bass Coast Shire Council is shocked and disappointed that the extension of a controversial sand mine in Grantville will go ahead after it was given the green light by the state government this week.

Murray Street and Biggs Drive intersection upgrade gets $650,000 funding from Blackspot Program 2021/22 and Growing Suburbs Fund
Bass Coast Shire Council is continuing to Unlock Opportunities in Wonthaggi, with significant pedestrian safety upgrade works on the intersection of Murray Street and Biggs Drive about to get underway.

Social commentator Bernard Salt presents at Developing Bass Coast Forum at Bayview Room at Silverwater Resort in San Remo
Bass Coast Shire Council is excited to be hosting its first in-person Developing Bass Coast Forum since 2019.

Free flu vaccines shots from National Immunisation Program start 10 May in Bass Coast Shire so book now
Bass Coast Shire Council's Influenza immunisation program will begin in May, which offers free flu vaccinations through the National Immunisation Program.

Hawthorn and Box Hill Hawks work collaboratively with Bass Coast Shire Council to increase football participation for women
Hawthorn Football Club and Box Hill Hawks are proud to announce a new partnership with Bass Coast Shire Council.

Plans to build massive rock bag seawall along the foreshore at Inverloch for coastal protection completed
A 70-metre-long rock bag seawall will be constructed along the foreshore at Inverloch, to protect the picnic and barbecue area located at the end of Pymble Avenue.

Bass Coast Shire Kindergarten first round of registrations for 2022 are now open
Registrations for three-year-old and four-year-old kindergarten are now open.

Bass Coast Yoga Festival at Inverloch Community Hub on 7 - 8 May 2022
Yoga festival that combines a unique mix of Yoga and wellness in the seaside hamlet of Inverloch, a weekend of rejuvenation & reconnection comes to Inverloch.

Businesses and employees participation wanted in 2022 Business and Industry Survey by Bass Coast Shire Council which is open until Monday 23 May
Bass Coast Shire Council's 2022 Business and Industry Survey is now open. We are calling on our 3,200 businesses, employing almost 11,000 people to participate in the survey.

Community feedback on proposed changes to governance rules for Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council is looking for community feedback on proposed changes to its Governance Rules.

Michael Whelan from Bass Coast Shire council joins Victorian government 2022 Mayoral Advisory Panel
Bass Coast Shire Council has again been selected to represent other Victorian Councils on the state government's 2022 Mayoral Advisory Panel.

Work on Smiths Beach town plan in Bass Coast Shire to commence and improve resident safety
At its meeting this week, Bass Coast Shire Council adopted the final Smiths Beach Town Plan, to allow implementation of its actions.

Community feedback wanted on draft 2022/23 budget for Bass Coast Shire Council seeks
Bass Coast Shire Council is excited to release its Draft 2022/23 Budget for community consultation.

Bass Coast Council to promote Advocacy Priorities to candidates for Federal Election on Saturday 21 May 2022
Federal election set for Saturday, 21 May, Bass Coast Shire Council will continue to promote its advocacy priorities to all candidates.

Bass Coast looks forward to working with the Victorian government to help with 2026 Commonwealth Games
Bass Coast Shire Council welcomed today's 2026 Commonwealth Games hosting announcement and looks forward to working with the State Government on securing popular sports.

Community feedback wanted on local caravan and camping needs by Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council is seeking feedback from the community on the caravan and camping options that are available across the region.

Inverloch shared pathway along Surf Parade is underway to complement the existing infrastructure
Bass Coast Shire Council's construction of the next stage of the Inverloch Shared Pathway along Surf Parade is progressing well and is on track to be completed by the end of May.

Footpath renewal and parking bay upgrades of $80,000 in Inverloch under Bass Coast Capital Works Program
Bass Coast Shire Council has several renewal projects about to get underway in Inverloch.

Redevelopment underway in Guide Park in Wonthaggi with $700,000 from Sports and Recreation Victoria and $350,000 from the Growing Suburbs Fund
Work is set to get underway on the redevelopment of Guide Park in Wonthaggi, which will see the creation of a regional scale playspace for the community.

Wonthaggi Guide Park redevelopment gets $700,000 from Sports and Recreation Victoria and $350,000 from Growing Suburbs Fund
Work is set to get underway on the redevelopment of Guide Park in Wonthaggi, which will see the creation of a regional scale playspace for the community.

Works underway at the Newhaven Recreation Reserve Soccer Pavilion with $700,000 project under Sport and Recreation Victoria
Bass Coast Shire Council has started work to extend the Soccer Pavilion at the Newhaven Recreation Reserve.

Berrys Beach Road renewal in Ventnor gets $400,000 from Victorian government and $25,000 from Bass Coast Council
A section of Berrys Beach Road in Ventnor will be renewed by Bass Coast Shire Council in coming weeks.

Restrictions still apply in Bass Coast Shire Council's Local Law - Neighbourhood Amenity burning off guidelines outside of the Fire Danger Period
The CFA's Fire Danger Period has now ended in Bass Coast, however some restrictions still apply to burning off under Bass Coast Shire Council's Local Law - Neighbourhood Amenity 2012.

Construction on new croquet pavilion within Blue Gum Reserve in Cowes has started
Bass Coast Shire Council has begun construction on a new croquet pavilion within Blue Gum Reserve in Cowes.

Bass Coast heritage review identifies over 300 potentially significant places to be preserved and protected
Heritage review in Bass Coast Shire resulting to development and protection of places that could have potential heritage significance.

Community feedback wanted on Surf Beach and Sunderland Bay estates drainage works by Bass Coast Council
Bass Coast Shire Council will continue to investigate a potential special charge scheme for road and drainage upgrade works for the Surf Beach and Sunderland Bay estates.

Industrial land use strategy on existing and future supply adopted by Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council adopted the Bass Coast Industrial Land Study at its council meeting, held on Wednesday, 16 March.

Bass Coast Shire Council continues advocating aquatics facilities for Phillip Island and Wonthaggi
Bass Coast Shire Council is seeking an investment of $79.3 million to deliver its two-pool strategy.

Local Bass Coast artists transform fence surrounding Cowes Cultural and Community Centre
An exciting initiative from Bass Coast Shire Council will see 28 artists supported to install 28 artworks.

Local community invited celebrate completion of solar energy project at Coronet Bay Community Hall in Bass Coast
Bass Coast Shire Council is inviting the community to celebrate the completion of the solar energy project at Coronet Bay Community Hall this month.

Sealing of Shetland Heights Road in San Remo between Penniwells Drive and Potters Hill Road
Bass Coast Shire Council is continuing to improve its local road network, with the sealing of Shetland Heights Road in San Remo, between Penniwells Drive and Potters Hill Road.

Cowes boat ramp facility eastern car park to be upgraded
Bass Coast Shire Council is finalising plans for an upgrade of the eastern car park at the Cowes boat ramp facility.

Free Seniors Festival film and lunch event in Wonthaggi on 22 March 2022 hosted by Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council, in partnership with the Victorian Seniors Festival, is hosting a free Seniors Festival film and lunch event in Wonthaggi on Tuesday, 22 March.

Bass Coast Shire Council, Bass Coast Health, Phillip Island Nature Parks and Westernport Water support International Women's Day
International Women's Day, held on 8 March is a global day celebrating the social economic, cultural and political achievements of Women.

Bass Coast Shire residents best recyclers in Victoria says sustainability report
Bass Coast Shire residents are the best recyclers in the state, according to a recent Sustainability Victoria report.

Biggs Drive crossing upgrade will improve accessibility to Wonthaggi CBD and include pram access
Bass Coast Shire Council is fully funding this $40,000 project, which will get underway from Monday, 7 March and take two weeks to complete.

Cowes to Rhyll boardwalk gets $416,000 for upgrade from Victorian government regional funding
Bass Coast Shire Council has welcomed new State Government funding towards its tracks and trails network, bringing benefits to the Bass Coast community.

Feedback wanted from families for local kindergarten providers and Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council and local kindergarten providers want to hear from families, to better understand kindergarten needs for the Shire into the future.

Grantville Jetty to be renewed by Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council will renew the Grantville Jetty this month, to improve the safety of the structure which has deteriorated due to age and wear and tear from wave action.

Bass Coast Shire Council launches new online engagement platform called Engage Bass Coast
Bass Coast Shire Council is excited to launch its new online engagement platform, 'Engage Bass Coast', on Monday, 28 February.

Community feedback wanted on Communications and Engagement Strategy for Bass Coast Shire
Bass Coast Shire Council is reviewing its Communications and Engagement Strategy and wants to hear from the community.

New oval lighting for Inverloch, Dalyston and Cowes recreation reserves from Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council will install new oval lighting at the Inverloch, Dalyston and Cowes recreation reserves over coming months.

Kilcunda Caravan Park on Bass Highway gets new long-term lease
Bass Coast Shire Council has awarded a long-term lease for the Kilcunda Caravan Park, located on the Bass Highway in Kilcunda.

Free event for International Women's Day at Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre on 8 March 2022
Bass Coast Shire Council is hosting a free event for International Women's Day on Tuesday, 8 March at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre.

Online climate change community portal launched by Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council's online climate change community portal has launched, providing locally relevant climate change information to the community.

Winners of 2021 Business Awards held at Silverwater Resort in San Remo announced by Bass Coast Shire Council
Local businesses were in the spotlight on Friday (18 February) night, as Bass Coast Shire Council announced the winners of the 2021 Business Awards at an event held at Silverwater Resort in San Remo.

Applications open for Youth Grants Program from Bass Coast Shire Council
Applications for Bass Coast Shire Council's Youth Grants Program are now open.

Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve at Phillip Island will have public roads discontinued and closed
Bass Coast Shire Council has resolved to begin the statutory process to discontinue public roads within Phillip Island's Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve.

Outstanding success with competition surfing returning with Phillip Island Pro 2022 to Bass Coast
Bass Coast Shire Council is proud to support events right across the Shire and as part of this, has a longstanding commitment to hosting surfing events in the region.

Better free parking management coming to Cowes and Wonthaggi
A better way to manage free parking in Cowes and Wonthaggi is on the way.

Construction of Surf Parade Path extension in Inverloch begins
Bass Coast Shire Council is excited to announce that construction of the next stage of the Surf Parade Shared Path in Inverloch will start in early February.

Drainage renewal works for Settlement Road in Cowes commences
Construction of new underground stormwater drainage pipes/pits and modification of existing drainage infrastructure works which will be carried through uni-directional boring within the drainage easement.

Building of Cowes Cultural and Community Centre and Wonthaggi Guide Park has started
Construction on two of Bass Coast Shire Council's major projects has now officially started, the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre and Wonthaggi Guide Park.

Wonthaggi to Inverloch trail funded $3M from Victorian government's Growing Suburbs Fund
Bass Coast Shire Council is thrilled to announce that the State Government's Growing Suburbs Fund will contribute $3 million to the development of a 14 kilometre path between Inverloch and Wonthaggi.

Work begins on 360 metre rock revetment wall along Cowes East Foreshore by Bass Coast Shire Council
Works on Cowes East Foreshore will begin on 1 February and be completed by the end of July, subject to weather and tidal conditions.

Newhaven jetty on Bass Coast is ready for renewal
Bass Coast Shire Council is getting ready to complete a renewal of the Newhaven Jetty, which has been damaged due to age and wear and tear from wave action.

Carol Blair from San Remo is 2022 Bass Coast Citizen of the Year
Bass Coast Shire Council announced the winner of its 2022 Bass Coast Citizen of the Year at a presentation on Wednesday, 19 January.

Dinosaur from Bass Coast named as Victoria's official State Fossil Emblem
Proposed dinosaur trail, to give an experience and understanding about the fossil and dinosaurs that once roamed Bass Coast.

Tulloch Street footpath in Dalyston soon to start
Construction of a new footpath along Tulloch Street in Dalyston will get underway this month.

New York Times recommends to see Bass Coast's own Penguin Parade
Bass Coast's own Penguin Parade featured at number 24 on The New York Times' 2022 list of 52 places to visit.

Staying safe from COVID Omicron surge in Bass Coast Shire
Information is brought for the community by Bass Coast Health and Bass Coast Shire Council to prepare, manage, and isolate.

Feedback wanted in the Local Law review for Bass Coast Shire
Bass Coast Shire Council is currently reviewing its Local Law and is calling on the community to provide feedback on the proposed changes.

Outdoor Entertainment Rebate Program gives up to $300 from Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council's Outdoor Entertainment Rebate Program will give businesses rebates of up to $300 for providing outdoor entertainment this summer.

Activating our outdoor spaces this summer for business in Bass Coast Shire
Bass Coast Shire Council is helping local businesses to create outdoor trading and dining spaces across the Shire this summer.

Cowes foreshore gets new groynes to improve coastal protection from Bass Coast Shire Council
Eight new timber groynes are now in place to protect the Cowes East foreshore from erosion.

Get tickets for the 2021 Bass Coast Business Awards held on Friday 18 February 2022
Tickets are now available for the 2021 Bass Coast Business Awards presentation night.

Long grass inspections are being done in Bass Coast Shire so keep up the mowing
Bass Coast Shire Council's Emergency Management Officers are currently carrying out long grass inspections, which will continue into the new year.

More outdoor trading over summer period to be encouraged by Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council will once again transform outdoor spaces to encourage more outdoor trading over the coming summer period.

Oval lighting will be upgraded at Cowes, Dalyston and Inverloch recreation reserves
Oval lighting will be upgraded at the Cowes, Dalyston and Inverloch recreation reserves.

Guide Park Redevelopment $1.77 M project in Bass Coast Shire to begin early 2022
Bass Coast Shire Council awarded the tender for the Project at its December meeting.

Study shows erosion impacts on Kilcunda foreshore in Bass Coast Shire
The Kilcunda Foreshore Erosion Options Assessment Report has recently been released, outlining a study into the impacts of erosion on the Kilcunda foreshore.

Bass Coast Shire Council gives 41 businesses up to $2000 rebate each to improve shopfronts
Forty-one Bass Coast businesses will receive rebates of up to $2000, to complete vital shopfront improvements.

Newhaven jetty in Bass Coast Shire ready to be renewed
Bass Coast Shire Council is getting ready to complete a renewal of Newhaven Jetty, which has been damaged due to age and wear and tear from wave action.

Community Grant recipients in Bass Coast Shire celebrate in $151,2000 of grants
Bass Coast Shire Council distributed $151,200 to 44 community groups on Thursday, for Round Two of the 2021 Community Grants Program.

Screening 'Remote Connections' by Bass Coast Shire Council and Gippsland Disability Advocacy was huge hit
Council encourages you to get a cup of tea or coffee, sit back and relax whilst you watch 14 Bass Coast residents discuss their experiences over the next 50 minutes.

Reminder for beach goers to swim between the flags from Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council is urging everyone to be safe by the water this summer and to always swim between the red and yellow flags at a patrolled beach.

Activism Against Gender Based Violence campaign supported by Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council will be facilitating 'chats' with its employees and the community, throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence campaign, which starts today (25 November).

Community consultation extended for Sunderland Bay and Surf Beach estates
Extension community consultation period for the proposed road and drainage improvement program for Sunderland Bay and Surf Beach estates.

State government recycling plan to significantly impact Bass Coast Shire Council approach to waste over next ten years
Reforms that are going to significantly impact Bass Coast's approach to waste in the coming years.

Bass Coast Shire Council continues drive for gender equality with equal prize money
Bass Coast Shire to hold sports events that have a prize money to men and women who will win.

Bass Coast Shire Council to use unused road reserves for social housing in Wonthaggi and Cowes
Bass Coast Shire Council has resolved to make six unused road reserves available for the development of social housing in Wonthaggi and Cowes.

Bridges at Shearwater Estate in Cowes to be upgraded
The decking and handrails of two bridges within Shearwater Estate in Cowes will be replaced in coming months.

Foreshore vandalism in Bass Coast Policy to be combated with new policy
Bass Coast Shire Council endorsed a new policy at its November Council Meeting, to provide a stronger response to illegal vegetation damage.

Michael Whelan elected as Mayor and Leticia Laing as Deputy Mayor for Bass Coast Shire Council in 2021/22
Bass Coast Shire Council has elected Cr Michael Whelan as Mayor and Cr Leticia Laing as Deputy Mayor at its November Meeting.

Bass Coast Shire Council supports Sustainability Festival 2021
Sustainability festival support presented by Bass Coast Landcare Network.

Bass Coast Shire prepares at Phillip Island for School Leavers Week 2021
The official School Leavers Week runs from 27 November to 4 December.

Free film on big screen at Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre for Social Inclusion Week
Bass Coast Shire Council has partnered with Gippsland Disability Advocacy (GDA) to celebrate Social Inclusion Week and International Day of People with Disability.

Grantville footpath replacement along Bass Highway to get start
Part of the footpath along Bass Highway in Grantville will be replaced in coming weeks.

Residents can now make request online to Bass Coast Shire Council
Customers can now log their requests directly through Bass Coast Shire Council's website.

Still time to nominate local heroes for 2022 Bass Coast Australia Day Awards for Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year
There is still time to nominate your local heroes for the 2022 Bass Coast Australia Day Awards for Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year.

Recycled road method to renew Matthew Street in Wonthaggi being used by Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council is using an innovative method to renew Matthew Street in Wonthaggi, between Broome Crescent and Stewart Street.

Melbourne's South-East Councils Climate Change Alliance calls for ambitious COP26 emissions target
A vision for a thriving and productive region with an opportunity to be a clean green thriving economy.

Bass Shire Council investigates road and drainage improvements to Sunderland Bay and Surf Beach estates
Bass Coast Shire Council is exploring the possibility of implementing a road and drainage improvement program for the Sunderland Bay and Surf Beach estates.

Bass Coast Shire Council allocates $144,100 in Round two of the 2021 Community Grants Program
Bass Coast Shire Council has allocated $144,100 to support 45 projects, in Round two of the 2021 Community Grants Program.

Bass Coast Shire Council continues $205,000 renewal of Grantville seawall
Further works will be carried out to renew the seawall at the end of Pier Road in Grantville, as part of Bass Coast Shire Council's Capital Works Program.

Big step forward for Bass Coast Dinosaurs Trail to create an interactive sound and light 'Gondwana Garden'
A masterplan developed for the community to experience dinosaur discovery, learning and creativity, a journey that links together history, community, culture and environment

Pet plan (Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021/25) adopted by Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council has adopted its Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) 2021-25 at the October Council Meeting.

Bass Coast Community Vision 2041 with plan for 2021-25 and financial plan 2021-31 adopted by Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council is pleased to have adopted the Bass Coast Community Vision 2041, the Council Plan 2021-25 and the Long Term Financial Plan 2021-31 at its Meeting on Wednesday.

Bass Coast Shire Council sets direction for health, wellbeing and accessibility
The importance of health, wellbeing, access and inclusion in Bass Coast has been recognised by Bass Coast Shire Council.

Permit fees for outdoor dining waived by Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council will waive permit fees for hundreds of hospitality venues to encourage more outdoor dining to help the region bounce back from pandemic lockdowns.

Bass Coast Shire offers fee-free green waste disposal for summer 2021/22
Bass Coast Shire Council's annual fee-free green waste disposal period is held to encourage residents and property owners to tidy up in preparation for summer and the fire season.

Cowes Culture and Community Centre construction tender up to be considered by Bass Coast Shire Council on 20 Oct 2021
Council project that valued the community's feedback and would create jobs for the local community.

Detox your Home event to encourage Wonthaggi to dispose of unwanted household chemicals on 31 Oct 2021
Bass Coast Shire Council is encouraging the community to dispose of unwanted household chemicals at the Detox your Home event, coming to Wonthaggi on Sunday, 31 October.

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Bass Coast Australia Day Award
Nominations for Bass Coast Australia Day 2022 Awards.

Bass Coast Shire Council offers $2000 rebates for local businesses to improve shopfronts and building facades
Rebates for the service providers and local businesses to improve their shop fronts.

Condition assessments on over 400 buildings and structures to be done by Bass Coast Shire Council in October and November 2021
Bass Coast Shire Council to carry out condition assessments on over 400 buildings and structures during October and November.

Cowes Cultural and Community Centre gets $5M federal funding from Building Better Regions Program
Federal Government's Building Better Regions Program, for the construction of the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre.

Cowes in Phillip Island to get two new footpaths built
Bass Coast Shire Council will construct two new footpaths in Cowes, starting this August.

Jam Jerrup drainage upgrades along Foreshore Road
Bass Coast Shire Council will carry out drainage renewal works along Foreshore Road in Jam Jerrup in August.

Bass Coast Shire Council calls for Inverloch to remain in the State District of Bass in response to proposed change to State Electoral boundaries
Bass Coast Shire Council will develop a submission, advocating for Inverloch to remain in the State District of Bass, following a proposal to change State Electoral boundaries.

Feedback sought on draft Smiths Beach town plan by Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council has developed the Draft Smiths Beach Town Plan, following extensive community engagement in 2020 and is now looking for feedback.

West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation becomes not-for-profit organisation in Bass Coast Shire
Council working with West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation on the proposed transition to ensure the required governance changes do not affect the important service and to meet the needs and expectations of the growing community.

Wreck Creek in Inverloch gets culvert upgrades
Culvert renewal project that will help protect the structure from erosion.

Come to Cowes Cultural and Community Centre community drop-in information session
Information session for the community with regards of the cultural centre redevelopment.

Access and inclusion on the agenda for Bass Coast
Council held an access and inclusion forum to help shape the development of a new disability action plan.

Bass Coast Reconciliation Network calls to heal country as part of NAIDOC week 2021
Celebrating NAIDOC week through art, supporting the contribution and talent of the first nation in Bass Coast.

Baw Baw Local News

Baw Baw Shire Council approves 2024/25 budget allocating $107M for operations and $41M for infrastructure
Council adopted a focused, community-oriented budget at a special meeting today, including strategic documents after extensive public input. The budget allocates $107.03 million for operations and $41.2 million for infrastructure projects.

Baw Baw Shire Council alerts 1,250 residents to OracleCMS data breach affecting calls from 2014 to 2016
Baw Baw Shire Council is notifying 1,250 residents about a data breach at after-hours service provider OracleCMS, affecting calls from June 2014 to January 2016. Council's own systems are secure.

Baw Baw draft Community Local Law changes on property maintenance, construction and animals needs feedback by 5 July 2024
After community input in March, Baw Baw Shire Council crafted a Draft Community Local Law, now open for public feedback. The law addresses property maintenance, construction, animal control, and overall Shire welfare.

Baw Baw Shire Council endorsed policies to boost sports participation by improving facility access and addressing gender barriers
Baw Baw Shire Councillors endorsed two new policies to boost community sports participation by improving facility access. These policies aim to ensure equitable sports pavilion development and address barriers for women and girls.

Baw Baw Shire Council offers workshops on becoming a councillor covering topics like candidacy, campaign essentials, and insights
The Baw Baw Shire Council will host workshops in June and July, covering various topics for potential councillors. Sessions include becoming a councillor, campaign essentials, and insights from women councillors.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 5 June 2024
Baw Baw Shire Council's Wednesday 5 June Meeting discussed matters like the Community Local Law 2024, sports pavilion policies, and Neerim South Recreation Reserve Pavilion options.

Erica Preschool extends operations into 2025 thanks to agreement between Y Kinders and Department of Education
Baw Baw Shire Council celebrates Erica Preschool's continued operation in 2025, thanks to an agreement between Y Kinders and the Department of Education. Mayor Annemarie McCabe expresses gratitude for community advocacy.

Warragul Coffee Vibes celebrates first year of success in supporting local all-abilities youth and now planning expansion
Warragul's Coffee Vibes, a social enterprise cafe supporting eight local all-abilities youth, marked its 1st year. Operated by Knoxbrooke and Baw Baw Shire, it offers employment and community engagement, with plans for expansion.

Baw Baw Shire Council secures additional $14.5M federal grant for $35M Culture and Connection Precinct in Warragul
Baw Baw Shire Council secures $14.5 million grant for the Baw Baw Culture and Connection Precinct. The $35 million project includes a new library and learning centre in Warragul, with contributions from both state and federal governments.

Baw Baw Shire Early Childhood Careers Expo at West Gippsland Arts Centre on 30 May 2024
The Early Childhood Careers Expo, happening this May at the West Gippsland Arts Centre, aims to inspire careers in the early years sector. Featuring local businesses, presentations, and a pop-up playgroup.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 15 May 2024
The Council held a meeting on May 15th to review submissions on the 2024/25 budget and related plans. They thanked the community for their input and announced changes to meeting schedules.

Baw Baw Shire Council welcomes Victorian government grants aiding Noojee transition from timber harvesting
Baw Baw Shire Council welcomes Victorian State Government grants supporting the Noojee project, aiding community transition from timber harvesting. The grants boost local development and sustainability initiatives.

Baw Baw Shire Council continues advocacy for key unfunded projects despite limited aid from 2024/25 Victorian State Budget
Baw Baw Shire Council persists in advocating to State and Federal governments post the 2024/25 Victorian State Budget, although minimal aid was allocated. Key projects, like road improvements, remain unfunded.

Feedback wanted on draft Master Plan for Alex Goudie Native Park in Drouin by 2 June 2024
Share your thoughts on the Draft Master Plan to enhance Alex Goudie Native Park in Drouin. The plan includes various additions to the park, aiming to preserve its natural beauty and meet community needs.

Community feedback wanted on new policy for celebrating significant dates in Baw Baw Shire by 31 May 2024
Council invites community feedback on a new Policy for celebrating significant dates. The draft aims to establish a framework for acknowledging cultural events and fostering community connection. Share your thoughts on Baw Baw Connect by May 31.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 17 April 2024
Baw Baw Shire Council updates the community in the council meeting agendas and minutes held 1st May 2024.

Baw Baw residents will get new purple-lidded glass bins collected separately every four weeks to better recycling process from October 2024
Baw Baw Shire residents will soon receive 120L purple-lidded glass recycling bins alongside current waste bins. Starting October, glass will be collected separately every four weeks, improving recycling efficiency and reducing landfill.

Baw Baw Shire Council funds 28 community groups total of $105,303 from Community Grants Program
Twenty-eight local groups in Baw Baw Shire received over $105,000 in funding from Round 2 of the Community Grants Program, aiding events, equipment purchases, and more.

Have your say and help develop Trafalgar Structure Plan through online survey by 20 May 2024
Have a say in shaping Trafalgar's future! Share insights on the Trafalgar Structure Plan, guiding land use and growth. Join online or in-person consultations until 19 May 2024.

Community feedback needed for Baw Baw Shire draft 2024/25 Budget by 8 May 2024
Baw Baw Shire Council seeks community input on vital draft documents, including the 2024/25 Budget, shaping future investments. Explore and comment until May 8. Details at council website.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 17 April 2024
Stay informed: Council's latest decisions include draft infrastructure plans and budgets for public review. Submit feedback by May 8. Meeting on May 15. Details at council's website.

West Gippsland Arts Centre holds a candlelight vigil to honour domestic violence victims on 1 May 2024
The West Gippsland Arts Centre hosts a candlelight vigil on May 1st to honor victims of domestic violence. Partnering with local organisations, the event aims to raise awareness and encourage community action.

Baw Baw Shire Council partners with Lifeline Gippsland to offer mental health counselling training from 10 May to 19 June
Baw Baw Shire Council offers mental health counselling training in May and June. Participants learn to recognize signs of mental health issues, communicate effectively, and provide timely support.

Feedback wanted on renaming Baw Baw Apex Picnic Area and Lookout by 6 May 2024
Baw Baw Shire Council seeks public input on renaming the Apex Picnic Area and Lookout near Neerim South to Little Charli's, a name organically embraced by the community. Consultation runs April 5 to May 6.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 3 April 2024
Council's snapshot: Key decisions from April 3 council meeting: Refusal of planning permit for 2 Balmoral St due to parking and character concerns, contract variation for Warragul Leisure Centre, renaming Apex Picnic Area, and more.

Luke Connell appointed Director of Planning and Development for Baw Baw Shire Council
Luke Connell joins Baw Baw Shire Council as Director of Planning and Development, bringing nearly 20 years of local government experience. His focus is on community engagement and strategic planning.

Waste App that offers bin night reminders, schedules, recycling info and eco-tips introduced by Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw's Waste App transforms trash into treasure, offering bin night reminders, collection schedules, recycling tips, and waste disposal guidance. Mayor Annemarie McCabe praises its simplicity.

Applications to join Baw Baw Shire Council youth leadership program open for residents 12 and 25 until 2 April 2024
Join Baw Baw Shire Council's Youth Voices Program! Ages 12-25 in Baw Baw can plan music, cultural, and art events, enhancing leadership skills. Monthly meetings and training provided. Register by April 2.

Feedback wanted for Longwarry Drainage Strategy by 10 April 2024 with drop-in sessions at the Longwarry Public Hall 19 March 2024
Baw Baw Shire Council initiates Longwarry's new stormwater strategy, seeking community input to address current and future drainage challenges for improved flood management and environmental sustainability.

Baw Baw Shire Council adopts Crown Recreation Reserve Master Plans 2024 for sport infrastructure development across four reserves
Council adopted the Crown Recreation Reserve Master Plans 2024, shaped by community feedback, to guide sport and infrastructure development across four reserves, emphasising community engagement and the importance of planning for future needs.

Waterford Rise park in Warragul renamed to honour the late for Kelly Koochew and her legacy in Baw Baw Shire
Warragul's Waterford Rise park renamed for Kelly Koochew, honouring her community contributions. Endorsed by Baw Baw Shire Council, supported by family and community, inspiring future generations.

Baw Baw Shire Council endorses Youth Strategy 2024-2028 that focuses on five key areas and crafted with extensive community input
Baw Baw Shire Council endorsed its Youth Strategy 2024-2028, shaped by youth input, to address key areas including voice, support, safety, learning, and health. Mayor McCabe highlighted its role in improving outcomes for young residents.

Community feedback wanted for Baw Baw Shire Council Community Local Laws by 28 March 2024
Baw Baw Shire Council seeks input on its Community Local Law via online and in-person sessions across the region. Feedback will inform updates to enhance community safety and address emerging issues.

Baw Baw Shire Youth Mental Health First Aid training program available on 21 and 22 March 2024 at Trafalgar Business Centre
Thirty-five students from eight secondary schools in Baw Baw Shire became mental health ambassadors, part of Live4Life. They'll promote positive mental health, reduce stigma, and organise events, supported by the council and local organisations.

Baw Baw Shire Council developing Fair Access Policy to tackle barriers for women and girls in sports and needs feedback
Baw Baw Shire Council is developing a Fair Access Policy to tackle barriers for women and girls in sports infrastructure. This, along with the Sports Pavilion Design and Development Policy, aims for fairness and consistency.

Michael Leaney Deputy Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Council re-elected as Chair of Peri Urban Councils of Victoria
Baw Baw Shire Council is pleased to announce Councillor Michael Leaney's re-election as Chair of Peri Urban Councils of Victoria, with Cr Moira Berry as Deputy Chair.

Slip Road Maritime Precinct in Paynesville with restarts with updated design featuring new amenities for boaters
Restarting the Slip Road Maritime Precinct project in Paynesville with a redesigned plan including new boat ramp, jetties, and a services jetty. Collaboration between governments and Carter Marine for construction.

Baw Baw Shire Council remains committed to assisting significantly affected residents of February 2024 storms
The February 13 storm significantly impacted Baw Baw Shire. Community events, waste disposal services, relief funds, and support facilities are available. Council is actively addressing road blockages and facility damages.

Baw Baw Shire Council Community grant submissions with grants up to $5,000 for 2024 projects are open until 23 February 2024
Baw Baw Shire Council's current community grant round is open until February 23. Mayor Annemarie McCabe emphasises the program's support for local groups, offering grants up to $5,000 for community projects.

Baw Baw Shire Council supports community from wild storms offering support for property damage assessment and relief payments
Baw Baw Shire Council provides ongoing support post-storm, offering damage assessment, relief payment guidance, and access to facilities like showers and WiFi. Road clearing prioritised despite power line challenges.

Drinking fountains installed at Erica Rec Reserve, Two Towns Trail, Warragul BMX Track and McGregor Park by Gippsland Water
Gippsland Water and Baw Baw Shire Council installed four new drinking fountains, enhancing access to free water. Community feedback prompted placement, promoting health, environmental awareness, and community engagement.

Baw Baw Shire Council endorsed Early Years Plan for 2024-2027 that prioritises community youngest generations
Baw Baw Shire Council endorsed the Municipal Early Years Plan 2024-2027 after extensive community consultation, prioritising children's needs and planning for their development and well-being.

Baw Baw Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 7 February 2024
Council records all resolutions, whether passed or not, procedural actions, councillor attendance, committee reports, submitted questions, and verbal submissions made during meetings.

Baw Baw Shire Council and Women in Gippsland celebrates annual International Women's Day with keynote Julia Baird on 8 Mar 2024
Baw Baw Shire Council and Women in Gippsland present an inspiring International Women's Day event on March 8 in Warragul. Featuring bestselling author Julia Baird, a diverse panel, and a pre-event festival.

Baw Baw Shire Council awarded 2023 Solver of the Year Awards getting 94% solve rate on Snap Send Solve app
Snap Send Solve - Solver of the Year Awards has named Baw Baw Shire Council the 2023 Inclusive Excellence Award winner for Victoria.

Expressions of interest for stallholders of inaugural Baw Baw Early Childhood Careers Expo on May open until 4 March 2024
Local businesses offering early childhood careers, training, or pathways are encouraged to apply for stallholders at the inaugural Early Childhood Careers Expo on May 30.

Share your thoughts on draft tree management plan in Baw Baw Shire by 26 Feb 2024
Share your views on tree protection in Baw Baw Shire! Provide feedback on council's Draft Tree Management Plan and Policy. Consultation open on Baw Baw Connect until February 26, 2024.

Baw Baw Shire Council supports Youth Mental Health First Aid training at Warragul Goods Shed on 8 and 9 February 2024
Approximately 25% of young Australians face mental health issues annually. Local training for adults (18+) is accessible, providing skills to aid youth in mental health crises through subsidised Youth MHFA courses.

Nikki Cadzow named Citizen of the Year at Baw Baw Shire 2024 Australia Day Awards ceremony
Outstanding individuals and groups were honored at the 2024 Baw Baw Shire Council Australia Day Awards. Local volunteer Nikki Cadzow named Citizen of the Year. Community event tomorrow.

Baw Baw residents invited to join Cycling Project Reference Group by 14 February 2024 to help enhance infrastructure
Baw Baw Shire Council invites residents to join the Baw Baw Cycling Project Reference Group, contributing insights for enhanced cycling infrastructure. Applications are open until February 14, 2024.

Baw Baw Shire Council adopts 100% renewable energy for primary electricity contracts via Victorian Energy Collaboration
Baw Baw Shire Council has transitioned to 100% renewable energy for major electricity contracts through the Victorian Energy Collaboration (VECO), achieving cost savings and supporting environmental sustainability goals.

Baw Baw Shire Australia Day Awards to honour exceptional individuals and groups on 24 January 2024
Celebrate outstanding individuals and groups at Baw Baw Shire Council's Australia Day Awards. Recognize achievements in four categories. Citizenship Ceremony and community event follow at West Gippsland Arts Centre on 24 January 2024.

Baw Baw Shire community groups encouraged to apply for grants up to $5,000 for projects from 5 February 2024
Community groups can apply for grants supporting projects and minor works. Applications open February 5, offering up to $5,000 for events, environmental initiatives, and equipment. Council appointments aid in crafting strong applications.

Animal welfare top priority for Baw Baw Shire Council by penalises unregistered breeders and education of responsible pet care
Council adopts proactive measures, penalises unregistered breeders, and conducts inspections to ensure animal welfare, emphasising community involvement and strict enforcement to mitigate risks and promote responsible pet ownership.

West Gippsland Arts Centre releases 2024 Daylight Entertainment Season with special ticket prices
West Gippsland Arts Centre ends a successful year, anticipating an exciting 2024 lineup after hosting renowned acts, expanding with Coffee Vibes cafe supporting disability employment, and unveiling a promising entertainment season ahead.

Have your say on naming the park on Stoke Street after Kelly Koochew by 29 January 2024
Baw Baw Shire Council proposes naming a Warragul park after Kelly Koochew, a respected community figure. The council seeks public feedback through a survey on the proposed name via Baw Baw Connect.

Report shows $1B local road funding support forcing Baw Baw Shire COuncil to seek increased federal support
A research report urges $1 billion extra federal funds for Australian councils' road upkeep. Baw Baw Shire seeks improved support due to growth, advocating for increased funding as roads face challenges.

Investigation results affirm no misconduct in regards to planning and procurement matters at Baw Baw Shire Council
Council embraces investigation results, confirming no wrongdoing. They're committed to improving procurement, disaster recovery, planning permits, emphasising responsible governance for community welfare.

Leanne Hurst resigns as Baw Baw Shire Director for Planning and Development on 5 January 2024
Leanne Hurst exits Baw Baw Shire's Director role, effective Jan 5, 2024, credited for service improvements. Joining Yarra Ranges Council as Director Communities.

Road repair program for Trafalgar starts with $1M from Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire allocates over $1 million for sustainable road repairs in Trafalgar, prioritising key roads like Dodemaides, Kitchener, and Anzac. Emphasis on environmental sustainability and minimal disruption during execution.

Drouin picked for Victorian government operated Early Learning Centre as part of $14B kindergarten investment
Drouin chosen for new state-operated Early Learning Centre, reflecting community needs. Council welcomes investment in childcare, anticipates collaboration for site selection, aiming for family accessibility by 2027-2028.

Monthly free live music events for local Gippsland talent at West Gippsland Arts Centre from 15 December 2023
'Forecourt Fridays' at West Gippsland Arts Centre: monthly free music showcasing local talent. BYO items encouraged; on-site food, coffee, and bar available (no BYO alcohol).

Noojee community commemorates achievements and progress of $500k Shaping the Future project with Baw Baw Shire Council
Noojee commemorated achievements and planned the Shaping the Future initiative. Mayor McCabe, locals, discussed progress of the $500,000 Shaping the Future project focusing on infrastructure, economy, and community growth.

Survive the Heat campaign from Better Health supported by Baw Baw Shire Council
Get ready for summer safely! Baw Baw Shire Council supports staying cool with the Better Health Survive the Heat campaign. Dive into pools, explore libraries, and attend events while staying updated through council's socials!

Have your say on the Playground Renewal Program 2023/24 across Baw Baw Shire by 11 December 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council plans to revamp six playgrounds, allocating $300,000 for refurbishment. Residents can suggest improvements for these spots, aiming to enhance community engagement and local family experiences by 11 December.

Feedback needed on draft Baw Baw Shire Council policy to name places and spaces naming by 18 December 2023
Share input on future place names in Baw Baw Shire. The council's draft policy aims for respectful, inclusive naming after auditing disparities.

Baw Baw Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 22 November 2023
Council's Received Palestine vigil petition, set response by Feb 2024. Approved Longwarry Plan Amendment, taxi rank changes, road sale, and naming policy consultation. Meetings open, live streamed, archived online.

Baw Baw Shire Council proudly backs Live4Life program to help improve mental wellbeing among rural youth
Council backs Live4Life, a youth-focused program aiding rural mental health. It celebrates milestones, fosters connections, and educates young minds on mental health support, aiming for wider community involvement.

Community feedback needed for Baw Baw Shire Roadside Weed and Pest Control Program Plan by 11 December 2023
Council seeks community input for the Roadside Weed and Pest Control Program Plan, crucial for preserving biodiversity and agricultural health that aims to guide weed and pest control till 2026, and public feedback for alignment with local needs.

Expressions of interest open for Baw Baw Environmental Voice Advisory Committee by 15 December 2023
Baw Baw Shire seeks applicants for Environmental Voice Advisory Committee (EVAC). Join to influence local environmental decisions; applications open till Dec 15. Meetings quarterly, impacting sustainability strategies.

Take part of Baw Baw Family Friendly Christmas and register by 28 November 2023
Baw Baw Festive Season returns! Join businesses for family-friendly events, promotions. Mayor McCabe highlights the program, celebrating welcoming spaces for families, inviting exploration.

Baw Baw Shire Council shifts to monthly meetings starting February 2024 to improve inclusivity and participation
Baw Baw Shire Council shifts to monthly meetings starting February 2024, aiming for inclusivity. Earlier agendas, live streaming, and remote submissions enhance community engagement.

Fire Hazard Inspections Program for Baw Baw starts 1 December 2023 to minimise risks and better prepare for bushfire season
Preparing for the fire season in Baw Baw Shire by participating in Council's Fire Hazard Inspections program, which starts December 1, offering free green waste drop-offs for readiness.

Annemarie McCabe re-elected as mayor with Tricia Jones as deputy mayor for Baw Baw Shire Council
Councillor Annemarie McCabe, representing the West Ward, secures her re-election as Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Council, forming the inaugural all-female leadership with newly elected Deputy Mayor Tricia Jones.

Baw Baw Council allocates $70,000 in grants for eight community-led minor capital projects that enhance well-being and community engagement
Baw Baw Shire Council allocates nearly $70,000 in grants for eight community-led projects aligning with the Public Health and Wellbeing Plan. Recipients include various community groups for diverse improvements.

Feedback needed on draft Baw Baw Youth Strategy 2024-2028 by 15 December 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council welcomes community input on the Youth Strategy 2024-2028, shaped by direct consultations with young residents. It aims to enhance well-being through key initiatives in five priority areas.

UNESCO World Heritage listing for Victorian gold rush region being pursued by Baw Baw Shire and 14 other local governments
From the late 1840s to the early 20th century, a global gold rush frenzy transformed rural areas into booming metropolises. The bid seeks World Heritage status, celebrating Victoria's gold rush history alongside iconic Australian sites if approved.

Yarragon Township Plan and Urban Design Framework adopted by Baw Baw Shire Council
Council officially endorses the Yarragon Township Plan and Urban Design Framework, a crucial advancement in regional strategic planning. The adopted plan reflects community aspirations for sustainable growth and town character preservation.

Baw Baw Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 8 November 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council discussed community grants, endorsed a Youth Strategy draft, and addressed governance matters. The Mayor highlighted World Kindness Day. Meetings are public and live-streamed.

Baw Baw Shire Council offers residents free disposal of green waste at Trafalgar, Erica, Lardner and Neerim South transfer stations
Baw Baw Shire Council provides free green waste disposal for residents in preparation for the fire season at four transfer stations throughout late November and early December. Proof of residency required.

Free textile recycling day at Warragul Council Depot as part of National Recycling Week on 18 November 2023
Residents can drop off unwanted textiles, promoting eco-friendly practices and reducing landfill waste. Book an hourly drop-off slot and ensure items are neatly bagged.

Noojee timber heritage and resilience celebrated in new town murals by 90 Degrees Art and artist Dan Wenn
Noojee pays tribute to its timber legacy, nature, and resilience through three murals by 90 Degrees Art. They portray local history, placed at specific spots, with Melbourne artist Danny Awes ensuring historical precision.

Baw Baw Shire Council presents Annual Report for 2022/2023 highlighting strong financial management and progress
Baw Baw Shire Council's Annual Report for the year ending June 30, 2023, reflects strong financial management and community progress, highlights milestones and evolving community needs, while CEO Mark Dupe emphasises financial stability.

Vape harm sculpture to raise awareness risk of vaping on display at West Gippsland Arts Centre 6 - 27 November 2023
West Gippsland Healthcare and Baw Baw Shire display VicHealth's 'What's Really in a Vape?' sculpture at the West Gippsland Arts Centre from November 6 to 27, 2023.

Jan Clarke wins 2023 Startup Gippsland Pitch Showcase with groundbreaking online eating disorder support service called Door 2
Jan Clarke, founder of Door 2, a groundbreaking online eating disorder support service, won the 2023 Startup Gippsland Pitch Showcase.

Nominations for Baw Baw Shire 2024 Australia Day Awards are now open until 24 November 2023
Nominations for the 2024 Baw Baw Australia Day Awards are open, recognizing local heroes for exceptional contributions to the community. Celebrating unsung heroes in the vibrant Baw Baw Shire.

Oak Street Arts Happening free event spotlights local artists and creatives held at recently renovated Drouin Community Hub
The Oak Street Arts Happening, organised by Committee for Drouin and backed by a Baw Baw Shire Council Community Grant, showcased local artists and creatives with market stalls and group displays.

Baw Baw Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 11 October 2023
Council reviewed permits, addressed safety concerns, approved financial reports, updated delegations, thanked emergency services, and invited public participation via live-streamed meetings.

Baw Baw residents can nominate best trees in town to undergo Significant Tree Study by 2 February 2024
Residents can nominate trees either online or at designated sites. The study is a collaborative effort with community organisations, aiming to spotlight the finest trees in local communities, subject to specific eligibility requirements.

Community feedback sought for Baw Baw Open Space Strategy to help shape the outdoor future by 3 December 2023
Join drop-in sessions in Baw Baw for community input on Open Space Strategy. Various dates and locations in October and November. Visit Baw Baw Connect for more info and download the consultation paper.

Community feedback wanted on Yarragon and Trafalgar Pedestrian and Cycling Safety Study by 29 October 2023
Join the Yarragon and Trafalgar Pedestrian and Cycling Safety Study, funded by TAC, to enhance safety and connectivity. Share your experiences for improving paths and trails in the community.

Gratitude to emergency services for diligent work during bushfires and flooding in Erica, Rawson and Walhalla by Baw Baw Shire Council
Community safety was ensured with contributions from CFA, FFMV, DEECA, and Victorian Police, especially the Erica & District Fire Brigade. While the fire disrupted access to Walhalla was successfully controlled without damage to properties.

Experience vibrant arts and music at newly renovated Drouin Community Hub on 14 October 2023
The Committee for Drouin invites the entire community to join in the festivities and explore the transformed space. Baw Baw Shire Council proudly supports the Oak Street Arts Happening with a $1,358 community grant.

Feedback wanted on updated master plan for Darnum, Longwarry, Thorpdale and Willow Grave recreational reserves by 23 November 2023
Locals and recreation reserve users in Darnum, Longwarry, Thorpdale, and Willow Grove are invited to assist Baw Baw Shire Council in updating Master Plans. Feedback on draft plans is encouraged before council's finalisation.

Baw Baw Shire community groups receive more than $140k in council grants for vital projects and events in 2023
Baw Baw Sustainability Network received $5,000 to promote their Creative Harvest event, aiming to educate and inspire self-sufficiency. Mayor Annemarie McCabe praised community initiatives and the improved application process.

Join Baw Baw Shire Children Expo free during Children's Week on 21 - 29 October 2023
Celebrate Children's Week 2023 (Oct 21-29) with Baw Baw Shire Council's Children's Expo! Free, interactive activities for young residents and caregivers promoting learning and play.

Join seniors garden tour as part of Victorian Seniors Festival at Warragul Civic Park on 17 October 2023
Join Baw Baw 60+ community for a free guided garden tour of Warragul Civic Park on October 17. Enjoy morning tea, insights from an expert, and explore the park's history and features. Registration required. Uneven terrain; assistance available.

Baw Baw Connect launches as engagement platform for Baw Baw Shire Council on 9 October 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council is launching Baw Baw Connect on 9 October, offering diverse engagement methods for transparent interactions with residents. The platform aims to enhance community involvement and provide updates on key projects.

Baw Baw Shire welcoming ceremony for new citizens at Drouin Golf and Country Club in September 2023
The recent Australian citizenship ceremony celebrated diversity, welcoming individuals from various countries. Anuja expressed joy at becoming a citizen with her family, while local leaders emphasised community involvement and unity.

Join Baw Baw Shire YouthFest jam-packed line up of free and low-cost fun from 25 - 29 September 2023
Registration may be required for limited-space events for Baw Baw's YouthFest 2023 offers a 5-day lineup of free and affordable activities for youth aged 12-25.

Baw Baw Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 13 September 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council Adopts Updated Election Period Policy with Enhanced Clarity and Governance Measures for upcoming October 2024 Election, following community input and feedback.

Join Baw Baw Seniors Festival in October with loads to free and affordable activities
Baw Baw Seniors Festival offers diverse activities, including shows, creative workshops, and fitness classes, promoting community interaction. Free transport available.

Routine stormwater drain inspections by TDM Pipeline Solution begin across Baw Baw Shire
Starting today, routine stormwater drain inspections will occur in Baw Baw Shire. They'll run Monday-Friday from 7 am to 5 pm for 7 weeks in Drouin, Warragul, Trafalgar, and Yarragon.

Baw Baw Shire and several other councils face potential $8.5M annual loss from being excluded from Growing Suburbs Fund
Baw Baw Shire $2 million annual loss after exclusion from Growing Suburbs Fund, impacting community projects and urgent infrastructure needs.

In-person customer service at West Gippsland Arts Centre reopens from 19 September 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council reopens in-person customer service in Warragul at West Gippsland Arts Centre, offering face-to-face options alongside online services.

Warragul students gain landscaping and maintenance skills while working with Baw Baw Shire Council Open Space Team
Two Warragul students gain hands-on landscaping experience with council's Student Placement Program, enhancing career pathways in local government.

Baw Baw Live4Life Crew event at West Gippsland Arts Centre promotes mental health
Baw Baw Live4Life Crew, dedicated to improving mental health and reducing stigma, organised events, shared ideas, and developed skills like teamwork and public speaking.

Baw Baw Shire Council exclusion from Growing Suburbs Fund deeply disappointing and harms Gippsland economy
Despite rapid population growth, Baw Baw Shire and other peri-urban councils are denied vital funding support, putting our communities at a disadvantage. The communities should not bear the brunt of this shortsighted choice.

Applications for West Gippsland Arts Centre Exhibition Program 2024 are close on 13 October 2023
The West Gippsland Arts Centre invites artists to submit expressions of interest for its 2024 exhibition program, offering a platform for local art in prominent spaces, fostering community support and connection.

Beauty and food businesses educated on mandatory safety and compliance premises registrations in Baw Baw Shire
Baw Baw Shire Council educates beauty and food businesses on mandatory premises registration for safety and compliance, covering various categories with annual inspections, enhancing safety and providing support.

Baw Baw Shire loss access to funding from the Growing Suburbs Fund despite their rapid population growth says CEO Mark Dupe
Victorian Peri-Urban Councils, including Baw Baw Shire, have lost access to funding from the Growing Suburbs Fund putting pressure on them to meet increasing demands without state support, despite prior advocacy efforts.

Baw Baw Creative Communities Strategy to 2029 to cultivate arts and culture needs community feedback by 12 September 2023
Creative Communities Strategy 2023-2029 aims to nurture a vibrant arts and culture community, focusing on inclusivity, diverse programming, functions, partnerships, and legacy-building.

See how Baw Baw Shire Council 2023 Community Satisfaction Survey results compare to Local Government Sector Averages
2023 marked Baw Baw Shire Council's successes in art centers, libraries, public spaces, recreation, waste management, and sustainability, with ongoing efforts highlighted by Mayor Annemarie McCabe.

Baw Baw Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 23 August 2023
For a concise overview of Council's vital decisions, results, and future plans, here's a snapshot from the August 23rd meeting.

Baw Baw residents can borrow from Myli Libraries portable induction cooktops and home energy and water efficiency kits
Free kits at local libraries promote energy efficiency and sustainability, including Home Efficiency Kits and Portable Induction Cooktops, empowering residents.

Noojee murals by 90 Degrees that will portray recovery and resilience have designs choosed
Noojee mural transformation by artist 90 Degrees depicts recovery and resilience. Designs chosen by collaboration, honouring history, community strength, and nature.

Community input wanted on new Library and Learning Centre in Baw Baw Shire by 12 September 2023
Baw Baw Shire seeks community input for New Library and Learning Centre through informal community conversation sessions across multiple locations.

Replacement of deteriorated Queen Street Elm trees in Warragul with Chinese Elm replacements set to proceed after extensive delays
Delayed due to planning assessment, removal of deteriorated Queen Street Elm trees in Warragul set to proceed, enhancing public safety with Chinese Elm replacements.

Trafalgar to join in pilot plastic-infused roads project to tackle waste challenge with circular-economy approach
RMIT-led project demonstrates plastic-infused roads in Victoria, guided by best-practice recycling guidelines, enhancing durability and sustainability. Austroads and Victorian councils collaborate for nationwide impact.

Baw Baw Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 9 August 2023
Agendas and minutes from Baw Baw Shire Council meeting.

Join 2023 Biodiversity Blitz challenge in Baw Baw Shire by September
Baw Baw Shire embraces Biodiversity Blitz in September, urging residents to engage in citizen science, explore local species, and compete regionally, fostering sustainability.

Ellen Close Reserve transformed by community planting thousands of new shrubs to enhance creek habitat for wildlife in Warragul
Community effort transforms Ellen Close reserve with thousands of plants, enhancing creek habitat. Local volunteers plant and celebrate, fostering community engagement and environmental awareness.

Help shape the future of Noojee community-driven project working groups to fuel economic growth and development
Residents unite for Baw Baw Shire Council's National Tree Day, enhancing Ellen Close reserve in Warragul with thousands of shrubs and ground covers. Habitat improvement, community bonding, and biodiversity enhancement underscored by the mayor.

Hallora Recreation Reserve get $750,000 upgrades to boost infrastructure to accommodate for growing sports participation in Baw Baw Shire
Baw Baw Council boosts sports infrastructure in Hallora Recreation Reserve, investing over $750,000 in upgrades for growing sport participation, following 2019 Recreation Master Plan.

Baw Baw Shire adopts 2023 Economic Land Use Strategy to drive growth and employment opportunities
Baw Baw Shire Council adopts Economic Land Use Strategy to boost investments and employment opportunities, aligning with population growth. Community consultations played a vital role.

Exciting Pop-Up Playgroup Program for Baw Baw Shire to create more fun-filled events for young families
Baw Baw Shire launches Pop-Up Playgroup program, offering fun activities for young families. The 12-month program begins in August at various locations.

Revised election period policy to ensure fair conduct and governance for Baw Baw Shire Council needs feedback by 18 August 2023
Seeking community input on revised Election Period Policy governing Councillors' conduct and Council business during October 2024 elections. Share feedback via website survey until 18 August 2023.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 26 July 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council meeting minutes and agendas held on 26 July 2023.

Dispose of household chemicals at Detox your Home event in Lardner Transfer Station from Baw Baw Shire Council on 19 August 2023
Dispose of household chemicals safely at Detox your Home on Aug 19, 2023, at Lardner Transfer Station. Register at Sustainability Victoria's website or Eventbrite. Stay informed with their e-newsletter.

Drouin Civic Park highlights gets new interpretive signage highlighting its historical and natural features
New seven interpretive signages in Drouin Civic Park highlights historical and natural features, celebrated in a launch ceremony and walking tour. The community-driven project enhances visitors' understanding of the park's significance.

Baw Baw Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 12 July 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council discussed traffic restrictions, renaming of a street, complaints handling policy, motions for MAV State Council, Councillor expenses, recognized public days and reopened council meetings.

West Gippsland Arts Centre thrives in 2023 with record-breaking year after COVID-19 challenges
West Gippsland Arts Centre overcomes COVID challenges, experiences record-breaking year with diverse shows, community support, and successful reopening, becoming a hub of thriving arts and culture.

Baw Baw Intelligent sensing Network (BBIN) gets $192,000 grants from Emergency Management Victoria's Risk and Resilience program
Emergency Management Victoria's Risk and Resilience Grants Program grants funding for Baw Baw Intelligent sensing Network (BBIN) to enhance safety by monitoring environmental conditions, detecting natural events, and providing real-time data.

Stakeholder and resident feedback wanted on Walhalla development plan from Baw Baw Shire Council by 31 July 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council seeks community feedback on the draft masterplan for Walhalla, aiming to address infrastructure gaps and shape the town's future as a tourism destination. Stakeholder input was gathered through consultations.

Monday Music with Fiddlesticks: Free program for children runs from West Gippsland Arts Centre July to December 2023
Free music program at West Gippsland Arts Centre for children aged 18 months to 3 years, featuring interactive classes, bookings required. Runs from July to December, with future sessions anticipated.

Applications open for community projects grants in Baw Baw Shire Council for up to $5,000 for local initiatives
Baw Baw Shire Council opens applications for Community Projects grants up to $5,000, supporting initiatives aligned with their priorities. New application process aims for increased accessibility and participation.

Construction of environmentally sustainable Library and Learning Centre with Green Star 5 Certification by Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Culture and Connection Precinct's Library and Learning Centre is aiming for sustainability and community engagement. Residents are encouraged to join the advocacy campaign for government funding.

Expression of Interest open for Baw Baw local Victorian Seniors Festival until 28 July 2023
Local businesses and organisations in Baw Baw are invited to submit their event proposals for the Victorian Seniors Festival booklet, which highlights free and affordable activities for seniors. Deadline: July 28.

Peri-urban infrastructure for Baw Baw Shire pushed by Deputy Mayor Michael Leaney at 2023 Australian Local Government conference
Deputy Mayor Michael Leaney represented Baw Baw Shire at the ALGA National General Assembly, advocating for investment in fast-growing peri-urban regions.

Road Safety Strategy that aims for zero annual deaths by 2050 adopted by Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire Council adopts a new Road Safety Strategy, aiming for zero serious injuries or deaths by 2050. Strategy focuses on leadership, collaboration, safe systems, and supporting all modes of transport.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 28 June 2023
Council meeting summary: Addressing parking issues, supporting social housing, awarding tenders, adopting road safety strategy, endorsing masterplan, and more. Public meetings now open.

Celebrate NAIDOC week in Baw Baw Shire with events, workshops and exhibitions led by local Elders from 3 July 2023
NAIDOC Week in Baw Baw Shire offers events, workshops, and exhibitions led by local Elders, allowing the community to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history, and achievements.

Crossover inspections in Baw Baw Shire urban areas to improve safety to start July 2023
From July 2023, Baw Baw Shire Council will inspect crossovers in urban areas to improve safety. Many crossovers fail to meet regulations and use unsuitable materials.

Baw Baw youth invited to join strategy development from council from 19 June to 25 July 2023
Baw Baw Shire invites young people aged 12-25 to contribute their aspirations, concerns, and ideas for a new Youth Strategy.

Baw Baw Shire Council adopts 2023/24 Annual Budget ensuring it aligns with 2021-2025 strategic plans
2023/24 Annual Budget aligns with council's vision, enables service delivery and infrastructure development, tackling rate caps, economic uncertainty, and population growth in Baw Baw Shire.

Farhat Firdous sworn in as Baw Baw Shire Councillor for Central Ward role
Farhat Firdous sworn in as Baw Baw Shire Councillor at West Gippsland Arts Centre. Took Oath of Office, signed in presence of CEO, fellow councillors, guests, and council Staff.

Strength and resilience of Labertouche, Erica, Rawson and Walhalla communities featured in Road to Recovery documentary
The documentary series "Road to Recovery" celebrates the resilience of Baw Baw townships facing bushfires and floods. Film 1 focuses on Labertouche, highlighting Aunty Cheryl Drayton's experience and the community's strong bonds.

Free and low-cost events during school holiday across Baw Baw Shire starting on 26 June 2023
Local youth groups and organisations in Baw Baw Shire have teamed up with the council to provide free and affordable activities for young people during the school holidays.

Noojee becomes finalist in highly prized 2023 Victorian Top Tourism Town Awards
Noojee, a town in Baw Baw, is a finalist in the Victorian Top Tourism Town Awards. Residents are urged to vote and help Noojee win the prestigious accolade.

Australian Local Government Women's Association Victoria conference to be hosted by Baw Baw Shire on 26 - 27 April 2024
Baw Baw Shire will host the ALGWA Victoria state conference in 2024, focusing on resilience and reinvention in local government. The event aims to empower women and promote gender diversity in leadership.

Free disposal of unwanted clothing program starts with transfer stations at Lardner and Trafalgar by Upcylce4Better and Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire Council introduces textile disposal chutes at transfer stations, allowing residents to recycle unwanted clothing and fabric for free, reducing landfill waste and promoting sustainability.

Baw Baw Shire 2023 Community Satisfaction Survey program commences 1 June sampling resident feedback by phone
Baw Baw Community Satisfaction Survey program to begin, sampling resident sentiment four times a year, aiming to assess service delivery and gather valuable feedback for improvement.

Liza Pharaoh Pavilion at Warragul Western Park opens with celebration and excitement from local sports clubs
Warragul Western Park celebrated the grand opening of the Liza Pharaoh Pavilion, honouring the netball legend.

Upcoming Baw Baw Culture and Connection precinct will transform Warragul civic space with a new library and amenities
Baw Baw Shire Mayor envisions a vibrant Culture and Connection Precinct, urging residents to support its development. The precinct will feature a library, outdoor plaza, and interactive spaces for community engagement and events.

Baw Baw Shire Council invites artists to create three murals showing local resilience and recovery in Noojee by 15 June 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council seeks artists to create three inspiring murals in Noojee, celebrating resilience and recovery with a $65,000 fee that is set to end on 15 June 2023.

Parking recommendations for Drouin, Yarragon, Trafalgar adopted by Baw Baw Shire Council after community consultation
Parking restrictions in Drouin, Yarragon, and Trafalgar will be revised based on community consultation and study recommendations. Council has adopted the finalised reports with proposed changes for implementation.

Warragul taxi rank relocation options open for community feedback until 9 June 2023
Warragul locals can now provide input on the preferred location for the taxi rank. Options include relocating from Smith Street to Napier Street. Investigations, including CCTV footage review, have been conducted.

Baw Baw community invited to join Early Years Advisory Committee application by 9 June 2023
Submit an expression of interest to join the Early Years Advisory Committee and help shape decisions on matters such as play spaces, kindergartens, and supporting development for children aged 0-3 years.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot 24 May 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council Meeting Snapshot held on Wednesday 24 May 2023.

Celebrate opening of new cafe Coffee Vibes at West Gippsland Art Centre on 29 May 2023
West Gippsland Arts Centre new cafe, Coffee Vibes, opens on May 29, the social enterprise cafe provides employment for people with disabilities, joining the grand opening with delicious food, music, and entertainment for all.

Baw Baw community plants 1,000 native plants to celebrate the opening of Golden Whistler Reserve despite rain
Collaboration between Baw Baw Shire Council and Friends of Drouin's Trees, transformed the reserve over two years, improving the habitat for local wildlife.

Baw Baw Shire Council and Myli urge locals to support for Culture and Connection Precinct
Baw Baw Shire Council and Myli seek support for a Culture and Connection Precinct funding campaign to build an inclusive library, exhibition space, and community centre.

Baw Baw Shire welcomes 26 new Australian citizens originating from all around the world
26 individuals from diverse backgrounds received Australian citizenship at West Gippsland Arts Centre. Local officials congratulated and welcomed the new citizens, highlighting their contributions to the community's growth and diversity.

Ben Wood appointed as Director Community Infrastructure for Baw Baw Shire Council bringing extensive experience in infrastructure delivery
Baw Baw Shire Council appoints Mr Ben Wood as Director of Community Infrastructure, bringing extensive experience in infrastructure delivery. Mr Wood starts on June 26, eager to make a positive impact in the region.

Farhat Firdous elected to fill vacancy from Councillor Joe Gauci in Baw Baw Shire Council Central Ward
Farhat Firdous has been elected to Baw Baw Shire Council's Central Ward, bringing expertise in media, stakeholder engagement, regional planning, and community-building through her leadership in Intercultural Exchange Inc.

Contribute to Creative Communities Strategy for Baw Baw Shire by 12 June 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council shares a virtual tour of the Baw Baw Culture and Connection Precinct Stage One, encouraging locals to support the funding campaign for the Library and Learning Centre.

Virtual tour of Baw Baw Culture and Connection Precinct Stage One unveiled by Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire Council shares a virtual tour of the Baw Baw Culture and Connection Precinct Stage One, encouraging locals to support the funding campaign for the Library and Learning Centre.

Baw Baw residents invited to council pop-up program at Rokeby community market on 13 May 2023
Visit the council pop-up stand at the Rokeby community market on May 13, councillors and senior staff will be available for face-to-face discussions. During winter, the program will shift to Facebook Live events.

Three Kurnai Women on Country life-size bronze landmark to be installed in Drouin Civic Park
A life-size bronze sculpture celebrating three Kurnai women will be installed in Drouin Civic Park, paying tribute to their tenacity, wisdom, and cultural integrity amidst racial discrimination and adversity.

Community invited to brief Baw Baw Shire Council on matters that need addressing on 24 May 2023 at West Gippsland Arts Centre
Local groups can present topics for discussion with the council during community briefing sessions held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the West Gippsland Arts Centre.

Coffee Vibes opens 29 May 2023 at West Gippsland Arts Centre and vibrant new cafe
Coffee Vibes, a social enterprise cafe, will open soon at West Gippsland Arts Centre, operated by Knoxbrooke, profits will be reinvested in disability support services, fully accessible, serving coffee and treats Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm.

Community invited to annual family violence remembrance candlelight vigil at West Gippsland Arts Centre on 3 May 2023
A candlelight vigil will be held at the West Gippsland Arts Centre to remember victims of domestic and family violence, as Gippsland has some of Victoria's highest rates.

Paint Baw Baw REaD Early Years Expo 2023 at West Gippsland Arts Centre stallholder applications are open
The Paint Baw Baw REaD Early Years Expo is returning in June to the West Gippsland Arts Centre to connect local businesses, organizations, and services with young families. Stallholder applications are now open.

Advocacy priorities for 2023 endorsed by Baw Baw Shire Council after extensive community consultation
Baw Baw Shire Council approved the 2023 Advocacy Priorities after conducting community consultation via online surveys, direct outreach, and local events.

Feedback wanted on Baw Baw Shire Road Safety Strategy by 12 May 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council seeks public input to improve road safety via a review of its Road Safety Strategy, aiming for zero annual deaths by 2050. Feedback can be given on a renewed draft.

Baw Baw Shire Council relaunches Family Friendly Baw Baw program for businesses to promote relevant amenities
Baw Baw Shire Council relaunches Family Friendly Baw Baw to promote local family-friendly services and encourage businesses to showcase their amenities.

Joe Gauci resigned as a Baw Baw Shire Central Ward Councillor making allegations about council on way out
After resigning as a Baw Baw Shire Central Ward Councillor, Joe Gauci made allegations about the council which will be investigated, with updates to follow.

Pre-application for community grants in Baw Baw Shire now open
Baw Baw Shire Council invites community groups to pre-apply for the Minor Capital Work grants.

Feedback wanted on Baw Baw Shire Council draft annual budget and key by 7 May 2023
The Baw Baw Shire Council presents the Annual Budget for community review amidst economic and environmental challenges. Input and feedback from the community is encouraged.

Cohen Van der Velde appointed as Baw Baw Shire Director Strategy and Organisational Performance
Cohen Van der Velde appointed as Director Strategy and Organisational Performance by Baw Baw Shire Council.

Applications now open for Baw Baw Shire 2024 Kindergarten enrolment
Baw Baw families can now apply online for 3-4 year old kinder enrolments in 2024. Expression of Interest form for future placements available. Open days in May.

Annemarie McCabe Mayor of Baw Baw Shire joins Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel for 2023
Annemarie McCabe, Baw Baw Shire Mayor, joins 12 other mayors on the 2023 Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel advising the Minister for Local government.

Community feedback wanted for Noojee forestry transition project by 11 April 2023

Noojee residents, business owners and community members have shared insights to support a thriving and economically sustainable future for the
The Shaping the Future of Noojee project, supported by council, is working with locals to plan for economic growth and innovation in the town and surrounding areas.

Baw Baw Shire students lead Live4Life program with mental health activities and awareness
Baw Baw Live4Life program's Crew, consisting of young people from eight secondary schools, will raise mental health awareness and provide support to peers and community, to launch their program on May 1st.

Residential crossovers inspections to improve public safety and reduce damage to infrastructure in Baw Baw Shire starts July 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council will inspect crossovers in urban areas to improve safety and reduce damage to community infrastructure. Non-compliant crossovers will be required to be fixed at the owner's cost.

School holiday activities for young people aged between 12 - 25 in Baw Baw Shire starts on 11 April 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council partners with local youth organisations and facilities for an engaging autumn school holiday program for ages 12-25.

Feedback on Draft Community Grants Policy and proposed Program Structure wanted by Baw Baw Shire Council by 24 April 2023
The Baw Baw Shire Council is seeking community input on its Draft Community Grants Policy and proposed Program Structure ahead of the annual Community Grants Program on April 24, 2023.

Improvement in all waste categories by Baw Baw Shire residents in 2023 audit
Baw Baw Shire residents improve waste disposal across categories; audit shows reduction in contamination, but education needed on correct soft plastics disposal.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot 22 March 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council agendas and minutes of the meeting held on 22 March 2023.

Meet the mayor of Baw Baw Shire Council on Mondays in a one-on-one forum from 20 March 2023
Mayor offers a personalised one-on-one forum for residents to discuss their concerns in a new initiative called 'Meet the Mayor Mondays'.

Baw Baw Shire Council attends Farm World to meet Gippslanders at Lardner Park from 24 to 26 March 2023
From 24 to 26 March, Baw Baw Shire Council will be visiting the Farm World at Lardner Park, inviting locals to connect with councillors/staff and explore premier agricultural exhibits.

West Gippsland Arts Centre hosted 2023 International Women's Day event with Women in Gippsland focusing on self-inclusion
The West Gippsland Arts Centre hosted the annual International Women's Day event, celebrating women's achievements and advocating for gender equity on Thursday 9 March 2023.

Community consultation wanted on Baw Baw Shire Early Years Infrastructure Plan by 4 April 2023
Baw Baw Shire's new plan, the Municipal Early Years Infrastructure Plan (MEYIP) seeks community feedback to guide early years services, spaces and buildings for children and families.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot 8 March 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council meeting minutes and agendas on Wednesday 8 March 2023.

Community feedback wanted on Baw Baw Shire Council Economic Land Use Strategy by 16 April 2023
To support Baw Baw Shire's future economic and employment growth, council has developed the Draft Economic Land Use Strategy and is seeking feedback from community and businesses on the document.

Community Sponsorship program application for Baw Baw Shire is open until 3 April 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council is inviting applications to support community led activities.

Baw Baw Shire Council Family and Children Services Team recognised for developing programs and initiatives
Baw Baw Shire Family and Children services team for their outstanding projects and support for the young Victorians.

Western Park netball pavilion in Warragul to be named after local legend Liza Pharaoh
New netball pavilion in Warragul to be named after local legend, Liza Pharaoh.

Baw Baw Pet Expo is back on Burke Street Park in Warragul on 2 April 2023
Pet lovers, owners and their furry four-legged friends are invited to come along to the Baw Baw Pet Expo, as it returns to Burke Street Park, Warragul, on Sunday 2 April.

Baxter Park Pavilion upgrade works of $1.9M awarded to James G Morrison Building Contractors
Baxter Park Pavilion upgrade set to kick off after tender is awarded to local company, James G Morrison Building Contractors.

Baw Baw L2P program connects learner drivers to volunteer mentors for on-road driving experience to assist obtaining their probationary licence
Baw Baw Shire Council mentorship program steers over 200 local youth towards independence on the road.

Baw Baw Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 22 February 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot held on Wednesday 22 February 2023.

Baw Baw Shire Council pop-up program for the 2023/24
Community members will have even more opportunities to share their ideas, thoughts, and feedback this year, with an expanded pop-up program launched by Baw Baw Shire Council.

West Gippsland Arts Centre celebrates 40 years in showbiz on 26 February 2023
Celebrating 40 years of showbiz with West Gippsland Arts Centre on 26 February 2023!

Warragul Leisure Centre expansion starts with $11M funding from Baw Baw Shire Council and Victorian Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus
Excitement is building among Baw Baw's local basketball and netball clubs as work on the $11 million Warragul Leisure Centre expansion project reaches a significant milestone.

Fix our Road Network advocacy campaign calls Victorian government to invest in Drouin and Warragul
Community urged to join the campaign on an online platform 'Fix Baw Baw's Road Network' to let the government know that arterial road planning is urgently needed in Baw Baw Shire's largest towns.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot 08 February 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council meeting minutes and agenda held on 8 February 2023.

Baw Baw Shire community satisfaction surveys will end by mid-March 2023
Households in Baw Baw Shire may soon receive a phone call inviting participation in community satisfaction surveys as part of the Victorian government's annual program.

First Spartan Alpine Race to be held at Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort on 25 - 26 February 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council has partnered with Spartan Australia & NZ, Destination Gippsland and Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort to bring Australia's first-ever alpine race to this region.

Works for off-leash dog parks at Brooker Park in Warragul and Bellbird Park in Drouin to start 9 February 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council is pleased to announce the commencement of works to upgrade the off-leash dog parks at Brooker Park, Warragul and Bellbird Park, Drouin.

Baw Baw Shire congratulates winners of 2023 Australia Day Awards held at West Gippsland Performing Arts Centre
Seven individuals and local groups hailing from Baw Baw Shire were celebrated for going above and beyond for their community at the annual Baw Baw Shire Australia Day Awards ceremony.

Expressions of interest wanted for Springboard FReeZA Committee and the Young Voices Program by 28 February 2023
Baw Baw Shire Council is excited to announce two youth opportunities aimed at empowering and engaging young people in our community.

Gippsland Water installs new drinking fountains in Warragul and Trafalgar
Gippsland Water and Baw Baw Shire Council have partnered to promote tap water as the drink of choice.

Food garden event 'Creative Harvest' opens across Baw Baw Shire from 28 - 29 January 2023
Creative Harvest, West Gippsland's sixth consecutive open food garden weekend is on 28 and 29 January 2023 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Clare Bowditch hosts Gippsland International Women Day event in Warragul on 9 March 2023
Award-winning musician, actor, author, and broadcaster Clare Bowditch will headline Baw Baw Shire Council and Women in Gippsland's International Women's Day event in Warragul on Thursday 9 March.

Most pressing needs for 2023 being advanced by Baw Baw Shire Council
Council is now actively inviting community feedback on the draft priorities to ensure they meet resident needs and inspire grassroots support.

Major works begin on Warragul Leisure Centre Stadium Expansion
Warragul Leisure Centre Stadium Expansion Project with $11M works funding is set to start on 16 January 2023.

Free Rapid Antigen Tests for Baw Baw community available at Drouin Customer Service Centre from 3 January 2023
Free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) available for vulnerable community members of Baw Baw Shire.

Baw Baw Shire communities set to come together and celebrate 2023 Australia Day with address from Ambassador Matt Runnalls
From Aberfeldy to Yarragon and everywhere in between, communities across Baw Baw will come together to celebrate our nation's diverse cultures and achievements this Australia Day.

Design concepts for Longwarry and Warragul Western Park Recreation Reserves endorsed by Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire Council endorses concept design plans for two future sports pavilions.

Local artist Brandon Kroon creates wooden sculpture to pay homage to township of Erica
A new timber carving sits proudly at the top of the town, welcoming visitors to Erica.

New Willow Grove Recreation Reserve tennis and netball courts tender awarded to Ace Earthmoving
Major works are set to commence at the Willow Grove Recreation Reserve tennis and netball courts with Baw Baw Shire Council awarding the $904,070 tender contract to local company Ace Earthmoving.

Help report any illegal dumping and stop Baw Baw rate payers having to fork out $84,000 to clean up mess in Ellinbank
Baw Baw Shire Council is encouraging the community to help reduce illegally dumped rubbish following an increase in incidents which will see council's expenditure exceed $84,343 this financial year.

Long-term vision for Longwarry successfully developed by local community and Baw Baw Shire Council
A long-term plan guiding the future growth and development of Longwarry has been adopted by Baw Baw Shire Council.

Gippsland Super 6 Championship with Australian and international touring professionals gives Baw Baw Shire tourism boost
More than 3,000 spectators flocked to the Warragul Country Club for the Gippsland Super 6 Championship last week, the largest professional golf tournament in Gippsland.

Walhalla master plan open for community feedback to progress development by 30 December 2022
Council is seeking feedback from a range of stakeholders to assist in the development of a Master Plan for Walhalla to identify its long-term infrastructure needs while maintaining the region's historical character.

Tanjil South Centenary Hall to host Community pop-up session by Baw Baw Shire Council 10 December 2022
All community members are invited to come along to the final council pop-up held at the Tanjil South Centenary Hall, on Saturday 10 December and speak with members of council about what's on their mind.

Annual fire hazard inspections start 1 December 2022 in Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire Council begins annual Fire Hazard Inspections across Shire.

Over 40 not-for-profit community groups get $165,000 grants from Baw Baw Council's 2022/23 Community Development Grants program
Over 40 not-for-profits across Baw Baw Shire have been acknowledged for their valuable contributions to the community with Council awarding $165,105 in Community Development Grants at its annual presentation evening.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot 23 November 2022
Baw Baw Shire Council meeting held on Wednesday, 23 November 2022.

Baw Baw Shire Council worked with Storytowns to develop audio tour podcast to help visitors explore local attractions
The Council has partnered with Storytowns to develop The Baw Baw Audio Tour, a series of guided audio tours showcasing unique attractions throughout the Shire and featuring the voices and stories of local people who know the area best.

Baw Baw Shire joins 'Let's Chat Gippsland' campaign to help stop violence against women and girls
16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign that runs from 25 November to 10 December seeking to raise awareness of gender-based violence and put a stop to all forms of violence against Women and Children.

Thorpdale Swimming Pool to open on 1 December 2022 until 31 March 2023
For the third year in a row, the Committee has worked with Baw Baw Shire Council to provide a donation that covers the entry cost for all using the pool between 1 December until 31 March.

Annemarie McCabe as mayor and Michael Leaney as the deputy mayor for Baw Baw Shire Council for 2023 term
Baw Baw Shire Council is pleased to announce Cr Annemarie McCabe has been elected Mayor and Cr Michael Leaney has been elected Deputy Mayor following the statutory meeting held on Wednesday 16 November 2022.

Campaign to advocate pursuit of vital planning and investment for 2022 by Baw Baw Shire Council
Council's Advancing Baw Baw advocacy campaign has been developed using community feedback and insights from the Council Plan 2021-25 and the Community Vision.

Start-up Gippsland receives $180,000 from Victorian government Start-Up Gippsland Ecosystem Activation Program
Start-up Gippsland recently received $180,000 from the Victorian government's LaunchVic fund to deliver the Start-Up Gippsland Ecosystem Activation Program.

Yarragon Township Plan and Urban Design Framework draft open for community feedback
In preparation to meet the needs of a growing community, Baw Baw Shire Council has prepared the draft Yarragon Township Plan (Plan) and Urban Design Framework (UDF) and is seeking community feedback on the draft documents.

Baw Baw residents are invited to come at Warragul Farmers Market for a council pop-up on 19 November 2022 at Civic Park Warragul
Residents of Baw Baw Shire are encouraged to come along to the upcoming Warragul Farmers Market to chat with councillors and council staff members about the issues that are important to them.

Baw Baw Shire community feedback is being sought on Gippsland and Latrobe Valley Transition Plan by 30 November 2022
The Latrobe Valley Authority is seeking community feedback to develop a regional transition plan that helps guide future changes in health and wellbeing, employment growth and economic opportunities across Gippsland.

Baw Baw Shire Council is making it easier for residents to dispose hard waste all year round
Baw Baw Shire residents can now dispose of their hard waste at any point throughout the year with one free at-call collection, and the additional option of another paid hard waste collection should they need it.

Free green waste drop off service for Baw Baw Shire residents 27 November - 4 December 2022
Baw Baw Shire's free green waste disposal transfer stations and drop off schedules.

Five Baw Baw Shire sporting clubs to receive $1.1M funding from Victorian government's Local Sports Infrastructure Fund
The recent announcement from the state government to contribute a further $1m to the upgrade boost to the recreation clubs will help expand further and grow our increasing members and their sporting needs.

Baw Baw Shire Council publishes 2021/22 Annual Report
Baw Baw Shire Council's Annual Report of Operations has been published, providing detailed data on council's actions, initiatives and achievements throughout the financial year ending 30 June 2022.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot 26 October 2022
Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot held on Wednesday 26 October 2022.

Baw Baw Shire Council gets $2.2M to support Growing Suburbs Fund and deliver mote major infrastructure
The Growing Suburbs Fund supports fast-growing local government areas within Victoria, like Baw Baw Shire, to enable them to deliver high-quality facilities for their expanding communities.

Baw Baw Shire Council extends contract for Chief Executive Officer Mark Dupe to May 2025
Baw Baw Shire Council has extended the contract of Chief Executive Officer Mark Dupe through to 11 May 2025.

Baw Baw celebrates Walk to School Week with competition encouraging students to participate 17 - 20 October 2022
In celebration of Walk to School Week, participating schools will take part in a Baw Baw Shire Council-led competition encouraging students to walk, ride, scoot or skate to and from school to develop healthy and active practices for the future.

Baw Baw Shire Council awards $165,105 to 40 organisations and associations from Community Development Grants program
Council has awarded a total of $165,105 in Community Development Grants to 40 non-profit organisations and associations across Baw Baw Shire to assist with the delivery of a range of community driven projects.

Feedback wanted to help improve parking in Drouin, Yarragon and Trafalgar by 11 November 2022
To improve parking in Drouin, Yarragon and Trafalgar parking, council engaged consultants HDS Australia to undertake parking research.

Celebrate at Children Expo on 22 - 30 October 2022 with Baw Baw Shire Council
In celebration of Children's Week 2022 (22 October - 30 October) Baw Baw Shire Council's Children's Expo is back with a free and interactive event aimed at encouraging play and learning development for the Shire's youngest residents.

Over $49,000 award in first round of Baw Baw Shire Council 2022/23 Community Sponsorship program
Baw Baw Shire Council has awarded $49,200 in first round grant funding to local individuals and not-for-profit community groups to support the delivery of events and ambassadorship opportunities.

Dog park community survey for Drouin, Warragul and Trafalgar on 31 October 2022
Baw Baw Shire Council is upgrading three dog parks in Drouin, Warragul, and Trafalgar, and to ensure the results are perfect for every pooch, community members are invited to help shape the improvement works.

Baw Baw Extreme one day multi-sport challenge returns to take place on 15-16 October 2022
Baw Baw Extreme, a unique event features the most spectacular natural highlights of the region.

Rokeby to Neerim Trail gets $4M funding upgrade from Victorian government Regional Tourism Investment Fund
The popular Rokeby to Neerim Trail is set for a $4 million upgrade thanks to funding secured by Baw Baw Shire Council through the Victorian government's Regional Tourism Investment Fund (RTIF).

West Gippsland Arts Centre recognised as one of the top eight theatres in Victoria
The West Gippsland Arts Centre (WGAC) has been recognised by the RACV as one of the top eight regional theatres in Victoria.

Warragul Leisure Centre contract for $11M expansion from Victorian government's Changing Places program awarded
Major construction works are set to begin on the Warragul Leisure Centre Expansion project with council awarding the main contract to Kubale Construction, to the value of $11,254,950.

Inaction of Andrews Labor government to upgrade 100-year old arterial road network in Baw Baw Shire now makes cost close to $1.5B
Two new expert reports have revealed the full cost of continued state government inaction to upgrade Baw Baw Shire's 100-year old arterial road network may approach $1.5 billion.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot 28 September 2022
Council Meeting Snapshot held on Wednesday 28 September 2022.

Nominations for the 2023 Australia Day Awards opens opens until 11 November 2022 in Baw Baw Shire
Nominations for the 2023 Australia Day Awards open on Tuesday 4 October.

Victorian Seniors Festival is back in Baw Baw Shire for 2022 with free and low-cost activities
The Victorian Seniors Festival is back and in-person this October, with plenty of free or low-cost activities on offer for residents across Baw Baw Shire.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival returns to Baw Baw on 19 and 20 November 2022
The iconic Melbourne Food and Wine Festival returns to Baw Baw this November kicking off with The Village Feast.

Planning Scheme Amendment C145 for Yarragon-Leongatha Road progresses to independent panel
Planning Amendment C145bawb proposes to rezone the affected land at 28 and Part 63 Yarragon-Leongatha Road from Farming Zone to Neighbourhood Residential Zone and protect a locally significant heritage site, Deloraine homestead.

Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2022-23 that protects and sustains natural environment adopted by Baw Baw Shire Council
Guided by community feedback, council has adopted the Environmental Sustainability Strategy that will shape its environmental practices and sustainability goals for Baw Baw Shire over the next 8 years.

Electronic submissions so community can participate in council meetings start in Baw Baw Shire
Community members will now have the option to make virtual submissions to council under new Governance Rules adopted by Baw Baw Shire Council.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 14 September 2022
To keep our community up to date with key council decisions, outcomes and plans; here is a snapshot summary from council's Wednesday 14 September council meeting.

Baw Baw YouthFest is back for locals 12 - 25 years old on 19 - 30 September 2022
Formerly known as Victorian Youth Fest, Baw Baw Youth Fest is a two-week-long celebration throughout the September school holidays for young people between the ages of 12-25.

West Gippsland Dance Festival at West Gippsland Arts Centre on 25 September 2022
West Gippsland Dance Festival dance competition taking place for 10 days, from Friday 16 September through to Sunday, 25 September.

Walhalla Springfest has ten days of exciting activities from 16 to 26 September 2022
The historical township of Walhalla will soon be transformed for springfest, a 10-day festival of family friendly activities presented by Baw Baw Shire Council in partnership with Destination Gippsland and Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort.

Drouin community invited to chat at Baw Baw Shire council pop-up at market on 17 September 2022
Baw Baw Shire Council will be popping up at the Drouin Craft and Produce Market held at Civic Park on Saturday 17 September.

Central Ward Councillor Jazmin Tauru of Baw Baw Shire appointed VLGA Women's Charter Champion
Baw Baw Shire Council reaffirms commitment to gender equality in Victorian Local Government Women's Charter.

Magnificent murals brighten up Warragul and Yarragon in Baw Baw Shire
Warragul and Yarragon just got a little brighter following the completion of three eye-catching murals that have been designed to liven up the streetscapes.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting to be held in Algie Hall in Neerim South on 14 September 2022
Residents of Neerim South and surrounds are invited to attend an ordinary council meeting at Neerim South's Algie Hall on Wednesday 14 September from 5.30pm.

'Live at the Park' one-day music event coming to Drouin Civic Park on 26 November 2022
Get your friends together and get ready to rock out what is set to be the perfect way to kick off the summer.

'Live at the Park' one-day music event coming to Drouin Civic Park on 26 November 2022
Get your friends together and get ready to rock out what is set to be the perfect way to kick off the summer.

Removal and replacement of Elm trees on Queen Street in Warragul postponed as further assessment required
Removal and replacement of Queen Street Elms postponed until further notice.

Above average on 2022 Community Satisfaction Survey for Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire Council's performance trends upwards in 2022 Community Satisfaction results

Community feedback on draft Memorials Policy in Baw Baw Shire open until 25 September 2022
Baw Baw Shire Council is seeking feedback from community members on its draft Memorials Policy, which proposes to cease the installation of commemorative memorials on council owned land.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 24 August 2022
Baw Baw Shire Council meeting summary, held on 24 August 2022.

Teetora Road community in Baw Baw Shire celebrate new playground on their 9th Annual Community Day
Teetora Road celebrating 9th annual community day with new playground, gym equipment and a sealed footpath through a community-led initiative placemaking program.

Design ideas wanted from the community to help renew five playgrounds in Warragul, Drouin, Jindivick and Rawson by 12 September 2022z
Council has identified six playgrounds across Baw Baw for renewal through its 2022/23 Capital Works Program, and the community is encouraged to share their design ideas until 12 September 2022.

Baw Baw Shire Council joins Victorian Energy Collaboration to help take more action on renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions
Baw Baw Shire Council has joined the Victorian Energy Collaboration (VECO) which will supply 100% renewable energy to street lights and multiple large facilities within the Shire.

Barry Sheene Tribute Ride returns to East Gippsland on 13 October 2022
East Gippsland Shire Council is excited to be welcoming the Barry Sheene Tribute Ride back to East Gippsland after a two-year hiatus.

Drouin Ficifolia sculpture at Drouin Civic Park to be named at Sound Shell
The towering ficifolia sculpture at Drouin's Civic Park will be formally celebrated and its official name announced at an event held on Saturday, 20 August at the Sound Shell in Civic Park.

Elm trees along Queens Street in Warragul with deteriorating health to be replaced in interest of public safety
To address the risk to public safety, four mature Dutch Elm trees with deteriorating health and the semi-mature Golden Elm tree located in Queen Street in Warragul are to be removed and replaced.

Trafalgar Kindergarten preferred site for permanent library for surrounding community
Trafalgar kindergarten endorsed as the preferred location for a permanent library and its concept designs.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 10 August 2022
Updates on council plans and strategies for the community.

Caz McLean appointed to Gender Advisory Committee representing female leaders for Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire Council's Director Strategy and Organisational Performance, Ms Caz McLean has been appointed to the Local Government Gender Equality Advisory Committee (GEAC) to represent female leaders in the sector.

Community pop-up session at Neerim South on 13 August 2022 by Baw Baw Shire Council
Community members of Neerim South and surrounds are invited to come along to our Council Pop-up at the Neerim South Winter Market held at Algie Hall on Saturday 13 August.

Resident submission for flood mapping amendment extended to 1 September 2022 by Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire Council has extended the exhibition and submission period for a proposed amendment to the Baw Baw Planning Scheme to update flood maps for existing overlay controls until Thursday 1 September.

Annual Community Sponsorship 2022 Program from Baw Baw Shire Council open for applications
Sponsorship funding is still available to support great community events or ambassadors representing Baw Baw Shire.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting to be held at Trafalgar Business Centre 10 August 2022
Residents of Trafalgar and surrounds are invited to attend an ordinary council meeting held at 5:30pm on Wednesday 10 August at the Trafalgar Business Centre.

Community feedback wanted for Baw Baw Shire Council draft Governance Rules
Council is reviewing its Governance Rules, a policy that supports good governance and decision making for the best outcomes for the community and invites public feedback.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 28 July 2022
To keep our community up to date with key council decisions, outcomes and plans; here is a snapshot summary from council's Wednesday 27 July council meeting.

West Gippsland Arts Centre celebrates its 40th anniversary with a series of recent sell-outs and hit shows
West Gippsland Arts Centre's 40th celebration hits the crowds with series of hit shows.

Expression of interest on Walhalla public art installation wanted by Baw Baw Shire Council until 11 August 2022
Baw Baw Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest from artists to create a vibrant public art piece to be installed within the township of Walhalla.

Community and businesses invited to celebrate Baw Baw Seniors Festival by promoting their event or activity
Council is accepting expressions of interest from local community groups and businesses looking to host events and activities to celebrate the Seniors Festival this October.

Gippsland students encouraged to join 2022 Jobskills Expo at Lardner Park on 26 July 2022
Job expo for Gippsland students to explore opportunities for their future career.

Community sponsorship now available for events and ambassadorships in Baw Baw Shire until 8 August 2022
Applications are now open for individuals and not-for-profit sporting/community groups for funding through council's Community Sponsorship program for activities that support vibrant social and community outcomes.

Baw Baw Shire celebrates NAIDOC week with special events from 03 to 10 July 2022
From Sunday 3 July to Sunday 10 July, NAIDOC Week events are happening across Baw Baw Shire to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Expressions of interest open for Baw Baw Shire Council advisory committees until 15 July 2022
Council is currently seeking expressions of interest from community members looking to join three Advisory Committees to help inform and influence future council decisions.

Future Recycling to manage four of Baw Baw Shire's transfer stations from 1 July 2022
From 1 July 2022, Baw Baw Shire Council's four Transfer Stations will be managed by Future Recycling.

Free Baw Baw Esports Cup by Australian Esports League at West Gippsland Arts Centre from 9 - 10 July 2022
Baw Baw Shire Council has teamed up with leading esports provider, the Australian Esports League (AEL) to bring the second edition of the Baw Baw Esports Cup to the region.

Baw Baw local arts, culture and events industry gets solid support by council 2022/23 budget
Council's Annual Budget delivers support for the local arts, culture and events industry to draw more visitors to the region and create vibrant and connected communities for the Shire.

Baw Baw Shire Council adopts 2022/23 budget after acting on community feedback
Baw Baw Shire Council has adopted its annual budget for 2022/23 which supports the delivery of over 100 community services and invests $41.78 million into community infrastructure, roads and open spaces.

Baw Baw Shire local roads network improvement gets $11.21M boost in funding for 2022/23 from council
Baw Baw Shire Council's budget investment for local roads improvement.

Community led projects funded $590,000 across nearly twenty townships in Baw Baw Shire Council 2022/23 budget
17 community-requested projects across seven townships will be funded in council's new annual budget as a direct result of community submissions made during the budget consultation process.

Over $14M invested into several key infrastructure projects for 2022/23 by Baw Baw Shire Council
Council's $41.78 million infrastructure budget for the year ahead, $14.32 million will be invested in progressing major strategic projects to build a more sustainable, connected and thriving future for Baw Baw Shire.

Planning resources and new initiatives for Baw Baw Shire gets $1.19M in council 2022/23 budget
Council's 2022/23 Annual Budget includes decisive steps to address these challenges, and These challenges are heightened by a COVID-impacted labour market and a shortage of skilled planners.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 22 June 2022
Baw Baw Shire Council's minutes and agenda on their 22 June 2022 council meeting.

Harriet Shing announces Longwarry and Thorpdale Recreation Reserves lighting upgrade funded by Baw Baw Council and State government
Local sporting clubs and community groups welcome the official completion of lighting upgrades at the Longwarry and Thorpdale recreation reserves with a ceremonial 'flick of the switch' celebration held at the Longwarry facility on Friday.

Hogget Kitchen and Walhalla Goldfields Railway to host winter feast on Sunday 3 July 2022 in partnership with Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire Council has partnered with Hogget Kitchen and Walhalla Goldfields Railway to host a winter feast for the senses in Walhalla on Sunday 3 July.

Community feedback open on draft Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2022/2030 from Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire Council is seeking community feedback on the draft Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2022 - 2030 to protect and sustain the region's natural environment.

Submissions open for Planning Scheme Amendment for Yarragon-Leongatha Road in Yarragon
A Planning Scheme Amendment applying to 28 and Part 63 Yarragon-Leongatha Road Yarragon has been prepared by Baw Baw Shire Council on behalf of Millar Merrigan and is available for public exhibition until Monday 11 July.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 8 June 2022
Agendas and minutes of the Baw Baw Shire council meeting held 8 June 2022.

Baw Baw Shire gets nearly $3.6M from federal government Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program
Baw Baw Shire Council has welcomed $3.5 million in Australian government funding that will see the completion of three significant community infrastructure projects across the Shire.

Expression of Interest by local artist for Brighten up Baw Baw Mural Projects wanted by Baw Baw Shire Council
Council is seeking expressions of interest from local artists and collectives to deliver exciting and vibrant public art pieces at three pedestrian friendly locations in Baw Baw.

Victorian election promise for $600M West Gippsland Healthcare Group upgrade from Liberals and Nationals
Baw Baw Shire Council has welcomed an election promise from the Liberals and Nationals for a $600 million new or upgraded West Gippsland Hospital should they win government.

Attend Continyou event for free for conversations on community growth, resilience and inspiration at West Gippsland Arts Centre 21 June 2022
Baw Baw Shire Council to host two inspiring events to promote community resilience at West Gippsland Arts Centre on 21 June 2022.

Baw Baw creative arts community invited to paint murals for Bellbird Park Recreation Reserve and Drouin Senior Citizens Hall
Members of Baw Baw's creative arts community are invited to submit an expression of interest for the creation and installation of public art pieces that will enhance two community spaces in Drouin.

Pop-up session at Longwarry Market on 5 June 2022 from Baw Baw Shire Council
Residents of Longwarry and the surrounding areas are invited to come along to council's pop-up session at the Longwarry Market on Sunday 5 June.

Bellbird Park soccer pitch gets $800,000 funding from Victorian government through Local Sports Infrastructure fund
Bellbird Park's main soccer pitch is set for redevelopment thanks to a $800,000 funding boost from the Victorian government's Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 25 May 2022
To keep our community up to date with key council decisions, outcomes and plans; here is a snapshot summary from council's Wednesday 25 May council meeting.

Women in Business event to be held at West Gippsland Arts Centre on 17 June 2022
Baw Baw Shire Council will host a Women in Business event featuring Olivia White and a panel of outstanding local businesswomen for an evening full of inspiration and valuable advice to help local women meet their business goals.

Pet registration door knocking campaign by Regi-check ambassadors to commence in Baw Baw Shire
Regi-Check ambassadors will conduct a door knocking campaign on behalf of Baw Baw Shire Council to assist residents with their pet registration needs.

Local artists Jessie McLennan, Rebecca Vandyk-Hamilton and Jeannie Haughton make 'Three Women on Kurnai Country' sculpture
Local first Nations women to be honoured with life size artwork sculpture called 'Three Women on Kurnai Country' from the local artists Jessie McLennan, Rebecca Vandyk-Hamilton, and Jeannie Haughton.

Noojee nominated as finalist in 2022 Top Tourism Town Awards by Victoria Tourism Industry Council
Baw Baw Shire's beloved town of Noojee has been announced as a finalist in a highly-prized annual tourism awards program. All residents are encouraged to vote now to help Noojee take out the top accolade.

Baw Baw Shire Council raises the Pride flag in support of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia
Baw Baw Shire Council is proud to celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) and raise the Pride flag in support of inclusivity and diversity.

Breakfast presentation on future of business with Bernard Salt at Lardner Park in Baw Baw Shire on 18 May 2022
Join internationally renowned futurist, author, business advisor and media commentator Bernard Salt at Lardner Park on Wednesday 18.

Works in the Indigenous Art Garden at Rotary Park in Warragul is set to show on 16 May 2022
The Rotary Club of Warragul, our Indigenous community and Baw Baw Shire Council are working together to create a new garden of local cultural significance.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 11 May 2022
Updates from the ouncil meeting held on 11 May 2022.

Myli and the Baw Baw Arts Alliance support proposed Culture and Connection Precinct
Momentum continues to build for the landmark precinct with local library organisation Myli (My Community Library) and the Baw Baw Arts Alliance affirming full support for the proposed $30 million Baw Baw Culture and Connection Precinct.

Paint Baw Baw REaD Early Years Expo at West Gippsland Arts Centre with author Valerie Jarred on 21 May
The Baw Baw Egg and the short story have been travelling throughout the Shire, visiting local primary schools, kindergartens and libraries to share the story with Baw Baw youngsters.

Community invites to attend updates on major priorities for Victorian and federal government to support in Baw Baw Shire
All members of the Baw Baw Shire community are invited to attend or tune in to an open briefing on Wednesday 11 May which will provide an update on council's ongoing advocacy initiatives.

LED lights to be installed at Darnum Recreation Reserve with $200,000 funding from Victorian Country Football Netball Program
The AFL Oval and Netball Courts at Darnum Recreation Reserve will soon undergo much needed upgrades with the installation of new light towers and LED light fittings throughout the facility.

Baw Baw Shire kindergarten open days for 2023 have started
Baw Baw families looking to enrol their children in kindergarten for 2023 are invited to attend upcoming Open Days in their township.

West Gippsland Arts Centre forecourt to glow purple for victims of domestic and family violence
The West Gippsland Arts Centre forecourt will be lit up purple this Wednesday 4 May in memory of the lives of women and children lost to domestic and family violence.

Community feedback sought on future industrial land use in Baw Baw Shire
All interested community members are encouraged to attend a community drop-in session to raise any questions and learn more about the project before providing feedback.

Drouin biodiverse bushland reserve to be created by Baw Baw Shire Council from purchase of Roberts Court Bushland Reserve
Baw Baw Shire Council has purchased a 10.53-hectare property in Drouin for the creation of a community bushland reserve.

Public toilet works in Palmerston Street, Warragul are underway with $135,000 funding from Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire Council has begun refurbishment works on the public toilets located on Palmerston Street, Warragul.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 27 April 2022
Summary of the council meeting held on 27 April 2022.

Community feedback on Drouin Commercial Place Precinct wanted from Baw Baw Shire Council
Council seeking community feedback on Drouin Commercial Place Precinct, the opportunity is now open for four weeks, closing on Thursday 26 May 2022.

Project Reference Group appointed to help guide design, advocacy and delivery of the Baw Baw Culture and Connection Precinct
A project Reference Group (PRG) has been formally appointed by council to help guide design, advocacy and delivery of the proposed Baw Baw Culture and Connection Precinct.

Round two applications open to join Project Reference Group for Baw Baw Culture and Connection Precinct
A second round of applications are now open for community members to join a Project Reference Group (PRG) for the proposed Baw Baw Culture and Connection Precinct.

Ellinbank Badminton Club celebrates funded upgrades to clubrooms and kitchen facilities at 75th anniversary
Members of the Ellinbank Badminton Club and local community have gathered to officially unveil upgrades to the clubrooms and kitchen facilities in concert with the club's milestone 75th anniversary celebrations.

Population growth rate of Baw Baw Shire is 3.7 percent is and thirds highest according to Australian Bureau of Statistics
According to ABS, during the 2020-21 financial year period Warragul and Drouin experienced an annual growth rate of 3.7 per cent with the town's combined population rising from 40,631 to 42,115.

Benetas appointed as aged care provider for both Baw Baw Shire and Latrobe City starting 1 July 2022
Baw Baw Shire Council's Home Support Program and Home and Community Care Program for Younger People are set to transition to new appointed providers in July 2022.

Community feedback wanted on draft of Baw Baw Shire Council 2022/23 Annual Budget
Baw Baw Shire Council is inviting community submissions in response to the recently published draft Annual Budget 2022/23, Long Term Infrastructure Plan, Council Plan Annual Review, Revenue and Rating Plan, and Long Term Financial Plan.

Progress on new Warragul indoor sports stadium for Baw Baw Shire
Early works are progressing well on site at the Warragul Leisure Centre in preparation for major construction of a new indoor multi-use sports stadium.

Applications open for Baw Baw Shire Council Community Development Grant support of up to $5,000 for environment-related projects
From Tuesday 19 April, community groups and non-profit organisations will be able to apply for Baw Baw Shire Council Community Development Grant support of up to $5,000 for equipment or environment-related projects.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 13 April
Agendas of the council meeting helst Wednesday 13 April 2022.

Community feedback is being sought by the council on pedestrian and cyclist safety in CBD areas of Warragul and Drouin
Council is seeking community input about pedestrian and cyclist safety concerns on roads within the CBD areas of Warragul and Drouin.

Residents encouraged to take part in developing solutions to meet parking demands in Drouin, Yarragon, and Trafalgar by Baw Baw
Baw Baw Shire Council is undertaking a thorough assessment of the parking pressures in Drouin, Yarragon, and Trafalgar, and is encouraging residents to take part in helping develop solutions that aim to meet future parking demands.

Baw Baw Shire Council securing priority infrastructure funding to meet demands of growing population from Russell Broadbent
Baw Baw Shire Council advocacy efforts, securing support needed to meet the growing demands of an exploding population.

Darnum and Nilma local sporting community celebrate the opening of the female friendly sports pavilion
Members of Darnum and Nilma's local sporting community gathered at the Darnum Recreation Reserve on Saturday to celebrate the official opening of the female friendly sports pavilion.

Baw Baw Council Public Art Fund contributes $20,000 to complete Tanjil Bren mural along Mt Baw Baw Tourist Road
The new mural along Mt Baw Baw Tourist Road was officially opened with a local community celebration on Saturday 2nd April 2022.

Baw Baw Shire Mayor Cr Leaney to host community forum about traffic on council's Facebook page on Wednesday 6 April at 7:00pm
Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Michael Leaney will host a live community forum on council's Facebook page on Wednesday 6 April at 7:00pm to discuss council's advocacy efforts to improve the congestion on Warragul and Drouin ageing arterial road network.

Community consultation opens on 4 April 2022 on Baw Baw Shire Council draft asset plan
Council encouraging the community to get involved and send their feedback on the draft Asset Plan the plan.

Croxon Ramsay architects appointed to design $30M community facility for Baw Baw Culture and Connection Precinct
A tender to develop detailed designs for the proposed Baw Baw Culture and Connection Precinct has been awarded by Council signalling another key step forward with the landmark project.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 23 March
Baw Baw Shire Council meeting held on 23 March.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - Wednesday 23 March
Baw Baw Shire Council meeting held on 23 March.

Drouin Tennis Club celebrates $353,000 refurbishment of Balmoral Park Pavilion from Baw Baw Shire Council
Members of the Drouin Tennis Club have gathered to celebrate the refurbishment of the Balmoral Park Pavilion following a $353,000 investment from Baw Baw Shire Council.

Push for update ageing Warragul and Drouin bypass to better serve Baw Baw Shire fast growth
Local community, business and industry support is building behind efforts to secure funding to improve Drouin and Warragul aging arterial road network.

Local Gippsland artist Jo Caminiti sculpture coming soon to Drouin Civic Park as part of Baw Baw Shire Council $1.48M park upgrade project
Gippsland artist Jo Caminiti, combining art and science comes naturally, inspiring others to pursue their lifelong passions no matter the condition they're in.

Feedback wanted on update to flood map overlays in amendments to Baw Baw planning scheme
A proposed amendment to the Baw Baw Planning Scheme to update flood maps for existing overlay controls is now on public exhibition.

Sell-out crowd at West Gippsland Art Centre celebrates International Women's Day in Baw Baw Shire
A sell-out crowd descended on the West Gippsland Art Centre on Tuesday 8 March to celebrate International Women's Day 2022.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 9 March 2022
To keep our community up to date with key council decisions, outcomes and plans; here is a snapshot summary from council's Wednesday 9 March council meeting.

Lichelle Clarke, Tania McLeish, Anne Skinner, Belinda Watts-Keeley and Jason Bargwanna inducted into Baw Baw Shire Sporting Walk of Fame
Local sporting champions Lichelle Clarke PLY, Tania McLeish, Anne Skinner, Belinda Watts-Keeley, and Jason Bargwanna have been inducted into the Baw Baw Shire Sporting Walk of Fame.

Trafalgar multi-use pavilion and synthetic bowling rink official opens 5 March 2022
Trafalgar sporting clubs and community members have come together to celebrate the official opening of two major upgrades to the town's sporting infrastructure.

Free outdoor activities start for people of all ages across Baw Baw as part of 'Watch this Space' program
Destinations across Baw Baw Shire are being transformed into vibrant pop-up dining, activity and multi-use entertainment spaces offering a feast of free events for people of all ages to enjoy.

Applications open for community grants of up to $10,000 from Baw Baw Shire Council
Announcement of application dates for the community development grants program.

Pop-up program from Baw Baw Shire Council is back and starts 17 March 2022 in Thorpdale
Baw Baw Shire Council's popular Council Pop-up program is back for 2022, taking council and staff on the road to speak to locals where they live.

Family Day Care from Baw Baw Shire Council wins National Service of the Year at Excellence Awards in Canberra
Baw Baw Shire Council's renowned Family Day Care service has been recognised as the National Service of the Year at the Family Day Care Australia Excellence in Family Day Care Awards in Canberra.

Community feedback wanted on long-term strategic vision for Longwarry in Baw Baw Shire
Baw Baw Shire Council is seeking community feedback on a plan that will guide the future growth of Longwarry.

Tetoora Road, Nilma North and Tanjil Bren get $60,000 each for community projects from Baw Baw Shire Council
Excitement is mounting in Tetoora Road, Nilma North and Tanjil Bren after community-led projects received Baw Baw Shire Council endorsement at Wednesday night's meeting.

Multi-use path connecting Erica and Rawson funded nearly $1M by federal Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program
Construction works have begun on a new shared-use trail connecting the towns of Erica and Rawson in Baw Baw Shire's far eastern region.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 23 February 2022
Council meeting minutes and agendas held on Wednesday, 23 February 2022.

West Gippsland Bushwalking Club and Friends of Mt Worth clear walking track at Mt Worth State Park
Volunteers from the West Gippsland Bushwalking Club and Friends of Mt Worth have come together for a working bee to clear the walking track at Mt Worth State Park on Tuesday morning.

Kennedy family generously donate century old wooden sculpture to Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire Council has gratefully accepted a carved wooden dingo sculpture generously donated by the Kennedy family, farmers and residents of the Shire for more than 100 years.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 9 February 2022
9 February council meeting agenda.

Em Rusciano performs at West Gippsland Arts Centre for International Women's Day in March 2022
International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women while calling for gender equity and an end to gender-based discrimination and violence.

Buln Buln Recreation Reserve gets $65,000 funding for upgrade from Baw Baw Shire Council Playground Renewal Program
Baw Baw Shire Council is inviting community members big and small to share their thoughts and ideas to help redesign a Buln Buln playground.

Feedback wanted on replacement of Rumble Pavilion at Bellbird Park in Drouin with new expansive multi-use community facility
Council is seeking community input to identify potential future uses for Rumble Pavilion at Bellbird Park, Drouin as they determine the feasibility of its retention and the costs associated with its refurbishment.

Baw Baw Shire residents to get phone call for annual community satisfaction survey
Baw Baw community satisfaction survey invitation via phone call to assess the performance of the council.

Baw Baw Shire residents to get phone call for annual community satisfaction survey
Baw Baw community satisfaction survey invitation via phone call to assess the performance of the council.

Civil engineering scholarship $10,000 grant for Federation University Gippsland campus from Wellington Shire Council
Wellington Shire Council offering a $10,000 scholarship to a local student undertaking civil engineering studies at Federation University's Gippsland campus.

Bellbird Park construction funded $4.1M from Baw Baw Shire Council and Victorian Government through Growing Suburbs Fund
The first sod has been turned at Bellbird Park to mark the commencement of works on a vibrant new multi-use pavilion and community events facility.

Noojee transition plan from timber industry to be developed by independent project officer with $360,000 from Victorian Forestry grant
State government initiative that would help support the timber communities and local jobs.

Warragul Leisure Centre Stadium expansion gets $1.25M early works underway from Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus
An early works contract valued at $1.25 million has been awarded for the Warragul Leisure Centre Stadium Expansion to prepare the site for major construction.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 25 January 2022
Council meeting for the proposed development for the shire.

Baw Baw Shire Council gets $360,000 additional disaster recovery funding to support community long term recovery from 2019 bushfire
Funding provided by the Victorian Government to support bushfire safety and preparedness initiatives in the eastern region of Baw Baw Shire.

Join in the Australia Day celebrations across Baw Baw Shire
Everyone is invited to join and celebrate Australia Day 2022 festivities.

Sutton Street $1.9M reconstruction in Warragul gets underway
Road reconstruction, widening, and footpath works are underway on Sutton Street, Warragul.

Erica Country Expo 2022 major success as crowds celebrate good old country fun
Excited visitors and locals have flocked to celebrate the Erica Country Expo, a community-led event and the first of its kind to be held in the local region.

Bass Coast Rail Trail wooden bridge east of Mouth of Powlett Road in Kilcunda to be renewed
Funding for the improvement of tracks, trails and the construction of the wooden bridge located along theBass Coast Rail Trail.

Community members needed to join workgroup for $30M Baw Baw Culture and Connection Precinct
Community members are being sought out by the council and are needed to help guide design and delivery of a landmark precinct.

Baw Baw Shire Council secures $100,000 for Buln Buln Cricket Practice Net upgrades through Community Cricket Program 2021-22
Practice nets at Buln Buln Recreation Reserve will soon be upgraded after Baw Baw Shire Council successfully obtained a State Government grant to support the project.

CFA-declared fire danger period for Baw Baw Shire starts on 10 Jan 2022
The CFA-declared Fire Danger Period will commence at 1.00am on Monday, 10 January 2022.

New Turra Pavilion at Trafalgar Recreation Reserve is new home of Trafalgar Victory Football Club and Trafalgar Boxing Club
Trafalgar Recreation Reserve's new Turra Pavilion will be open on early 2022, catering the needs of sporting clubs.

Labertouche CFA Station gets new water tank with funds from by Bendigo Bank, Longwarry CFA and Baw Baw Shire Council
Purchase and installation of a 100,000-litre static water tank at the Labertouche CFA Station.

Yarragon dog lovers celebrate official opening of newest premium off-leash dog park at Dowton Park Reserve in Baw Baw Shire
Yarragon dog lovers and their four-legged friends have celebrated with Baw Baw Shire Council at the official opening of the Shire's newest premium off-leash dog park at Dowton Park Reserve.

Local community shapes future plans for vacant land at Rollo Street in Yarragon
Council adopted the Rollo Street, Yarragon Masterplan, a planning document that will guide the future development of a vibrant, new community space.

Economic Development and Visitor Economy Strategy endorsed by Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire Council has endorsed a strategy to deliver sustainable economic growth and a bright, thriving future for our region and its businesses.

Tender awarded to Langden Constructions for community facility in Bellbird Park at Drouin
Works on a vibrant multi-use community facility at Drouin's Bellbird Park have achieved a key milestone with the tender awarded to Langden Constructions Pty Ltd and construction scheduled to begin.

Visit family friendly Erica Country Expo in Baw Baw Shire on 15 January 2022
The Erica Country Expo, a full day of family friendly fun, is on its way to Erica Recreation Reserve, Saturday 15 January 2022. Visitors and locals are encouraged to book their tickets now to avoid missing out.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 8 December 2021
Council meeting update held on 08 Dec 2021.

Funding of $143,836 award to 34 community development grants in Baw Baw Shire
Acknowledging the valuable contributions made by community groups in the shire through the Community Development Grant.

Community feedback wanted for Baw Baw Shire Council to develop vision for Yarragon in the future
Community is invited to input ideas to help develop the Yarragon Township Plan and Urban Design Framework.

Baw Baw Shire Council is popping up in Noojee
Council pop-up to come to Noojee, the community will have the opportunity to talk to the councillors to discuss and ask questions.

Swim for free at Thorpdale Pool in Baw Baw Shire this summer
Thorpdale Swimming Pool Committee has worked with Baw Baw Shire Council to provide a donation that will allow the community to swim for free.

Bass Coast Shire Youth Advisory Council update - 25 November 2021
Council hears the young people's voice and supports the youth advisory council in their campaign.

Baw Baw Shire Council Aged and Disability Services to transition from July 2022
Decision to cease the delivery of meals services, home maintenance, home modifications, social support groups and volunteer programs will be transitioned to delivery by other providers.

Baw Baw Shire Council supports Activism against Gender Based Violence
Baw Baw Shire Council has joined forces with organisations and groups across Gippsland to promote the international 16 Days of Activism campaign against Gender Based Violence.

Roadside and Footpath Trading policy from Baw Baw Shire Council balances business benefit and community safety
Council adopted a roadside and footpath trading policy for traders.

United front for a new hospital for West Gippsland between Baw Baw Shire Council and West Gippsland Healthcare Group
Agreement about the new hospital in West Gippsland formalised.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 24 November 2021
To keep our community up to date with key Council decisions, outcomes and plans; here is a snapshot summary from Council's Wednesday 24 November Council meeting.

Baw Baw Shire Council publishes 2020-21 Annual Report of Operations and Financial
Baw Baw Shire Council has published its 2020-21 Annual Report of Operations and Financial Report following their noting at tonight,s Council Meeting.

Baw Baw Shire Council continues face-to-face essential services for unvaccinated residents but not discretionary
Baw Baw Shire Council will continue to provide face-to-face access to its Drouin Customer Service Centre for all residents, regardless of vaccination status.

Baw Baw Shire Council secures $824,000 state government funding for road upgrades to Jacksons Track near Labertouche
Baw Baw Shire Council has secured $824,000 in State Government funding to carry out major road upgrades to Jacksons Track near Labertouche.

Free green waste disposal for Baw Baw Shire residents
Baw Baw Shire Council is offering residents free green waste disposal at selected transfer stations to help prepare their properties for the upcoming fire season.

Michael Leaney elected as Mayor and Annemarie McCabe as Deputy Mayor for Baw Baw Shire Council in 2021/22
Cr Michael Leaney, elected as Mayor and Cr Annemarie McCabe, elected as Deputy Mayor.

Baw Baw Shire Council calls for more storm relief support from state and federal governments
Baw Baw Shire Council has called on the State and Federal Governments to fulfil their promises and provide more support in the aftermath of the June storm events.

Baw Baw Shire Council pop-up session is coming to Labertouche 18 November 2021
Baw Baw Shire Council is heading to Labertouche on Thursday 18 November for a Council Pop-up session.

Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-25 adopted by Baw Baw Shire Council
Adopted domestic animal management plan that will provide and ensure domestic animals safety with responsible ownership.

New hospital for West Gippsland endorsed by Baw Baw Shire Council
Council has endorsed its full support for a new hospital in West Gippsland.

Baw Baw Shire Council Meeting Snapshot - 10 November 2021
Council meeting agenda held last 10 November 2021.

Community feedback wanted for redesign three local playgrounds in Longwarry and Warragul
Council is seeking community feedback to redesign local playgrounds.

Tambo Waste developed glass processing facility in Bairnsdale to maximise opportunities in recycled glass
Baw Baw Shire Council will improve pedestrian safety on Normanby Street, Warragul, following the presentation of a petition signed by 56 community members.

Leanne Hurst appointed as Director of Planning and Development for Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire appoints a new director for planning and development.

Remembrance Day commemoration for Baw Baw Shire will be hosted in Warragul at the Cenotaph
Remembrance Day commemoration will be hosted in Warragul at the Cenotaph on the corner of Smith and Victoria Streets

2021/22 Community Sponsorship Program applications open from Baw Baw Shire Council
Round 2 of Baw Baw Shire Council's 2021/22 Community Sponsorship program is now open for applications.

Community invited to attend forum on retaining wall requirements for Baw Baw Shire
Council is set to host a community forum to provide key stakeholders and the wider community with a better understanding of retaining wall requirements across the Shire.

Baw Baw Shire Council adopts Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025
Baw Baw Shire Council has adopted the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025 which guides Council's statutory responsibility for improving the health and wellbeing of the community.

Baw Baw Shire Council extends community consultation for Warragul and Drouin design guidelines until 8 December 2021
Council's response to community feedback.

Baw Baw Shire Council adopts community vision, council and long term financial plan from extensive community input during 2021
Baw Baw Shire Council has adopted the Community Vision, Council Plan and Long Term Financial Plan - three key documents that will guide the future of our region.

Baw Baw Shire Council grants over $140,000 to 34 community groups from 2021/22 grants
Council is set to deliver more than $143,836 in Community Development Grants to 34 non-profit organisations and associations to support the delivery of projects that make a positive impact for the Baw Baw community.

Major community infrastructure, road and recreation projects are key priorities for Baw Baw Shire Council in 2021/22
Major community infrastructure, road and recreation projects are among Baw Baw Shire Council's key advocacy priorities for the year ahead.

Baw Baw shire businesses take out prestigious Gippsland Business Awards 2021
Businesses across Baw Baw and the region have been recognised for their outstanding contribution and achievements

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 27 October 2021
To keep our community up to date with key council decisions, outcomes and plans; here is a snapshot summary from council's Wednesday 27 October meeting.

New Men's Shed Workshop at Neerim Junction on digital technology funded $80,000 from Victorian government
Council has entered a community lease with Neerim District Community House and Men's Shed to develop a workshop facility located at the former Neerim Junction Tennis Courts, at 17 Court Rd, Neerim Junction.

Hallora Recreation Reserve funded $300,000 for new lights from Victorian government and Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire Council has secured up to $150,000 in State funding to support the installation of sports light towers and light fittings for the AFL Oval at the Hallora Recreation Reserve.

Community and business input on draft Economic Development and Visitor Economy Strategy 2022-2025 sought by Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire Council is currently seeking community and business input on the draft Economic Development and Visitor Economy Strategy 2022-2025.

Baw Baw Council adopts planning scheme amendment for Drouin CBD
Community feedback sought by the council has helped shape the design and development of Drouin's central business district.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 13 October 2021
On Monday 11 October, Council held an additional Council Meeting to consider the scope, budget and potential funding options of the Baw Baw Civic Precinct.

Landmark $30M multi-use community precinct state government funding for the heart of Warragul being pursued by Baw Baw Shire Council
Council to pursue support from the state and federal government for the multi-use community precinct that will help in the economic development and will also benefit the region.

Nominate a local Baw Baw Shire legend for a 2022 Australia Day Award
Nominations for the 2022 Australia Day Awards are now open and close at 5pm on Monday 22 November 2021.

Baw Baw Shire residents can book additional hard waste pick up service to help with Spring cleanup
Additional hard waste collection bookings are now open for Baw Baw Shire residents looking to get their Spring cleaning done and dusted.

Proposal to improve pedestrian safety at St Ita's Primary School to Regional Roads Victoria endorsed by Baw Baw Shire Council
Council proposed pedestrian school crossing at St. Ita's primary school.

Upcoming Warragul and Drouin design guidelines community consultation sessions to be moved online
Council seeking the community's feedback for the Warragul and Drouin design guidelines.

Community feedback wanted on Baw Baw Shire Council Environmental Sustainability Strategy
Council is seeking valuable community input to guide the development of a new environmental sustainability strategy for Baw Baw Shire.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 22 September 2021
Council meeting minutes and agendas held last 22 September 2021.

Local artists wanted to apply for public mural for community or township with grant of $20,000 from Baw Baw Shire Council
Council is seeking expressions of interest from local artists and creative community members keen to deliver a public art mural project for a community or township within Baw Baw Shire.

Community feedback wanted for Warragul and Drouin residential design guidelines that will shape the future look of these towns
All residents are invited to help shape guidelines that will define the overall township character for future developments in Drouin and Warragul.

Baw Baw Shire Council makes big improvements to town planning to maximise effect of being one of Victoria's fastest growing regions
Baw Baw Shire Council, one of the fastest growing regions of Victoria, is taking proactive steps to align Planning outcomes with the needs and desires of the local community in the face of unprecedented rates of development.

Baw Baw community has their questions answered by Mayor Danny Goss over live online Q&A
Mayor of Baw Baw Shire, Councillor Danny Goss hosted a live Facebook Q&A on Tuesday evening to cover all the hot topics our community cares about.

Guidelines to provide efficient tree inspections across Baw Baw Shire
Council has endorsed the Tree Inspection Policy and Guidelines to better manage tree inspections and maintenance works within urban areas of the Shire.

New date set for the Erica Country Expo
The Erica Country Expo has been rescheduled to a new date due to ongoing public health concerns impacting the State, event will take place on the new date of Saturday 15 January 2022.

Public park to be developed at the site of the Hollies Homestead in Drouin
As a result of a collaborative design process with the local developers of the Ferntree Ridge precinct, the Drouin Historic Park will continue to honour the historic value of The Hollies homestead site.

Baw Baw Shire Council to continue transition out of direct aged and disability support services
Council is proceeding with the decision reached in March 2020 to transition out of delivering direct care aged and disability support services from 30 June 2022.

Feedback from draft Queen Street design plans in Warragul invaluable and summary provided
Feedback sought from the community to shape up accessibility and safety of Queen Street in Warragul.

Feedback needed from Baw Baw Shire residents on how we manage pets and pet owner issues
Council is inviting the community to provide feedback on the draft Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021 - 2025.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 8 September 2021
Minutes and agendas of the council meeting last 8 Sep 2021.

Feedback needed from local residents on what is to be done with former Yarragon Primary School site in Yolo Street
Council is seeking community feedback on the Draft Masterplan for the site at 3-5 Rollo Street, Yarragon (formally Yarragon Primary School).

Mayor Danny Goss of Baw Baw Shire Council to host live Q&A on Facebook on 14 Sep 2021
Join Mayor Danny Goss as he answers resident questions in a live Facebook Q&A event on Tuesday 14 September at 7.30pm.

Community invited to online briefing on Warragul and Drouin preferred neighbourhood character design guidelines
Online open community briefing will be held by the council to present councillors and the community with the draft design guidelines that are proposed to define overall township character and inform planning for future developments.

Keeping Baw Baw's urban nature strips safe with its newly adopted guidelines
Council has adopted the Urban Nature Strip Guidelines to outline the kinds of modifications residents can make to nature strips while ensuring they remain safe and accessible.

James Reid - Baw Baw Shire Planning Director departs to pursue potentially career-defining project in professional planning
Baw Baw Shire Council Director of Planning and Development James Reid to pursue a role with the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust.

Baw Baw Shire Council doing good job as 2021 community satisfaction survey shows improvement
Community satisfaction survey results have been released and can now be viewed.

Have your say on the draft concept master plans for the Baw Baw Shire sporting reserves for Warragul and Drouin
Council is seeking community feedback on the Sporting Reserve Concept Masterplans for Drouin and Warragul.

Place making projects for Nilma North, Tanjil Bren and Tetoora Road to start development
Council has endorsed the 2021/22 Placemaking Program to benefit the smaller townships of Nilma North, Tanjil Bren and Tetoora Road.

Warragul and Drouin precinct structure plans review adopted by Baw Baw Shire Council
Baw Baw Shire Council has adopted a review into key high-level masterplans for managing growth and development in Warragul and Drouin.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 25 August 2021
Agenda from the council meeting held on 25 August 2021.

Support Baw Baw Shire hospitality and businesses throughout the pandemic with 'Baw Baw Eat and Explore' campaign and website
Government project that encourages community to buy local products as much as they can to help the businesses thrive with the current challenges from the pandemic.

Baw Baw Shire Council comes for pop-up session at Labertouche in September
Baw Baw Shire Council is heading to Labertouche on Thursday 7 October for a Council Pop-up session, all residents are invited to come along and speak to their Councillors and senior Council team members about the issues that matter to them.

New 'Erica Country Expo' set to drive local recovery in October
Baw Baw Shire Council has partnered with engaged community members and residents to deliver The Erica Country Expo, a full day, family friendly and community led event set to take over the Erica Recreational Reserve this October.

Baw baw Shire Council set to continue chemical free maintenance program across open space areas
Council will continue chemical free park maintenance across three open space areas, Hearn Street Park in Drouin, Queen Street Park in Warragul, and McGregor Park in Trafalgar.

Feedback wanted on Baw Baw Shire Council roadside and footpath trading policy
Baw Baw Shire Council is undertaking a review of its Roadside and Footpath Trading Policy.

Baw Baw Shire Council celebrates Tania McLeish, Anne Skinner and Belinda Watts-Keeley induction to Sporting Walk of Fame
Acknowledging gender equality achievement of men and women through sports.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 11 August 2021
Agenda of the council meeting on Wednesday, 11 August.

LED tactile paving installed in Trafalgar's street intersection footpath by Regional Roads Victoria is a first for Gippsland
Safety for pedestrians and drivers are being enhanced through the LED tactile paving.

Historical street signs installed to restore part of Warragul streetscape in Baw Baw Shire
Installation of historical street signs that will preserve and have let you appreciate history as it changes through time.

Storm and flood recovery continues around Neerim, Noojee, Tanjil Bren and Walhalla from June severe weather events
Storm and flood recovery efforts continue around the Neerim, Noojee, Tanjil Bren and Walhalla areas in the wake of June's severe weather events.

Baw Baw Shire Council supports West Gippsland Regional Library transition to not-for-profit
Endorsing support for West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation to be a not-for-profit organisation.

Feedback wanted on community vision, draft council plan and draft long term financial plan from Baw Baw Shire Council
Residents of the community is encouraged to join the community engagement and send their feedback to council's vision for the Baw Baw's future.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 28 July 2021
To keep our community up to date with key Council decisions, outcomes and plans, here is a snapshot summary from Council's Wednesday 28 July ordinary meeting.

Advocacy Priority list endorsed and several important grant applications supported by Bass Coast Shire Council
Revised and updated advocacy priorities that will seek funding.

'Live at the Park' one-day live music event coming to Drouin Civic Park this November
Event to be held at the newly upgraded Drouin Civic Park on Saturday 20th November to attract visitors and give a positive impact for the region.

Rowenna Dunn announced as new manager for the West Gippsland Arts Centre
Announcement of Rowenna Dunn as new manager of West Gippsland Arts Centre.

Neerim South War Memorial restored with support from the Victoria Remembers Grant Program
Baw Baw Shire Council has completed restoration works on the War Memorial in Neerim South.

Baw Baw Shire Council advocates on need for safer road infrastructure and traffic solutions in Drouin Warragul and Walhalla
Meeting and discussion about the traffic and safety issues as well as the timeframe of road repairs.

Baw Baw Shire Council amends local law on issues like open air burning, unsightly properties, weeds, shipping containers and relocatable buildings
Council has adopted the amended Community Local Law 2016.

Implementation of revised Open Space Maintenance Standards by Baw Baw Shire Council sees improvement on the ground
Implementation of the adopted open space maintenance will have operational changes, gaining more appreciation and positive feedback.

Baw Baw Shire Council meeting snapshot - 14 July 2021
Agendas of council meeting held on 14 July 2021.

Keith Cook sworn in as a Baw Baw Shire Councillor
Keith Cook has been sworn in as a Baw Baw Shire Councillor with a ceremony held this afternoon in the Fountain Room of the West Gippsland Art Centre.

Baxter Park gets first synthetic soccer pitch Baw Baw Shire
Safer game play and improvements at Baxter Park synthetic soccer pitch is now open, but council is still seeking funding opportunities for the remaining project stages.

Lighting up winter sports in Drouin Bellbird Park Oval and Trafalgar Recreation Reserve
Winter sports have been illuminated in Drouin and Trafalgar thanks to three significant lighting upgrades delivered by Baw Baw Shire Council.

Drouin Civic Park upgrade officially opened
Support given for the park upgrade for the families and community to enjoy.

Baw Baw Council welcomes Victorian government funding to support flood and storm recovery
Baw Baw Shire Council welcomes the announcement of financial support from the Victorian Government to assist with our recovery efforts in the wake of the devastating storms that have recently struck our region.

Community sponsorship program for Baw Baw opening in July
Sponsorship and grants for community organisations to assist for the community development.

Keith Cook elected to fill Baw Baw Shire Council West Ward vacancy
Re-elected councillor swearing-in and induction to join and be a part of his old team.

Ready, set, play in new playgrounds for Longwarry and Yarragon
New playgrounds in Longwarry and Yarragon are ready for play these school holidays after receiving their final tick of approval.

Baw Baw's hidden treasures uncovers hundreds of public art examples
Local art aficionados uncovered almost 200 examples of public art throughout Baw Baw Shire during Council's Hidden Treasures Hunt.

Free green waste disposal to assist storm clean-up in Baw Baw
Transfer station locations and their operating time, and details to check before going to the nearest transfer stations.

Kinder open days coming up next week for towns in Baw Baw
Look for the kindergarten facility near you and enroll your kindergartens online.

Infrastructure, roads and footpaths prioritised in Baw Baw Shire draft budget 2021/22
Baw Baw Shire community members can look forward to a range of new projects and upgrades over the coming year.

Committee for Gippsland

Feasibility licenses to Gippsland offshore wind projects will help continue infrastructure and workforce investment says Tony Cantwell
The Federal Government has awarded feasibility licenses to 12 projects in the Gippsland offshore wind zone. Tony Cantwell, CEO of Committee for Gippsland is advocating for continued investment in infrastructure and workforce development.

Committee for Gippsland and iHemp Victoria to establish a five acre industrial hemp crop at Lardner Park to showcase Gippsland potential
Gippsland celebrated an agricultural milestone at Lardner Park with the first demonstration of an industrial hemp crop, showcasing its potential for the region's growth and sustainability.

Gippsland Community Leaders honours 26 graduates in 2023 at Narkoojee Winery recognising their commitment to community empowerment
GCLP celebrated 26 graduates at Narkoojee Winery, acknowledging leaders' dedication in strengthening communities. Diverse projects tackled mental health, accessibility, diversity, youth leadership, and foster care importance.

Australian of the Year Taryn Brumfitt to visit Gippsland at Wedge Theatre in Sale on 17 October
The Committee for Gippsland and TAFE Gippsland proudly host 2023 Australian of the Year, Taryn Brumfitt, promoting body positivity, leadership, and diversity on October 19 at The Wedge Theatre in Sale.

Noel Pearson from Good to Great Schools founder to Gippsland welcomed to Committee for Gippsland
Committee for Gippsland working with Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) welcoming founder of the Cape York Partnership and Good to Great Schools Australia, Noel Pearson to Gippsland.

Latrobe Valley and Gippsland Transition Plan is a missed opportunity says Committee for Gippsland
Committee for Gippsland appreciates plan engagement but laments lack of funded support. Collaboration needed for the region's transition. State government crucial for funding and diversification.

Gippsland Freight Infrastructure Master Plan for 2023 - 2028 that identifies regional priorities officially launched in Morwell
The Hon. Kristy McBain received the Gippsland Freight Infrastructure Master Plan at its launch in Morwell. GFIMP aims to strengthen infrastructure for the region's economy.

First Nations employment experiences presented to Committee of Gippsland
At a panel on First Nations employment in Gippsland, speakers shared inspiring stories and advice on creating positive employment experiences.

Committee for Gippsland welcomes Japanese investment of $2.35B for Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain project
C4G welcomes the Japanese government's $2.3 billion investment to progress the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC).

Congratulation to Gippslanders graduating 2023 Gippsland Community Leadership Program from Committee for Gippsland
Gippsland Community Leadership Program (GCLP)'s Launch/Graduation evening in Sale, last week.

Have your say on Latrobe Valley and Gippsland Transition Plan to 2035
The Latrobe Valley Authority's draft Latrobe Valley and Gippsland Transition Plan has recently been released for comment.

Pip Courtney of ABC Landline program guest speaker at Committee for Gippsland Global Series
Host of ABC's Landline program, Pip Courtney was in Warragul last week to speak with leaders from our Gippsland agriculture sector as part of the Committee for Gippsland's Gippsland Global Series.

Committee for Gippsland welcomes state government funding announcement for a new hospital in West Gippsland
The Committee for Gippsland (C4G) welcomes today's state government funding announcement for a new hospital in West Gippsland, with both major parties now committing the project.

Gippsland Community Leadership Program applications for 2023 now open
Applications for the 2023 Gippsland Community Leadership Program (GCLP) are now open.

New colour coded berthing zone signs being implemented as part of state-wide approach across Gippsland ports
Gippsland Ports public notice 'Notice establishing set-aside area'.

Australian Trade and Investment Commission help Gippsland businesses export by delivering Gippsland Global Series workshops
The Committee for Gippsland (C4G) Australian Trade and Investment Commission to deliver the Gippsland Global Series opportunity for local businesses and industry to reflect globally.

Gippsland's Clean Energy Future launched by Committee for Gippsland (C4G)
In a week focusing on energy opportunities in Gippsland with the New Energy Conference in Sale, C4G's CEO Tony Cantwell said the launch today was about paving the way for Gippsland's clean energy future.

AusNet Services develop transmission lines so Gippsland Renewable Energy Zone (G-REZ) will connect to national electricity market
Committee for Gippsland welcomes plans for additional transmission infrastructure in Gippsland which will support new energy investment into the region while creating employment opportunities for locals.

Young people encouraged to join Gippsland Community Leadership Program via Wayne Casey Youth Scholarship Fund
Gippsland Community Leadership Program's (GCLP) 10 month long immersion program for emerging young regional leaders.

Local Wellington Shire businesses invited to attend free project showcase expo to connect to local opportunities on 21 July 2022
Register to a FREE event with ICN Victoria's Wellington Shire Project Showcase, an expo that could give opportunities to both small and medium businesses.

Workshop on how to win government business in Bairnsdale on 20 July 2022
Workshop that will give local business opportunity on how to win work on major government infrastructure and construction projects.

Gippsland Community Leadership Program celebrates more than 25 years of developing regional leaders at Lardner Park
The Gippsland Community Leadership Program (GCLP) celebrated more than 25 years of developing regional leaders on Friday night at Lardner Park in the beautiful Baw Baw Shire.

Update on Esso Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) projects in Gippsland to help reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions
The Committee for Gippsland's Gippsland Hydrogen Cluster hosted a presentation from Esso Australia in Sale last week, updating members on Esso's Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) projects.

Gippsland's top eight waterfalls and see trickle, cascade, plunge and thunder
The best time to see waterfalls is after high rainfall. Spring is often a good bet with wetter months, coupled with snow melting from the alpine regions.

Dog friendly holiday accommodation in Gippsland when planning your next family break
Dog lovers, think beyond accommodation where you're permitted to bring your dog, to next-level pooch-dedicated resorts.

Gardivalia - Visit 18 magnificent gardens around Warragul on 30 October 2021
18 gardens, one weekend with millions of blooms, join the Gardivalia 2021 from 30 Oct to 2 Nov.

List of the best things to see in Gippsland for spring 2021
Spring is an amazing time to visit Gippsland with the fragrant gardens, thunderous waterfalls, and outdoor wanderings, events that are surely a must see.

Come see annual show-stopping display at Garden of Broughton Hall in Jindivick
Come and visit the garden and its annual show at Broughton Hall.

Gippsland hydrogen cluster launched and well positioned to be a key player
The Gippsland Hydrogen Cluster was launched today during an online event by its auspicing body the Committee for Gippsland.

Gippsland chosen as a regional Hydrogen Cluster as federal government commits $570M to hydrogen energy development
Gippsland has been chosen by National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) as one of a handful of clusters across Australia that will play a pivotal role in accelerating the development, deployment, and commercialisation of the hydrogen industry.

Acting Victorian Premier James Merlino MP statement on lessening movement restrictions and staying COVIDSafe
There's still work to do, there's still our state to keep safe and every Victorian needs to help to keep everyone COVIDsafe.

Morwell food manufacturing precinct receives $10M funding from Victorian government that will give boost for Gippsland
Ahead of this week's State Budget the Committee for Gippsland (C4G) has welcomed the state government's $10 million investment into the Morwell Manufacturing Precinct.

Dean Sutton joins Gippsland Community Leadership Program via Gippsland Diversity Scholarship funded by AGL Loy Yang
Being his true self and developing his leadership skills was a battle growing up in a small country town and identifying as a gay man.

Committee for Gippsland Strategic Plan 2021/24 to support jobs and investment for regions
Following a thorough review in 2020, this new strategy aims to build a stronger and more relevant Committee for Gippsland, ensuring the long-term sustainability of our organisation

Danny O'Brien MP

Gippsland communities demand more police amid rising crime as Danny O'Brien submits 2,324-signature petition for action
Amidst rising crime rates in Gippsland, locals have rallied for increased police presence. Danny O'Brien, Nationals Member, submitted a petition with 2,324 signatures urging action against escalating crime.

Gippsland roads worsen as Allan Labor government cuts maintenance by 75% neglecting repairs amid outcries and rising toll
Gippsland faces worsening road conditions as the Allan Labor government slashes its road maintenance program by 75%, leaving vital repairs unaddressed despite escalating concerns and a rising road toll.

Gippsland South gets no new fire stations in Victorian government 2024-25 budget despite contributing $186M for fire service levy increase
Despite landholders' $186 million contribution from the fire service levy increase, Gippsland South sees no new fire stations in the 2024-25 State Budget, leaving local brigades like Mirboo North, Korumburra, and Foster at risk.

The Middle Pub Korumburra and Star Hotel Sale win at AHA State Awards
Danny O'Brien, Nationals Member for Gippsland South, praised local pubs' success at the AHA State Awards, celebrating their achievements and staff. Notable winners included The Middle Pub Korumburra and Star Hotel Sale.

Container Deposit Scheme future becoming uncertain in Gippsland as contractors withdrawals from Allan Labor government mismanagement
Danny O'Brien criticises Allan Labor government's mismanagement of the CDS scheme, citing contractor withdrawals, resource issues, and vandalism. He fears for the program's future despite strong local participation.

South Gippsland motorists still face 'Kamikaze Corner' as funding stallson dangerous intersection
South Gippsland motorists still endure "Kamikaze Corner" due to the Allan Labor government's failure to fund stage 2 of the Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Bypass. Danny O'Brien urges immediate action on this dangerous intersection.

Frustration over delays and cost overruns in the Gippsland Regional Rail Revival project
The Gippsland Regional Rail Revival faces prolonged delays and cost increases, leaving Gippsland Nationals MPs frustrated with the State Labor Government's inability to deliver promised benefits.

Criticism mounts against Allan Labor government for neglect of Gippsland roads amid drastic repair reductions
The Allan Labor government faces criticism for neglecting Victorian roads, with a drastic reduction in repairs and budget cuts leading to deteriorating conditions. Shadow Minister Danny O'Brien highlights ongoing failures and mismanagement.

Danny O'Brien criticises Allan Labor government budget on debt increase and insufficient Gippsland funding
The Nationals' Danny O'Brien criticises Labor's State Budget, citing concerns over spiralling debt, lack of funding for essential projects in Gippsland, and increased levies burdening Victorians.

Danny O'Brien stays accessible via mobile offices to engage constituents on Victorian government issues
Danny O'Brien, Nationals Member for Gippsland South, maintains accessibility through mobile offices and listening posts across his electorate, engaging with constituents on various state government concerns.

Nationals' secure ending to telemarketing for Victorian Energy Upgrade scheme stopping intrusive practices and ensuring compliance
Gippsland residents find relief as telemarketing for the Victorian Energy Upgrade scheme ceases, replaced by door-knocking. Nationals' intervention addresses complaints, ensuring compliance and shielding residents from intrusive tactics.

Parliamentary inquiry submissions for fair local government funding to fix gaps and explore alternatives open until 28 June 2024
A parliamentary inquiry seeks to rectify funding disparities, exploring alternative revenue models and addressing cost-shifting issues impacting rural councils and ratepayers. Submissions are open until June 28, 2024.

Merging Gippsland health services into one organisation is Allan Labor government plan to reduce services
Danny O'Brien, representing Gippsland South, opposes the Labor government's plan to merge Gippsland hospitals, citing concerns over reduced access and loss of local control and services.

Elimination of Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation jeopardises vital treatment services and public awareness efforts
Allan Labor government plans to dissolve the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, despite its vital role in providing treatment services and raising awareness. Critics argue this move will hinder assistance for those with gambling problems.

Vacant public housing grows in Gippsland amid a housing crisis
Allan Labor government faces criticism for leaving public housing vacant in Gippsland amid a housing crisis, prompting calls for action from Nationals Member Danny O'Brien.

Danny O'Brien urges Premier Jacinta Allan to prioritise Gippsland in Victorian budget with emphasis of education, infrastructure and transport
Danny O'Brien urges Premier Jacinta Allan to prioritise Gippsland in the upcoming State Budget, emphasising the need for funding in education, infrastructure, and transport to address long standing issues in the region.

Danny O'Brien of addresses storm recovery and telecommunications during his visits around Gippsland
Last week, The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien, addressed storm recovery, roads, environmental protection, nuclear energy, wild dog management, broiler farms, and telecommunications during visits to local communities.

Foster fire station promise to rebuild remains unfulfilled prompting questions on fund allocation and community safety
The Allan Labor government faces scrutiny over unfulfilled promises for the Foster fire station rebuild. Despite prior funding plans, the project lacks support. Questions arise on fund allocation and community safety.

Clarification demanded as to why it will take nearly five years to construct rural fire station at Winnindoo by Danny O'Brien
The Winnindoo Fire Brigade secured funding in the 2020 Budget but faces delays, leaving volunteers frustrated. Despite promises, construction won't start until 2025.

Criticism of mean and stingy support to Gippsland businesses hit by recent power outages raised by Danny O'Brien
Gippsland South's Nationals Member, Danny O'Brien, criticises the Allan Labor government's inadequate aid to businesses hit by recent power failures, urging a review of stringent eligibility criteria for compensation.

Danny O'Brien welcomes Minister Steve Dimopoulos to tackle erosion and fire safety in Loch Sport
Danny O'Brien welcomes Minister Steve Dimopoulos' visit to Loch Sport, addressing local erosion. O'Brien highlights community frustrations and emphasises the need for action on erosion and fire safety concerns.

Mirboo North new sports stadium funding being urged by Danny O'Brien stressing community support and urgent necessity
Danny O'Brien, Nationals Member for Gippsland South, urges the Allan Labor government to fund a new sports stadium for Mirboo North. Highlighting community support, he emphasises the urgent need for an updated facility.

Foster Primary School in need of urgent reconstruction funding to replace declining infrastructure
Danny O'Brien reiterated his call for the Labor government to finance the reconstruction of Foster Primary School, citing its deteriorating infrastructure, urging the government to prioritise funding in the upcoming state budget.

Gippsland road repair claims have flood funding inaccuracies and have budget cuts so harsh they impact road conditions
Danny O'Brien criticised the Labor government's misleading claims about road repairs in Gippsland, highlighting instances where flood-related funding didn't apply, emphasizing budget cuts' impact on road conditions.

Danny O'Brien pushing for McLoughlins Beach Jetty construction start date to end community prolonged anticipation
Danny O'Brien, Nationals Member for Gippsland South, urges the State Government to clarify the start date for constructing McLoughlins Beach Jetty, emphasising community's long wait since funding announcement in May 2022.

New planning powers by Allan Labor government sideline opinions of Gippslanders near renewable energy projects
New planning powers by the Labor government sideline opinions of Gippslanders near renewable energy projects. Changes expedite approval process, removing planning panels and appeals, alarming locals who stress consultation importance.

Sale College redevelopment needs to start by having funding included in 2024-2025 State Budget
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South urges the Allan Labor government to allocate funds in the 2024-2025 State Budget for commencing the Sale College redevelopment, emphasising the necessity for upgraded facilities.

Gippsland Emergency Department struggle from under-resourcing and need urgent invention from Allan Labor government
Danny O'Brien, Nationals Member for Gippsland South, highlights urgent intervention needed from the Allan Labor government as Gippsland's EDs struggle to meet performance targets due to under-resourcing, impacting patient care.

More backing for food relief in Gippsland needed amidst increased demand say Danny O'Brien from recent report
Danny O'Brien urges support for local food relief amid surging demand. Recent report shows 10% of Victorian households rely on food assistance monthly. O'Brien calls on government action while encouraging donations.

Danny O'Brien calls on Allan Labor government to boost ongoing funding for Victorian Neighbourhood Houses program
Danny O'Brien, Nationals Member for Gippsland South, urges the Allan Labor government to secure increased recurrent funding for Victoria's neighborhood houses, vital for community services amid growing demand and challenges.

Danny O'Brien urges Minister for Education to allocate critical funding for Sale College redevelopment and other school projects
Danny O'Brien, representing Gippsland South, appeals to the Minister for Education for funding support for three crucial school projects, emphasising the Sale College redevelopment and others in the upcoming state budget.

Swift repair of Hyland Highway post-landslip is crucial now funding approved
Danny O'Brien urges the Allan Labor government to expedite Hyland Highway repair post-landslip. Recent funding promises action. O'Brien emphasises the road's importance and urges swift reconstruction.

Gippsland farmers face cleanup bills and crop damage of up to $100k from recent February 2024 wild storms
Despite previous clean-up grant arrangements, the current disaster funding criteria pose challenges, leaving affected farmers without necessary support.

GPs will be harder to find and more expensive under Allan Labor government Health Tax predicts Danny O'Brien
]Danny O'Brien warns that under Labor's Health Tax, GP appointments will become scarcer and pricier, potentially driving clinics to close and patients to delay necessary medical care.

Disaster recovery funding suggested to Minister to ensure all flood-affected Gippslanders supported irrespective of scale
Disaster recovery funding rules need adjusting to ensure support reaches all flood-affected locals, irrespective of the scale, suggests Danny O'Brien, Member for Gippsland South.

Upgrade funding applications for South Gippsland cricket clubs ranging $15,000 to $40,000 from Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund open until 24 March 2024
Danny O'Brien, representing Gippsland South, encourages local cricket clubs to seek Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund grants for upgrades, with applications due by March 24th.

Weed control enforcement in Gippsland pressed by Danny O'Brien on Allan Labor government
Danny O'Brien urges the Allan Labor government to enforce weed management due to widespread infestation, costing farmers millions annually. Enforcement is crucial for agricultural productivity and local economies.

Allan Labor government neglect over the housing crisis leaves intellectually disabled Gippslanders vulnerable
Intellectually disabled Victorian Damian Midwinter confronts a housing crisis due to government inaction, highlighting the urgent need for advocacy for vulnerable citizens in relocation matters.

Tambo Recycling Centre in Sale leads Victorian Container Deposit Scheme and returns $140k to community fundraising
Sale's Tambo Recycling Centre excels in Victoria's Container Deposit Scheme, with over 1.4 million containers deposited and $140k returned to the local economy in two months, offering fundraising opportunities for community groups.

Quick action to fix Hyland Highway landslip called for by Danny O'Brien to Minister for Roads
Danny O'Brien is calling on the Minister for Roads to promptly address the Hyland Highway landslip, emphasising its criticality for Yarram and the surrounding community.

Danny O'Brien applauds Victorian government decision to maintain duck season while noting some limitations
Danny O'Brien praises the Labor government's decision to maintain duck season, citing it as a victory for reason and science, though expressing disappointment in some restrictions.

Danny O'Brien frustrated by Allan Labor government inaction and deflecting on crime in South Gippsland
Danny O'Brien voices frustration over Allan Labor government's inaction on rising crime rates. Despite concerns raised in Parliament, the government's response lacks substance, pointing fingers instead of addressing issues.

Danny O'Brien urges Gippsland motorists to respect school speed zones and slow down during term times
With summer ending, Danny O'Brien, representing Gippsland South, reminds drivers to respect school speed zones. Reduced speeds during term time improve safety, underscoring the need for adherence to save lives.

Danny O'Brien urges reconsideration of Barry Beach Port in South Gippsland for offshore wind industry to support Gippsland jobs
Danny O'Brien urges the State Labor government to reconsider Barry Beach as the construction port for the offshore wind industry, emphasising job creation and economic benefits for Gippsland.

Clean-up assistance for South Gippsland damages from recent flooding by Allan Labor government called on by Danny O'Brien
Danny O'Brien urges the state government to aid in the cleanup of flood and storm damage in South Gippsland, highlighting the need for assistance for homeowners, businesses, farmers, and councils.

Christmas 2023 message from Danny O'Brien MP
Danny O'Brien wishing a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Grateful for Gippsland's support.

Seaspray Primary School closes after lack of effort to secure new principal by Victorian government
Danny O'Brien expresses disappointment over Seaspray Primary School's closure, urging efforts to keep options open for potential revival with increased enrollment and a new principal's appointment.

Urgent repair of Hyland Highway near Carrajung as reduced to one lane and has potential to collapse
O'Brien highlighted the deteriorating "ski jump" road, reduced to one lane with concerns of potential collapse. Engineers assess the damage, emphasising ongoing budget cuts hindering proper fixes.

Abandoned Sale police station near Lake Guthridge remains unused and vandalised after 8 years
After eight years of abandonment, the site near Lake Guthridge remains unused and vandalised. Urgent action or alternative usage is urged to avoid further detriment to Sale's community.

Bear Gully re-opens after being closed for 9 months without explanations
Danny O'Brien celebrates Bear Gully Campground reopening on December 22, 2023, after a nine-month closure. While pleased, he seeks explanations and assurances to prevent future closures, valuing its tourism impact.

Bear Gully camping ground indefinite closure in South Gippsland due to cultural heritage concerns prompts frustration from local residents
Danny O'Brien, seeking answers, voices frustration over Bear Gully campground indefinite closure, lacking details on cultural significance or a reopening timeline, prompting concerns from constituents and calls for transparency.

Danny O'Brien urges prioritisation to establish new Sale College campus by Victorian government
Danny O'Brien, advocating since 2017, urges swift action from the government for the Sale College campus. Progress on designs and site negotiations is positive, but funding is now crucial for the students' best facilities.

South Gippsland volunteer emergency groups praised for securing $15M in Victorian funding via VESEP
Danny O'Brien praises Gippsland South's volunteer emergency groups for securing nearly $15 million state funding via VESEP, benefitting CFA, SES, Surf Life Saving, and MSAR units, crucial for community safety upgrades and operational needs.

More police needed in South Gippsland as crime spikes 66.6% since Victorian Labor took office
Requesting increased police resources for South Gippsland due to rising crime rates, burglaries, and inadequate emergency response, aiming for greater security and support in a vulnerable area.

Danny O'Brien launches petition to get funding for maintenance to address poor conditions of Gippsland roads
Labor government reduced road safety funding by $230 million, impacting Safer System Road Infrastructure and safety spending. Increased road deaths and poor conditions prompt a plea for maintenance funds via a petition.

Big Housing Build initiative fails as social housing decreases in Gippsland
Despite the Big Housing Build initiative, social housing in Gippsland declines. Danny O'Brien criticises Labor's strategy, citing fewer available homes and maintenance issues, urging immediate action for vulnerable residents.

Danny O'Brien pushes for enhanced Gippsland bus security to improve passenger and driver safety as incidents rise
Danny O'Brien voices concerns over bus security following assaults on drivers. Seeks improved safety measures as incidents rise, urging government action for passenger and driver safety.

Pledge of $110M for Gippsland plantations by Victorian Labor government resulted in just 4,000 trees disappointing Timber industry transition
State Labor government pledged $110 million for Gippsland plantations but only planted 4,000 trees in six years, failing commitments to support local jobs and the timber industry, deeply disappointing Gippsland's workforce.

Berry's Creek Gourmet Cheese from South Gippsland shines at Victorian Parliament tasting
Berry's Creek Gourmet Cheese from South Gippsland triumphs at State Parliament's cheese tasting, reinforcing its global acclaim. Nationals Member Danny O'Brien celebrates, highlighting Gippsland's exceptional food producers.

Damage to Gippsland parks suffer from slow repairs times compared to urban park renovations under Allan Labor government
Danny O'Brien calls for Gippsland park repairs, highlighting closures and lacking timelines, contrasting with swift urban park renovations by the Labor government.

Call for volunteers to return and rebuild Gippsland community and economy post-COVID
Volunteers drive community and economy. Post-Covid, vital roles linger unfilled. Join in; support clubs, services, and events. Danny O'Brien urges: revive Gippsland's spirit by volunteering locally.

Projects list and funding specifics for South Gippsland emphasising necessary roadworks demanded by Danny O'Brien
O'Brien requests the Minister for Roads to share funding details and project lists for Gippsland South this year, highlighting critical issues like speed reductions, potholes, and the need for road improvements.

Arson incident at Fish Creek Football Netball Club renews calls for increased police presence
Danny O'Brien, Nationals Member for Gippsland South, reiterates the need for enhanced police presence following the arson at Fish Creek Football Netball Club. Advocates for increased staffing in local stations.

Danny O'Brien applauds positive response to Victorian Container Deposit Scheme in Gippsland
Gippsland welcomes the return of the Victorian Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), marked by robust attendance at multiple venues. Danny O'Brien, Nationals Member for Gippsland South, commends the favourable reception within the community.

Danny O'Brien persists in tackling Loch Sport Lake Victoria foreshore erosion as Minister Dimopoulos fails to act
Mr. O'Brien urged Minister Steve Dimopoulos to visit and tackle the persistent issue, stressing the importance of lasting solutions. The community backs the installation of groynes to combat erosion, requiring immediate action.

Danny O'Brien urges Allan Labor government to take action against increasing family violence rates in Gippsland
Gippsland South's Danny O'Brien urges action from Gippsland residents and the Allan Labor government to combat rising family violence rates. Immediate attention is essential for better family outcomes.

Increased land taxes on Gippsland homeowners passed by Allan Labor government opposed by Nationals and Liberals
New legislation passed in the State Parliament's Legislative Assembly by the Allan Labor government will impose additional or increased land taxes on many Gippsland homeowners.

Loch Sport needs fuel reduction, firebreaks and improved emergency warning system to lessen dangers from 2023/24 bushfire season
Gippsland South's Nationals Member, Danny O'Brien, expressed fire protection concerns in Loch Sport in State Parliament, inviting the Environment Minister to address fuel reduction and firebreak needs.

Rising crime rates in Gippsland shows Victoria Labor government needs to boost rural police presence and resources
O'Brien, argues that insufficient police resources are contributing to this problem and that the government's urban-focused approach is neglecting rural community safety.

Danny O'Brien calls for better protecting Loch Sport and other isolated Gippsland communities from ongoing bushfire threats
Danny O'Brien underscores bushfire management's importance in locations like Loch Sport, emphasising fuel reduction and enhanced firebreaks through years of advocacy, petitions, and communication with government.

Recent fires near Loch Sport and Briagolong quelled thanks to Gippsland CFA volunteers and emergency services
Danny O'Brien from Gippsland South expressed gratitude to CFA volunteers, Forest Fire Management Victoria firefighters, and emergency services for their outstanding efforts in battling recent fires near Loch Sport and Briagolong.

Repairs for storm-damaged Sealers Cove Walking Track on Wilsons Promontory now fast-tracked by Victorian government
Mr. O'Brien expressed concern in state parliament about the delayed completion of Sealers Cove walk in the Prom, a popular tourism spot.

Forest fuel report from CFA and FFM reveals alarming risk levels in Gippsland and need for urgent action
A recent report by FFM and CFA highlights alarming forest fuel levels in central, south, and west Gippsland, posing an 84% bushfire risk in the Latrobe district, exceeding the 71% target.

Loch Sport shoreline erosion needed immediate amid growing community support for groyne installation
In the past six years, shoreline erosion concerns demand immediate action, with groynes favoured as a solution. Funding and progress are critical issues.

Danny O'Brien calls on rejection of duck hunting ban recommendation by Andrews Labor government and prioritise habitat preservation
Danny O'Brien urges the Andrews Labor government to reject a biassed inquiry's recommendation to ban duck hunting in Victoria, argues that hunting minimally impacts duck populations and highlights the importance of habitat preservation.

Danny O'Brien gives fiery address on Victorian budget for road maintenance, timber industry and numerous projects
In his parliamentary address, Danny O'Brien of Gippsland South criticises Victoria's budget, highlighting issues with road maintenance, the timber industry, and the government's handling of numerous projects.

Gippsland bus operators need flexibility amid 2025 zero-emission bus PTV mandate says Danny O'Brien
In a recent parliamentary address, Danny O'Brien of Gippsland South questioned the Minister for Public Transport about the government's plans to mandate all PTV network buses to be zero-emission vehicles by 2025.

Road funding cuts leading to dangerous and deplorable outcomes as Rosedale-Longford Road gets permanent speed cut
Gippsland's roads deteriorate due to funding cuts by the Andrews Labor government, causing safety concerns, recently, Danny O'Brien raised concerns about the Rosedale-Longford Road is poor pavement, resulting in a permanent speed reduction.

Safety concerns as public transport-related crime surges 41% in Victoria with incidents disproportionately impacting Gippsland
Danny O'Brien expresses safety concerns as Victoria's public transport-related crime surges 41%, per Crime Statistics Agency data. Incidents disproportionately impact Gippsland, with 360 reported cases in 2022.

Gippslanders urged to negotiate with energy providers for better deals and utilise $250 Power Saving Bonus by Danny O'Brien
O'Brien encouraged residents to negotiate with energy providers for better deals, utilising the $250 Power Saving Bonus (ending on August 31, 2023).

Leongatha, Korumburra, and Kongwak discuss their concerns in face-to-face meetings with Danny O'Brien
Danny O'Brien engages with the community with topics including road maintenance, education, public transport, policing, hoon driving, planning, and the cost of living.

Protect staffing at single officer stations in Gippsland urged by Danny O'Brien
Mr. O'Brien emphasises the importance of one-officer stations for community safety in regional towns highlighting concerns about rising crime rates and understaffed police vacancies.

Rate relief to address funding disparities in local councils via parliamentary inquiry raises from Danny O'Brien
Mr. O'Brien leads an inquiry, backed by The Nationals, addressing funding disparities in local councils. It questions property rates as revenue, seeks modernization, explores alternative funding models, and aims to improve service sustainability.

Nappy Collective aids local families lacking nappies with support from Danny O'Brien office in Sale
Danny O'Brien expressed gratitude for local support, stating donated nappies ease stress for struggling families. The Nappy Collective aids families lacking sufficient diapers. Donations are welcome at his Sale office anytime.

Foster Fire Station rebuild has promised funds withdrawn has Danny O'Brien calling for accountability
Danny O'Brien advocates for Foster Fire Station amidst funding cuts, calls for accountability and new builds for Mirboo North and Korumburra.

Seabed option for transmitting energy from Gippsland offshore wind farms should be considered by Andrews government
Mr. O'Brien, after a European study tour, suggests exploring a seabed HVDC cable to minimise disruption to Gippsland farming land for offshore wind energy transmission.

Danny O'Brien urges minister to fund replacement of Foster fire station and others in Gippsland South
Danny O'Brien, representing Gippsland South, seeks funding from the Minister for Emergency Services to replace and upgrade fire stations in his electorate, particularly in Foster.

Energy transition impacting Gippsland communities like transmission lines need greater acknowledgment says Danny O'Brien
Danny O'Brien calls for greater acknowledgment of the challenges faced by these communities, including transmission line issues and uncertainties related to offshore wind projects.

Gippsland Rail continuous delays sparks call for dedicated railway line by Danny O'Brien
Mr. O'Brien urges Gippsland's dedicated rail line due to recurring delays behind metro trains, highlighting government opposition and compromised skyrail infrastructure. Gippsland Line faces punctuality challenges, hindered by metro projects.

Media reveal minimal Victorian road resurfacing for 2023 highlighting Andrews Labor government mismanagement in regional areas
Danny O'Brien, Shadow Minister for Roads, criticised a 45% roads maintenance budget cut since 2020, including 25% this year. No road resurfacing contracts raise concerns. Deterioration worsens without action.

Local secondary students are encourage to join the 2023 Premier Spirit of ANZAC Prize competition and submit entries by 6 September 2023
Local secondary students (Years 9-12) to participate in the 2023 Premier's Spirit of ANZAC Prize. The competition encourages understanding of the modern "Anzac spirit" in multicultural Australia.

Ambulance Victoria report reveals prolonged wait times and urgent action required in South Gippsland
Renewed calls for urgent action to enhance ambulance response times in Gippsland South due to increased wait times per a recent Ambulance Victoria report. The Nationals' Danny O'Brien urges government intervention to improve emergency services.

Engage in shaping Victorian Bushfire Management Strategy as part of Black Summer Bushfires inquiries by 30 August 2023
Community engagement in shaping Victoria's Bushfire Management Strategy, influenced by Black Summer Bushfires inquiries. Submit your input on or before 30 August 2023.

Call for new lookout at Kilmany overpass site with views by Danny O'Brien gets response from Andrews Labor government
State government recognized MP Danny O'Brien's Kilmany overpass lookout idea. Scenic views, new arch-bridge included. Feasibility assessed by Major Road Projects Victoria; decision expected.

Gippsland families and businesses encouraged by Danny O'Brien to have their say on cost of living in regional Victoria
Danny O'Brien, Member for Gippsland South, initiates a survey to gauge the impact of rising living costs on regional Victorians due to increased taxes. He criticises the Andrews Labor government for broken promises and declining services.

Danny O'Brien highlights policy differences and criticises taxation approach of Andrews Labor government and Greens in housing debate
Danny O'Brien highlights policy differences between government and Greens on housing, criticises taxation approach, and calls for better investment in public housing.

Opportunities and challenges for regional development and job creation with Gippsland offshore wind industry
Gippsland offshore wind industry will maximise benefits and address challenges for regional development and policy.

Yarram Country Club wins Community Clubs Victoria Night 2023 making a proud moment for South Gippsland
Attending Community Clubs Victoria awards, I celebrated winners, notably Yarram Country Club in Gippsland South. They won best community bistro, an impressive feat for a small-town club competing statewide.

Gas ban decision criticised by Danny O'Brien as premature and ignores long-term energy transition
Danny O'Brien, Gippsland South MP, opposes gas ban, citing inner-city politics, limited energy options, and potential for hydrogen transition. He criticises Labor's stance on gas exploration and production.

Gippslanders betrayed by cancellation of Commonwealth Games and lack of attention to social housing needs from Andrews Labor government
Gippsland South's Danny O'Brien criticises Games cancellation, urges social housing attention, seeks housing allocation clarity from the minister.

Gippslanders face bill shock and impact on households as electricity prices soar as Andrews Labor government energy policies
Gippslanders face bill shock with electricity rate hikes; concerns raised over government's energy policies, affordability, and impact on households. Assistance available for the Power Saving Bonus at the electorate office.

Firewood scarcity resulting from native timber industry closure by Andrews Labor government will impact Gippsland households
Concerns arise over firewood scarcity after Andrews Labor government shuts down native timber industry. Implications on households, demand, and need for proactive solutions to ensure affordable supply.

Latrobe Regional Hospital gets $10M to improve mental health services in Gippsland
The establishment of a $10 million emergency department mental health hub at Latrobe Regional Hospital in Gippsland aims to improve mental health services and meet service targets.

Increased water allocation for Latrobe River is job creation for Gippsland and will help regional transition says Danny O'Brien
The Nationals MP Danny O'Brien urges the state government to allocate 16,000 megalitres of water to local farmers for productive agriculture, helping create jobs amid regional challenges.

Foreign co-investment allowed in State Electricity Commission (SEC) by Dan Andrews
Premier Andrews' promise of a government-owned State Electricity Commission (SEC) is criticised as foreign co-investment is allowed. The SEC's job creation and impact on local industries are questioned.

Why was Port of Hastings chosen over Barry Beach for offshore wind farm construction by Andrews Labor government
Danny O'Brien criticises the lack of detail in selecting Port of Hastings for offshore wind farms instead of Gippsland's Barry Beach, expressing concerns about missed benefits and unclear government reasoning.

Yarram Fire Station $34M rebuild has been confirmed and included in 2023 Victorian budget
The Nationals Member, Danny O'Brien, highlights the need to prioritise CFA volunteers and calls for rebuilds in Foster and Mirboo North.

Concerns about potential cancellation of future duck hunting seasons avoided by Minister Kilkenny
Minister Sonya Kilkenny avoids confirming support for duck hunting, raising concerns of future seasons being cancelled. Questions on funding and misleading data were also dismissed during the PAEC hearings.

Danny O'Brien questions Dan Andrews about advancing the timber industry end date at Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearings
Andrews Labor government decision to end the native timber industry lacks guarantees of new employment opportunities, disappointing timber towns and breaking promises.

Gippsland students from Grade 5 to Year 12 are encouraged to enter 2023 Parliament Prize competition by 16 June 2023
The Parliament Prize invites Grade 5 to Year 12 students to submit a video of themselves presenting a member's Statement, with the chance to win cash prizes for themselves and their school.

Over $1B cut from Victorian health department in state budget papers by Andrews Labor government
Andrews Labor government's $1 billion health department budget cut angers Gippslanders struggling with the public health system and delays in elective surgeries.

Answers on empty public housing in Gippsland from Andrews Labor government called for by Danny O'Brien
The state government is urged to explain why public housing in Gippsland remains empty while many people are in desperate need of housing, raising concerns from the Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien.

Gippsland road maintenance slashed by 25% for total reduction of 45% since 2020 by Andrews Labor government
Concerns raised over local roads as State Budget cuts 25% from maintenance. Crumbling infrastructure poses dangers, calls for increased investment.

Review of utilities resilience for blackout prevention and emergency response times demanded by Danny O'Brien
Danny O'Brien, Nationals Member for Gippsland South, expresses concern over new energy legislation's limited impact on power outage resilience and support for affected communities.

Danny O'Brien seeks plan from Victorian Minister for Energy to show Gippsland benefits from proposed offshore wind industry
Request to Minister for Energy and Resources: Plan needed to ensure Gippsland benefits from offshore wind industry, including consultation coordination and community benefits for the region.

Gippslanders seeking housing amid post-pandemic property price rises and increasing rent hurt by Andrews Labor government incompetence
The government's policy and economic incompetence is causing housing shortages, high rent, and a crisis in Gippsland South. Increased property taxes and lack of financial control are contributing factors.

Andrews Labor government deals severe blow to Gippsland by advancing native timber industry shutdown
The Andrews Labor government's decision to bring forward the native timber industry shut down has devastating consequences for timber workers, communities, and the environment, according to Danny O'Brien

Bus accident on Meeniyan-Promontory Road emphasises need for more funding for widening and improvement says Danny O'Brien
A recent bus accident on the Meeniyan-Promontory Road emphasises the need for improvements and widening of the road, as advocated by Danny O'Brien, Member for Gippsland South.

Danny O'Brien questions Minister for Regional Development about plans to attract new jobs as Gippsland timber industry gets shutdown
Danny O'Brien questions the Minister for Regional Development about the government's plans to attract industries to Gippsland following the accelerated shutdown of the timber industry, expressing concerns about job losses and impact.

Victoria Budget offers little for Gippsland South with Andrews Labor government showing gross financial mismanagement
Victorians will face a $22 million daily interest burden on a $171 billion debt created by the Andrews Labor government, as new taxes add pressure on housing affordability and harm Gippsland families.

Hardships for timber workers and towns in Gippsland increase from Andrews Labor government inaction
Danny O'Brien expressed his dismay at the government's lack of support for the timber industry, highlighting the Minister's delayed response to timber shortages and the need for proactive measures to address the impact of court decisions.

Meeniyan and district community engages with Danny O'Brien during mobile office visit
During his regular community engagement sessions in Meeniyan, Koonwarra, Dumbalk, and Mirboo, Mr. O'Brien actively listened to various concerns raised by constituents, including education, road conditions, duck hunting, and street safety.

Toongabbie and Cowwarr discuss education, mobile coverage, land management, health, roads, and energy with Danny O'Brien
Danny O'Brien recently took his office on a visit to Toongabbie and Cowwarr, engaging with constituents on various topics including education, mobile coverage, land management, health, roads, and energy.

Vacant public housing in Gippsland requires explanation by Minister for Housing says Danny O'Brien
Danny O'Brien requests the Minister for Housing to explain the persistence of empty public housing in Gippsland, including the number of vacant homes, duration of vacancies, maintenance backlog, and waiting list information.

Kilmany overpass is opportunity to create rest stop and lookout for scenic view of Central Gippsland
Danny O'Brien proposes a rest stop and lookout at Kilmany overpass during Princes Highway East duplication works to showcase stunning views and enhance tourism potential.

Road maintenance cuts by Andrews Labor government further neglect our crumbling infrastructure and hurt country road users
Ahead of the state budget, Gippsland South Nationals Member Danny O'Brien urges substantial increase in road maintenance funding. Fair share needed for regional Victoria's repairs and maintenance.

Andrews Labor government must prioritise delivery of road maintenance and road safety projects in regional Victoria
Andrews Labor government must reverse road cuts and prioritise road safety to save lives, plans to cut TAC funding for the budget, worsening the crisis.

Calls on Andrews Labor government to improve access to mental health services in Gippsland from Danny O'Brien
Danny O'Brien calls on the Andrews Labor government to improve mental health services access in Gippsland as Latrobe Regional Hospital fails to meet government targets.

Sealers Cove walk trail repair works from storm damage suffering disappointing delays from Andrews Labor government
The Sealers Cove walking track at Wilsons Promontory National Park remains closed due to storm damage, with the Andrews Labor government still working on designs and approvals.

Danny O'Brien urges Andrews Labor government to improve performance of Victorian public service departments'
Danny O'Brien, the Nationals Member for Gippsland South, has criticised the Andrews Labor government for the lack of front-facing services in Victorian public service departments.

No progress on Nyora station that was pledged $9M from Community Use of Vacant Rail Buildings (CUVRB) program
State government's bureaucratic decision frustrates the community and puts $9M funding for Nyora station's renovation at risk after forcing out the op shop.

Good progress on Kilmany rail bridge for Princes Highway duplication between Traralgon and Sale reported by Danny O'Brien and Darren Chester
Princes Highway duplication near Traralgon and Sale is near completion with work on the Kilmany rail bridge progressing. MPs O'Brien and Chester visited and received updates.

Loch Sport erosion funding must be included by Andrews Labor government in 2023 Victorian Budget
Danny O'Brien, Nationals Member for Gippsland South, calls for funding in the 2023-2024 State Budget to implement long-term solutions for erosion at Loch Sport.

Side Road Activated Speed technology for Bass Highway and Leongatha South-Outrrim Road intersection not the solution
SRAS technology to be used at the intersection of Bass Highway and Leongatha South-Outtrim Road due to recent accidents, but realignment needed for improved safety.

Danny O'Brien urges Andrews government to improve Gippsland V/line services and stop giving it a back seat
Danny O'Brien urges Andrews government to improve Gippsland line service with increased demand for public transport due to fare reductions.

Failure to prioritise repair of Sealers Cove walk at Wilsons Promontory from October 2021 storm by Andrews Labor government
Danny O'Brien criticised the Andrews Labor government for neglecting the Sealers Cove walk repair, urging the Minister for Environment to expedite the works and provide necessary funding.

Consultancies tripled under Andrews Labor government while front-facing services for Victorians have suffered
The Andrews Labor government's tripled spending on consultancy while front-facing service from Victorian Public Service has reduced, frustrating constituents. Urgent action needed.

Wait for funding to fix Sealers Cove walk at Wilsons Promontory due to the 2021 storm damage way too long
Seeking funding to expedite the Sealers Cove walk replacement at Wilsons Promontory due to the 2021 storm damage. Three years is too long to wait for world-class national parks.

Victorian government matches $9.20 regional V/Line fare caps after Nationals and Liberals delivered similar policy
Opposition leader announced $2 fares policy for local transport. Government later matched it with $9.20 regional fare caps after Nationals and Liberals delivered similar policies.

Free firewood collection open to Gippslanders until 30 June 2023
Danny O'Brien encourages Gippslanders to collect firewood during autumn season, helping remove forest debris and supporting those in need.

Gippsland Water Dragons to encourage youth to try dragon boating with get $7,500 funding form VicHealth JumpStart
Gippsland Water Dragons get $7,500 to encourage local youth to try dragon boating, through a successful VicHealth JumpStart! funding application.

Meeniyan Community Garden gets $10,000 grant from VicHealth JumpStart
The Meeniyan Community Garden will utilise the grant for their Friends of the Garden program, which provides workshops on social media and growing strategies.

Regional roads need to be fixed permanently and not temporarily is what Andrews Labor government needs to do
Local road users have been left out-of-pocket recently as poor road conditions have resulted in damage to vehicles.

Gippsland hurt by move to have offshore wind farm construction at Port of Hastings says Danny O'Brien
Danny O'Brien, Nationals Member for Gippsland South, views selecting Port of Hastings as construction port for offshore windfarms as a setback for Gippsland.

Danny O'Brien questions the abandoned former Sale police station site on York Street
Danny O'Brien, Nationals Member for Gippsland South expresses disappointment in the deteriorating former Sale police station site, calling for action on potential community uses.

Danny O'Brien visits Gippsland South schools to discuss democracy and government
Danny O'Brien visits local schools as he is always impressed by the quality of students throughout South Gippsland.

Explanation on why Gippsland REZ lacks underground transmission requested by Danny O'Brien
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien seeks transparency on lack of underground transmission lines in Gippsland REZ.

Power Saving Bonus program for 2023 encouraged by Danny O'Brien but not long-term solution
New Power Saving Bonus program offers $250 to Victorian energy account holders, encouraged by Danny O'Brien but not a permanent fix.

Andrews Labor government condemned for political duck hunting decision ignoring science
Andrews Labor government ignored science, made political decisions on duck hunting; insulted law-abiding hunters without new evidence.

Danny O'Brien calls out importance of watchdogs and their oversight of Victorian government
New Parliament members must hold government accountable, not be cheerleaders. Examples of government failures require oversight by Parliament.

Get Active vouchers and reimbursements are now available for Gippslanders
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien is highlighting that local families may be eligible to have up to $200 of their children's sport fees reimbursed through the state government's Get Active program.

Local families can get reimbursed up to $200 for children sports fees with Victorian Get Active program
Round 6 Get Active vouchers/reimbursements for recognized activities available to Victorian children aged 0-18, subject to criteria.

Victorian roads remain in dire shape as Andrews Labor government waste billions of taxpayers money
The Andrews Labor government must urgently inject additional funds to repair Victoria's dilapidated road network as years of budget cuts, waste and last year's floods take their toll.

Callum Moscript calls on Andrews Labor government to fund addressing of dangerous Leongatha South intersection
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien has urged the state government to provide funding to fix a dangerous intersection at Leongatha South.

Law-abiding hunters insulted by Andrews Labor government decision to reduce duck hunting season
The decision of the Labor government to reduce the duck hunting season to just over a month and maintain a bag limit of four birds per day is an insult to hunters and is clearly more about politics than science.

Rampant weed growth in Gippsland needs to be better addressed by Andrews Labor government
Gippsland landowners are continuing to face an uphill battle as the Andrews Labor government fails to take action to enforce the law with respect to noxious weeds.

Uncertainty by Andrews Labor government towards timber industry puts centuries-old woodchopping sport for Victorian athletes in danger
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O'Brien says the Andrews Labor government's ongoing vendetta against the native timber industry is now threatening the centuries-old sport of woodchopping.

VLine ticket sales agents should be returned to South Gippsland says Danny O'Brien
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien is calling for V/Line ticket sales agents to be re-established in South Gippsland.

Danny O'Brien calls on Ingrid Stitt, Minister for Environment to act and prevent further erosion on the Loch Sport
Concern is mounting among Loch Sport locals and visitors as erosion along the Lake Victoria foreshore continues and worsens.

Impact of proposed offshore wind farms on Gippsland community needs to be provided by Andrews Labor government
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien has called on the Andrews Labor government to provide clarity on its proposed investments in offshore wind farms.

Invitation to inspect Kamikaze corner in Leongatha sent to Melissa Horne, Minister for Roads and Road Safety
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien has invited the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Melissa Horne to visit Leongatha and inspect "Kamikaze corner".

Gippsland trains still off the rails and still in need of additional services to help boost economic growth
Celebrations by those who welcomed the news that trains would resume on the Gippsland Line this month were short-lived as replacement coaches were quickly announced for the majority of services.

Andrews Labor government refuses to bring back road safety committee as road toll has horror start for 2023
Victorians need safer roads now. We have seen a horror start to 2023, with 42 lives lost on Victorian roads to date.

New opportunities for Andrews Labor government to endorse key projects to improve future of Gippsland
The start of a new year and a new parliamentary term represents an opportunity for the State Labor government to reset on key projects in Gippsland.

Roads and Road Safety as well as Casino, Gaming and Liquor Regulation
New Opposition Shadow Cabinet, Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien says would be developing policy and looking at innovative developments in road building and maintenance to ensure better value for money for taxpayers.

Helping Heather bring Christmas joy with her A Better Life for Foster Kids in Gippsland South
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien got to play Santa this week as he handed over the many wonderful gifts donated by local community members to Heather Baird of A Better Life for Foster Kids.

Andrews Labor government failed timber policy threatens significant job losses in Gippsland
The Andrews Labor government must act urgently to address the threat of significant job losses in Gippsland due to its failed timber policy.

Waratah Beach Surf Lifesaving Club to receive $580,000 upgrade funding from Nationals as election commitment
The Waratah Beach Surf Lifesaving Club will be given much needed funds to replace its rusted roof and renovate its toilets, change room and kitchen facilities if The Nationals form government this month.

Korumburra Bena Football Netball Club to get $500,000 upgrade funding as election commitment from Victorian Nationals
Korumburra-Bena Giants will get a second new netball court under The Nationals in government with a $500,000 funding commitment made today.

New South Gippsland Highway overtaking lane west of Toora for $1.5M funding as election pledge from Victorian Nationals
A new overtaking lane will be completed on the South Gippsland Highway west of Toora under The Nationals in government with a $1.5 million commitment.

Victorian Soil Cooperative Research Centre to get $100M to prepare for changing environments as election pledge from Victorian Nationals
The Nationals in government will deliver new investments in soil research to protect and enhance our soils, environment and help make agriculture more productive and profitable.

Korumburra Men's Shed prepares to move into a new venue at local train station
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien has shared some good news with the Milpara Community House and Korumburra Men's Shed as they prepare to move into a new venue at Korumburra train station.

New dental voucher scheme to cut wait time for Gippslanders pledged by Victorian Nationals for election
Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien said with 64,000 Victorians currently waiting on critical dental care, it was clear that more needed to be done to improve the situation.

Construction of Agnes Falls viewing platform near Toora for $710,000 announced as election commitment by Victorian Nationals
The Nationals have given tourism in South Gippsland a Cup Day boost with a funding commitment to complete a revamp of Agnes Falls near Toora.

Nationals and Liberals government committed $3M to rebuild and resolve asbestos issue at Foster Primary School as election pledge
Foster will get a fully rebuilt primary school under an elected Nationals and Liberals government.

New weekday rail services for Gippsland such as early morning run for Sale as election pledge by Victorian Nationals
The Nationals in government will deliver new weekday rail services on the Gippsland line after years of disruption and cancelled trains under Labor.

Sale College on Cobains Road gets $3M early works funding election pledge secured by Danny O'Brien
The Nationals in government will build a new Sale College, consolidating the current two campuses onto one new site in Cobains Road, Sale.

No commitment from Andrews Labor government on completion of South Gippsland and Strzelecki Highways works - Kamikaze Corner
Labor Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Ben Carroll has failed to commit to the completion of stage two of the Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Alternative Route.

Reinstating Country Roads and Bridges Program will help fix crumbling roads is pledged by Victorian Nationals for elections
The Nationals will help repair crumbling country roads with a $288 million plan to re-establish the successful Country Roads and Bridges program.

South Gippsland ignored in $7.5M energy resilience plan from Andrews Labor government
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien says he's extremely disappointed that South Gippsland Shire has been overlooked in the state government's latest energy resilience plan.

Victorian Nationals and Liberals pledge to connect towns with $40M funding from Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien says more people in country towns will be connected to town sewerage and water supply under a $40 million plan by The Nationals and Liberals in government.

Loch Sport foreshore erosion prevention gets $5M election pledge from Victorian Nationals
Ongoing concerns for the erosion at Loch Sport's foreshore will finally be addressed if The Nationals are elected to government in November.

V/Line fares to be slashed and reduce public transport costs as part of Victorian Nationals election pledge
The Nationals in government will halve V/Line fares and cap train, tram and bus travel at $2 per day for at least four years.

Victorian Nationals and Liberals make $10B election pledge to deliver longer-term roads infrastructure including South Gippsland
Roads in Gippsland will be better and safer for all motorists with The Nationals and Liberals committing $10 billion in funding over 10 years to fix Victoria's crumbling road system.

Kamikaze Corner - most notorious intersection in Leongatha pledged $1M to be fixed Nationals and Liberals
The Nationals will move to fix Leongatha's most notorious intersection if elected to government on November 26.

Low housing and rental in country Victoria needs to be addressed urgently by Andrews Labor government
Concern has been raised over what action is being taken by the Andrews Labor government to address the growing need for increased social housing as the rising cost and availability of private rentals push many out of the market.

Mirboo North Stadium gets $2.5M commitment to rebuild as election pledge from Nationals and Liberals
The Nationals and Liberals in government will rebuild the Mirboo North stadium.

Andrews Labor government $400,000 commitment not enough to tackle erosion at Loch Sport
The state government has promised action to address the erosion on Lake Victoria in Loch Sport as soon as December, but The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien is questioning where the money is coming from.

Calls to upgrade Mirboo North stadium from Danny O'Brien to Andrews Labor government in Parliament
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien has tabled 312 signatures in Parliament, calling on the government to provide funding to replace the outdated Mirboo North stadium.

Renewed calls to improve the Promontory Road ahead of tourist season by Danny O'Brien
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien is renewing calls for the state government to improve the main road leading to our iconic tourism destination, Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Congratulations to Strzelecki Lions and Leongatha Football Netball Club and more from Danny O'Brien
Strzelecki Lions Club's successful South Gippsland dairy expo recently in Korumburra and Leongatha Football Netball Club win over Sale in the Gippsland league. And community calls for Labor to fund another stadium in Mirboo North School.

Gippsland water bills to rise as a result of Andrews Labor government regional sustainable water strategic directions like more DESAL
The Andrews Labor government needs to come clean on how much water bills will rise under its new water plan and reveal whether it intends to build a second desalination plant.

Failure to commit to more Gippsland passenger rail services between Traralgon and Bairnsdale continues from Andrews Labor government
The Andrews Labor government has failed to commit to any additional passenger rail services on the Gippsland line, Still no new services despite rail works.

Gippsland featured in top 10 worst roads voted by Victorians and will be prioritised by elected Liberals and Nationals coalition
The Nationals' list of top 10 worst roads as voted by Victorians gained significant attention across the state last week.

Community feedback on Loch Sport erosion action encouraged by Danny O'Brien
Community feedback sought with regards for Loch Sport foreshore erosion.

Ill-conceived changes on camping riverfront licences by Victorian Labor amended by Nationals and Liberals
The Nationals have announced a policy to back farmers who are angry about Labor government plans to allow camping on their riverfront licences.

Merrimans Creek, Gormandale and Rosedale Neighbourhood Houses discuss issues with Gippsland South Nationals Member Danny O'Brien
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien was in Rosedale and Gormandale this week to discuss local issues first-hand with locals.

Answers sought from Andrews Labor government as to why Gippsland plantation has not progressed
The Andrews Labor government has been called on to explain why progress has lagged since a $110 million commitment to new timber plantations in the Latrobe Valley was announced in 2017.

Assured funding commitment for Victorian Neighbourhood Houses from Victorian Nationals if elected
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O'Brien welcomed the funding commitment which he said would provide certainty for Neighbourhood Houses.

Not clear how Gippsland and Latrobe Valley hospitals performing during a pandemic after health services fail to finalise annual reports
The community has no clear idea of how local regional hospitals are performing during a pandemic after nearly 60 country health services failed to finalise their annual reports.

Darren Chester MP

Darren Chester opposes hardwood bans and praises Australian Sustainable Hardwoods for resilience and innovation in Gippsland
Darren Chester, Federal Member for Gippsland, condemns bans on native hardwood timber industry, praising Australian Sustainable Hardwoods for resilience and innovation amidst challenges.

Darren Chester prioritises restoring the Snowy River railway trestle bridge to boost Orbost growth and regional tourism
Darren Chester emphasises the restoration of the Snowy River railway trestle bridge, crucial for Orbost and regional growth. Despite challenges, progress continues to revive this historic link, vital for tourism and community benefit.

Darren Chester visits Rosedale and Maffra Primary Schools to provide students insight into his work as a parliamentarian
Federal Member Darren Chester visited Rosedale Primary to discuss Australia's political system with Year 5 and 6 students, addressing local issues and enjoying their insightful questions about community concerns.

Darren Chester backs Blue Tree Project to raise mental health awareness and honor those lost to suicide
Blue Tree Project, with over 1100 trees painted blue across Australia, raises mental health awareness and commemorates those lost to suicide. MP Darren Chester supports this community initiative for a healthier future.

Gippsland offshore wind Canberra brief from Darren Chester, Ian Bye and Daniel Miller note Latrobe coal generate 60% Victorian energy
Gippsland MP Darren Chester emphasised the need for a balanced energy mix, noting Latrobe Valley's coal plants generate 60% of Victoria's energy. Offshore wind projects could diversify and boost local jobs.

Wellington residents pay to drench Darren Chester with icy water at Ashleigh House fundraiser for Motor Neurone Disease in Sale
Federal MP Darren Chester faced an icy reception at Sale's Ashleigh House fundraiser for Motor Neurone Disease, raising substantial funds as locals paid to drench him with icy water.

Gippsland Lakes need independent ecological health audit to ensure proactive sustainable management says Darren Chester
Federal Member Darren Chester advocates for an independent audit of Gippsland Lakes' ecological health, criticising under-funding by state and federal governments. Urges proactive measures for sustainable management.

Mallacoota-Genoa road $10M repair delays cause community alarm and despair
Darren Chester demands action on delayed $10 million Mallacoota road works, criticising government inefficiency. Urges prioritisation of safety over bureaucratic hurdles for urgent implementation.

Cann River students welcomed to Canberra by Darren Chester when visiting Parliament House
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester welcomed Cann River students in Canberra, giving them a behind-the-scenes Parliament House tour and discussing his journey, national issues, and Gippsland projects.

Darren Chester supports Morwell Community Food Centre in their effort to address cost of living crisis
Federal MP Darren Chester highlights the cost of living crisis impacting food services and supports the new Morwell Community Food Centre, enhancing food supply and community engagement in Gippsland.

Bureaucrats fail to allocate $156M for Princes Highway safety projects over five years despite available funds
State and federal government bureaucrats failed to allocate millions for Princes Highway safety projects over five years, despite available funds, says Gippsland MP Darren Chester, calling it a disgraceful neglect.

Cowwarr streetscape project completion proudly announced by Darren Chester
Darren Chester, Federal Member for Gippsland, celebrates the completion of the Cowwarr streetscape project, funded by the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, enhancing amenities and safety for locals and visitors.

Darren Chester says PALM scheme changes win for common sense for practicality, addressing industry concerns and fostering Pacific relations
Gippsland's Federal Member, Darren Chester, hails changes to the PALM scheme as a win for common sense, addressing concerns raised by industry, ensuring practicality for farmers, and fostering Pacific relationships.

Darren Chester meets with Isolated Children's Parents' Association on rural education challenges and initiatives for equitable access
During Victorian Education Week, Darren Chester, Gippsland's Federal Member, conferred with Isolated Children's Parents' Association representatives on rural education challenges and initiatives for equitable access.

Bruthen Recreation Reserve gets $1.07M federal funding for major upgrades
Gippsland's Federal Member, Darren Chester, praises progress at Bruthen Recreation Reserve, supported by $1.07 million federal funding for upgrades benefiting community sport.

Darren Chester promotes an open fact-based nuclear energy discussion and promotes Gippsland's energy heritage
Darren Chester approaches the nuclear energy debate with openness, advocating for a factual, technology-driven discussion devoid of sensationalism. Gippsland's energy-rich history fosters community understanding.

Darren Chester champions Australian War Memorial in honouring service personnel and sharing their stories to remember our wartime history
Darren Chester highlights the significance of the Australian War Memorial in honouring service personnel and preserving their stories, advocating for its redevelopment to better serve remembrance and education.

Darren Chester champions Australian War Memorial in honouring service personnel and sharing their stories to remember our wartime history
Darren Chester highlights the significance of the Australian War Memorial in honouring service personnel and preserving their stories, advocating for its redevelopment to better serve remembrance and education.

Morwell Neighbourhood House celebrates 40 years of service with Darren Chester ahead of Kindness Matters Luncheon
Morwell Neighbourhood House celebrates 40 years of community service, praised by Darren Chester, highlighting its vital role in supporting families and fostering community cohesion.

Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre gets praise for aiding over one thousand customers from Darren Chester
Darren Chester commends the Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre team for their dedication to the Community Lunch Program and Foodbank, supporting over 1,300 customers. Rising living costs strain community support.

Revitalised pathway from Kalimna rock wall to Hotel Road in Lakes Entrance completed after $2M funding from previous Federal Government
Gippsland's Federal Member, Darren Chester, inspects the revitalised Lakes Entrance pathway, funded by over $2 million from the previous Federal Government. Collaboration with East Gippsland Shire Council continues for further improvements.

Seventeen Gippsland nonprofits will receive over $63,000 from 2023-24 Volunteer Grants to provide aid volunteers and promote inclusivity
Seventeen Gippsland nonprofits secure $63,000+ in 2023-24 Volunteer Grants, aiding volunteers, promoting inclusivity, and honouring their commitment. Federal Member Darren Chester highlights their vital community contributions

Great result for Latrobe Valley community from 2023-24 Volunteer Grants with success for Morwell Baseball Club and other local organisations
Seventeen Gippsland non-profits receive over $63,000 in 2023-24 Volunteer Grants. Funding of $1,000 to $5,000 aids volunteer support, inclusivity efforts, and raises awareness. Darren Chester recognizes volunteers' invaluable contributions.

Gippslanders face more financial strain under Albanese Labor government third budget with broken promises and regional neglect
Darren Chester, the local MP, claims that Gippslanders will experience increased financial pressure due to the Albanese government's third Budget, highlighting neglect of regional priorities and unfulfilled commitments.

Darren Chester stressing necessity of Gippsland male solidarity and societal transformation when combating family violence
Federal Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, urges action against violence toward women and children, emphasising the need for men's support and societal change.

Gippsland Motorcyclists Toy Run has Darren Chester collecting donations to help spread cheer to needy kids this coming Christmas
Darren Chester, Federal Member for Gippsland, proudly designates his Traralgon office as a collection point for the Gippsland Motorcyclists Toy Run, a cherished community initiative bringing Christmas joy to underprivileged children.

Darren Chester calls for stop to rural health merger citing risks to Gippsland services due to lack of consultation, secrecy and autonomy loss
Federal Member Darren Chester raises concerns over lack of consultation, secrecy, and potential loss of community autonomy and services.

Nicholson Primary School students get chance to discuss Parliament while receiving certificates from Darren Chester
This week, Darren Chester, Federal Member for Gippsland, visited Nicholson Primary School's Year 5/6 students to discuss the Gippsland electorate, Parliament, and his role, presenting achievement certificates afterward.

Darren Chester presses for federal backing on proposed roundabout on Maffra-Sale Rd intersection to complete partial funded from Victorian government
Darren Chester, Member for Gippsland, urges Federal Government funding for a crucial road safety project, previously half-funded in the State Budget. Proposed roundabout on Maffra-Sale Rd intersection enhances safety and productivity.

Benambra-Dinner Plain-Omeo Landcare Group plant 6,000 trees in East Gippsland and praised by Darren Chester for improving river and wetland health
Benambra-Dinner Plain-Omeo Landcare Group planted nearly 6,000 indigenous trees across 25 sites in East Gippsland to enhance river and wetland health. Federal MP Darren Chester commended their efforts.

Darren Chester urges locals to join Lakes Entrance Parkrun for exercise or volunteering emphasising inclusivity and social connectivity
Darren Chester, Gippsland's Federal Member, encourages locals to join Lakes Entrance parkrun or volunteer, highlighting its inclusive, social atmosphere. He emphasises personal achievement and community engagement.

Wendy Woodward from East Gippsland has life transformed with newfound independence via Victorian Guide Dogs
Guide Dogs Victoria has transformed the life of Latrobe Valley's Wendy Woodward with her new seeing eye dog, 'Victoria'. Despite delays, MP Darren Chester's intervention ensured Wendy's newfound independence and companionship.

Appreciation to Bairnsdale volunteers for their support during Gippsland Rotary Centenary House fundraiser extended by Darren Chester
Gippsland Rotarians organised a fundraising breakfast for Gippsland Rotary Centenary House, a vital accommodation facility. Darren Chester, Federal Member for Gippsland, thanked volunteers in Bairnsdale for their crucial service.

Outward Bound Australia praised by Darren Chester for their effort to revitalise Gippsland outdoor education
Outward Bound Australia aims to revitalise Gippsland's outdoor education by reopening its Snowy River site in Bete Bolong North. Damaged by bushfires, with COVID-19 challenges, reconstruction was aided by a Federal grant.

Penny Glover from Guthridge Primary School presented with John Printz OAM Award in front of a huge crowd at Sale Memorial Hall
Darren Chester joins Guthridge Primary School's Penny Glover and Sale RSL's Ross Jackson at the Anzac Day service in Sale Memorial Hall. Penny is honoured with the 'John Printz OAM Leadership Award' amidst a significant audience.

Upgrades to Kalimna Hill trail in Lakes Entrance prioritises safety and accessibility for walker
Darren Chester, celebrates progress on Lakes Entrance popular Kalimna Hill trail. Secured funding from the prior federal government aids its upgrade, prioritising safer outdoor opportunities for health and economic benefits.

Nine Gippsland schools win big and receive more than $7M federal funds for upgrades
Nine Gippsland public schools will share over $7 million in Federal funding for vital upgrades. Local MP Darren Chester hailed it as a victory for hardworking communities neglected by the State Government.

Transport Minister Catherine King halting road safety projects endangers Princes Highway leaving it in perilous condition
Darren Chester, criticises Transport Minister Catherine King for stalling road safety projects due to lack of Commonwealth funding. He accuses her of neglecting vital projects, leaving the Princes Highway in perilous condition.

Darren Chester encourages Gippslanders to join local ANZAC Day service to honour our defence force members on 25 April 2024
Attend local ANZAC Day service, honour Aussies who served. Gippsland's rich military history deserves recognition. It's about paying respects, not glorifying war. Remember sacrifices, support families. Check with RSL clubs for service details.

AUSVEG delegation to Canberra to advocate industry concerns welcomed by Darren Chester
Darren Chester, Federal Member for Gippsland, welcomes AUSVEG delegation to Canberra led by Bill Bulmer, emphasising industry significance and urging collaboration on issues like market imbalance, water supply, and workforce access.

Darren Chester urges Australian Councils to submit concerns on financial sustainability and cost shifting by 3 May 2024
Albanese government's inquiry into local government's financial sustainability is criticised as a broken promise, aiming to delay support for 537 councils. Preceding pledges of 'fair increases' in funding resulted in cuts, asserts Chester.

Mallacoota Gun Club revitalised with local support and $750,000 funding to rebuild facilities
Mallacoota Gun Club, aided by local support and a bushfire recovery grant, revitalised its facilities post-Black Summer fires, attracting more visitors.

Telstra CEO Vicky Brady urged to prioritise disaster resilience and increasing service coverage for rural areas by Darren Chester
Darren Chester, Federal Member for Gippsland, urged Telstra CEO Vicky Brady to prioritise disaster resilience and telecommunications coverage during her visit, emphasising the social and economic benefits for rural areas.

Buchan streetscape project to boost businesses and tourism after disruption from wild storms praised by Darren Chester
Darren Chester praises the Buchan streetscape project for its positive impact on local businesses and tourism post-storm damage. Federal-State funding facilitated improvements, including new pathways connecting the town to Buchan Caves Reserve.

Kath Amey at Stretton Park in Maffra celebrates 102nd birthday with Darren Chester
Darren Chester, Gippsland's Federal Member, surprises Stretton Park, joins in celebrating 102nd birthday of Kath Amey, a former nurse well-known in the region, presenting her with a "100% Gippslander" t-shirt.

First 'energy from waste' license in Victoria granted to Maryvale paper mill project in Latrobe Valley
Gippsland's Darren Chester applauds Recycling Victoria's granting of the first energy from waste license to the Maryvale project, anticipating job creation and enhanced energy security.

Sale College aims to secure $40M for improved education and facilities with help of Darren Chester
Darren Chester, Federal Member for Gippsland, prioritises securing up to $40 million for a new Sale College on a greenfields site, emphasising better educational outcomes and improved facilities.

Darren Chester stresses need for funding Traralgon highway bypass to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion for locals and visitors
Darren Chester urges government funding for Traralgon bypass, emphasising its critical role in improving road safety and supporting the local economy. Collaboration with state counterparts and community consultation emphasised for swift progress.

Bullock Island redevelopment is pivotal in Lakes Entrance major transformation and major success says Darren Chester
Local MP Darren Chester emphasises Bullock Island's redevelopment as pivotal in Lakes Entrance major transformation, citing improved amenities and tourism appeal, enabled by multi-level government funding and community collaboration.

Gippsland young athletes can apply for grants from Local Sporting Champions and Local Para Champions Programs by 30 April 2024
Darren Chester encouraging young athletes to apply for grants in the Local Sporting Champions and Local Para Champions programs, aiding participation in elite competitions.

Jen Smith and Nicole White at Gippsland Agricultural Centre get visit from Darren Chester while doing finishing touches
Darren Chester, Federal Member for Gippsland, visited dedicated volunteers Jen Smith and Nicole White as they finalised work at the Gippsland Agricultural Centre, supported by federal funding for bushfire recovery.

Darren Chester urges federal Ministers to experience firsthand hazards on Princes Highway in Gippsland and stresses urgent action
Darren Chester urges state and federal Ministers responsible for roads to experience firsthand the hazardous conditions on the Princes Highway, emphasising the urgent need for funding and action.

Lara Tincknell from Swan Reach Lara Tincknell gets visit from Darren Chester for winning Heywire competition by ABC
In Parliament House, Darren Chester, Federal Member for Gippsland, met Lara Tincknell, a young Heywire competition winner from Swan Reach, who shared her Black Summer bushfire experiences and VCE plans.

Remembering and honouring heroes on 15th anniversary of Black Saturday bushfires in Gippsland
Today marks 15 years since the tragic Black Saturday bushfires in Gippsland. While scars remain, we honour those lost and the heroes who rallied to rebuild and support their community.

Brooker Builders family-owned business from Bairnsdale gets major contract to build $20M Sale swimming pool complex project in 2024
Wellington Shire largest capital works project centres around the redevelopment of the Sale swimming pool complex, led by the family-owned business, Brooker Builders from Bairnsdale.

Sale swimming pool complex in Wellington Shire undergoes major redevelopment with over $20M government funding
The largest capital works project in Wellington Shire delivered through collaboration of government levels and local businesses, emphasising the long-term social and economic benefits for the community.

Darren Chester secures pre-selection uncontested as Nationals candidate for 2025 federal election
Darren Chester is unopposed as The Nationals' candidate for the 2025 election. Committed to regional progress, he emphasizes infrastructure, education, and job creation, vowing to advocate for Gippsland's fair share.

Darren Chester urges speed up delivery of $10M worth of safety projects along Mallacoota-Genoa Road
Darren Chester calls for the acceleration of vital road safety projects, expressing frustration over delays in project commencement despite secured funding, and criticizes the state government's maintenance shortcomings.

Eastern Beach traffic lights project in Lakes Entrance delayed amid safety concerns despite $4M secured funding
The Lakes Entrance traffic lights project, backed by $4 million secured by Gippsland's Darren Chester two years ago, faces delays and government silence despite safety concerns and increased road incidents.

Explore new Gippsland Immigration Park in Latrobe Valley with lakeside deck while enjoying family BBQ and playground
Darren Chester urges locals to explore Latrobe Valley's migration history at Gippsland Immigration Park, commending completed improvements funded by the Stronger Communities Program for enhanced accessibility and cultural appreciation.

Future plans of Gippsland road safety projects hindered and queries neglected amid rising road trauma
Darren Chester criticises the state and federal governments for delaying road safety projects amid increased road trauma. He seeks answers on funding and prioritises key highway projects.

#LoveGippsland 2024 calendar winners unveiled by Darren Chester
Chester revealed #lovegippsland 2024 calendar winners: Holly Baird, Peter Delbridge, Jennifer Conn. 160+ entries highlighted Gippsland. Free calendars distributed locally.

Lakes Entrance emergency services and Gippsland MPs demand urgent action on horror stretch of Princes Highway stretch after recent crashes
Lakes Entrance emergency services and MPs demand urgent State and Federal action on the hazardous Princes Highway stretch. Recent crashes prompt calls for immediate drainage fixes, signage upgrades, and long-term road redesign for safety.

Club Terrace residents get $750,000 bushfire recovery funding for new community hall built by Design Co Builders
Gippsland's Federal Member, Darren Chester, highlights a $750,000 hall for Club Terrace, aiding community events and emergencies, commending Design Co Builders Pty Ltd for their work.

Lou Battista from St Brendan's School retires after 34 years of teaching concluding a remarkable tenure
St. Brendan's Primary School bid a fond farewell to Lou Battista, a dedicated teacher concluding a remarkable tenure.

Uniting Church urged to sell St Andrews Church in Buchan to community trust to protect against private sale
Darren Chester urges the Uniting Church to honour Buchan's community trust's bid for St Andrews Church, a pivotal local asset, stressing the need for preservation against private sale concerns.

Sealing of Bonang Road nearing completion with $10.5M funding from previous federal government
Bonang Rd sealing program with $10.5M funding nears completion with safety improvements, sealing gravel sections for scenic appeal, economic benefits, and enhanced accessibility, promoting tourism and strengthening regional connections.

Broad-brimmed hats donated to Seaspray Surf and Lakes Entrance Surf Lifesaving Club juniors to help promote protection against skin cancer
Darren Chester supports sun safety by gifting broad-brimmed hats to Seaspray Surf Lifesaving Club juniors, fostering protection against skin cancer during beach activities, echoing his commitment across Gippsland.

Darren Chester seeks fund transparency and vital repairs to stop 'smash up derby' on Princes Highway through Gippsland
Darren Chester highlights ongoing crashes on the unsafe Princes Highway, urging collaboration between governments for crucial road repairs and questioning the lack of transparency on available funds.

Lakes Entrance slipway redevelopment will feature restored sheds, decking and upcoming food truck services
Darren Chester highlights the redeveloped Lakes Entrance slipway as a valuable asset for locals and visitors, showcasing restored sheds, new decking, and upcoming food truck services in the heart of town.

Sustained funding for East Gippsland Rail Trail to expand social and economic benefits urged by Darren Chester
Darren Chester highlights past challenges, celebrates achievements, and calls for expanded trails linking tourism spots, advocating collaborative government efforts

Darren Chester visits Chairo Christian School and Tambo Upper Primary School
Federal Member Darren Chester engaged with grade five and six students at Chairo Christian School, discussing Parliament life and local community concerns, seeking insights from the students. He also visited Tambo Upper Primary School.

Sale RSL get grant of $1.1M from federal government for Gippsland Veterans Welfare Centre upgrade
Sale RSL's successful application promises improved facilities, led by a dedicated working group. A $1.1M federal grant aids Gippsland veterans through upgrades at the Gippsland Veterans Welfare Centre, championed by Darren Chester MP.

Lakes Entrance all-abilities walking circuit gains strong community backing with $3.6M federal funding commitment
Lakes Entrance walking circuit gains overwhelming community support, securing $3.6 million federal funding. Project to include an all-abilities pathway, artwork, and public area enhancements.

Darren Chester hails $30M Gippsland road funding retention as a common sense win despite ongoing worries in infrastructure
Darren Chester celebrates the Commonwealth's $30 million commitment to honor Gippsland's road funding, expressing mixed sentiments about the Albanese government's infrastructure direction post an Independent Review.

Darren Chester supports National Farmers' Federation their largest protest campaign 'Keep Farmers Farming' to improve agricultural sector
National Farmers' Federation (NFF) in their largest protest campaign in 40 years, 'Keep Farmers Farming' initiative, emphasising the need for improved policies benefiting Australia's agricultural sector.

Federal Minister Catherine King to drastically cut regional infrastructure investment with 50-50 funding split requirement and not 80-20
Concerns are raised about the proposed 50-50 funding split requirement for projects, with Chester highlighting the success of the previous 80-20 funding model in supporting major regional upgrades.

Remembrance Day 2023 is solemn occasion to honor the fallen, recognize sacrifices and sound a nationwide thank you
Remembrance Day in Australia is a moment of respect for the fallen and those in service. It's a time to appreciate the personal sacrifices that secure our freedoms. A simple 'thank you for your service' echoes nationwide.

Abandonment on $6.2M bridge strengthening project for Sale alternative route from review delays and funding issues by Albanese Labor government
Darren Chester voices worry over the Labor Party's abandonment of a $6.2M bridge strengthening project on the Sale alternative route, citing delays in a government review and emphasising the essential funding for regional road improvements.

Jemmy's Point in Lakes Entrance transformation with funding from previous federal government and East Gippsland Shire
Renovation of Jemmy's Point in Lakes Entrance is progressing well, including a new toilet facility, enhanced vehicle access, and a raised viewing area. Darren Chester, secured a $1.5 million work package for this project.

Delay on Mallacoota-Genoa Road $10M safety upgrade from prolonged review jeopardises public safety and inflates insurance costs
Darren Chester, highlights that a $10 million safety upgrade delay on Mallacoota-Genoa Rd, due to a prolonged infrastructure review, jeopardises public safety and raises insurance costs for locals.

Abandonment of Stronger Communities Program funding communities with $150,000 per electorate adds pressure on volunteers and councils
Stronger Communities Program, offering $150,000 per electorate for small community projects, was successful in empowering local communities but has been abandoned, causing added pressure on volunteers and local governments.

ASIC jobs in Traralgon confirmed to be retained by Federal Assistant Treasurer Stephen Jones
The Assistant Treasurer Stephen Jones, confirmed the government's commitment to retaining jobs in the region. Chester pledged to monitor the situation.

Eastwood playground and Bullock Island redevelopment updates along with St Brendan's Primary School visit by Darren Chester
St. Brendan's Primary students in Lakes Entrance, dressed as superheroes to show leadership and combat bullying. Federal Member Darren Chester discussed Parliament life and funding for the Eastwood playground and Bullock Island redevelopment.

Celebrate Gippsland Beer Fest at Tinamba Hotel featuring local beers, live music and food on 26 November 2023
Dedicated to promoting local brewing, Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester supports the Gippsland Beer Fest at Tinamba Hotel on November 26, featuring regional beers, live music, and food vendors.

Darren Chester criticises Albanese government for not supporting Stronger Communities Program and affecting local groups
Darren Chester accuses the Albanese government of neglecting local community groups by not providing ongoing funding for the Stronger Communities Program, undermining grassroots initiatives.

Mallacoota District Health and Support Service gets $2.2M from previous government for all-abilities accessible units and cottage upgrades
A $2.15 million grant from the previous government, secured by Mallacoota District Health and Support Service (MDHSS), is facilitating this project to address housing shortages, particularly for vulnerable community members.

Lakes Entrance Old Slipway redevelopment with $1.3M federal funding will enhance coastal area for locals and visitors when completed
Community awaits $10 million road upgrade promised by Federal Minister Catherine King as Mallacoota-Genoa Rd deteriorates. Delays raise safety concerns, with unclear funding status despite previous commitments.

Mallacoota-Genoa Road crumbles as promised $10M upgrade remains clear puts lives at risk
The $1.3 million Lakes Entrance Old Slipway redevelopment, backed by federal and local government funding, nears completion, enhancing the coastal area for residents and visitors, says Federal Member Darren Chester.

Federal COVID inquiry must include state government decisions and thorough review of curfews, school closures and border restrictions
Darren Chester advocates for a thorough review of curfews, school closures, and border restrictions, underscoring the need to glean lessons from both successful and unsuccessful aspects of pandemic management.

Lack of infrastructure focus worsens by Albanese Labor government endangers lives of Gippslanders
Minister's underwhelming performance is evident in the budget's omission of 'infrastructure.' A 90-day review, excluding Labor pledges, delays crucial funding, as communities grapple with neglected infrastructure amid rising road trauma.

Removal of road signs on McEacharn St roundabout project in Bairnsdale and the Sale alternative route raises concerns Darren Chester
Darren Chester suggests that the removal of road signs promoting upcoming safety projects hints at delays in vital regional improvements.

Longford Primary School and Mallacoota Historical Society get successful grants from Saluting Their Service program
Darren Chester announced Saluting Their Service grants for Longford Primary School ($2,000 for flagpoles) and Mallacoota Historical Society ($10,000 for Bunker Museum restoration) to preserve Gippsland's military history.

Darren Chester highlights road trauma risk neglect from 90-day Infrastructure Investment Program Review delay
Darren Chester criticises the Albanese government's delay in funding road safety improvements in regional Australia, citing rising road trauma costs and project risks due to review delays.

Bob Trewin and Ray Paten in Orbost get new Australian flags for National Flag Day from Darren Chester
Commemorating the first flying of the Australian National Flag on September 3, 1901. Chester's visit was in response to a local resident's request to replace weathered flags, and the historical significance of the Australian flag was highlighted.

Darren Chester backs Bairnsdale Neighbourhood House redevelopment with multi-million dollar to enhance East Gippsland
Federal Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, praises dedicated volunteers at Bairnsdale Neighbourhood House, highlighting their essential services, fundraising efforts, and the need for government support for a $6 million redevelopment project.

Entries open for 2024 #lovegippsland calendar competition until 2 October 2023
Darren Chester, the Federal Member for Gippsland, is encouraging locals to join the 2024 #lovegippsland calendar competition, themed "Explore Gippsland." Submissions are open from September 1 to October 2, 2023.

Falcons 2000 Soccer Club redevelopment advocated by Darren Chester despite Victoria Commonwealth Games cancellation
Darren Chester highlights the deteriorating facilities and escalating redevelopment costs, urging Latrobe City Council's support and funding bids for a priority site makeover.

Federal involvement for Gippsland bushfire prevention require amid concerns over elevated fire risk says Darren Chester
Darren Chester calls for increased Commonwealth involvement in bushfire prevention following the Australasian Fire Authorities Council 2023-24 summer outlook, highlighting concerns of inadequate local fire risk mitigation efforts.

Blame for road safety peril in Gippsland and regional Australia lays with Albanese Labor government says Darren Chester
Darren Chester criticises Minister's inaction on critical road projects, fears for lives, and highlights bureaucratic roadblocks in infrastructure development.

Stretton Park team in Maffra celebrate $2M upgraded facilities and their support from Darren Chester
The Stretton Park team, amidst the pandemic, achieved commendable care standards and a $2 million upgrade. Mr. Chester seeks funding for the upcoming phase, urging improved aged care access.

Bullock Island redevelopment and impressive facelift will enhance Lakes Entrance liveability and visitor economy
Darren Chester praises the revitalisation of Lakes Entrance Bullock Island, acknowledging its historical neglect and highlighting the project's regional significance for social and economic benefits.

Importance of honouring Vietnam War veterans and commemorating 50th anniversary emphasised by Darren Chester
Darren Chester acknowledges the mistreatment of Vietnam War veterans in the past and commends their advocacy for improved mental health services. He encourages local veterans to apply for a commemorative medallion.

Major boost to Wellington Shire economy from Port of Sale redevelopment and Princes Highway upgrades emphasised by Darren Chester
Darren Chester highlights collaborative efforts with Wellington Shire Council to enhance York St, Foster St, and the Port of Sale, attributing their success to federal funding and their positive impact on the community's well-being.

Neglect and disrepair of Cann Valley Highway due to lack of funding by the state and federal governments draws criticism from Darren Chester
Deterioration of Cann Valley Highway raises safety concerns, revealing governmental incompetence. Past funding agreement with the Federal Transport Minister ended in 2021, causing ongoing patchwork repairs under Victorian jurisdiction.

Start of Krauatungalang Walk at Lakes Entrance now has Borun and Tuk sculpture
East Gippsland Shire Council, and GLAWAC collaborate for cultural enrichment and community wellbeing sculpture that embodies Gunaikurnai creation narrative, harmonising artistry and functional seating, enhancing the lakeside stroll.

Enhancing infrastructure in regional Australia needs to be prioritised says Darren Chester
Darren Chester highlights the lack of infrastructure achievements by the current government, humorously likening them to a "Big Banana" and criticising their tendency to claim credit for projects funded by the previous government.

Infrastructure review by Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport jeopardises Gippsland lives, jobs and community projects
Minister's review threatens lives, jobs, and projects with delays, escalating costs, and safety concerns. Regional development suffers due to ineffective leadership, risking lives and progress.

Redeveloped Newmerella Rest Area becomes a lifesaving addition to East Gippsland
Mr. Chester obtained funding from the previous federal government for rest area upgrades near Orbost. Improved facilities aim to promote road safety and ensure well-rested drivers.

Fears of higher food prices from changes to foreign workers program to impact Gippsland agriculture industry
Proposed changes to the PALM foreign workers program may lead to higher food prices and undermine relations with Pacific countries. Industry leaders warn of unintended consequences.

Darren Chester expresses condolences for missing aviators off Queensland coast and acknowledges their bravery
Mr. Chester extends sympathies to loved ones of missing aviators off Queensland coast, acknowledging their bravery and praying for safety of rescue teams.

Register for 50th anniversary tribute special commemorative medallion for Vietnam war veterans
Vietnam War veterans urged to register for 50th-anniversary commemorative medallions honouring their service and sacrifice, available for families too.

Krauatungalung Walk getting accessibility improved access and to feature indigenous-themed artwork
Community consultation for Krauatungalung Walk: Federal funding secured by Darren Chester to link beaches with an accessible pathway featuring Indigenous-themed artwork, enhancing connectivity and artistry in Gippsland.

Boisdale Primary students get civic education session from Darren Chester ahead of parliament return
Federal MP Darren Chester prepared for Spring Session with civics and citizenship class at Boisdale Consolidated Primary School. Discussed politics and government with students, pictured with the school leadership team.

Volunteer grants for Gippsland open for Expression of Interests for until 1 September 2023
Federal Member Darren Chester seeks Expressions of Interest from Gippsland community groups for Volunteer Grants ($1k-$5k) to support local volunteers' work. Submit EOIs by 5pm, 1 September , 2023.

Popular beach at Cape Conran in East Gippsland needs paid lifeguards during peak summer season says Darren Chester
Darren Chester calls for paid lifeguards at popular East Gippsland beach due to safety concerns during peak season. Surf Lifesaving Victoria to conduct a safety assessment following his request.

Delays in infrastructure spending risk lives on Gippsland roads warns Darren Chester
Darren Chester warns delays in infrastructure spending risk lives on local roads. Urges swift action for Gippsland projects' progress.

Gippsland Immigration Park in Morwell gets $20,000 federal funding for improved pathways and accessibility
Gippsland Immigration Park in Morwell receives $20,000 funding boost through 'Stronger Communities Program' to enhance pathways and accessibility. Federal Member Darren Chester supports multi-cultural heritage celebration.

Darren Chester praises Sale Food Support for helping families in need with government funding and calls for more help from locals
Federal Member Darren Chester commends Sale Food Support Inc for aiding families in financial distress, thanks to government funding. Contact for assistance, volunteering, or donations.

Latrobe Regional Hospital redevelopment underway to meet growing maternity care and training local workforce needs
Latrobe Regional Hospital undergoing major redevelopment to meet growing health needs, with focus on maternity care and training local health workforce.

Sale Ambulance auxiliary volunteers secure funding for Life-Saving Corpuls Resuscitation Unit
Sale Ambulance Auxiliary volunteers secure funding for a life-saving Corpuls resuscitation unit, supporting emergency service workers in critical situations.

Traralgon Historical Society volunteers launch Community History Snap and Share preserving local heritage
Volunteers at Traralgon Historical Society create a project, supported by a grant, to photograph and digitally preserve Latrobe Valley's historical items, making them easily accessible to the community.

Supreme Court decision and lack of support from Andrew Labor government devasts Gippsland native hardwood industry
Blow to timber communities, government indifference. National support needed to preserve sustainable native hardwood industry and reduce carbon emissions.

Gippsland road safety and local improvements from previous federal government endangered by cuts from PM Albanese and Catherine King
Community infrastructure projects funded by the previous federal government face potential cuts, jeopardising road safety and local improvements.

Maryvale Energy from Waste project gets $48.2M via Manufacturing Collaboration Stream of Modern Manufacturing federal grant
Darren Chester, Federal Member for Gippsland, welcomes the $48.2 million government grant for the Maryvale Energy from Waste project. The facility aims to convert waste into energy, create jobs, and support economic recovery in the region.

Darren Chester criticises Minister King and Prime Minister Albanese for not backing Gippsland road safety projects
Local MP Darren Chester accuses the federal government of neglecting road safety projects in Gippsland, risking lives due to unallocated funds and Ministerial incompetence. Concerns raised about potential funding cuts and lack of progress.

Veterans' recognition bill with assistance dogs and and wellbeing centres to better support and honour our veterans implemented
Member defends veterans, criticises opposition claims, highlights bipartisan support, cites initiatives and programs implemented by previous government, emphasises commitment to supporting veterans' transition to civilian life.

Macalister Irrigation District $160M modernisation nears completion and soon will deliver water savings and farm productivity improvements for East Gippsland
Federal MP Darren Chester expresses satisfaction with the progress and plans for future irrigation projects.

Students from Stockdale Road Primary School in Traralgon hear Darren Chester discuss his political role and answer questions
During a visit to Stockdale Road Primary School, Darren Chester, the Federal Member for Gippsland, engaged in a unique Question Time session with Grade 6 students, discussing various topics in a respectful manner.

Darren Chester urges Prime Minister to intervene to protect Gippsland timber industry jobs and prevent reliance on imported timber
Darren Chester emphasises the need for national attention to save the native hardwood timber industry, expressing concerns over the Victorian government's decision to ban harvesting.

Seed Lakeside Community Garden applauded by Darren Chester on getting federal grant for outdoor waterproof defibrillator
Darren Chester congratulates Seed Lakeside Community Garden on receiving a $2500 grant for an outdoor defibrillator, enhancing safety for members and community activities.

Darren Chester warns East Gippsland faces potential cuts o $20M in road safety projects
Darren Chester, expresses concern that over $20 million worth of road safety projects in East Gippsland may be cut due to a federal infrastructure review, criticises the slow progress and lack of support from the Minister and department.

Crossbench federal MPs urged to visit Gippsland timber towns to learn of Victorian government ignorance and hypocrisy first hand
Concerns raised about social, economic, and environmental impacts of a nationwide ban on native hardwood harvesting. Importance of skilled timber workers emphasised for fire management and community support.

Motor Neurone Disease has Big Freeze fundraiser at Bairnsdale Oval with Darren Chester 10 June 2023
Darren Chester, Federal Member for Gippsland, participates in Big Freeze fundraiser for Motor Neurone Disease. Supports FightMND and encourages donations.

Prime Minister Albanese criticised for deceiving Gippsland timber workers and not protecting Victorian native hardwood industry by Darren Chester
Prime Minister Albanese accused of misleading timber workers, neglecting native hardwood industry, and failing to protect regional areas from Victoria's timber ban, drawing criticism from Darren Chester.

Bank Street intersection upgrade in Sale needs fast tracking by Andrews Labor government says Darren Chester and Martin Cameron
Brief:Darren Chester, criticises and urges for prompt action the state government for not completing intersection work in Traralgon, putting lives at risk.

Work crews commended by Darren Chester the exceptional job in transforming York Street in Sale with minimal disruption

Brief:York St in Sale nears completion of its major transformation with minimal disruption, Darren Chester praises work crews for keeping traffic flowing, improving safety, and securing local contractors.

Nationals expresses disappointment and concerns on shut down of native forest industry by Andrews Labor government
Jonno Duniam expresses disappointment in the Labor Party for shutting down Victoria's native forest industry, causing economic and environmental concerns. Darren Chester emphasises the negative impact on jobs and regional towns.

Danny O'Brien presents petition from Gippslanders that request lowering minimum driving age in Victoria to 17 years old
Residents petition for lowering the minimum driving age in Victoria to 17, citing increased accessibility for education and employment opportunities, and addressing potential disadvantages faced by interstate students.

Delays from reviewing critical programs like Roads to Recovery threatens road safety of Gippslanders
The Albanese government's self-congratulatory behaviour lacks substance, with cuts to vital infrastructure programs, undermining local councils and endangering lives on regional roads.

Gippsland communities, wildlife and jobs with be devastated as timber industry shut down by Andrews Labor government
Premier Dan Andrews' plan to close the timber industry will devastate communities, kill jobs, and harm wildlife. Labor neglects blue-collar workers for Greens policies, ignoring the importance of sustainable timber and forest management.

Bullock Island transformation with $10M funding from all levels of government gives better and safer access of road users
Bullock Island in Lakes Entrance is undergoing a transformative redevelopment, with local contractors making progress on the next stage of works, aims to enhance visitor access and attractiveness while supporting local jobs and tourism.

Koalas of Raymond Island volunteers nursing koalas received $4000 grant from federal government to support their life-saving work with local population
A $4000 government grant aids volunteers nursing sick koalas on Raymond Island. The funding will assist with equipment purchase and support the shelter's life-saving work and educational initiatives.

Explore East Gippsland Rail Trail with its multi-million dollar upgrade says Darren Chester
Darren Chester, Federal Member for Gippsland, encourages exploring the East Gippsland Rail Trail. Funding from the previous government enabled a multi-million dollar upgrade, including a new boardwalk.

McNairn Road railroad crossing in Traralgon secures $900,000 from Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program by Darren Chester
Progress is underway on the Traralgon railway crossing safety upgrade, funded by Darren Chester. The project, administered by Latrobe City Council, aims to provide a safe pedestrian crossing by the end of May.

Redevelopment of Lakes Entrance Old Slipway underway as part of central business district masterplan
The Old Slipway site in Lakes Entrance is undergoing transformation. Federal MP Darren Chester praises the progress made. The site will become a public space with various amenities and attractions.

Federal Labor government regional funding cuts leaves Gippsland ratepayers to suffer from reduced local services and infrastructure projects
The Albanese government's funding cuts for local government in the federal budget will result in increased costs for ratepayers, reduced community infrastructure, and a lack of trust in local decision-making.

No funding for new Gippsland infrastructure projects from Labour federal government budget despite economic contributions
Gippsland and regional Australia generate wealth but received no new infrastructure projects or funding from the Federal Budget. Labor's centralisation of power and lack of trust in local decision-making undermines rural communities.

Westpac deciding to keep Sale branch is win for community and shows pressure works to keep rural and regional banking services local
While Westpac's decision to retain the Sale branch is a win, innovative solutions are still needed for rural and regional customers. The Senate inquiry is exploring options for service delivery guarantees and additional regulations.

Delay in start of regional Victoria roadworks revamp due to slow design process will put communities at risk
Poor road conditions in Victoria are costing lives and the failure to fast-track the design process for life-saving road projects has resulted in communities being at risk.

Mallacoota-Genoa Road upgrade must be protected from Labor budget cuts demands Darren Chester
Darren Chester, Federal Member for Gippsland, calls on the Albanese government to protect road safety and bushfire recovery projects from budget cuts, including the $10m Mallacoota-Genoa Road upgrade.

Rock wall on Kalimna loop walk at Lakes Entrance closes from May 1 to allow for major upgrade
Darren Chester, Federal Member for Gippsland, announced the closure of the Kalimna loop walk's rock wall at Lakes Entrance for a major upgrade due to erosion and drainage issues.

Darren Chester demands protection of road safety infrastructure and bushfire recovery projects in Gippsland from budget cuts
Darren Chester, Member for Gippsland, demands protection of road safety, infrastructure, and bushfire recovery projects from budget cuts and calls for exemption from infrastructure program review.

Kevin Hogan Shadow Minister for Trade and Darren Chester visit Bass Strait and Longford Gas Plant to honour Gippsland energy industry workers
Shadow Minister for Trade Kevin Hogan and local MP Darren Chester visit Bass Strait's energy industry and pay tribute to workers, expressing appreciation for the infrastructure that provides energy to Australia and overseas.

Mallacoota Golf Club gets $1.9M funding for redevelopment from federal government
Mallacoota Golf Club volunteers are redeveloping the course after receiving a $1.9 million government grant, including new greens, fairways, tee boxes, and a nature trail. The project will finish in mid-next year.

Cowwarr Recreation Reserve Committee and Golden and Paradise Beach Association share in $18,000 grant
Darren Chester announces two Gippsland community groups receive funding from the Foundation for Regional & Rural Renewal for local priority projects. Seven Gippsland groups receive $74,560 in total.

Eagle Point Primary School visited by Darren Chester to discuss his role as Member for Gippsland with students
Darren Chester visits Eagle Point Primary School to discuss his role as Member for Gippsland and answer students' questions about his achievements and responsibilities.

East Gippsland Festivals and Raymond Island Community Association get $32,100 funding from Foundation for Regional & Rural Renewal
East Gippsland Festivals and Raymond Island Community Association received $32,100 in grants from the Foundation for Regional & Rural Renewal for local projects.

Morwell Historical Society Net Gen Theatrical and Budgeree Hall Reserve Committee share $24,500 funding
Three Gippsland community groups, Morwell Historical Society, Net Gen Theatrical, and Budgeree Hall Reserve Committee, received $24,500 in grants from the Foundation for Regional & Rural Renewal for local projects.

Darren Chester opposes GPs prescribing 60-day meds citing health risks and supply chain issues
Darren Chester urges the government to reject a proposal for GPs to prescribe 60-day medication, citing supply chain issues and potential risks to public health.

St Mary's Primary School in Maffra has certificates to student leaders presented by Darren Chester
Darren Chester visited St Mary's Primary School, presenting certificates to student leaders and discussing his role in Parliament, emphasised the importance of trying your best.

New Mallacoota skatepark now open after being completed with donations
Funding raised through donations, Darren Chester welcomes completion of new skate park in fire-ravaged Mallacoota, with more infrastructure projects planned.

Ensay Recreation Reserve gets $2.2M funding for upgrades from the previous federal government by Darren Chester
Ensay Recreation Reserve committee funding efforts have been commended by local MP Darren Chester, with $2.2M secured from the previous federal government.

Morwell Neighbourhood House gets visit from Darren Chester learning how they are helping those in need
Darren Chester visited Morwell Neighbourhood House, learning about programs helping those in need. One program lets residents borrow lawn mowers for property maintenance.

Omeo Mountain Bike Trail has first section now open and ready to help boost local tourism and outdoor activities
Local MP Darren Chester announced the opening of the Omeo Mountain Bike Trails, which were funded by all levels of government and will boost the region's visitor economy.

Darren Chester opposed to proposed referendum to enshrine Voice to Parliament in Australian constitution
Darren Chester opposes constitutional enshrinement of a 'Voice to Parliament' due to concerns over divisive nature, potential for testing in High Court, and preference for alternative solutions.

Bendigo Bank arrogant self-praise neglects responsibility to vulnerable customers and staff by closing small agencies without consultation
Bendigo Bank is neglecting their responsibility to vulnerable customers and staff by closing small agencies without consultation.

Federal Labor government needs to tackle economic barriers hindering regional university access
Darren Chester spoke in a parliamentary debate about the challenges facing young people in regional areas of Australia and suggested that the government needs to listen more to regional perspectives.

Gormandale and District Primary School student achievement certificates presented by Darren Chester
Darren Chester visits Gormandale and District Primary School, presents achievement certificates, and engages in conversation with students about his role as MP and community issues.

Heyfield local Charlee Vernon congratulated selection for Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra by Darren Chester
Heyfield local Charlee Vernon, a young Gippslander, is a regional winner of the ABC Heywire competition, which encourages young Australians to engage in conversations that shape our community.

Importance of resource sector of economy neglected by federal Labor and Greens and needs greater support
The speaker praises the resources sector's importance and criticizes the lack of support from Labor and Greens while commending the current minister's efforts.

Lakes Entrance Primary School student leader certificates presented by Darren Chester
Darren Chester presents certificates to student leaders at Lakes Entrance Primary School and praises the school for producing passionate young Gippsland leaders.

Woodside Primary School school leaders have their certificates presented by Darren Chester
Darren Chester presents certificates to Woodside Primary School leaders, discusses his MP experience, and encourages students to dream big in Gippsland.

Darren Chester and nephew Tate McQueen join Lakes Entrance parkrun March 2023
Family dominates Lakes Entrance parkrun. Nephew and I win age groups. Donuts and volunteers appreciated.

Regional grants delayed to avoid spending new funds in 2023 by Federal Labor government
Labor's delay in providing grants programs prevents funding for shovel-ready projects in rural areas.

St Joseph Primary School in Orbost celebrates 100 years
St Joseph's Primary School - Orbost celebrated its centennial year with displays, entertainment, souvenirs, market stalls, food vans, open classrooms and so much more.

Darren Chester calls for practical local action in environmental management with more boots on the ground
Darren Chester, Federal Member for Gippsland, urges a more practical approach to environmental management, prioritising local action over global emissions reduction and calling for more boots on the ground.

Australian Local Government Association needs $300M funding boost for road funding at local councils
The Treasurer should support ALGA's $300m increase for local road funding as it accounts for most of Australia's road length and needs urgent maintenance.

Darren Chester announced the beginning of construction to improve amenities on Bullock Island in Lakes Entrance with $5M funding
Bullock Island project progresses with $5M previous federal government from Chester secured.

Darren Chester visits waste-to-energy facility in Perth to help progress proposed project at APM Maryvale
Darren Chester visited a waste-to-energy facility in Perth and supports the Maryvale project, which will create jobs and divert waste from landfill.

Eagle Point Foreshore Hub works underway with $720k funding from previous federal government secured by Darren Chester
Chester stated the Eagle Point Foreshore Hub will enhance the local and visitor experience, with construction underway for completion by October.

Traralgon Railway Station undergoing transformation from $500M funding upgrade according to Darren Chester
Chester announced upgrades to V/line services, including new overpass and platform, allowing for increased frequency and accessibility.

New Arts and Design Centre at Gippsland Grammar in Sale opens after $2M of federal government investment
Darren Chester opens Gippsland Grammar's new Arts and Design Centre, highlighting local job creation and student benefits.

Bairnsdale West Primary School students visit Darren Chester in Parliament House
Darren Chester met with Bairnsdale West Primary School students during their Parliament House visit, sharing his role and government insights.

Darren Chester inspires Gippsland Grammar students to aim high and overcome regional limitations
Darren Chester spoke to Gippsland Grammar VCE Global Politics students, encouraging them to aim high despite regional limitations.

Darren Chester presents certificates and praises Orbost Secondary College improvements
Darren Chester visited Orbost Secondary College, complimenting its upgrades and inspiring students to achieve great things despite regional limitations.

Deb Milligan and Colin Little creat iconic piece of public artwork for Krauatungalung Walk in Lakes Entrance
Local artists are creating a seat featuring an Indigenous creation story for the Krauatungalung Walk in Lakes Entrance, which celebrates the region's Indigenous heritage.

Huge impact for Gippsland owner operator transport businesses expected as tax increases on trucks not ruled out
Gippsland transport businesses will face increased costs and reduced profitability if the federal government increases taxes on truckies across Australia, according to local MP Darren Chester.

Gippsland local councils urged to back plan to convert municipal waste into energy and secure jobs at Maryvale Mill near Traralgon
Gippsland's six local government areas have been urged to back a plan which will convert municipal waste into energy and secure jobs at the Maryvale Mill near Traralgon.

Road sealing of remaining section of Bonang Road starts March 2023
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says preliminary work to seal the remaining section of the Bonang Road is well advanced after wet weather delays in 2022.

Works underway for the multi-million dollar network of mountain bike trails in Omeo
Project that would give a boost for sustainable local jobs in Omeo.

Federal senate inquiry is opportunity for Gippsland to be heard on regional banks closures
The first hearing of the Senate inquiry into regional bank closures took place in Sale today.

Buchan Recreation Reserve and Mallacoota to get final round of bushfire recovery funding from Local Economic Recovery Program
Buchan Recreation Reserve will have upgraded courts thanks to the final round of the black summer bushfires Local Economic Recovery Program.

Chester demands jobs guarantee as Australian Securities and Investments Commission Traralgon does not intend to renew lease
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is demanding a 'local jobs guarantee' following the announcement that ASIC doesn't intend to renew its lease of Traralgon office space held by the Australian Taxation Office.

East Gippsland Rail Trail gets $1.3M upgrade from final round of Local Economic Recovery Program
East Gippsland Rail Trail will be further upgraded with funding from the final round of the black summer bushfires Local Economic Recovery Program.

Westpac branch in Sale postpones planned closure after Darren Chester press conference
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says 'all options should be on the table' to guarantee a minimum level of service delivery to banking customers.

Andrews Labor government refusal to stand up for workers resulted to hundreds of blue-collar job loss for Gippsland
Maryvale mill shuts down, Andrews Labor government turning a blind eye on hundreds of blue-collar workers and families who depend on the mill.

Details of Latrobe City, Wellington and East Gippsland Shires funding from Victorian Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program 2023
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he is looking forward to more community projects being completed with an additional $7.8 million for local councils.

Expressions of Interest for funding via #LoveGippsland Stronger Communities Program due by 24 March 2023
Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now open for round eight of the #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program.

Dan Andrews to blame for APM Mill job losses from inability to facilitate effective transition to plantation timber
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says Premier Dan Andrews must accept 100% of the blame for up to 200 job losse.

Darren Chester secures $3.6M funding for Krauatungalung Walk project from Federal Investing in our Communities Program
Krauatungalung Walk project set to start this year after securing $3.6M from the federal government under 'Investing in our Communities Program'.

Moratorium on bank branch closures across regional Australia called by Darren Chester
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is calling for a moratorium to be imposed on further bank branch closures across regional Australia and demanded the big four banks start respecting their customers' needs.

Failure to support timber industry by Andrews Labor government gives regional Victorian hammer blow for jobs and sustainability
Victorian Labor's failure to support the timber industry is already costing jobs from the locals.

Mathison Park in Churchill gets new boardwalk funded $90,000 through Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program
Mathison Park in Churchill is more accessible with the upgrade of one of the boardwalks along the walking path.

Nationals call on Dan Andrews to be honest over temporary closure of Latrobe River Bridge
The Nationals are calling on Premier Daniel Andrews to be honest with locals regarding the supposedly temporary closure of a key access route for local residents.

Westpac in Sale closes branch and tells customers to move money to another bank near them
Experiencing dozens of closures in regional Australia with more than 1,600 branches closing in the past six years.

Eastern Beach Road intersection upgrade and improved pedestrian access for schoolers urged by Darren Chester to Victorian and federal governments
Darren Chester is urging State and Federal Transport Ministers to act immediately to protect lives on a dangerous section of the Princes Highway in Lakes Entrance.

Motorists reminded of mindful speed limits as alternative route around Sale in Wellington Shire continues
Sale alternative route upgrade continues.

Worst sections of Great Alpine Road gets $2.6M funding for rebuild from Victorian government
Darren Chester has welcomed the state government's announcement of $2.6 million for the Great Alpine Road but said it isn't enough.

Priority projects and critical services for Latrobe City discussed by Darren Chester and Mayor Kellie O'Callaghan
Darren Chester says all levels of government need to work together to deliver the funding for projects and critical services the Latrobe Valley needs during a period of significant changes.

Legendary Gippslander Beryl Morris meets Darren Chester at Wellington Shire Council citizenship ceremony
Darren Chester attended the Wellington Shire Council's citizenship ceremony on Australia Day, where he bumped into 97 year old Beryl Morris.

Darren Chester calls to for surf life saving patrols along the popular Cape Conran beach at peak times
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is supporting calls to establish surf life saving patrols along the popular Cape Conran beach at peak times.

Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve gets a transformation with funding from $442,000 Bushfire Recovery
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester helps Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve committee and user groups to secure more funding for the ongoing redevelopment of sporting and accommodation facilities.

Woodside Surf Life Saving Club gets new hats from Darren Chester MP
Local MP Darren Chester is proud to support the Woodside Life Saving Club, presenting them with new hats.

WORLD precinct redevelopment in Bairnsdale gets $5M funding from previous federal government by Darren Chester
WORLD precinct redevelopment and transformation in Bairnsdale underway.

Bairnsdale Airport gets $1.5M upgrade from Regional Airports Program by Darren Chester
Upgrading Bairnsdale Airport remains a high priority after securing $1.5 million from the Regional Airports Program.

Bonang Road gets $9M funding for improvement by Darren Chester
Bonang Road project to begin soon with ensured funding of $9M to improve the region's accessibility.

Darren Chester message for Australia Day 2023 is to reflect, respect and celebrate
The theme of Australia Day 'Reflect. Respect. Celebrate.' is an invitation to us all to stop talking our country down and count our blessings.

New sections of the duplicated Princes Highway at Flynn and Kilmany to put in use in January 2023
Darren Chester has urged motorists to be alert to changing conditions on the Princes Highway as new sections of the duplication project between Traralgon and Sale are completed.

Airly Embleton-Mew and Lily Derham at Mallacoota Bastion Beach get thanks from Darren Chester for keeping the beach safe
Chester appreciation to Airly Embleton-Mew and Lily Derham at Mallacoota Bastion Beach for keeping the beach safe.

Darren Chester first meeting as newly appointed Shadow Minister for Local Government with Wellington Shire Mayor Ian Bye
The Nationals team is working to deliver a safer, stronger, better and fairer regional Australia, where everyone can get ahead.

Better Access Initiative for mental health has been made less accessible by federal Labor government
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has condemned Labor's decision to cut additional Medicare-subsidised psychology sessions.

Star of the South Offshore wind energy project in Gippsland must focus on local jobs says Darren Chester
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says local landholders need to be respected and local jobs have to be a priority, following the formal declaration of Australia's first development zone for offshore wind energy.

Finishing touches of $400M Morwell Railway Station upgrade underway
The finishing touches are underway on the new platform at Morwell Railway Station, according to local MP Darren Chester.

Gippsland 2023 calendars now available in Orbost featuring picturesque scenes from region
The 2023 calendar features picturesque scenes from across Gippsland taken by local residents and was printed by James Yeates Printing.

New and improved Bullock Island bridge will open to the community from Christmas 2022
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the new and improved Bullock Island bridge will open in time for Christmas.

Buyout commercial fishing licences by Andrews Labor government will increase prices and out East Gippsland economy at risk
Australian seafood lovers will face higher prices and the regional economy of East Gippsland will suffer if Labor government continues with a plan to buy out commercial fishing licences and cut the quotas available for small business owners.

Winners of 2023 #Lovegippsland calendar competition announced by Darren Chester
Local MP Darren Chester has announced the winners of the 2023 #lovegippsland calendar competition.

Maffra courthouse renovations completed with $60,000 funding from federal government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program
Mafra Courthouse renovations completed.

Second platform at the Morwell Railway Station underway
Morwell station to add another platform to give commuters better train service.

Cunninghame Arm boardwalk $5.8M construction underway in Lakes Entrance
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says a $5.8 million boardwalk project in Lakes Entrance needs to be fast-tracked after years of community planning and consultation.

Sarsfield and Ensay Recreation Reserve projects receive $5.9M from former Coalition government March 2022 budget
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he's relieved the Labor Party has agreed to fund two bushfire recovery projects that were in danger of having money taken away.

Darren Chester comments on federal budget saing 'Ronnie Biggs has nothing on Labor'
Talking about 'The Great Train Robbery', Albo makes Ronnie Biggs look like a mere shoplifter.

Rosedale Recreation Reserve gets $280,000 lighting funding from Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program
Lighting infrastructure at Rosedale Recreation Reserve will be upgraded with funding from the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program.

Connectivity boost to Nicholson, Woodglen, Calulu and Bairnsdale Aerodrome with over $2M funding through federal Regional Connectivity Program
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed the confirmation of projects for round two of the Regional Connectivity Program (RCP).

Darren Chester first week at United Nations General Assembly in New York featured national security, peace and terrorism discussions
Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says high level discussions on national security, peace and terrorism have featured during his first weeks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

'Threatened Species Action Plan' in Gippsland will only work with more people working on the ground
The federal government's 'Threatened Species Action Plan' towards zero extinctions will only work if it's backed up by practical environmental action on the ground, according to Member for Gippsland Darren Chester.

Darren Chester re-secures $5M funding from previous federal government for World Sporting Precinct redevelopment in Bairnsdale
The major redevelopment of the WORLD Sporting Precinct in Bairnsdale is taking shape.

Labor federal government accused of enormous breach of trust in failing to deliver $5.9M promised to bushfire-impacted Sarsfield and Ensay
The new federal government has been accused of 'an enormous breach of trust' for failing to guarantee $5.9 million promised to bushfire-impacted Sarsfield and Ensay communities prior to the May election.

Rosedale Lions Club gets custom-built trailer with funding from federal government's Stronger Communities Program
The Rosedale Lions Club will now be able to better support the community and provide sausage sizzles with its new trailer.

AGL closure decision to Loy Yang A brings alarm and disappointment to the Latrobe Valley community
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he is 'alarmed and disappointed' by the decision to bring forward the planned closure of Loy Yang A power station to 2035.

Darren Chester seeks jobs guarantee for Lakes Entrance community
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says Canberra-based bureaucrats are ignoring Lakes Entrance community concerns over potential job losses due to new commercial fishing industry restrictions.

Maffra Cricket Club receives $150,000 grant for safer and better training experience through Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program
Local cricketers can now enjoy improved training facilities at Maffra Cricket Club thanks to funding through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

Support for native timber harvesting in East Gippsland and focus on jobs by local council welcomed by Darren Chester
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed the focus on sustainable jobs in East Gippsland Shire Council's position paper on 'Native Timber Harvesting in East Gippsland'.

Darren Chester signs the condolence book for Queen Elizabeth II
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester signs on the condolence book.

Stratford Football Netball Club gets $910,000 funding for redevelopment from Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program
Local sportspeople and community members will benefit from upgraded and redeveloped club rooms at the Stratford Recreation Reserve.

Mallacoota Miva cottages work in progress with $2.15 funding secured by Darren Chester
Work to prepare and construct all-abilities cottages in Mallacoota is progressing well according to local MP Darren Chester.

Expressions of interest from Gippsland not-for-profits for $200,000 - $500,000 from Community Impact Program due 26 September 2022
Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Community Impact Program are now open for local not for profit groups.

Darren Chester attends United Nations General Assembly in New York representing federal parliament
Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has been selected to represent the Federal Parliament at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Lakes Entrance gets voice at United Nations at the General Assembly in New York from Gippsland's Darren Chester
Lakes Entrance is set to have a local voice at the United Nations with Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester selected to represent the Australian Parliament at the General Assembly in New York.

Macalister Irrigation District modernisation project underway with funding of $39.8M from federal government
Local MP Darren Chester said the announcement of a contractor for phase two of the Macalister Irrigation District modernisation project is welcomed news.

Delays on commitment to assist with bushfire impacted Ensay and Sarsfield Recreation Reserves from Andrews Labor government
Concerns on the delayed government commitment to the bushfire impacted communities.

Local Sporting Champions program encourages young Gippsland people to apply for support by 30 September 2022
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging eligible young sportspeople in Gippsland to apply for the latest round of the Local Sporting Champions program (LSCP).

Maffra Lawn Tennis Club gets $55,000 funding upgrade from federal Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program
The redevelopment of the Maffra Lawn Tennis Club is progressing well ahead of the new season according to local MP Darren Chester.

Morwell Falcons facility and Gippsland Sports and Entertainment Park needs funding upgrades for the 2026 Commonwealth Games
The state and federal governments should work in partnership to fully fund a major upgrade of Gippsland Sports and Entertainment Park, ahead of the 2026 Commonwealth Games, according to Member for Gippsland Darren Chester.

Gippsland Vehicle Collection and Gippsland Auto Museum in Maffra seeking up to $1M funding for major facility redevelopment
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is working with volunteers at Gippsland Vehicle Collection and Gippsland Auto Museum in Maffra to seek funding for a major redevelopment of the important community facility.

Tambo Valley Honey shop and cafe gets $400,000 through Black Summer Bushfires Local Economic Recovery program
Bruthen will have a new drawcard with the opening of Tambo Valley Honey's shop and cafe according to local MP Darren Chester.

Australian Sustainable Hardwoods gets toured and inspected by Darren Chester and Murray Watt
Gippsland's sustainable timber industry is essential for local jobs and to bolster the local manufacturing and construction industries according to Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester.

Darren Chester calls on prime minister to support funding for Ensay and Sarsfield bushfire recovery projects in East Gippsland
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is urging the new Labor government to support funding for two bushfire recovery projects in East Gippsland.

Gippslanders encouraged to submit photos for 2023 #lovegippsland calendar with theme 'My favourite place in Gippsland' by 5 October 2022
Federal MP Darren Chester is encouraging locals to capture an image of their favourite place and enter the 2023 #lovegippsland calendar.

More volunteers and runners are welcome to join Lakes Entrance parkrun
Lakes Entrance parkrun held Saturday 13 August 2022.

Much needed multi-million dollar infrastructure projects to transform Lakes Entrance is on the way
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says more infrastructure projects are needed in Lakes Entrance as part of a multi-million dollar transformation of the town.

Clifton Waters Retirement Village flooring gets upgrad with $7,800 grant from Stronger Communities Program
Clifton Waters Retirement Village has upgraded flooring in communal areas thanks to previous federal government support.

Clifton Waters Retirement Village flooring gets upgrad with $7,800 grant from Stronger Communities Program
Clifton Waters Retirement Village has upgraded flooring in communal areas thanks to previous federal government support.

Darren Chester urges federal Labor government to reduce impact on Lakes Entrance community by proposed commercial fishing quota cuts
Federal member for Gippsland Darren Chester highlighted the additional impacts on shore-based businesses related to the commercial fishing industry.

New Bullock Island bridge that links town to redeveloped facilities progress with funding from previous federal government
The new Bullock Island bridge and associated works are starting to take shape, according to local MP Darren Chester.

Statement on interim Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide report from Darren Chester
Darren Chester says that Australians must use the Royal Commission to seek answers and solutions to the unacceptable level of suicide in the defence and veteran communities.

Regional families will suffer the most if the federal Labor government allows petrol and diesel to increase by 22 cents per litre by September 2022
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says the temporary cut to fuel excise should be extended to help reduce pressure on family budgets and support the visitor economy across regional Australia.

All federal ministers urged to understand the importance of the defending agricultural industry from foot and mouth disease
Darren Chester urges the ministers to communicate with the public clearly on how they prepare to keep the Australians safe from any foot and mouth disease outbreak

Cost of living reduced by former minister for infrastructure with record investment of $110 billion over 10 years
Neglected investment in programs and projects directly aimed at reducing the cost of living for Australian

Darren Chester requests urgent meeting with Transport Minister to overcome changes to the certification of Mallacoota airport
Civil Aviation Safety Agency (CASA) changes to the Manual of standards resulted in Mallacoota airport no longer meeting requirements for certification.

Federal Labour party delays projects of critical importance to future of Gippsland that were fully funded by previous government
The new Prime Minister has made a lot of claims about no Australians being left behind, a fresh approach to his role and building consensus across our community, we're about to find out if the Prime Minister is fair dinkum about those claims.

Labor federal government introduction of foot mats at international airports a step in right direction says Darren Chester
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Labor government's introduction of foot mats at international airports is finally a step in the right direction

Bairnsdale WORLD centre sporting precinct redevelopment underway with $5M from previous federal government
Bairnsdale World Centre redevelopment for better old netball courts and pavilion.

Darren Chester urges federal government for more preventive actions to better protect the farmers and livestock industry
The outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Indonesia demands further action to protect Australia's livestock industry, according to local MP Darren Chester.

Mallacoota Abalone Co-op opens after $10M redevelopment with Regional Economic Stimulus and Resilience funding
The new $10 million Mallacoota Abalone Co-op will future proof the industry for decades to come, according to Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester.

Darren Chester urges government to speak with farmers and review data and to understand the importance of live export industry
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is urg Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to reconsider the plan to phase out the live export industry.

Gipsy Point and Cabbage Tree Creek communities with little mobile coverage not on says Darren Chester
Federal MP Darren Chester has written to the Communications Minister seeking an update on projects approved under round one of the Regional Connectivity Program.

Call on Andrews Labor government to partner better on delivering road infrastructure safety improvements in Gippsland by Darren Chester
The safe system approach that is designed to ensure that no crashes need to occur in the future, as we move towards zero road trauma.

Darren Chester pays tribute to Army nurse Vivian Bullwinkel - extraordinary Australian
Tribute to Australian Army nurse Vivian Bullwinkel that it would be great to fully fund a statue in honour for the extraordinary nurse who served the army.

Development of stage two Bairnsdale Skatepark of $460,000 underway
The next stage of the Bairnsdale SkatePark is progressing well according to Federal MP Darren Chester.

Gippsland Water to build organic waste facility with $4.8M federal funding via Food Waste for Healthy Soils program
A local water corporation, Gippsland Water, has received $4.788 million to improve facilities and efficiency with funding provided by the previous federal government.

Traralgon and Morwell stations get major upgrades as part of $504M Gippsland railway line funding from Victorian and federal governments
Final designs have been released showcasing the major train station upgrades at Traralgon and Morwell Stations.

Traralgon Railway Reservoir Conservation Reserve gets bridge upgraded to improve user safety and accessibility
An upgraded bridge at the Traralgon Railway Reservoir Conservation Reserve will improve users safety and accessibility while walking around the lake.

Veteran refused access to taxi with their dog and similar incidents to be made public by Darren Chester
As a long-time supporter of assistance dogs, Darren Chester was disappointed and frustrated to be contacted by the Australian Defence Force veteran who had been refused access to a taxi with their dog.

Downies Bridge replacement in Traralgon South now complete funded through the Bridges Renewal Program
The replacement of Downies Bridge in Traralgon South is now complete.

New facilities construction in progress as part of the $400,000 project at Lakes Entrance Recreation Reserve
Local MP Darren Chester said the new facilities were a part of a $400,000 project at the recreation reserve.

Darren Chester first in Lakes Entrance free 5km parkrun and encourages more people to join in so it never happens again
The Lakes Entrance parkrun takes place every Saturday from 8am at the rotunda on the esplanade.

Sale Oval precinct opens after $1.6M redevelopment funded by Wellington Shire Council, Coalition government and John Leslie Foundation
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester officially opened the Sale Oval redevelopment today alongside Wellington Shire Councillor John Tatterson and community members.

Glengarry Mechanics Institute gets upgraded hall suitable and accessible re-open with $397,474 federal funding secured by Darren Chester
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester officially opened the Glengarry Mechanics Institute today with Latrobe City Council Mayor Kellie O'Callaghan and Glengarry Mechanics Institute CoM President Alan McAuliffe.

Federal seat of Gippsland with Darren Chester MP declared first by Australian Electoral Commission with highest number of votes
The seat of Gippsland was the first in Victoria to be 'officially declared' by the Australian Electoral Commission, with local MP Darren Chester recording the highest number of primary votes in Australia.

Great Alpine Road State upgrades needs to fast tracked by federal government to ensure road users safety
Gippsland MP Darren Chester has written to the state and federal governments about the urgent need for upgrades along the Great Alpine Road.

Dawson Street, Maffra Road and Princes Highway intersection gets $300M upgrade from previous Coalition federal government
Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he's keen to secure federal government funding to upgrade a notorious intersection on the Princes Highway in Sale.

Gippsland Veterans Welfare Centre in Sale receives $2M facility upgrade from federal government
The Gippsland Veterans Welfare Centre in Sale will receive a $2 million boost if the federal coalition government is returned on Saturday.

Federal government backs largest indoor Barramundi aquaculture farm at Latrobe Valley with $30M funding
The Latrobe Valley will become home to the world's largest indoor barramundi aquaculture farm with a $30 million boost from the federal government.

Duplication of Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale gets federal and Victorian government $250M funding for final stage
Princes Highway duplication project, a major milestone with traffic switched to the new section at Flynn.

Darren Chester attends 2022 Mother's day Classic in Sale around Lake Guthridge
Remembering loved ones through charity runs.

Development of clean hydrogen and carbon capture and storage in Gippsland get $42.9M funding from federal government
The Coalition government is backing the development of clean hydrogen and carbon capture and storage technologies in Victoria's Gippsland region, providing job and economic growth opportunities for the community.

Longer hours for early voting centres in Morwell, Traralgon, Sale, Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance for 2022 Federal Election
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is predicting record numbers of pre-polling as early voting centres open today (Monday) across Gippsland.

Princes Highway through East Gippsland gets $3.6M upgrade to improve road safety and resilience
A $3.6 million upgrade to one of the worst sections of the Princes Highway will improve safety and resilience of the key transport link, according to Member for Gippsland Darren Chester.

East Gippsland gets $2M through Regional Connectivity Program to improve mobile voice and data connectivity
The Federal Member for Gippsland has welcomed over $2 million of funding in this year's budget to improve connectivity in East Gippsland, in partnership with Telstra.

Darren Chester seeks explanation from Andrews Labor government on Eastern Beach Road works on extraordnary delay
Failure to upgrade a busy intersection in Lakes Entrance is putting residents at risk of serious injuries, according to Member for Gippsland Darren Chester.

Heyfield wetlands volunteers received $20,000 to construct new viewing platform from Stronger Communities Program
Heyfield wetlands volunteers are continuing to transform the popular nature reserve with upgraded trails, revegetation and a new viewing platform.

Energy from waste facility for Masdar Tribe Australia in Latrobe Valley gets $48.2M from Morrison coalition Modern Manufacturing grant
The Morrison Government is investing $48.2 million in a state-of-the-art energy from waste facility in the Latrobe Valley, helping to power Opal's pulp and paper mill while driving down emissions.

Bonang Road gets $9M funding for road sealing of federal Roads of Strategic Importance program
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he has been assured that work to complete the sealing of the Bonang Road will be completed within 12 months.

Bonang Road gets $9M funding for road sealing of federal Roads of Strategic Importance program
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he has been assured that work to complete the sealing of the Bonang Road will be completed within 12 months.

Darren Chester calls for federal and state governments to list Great Alpine Road as strategically importance so additional funding can be accessed
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says a multi-year program of upgrades is needed to improve safety on one of Gippsland's most important arterial roads.

Survey for Lakes Entrance residents underway to help determine which areas are to be developed ahead of 2022 federal election
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester will be asking Lakes Entrance residents "what's next for our town" in a survey to be distributed ahead of the election on May 21.

Darren Chester urges Timber Towns Victoria Roundtable to get involved in the federal election campaign with jobs and environmental messages
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has told a Timber Towns Victoria Roundtable 'we need to keep fighting to save our timber industry because people and wildlife die in poorly managed forests'.

Raymond Island Koala population and native wildlife gets $1.3M federal funding to improve facility accessible and revegetation of area
Raymond Island's koala population and native wildlife has received a major boost as part of a $1.3 million initiative funded by all levels of government.

Sale RSL receives $120,000 improvement grant from federal government under Veteran and Community Grants program
The home of Gippsland Veterans Welfare Centre in Sale is about to receive a new roof thanks to a $120,000 Federal Government grant.

Buchan Recreation Reserve gets $4.2M bushfire recovery funding for improvement and upgrades
The Buchan Recreation Reserve will receive a $4.2 million facelift after an additional $3 million in bushfire recovery funding was secured this week.

Cunninghame Arm community-driven project in Lakes Entrance boardwalk gets $5.8M federal government funding to make it work for all-abilities
Work to construct an all-abilities boardwalk and shared pathway around the shores of Cunninghame Arm in Lakes Entrance will start this year thanks to $5.8 million in federal government funding.

East Gippsland Conservation Management Network gets $200,663 via Environment Restoration Fund to enhance protection of threatened Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies
East Gippsland Conservation Management Network (EGCMN) will improve protection for Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies in Gippsland thanks to federal government funding.

Art Resource Collective (ARC) in Yinnar celebrates its 40 years with $3,000 grant from Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism program
The Art Resource Collective (Arc) in Yinnar will mark 40 years with support from the Federal Government.

Sun Cinema in Bairnsdale receives $60,000 as financial boost thanks to federal government SCREEN fund
A Gippsland independent cinema has received a financial boost thanks to the federal government's SCREEN Fund.

Darren Chester secured $6.5M funding for Marine Parade in Lakes Entrance through federal government grant
One of Lakes Entrance's busiest roads will receive a $6.5 million facelift thanks to a Federal Government grant.

Darren Chester to proudly contest the seat of Gippsland in federal election on 21 May 2022
The Prime Minister has called a Federal election for May 21 and I will be contesting the seat of Gippsland.

Orbost Club Hotel wall mural demonstrates gratitude to emergency services and defence force assisted during the Black Summer bushfires
Mural on Orbost Club Hotel wall by Tracey Solomon as an artistic gratitude to the emergency service crews and defence force personnel.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) will be more accessible for Gippslanders starting November 2022
Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed the announcement of the deregulation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Licensing as part of the Federal Budget.

Wellington, East Gippsland and Latrobe City Councils share in $7.7M funding from Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program
Three Gippsland councils will share in $7.7 million in additional Federal Government funding to undertake local priority projects.

Federal government will fund $182 million of road and rail works in Gippsland during 2022-23
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester (pictured) says the Federal Government will fund $182 million worth of road and rail work in the region during the 2022-23 financial year.

Further $10 million allocation to upgrade and replace bridges in Australia through federal government's Bridges Renewal Program (BRP)
More bridges in Gippsland will be eligible to be replaced as part of the Federal Government's Bridges Renewal Program (BRP).

Replacement of Downies Bridge timbers in Traralgon South is nearing completion with help of federal government's Bridges Renewal Program
Work to upgrade Downies Bridge in Traralgon South is well underway.

Latrobe City Community Fun Run 2022 organised by Traralgon Harriers to raise money for Gippsland Rotary Centenary House
The Traralgon Harriers' 24th annual DFP Recruitment Latrobe City Fun Run and Walk held on Sunday, 27 March 2022.

Local artists featured in the Australian Wood Design Exhibition at the Orbost Exhibition Centre 26 March - June 19
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester officially opened the Australian Wood Design Exhibition which is at the Orbost Exhibition Centre until June 19.

Local community sporting events can now apply for support through the Regional Sports Events Fund of the federal government
Funding to support local community sporting events is now available through the Federal Government.

McNairn Road pedestrian crossing upgrade gets $900,000 funding through Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program
The McNairn Road pedestrian crossing will be upgraded thanks to federal government funding.

Sarsfield and Ensay get $5.9M funding for additional community projects from the Black Summer bushfires program
Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says two additional community projects worth $5.9 million will receive funding to support the ongoing recovery from the Black Summer bushfires.

Restoring shellfish reef ecosystems in Gippsland Lakes will help protect environment and boost local jobs and tourism
A new native shellfish reef will bring new life to the Gippsland Lakes as well as providing a boost of up to 25 local jobs and enhancing tourism and recreation.

Darren Chester presents achievement certificates to students at St Vincent de Paul Primary School in Morwell
Local MP Darren Chester presented student leaders at St Vincent de Paul Primary School in Morwell, with their achievement certificates.

Metung Hot Springs upgrades progressing well with funding from private investment and federal Local Economic Recovery Program
Work on the multi-million dollar Metung Hot Springs is progressing well with local MP Darren Chester saying the project will create jobs and transform the East Gippsland visitor economy.

Netballers now play safely at Tyers Recreation Reserve after upgrade with funding from Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program
Local netballers will enjoy safer court surfaces at Tyers Recreation Reserve with a major upgrade funded by the Federal Government.

Omeo Rodeo gets $170,800 funding for facility upgrades from federal Bushfire Recovery Local Economic Recovery Program
Omeo Rodeo has modernised its facilities after receiving Federal Government funding.

Swifts Creek Recreation Reserve upgraded with $1.92M funding from federal and Victorian government Local Economic Recovery program
Swifts Creek Recreation Reserve will undergo a much-needed upgrade thanks to Federal and State Government funding.

Glengarry Mechanics Institute $250,000 upgrades funded from federal Drought Communities Program completed
Upgrade works for the Glengarry Mechanics' Institute has been completed making the hall more user friendly for community events and celebrations.

Clean Energy Finance Corporation to finance up to $8.5M joint venture with Octopus to develop renewable energy park in Gippsland
The Australian Government, through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), will finance up to $8.5 million in a joint venture with Octopus Australia to develop a renewable energy park in Gippsland.

Darren Chester congratulates achievements of student leaders at Morwell Central Primary School
Local MP Darren Chester visited Morwell Central Primary School recently to meet with school leaders and present them with their Achievement Certificates.

Further funding to assist Gippsland businesses and community recovery from drought, bushfires and the coronavirus through federal Rebuilding Regional Communities Program
Local businesses and community groups can apply for funding to assist Gippsland as it recovers from the impacts of the coronavirus.

GippSport gets $849,930 to support young disengaged Gippslanders from federal government's Safer Communities Fund
A program to support disengaged young people has received a funding boost thanks to the Federal Government.

Bullock Island bridge replacement progressing well and well worth $5M funding from federal government
Federal government provided $5 million for the Bullock Island bridge replacement and associated road works which is part of the master plan for the popular island.

Latrobe Valley Jobs Fair in Morwell on 10 March to bring job seekers and employment providers together
Job seekers from across the Gippsland Employment Region will have the chance to chat to employers face to face when the Morrison Government's Latrobe Valley.

Darren Chester presents achievement certificates to school leaders at Morwell Campus of Kurnai College
Darren Chester MP presents the school leaders with their achievement certificates.

Mallacoota Bowls Club gets $85,000 grant from federal Black Summer Bushfires program for new greens
Mallacoota Bowls Club volunteers are celebrating an $85,000 win with a Federal Government grant to help replace synthetic greens damaged in the Black Summer bushfires.

Tambo Waste gets $993,000 from federal Recycling Modernisation fund to improve materials recycling facility in Bairnsdale
A Gippsland business will upgrade its facilities to improve recycling capabilities thanks to Federal Government funding.

Applications open for $2,500 to $20,000 grants so local organisations and community groups can join Queen's Jubilee tree planting program
Local organisations and community groups can apply to be a part of the Planting Trees for the Queen's Jubilee program.

Gippsland performing arts centre in Traralgon officially opens
Opening Night of the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre, community gathers to breathe life into our new creative precinct.

Darren Chester writes to Minister Bridget McKenzie after Sarsfield community shockingly misses out on bushfire recovery funding
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has urged the government to intervene immediately and fix a "farcical situation" which has seen community-led bushfire recovery projects excluded from consideration for recovery grants.

Orbost Tennis Club gets to redevelop with $324,000 funding from Black Summer Bushfire Recovery grants program
Orbost Tennis Club secured funding for development.

Historic Snowy River railway trestle bridge gets $1.05M for restoration from federal Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has secured extra funding for the restoration of the historic Snowy River railway trestle bridge as part of a bushfire recovery program.

Sale Cinema gets $35,000 funding from federal Supporting Cinema's Retention Endurance and Enhancement of Neighbourhoods program
A Gippsland independent cinema has received a financial boost thanks to Federal Government SCREEN Fund.

Tyers Road, Scrubby Lane and Cross's Road intersection in Traralgon improved with $800,000 from federal Targeted Road Safety Works
Busy Traralgon intersection has been redeveloped to improve safety for pedestrians and motorists.

Proposed community hub for Glenview Park in Traralgon supported by Darren Chester
Gippsland MP Darren Chester is supporting Latrobe City Council's proposal to establish a community hub and purpose built facility for local groups at Glenview Park in Traralgon.

Gippsland students can apply for up to $18,000 assistance via Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships (RRES) program
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging local students needing financial assistance to apply for round six of the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships (RRES) program.

Narrow and damaged pedestrian footpath alongside Princes Highway near Lakes Entrance unacceptable says Darren Chester
Local MP Darren Chester is calling on the State Government to fix pedestrian access alongside the Princes Highway in Lakes Entrance.

Alberton Timber and Treatment Plant completes massive upgrade with $550,000 assistance grant from federal government
Local MP Darren Chester recently visited Alberton Timber and Treatment Plant to inspect the new peeling plant and hear about the operation's expansion.

Call for Gippslanders to help by donating blood or plasma made by Darren Chester
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging Gippslanders to roll up their sleeves and donate blood or plasma.

Funding for surf lifesavers throughout Gippsland discussed by Darren Chester and Life Saving Victoria CEO Catherine Greaves
Discussion with the lifesaving clubs and members for ongoing funding for local surf lifesavers.

East Gippsland Rail Trail gets sealing and surface upgrades by local firm Cranes Asphalting
Funding for works on the rail trail from Bairnsdale to Orbost.

Gippsland rural airstrips and aerodromes can apply for grants of between $5,000 and $3M from federal Remote Airstrip Upgrade Program
The guidelines for round nine of the federal government,s Remote Airstrip Upgrade program have now been released.

Grants from $5,000 to $70,000 available for shows and field days via federal Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program
Round two of the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program opens on January 28, 2022.

Maffra Lawn Tennis club gets new fences rewed with $130,000 grant in partnership with Wellington Shire Council
Unsafe fences have been replaced as part of a major redevelopment of Maffra Lawn Tennis Club.

Mallacoota Pony Club getting ready to resume operations using $296,000 grant from federal Local Economic Recovery program
Local MP Darren Chester has congratulated members of the Mallacoota Pony Club for getting work underway to resume operations.

Replacement pedestrian bridge over the Genoa River is underway
The pedestrian bridge over the Genoa River is starting to take shape.

Darren Chester urges all government levels to fund redevelopment of Latrobe City Sports and Entertainment Stadium in Morwell
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is urging all levels of government to work together and fund the redevelopment of the Latrobe City Sports and Entertainment Stadium in Morwell.

Envite Environment in Nowa Nowa protecting rare plant Boggy Creek Bottlebrush with Bushfire Recovery Grant funding via Landcare Australia
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester (left) with Abi Wills and Matt Kennedy from Envite Environment at Nowa Nowa where a rare species of callistemon is being mapped and protected.

Lakes Entrance town center works to revitalised and safety improved completed in time for summer tourist season
Works to revitalise and improve safety within the Lakes Entrance town centre have been completed as the popular East Gippsland destination prepares to welcome thousands of summer tourists.

Men's sheds in Gippsland share $17,500 funding from National Shed Development federal program
Men's sheds in Gippsland have received a much-needed boost with funding from the Federal Government's National Shed Development Programme (NSDP).

Darren Chester says lack of progress on road safety projects on Princes Highway from Rosedale to New South Wales is frustrating
Local MP Darren Chester has expressed his frustration at the lack of progress on priority road projects in East Gippsland.

East Gippsland small businesses can apply for support from $1M LaunchME program
Small businesses in East Gippsland will have access to services to help grow and sustain their businesses through the LaunchME program.

Flood study of Morwell and surrounds funded $26,000 through federal Risk and Resilience Grants Program
A flood study of Morwell and surrounding areas will be undertaken thanks to Federal Government funding.

Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust to minimise bushfire risks with $100,000 from federal Risk and Resilience Grants Program
Works to minimise bushfire risks around Lake Tyers will be undertaken thanks to Federal Government funding.

Work begins on dangerous Bank Street intersection in Traralgon
Work will finally start on upgrading a dangerous intersection in Traralgon after years of lobbying and frustration by local residents.

Darren Chester backs calls for pedestrian crossing at McNairn road in Traralgon
Securing federal funding to construct a safe pedestrian crossing at McNairn Road in Traralgon.

Wairewa Public Hall and Reserve gets $14,509 funding upgrades from federal Build Drought Resilience program
Two organisations in East Gippsland will benefit from funding as part of the Future Drought Fund's Networks to Build Drought Resilience program.

New home for Maffra Neighbourhood House with $54,345 from federal Building Better Regions Fund
Maffra Neighbourhood House will have its own dedicated facility thanks to funding from the Federal Government.

Improved broadband with NBN coming to Sale and Bairnsdale
Households in Sale and Bairnsdale will soon have access to higher speed internet as the National Broadband Network (NBN) continues upgrades across Gippsland.

Wellington shire businesses eligible for disaster power outage payments
Financial assistance is now available for businesses in Wellington that experienced prolonged power outages after severe storms on October 29, 2021.

No more excuses for bushfire recovery delays in East Gippsland from Andrews Labor government
All levels of government have been challenged to stop making excuses and get on with the job of delivering bushfire recovery projects in East Gippsland.

DASMA in Morwell to innovate waste management principles with $2.1M from Cooperative Research Centres Projects
A Morwell based company will develop and incorporate new processes of utilising recovered materials across the supply chain thanks to Federal Government funding.

Sarah Nation, Terry Russell and Sian Lawler winners of 2022 #LOVEGIPPSLAND calendar photos
Local MP Darren Chester has announced the three winners of the 2022 #lovegippsland calendar competition.

The Lemon Hill Gallery at Wairewa recovers from Black Summer bushfires and back to supporting local artists
A gallery at Wairewa is giving local artists a chance to exhibit their work as the region recovers from the Black Summer bushfires.

Laurina Lodge in Heyfield and Stretton Park in Maffra get funding boost from 2020 federal Aged Care Approvals Round
Two aged care facilities in Wellington will benefit from funding as part of the 2020 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR).

Darren Chester visits Snowy River Black Garlic crop with owners Mark Johnstone and Shelly Carroll
Mark Johnstone and Shelly Carroll at Snowy River Black Garlic receiving reviews for their products.

Supported living units at Mirridong Services in Yarram with $2.32M grant from federal Building Better Regions Fund
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester officially opened two new supported living units at Mirridong Services in Yarram.

These Girls & Boys Can Ride bike club supports local business along East Gippsland Rail Trail
What started as a bike ride with a few friends has turned into a group of over 100 members from across East Gippsland.

Bairnsdale residents getting improved access to Centrelink and Medicare services
Bairnsdale residents will have improved access to Centrelink and Medicare services when the Services Australia Service Centre in Bairnsdale undergoes an upgrade.

Over $270,000 of federal funding for indigenous projects in East Gippsland
Three Indigenous programs in East Gippsland will benefit from funding as part of the Federal Government's Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

Over $400,000 of federal funding for indigenous projects in Wellington Shire
Five programs in Gippsland received funding under the Federal Government's Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

Grants available for Gippsland organisations to build community bushfire and floods resilience
Guidelines for the Federal Government's Preparing Australian Communities Program - Local have been released ahead of applications opening.

Call to federal government to extend funding for the HeadtoHelp (H2H) program in Gippsland
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is calling on the Federal Government to extend funding for the HeadtoHelp (H2H) program in Gippsland.

Darren Chester has officially launched Gippsland's biggest survey to understand regional needs
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has officially launched Gippsland's Biggest Survey.

Darren Chester says Latrobe Valley owed explanation from Dan Andrews on failed promise for 500 electric vehicle manufacturing jobs
Latrobe Valley community wants to know why members of the parliament refuse to participate in a local task force.

Community consultation starts for $2M Mallacoota streetscape upgrade
Community consultation to upgrade the Mallacoota streetscape.

Darren Chester challenges Victorian Labor politicians to reject plan to shut down timber industry in Gippsland
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is challenging Victorian Labor politicians to reject the Andrews Government plan to shut down the native hardwood timber industry by 2030.

Federation University in Churchill has new pathway for local students to study medicine
Local MP Darren Chester has welcomed the introduction of a new pathway at Federation University to allow local students to study medicine.

Maffra Play Precinct gets $320,000 upgrade from federal Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program
Young people in Maffra have an exciting new way to keep active with the completion of the Maffra Play Precinct.

Darren Chester in support of federal funding for improvement to Greenwattle Racecourse in Sale
Member for Gippsland Darren Chester and Sale Turf Club CEO Brad Evans discussing opportunities for Federal Government grants to support further upgrades at the Greenwattle Racecourse.

Mallacoota Gun Club gets $9000 for new solar power system from federal government funding
Funding for the re-establishment of the facility.

Fit outs continue on Gippsland Performing Arts Centre with completion expected by end of 2021
Works to complete the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre exterior and the interior fit out are continuing.

Mallacoota-Genoa road gets $10M in federal government funding to improve safety and resilience
Work to improve the resilience and safety of the Mallacoota-Genoa Road.

Federal program of regional grants like Building Better Regions Fund need overhaul
The Federal Government should overhaul its regional grants funding programs which are failing to deliver fair outcomes for communities like Gippsland, according to local MP Darren Chester.

Works to upgrade the historic Glengarry Mechanics' Institute underway
Works to upgrade the historic Glengarry Mechanics' Institute are finally underway.

Gippsland residents reminded to submit photographs the 2022 #lovegippsland calendar
Encouraging photographers and the community to send their photograph entry for the calendar.

Applications wanted for second round federal Networks to build drought resilience fund
Applications for the second round of the Networks to Build Drought Resilience program have now opened.

Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants East rip off for Gippsland may be avoided says Darren Chester
The Federal Government is backing away from a plan which would have short-changed bushfire impacted communities in East Gippsland, according to local MP Darren Chester.

Andrews Labor government all quiet on planning for Traralgon highway bypass
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says it's critical the Andrews Government accelerates the consultation process for the final planning and design of the long-awaited Traralgon bypass.

Gippsland and Latrobe Valley to benefit from federal Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs fund
The Federal Government's $1.2 billion hydrogen investment is set to boost economic activity and jobs in regional Australia.

Enter your best photographs for 2022 #lovegippsland calendar competition
Local MP Darren Chester is encouraging Gippslanders to enter their best photographs in the 2022 #lovegippsland calendar competition.

Multi-million dollar upgrade of 'The Esplanade' in Lakes Entrance continues
Multi-million dollar upgrade of The Esplanade in Lakes Entrance is continuing with the latest section of footpath being installed.

Federal support for farmers in East Gippsland and Wellington through the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme
The Coalition Government is bolstering support for farmers in East Gippsland and Wellington through the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme.

Former Australian Federal Police officer Dale Potter from Seaspray amongst first to get psychiatric trained assistance dog
Former Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer Dale Potter from Seaspray, is amongst the first people to receive a psychiatric trained assistance dog from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA).

Darren Chester welcomes Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill to allow large Bass Strait projects with hundreds of local jobs
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has welcomed the introduction of legislation to develop offshore electricity infrastructure with local jobs at stake.

Federal funding of $3 million goes to DefendTex in Gippsland for Australia's first 3D printed space launching rocket boosters
Funding to conduct Australia's first 3D printed rocket booster for space in Gippsland.

SEED Lakeside Community Garden creator Shae Wilson gets $59,500 federal grant to support social and emotional health
SEED Lakeside Community Garden in Sale will benefit from funding from the Federal Government.

More than $15 million federal money spent to reduce mobile phone black spots across Gippsland
Gippslanders are safer, and the economy has prospered because of more than $15 million being spent to reduce mobile phone black spots, according to the Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester.

Airfield road in Traralgon to be made safer through federal 2021-22 black spot program
A popular Traralgon road will receive safety upgrades, thanks to the Federal Government.

Federal bushfire fund 'rip off' on East Gippsland must be prevented says Darren Chester
East Gippsland community groups will be 'ripped off' if the Federal Government doesn't boost the region's allocation under the $280 million 'Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program', according to Federal MP Darren Chester.

Landholders in East Gippsland to develop wildlife refuges with $1 million grant to 'Trust for Nature' as part of bushfire recovery
The Federal Government is backing local landholders and communities in East Gippsland to lead the way in bushfire recovery through a $1 million grant to support the regeneration of impacted plants and animals.

Child care services in Wellington Shire gets boost of $230,000
Three child care providers in Wellington have received a welcome funding boost to meet the needs of local families.

Landcare Australia gets bushfire environmental recovery boost of $3.8 million from federal wildlife and habitat recovery for East Gippsland
Nearly 20 projects in East Gippsland will receive funding to aid the recovery of native wildlife and habitat severely impacted by the 2019/20 black summer bushfires.

Tilly's Dream and Churchill North Primary School in Latrobe City get $110,000 boost for child care services
Two childcare providers in the Latrobe Valley have received a welcome funding boost to meet the needs of local families.

Uniting Gippsland Family Day Care in Bairnsdale and Paynesville Neighbourhood Child Care Centre get $380,000 for child care services for East Gippsland
Two child care providers in East Gippsland have received a welcome funding boost to meet the needs of local families.

Federal funding boost to upgrade Bengworden Road in East Gippsland
Upgrades for safety and improved driving conditions that will also help support local jobs.

Federal funding boost to upgrade Traralgon-Maffra road across Latrobe City and Wellington Shire
Major upgrades for road improvements and driver's safety.

Macalister Resilience and Critical Infrastructure project gets $2.5M federal funding to improve pathway to Gippsland water security
The Macalister Resilience and Critical Infrastructure project will receive $2.5 million in federal government funding.

Bairnsdale airport in East Gippsland gets $220,000 federal funding for upgrade
Bairnsdale Airport will be upgraded thanks to a $220,000 funding boost under Round 2 of the Federal Government's Regional Airports Program.

Yarram airport in East Gippsland gets $300,000 federal funding to improve safety
Yarram Airport will be upgraded thanks to a $300,000 funding boost under Round 2 of the Federal Government's Regional Airports Program.

Grant applications open for $34.2 million federal Future Drought Fund's Drought Resilience Innovation Grants program
Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for organisations to apply for projects to manage and prepare for drought.

Darren Chester encourages eligible Gippslanders to get vaccinated
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is urging eligible Gippslanders to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Federal Local Economic Recovery program funds $1.4 million for improvements to Buchan streetscape in East Gippsland
Buchan streetscape will be upgraded thanks to Federal Government funding through the Local Economic Recovery Program.

Marlo Angling Club community hall to be upgraded with $336,000 funding from Local Economic Recovery Program
Upgrading the angling club hall for long-term benefit for the community.

Five remote areas get improved mobile phone coverage in East Gippsland
Five remote areas in East Gippsland will receive improved mobile phone coverage thanks to Federal Government funding.

Haunted Hills bike park with 12 km trail in Hernes Oak shaping up
Upgrade on the bike trail that will promote, develop and conduct competitions that will also help in boosting the region's economy.

Fit out underway for Gippsland Performing Arts Centre as part of $18.5 million upgrade
Improving Gippsland Performing Arts Centre that is designed for better experience that can also serve as asset to the region.

Darren Chester campaigns to save the Lakes Entrance rotunda from an ill-conceived East Gippsland Shire Council plan
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is campaigning to save the Lakes Entrance rotunda from an ill-conceived East Gippsland Shire Council plan.

Snowy River railway trestle bridge will boost tourism for East Gippsland
Council working and supporting the locals in the restoration of the trestle bridge that will give long-term benefits for the community.

Support for Gippsland manufacturers to create jobs via Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI)
Funding and support to boost manufacturing sector and guidelines for support application.

East Gippslanders dismayed by bushfire recovery grants program
Council disappointment on the recovery grants for bush fire damages, requesting urgent review on bush fire recovery funding allocation for Gippsland.

Extension of First Home Loan Deposit Scheme supports Gippslanders achieve their dream of owning a home
Support for those who plan to buy and own a home.

Official opening of Mallacoota community clubrooms by Darren Chester
Sport and recreational facility upgrade that will serve the community for years that also supports and boosts the community and the economy.

Bullock Island upgrade with new facilities for Lakes Entrance Fishermen's Co-Operative underway
Funding to various projects for Bullock Island that would benefit the benefit the locals and visitors.

Feedback wanted from Gippsland dairy farmers on Dairy Code of Conduct
Local MP Darren Chester is encouraging Gippsland dairy farmers to have their say on the Dairy Code of Conduct.

Gippslanders are owed an explanation for Victorian Government backing imported timber over the local product says Darren Chester
Call for a review with the government decision in importing timber instead of using Victoria's good quality timber.

The Disability Gateway is new one-stop shop for support to people in Gippsland with a disability
People with disability can now access support team which includes information, programs and support available.

Changed traffic conditions on Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale
Funded highway duplication, government asks motorists to bear more patience for a safer and more efficient highway route.

Further support for Gippsland job seekers with the extension of employment facilitator services
Funding to support and employ local job-seekers and facilitators.

Gippsland hotels get federal funding to improve energy efficiency
Funding grants to upgrade hotel and accommodation providers to install energy monitoring equipment and improvement works through double glazing insulation.

Wellington shire residents now eligible for storm recovery assistance from Federal government
Funding to provide assistance to the residents affected by the storm in their recovery process.

Workshops and webinars to apply for Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program
Funding for grants to assist the local and small businesses in bushfire recovery.

East Gippsland Local News

East Gippsland Shire welcomes new citizens at Bairnsdale ceremony and emphasises community diversity
East Gippsland Shire welcomed 18 new citizens from diverse backgrounds at a ceremony in Bairnsdale. Mayor Cr Tom Crook conducted the event, emphasising the significance of citizenship and community diversity.

East Gippsland Community Grants Program providing up to $20,000 for local projects closes by July 14 2024
East Gippsland Shire Council reopens its Community Grants Program, offering up to $20,000 for local initiatives. Information sessions are available for applicants.

Construction progresses on new trail sections at Omeo Mountain Bike Park by Common Ground Trails
Common Ground Trails advances construction on new trail sections at Omeo Mountain Bike Park, emphasising safety and ongoing maintenance efforts with dedicated trail crews.

Eagle Point Caravan Park seeking new operator by September with applications closing by by 10 July 2024
East Gippsland Shire Council seeks to lease management of Eagle Point Caravan Park to enhance visitor experience, accepting expressions of interest until July.

East Gippsland Council welcomes new inductees to Volunteer Honour Roll during National Volunteer Week 2024
East Gippsland Shire Council welcomed 37 new inductees to its Volunteer Honour Roll, representing communities across the shire, acknowledging their contributions during National Volunteer Week.

Government agencies discuss Snowy River environmental flows and estuary conditions at Marlo and Orbost
Victorian and New South Wales agencies convened to discuss the Snowy River's environmental health, emphasising community involvement and planned environmental water releases for the river's well-being.

Ensay Recreation Reserve begins upgrades funded by Federal Community Development Grants from Black Summer bushfires
Ensay Recreation Reserve embarks on a transformative journey funded by the federal government's Community Development Grants program, featuring upgraded facilities in response to the Black Summer bushfires.

East Gippsland Shire Council meeting snapshot - Tuesday 21 May 2024
During the Council Meeting on May 21, actions included recognizing Junior Rotarians, expressing condolences for Joseph Cullen, awarding contracts for road safety upgrades, endorsing submissions, and addressing locality boundary realignments.

Community paddle adventures on Mitchell River to showcase river health projects
Community members gathered on a sunny May morning along Mitchell River for East Gippsland CMA's Mitchell River Community Paddle, showcasing river health projects and partnerships enhancing local ecosystems and recreational access.

Cann River fire damages three commercial properties and burns popular Squires Cafe to ground
Fire caused damage to three commercial properties in Cann River early Tuesday. Mayor Cr Tom Crook announced support efforts by Council, acknowledging the impact on local economy and residents' wellbeing.

Community feedback wanted for the Wellington Shire Draft Budget 2024/25 by 29 May 2024
The Draft Budget 2024/25, along with the 10-Year Financial Plan and Four-Year Revenue and Rating Plan, is open for community feedback. Council approved its release on April 30, 2024. Feedback accepted May 1-29.

Free Masterclass sessions to promote safe and sustainable community events in Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale over May 2024
East Gippsland Shire Council offers free Events Masterclass sessions in Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale this May, fostering safe, sustainable community events. Key speakers share expertise. Bookings essential via TryBooking.

Buchan Primary students release native fish near new fishway to aid river health
Buchan Primary School students release native Southern Pygmy Perch near a new fishway, aiding river health. They also learn about fish ecology firsthand, contributing to local conservation efforts.

East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority participated in Wild Harvest Seafood Festival in Mallacoota offering walks and boat tours
The East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (CMA) participated in the Wild Harvest Seafood Festival in Mallacoota, hosting activities like walks, boat tours, and market presence.

Community feedback needed for East Gippsland Shire Council Draft 2024/25 Budget by 29 May 2024
East Gippsland Shire Council is completing its Draft Budget 2024-25, ensuring a disciplined approach with a 2.75% rate increase. They seek community input, prioritising transparency and responsiveness. Feedback opens May 1.

East Gippsland Shire Council highlights telecommunications infrastructure when advocating over thirty goals for community resilience and development
East Gippsland Shire Council's latest Advocacy Strategy highlights telecommunications infrastructure as a key priority among 31 advocacy goals, aiming for community resilience and development.

Metung Bowls Club celebrates green upgrade with $200,000 grant from Sport and Recreation Victoria on 14 April 2024
East Gippsland Shire Council celebrated Metung Bowls Club's green upgrade on April 14. With a $200,000 grant from Sport and Recreation Victoria, the project enhanced community engagement and promoted healthier lifestyles.

East Gippsland Shire Council starts remediation of Bastion Point groyne rock wall to address its deterioration
East Gippsland Shire Council is remediating the deteriorating Bastion Point rock wall to enhance safety and preserve coastal infrastructure, prioritising community engagement.

East Gippsland Shire Council makes the expanded mobile library service permanent following successful trial
East Gippsland Shire Council makes expanded mobile library service permanent, maintaining library and customer service centre opening hours after successful trial and positive community feedback.

Community feedback wanted on Bairnsdale 2050 co-design workshop on 20 April at Bairnsdale RSL
Residents are invited to participate in the Bairnsdale 2050 initiative, contributing ideas for the town's future growth and development at a co-design workshop on April 20. Limited spots, register online.

Lakes Entrance Foreshore Park and Krauatungalung Walk Stage starts development of boardwalk from 15 April 2024
East Gippsland Shire Council will initiate Lakes Entrance Foreshore Park and Krauatungalung Walk Stage-1 boardwalk developments on April 15, 2024, enriching community experiences and solidifying Lakes Entrance as a premier destination.

Cann River environmental projects enhance ecosystems and floodplain health
Environmental projects along the Cann River enhance ecosystems and floodplain health. The Cann River Landcare Group and East Gippsland CMA contribute to community partnerships, supported by Victorian government funding.

Bullock Island rejuvenation first stage complete and further enhances Lakes Entrance as premier tourist destination
East Gippsland Shire Council completes Stage 1 of Bullock Island Masterplan, enhancing amenities and infrastructure for visitors, supporting Lakes Entrance appeal as a tourist destination.

Fiona Weigall appointed Chief Executive Officer of East Gippsland Shire Council on a five-year contract after rigorous nationwide search
Fiona Weigall appointed Chief Executive Officer of East Gippsland Shire Council after thorough nationwide search. Mayor highlights her local roots and leadership qualities. She emphasises community engagement and service delivery.

Commercial review of Livestock Exchange to prioritise industry and community needs being done by East Gippsland Shire Council
East Gippsland Shire Council will conduct a commercial review of the Livestock Exchange, prioritising industry and community needs. No decisions until report completion; consultant engagement ensures impartiality and stakeholder involvement.

Educational tours on Wallagaraugh River that highlight waterway health projects hosted by East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
The East Gippsland CMA organised educational tours on the Wallagaraugh River, showcasing waterway health and local projects. Participants explored lush areas, learning about flora, fauna, and bushfire recovery efforts.

Digital workshops for East Gippsland remote businesses covering cybersecurity, e-commerce and marketing from 16 April to 7 May 2024
Council will host digital skills workshops in remote areas, aiding small businesses to thrive in the digital age. Topics include cybersecurity, e-commerce, and marketing. One-on-one mentoring will follow. Register online or contact GippsTech.

Locals enjoy evening cruise on Tambo River with East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority to learn about river health projects
Locals joined an evening cruise on the Tambo River, hosted by the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (CMA), learning about river health projects, including bank stabilisation and Gippsland Lakes initiatives.

Bairnsdale arts precinct has feasibility plan completed by East Gippsland Shire Council
Council concludes a feasibility plan for an arts precinct in Bairnsdale's CBD, with the goal of establishing a vibrant cultural hub. Collaboration and funding efforts underscore the commitment to community engagement and cultural enhancement.

Join East Gippsland community in shaping future and addressing key challenges ahead through Bairnsdale 2050 project
By 2050, Bairnsdale is projected to grow to 26,800 residents, with 10,000 more people and 3,500 additional jobs expected. Join the Bairnsdale 2050 project to shape the city's future.

Sinkhole repairs underway at Woodglen water storage basin by McInnes Earthmoving
Repair works are ongoing at East Gippsland Water's Woodglen Water Treatment facility to address sinkholes in the storage basin. The project aims to enhance safety and maintain water quality for customers.

Resilient telecommunications part of visit from Telstra CEO Vicki Brady in East Gippsland
Collaborative efforts of East Gippsland Shire Council and Telstra persisted, featuring a visit from CEO Vicki Brady and her team, alongside representatives from NBNCo. Discussions highlighted storm-related outages, with focus on community needs.

Lindenow South completes $1M footpaths project that links school and reserve promoting safety and active lifestyles
Lindenow South celebrates completion of $1 million footpaths project connecting school and reserve, enhancing safety, community spirit, and active lifestyles. Supported by government funding, fostering local well-being and connectivity.

New inflatable obstacles for kids are at Gippsland Regional Sports Complex from 5 April 2024 with two-hour sessions and safety supervision
East Gippsland Shire Council responds to trader feedback by adding nine parking spaces to Nicholson Street Mall precinct in Bairnsdale, enhancing access and supporting the local economy.

East Gippsland Omeo Mountain Bike Traffic resume trail construction despite recent wild storm damage
Despite the holiday break, the Common Ground team resumed trail construction in early January. Several trails, including XC10 Up and Down, are nearing completion, despite storm damage delaying progress. Scheduled to open next month.

East Gippsland recovery committee volunteers and leaders are acknowledged in final progress report on regional wild storm recovery
Mayor Cr Tom Crook praised volunteers and community leaders in East Gippsland Shire Council's final Bushfire Recovery Progress Report, highlighting community-driven initiatives and ongoing support for rebuilding efforts.

Mayor Tom Crook praised volunteers, emergency services and East Gippsland Shire Council staff for post-wild storm efforts
Commending the collective effort of volunteers, emergency services and council staff. Effective planning facilitated a swift response, including road clearance, community support, and free waste disposal.

Registrations are open in East Gippsland for Clean Up Australia Day 2024 that will be held on 3 March 2024
Clean Up Australia Day on March 3 encourages East Gippsland communities to combat litter. Register at cleanup.org.au for free kits. Council supports waste disposal. Let's preserve our region's beauty together.

East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority congratulates Rex Candy for receiving Public Service Medal for his waterway contributions
River management innovator Rex Candy honoured for 25 years enhancing East Gippsland rivers, aiding community resilience, and leading rehabilitation efforts post-floods and fires.

East Gippsland Shire Council begins CEO search with Davidson agency
East Gippsland Shire Council initiates the search for a new CEO, emphasising community engagement, sustainability, and financial viability. Experienced agency Davidson is enlisted, with interim leadership in place.

East Gippsland Shire Council urges drivers to adhere to reduced speed limits for child safety during school hours
East Gippsland Shire Council urges road users to drive cautiously during school hours, observing speed limits and pedestrian crossings. Parents are reminded to teach children road safety. New crossings planned for Bairnsdale Secondary College.

East Gippsland Shire Council advocated and attended opening of Off the Wharf cafe operated by Lakes Entrance Fishermen
East Gippsland Shire Council hosted events, initiated advocacy, and attended the opening of Lakes Entrance Fishermen Limited's Off the Wharf cafe, gaining recognition for various local projects.

Magees Gully to have endangered wildlife better protected as East Gippsland community and agencies meet to sharing conservation ideas
Community members and local agencies gathered to discuss preserving Magees Gully, vital for endangered wildlife near Bairnsdale. Despite rain, 32 attendees shared ideas for conservation, including weed control and water quality testing.

East Gippsland Shire Council bids farewell to CEO Anthony Basford and acknowledges his exemplary leadership during bushfire and lockdowns
CEO Anthony Basford bids farewell from East Gippsland Shire Council, recognized for outstanding leadership during challenges such as bushfires and COVID-19. An interim CEO is appointed, with the recruitment process scheduled for February 6.

East Gippsland Australia Day Awards to be held at Eagle Point Foreshore Hub on 20 January 2024 with keynote from Adam Bloem
East Gippsland Shire Council's Australia Day Awards ceremony on January 20 at Eagle Point Foreshore Hub will feature entertainment, ceremonies, and a keynote address by Australia Day Ambassador Adam Bloem.

East Gippsland Shire Council disappointed by 2.75% rate cap for 2024/25 and will be challenged to upkeep services due to increased charges
East Gippsland Shire Council expresses disappointment at the 2.75% rate increase cap for 2024-25, citing challenges in maintaining services efficiently amid higher government charges, seeking public input for the upcoming budget.

ASBIG Business Growth Program by East Gippsland Shire Council celebrates successful completion for 2023
Success in ASBIG Program Celebration for Local Business Growth by East Gippsland Shire Council.

Eagle Point Foreshore Hub opens featuring modern facilities and a deck overlooking Lake King
Eagle Point Foreshore Hub opens, featuring community meeting rooms, playground, cafe, and lakeside views, enhancing the area into a vibrant meeting place.

East Gippsland Shire Council holds post-Boxing Day storm meeting in Buchan with focus on recovery coordination and infrastructure repair
East Gippsland Shire Council led a post-Boxing Day Storm meeting in Buchan, collaborating with the local association for recovery updates and community involvement in cleanup and planning.

Buchan's flash floods from rain deluge of 88mm in an hour has Mayor Crook expressing condolences for lives lost
Mayor Crook lamented Buchan's flash floods, expressing condolences for the lives lost. Extreme rain damaged roads, necessitating relief efforts and the closure of Buchan Caves Reserve. He praised responders and urged caution.

Exercise caution at unpatrolled spots at Mallacoota beaches as December storms have altered Bastion Point
December storms altered Bastion Point beach, prompting its closure. Mallacoota offers alternative beaches like Betka, Quarry, and Secret Beach. Check Life Saving Victoria's website for details.

Christmas message 2023 from East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Tom Crook
Mayor of East Gippsland Shire Cr Tom Crook, delivers Christmas message.

Interim report on service centres and libraries shows usage trends with decision to come from full report
East Gippsland Shire Council released interim data from the 12-month trial on service centres and libraries, outlining usage trends. The data doesn't determine future decisions; a full report follows trial completion.

Omeo Mountain Bike Trails has impressive new sections open in time for Christmas 2023
Trail network's completion contract signed at the council meeting. Common Ground Trails awarded Stage D. Entire network under contract, funded by a $3.2M state grant. Construction prep in progress.

East Gippsland Shire Council adopts housing strategy to support growth, affordability and diversity promoting housing types for all needs
East Gippsland Shire Council adopts Housing and Settlement Strategy, aiming for diverse, sustainable housing while preparing for growth. Future steps involve planning scheme amendments and community feedback opportunities.

East Gippsland Shire Council prioritises repairs to flood damage roads and pauses road management plans until 30 March 2024
Council suspends Road Management Plan to address flood-damaged roads, ensuring continued use despite temporary deviations from maintenance standards, prioritising community safety and repairs.

East Gippsland Shire Council Agriculture Committee adds experts Emily Richardson, Edward Mauger and Wayne Dredge to promote prosperity
Council's Agriculture Sector Advisory Committee welcomed Emily Richardson, Edward Mauger, and Wayne Dredge, adding expertise to promote regional agriculture's prosperity. Recent discussions covered biosecurity and workforce challenges.

East Gippsland schools get biodiversity sessions with live wildlife encounters care of Black Snake Production
East Gippsland CMA partners with Black Snake Productions, involving schools in biodiversity presentations with live wildlife, encouraging conservation.

Tour of fish habitats crafted from natural materials for local anglers held by East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
East Gippsland CMA-led tour exploring fish habitats created through innovative methods like repurposing natural materials. Collaborative efforts enhance waterways for thriving native fish populations, benefiting recreational anglers.

Gippsland teachers met at Nakunbalook to collaborate on sustainability education as part of ResourceSmart Schools program
Teachers from Gippsland met at Nakunbalook Centre, engaging in Sustainability Victoria ResourceSmart Schools Program, collaborating on waste management, curriculum integration, and eco-projects toward a sustainable future.

Anthony Basford resigns as East Gippsland Shire Council CEO accepting position at City of Greater Geelong
Anthony Basford resigns as CEO of East Gippsland Shire Council. Mayor praises his leadership during crises. Basford acknowledges honour, highlighting community support. He's accepted a position at City of Greater Geelong.

Waste reduction during festive season promoted by East Gippsland Shire Council
East Gippsland urges waste reduction during the festive season, advocating mindful shopping, sustainable gifts, local support, recycling, and responsible disposal, with altered bin collection schedules during Christmas.

East Gippsland Council presses pledge for native seedling nursery to be fulfilled by Allen Labor government
Council urges the Victorian government to honour its pledge for a native seedling nursery, emphasising the unfulfilled commitment and the crucial need for support in light of broken promises affecting the region's future prosperity.

Bairnsdale Outdoor Pool maintenance issues in shell and plumbing problems moves opening for summer to 26 December 2023
East Gippsland Shire Council aims for a Dec 26 pool opening, addressing maintenance issues. Updates will be provided, though certainty isn't assured. Bairnsdale indoor pool is open for alternative swimming options.

Jason Connelly and Douglas Sward of Orbost Airport receive 2023 National Small Regional Aerodrome award for 2023
East Gippsland Orbost Airport, overseen by the council, won the National Small Regional Aerodrome title twice at AAA's 2023 Industry Awards, showcasing excellence in safety, innovation, and community dedication.

Bairnsdale Joey Scouts help build frog hotels and get educated on local species and conservation
Bairnsdale Joey Scouts partnered with East Gippsland Catchment Management to build frog hotels, educating about local species while fostering conservation awareness in an engaging activity for youth.

Local young photographers from bushfire recovery project attended Resilient Australia Awards 2023 and conclude the Sarsfield Snaps project
Local young photographers in a bushfire recovery project joined a national resilience award ceremony in Perth. The awards honour initiatives enhancing community resilience against natural hazards.

Mayor Tom Crook acknowledges East Gippsland CRC volunteers including Jim Stevenson for pivotal role in post-bushfire recovery
East Gippsland's CRC volunteers were honoured for their pivotal role in post-bushfire recovery, recognized by Mayor Crook, celebrating resilience and dedication in community rebuilding efforts since 2019.

Gippsland Lakes being rejuvenated with planting of Zostera-mulleri to restore seagrass critical to local ecology
East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority is planting Zostera mulleri in Gippsland Lakes, using rhizomes to grow seagrass kebabs, aiming to restore vital habitats. Monitoring progress for ecological rejuvenation.

Nominations for East Gippsland Australia Day Awards 2024 close by 3 December 2023
Nominate remarkable community contributors for the 2024 East Gippsland Australia Day Awards by Dec 3. Recognize individuals, youth leaders, and outstanding events showcasing community spirit.

East Gippsland Shire Council encourages young residents to apply for Youth Ambassadors program 2023-24
East Gippsland Shire Council seeks 12-25-year-olds from the area for its Youth Ambassadors program, offering leadership opportunities, event organisation, and a chance to shape the community with tailored support.

Shaving Point ramp gets $577k revamp grant from Better Boating Victoria and East Gippsland Council
The upgraded Shaving Point Boat Ramp in Metung, funded by Better Boating Victoria and East Gippsland Shire Council, aims to improve boating experiences, reduce congestion, and enhance safety and accessibility.

Omeo bike trails to expand another 23 km by December 2023 making them 100km long in total
The Omeo Mountain Bike Trails will double by December, adding 13 km to the existing 10km beginner trail. With over 20 km available this summer, the project aims for 100km, meeting national cycling standards.

East Gippsland Council seeks local input as part of contest to centralization of housing planning to Victorian government
East Gippsland Council criticises Victoria's housing planning shift to Minister's control, eliminating public appeal, urging consultation and disputing effectiveness in addressing housing crisis.

East Gippsland Shire Council criticises Victorian government decision altering planning rules for major developments decision-making transferred to Planning Minister
Minister will decide major housing projects over $15 million, no public appeal rights. Changes also affect other developments. East Gippsland Council opposes, citing lack of consultation and potential disenfranchisement.

Omeo Holiday Park gets revamp with self-contained units and facilities upgraded post-flood recovery from new operators Hotham Operations
Mayor Crook hailed the five-year lease as a milestone for Omeo Holiday Park. Post-flood recovery and upgrades, led by Hotham Operations, aim to elevate guest experiences with enhanced facilities.

Incontinence product bins in most popular male restrooms in East Gippsland Shire in support of BINS4Blokes campaign
East Gippsland Shire Council installed seven incontinence product disposal bins across popular male restrooms as part of BINS4Blokes, aiming to raise awareness of male incontinence and enhance East Gippsland residents' wellbeing.

Kim Allan, Bridget Potts and Bryce Watts-Parker from East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority attend Wise Waterways Workshop 2023
Three East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (CMA) representatives journeyed to Beechworth for the 23rd Wise Waterways Workshop, engaging in five days of learning, practical fieldwork, and collaborative presentations.

East Gippsland Community Road Safety Group working hard to reduce road trauma and address high-risk driving behaviours
A road safety coalition partners with East Gippsland Shire Council, Victoria Police, and community organisations to diminish road trauma. They tackle high-risk behaviours and collaborate on various safety initiatives.

East Gippsland Youth Art Prize 2023 celebrates young talents and gives local creatives platform for exposure and community connection
East Gippsland Youth Art Prize celebrates local young artists aged 12-25. Mayor Tom Crook praised the high-quality artworks, emphasising their positive impact on youth development.

Mallacoota Service Center Storytime returns to engage children and parents in crocodile-themed activities
Mallacoota Service Centre Storytime sessions made a successful return, drawing 16 children and seven parents for crocodile-themed activities, including storytelling and craft. Sessions cater to children aged 2 to 5.

East Gippsland Shire Council supports launch of Victorian Container Deposit Scheme on 1 November 2023 for promoting responsible disposal and recycling
East Gippsland Shire Council anticipates the launch of the Container Deposit Scheme on November 1. Six collection sites are established to promote recycling and reduce littering in the environment.

Orbost Outdoor Pool opens 2023/24 season with swim lessons, fitness classes, season passes and free entry on Fridays
Orbost Outdoor Pool welcomes the season with exciting offerings, including swim lessons, fitness classes, and season passes. Reciprocal access to other facilities is introduced. Free Entry Fridays and an Open Day are part of the lineup.

Cann River to have outdated infrastructure replaced as part of East Gippsland Shire Council drive to revive town
Mayor Cr. Tom Crook highlights projects for Cann River, including skate park upgrades, accessible toilets, footpaths, and parking improvements. Various funding sources support these vital initiatives.

Marveloo portable accessible toilet from Australian MotoGP to be setup at Cann River for Monaro and Princes highways users
Marveloo, typically in Lakes Entrance, enhanced accessibility at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in October. Despite transport delays, it's returning this week, marking its first move since being donated for bushfire recovery.

Tom Crook elected Mayor and Jane Greacen as Deputy Mayor of East Gippsland Shire Council in October 2023
Cr. Tom Crook of Eagle Point was elected Mayor of East Gippsland Shire Council, pledged to work for a better economy, environment, community, and transparency. Cr. Jane Greacen was elected Deputy Mayor, emphasising a healthy community and country.

East Gippsland Council recognises staff service to community in 2023
East Gippsland Council's Annual All Staff Event acknowledges council staff's dedication and the organisation's evolution, highlighting their role, achievements, and the Staff Recognition Awards.

Mountain Biking East Gippsland hosts 2023/24 Victorian Downhill Mountain Bike Series in Orbost on 25 November 2023
In mid-September, trails briefly shut down for a helicopter-installed steel overpass in Livingstone Park, connecting Mt. Mesley trails. Riders are urged to report trail concerns. Victoria hosts the 2023/24 Victorian Downhill Mountain Bike Series.

New fishway along Buchan River enables threatened native Australian Grayling to inhabit areas that had become inaccessible
Buchan River's new fishway aids native fish migration past a water supply barrier, enabling Australian grayling to access previously inaccessible areas, highlights the project's success and its positive impact on threatened fish species.

East Gippsland celebrates Seniors Festival 2023 with free concert featuring singer Melissa Langton at Club Eastwood on 10 October 2023
East Gippsland seniors can enjoy Seniors Festival 2023 with a free concert featuring Melissa Langton on October 10. Bookings required via Eventbrite or Council. Various events throughout October to celebrate seniors' contributions.

Expectations on projects by mining industries clarified and environment effects statement overhauled by East Gippsland Shire Council
East Gippsland Council's Extractive Industry Position Paper focuses on community engagement, project benefits, responsible land use, and calls for reform in the environmental impact assessment process.

Bairnsdale 2050 project to help community shape future launched by East Gippsland Council
The East Gippsland Shire Council is launching the 'Bairnsdale 2050' project to shape the town's future with community input. It aims to accommodate growth, sustainability, and prosperity. Get involved now!

Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park gets dedicated website from East Gippsland Shire Council
Council launches a website dedicated to Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, enhancing visitor experience and promoting local businesses and attractions, with upcoming busy long weekend events highlighted.

East Gippsland Gymnastics Centre official opens on 9 September 2023
East Gippsland Gymnastics Centre, opened on September 9, signifies a successful expansion supported by East Gippsland Shire Council, offering more gymnastics opportunities with enhanced facilities.

East Gippsland welcomes new Australians on Australian Citizenship Day on 17 September 2023
On Australian Citizenship Day, East Gippsland joyfully marked the occasion with nine new citizens in Bairnsdale. They hail from diverse countries, and we warmly welcome them to East Gippsland. Congratulations!

Insurance dispute and funding changes affect Bairnsdale Senior Citizens
The Bairnsdale Senior Citizens didn't receive insurance money after a 2003 fire. The funds were used for a Bairnsdale City Oval upgrade, and a co-tenancy agreement was established.

Cancellation of Barry Sheene Tribute Ride by Australian Grand Prix Corporation disheartens East Gippsland Shire Council
Acting Mayor Cr Arthur Allen expressed disappointment as the Barry Sheene Tribute Ride, a beloved event for nearly two decades, ends. It attracted thousands of visitors and benefited the local economy.

Concerns over new Kmart in Bairnsdale being responsible for public toilets being investigated by East Gippsland Shire Council
The Council's Acting GM, Alba Elling, clarifies that public toilets in the new Kmart are the building owner's responsibility. Public concerns are acknowledged and addressed.

Sphagnum Bogs and Fens alpine peatlands in Gippsland play a vital role as water reservoirs and sanctuaries for wildlife
Parks Victoria led a five-year project with partners, experts, and volunteers across three regions to protect Victoria's Alpine Peatlands. Focused on invasive species control, management, and research, emphasising the importance of collaboration.

Improvements to Jemmy's Point Lookout in Lakes Entrance start with Rotary Park area getting new facilities and walking trails
East Gippsland Shire Council enhances Jemmy's Point Lookout in Lakes Entrance. Planned improvements at Rotary Park include facilities, picnic areas, and a walking trail for visitors, aligning with community input.

Gippsland Jobs Expo coming to Cremin Hall in Bairnsdale on 24 August 2023 Council to bring together job seekers and employers
East Gippsland Jobs Expo Bairnsdale on August 24, organised by East Gippsland Shire Council and East Gippsland Marketing Inc, connects job seekers and local employers, offering positions, information, and networking opportunities.

Promoting better drought management practices with Sowing the Gap project in East Gippsland
Initiative facilitated knowledge sharing through stories and videos, promoting better drought management practices. The project was supported by various entities, including the Australian government's Future Drought Fund.

Livingstone Park upgrades for Omeo mountain bike trails and Holiday Park lease expressions of interest by 30 August 2023
East Gippsland Council update on the Omeo mountain bike trails for July 2023.

Four projects for Gippsland Lakes to be delivered by East Gippsland Landcare Network with Nicholson River and Romawi Landcare
Landcare is an inspired movement that has transformed landscapes. This National Landcare Week, we pay tribute to Landcarers everywhere - especially those working for the health of the Gippsland Lakes.

Rural aid volunteers commended for supporting flood-hit farmers in East Gippsland
Rural Aid volunteers praised for assisting flood-affected Snowy River farmers near Orbost, with tasks including maintenance, fencing, and planting. East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor lauds their solidarity and dedication.

Progress update WORLD Sporting Precinct in Bairnsdale from East Gippsland Shire Council
Ongoing work with completed parts, netball courts nearly finished pending safety installations. Key power supply milestone awaits. Netball pavilion set for June 2024 completion, soccer fields in design stages.

Lakes Entrance celebrates recognition as finalist in prestigious Victorian Top Tourism Town Award
Lakes Entrance celebrates as finalist in 2023 TAC Victorian Top Tourism Town Award, praised for nature, culture, and charm. Congrats to Ballarat, and commitment to eco-friendly tourism highlighted.

East Gippsland welcomes 17 new citizens from seven countries in July 2023 by Mayor Cr Mark Reeves
East Gippsland hosts citizenship ceremonies for 17 new Australian citizens from seven countries. Mayor Cr Mark Reeves expresses joy in welcoming them to the region.

Agriculture Leadership Program to support economic recovery and resilience in the farming sector launched by East Gippsland Shire Council
East Gippsland Shire Council will reconsider a draft Rural Land Use Strategy to support agriculture while protecting the environment. The strategy allows for dwellings if necessary for farming activities.

Rural Land Use Strategy to be consider by East Gippsland Shire Council with aim to balance agricultural support and environmental protection
East Gippsland Shire Council will reconsider a draft Rural Land Use Strategy to support agriculture while protecting the environment. The strategy allows for dwellings if necessary for farming activities.

Swifts Creek economic future to be boost as Local Development Strategy Project Manager engages community to transition from timber
Swifts Creek's economic future gets a boost with Alyce Richards as Local Development Strategy Project Manager, engaging the community for ideas and support in transitioning from a timber-linked economy.

East Gippsland Shire Council launches Essential Safety Measures campaign to promote building safety and compliance
East Gippsland Shire Council launches a campaign to improve safety measures in commercial buildings, conducting audits and providing guidance for compliance and community well-being.

Omeo Mountain Bike Trails has 10km currently open and 20km built and getting ready to open with more trails coming
The Common Ground crew has completed about 30 km of trails, with 10km currently open for public use. More trails are set to open before Christmas 2023. Riders of all ages are enjoying the trails, including visitors from the Mornington Peninsula.

East Gippsland Shire Council approves 2023/24 Budget and described by Mayor Cr Mark Reeves as responsible, equitable and beneficial
The East Gippsland Shire Council has approved its 2023/24 Budget, described by Mayor Cr Mark Reeves as responsible, equitable, and beneficial for East Gippsland.

Mallacoota Waste Transfer Station art installations removed due to safety concerns
East Gippsland Shire Council reduced art installations at Mallacoota Waste Transfer Station due to safety and operational guidelines. Recycling is encouraged, but site aesthetics must align with waste management purposes.

East Gippsland Shire Council get $1.2M for disaster preparedness from National Emergency Management Agency grants
The federal government's National Emergency Management Agency has granted $1.2 million to East Gippsland Shire Council for disaster preparedness and community resilience.

Adopt abandoned pets from Animal Aid Bairnsdale by local community urged by East Gippsland Shire Council
East Gippsland Council urges locals to foster or adopt pets from Animal Aid Bairnsdale, emphasising the impact of providing a loving home and supporting their mission.

East Gippsland Council advocates regional priorities such as biodiversity and insurance at National General Assembly
East Gippsland Shire Council successfully advocated for five motions at the National General Assembly, focusing on climate change, biodiversity, funding, and insurance reforms.

Youth Agritech Expo showcases agricultural technology and inspires students to pursue farming careers in East Gippsland
The Youth Agritech Expo in East Gippsland attracted 188 students, offering interactive experiences and showcasing agricultural technology to inspire future careers in farming.

Dog attacks being addressed by East Gippsland Council and implementing measures to promote responsible pet ownership
East Gippsland Council responds to increased dog attacks by promoting responsible pet ownership, enforcing leash regulations, and actively patrolling public areas to ensure public safety.

Exciting news: East Gippsland reserved forest with mountain bike trails now officially called Bingo-Munjie Park
The reserved forest where the mountain bike trails are located has been officially gazetted as Bingo-Munjie Park. Council will manage the trails, and a Trails Coordinator position will be advertised.

New operator for Orbost Caravan Park after early lease termination sought urgently by East Gippsland Shire Council
Finding a new tenant for Orbost Caravan Park is a priority as the current leaseholder requested an early release. Council aims to reopen the park soon through a tender process.

East Gippsland electric vehicle charging network launched at Sunrise Rotary Electric Vehicle Expo in Bairnsdale on 20 May 2023
East Gippsland Shire Council Deputy Mayor Cr Arthur Allen proudly unveiled the region's EV charging network during an Electric Vehicle Expo, promoting sustainable transportation and encouraging community adoption.

East Gippsland is first certified ECO Destination in Victoria and recognised for its sustainable practices and nature-based tourism
East Gippsland becomes Victoria's first certified ECO Destination, recognized for its commitment to sustainable tourism and exceptional nature-based experiences.

One Gippsland highly regarded by East Gippsland Shire Council as peak leading regional body advocating Gippsland
East Gippsland Shire Council values its membership in One Gippsland, a regional advocacy body, to champion the interests of the region, including priorities like infrastructure, tourism, and industry support.

East Gippsland Shire Council criticises Andrews Labor government decision to accelerate the end of native timber harvesting
East Gippsland Shire Council expresses concerns about inadequate support for affected workers and communities.

Metung Shaving Point Boat Ramp gets $809k for major upgrade through Better Boating Victoria grant
Metung Shaving Point Boat Ramp will undergo a major upgrade, including the replacement of ramps and jetties, remediation works, and input from the community.

East Gippsland Shire Council Economic Development Advisory Committee appoints local leaders for 2023
13 local leaders have been appointed to East Gippsland Shire Council's Economic Development Advisory Committee to support businesses and tourism and deliver on council's action plan.

Expressions of Interest for East Gippsland Agriculture Sector Advisory Committee open until 24 May 2023
Applications for three positions on East Gippsland Shire Council's Agriculture Sector Advisory Committee are open to experienced community members with interest and experience in the sector.

Feedback wanted on East Gippsland Shire Council 2023/24 Budget and related planning documents by 31 May 2023
Feedback sought by East Gippsland Shire Council on Budget 2023/24, Financial Plan & Revenue/Rating Plan from 3 to 31 May 2023.

Mayor Mark Reeves commended the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who tirelessly serve East Gippsland community
From May 15-21, East Gippsland will celebrate National Volunteer Week, recognizing the vital role of volunteers in building and strengthening the community.

Youth Agritech Expo in Bairnsdale and Sale from May 15-17 to provide free workshops and activities for students parents and teachers
The Youth Agritech Expo, supported by education providers, offers free workshops and activities for the next generation of agricultural leaders in Bairnsdale and Sale from May 15-17.

East Gippsland kids with diagnosed sensory conditions now get special kits from local Emergency Relief Centers
East Gippsland Emergency Relief Centers now provide Sensory Kits to support children with sensory conditions. These kits include tools such as visuals, tents, and headphones to reduce anxiety levels.

Electric vehicle 50kW fast charging stations are being installed across East Gippsland to make shire EV friendly
East Gippsland Shire Council is installing a network of seven 50kW fast chargers for electric vehicles across the shire, benefiting EV owners, visitors, and local businesses.

New Omeo bike trails offering beginner and intermediate cross-country and gravity runs
Riders and walkers gave overwhelmingly positive feedback on the Omeo trails. Local walkers were excited to explore the southern side of Livingstone Creek.

First Environmental Upgrade Agreement made with Patties Foods, Charter-Hall and Sustainable Australia Fund for energy-efficient LED installs
East Gippsland Shire Council, Patties Foods, and Sustainable Australia Fund have struck an EUA to install LED lighting and reduce emissions in Patties' production facilities.

Nominations for East Gippsland Volunteer Honour Roll for National Volunteer Week open until 10 May 2023
East Gippsland Shire Council seeks nominations for its Volunteer Honour Roll, recognizing residents' voluntary contributions annually during National Volunteer Week. Nominations close May 10.

Mental health services continue for bushfire-affected East Gippslanders with $1.3M funding from Resilience and Recovery Program
East Gippsland Shire Council secured $1.335 million for mental health services in bushfire-affected communities until 2024, in partnership with Gippsland PHN.

Cat owners urged to comply with containment rules and offers discount desexing to help protect wildlife in East Gippsland Shire
Residents in East Gippsland are reminded to keep their cats confined to their premises to protect wildlife and reduce risks to cats, as mandated in the council's Domestic Animal Management Plan 2021-25.

East Gippslanders given mobile accessible restroom called Marveloo from Maroondah City Council
Maroondah City Council donated Marveloo, a mobile accessible restroom, to East Gippsland, providing accessible bathroom facilities for visitors until a permanent Changing Places facility is constructed.

Feedback wanted on Recreational Vehicle Friendly accreditation for Orbost by 23 April 2023
Recreational Vehicle (RV) Friendly accreditation for Orbost is on the table, and East Gippsland Shire Council wants to know your thoughts.

East Gippsland Shire Council presses federal ministers on local infrastructure and housing priorities
East Gippsland Shire Council advocates for infrastructure, housing, and disaster funding needs in online meetings with federal MPs in Canberra.

East Gippslanders urged to report any illegal waste disposal as waste dumping increases
Reports of illegal waste dumping have increased in East Gippsland, with fines of up to $5,548 for companies. Residents are urged to report any incidents and use council's waste disposal services.

East Gippsland beginner and intermediate trails with Livingstone Creek views to be completed by Easter 2023
10 km of trails near completion, with ongoing construction on other sections. Trail crossover structure and Oriental Claims Bridge construction underway.

Community input wanted on housing and rural land use to best accommodate growing population by East Gippsland Council
Strategies aim to balance growth with preservation, improve towns, and optimise services while minimising costs to the community.

VCAT orders proposed Gauge Track waste transfer station process to be re-started with Cann River community by East Gippsland Shire Council
East Gippsland Shire Council will re-engage with the Cann River community on the provision of waste services in the district.

Hinnomunjie Bridge in Omeo Valley advocated by East Gippsland Council to for heritage support
Parts of the heritage listed Hinnomunjie Bridge in the Omeo Valley need large-scale repair or replacement to ensure the bridge's historical values are maintained and retained.

East Gippsland Shire speaks at bank closures inquiry held in Sale on 2 March 2023
East Gippsland Shire Council has advocated for its community at the Inquiry into Bank Closures in Regional Australia.

One Gippsland chairman election won by East Gippsland Mayor Mark Reeves
East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor, Cr Mark Reeves has been elected Chair of One Gippsland - a peak regional advocacy body representing Gippsland.

Works on Club Terrace building with $705,028 funding from Resources Black Summer Grant Program starts March 2023
Club Terrace locals have welcomed the news that East Gippsland Shire Council has awarded a contract for the construction of a new community facility.

Orbost Outdoor Pool to extend weekend operating hours for due in response to community demand
Orbost Outdoor Pool will extend its weekend opening hours until the end of the swim season.

Natural gas cost impact Orbost and Lakes Entrance communities as they now pay nearly double
East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Cr Mark Reeves said increasingly unmanageable costs for natural gas is impacting East Gippsland households and businesses.

Lakes Entrance old slipway redevelopment set to be completed by July 2023
Redevelopment of the old Slipway in Lakes Entrance as an open space for public use has recommenced, with a likely completion date of July this year.

Gippsland Critical Minerals (formerly Kalbar Resources) rescopes Fingerboards mineral sands mine project in East Gippsland
East Gippsland Shire Council is aware from recent media reports that Gippsland Critical Minerals (formerly Kalbar Resources) has been rescoping the Fingerboards mineral sands mine project.

East Gippsland welcomes disaster funding review to ensure government investment in disaster funding is fit-for-purpose
East Gippsland welcomes disaster funding review.

East Gippsland Succession Expo to help family farms in Omeo on 14 February and Buchan 15 February 2023
East Gippsland Shire Council is helping farmers tackle farm succession by hosting The Succession Expo: Family, Farm, Finance, Future, in Omeo on Tuesday 14 February and Buchan on Wednesday 15 February.

Register and help 'Clean Up Australia Day' event in East Gippsland on 5 March 2023
East Gippsland Shire Council is encouraging everyone to 'Step Up to Clean Up' and make a difference to your community this Clean Up Australia Day - Sunday, March 5.

East Gippsland welcomes new citizens at 2023 Australia Day citizenship ceremony
East Gippsland's newest citizens have been officially welcomed at an Australia Day citizenship ceremony this morning in Bairnsdale.

Slip Road Maritime Precinct in Paynesville delayed and to restart in July 2023
Onsite works at the Slip Road Maritime Precinct in Paynesville have been delayed and are expected to restart this July.

East Gippsland Australia Day Award recipients announced at Newlands Arm Community Centre on 21 January 2023
East Gippsland Australia Day Award recipients announced.

East Gippsland Council reminds pet owners to update their cat or dogs details by 16 February 2023
Reminder to pet owners to register or update details of their pets.

Helen Martin is 2023 East Gippsland Australia Day Awards ceremony ambassador
2023 East Gippsland Shire Council, Australia Day Awards is a ticketed event and must be booked prior to the day with speaker Helen Martin.

Community feedback needed for draft East Gippsland Culture and Creativity Strategy by 27 January 2023
Organisations and individuals working in creative and cultural fields, and the community members who support them, are the focus of a new draft strategy for East Gippsland Shire Council.

East Gippsland rural and housing issues community feedback sought by 3 February 2023
East Gippsland Shire Council has welcomed community feedback to date on two important plans to guide the future of rural land use and the growth of towns in East Gippsland over the next 20 years.

East Gippsland Council hosts 2023 Australia Day Awards in Newlands Arm Community Centre on 21 January 2023
Community members, groups and event organisers who have done great things for our region will be celebrated at the East Gippsland Australia Day Awards in Newlands Arm this month.

East Gippsland tourism shown to have bounced back in national and international visitors according to Australian 2022 report
The surge in national and international visitors brings renewed hope of a strong recovery in the tourism sector and an economic boost across East Gippsland.

East Gippsland new Seed Library now in Bairnsdale
East Gippsland Shire Mayor, Cr Mark Reeves, Bairnsdale Library staff, community member Grace McCaughey and volunteers launch the Seed Library in December.

East Gippsland Shire Council strengthens the region through Economic Development Strategy
A new strategy to strengthen the region's economy and support existing and emerging industries has been adopted by East Gippsland Shire Council.

East Gippsland releases recovery from 2019-20 bushfires report showing still more to be done
East Gippsland Shire Council has released its third progress report on the region's recovery from the 2019-20 bushfires.

A Christmas message from East Gippsland Mayor Mark Reeves
Christmas message from East Gippsland mayor

East Gippsland Council releases their third instalment of Bushfire Recovery Progress Report showing rebuilding is a challenge
East Gippsland Shire Council has released its third progress report on the region's recovery from the 2019-20 East Gippsland Bushfires.

Everyone please share and not overstay in car parking spaces requested by East Gippsland Shire Council
This holiday season, East Gippsland Shire Council is asking everyone to think of others when parking your sleigh.

Tips to help planet with recycling and improving sustainability over Christmas from East Gippsland Shire Council
Things we can do during the holidays to keep sustainability and the environment.

Young People, Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding Communities project in East Gippsland shares in $10M from Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants
Young East Gippslanders from areas hit by the Black Summer bushfires are leading recovery and preparedness efforts in their communities thanks to a $10 million, multi-council project.

Kyra Collins named Young Planner of the Year at Planning Institute of Australia Awards 2022 as East Gippsland Shire Council Planning Officer
Victoria's top accolade for a young planning professional has been awarded to East Gippsland Shire Council Planning Officer Kyra Collins.

East Gippsland Youth Art Prize winning piece to be displayed at Forge Theatre and Arts Hub
Some of the region's top young artistic talent was recently on display at the Forge Theatre and Arts Hub as part of the 2022 East Gippsland Youth Art Prize.

Orbost Outdoor Pool opens 2022/23 season with record number of enrolled swimming lessons
Three East Gippsland Shire Council instructors ensured the first Learn to Swim lesson went swimmingly last week and provided much-needed aquatic safety training for the young participants.

East Gippsland Shire Council calls on Andrews Labor government for speedy resolution on native timber harvesting
The Supreme Court judgement has had a significant impact on native timber harvesting in East Gippsland and is placing significant pressure on local businesses, families and communities.

Five service centre and libraries in East Gippsland will trial new opening hours and monitor community use
East Gippsland Shire Council will be trialing new opening hours at its service centres and libraries during a 12-month trial that will monitor community use.

Orbost and Marlo hold Flood relief and recovery community information sessions on 10 November 2022
Community information sessions will be held in Orbost and Marlo this Thursday, November 10, to discuss recent flood events and the outlook for the Snowy River catchment.

Shaving Point will receive a $1.5M facelift as election commitment from Victorian Nationals
Shaving Point will receive a $1.5 million upgrade if the Liberals and Nationals are successful at the November election.

Australia Day Awards 2023 nominations for East Gippsland closing 30 November 2022
It's that time of year again - time to nominate inspiring individuals for the East Gippsland Australia Day Awards.

Applications for East Gippsland Community Projects Grants and Arts and Heritage Grants programs are now open
More than $72,000 will be handed out to 16 groups and organisations in round one of the 2022-23 East Gippsland Shire Council 'Community Projects Grants' and 'Arts and Heritage Grants' programs.

Construction of Buchan Main Street and Linkages Pathway Project kicks off on 7 November 2022
Work on a pathway linking Buchan with its most popular tourism drawcard, the extraordinary limestone Buchan Caves, kicks off Monday 7 November.

Emerging Tourism Events Mentoring Program: Pathway to Growth applications for funding close November 30 2022
Council is encouraging event organisers to join the Tourism Events Mentoring Program that is an excellent opportunity for tourism events.

Sarsfield to finally receives funding for their new community hall from government funding after a lot of lobbying
A resounding cheer echoed around the Sarsfield Recreation Reserve on Friday night when news was received that the heavily-bushfire impacted community had finally received funding for a new hall and development of the reserve.

Community is invited to 2022 East Gippsland Youth Art Prize at Forge Theatre and Arts Hub in Bairnsdale
Members of the public are invited to join entrants of the 2022 East Gippsland Youth Art Prize at an official ceremony to announce the winners on Thursday, October 27 in Bairnsdale.

Mark Reeves re-elected as East Gippsland Shire Mayor for second consecutive one-year term
East Gippsland Shire Council re-elected Cr Mark Reeves as Mayor, unopposed, for the next 12 months last night.

National Emergency Medals presented to dozens of East Gippsland Shire Council staff for the Black Summer Bushfires response
Local government employees have only recently been eligible to receive the National Emergency Medal and recognised as an important partner during the response to emergencies.

East Gippsland Council releases 2022 Community Satisfaction Survey
Community satisfaction survey results for 2022 have been released by East Gippsland Shire Council, which reveal that it has some work to do to achieve a better scorecard - and council says that this effort has already begun.

Bairnsdale residential hotel gets construction approval from East Gippsland Shire Council
East Gippsland Shire Council has approved construction of a Quest residential hotel in Bairnsdale, on the site of a former trade supplies yard owned by Dahlsens.

East Gippsland Shire Council expresses anger at the Municipal Association Victoria meeting held on 14 October
East Gippsland Shire Council has expressed disappointment calling for native forest timber harvesting to be phased out before the 2030 deadline.

East Gippsland Shire Council values contribution and 2022 recognition staff awards
East Gippsland Council places value on staff contribution over the recent years.

Fully funded school crossings advocated by East Gippsland Shire Council on lead up to Victorian election
East Gippsland Shire Council is advocating for the Victorian government to fully fund the school crossing supervision program.

Robert Irwin praised local children and youth as they celebrate their newly published book 'Sarsfield Snaps'
'Sarsfield Snaps' book launch and other highlights of the local project achievements.

Wetlands construction at Crooke Street in East Bairnsdale will to bring significant environmental and landowner benefits
Project to construct wetlands at 76 Crooke Street, East Bairnsdale, will have significant environmental and landowner benefits.

Local farmers reaping rewards of mentor program from East Gippsland Shire Council Agribusiness Development plan
A group of farmers have recently completed a mentoring course to help them recover from the bushfires, drought and floods.

Buchan hosts STAY accommodation expo on 16 November 2022
Accommodation operators from across the region will converge on Buchan on November 16 for STAY, the inaugural East Gippsland Accommodation Expo.

Applications open for East Gippsland Youth Ambassador Program for young people aged living, studying or working in shire
East Gippsland Shire Council is looking for young people aged 12 - 25 living, studying or working in East Gippsland to add their passion, drive and ideas to the Youth Ambassador Program.

Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre to trial sensory-friendly program for children
Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre aims to improve accessibility for children who have sensory challenges or additional needs by piloting Quiet Time, a twice-weekly one-hour program that will provide a low-stimulation aquatic environment.

Orbost Outdoor Pool has operating period extended in coming 2022/23 season
Extended Orbost Outdoor Pool season that will deliver increased access to swimming lessons and other aquatic programs.

East Gippsland Council moves to streamline planning approvals to reduce the overall processing time
A review of East Gippsland Shire Council's Planning Permit Application Delegations Policy has identified opportunities to streamline decision-making and improve the timeliness of decisions.

East Gippsland welcomes 14 new citizens on National Citizenship Day 17 September 2022
East Gippsland officially welcomed 14 of our nation's newest citizens to the community on National Citizenship Day today - Saturday, September 17.

East Gippsland Shire Council supports state-funded Local Government Circular Economy Funding Program of $120M for 4 years
East Gippsland Shire Council has thrown its support behind a push for a new State-funded Local Government Circular Economy Funding Program.

Mallacoota Airport remains open and re-introduces instrument flight procedures from 3 November 2022
The re-introduction of instrument flight procedures at Mallacoota Airport are expected to come into effect on 3 November.

Everyone is invited to Sarsfield Snaps photographers launch their own book on 7 October 2022
The Sarsfield Community Association on behalf of the Sarsfield Snaps team are really excited to share a special invitation with you, from the Sarsfield Snaps photographers.

East Gippsland councillors host community meetings across shire to review service centre and library service
Councillors will host community meetings in Paynesville, Omeo, Bairnsdale, Orbost, Lakes Entrance and Mallacoota over the next fortnight as the next step in the East Gippsland Shire Council Service Centre and Library Service Review.

Gippy Girls Can Week filled with fun activities for women and girls from 12 to 18 September 2022
Gippy Girls Can, the local version of the popular This Girl Can physical activity campaign, is on now.

East Gippsland to get emergency WiFi to boost portable telecommunication capabilities during emergencies
People living in some disaster-prone locations in our shire are now able to access more reliable communication technology during emergencies.

Over 50 businesses benefit from Shopfront Improvement Rebate Program from East Gippsland Shire Council
East Gippsland Shire Council project has seen 52 businesses across the shire improve the appearance of their shopfronts and building facades.

Update on flight procedures at Mallacoota Airport statement from East Gippsland Council and Civil Aviation Safety Authority
This is a joint statement from CASA and council and follows our commitment at a meeting on August 9 in Mallacoota to report back to the community on progress to transition the airport to certification.

East Gippsland Livestock Exchange prepares for 2022 spring sales season and maximise support for local agricultural sector
Spring sales season is in full swing at the East Gippsland Livestock Exchange and to ensure well-presented cattle and successful sales is the preparation and condition of the yards.

Grow Your Business Group Program 2022 grants 11 lean manufacturing businesses in East Gippsland with $5.4M funding
Eleven businesses in East Gippsland have collectively made $5.4 million in productivity improvements thanks to their participation in an East Gippsland Shire Council program.

Call to support home-grown musicians, venues and live music fans with East Gippsland Live and Local program
Calling all East Gippsland musicians, venues and live music fans. East Gippsland Shire Council wants you to help it foster a more lively local music scene, support home-grown talent and turn our shire into a live entertainment destination.

East Gippsland Shire Council take draft position in on Native timber harvesting in East Gippsland Paper for August 2022
East Gippsland Shire Council will consider taking a formal position on native timber harvesting at the Tuesday, August 16, council meeting.

International researchers studying impacts of extreme events on family collaborate with East Gippsland Council
International researchers have approached East Gippsland Shire Council to collaborate on worldwide research looking into the impacts of extreme events on agricultural producers.

East Gippsland Council adopts campaign calling out disrespectful behaviour and abuse by members of the community
East Gippsland Shire Council has moved to reaffirm its commitment to ensuring the health and safety of its staff, with a campaign calling out disrespectful behaviour and abuse by members of the community.

East Gippsland property owners encouraged to put secondary residences into local rental market to improve rental accommodation supply
To support those people in our community, East Gippsland Shire Council has moved to encourage property owners to put secondary properties into the local rental market.

Urgent meeting to transition Mallacoota Airport to certification held with CASA, East Gippsland Shire Council, local MPs and community
CASA and Council expect to be in a position to report back to the community and the aviation sector within two weeks on any further action required, and likely timelines to achieve certification.

East Gippsland Shire Council advocating much-needed upgrades of roads and transportation network across region
Councillors met with Department of Transport's (DoT) Gippsland representatives to discuss a number of priorities in regards to roads and transportation network across East Gippsland.

East Gippsland welcomes new citizens at Lakes Entrance Mechanic's Hall citizenship ceremony in July 2022
East Gippsland's newest citizens have been officially welcomed at Lakes Entrance Mechanic's Hall citizenship ceremony on Thursday 28 July.

East Gippsland Council ensures community that Mallacoota Airport will remain as a reliable transport hub
Council will manage and maintain the Mallacoota airport reassuring the airport users and the community that it will still be a reliable transport hub catering flight services.

East Gippsland Council approves over $100M worth of property development in first half on 2022
The East Gippsland region is continuing to receive strong interest from the investment, commercial and residential sectors.

Robert Edis, Lynne Kahsnitz and Sally Kendall win East Gippsland Shire Council Environmental Sustainability Strategy to 2032 survey prizes
East Gippsland Shire Council is stepping up its protection for local biodiversity, ecology and ecosystems, endorsing a new environmental protection strategy that charts a course for the next decade.

Mallacoota Airport operation not affected by change to different regulation standard than a certified airport
Recent Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulation changes for airport certification has led to East Gippsland Shire Council opting out of certification for Mallacoota Airport.

Marlo Triangle Park opens after $415,00 upgrade from East Gippsland council, state and federal funding via Local Economic Recovery Program
Over 100 locals and visitors joined East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Cr Mark Reeves - dressed in full pirate attire with a trusty parrot on his shoulder for the official opening today.

Community feedback wanted on draft Economic Development Strategy 2022 from East Gippsland Council
East Gippsland Shire Council would like feedback on its economic strategy, which takes into consideration businesses working to bounce back from the economic hits of the past few years and establish the 'new normal' in the COVID-19 era.

East Gippsland Shire Council adopts annual 2022-23 budget
East Gippsland Shire Council adopted the 2022-23 Budget at its council meeting on Tuesday, June 28.

East Gippsland to install 11 EV fast-charging stations with $400,000 from federal Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program
East Gippsland is about to roll out the first public electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging network for the region.

Omeo Mountain Bike Trail gets $3.2M additional funding from federal government to deliver stage two of the project
Mayor Cr Mark Reeves applauded the announcement and noted the great cooperation between shire, state and federal governments in funding the project. He also announced an additional $1.06m from council.

East Gippsland community grants open for application to 5 August 2022
Community groups and organisations across the shire are being encouraged to consider applying in the latest round of East Gippsland Shire Council's Community Grants Program.

Raymond Island Koala Trail and Discovery Experience gets $442,000 funding to upgrade from state government and council
Raymond Island's Koala Trail & Discovery Experience is getting a facelift, with Stage 1 of a project to revitalise and improve the visitor experience now underway.

Genoa pedestrian bridge will open to public on 28 May 2022
About 150 people joined East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Cr Mark Reeves for the opening on Saturday, May 28.

East Gippsland Shire Council and Brimbank City Council winning the Improving Planning Processes Award for their planning partnership
East Gippsland Shire Council and Brimbank City Council have won a national award for their unique planning partnership.

Major mixed-use development in Paynesville town centre to give major economy boost
The development in the town centre represents a new era for Paynesville, providing additional commercial floor space and apartment living that will bring new activity and vitality to the town.

New multi-purpose facility for Tambo Crossing community opens thanks to federal and state governments ‍funding of $426,000
Proud. That's the best way to describe the Tambo Crossing community at the official opening of their new multi-purpose facility last Friday afternoon.

Sixteen local clubs, groups and organisations get Community Infrastructure Grant Program funding from East Gippsland Shire Council
Almost $500,000 will be handed out to 16 local clubs, groups and organisations, as part of East Gippsland Shire Council's latest round of community grants.

Forest Park in Orbost gets $1.82M funding upgrade after the community consultation
Council seeking for community feedback on Forest Park in Orbost project.

Community feedback wanted on East Gippsland Council draft 2022-23 budget
East Gippsland Shire Council has proposed a 2022-23 Budget that will continue the largest capital works program in the shire's history, support local employment and continue the region's economic and social recovery.

Community feedback wanted on old Mallacoota Kindergarten building being demolished by Wellington Shire Council
With the new kindergarten in Mallacoota now operational, the time has come to decommission and demolish the old building it replaced.

Paynesville Slip Road Maritime Precinct on Burrabogie Island upgrade underway with $6.1M funding from Victorian and federal government grants
Paynesville's much-anticipated Slip Road Maritime Precinct project on Burrabogie Island is progressing, with work on an improved design set to begin.

Libraries Victoria App makes it easier for readers to access thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks or digital magazines for all ages and interests
A new online catalogue and digital services makes it easier to browse and borrow, from home, work or even on the go, any time of the day or night.

Anthony Basford re-appointed as Chief Executive Officer for East Gippsland Shire Council
Council reappoints Anthony Basford as East Gippsland Shire Council Chief Executive Officer.

East Gippsland Shire Council promotes priorities to regional candidates in lead up to federal 2022 election
East Gippsland Shire Council's advocacy priorities brought for discussions with the region's federal candidates.

Celebrate the important role volunteers play in our community at Volunteer recognition events hosted by East Gippsland Shire Council
National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to celebrate the important role volunteers play in our community.

Congratulations to Fiona Weigall for making Victorian Top 50 Public Sector Women as a General Manager in East Gippsland Shire Council
The IPAA Victoria Top 50 Public Sector Women was announced at a function in Melbourne on Friday. Fiona said it was humbling to be recognised among the state's leading public sector female leaders.

Free performances in East Gippland from Colorado Children's Chorale and California Fullerton University Singers
The internationally acclaimed Colorado Children's Chorale, founded in 1974, boasts performances in the White House, the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts in New York, Royal Albert Hall in London and more.

Concern over delays to rollout of Murray Basin Rail Project East expresses by Gippsland Shire Council to Andrews Labor government
Council backed a request from the Rail Freight Alliance (RFA), of which Council is a member, to join a statewide call to get the project back on track ahead of the Victorian State Election.

East Gippsland welcomes new citizens in Bairnsdale for April 2022
East Gippsland's newest citizens have been officially welcomed at citizenship ceremony in Bairnsdale on Tuesday 26 April.

Calling on local volunteers to register or nominate for East Gippsland Volunteer Honour Roll
Council is calling on volunteers to register or nominate for the East Gippsland Volunteer Honour Roll.

First stage of Omeo Mountain Bike Trail that will put alpine towns on the map to be completed by December 2023
Work is set to begin on a network of trails that will turn Omeo into a mecca for mountain bikers.

Genoa Sports and Recreation Reserve gets $370,000 funding for improvements from East Gippsland Council and federal government
The Genoa community has long held the upgrade of the courts as a priority and worked hard to attract funding for the project.

Sandhill Ashes new date - Sunday 10 April 2022 from 11am at the Sarsfield Cricket Ground (SCG)
Sandhill Ashes community cricket moving its event date.

Buchan Recreation Reserve gets much-needed upgrade with $1.2M from federal Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program
East Gippsland Shire Council will get the ball rolling on the much-needed upgrade of the Buchan Recreation Reserve.

Recyclables volume increases by 60 percent since the fees were removed in July 2021
East Gippsland residents have taken their recycling efforts to new levels, with East Gippsland Shire Council seeing a large increase in recyclables at its waste sites.

Head off with the kids on super-tasty food-focused road trip supporting local farm gates in East Gippsland
School holidays are approaching, so it's time to plan a road trip with the kids, a cooler bag and a picnic blanket.

Second Sandhill Ashes on 3 April 2022 at Sarsfield Cricket Ground - funniest match of cricket in Gippsland
The greatly anticipated second instalment of the Sandhill Ashes event is fast approaching.

Stage two of $110,000 new footpath along Eastwood Road in north Bairnsdale
East Gippsland Shire Council has begun Stage Two of a new footpath along Eastwood Road, Eastwood, north of Bairnsdale.

Sarsfield community ecstatic after Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce funds new community hall, playground and other infrastructure from Community Development Grants Program
The East Gippsland community of Sarsfield celebrates the announcement of receiving funds under the Community Development Grants Program to construct new infrastructures.

Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal makes first determination on payment of councillor allowances for East Gippsland Shire
The Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal has made its first determination on the payment of mayoral, deputy mayoral and councillor allowances.

East Gippsland Shire Council notes possible licencing reapplication for mineral sand mine in Glenaladale
East Gippsland Shire Council notes recent reports regarding a possible licencing reapplication for a mineral sand mine in Glenaladale.

Free camping at Omeo Recreation Reserve until 17 April 2020 as Omeo Caravan Park reopens for Easter
East Gippsland Shire Council remains committed to having the Omeo Caravan Park reopened in time for Easter.

Sarsfield community victims of Black Summer bushfires warn people affected NSW and Queensland recent floods of long journey to recovery
Ineffective response to major flood events may lead to public discontent or loss of trust in the authorities or the state and national governments.

Lorraine Warford hangs up her stop sign as school crossing supervisor after 25 years service in Bairnsdale
Bairnsdale 754 Primary School is about to say farewell to its much-loved school crossing supervisor, Lorraine Warford, who is hanging up her stop sign on Friday after 25 years of looking after young students.

Nature Based Tourism forum for ecotourism revolution hosted by East Gippsland Council on 17 March 2022
Tourism is changing as travellers become increasingly aware of the impact they have on the places they visit.

Seniors invited to SOS - ABBA Tribute Concert at Bairnsdale Sporting and Convention Centre on 18 March 2022
Free concert to give the seniors opportunity to come together and enjoy the music of ABBA.

East Gippsland Council calls communities to help create emergency response plans called a Local Incident Management Plan (LIMP)
Preparing local communities for emergencies particularly on knowing what to do during fire and storm hits.

East Gippsland Shire Council supports Clean Up Australia Day by accepting labelled bags from registered sites at no charge
Clean Up Australia Day is on again on Sunday 6 March and now is the time to get your local community group or a bunch of friends together to clean up a site near you.

East Gippsland Shire Council urges everyone to 'Break the Bias' during International Women's Day on 8 March 2022
East Gippsland Shire Council is urging everyone to 'Break the Bias' this International Women's Day - Tuesday 8 March.

Heavily bushfire impacted community of Sarsfield gets legal advice on eligibility for Black Summer Bushfire Recovery grants program
The heavily bushfire impacted community of Sarsfield has received legal advice about its eligibility for the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery grants program.

Bairnsdale Airport gets $340,000 grant for water main upgrade from federal Regional Airports Program and East Gippsland Shire Council
Work is underway at Bairnsdale Airport to replace the site's ageing water mains.

Omeo Caravan Park remedial works get high priority from East Gippsland Shire Council so opened in time for Easter
East Gippsland Shire Council is committed to having the Omeo Caravan Park reopened in time for Easter.

Sarsfield community shocked over being ruled ineligible for Black Summer Bushfire Recovery grants program
Heavily bushfire impacted community had its application for recovery funding under the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery grants program denied without even being assessed.

Push and FReeZA team up to bring Australia's finest young musicians to Bruthen Inn Hotel on 26 March 2022
Youth music organisation The Push and youth development program FReeZA have teamed up to bring some of Australia's finest young musicians to Bruthen for the second last show tour which provides live music for younger audience.

Lakes Entrance Aquadome wins 2022 Small Facility Management Award at Aquatic and Recreation Victoria Industry Awards
The Lakes Entrance Aquadome came out on top at the recent Aquatic and Recreation Victoria Industry Awards.

Bairnsdale Aerodrome gets $9.9M federal funding from Black Summer Bushfire Recovery program
Federal government announced the multi-million dollar boost for bushfire impacted communities across East Gippsland Shire.

Farming events return to Wellington Shire such as the Sowing the Gap project, Farming for Success and East Gippsland Field Days
Building resilience from the ground up and preparing for a prosperous farming future is the common theme of a series of events to be held across regional Gippsland in the coming weeks and months.

Number of planning applications is good news for economic growth in East Gippsland
East Gippsland Shire Council is supporting the region's economic growth through well-considered planning decisions.

Triangle Park in Marlogets $300,000 grant from Victorian government's Local Economic Recovery Program
Triangle Park in Marlo is getting an upgrade, with the $300,000 project expected to be finished before Easter.

East Gippsland welcomes newest citizens for Australia Day 2022
East Gippsland has welcomed 14 new Aussies at a citizenship ceremony held on Australia Day - Wednesday, January 26.

Omeo Recreation Reserve become temporary camp site as Omeo Caravan Park gets cleaned up after floods
East Gippsland Shire Council backed the establishment of an interim camping site at the Omeo Recreation Reserve.

Over 200 people attend Saturday Australia Day Celebrations at Nowa Nowa Recreation Reserve
Australia Day Celebrations hosted by East Gippsland Shire Council the shire-wide awards tapped into the Australia Day theme of "We're all part of the story - reflect, respect, celebrate".

Farm gate trails offering taste-led tours for locals and tourist for East Gippsland
Taste-led tours lets the region showcase high-quality Gippsland beef and excellent wild-caught seafood, along with quality wines, craft beer, olives and olive oil, chocolate and condiments.

Feedback wanted on Environment Sustainability Strategy form East Gippsland Council
East Gippsland Shire Council has released its draft Environment Sustainability Strategy 2022-2032 for community comment.

Australia Day Awards ceremony at Nowa Nowa Recreation Reserve on 22 January
East Gippsland's Australia Day Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday 22 January at Nowa Nowa Recreation Reserve from 10.30am.

Special Charge Scheme to raise $400,000 for South Bairnsdale Industrial Estate to unlock investment in East Gippsland
East Gippsland Shire Council has declared a Special Charge Scheme to help fund an upgrade to the water supply at the South Bairnsdale Industrial Estate and allow the precinct to reach its full potential.

East Gippsland Shire offers $15,000 up to $50,000 grants to local community groups to upgrade a facilities on council-owned or Crown land
Grants offered for community groups and organisations of East Gippsland Shire.

East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Christmas message for 2021
Mayor Cr Mark Reeves, Christmas message December 2021 for East Gippsland Shire community.

East Gippsland Shire Council seeks community feedback on road safety
East Gippsland Shire Council is working on a new Road Safety Strategy and is seeking feedback from all road users through an online survey.

Planning Institute of Australia award for improving planning processes won by East Gippsland Shire Council
East Gippsland Shire Council and Brimbank City Council have jointly won a Planning Institute of Australia award for improving planning processes.

Omeo Mountain Bike Trails can proceed as planned
Mountain bikers, tourism operators and supporting businesses are jumping with joy following news that the Omeo Mountain Bike Trails can proceed as planned.

East Gippsland residents invited to have say on mobile and internet services
East Gippsland Shire Council is inviting locals to have their say on how to ensure secure, fast and reliable internet and mobile services for everyone in the shire.

Beekeepers share the buzz about access to Colquhoun Forest, near Nowa Nowa in East Gippsland
East Gippsland Councillors joined the Victorian Apiarists' Association and Gippsland Apiarist Association on a field tour of beekeeping sites.

Thirty-five East Gippsland communities get strengthened disaster telecommunications
Thirty-five East Gippsland communities will soon receive telecommunications systems to help ensure resilient communications are available during emergency events.

Orbost Airport wins National Airport Industry Award for 2021 from Australian Airport Association
The airport, along with Bairnsdale and Mallacoota airports, is managed by East Gippsland Shire Council.

East Gippsland welcomes newest citizens for November 2021
St Mary's Parish Centre in Bairnsdale was beaming with smiles today as 11 East Gippslanders officially became Australian citizens.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne shuts down Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project due to unacceptable environmental effects
Council is grateful for those who participated in the environmental effects statement and IAC hearing processes.

East Gippsland Shire motorists reminded to check parking restrictions
Increasing enforcement effort across the shire to ensure motorists follow parking restrictions.

Measures to stop repeat of fireweed disturbance at Clifton Creek in Wellington Shire
Additional measures are being put in place to prevent a repeat occurrence of possible fireweed disturbance in the Clifton Creek area.

Nominate a local hero for East Gippsland Shire Australia Day Awards
Perfect time to shine a spotlight on an unsung hero who has made a positive contribution to our community.

Tambo Waste developed glass processing facility in Bairnsdale to maximise opportunities in recycled glass
Ever wondered what happens to your recycled glass bottles? Well, in East Gippsland they are now part of footpaths!

East Gippsland Shire Council supports Prime Minister Scott Morrison net-zero carbon emissions by 2050
East Gippsland Shire Council has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to express its support for a target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Conversion of Lakes Entrance landfill to transfer station by East Gippsland Shire Council near completion
East Gippsland Shire Council's investment to turn the landfill in Lakes Entrance into a transfer station

East Gippsland Shire Council thanks its health workers with a 'Thank You Day'
East Gippsland appreciation on the hard work and dedication of the frontliners.

Three year health project for children and young people started by East Gippsland Shire Council and VicHealth
Children and young people will be the centre of a three-year East Gippsland Shire Council project looking to help younger residents grow up active, healthy and socially connected.

Mark Reeves elected Mayor and Arthur Allen Deputy Mayor for East Gippsland Shire in 2021
Cr Mark Reeves of Marlo has been elected Mayor of East Gippsland Shire Council at a Statutory Meeting held on Thursday, October 28.

Sharon Jervis, Jane Ponting and other locals thanked for East Gippsland Community Vision 2040 contribution
East Gippsland residents who contributed to the development of the Community Vision 2040 earlier this year were on Tuesday celebrated for their contribution to the community.

Lucknow Recreation Reserve clubrooms gets $42,000 for Tesla solar power and batteries from Gippsland Climate Change Network
Installation of energy storage battery at Lucknow Recreation Reserve clubrooms that will help save money on electricity cost and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

East Gippsland Shire Council adopts new charter to promote a respectful community for all
Council acts to promote a respectful community for all‍.

Young people in East Gippsland wanted to apply for free leadership program - Youth Ambassador Program
East Gippsland Shire Council is looking for people aged 12 to 25 to join the Youth Ambassador Program.

East Gippsland Shire Council advises South Bairnsdale Industrial Estate it intends to declare a Special Charge Scheme for infrastructure improvements
East Gippsland Shire Council has moved one step closer to endorsing a Special Charge Scheme to help an industrial precinct reach its full potential.

East Gippsland Shire Council endorses 2020/21 annual report noting support for communities
East Gippsland Shire Council has endorsed its Annual Report 2020-21.

Explore your backyard online this National Water Week with East Gippsland Water
Join us in an online learning festival to celebrate the national water week.

Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project Environmental Effects Statement (EES) and Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) hearing cost East Gippsland Shire Council $730,688
Total external cost hearing of the fingerboards mineral sands project.

East Gippsland welcomes newest citizens for September 2021
East Gippsland has welcomed 12 new Aussies at a citizenship ceremony held this morning, coinciding with Australian Citizenship Day - Friday, September 17.

New footpath along Howitt Avenue and Eastwood Road to make a safer route to school and the shops
East Gippsland Shire Council starts work this week on a new footpath that will provide Eastwood locals with a safer route to school and the shops, and offer a great reason to leave the car at home.

East Gippsland Shire Council needs resident feedback on health and wellbeing priorities
East Gippsland Shire Council is leading the development of a new four-year municipal health and wellbeing plan, 'Well placed for Wellbeing 2021-25'.

East Gippsland Shire Council is urging Andrews Labor government to consider mental health with regional lockdowns and restrictions
East Gippsland Shire Council is urging the Victorian Government to consider the mental health and wellbeing of its regional residents when making upcoming decisions relating to COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns.

East Gippsland Shire Council offers zero fees to promote zero waste and encourage better recycling practices
Fees have been removed on recyclable items to help reduce illegal dumping, lessen waste and cut disposal cost to the residents.

Safer speed limit for Forge creek Road in East Gippsland to reduce its unenviable crash and trauma record
A new 80km/h speed limit will be introduced on Forge Creek Road from Monday, August 23, to help tackle its unenviable crash and trauma record.

East Gippsland's three hospitals and council urge people to get vaccinated in the fight against COVID-19
Council encouraging everyone in the community to get vaccinated.

Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre awards local company A1 Solar & Electrical to install 100kW solar power system
East Gippsland Shire Council is tapping into the power of the sun to save on energy costs by installing its largest-ever solar system in one of its buildings.

East Gippsland hockey players score synthetic pitch for WORLD Sporting Precinct in Bairnsdale
Significant improvement done to the facilities of Women's Organisation for Recreation, Leisure and Development (WORLD) sporting precinct.

Bullock Island Bridge in Lakes Entrance closed to pedestrians as replacement starts
Work on the Bullock Island Bridge Replacement Project in Lakes Entrance is now underway.

Feedback invited on Rural Land Use Strategy from East Gippsland Shire Council
Council inviting the community to send their feedback for the rural land use strategy.

Hearing concludes for Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project inquiry on why Environmental Effects Statement considered deficient
Hearing conclusion on the environmental effects statement.

Lakes Entrance recognised wins Top Tourism Town Awards with East Gippsland towns Paynesville and Mallacoota placing high
East Gippsland towns being on top of the tourism awards.

New Mallacoota Community Clubrooms a focal point for township
The new Mallacoota Community Clubrooms were officially opened on Sunday 11 July, providing a purpose-built facility and focal point for the community.

East Gippsland Shire Council adopts Community Vision 2040
Adopted community vision and council plan for 2021-25.

East Gippsland Shire Council adopts Annual Budget 2021-22
Community engagement process, including five community sessions, to help develop the document.

Bairnsdale hosted East Gippsland's latest citizenship ceremony welcoming over 30 new citizens
Ceremony to welcome 32 people from different countries as the new Australian citizens.

East Gippsland Council cheers female-friendly upgrade funding for Bairnsdale ovals
Bairnsdale City Oval and neighbouring Peppercorn Park are set for new and much-needed female-friendly change rooms.

Farmers asked to share their views as East Gippsland Agriculture Sector Advisory Committee finalised
New appointed committee members and farmers survey completion to better assist the agricultural sector.

New website to showcase East Gippsland
A new website that will improve the East Gippsland visitor experience is now live.

Multi-million for bushfire recovery infrastructure projects is great news for East Gippsland
Funding announcements and grant received from council that would benefit the economy, as well as the community.

East Gippsland Bushfire Recovery Committee releases its second recovery progress report
Community and agencies, working together towards the recovery of the community and the economy.

East Gippsland Water

Metung Farm irrigation gets water recycling get $800k upgrade by East Gippsland Water
East Gippsland Water begins irrigation upgrades at Metung Farm to enhance water recycling. Managing Director, Steve McKenzie, highlights the $800k investment's environmental benefits and resilience.

Lakes Entrance Water Recycling Plant gets new equipment and upgraded desludging and tank refurbishment with odour covers
Improvements at Lakes Entrance Water Recycling Plant include completed desludging project, sedimentation tank refurbishment with odour covers, and installation of new equipment for enhanced efficiency. Contact for details: 1800 671 841.

Wy Yung water storage basin liner and cover replacement with unexpected repairs in progress
Liner and cover replacement at Wy Yung water basin started in March 2024. Existing cover and liner removed, revealing clay subgrade. Unexpected repairs needed. Extensive material removal required.

Students from Orbost Community College tour East Gippsland Water facilities to learn about water safety, filtration and potential careers
Orbost Community College students explored East Gippsland Water's treatment facilities, guided by staff. They learned about water safety, filtration, and career opportunities, fostering community understanding and potential future employment.

Search for new East Gippsland Water Managing Director as as Steve McKenzie East not to do another term after navigating bushfires and pandemic
After navigating challenges such as bushfires and a pandemic, Steve McKenzie, Managing Director of East Gippsland Water, has decided not to pursue another term. The search for a new MD has commenced.

Wy Yung 88ML water reservoir to get basin liner and cover replaced to improve water quality in East Gippsland
To ensure high-quality drinking water for East Gippsland Water customers, the Wy Yung water storage basin is undergoing a $6 million project to replace its liner and cover, addressing integrity issues.

Bairnsdale Neighbourhood House gets support from East Gippsland Water with quarterly rebate on their water bill
East Gippsland Water responded to Bairnsdale Neighbourhood House call for help by providing a quarterly water bill rebate, aiding their services for the homeless. Both organisations express gratitude for the support.

East Gippsland Water maintained uninterrupted water and wastewater services amidst power and mobile outages
Despite recent severe weather, East Gippsland Water ensured continuous water and wastewater services. Crews tirelessly worked through power and mobile outages, managing pump stations and generators, ensuring operations and customer satisfaction.

Paynesville Men's Shed members visited Woodglen Water Storage and Treatment facility as part of education tour
Paynesville Men's Shed members visited Woodglen Water Storage & Treatment facility, learning about water security, quality, filtration, storage, and distribution from experts.

Upgrades to Lakes Entrance Water Recycling Plant are completed ahead of schedule
East Gippsland Water completed improvement works on Lakes Entrance Water Recycling Plant's Primary Sedimentation Tanks, enhancing treatment reliability and reducing emissions, through collaboration with contractors and supervisors.

Kate Holzapel and Connor McAuliffe join East Gippsland Water 2024 Vacation Employment Program
East Gippsland Water conducts an annual summer employment program for university students pursuing bachelor's degrees. This year, three participants, two from East Gippsland, joined from various parts of the state.

East Gippsland Water asks community not to flush wipes down the toilet to help reduce sewer pipe blockages
East Gippsland Water urges avoiding wipes in sewers, the primary blockage cause. Only flush pee, poo, and toilet paper. Avoid oils, chemicals, and non-biodegradable items in drains. Call a plumber for blockages.

Recycling sewage into organic compost and support circular economy being explored by East Gippsland Water and Gippsland Regional Organics
As part of its environmental sustainability commitment, East Gippsland Water partners with Gippsland Regional Organics to recycle biosolids into certified compost, enriching soil and promoting a circular economy.

TAFE Gippsland Conservation and Ecosystem Management students visit East Gippsland Water Woodglen facility
TAFE Gippsland students, pursuing a Certificate III in Conservation and Ecosystem Management, visited East Gippsland Water's Woodglen facility, gaining insights into water security and quality.

Winners of regional National Water Week poster competition 2023 celebrated by East Gippsland Water
East Gippsland Water announces the regional National Water Week poster competition winners, including Laila from Wild Cherry Primary School winning both regionally and statewide in the new Early Learning/Kindergarten category.

Customer feedback to help improve customer satisfaction at East Gippsland Water by 31 October 2023 with a chance to win $100
East Gippsland Water prioritises customer satisfaction and conducts an Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey via email, offering a chance to win $100 bill credit. Survey runs from October 9-31, 2023.

Feedback wanted for East Gippsland Water annual customer satisfaction survey with chance to win $100 bill credits by 31 October 2023
East Gippsland Water prioritises customer satisfaction through its Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey, now conducted solely via email, offering participants a chance to win $100 bill credits. Survey runs from 9 - 31 October 2023.

East Gippsland Water celebrates the annual Customer Service Week from 2 to 6 October 2023
East Gippsland Water celebrates Customer Service Week, recognizing all staff contributing to essential services. Annual customer satisfaction survey seeks feedback for improved service and meets evolving expectations.

East Gippsland Water test Canadian technology called BioCord to enhance recycled water quality at Bairnsdale Plant
The modular BioCord system that aims to improve nutrient removal in compliance with new EPA regulations, potentially making East Gippsland Water the first in Australia to adopt this innovation.

Water Efficiency Rebate Program offering rebates up to $1500 to residential and small business launched by East Gippsland Water
Rebates for Water Efficiency from $10 up to $1500. Promotes sustainable water use, encourages upgrades to efficient fittings and appliances.

East Gippsland Water rehabilitates Mallacoota facility after bushfire damage with tree harvesting program and irrigation system repair
East Gippsland Water completes tree harvesting program at Mallacoota Water Recycling facility post-bushfire; now repairing irrigation system. New excavator aids repairs on 50-hectare site.

Wy Yung water tank successful operation paves way for $6M liner replacement works
East Gippsland Water tests new 36ML water tank at Wy Yung storage facility ahead of $6M liner replacement project in March 2024. Ensures continuous water supply for customers.

East Gippsland kids and teachers free to join National Water Week Poster competition by 1 September 2023
East Gippsland Water invites students and teachers to enter the National Water Week Poster competition on the theme 'United by Water,' fostering creativity, water awareness, and a chance to win prizes.

Orbost residents get in-person support for bill assistance and general inquiries from East Gippsland Water as part of Customer Connect initiative
East Gippsland Water's 'Customer Connect' initiative brings in-person support to Orbost residents, addressing financial hardships and providing bill assistance, flexible payment options, and general inquiries.

East Gippsland Water starts Customer Communications Online Survey until 31 August 2023
Seeking customer feedback on communication preferences. Complete a brief survey, an online survey or call 1800 671 841. QR Code available. Closing date: 31 Aug 2023.

Sewer blockage from improper disposal of fats, oils, and grease being addressed by East Gippsland Water
East Gippsland Water addresses a sewer blockage caused by improper disposal of fats, oils, and grease, urging residents to follow proper disposal methods to avoid costly repairs and environmental spills.

Paynesville recycling facilities gets $3.6M improve to expand irrigation
East Gippsland Water is investing $3.6 million to expand irrigation at the Paynesville Water Recycling Plant, improving wastewater recycling and environmental compliance to accommodate population growth.

Orbost Secondary school students visit East Gippsland Water facilities to learn about water management and treatment
Ten Year 8 students from Orbost Secondary School visited East Gippsland Water's facilities to learn about water management and treatment, aims to educate students and encourages other schools to arrange similar tours or talks.

Luke Missen from East Gippsland Water participates in Australian squad for World Dwarf Games in Germany on 28 July 2023
Luke Missen, a Senior Treatment Operator at East Gippsland Water, will represent Australia in basketball, badminton, and soccer at the World Dwarf Games in Germany.

Orbost Caravan Park to have Recreational Vehicle Friendly accreditation reassessed by East Gippsland Shire Council
East Gippsland Shire Council will reevaluate RV (Recreational Vehicle) Friendly accreditation for Orbost in the coming year. Feedback prioritised the viability of the Orbost Caravan Park before considering accreditation.

Vandals damage East Gippsland Water standpipes using inappropriate tokens to try and steal bulk water
Vandalism damages standpipes, causing costly repairs and inconvenience to those in need of water. East Gippsland Water urges the public to use only the required tokens to operate standpipes.

Orbost Newmerella and Marlo urged to conserve water by East Gippsland Water
East Gippsland Water asks customers to conserve water while upgrading Orbost Water Treatment Plant's storage holding treated water, due to a smaller backup supply.

New solar panels at Paynesville water recycling facility will produce 150 MWh for East Gippsland reducing emissions and cutting costs
East Gippsland Water installed 200 solar panels at their water recycling facility, expected to produce 150 MWh of power and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as part of their program to reduce emissions and operational costs.

Bairnsdale wastewater treatment plant to generate energy on-site with $1.3 million biogas initiative for East Gippsland Water
East Gippsland Water's Bairnsdale plant will use a new combined heat and power unit to generate enough energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

East Gippsland Water staff donate much needed hay to flood-affected Victorian farmers
East Gippsland Water staff donated 88 bales of hay to flood-affected farmers in northern Victoria.

Water-saving products to help residents conserve water this summer showcased by East Gippsland Water
While we have experienced a wetter winter and spring than usual, water conservation is now a part of everyday life, with permanent water-saving rules applying all year round.

Recycled water releases to cease during Christmas and New Year 2022 season by East Gippsland Water
Recycled water releases have ceased for the festive season, following a successful period of releases combined with irrigation.

Abby Matthews as wakeboarder and water sports enthusiast while on traineeship at East Gippsland Water
Abby Matthews has always felt at home in the great outdoors, growing up on the water at Newlands Arm.

Essential Services Commission (ESC) has started customer perception survey for East Gippsland Water
Essential Services Commission customer perception survey has begun.

Recycled water release at Cann River results from extreme wet weather conditions in East Gippsland
East Gippsland Water will be releasing recycled water at Cann River due to extreme wet weather condition.

Josh Ward of Bairnsdale Secondary College starts career with traineeship on East Gippsland Water Reuse Team
:A school-based traineeship is helping Bruthen teenager Josh Ward finish school while making a head-start in his future career.

Omeo and outdoors are right mix for Gini Eynstone working as Operations and Maintenance trainee at East Gippsland Water
An outdoor lifestyle in the high country is the right mix for Gini Eynstone, Operations and Maintenance trainee at East Gippsland Water in Omeo.

Water main replacement along Nicholson Street in Orbost and Youngs Creek nearing completion
East Gippsland Water engineers and contractors have experienced some challenges at each section of the water main upgrade works, extensive capital works in Orbost to improve water supply services are almost complete.

John McDonald from Johnsonville reflects job as a East Gippsland Water meter reader
Johnsonville's John McDonald is just your average snake-wrangling, toboggan-riding, camel-kissed East Gippsland Water meter reader. Yes, kissed by a camel in the line of duty!

National Water Week 2022 poster competition winners from Buchan, Metung, Swan Reach, and Newmerella Primary Schools
Students from Buchan, Metung, Swan Reach, and Newmerella Primary Schools are the East Gippsland regional winners in this year's National Water Week poster competition, with one student placing first at the state level and another a runner-up.

East Gippsland Water prepares controlled release of recycled water at Newmerella on 2 November 2022
Ongoing wet conditions have continued to impact wastewater storages, with East Gippsland Water preparing for a necessary controlled release of recycled water at Newmerella - commencing on Wednesday, 2 November.

Recycled water from Bruces Track Wastewater Treatment Plant at Kalimna West into Mississippi Creek on 2 November 2022
Due to ongoing wet weather, East Gippsland Water will release recycled water from its Bruces Track Wastewater Treatment Plant at Kalimna West into Mississippi Creek, beginning Wednesday, 2 November.

Tambo Bay information session success for East Gippsland Water
Residents of Tambo Bay and Metung district attended an East Gippsland Water information session on Saturday regarding the release of recycled water following recent rainfall.

Local businesses invited to East Gippsland Water information session on 20 October 2022
Local businesses interested in working with East Gippsland Water on upcoming projects are invited to a tendering and works information session.

Consistent rainfall and community consultation has East Gippsland Water change release status
Considerable community engagement and changing weather conditions has resulted in some changes around controlled recycled water releases throughout East Gippsland.

Controlled treated waste water releases into Tambo Bay will resume after school holidays spring 2022
Following a cessation during the school holidays, East Gippsland Water will resume controlled releases of treated wastewater into Tambo Bay next week.

East Gippsland Water celebrates Customer Service Week 2022 and giving its best for the community
East Gippsland Water is celebrating its staff who work together to provide 24-hour essential service to the community, as part of Customer Service Week.

Bruces Track to get controlled release of recycled water from 3 October 2022 by East Gippsland Water
Ongoing wet conditions have continued to impact wastewater storages, with East Gippsland Water preparing for a necessary controlled release of recycled water at Bruces Track - commencing on Monday 3 October.

Victorian election 2022 advocacy strategy from East Gippsland Shire aligned to council plan 2021-25
A suite of advocacy priorities has been developed to push the case for East Gippsland at the upcoming State Election.

Applications for Native Vegetation and Habitat Creation grants from East Gippsland Water close 30 September 2022
Local educational and not-for-profit groups are reminded that East Gippsland Water's latest round of Native Vegetation and Habitat Creation grants is closing soon.

'Our Water Stories' poster competition winners and runners-up to be announced during National Water Week 17 - 23 October 2022
More than 340 students from 12 schools throughout East Gippsland designed, created and submitted entries for the annual National Water Week poster competition.

Wet weather results in release of treated wastewater from Omeo wastewater treatment plant to start 19 September 2022
Ongoing wet conditions have continued to impact wastewater storages, with East Gippsland Water preparing for a necessary controlled release of recycled water at Omeo - commencing on Monday 19 September.

East Gippsland Water wants feedback on water and wastewater services as part of their 2022 customer satisfaction survey
East Gippsland Water customers may receive a phone call in the next few weeks asking to take part in our annual customer satisfaction survey.

National Water Week primary school poster competition is closing soon so get your entries in
Quick! The East Gippsland Water National Water Week primary school poster competition is closing soon - it's time to send in your posters!

Environmental grants for East Gippsland Water for native vegetation and habitat creation open until 30 September 2022
Educational and not-for-profit community groups across East Gippsland are encouraged to apply for Round 10 of its Native Vegetation and Habitat Creation grant until 30 September 2022.

East Gippsland Water teams up with Southern Rural Water to promote National Water Week primary school poster competition for October 2022
East Gippsland Water is partnering with Southern Rural Water for this year's National Water Week primary school poster competition - with gift vouchers and fun science-based prizes up for grabs!

New water fountains install at Sarsfield Recreation Reserve by East Gippsland Water
Users of Sarsfield Recreation Reserve, including their pets, are amongst the latest to benefit from a purpose-built permanent water refill station provided jointly by East Gippsland Water and East Gippsland Shire Council.

Primary and homeschoolers welcome to enter National Water Week poster making competition for October 2022
East Gippsland Water is partnering with Southern Rural Water for this year's National Water Week primary school poster competition - with gift vouchers and fun science-based prizes up for grabs!

Controlled release of treated wastewater from Metung into Tambo Bay Wetlands starts 25 July 2022 by East Gippsland Water
East Gippsland Water will shortly start a controlled release of recycled water (treated wastewater) from its Metung wastewater treatment facility into the nearby Tambo Bay Wetlands (week commencing 25 July).

Iconic Kalimna wine glass water storage tower to be dismantled having finished serving its purpose
Specialised demolition contractors are about to commence work to dismantle the disused 21-metre-high water tower overlooking Kalimna.

Emma Kealy MP

Gippslanders cannot afford chilling electricity price hikes burden this winter under Andrews Labor government
Labor's power bill hike hits struggling Victorian families with a 25% increase, risking blackouts and causing financial burden. Experts predict a gas shortage, worsening the energy crisis under the Labor government.

Andrews Labor government punishing Victoria with its stealthy shutdown of duck hunting season
The announcement that Victoria's duck hunting season will run for five weeks is an insult to hunters across the state.

Gippsland communities suffer as Andrews Labor government favours inner city voters over local jobs
Gippsland communities have been left reeling after the Andrews Labor government hit another nail into the Victorian native timber industry's coffin.

Andrews Labor government rundown on native timber industry leaves Victorians axed from woodchopping events
Centuries-old sport is at risk as the Andrews Labor government continues to fail Victoria's native timber industry.

Victorian Agriculture Minister shows no interest on taking action over avian flu risk
Victorian Agriculture Minister Gayle Tierney has been caught off guard today, failing to acknowledge the largest Avian Influenza outbreak that is spilling across a range of animals, with humans now at risk.

Recent threats to Victorian agriculture like avian flu and foot and mouth disease must be addressed by Andrews Labor government
Victorian producers cannot be left vulnerable to another biosecurity crisis as the number of avian influenza infections continue to grow across the UK.

Andrews Labor government ban on duck hunting season continues to place uncertainty for the hunters
Duck hunting season is still uncertain to proceed this year.

Help for Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists to boost psychiatry workforce pledged for election by Victorian Liberal and Nationals
More than 200,000 additional psychiatry appointments will be available every year under a Liberal and Nationals plan to better-support Victorians' mental health.

Continuing Family Violence Reform to better protect Victorians pleaded by Liberal and Nationals government for 2022 election
A Liberal and Nationals government will extend the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor (FVRIM) to assess the implementation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Victorian Liberal and Nationals invests $100M in mental health with Community Empowerment and Wellbeing Grants program for election 2022
Communities across Victoria will have increased opportunities to engage in mental health initiatives thanks to a $100 million Liberal and Nationals Community Empowerment and Wellbeing Grants program.

Liberals and Nationals pledge $1M Lifeline Gippsland and $250,000 for four years to support services and programs for election
A meeting with the Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Emma Kealy, in August has resulted in a $1 million commitment to Lifeline Gippsland from the Liberals and Nationals.

Regional community owned hospitals such as Neerim and Heyfield thrown a lifeline to keep them operating
Victoria's community owned hospitals will keep their doors open under a Liberal and Nationals government.

Mental health waiting list will have 2M more appointments under elected Victorian Liberal and National
Up to 2 million additional mental health appointments will be available to Victorians under a Liberal and Nationals plan to slash waiting times for mental health support.

Overhaul health system for better healthcare proposed by Victorian Liberal and Nationals government
As Andrews Labor government neglects the healthcare crisis, Liberals and The Nationals have committed to bringing regional Victorian hospitals and the workforce up to date.

Andrews Labor government needs to come clean with Victorians on its plan to replicate North Richmond Injecting Room
The Andrews Labor government must be honest with Victorians about its secret plans for more injecting rooms across Melbourne, which could see a second injecting room on the iconic cafe laneway of Degraves Street.

Preventive measures from Labor government now finally confirmed to protect livestock against 'Foot and Mouth' outbreak
The Federal Labor Government has finally caved to sensible demands from livestock producers, farm lobby groups and The Nationals to bolster protections against foot and mouth disease (FMD).

Victorian Nationals announce new policy to bring down energy bills and invest in clean hydrogen technologies
Rising household energy bills are just one of the painful financial impacts of the skyrocketing cost-of-living for regional Victorians.

Almost 20,000 young Victorians suffer cruel access delays to recovery programs from Andrews Labor government
The nation's largest mental health worker recruitment drive is needed to arrest "heightened levels of anxiety and mood distress" in young Victorians, as data today reveals an alarming spike in students diagnosed with learning disabilities.

Shocking increase in ketamine and heroin abuse but Andrews Labor government cuts $40M from prevention and treatment
Andrews Labor government will slash 100 jobs from services to help people addicted to alcohol or other drugs as part of a $39.8m funding cut inflicted on the completely-overwhelmed sector.

Liberal Nationals urging support for simple changes to transform Victorian children mental health
Today, the Victorian government finally backflipped on its opposition to much-needed reforms that will unlock more mental health practitioners to work in Victorian schools.

Refusal to support immediate reforms on mental health and wellbeing boost for young Victorians by Andrews Labor government
A plan to boost youth mental health services by 2026 is years too late for children who are suffering right now and could benefit from other immediate reforms that the Andrews Labor government has refused to support.

Impact from archaic seclusion and restraint approach on complex mental patients ignored by Andrews Labor government
VMIAC found Victoria's mental health services were using physical restraints and seclusion more often in 2021 than the previous year, with 56 percent of all services reporting an increase.

Victoria's health workforce is missing out on a crucial boost as Andrews Labor government ignores reforms
Victoria's overwhelmed health workforce is missing out on a crucial boost to staff resources while Daniel Andrews pig-headedly ignores reforms to unlock thousands of additional workers to support the system.

Continuing lockdown impact on youth mental health contradicts Andrews Labor claims that post-COVID support programs not needed
Dire and ongoing impacts of lockdown on youth mental health exposed in another report today have raised more questions on Labor's claim post-COVID support programs are 'no longer required'.

Mental health cut $60M from Beyond Blue, Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia, Lifeline and Kids Helpline by Andrews Labor government
Mental Health Minister James Merlino has confirmed almost $60 million of cruel cuts to mental health programs that were designed to help struggling Victorians recover from the pandemic.

Youth Prevention and Recovery Care Centre (YPARC) at Parkville opened but not being used due to workforce shortages
Under-staffed mental health services can't provide the care and preventative support Victorian kids so desperately need.

Victorian kids suffering from lack of mental health support from the government leaving them struggling to catch up after lockdowns
Under-resourcing of the mental health workforce has emerged as the number one issue facing the sector.

New survey shows declining youth mental health post pandemic highlighting need to rejuvenate Victorian mental health workforce
A new survey today detailing the declining mental health of young people after the pandemic has further highlighted the urgent need to rejuvenate Victoria's fatigued mental health workforce.

Liveability and growth reduced in regional Victoria from highly under-serviced by public transport
Extreme gaps on regional Victoria's public transportation shows that the government fails to provide a plan for the recovery of the region, making it hard for the region's industry and producers to even lesser productivity and profit.

Damning picture of illegal drug use across Melbourne and regional Victoria Data painted by Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
Injecting room in the wrong location as the government's response on their neglect on the triple zero emergency service and failure to plan on Victoria's health workforce.

Victorian women lost their job at nearly five times the rate of men during pandemic
Government has a responsibility to ensure each and every Victorian has the best opportunity to recover and rebuild: mentally, socially and economically.

Positive plan for Victorian women and girls to regain lost ground after six COVID lockdowns and two years restrictions
Marking the contributions of Victorian women and girls to end toxic culture in the workplace and 'Break the Bias' to forge a path forward to gender equality.

New data shows thousands of Victorian youth in crisis waiting 60 days or more for mental health appointments
New data revealed today shows thousands of vulnerable youths at crisis point are now waiting more than 60 days for mental health appointments.

Dan Andrews walks away from apology opportunity for dismissive comments on toxic bullying culture allegations in Victorian Labor party
Premier Daniel Andrews has walked away from another opportunity to apologise for comments dismissing a Labor MP's allegations of a toxic bullying culture within the Labor Party as "fantasy".

Rebuild opportunity for Victoria's broken mental health system will be missed if Labor government refuses to support crucial reforms
An opportunity to rebuild Victoria's broken mental health system will be missed if the State Government refuses to support crucial reforms that will unlock thousands of extra workers for the exhausted and under-resourced workforce.

Treasurer Tim Pallas finally apologises for disgraceful slur directed at a female Labor colleague - Premier must now do the same
Treasurer Tim Pallas has finally apologised today for his disgraceful slur directed at a female Labor colleague and the Premier must now do the same.

Labor political candidate handed top job at V/Line despite having no experience in transport sector
A former Labor political candidate has been handed the top job at Victoria's country train operator V/Line, despite having no experience in the transport sector.

Dan Andrews and his most senior ministers must apologise for victim-blaming and gas-lighting says Emma Kealy
The Premier must apologise for the victim-blaming and gas-lighting by himself and one of his most senior Labor Ministers.

New report more evidence that immediate change needed to better Victorian children mental health
New data today has painted a harrowing picture of the deteriorating mental health of young Victorians.

Gaps persist in Victorian mental health workforce that don't address vulnerable women adequately
Immediate reform must be implemented to deliver more workers for Victoria's over-burdened mental health workforce if today's pledge for acute beds is to make a dent in the shadow pandemic.

Victoria's family violence crisis continues to worsen according to Independent Crime Statistics Agency
Family violence offences in Victoria have reached harrowing highs.

Secret report reveals Andrews Labor government lockdowned despite major mental health concern from expert
Victorian authorities continue to hold "major concern" with a substantial increase in demand for mental health services from children and teenagers, a confidential report has revealed.

Victorians getting sicker as Andrews Labor Government fails to meet key finding from Mental Health Royal Commission
Victorians are getting sicker while the Andrews Labor Government fails to meet a key finding from the Mental Health Royal Commission, more than three years since it was delivered.

Andrews Labor government admits promise for Victorian youth mental health won't be delivered until late 2023
Young Victorians will continue to battle long waits for mental health support.

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission report shows massive 30 percent increase in Ice Drug addiction after Victorian lockdowns
New data pointing to a spike in drug use and addiction has painted a harrowing picture of the impact of lockdowns on the lives of vulnerable Victorians.

Andrews Labor Government must increase funding so Victorian school students get mental health support they need
Labor needs to fund additional mental health support for the primary schools to give the young people the mental health support they need.

Andrews Labor Victorian government blocks move to ensure adequate mental health practitioners for school children
Labor MPs, with the support of three crossbenchers, have once again blocked a move to make sure there's enough mental health practitioners for Victoria's school children.

Public schools ideal to support better mental wellbeing of Victorian students but not enough workers to deliver it
A pledge to better support Victorian students to settle back into school after months of isolating lockdowns will only make a difference if there's enough mental health practitioners to deliver it.

Latrobe Regional Hospital to host Mind Australia pop-up community mental health service and cater to Gippsland
Additional funding to support the mental health workforce for better and more accessible services as the Latrobe Regional Hospital to host one of the pop-up community mental health services.

Victorian system in crisis: More mental health workers needed to meet regional and metro demand
Today's mental health announcement from the Andrews Labor Government doesn't go anywhere near far enough to address Victoria's shadow pandemic.

Liberal Nationals support move to deliver hundreds of extra workers for Victoria's under-resourced mental health workforce
Government needs to boost mental health support through simple reforms to get them through the lockdowns.

Victoria's Chief Psychiatrist again not involved in decision to extend hard lock down by three more weeks
More youth are suffering mental ill-health because of Labor's extensive lockdowns.

Lockdowns have pushed mental health of Victorians to the brink
New data has revealed the worsening mental health toll of indefinite lockdown and isolation from friends and family.

Lockdowns causing catastrophic mental health toll on the youngest Victorians
Victorians deserve the truth surrounding the catastrophic mental health toll lockdowns are having on the youngest people in our community.

New data shows demand for youth mental health service highest in Victoria
Harrowing new data from the Kids Helpline shows the emotional toll Daniel Andrews' lockdowns are taking on the youngest Victorians.

Feature

Misinformation Bill insults Australians and undermines free speech says Russell BroadbentMisinformation Bill insults Australians and undermines free speech says Russell Broadbent
Russell Broadbent believes that the government's Misinformation and Disinformation Bill insults Australians, undermining free speech. History shows 'misinformation' can later be true. We must hold the government accountable.

One Gippsland advocating to Federal government funding for new industries and better connectivityOne Gippsland advocating to Federal government funding for new industries and better connectivity
One Gippsland seeks funding for industries and transport, advocating in Canberra for projects crucial to regional development, emphasising fair resource allocation.

Worries over cuts to Gippsland ambulance services voiced by Melina BathWorries over cuts to Gippsland ambulance services voiced by Melina Bath
Melina Bath expresses concerns over declining ambulance services in Eastern Victoria, citing alarming statistics and personal anecdotes, urging government action to address shortages and support emergency services.

Stalled $10M Mallacoota-Genoa road upgrade from delays and bureaucratic obstacles putting lives at risk in GippslandStalled $10M Mallacoota-Genoa road upgrade from delays and bureaucratic obstacles putting lives at risk in Gippsland
Darren Chester criticises state and federal inaction on $10M Mallacoota-Genoa Rd upgrade, citing safety risks, delays, and bureaucratic hurdles hindering critical road resilience projects in Gippsland.

Potential recession looms for Australia if unable to reduce mortgage and rental stress aggravated by high immigrationPotential recession looms for Australia if unable to reduce mortgage and rental stress aggravated by high immigration
Australia faces domestic distress, with high mortgage and rental stress exacerbated by immigration's impact on housing availability, potentially leading to a recession if not addressed.

Exploring nuclear energy as viable solution to rising power costs and achieving sustainable net zeroExploring nuclear energy as viable solution to rising power costs and achieving sustainable net zero
Constituents concerned about rising power costs, especially with gas bans in 2024. Urgent need for nuclear energy discussion for sustainable solutions, logic in energy planning, and achieving net zero.

Ongoing impact of COVID-19 vaccine mandates on medical professionals revealed in submission from Australian Medical Professionals SocietyOngoing impact of COVID-19 vaccine mandates on medical professionals revealed in submission from Australian Medical Professionals Society
Russell Broadbent emphasises that after three and a half years since the pandemic's start, numerous medical professionals in Australia, including doctors, nurses, and paramedics, remain unable to work due to COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Alarm over sinister Misinformation Bill is threatening freedom and democracy in Australia says Russell BroadbentAlarm over sinister Misinformation Bill is threatening freedom and democracy in Australia says Russell Broadbent
Urgent call for public action on concerns rising over sinister Misinformation Bill: Threat to Freedom and Democracy in Australia.

Darren Chester supports Gippsland pharmacists against Labor Prescription Dispensing ChangesDarren Chester supports Gippsland pharmacists against Labor Prescription Dispensing Changes
The government lacks modelling and the Pharmacy Guild warns of financial unviability for small pharmacies. Chester urges the government to respect and address pharmacists' concerns.

Darren Chester ejected from Parliament after accusing Prime Minister of disdain for Gippsland timber workers during fiery Question TimeDarren Chester ejected from Parliament after accusing Prime Minister of disdain for Gippsland timber workers during fiery Question Time
Chester stands by his accusations against the Prime Minister and vows to fight for timber workers and regional communities against government indifference.

Proposed 60-day dispensing policy concerns regional pharmacies with impact to customers and businessesProposed 60-day dispensing policy concerns regional pharmacies with impact to customers and businesses
Pharmacies express concerns over Albanese government's 60-day dispensing policy, citing impact on customers, businesses, jobs, and health services provision.

List of 2023 shovel-ready projects that will benefit region identified by One Gippsland List of 2023 shovel-ready projects that will benefit region identified by One Gippsland
One Gippsland has identified a number of shovel-ready projects ripe for government investment, with the potential to deliver game-changing returns across the region.

Vaccine mandates in Victoria make no sense and cause nothing but miseryVaccine mandates in Victoria make no sense and cause nothing but misery
The COVID-19 vaccine mandates are unscientific and causing untold suffering for families, workforce shortages and economic damage. Russell Broadbent MP urges the federal and Victorian government need to drop these now!

Daniel Andrews Labor government neglect is causing cost of living crisis for regional VictoriansDaniel Andrews Labor government neglect is causing cost of living crisis for regional Victorians
Victorians are staring down the barrel of a cost of living crisis. They need relief on their household bills and more room in their weekly budget to keep the pantry stocked.

Andrews Labor government sells out Gippsland on development of offshore wind to Port of HastingsAndrews Labor government sells out Gippsland on development of offshore wind to Port of Hastings
Offshore wind construction and development that was orginally touted ffor Gippsland has now been sold out by the Andrews Labor government in a paper that nominates the Port of Hastings as the state government's preferred location.

Reports of adverse reactions triggers federal review of vaccination guidelines for childrenReports of adverse reactions triggers federal review of vaccination guidelines for children
Russell Broadbent awaits minister reply as former Commonwealth Deputy Chief Medical Officer says, 'the benefit of the COVID vaccine just isn't there.'

Early closure of coal-fired power station AGL Loy Yang requires considered transition for Latrobe Valley and VictoriaEarly closure of coal-fired power station AGL Loy Yang requires considered transition for Latrobe Valley and Victoria
With Loy Yang A to close by 2035, a decade earlier than expected, Latrobe City Council is standing by its community as it faces resulting in massive job loss.

Expressions of Interest open for community grants across Gippsland until 23 September 2022Expressions of Interest open for community grants across Gippsland until 23 September 2022
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester encouraged local community organisations to apply for funding to support the work of their volunteers.

Darren Chester urges federal government to continue Bairnsdale Patties Foods, APM energy from waste and barramundi farm projectsDarren Chester urges federal government to continue Bairnsdale Patties Foods, APM energy from waste and barramundi farm projects
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has challenged the Prime Minister to prove he will govern for all Australians and has sought urgent action in relation to several critically important projects in Gippsland.

Darren Chester urges to new prime minister to visit Latrobe Valley and expands project fundingDarren Chester urges to new prime minister to visit Latrobe Valley and expands project funding
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has written to new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese regarding the funding of local projects which are critical to the future of the region.

Darren Chester humbled by the 2022 federal election result with 55 percent increase in primary voteDarren Chester humbled by the 2022 federal election result with 55 percent increase in primary vote
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he's 'incredibly humbled' by the 202 federal election result which delivered significant swings to him across the region, despite the change in government.

Russell Northe calls for proof of vaccination rules to end as hard to understand logic or rationale for them to still existRussell Northe calls for proof of vaccination rules to end as hard to understand logic or rationale for them to still exist
Mr Northe raised with the Minister as to when the vaccine mandate rules will be removed for employees which the Member for Morwell also asked back in October 2021.

Federal budget to support Gippsland's recovery with a focus on infrastructure spending and cost of living relief for local familiesFederal budget to support Gippsland's recovery with a focus on infrastructure spending and cost of living relief for local families
Darren Chester MP welcomes commitment to continue funding major infrastructure projects in Gippsland for local roads, bridges, community facilities and better telecommunication services

Why Russell Broadbent used right to choose Ivermectin and vaccine alternatives to help recovery from his COVID-19 infectionWhy Russell Broadbent used right to choose Ivermectin and vaccine alternatives to help recovery from his COVID-19 infection
Russell Broadbent has been open and transparent about being COVID-19 vaccine free, becoming infected with COVID-19 and then his choice to use alternative treatments like Ivermectin against COVID-19.

One Gippsland submits freight fast-track, tourism recovery, digital connectivity and job creation as funding priorities 2022/23 to governmentsOne Gippsland submits freight fast-track, tourism recovery, digital connectivity and job creation as funding priorities 2022/23 to governments
A number of local projects have been identified that will work to increase the liveability and prosperity of our regional cities and local towns.

Examples of repugnant discrimination as unvaccinated in Victoria are persecuted and ostracisedExamples of repugnant discrimination as unvaccinated in Victoria are persecuted and ostracised
As our Prime Minister introduces the Religious Discrimination Bill, it is ironic that unvaccinated people in Victoria are on the receiving end of some of our country's harshest discrimination restrictions.

Housing crisis grips Gippsland as rental availability drops to nearly 50%Housing crisis grips Gippsland as rental availability drops to nearly 50%
A review by One Gippsland has revealed a critical accommodation shortage across the region. The decrease in availavility has lead to massive increae in households seeking social housing assistance.

Pandemic frightens people but that should not stop us asking any questions like if vaccine mandates are effective and what alternative treatments are therePandemic frightens people but that should not stop us asking any questions like if vaccine mandates are effective and what alternative treatments are there
Thoughts and questions about the mandatory vaccinations and vaccine passports.

Where does discrimination end for Gippslanders choosing not to be COVID-19 vaccinatedWhere does discrimination end for Gippslanders choosing not to be COVID-19 vaccinated
The distressing calls received from constituents about to lose their jobs because they choose not to accept the current vaccines available are some of the worst calls I have taken in my life as a parliamentarian.

Darren Chester challenges Gippslanders to buy local produce and shop at local storesDarren Chester challenges Gippslanders to buy local produce and shop at local stores
While we can't physically attend any of our hospitality or retail venues right now you can still support local jobs by purchasing a takeaway meal or buying clothing or gifts via click and collect.

Food

Strengthening community safety in Moe with 35 new CCTV in CBD
Community members and businesses welcomed the installation of 35 new CCTV cameras in the Moe CBD Precinct.

Gary Blackwood MP

Putting Patients First program from Andrews Labor government forgets to fund a new West Gippsland Hospital
The 2022-23 State Budget, with the slogan "Putting Patients First", has failed to deliver a new Hospital for West Gippsland.

Vexatious court claims closes timber coupe for training Victorian essential service personnel at TAFE Gippsland
Timber coupe being used by TAFE Gippsland for training Victorian essential service personnel has been targeted by vexatious court claims resulting in its closure.

Gary Blackwood points out Timber Code of Practice overhaul far from complete
Review of the code and subsequent recommendations have been finished, yet clarity on proposed changes to timber industry has not been released.

Gippsland

Regional Australia Institute report reveals mass migration from Melbourne to peri-urban areas prompting demand fairer government funding
A recent report by the Regional Australia Institute highlights a significant migration from Melbourne to peri-urban areas, prompting calls from Peri-Urban Councils Victoria for fairer government funding to address infrastructure needs.

Contra Guitar Duo Emma-Shay and Hamish performing at Wesley of Warragul on 16 March 2024
Contra Guitar Duo, composed of Emma-Shay and Hamish, presents an intimate recital at Wesley of Warragul. Returning to Brisbane after European performances, they captivate with a diverse program reflecting their unique style and global influences.

Peri Urban Councils Victoria pushes case for increased federal infrastructure funding for fast-growing regions in Gippsland
Peri Urban Councils Victoria urges increased federal funding to support essential infrastructure for fast-growing regions, emphasising the need for investment in placemaking, job creation, digital and transport connectivity.

Elmo's Circus Dream is coming to Wonthaggi on 14 March 2024
Elmo and Sesame Street favourites announce 2024 tour in regional Victoria. Join the enchanting circus journey with Elmo and friends for a magical experience filled with talent, dreams, and life lessons. Get tickets now!

Free program for Gippsland children with epilepsy and their families called Ted-EBear Connection
Epilepsy Action Australia introduces the Ted-EBear Connection program in Gippsland, offering free emotional support to children with epilepsy and families. Each enrolled child receives a teddy bear for comfort during tough times.

Michael Leaney Baw Baw Shire Council Chair leads Peri Urban Councils Victoria to advocate growth management and influence federal policies
Cr Michael Leaney, Chair of Baw Baw Shire Council, and Cr Moira Berry, Deputy Chair of Moorabool Shire Council, lead PUCV. They advocate for managing urban growth and influencing national policies.

Reduce children excessive gaming and links to future gambling harm with Kids Thrive program
International research highlights alarming trends: 10-year-olds gambling, 40% of NSW 12-17 year-olds in potentially harmful gaming. Kids Thrive program, The Bridge, tackles this issue, but Australia hasn't taken action yet.

Groundbreaking proposal to revolutionise climate impact management from South East Councils Climate Change Alliance
SECCCA's 2024-28 platform, 'Working Together for Stronger Climate Action,' emphasises partnership for better local results. Launched to a diverse audience, SECCCA has a 20-year track record in the region.

Gippsland renewable energy transition event to be hosted by Friends of the Earth on 13 to 14 October 2023
Victoria allocates $1 billion to 4.5 GW renewables with Friends of the Earth's backing. Loy Yang A's 2035 closure and worker transition confirmed, AGL coal mine future uncertain, but Gippsland's transition promises jobs and climate action.

Container deposit centres by Return-It will be set up in each of Gippsland shires
Starting on November 1, 2023, CDS Vic will reward Victorians with 10 cents for every eligible bottle. Return-It entity of Re.Group is selected as one of three Network Operators for CDS Vic.

Support Daniher's Drive as it passes through Gippsland from 13 - 16 October 2022 and help fight motor neurone disease
Only one month to go to Daniher's Drive 2022, time to get this wonderful antique on the road!

Record high number of drownings for 2020/21 in Victoria
Life Saving Victoria will release the Victorian 2020 - 21 Drowning Report

Warren Snowdon member for Lingiari retires and ends connection to Old Parliament House
Speech addressed to the parliament on the Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Exempting Disability Payments from Income Testing and Other Measures) Bill 2021.

Great Southern Rail Trail extension between Leongatha and Nyora October 2021 update
Project that will help enhance the accessibility and economic growth of the region.

Nominations are now open for 2022 Australia day awards
Nominations are now open for the 2022 Australia Day Local Government Awards, nominations will only be accepted via the official forms, no other formats will be accepted.

Feedback wanted from Gippslanders on review of the National Landcare Program
Local MP Darren Chester is encouraging Gippslanders to have their say as part of the review of the National Landcare Program.

Gippslanders urged to visit Sale in October to see Australia's oldest and most prestigious art award - Archibald Prize
Entries on Young Archie 2021 exhibition in Gippsland are on exhibition on Level 2 of the Gippsland Art Gallery, from 27 Sep - 21 Nov 2021.

Online guide on how Gippslanders can live sustainably from Wellington Shire Council
Information on how to live sustainably is now easier to find thanks to an upgrade of Wellington Shire Council's online resources for local residents and businesses.

Watch for wildlife throughout Gippsland in warmer weather such as Magpies and snakes
Knowing more about the wildlife and how we can help protect them.

Gippsland lifesaver Barrie Smith of Seaspray and Alpine First Aid and Training recognised in Life Saving Victoria Awards of Excellence
Local lifesavers and facilities from the Gippsland region have been recognised in Life Saving Victoria's (LSV's) 2021 Awards of Excellence.

Gippsland Ports

Barry Beach Marine Terminal anticipates pivotal shift in maritime operations to soon host world largest construction vessel
Barry Beach Marine Terminal managed operations, with pilotage by AMS Group and towage by Engage Marine. Gippsland Ports ensured safety. Future upgrades and advancements aim to enhance operations, including decommissioning projects.

McLoughlins Beach Jetty will be replaced with $18M government funding featuring enhanced fibre reinforced composite materials
Project planning and the majority of approvals have been completed for the McLoughlins Beach Jetty Project with onsite construction works expected to commence in mid-March 2024.

Kalimna Jetty closed 29 January to 29 March 2024 for a 6m extension with redevelopment funded by Recreational Fishing Grant
The Kalimna Jetty will be fully closed from January 29 to March 29 for a 6-metre extension and redevelopment funded by the Recreational Fishing Grant program. Accessible improvements are underway.

Request for quote to dismantle and dispose of 18m motor cruiser at Bullock Island wanted by 25 January 2024
Gippsland Ports (GP) is in search of a qualified contractor to dismantle and dispose of an abandoned 18m steel motor cruiser at Bullock Island Boatyard, Lakes Entrance. Proposals must be submitted by January 25, 2024.

Feedback wanted for Cunninghame Arm in Lakes Entrance on water ski zone by 30 November 2023
Gippsland Ports (GP) raised safety concerns in the 'Water Ski Zone' at Cunninghame Arm due to speed, noise, and vessel issues. A risk assessment followed with GP, Water Police, and Safe Transport Victoria.

Feedback wanted on proposed Pilot Boarding Ground near Port of Corner Inlet and Port Albert by 30 September 2023
Gippsland Ports plans to create a Pilot Boarding Ground (PBG) near Corner Inlet entrance. They seek feedback from mariners, waterway users, and port operators by September 30, 2023. Contact details provided.

Gippsland Ports seeks input on Local Port Area Plan for Port Welshpool Harbour by 12 May 2023
Gippsland Ports seeks input from Port Welshpool Harbour users to develop a plan guiding port operations and infrastructure, aligning with the Sustainable Local Ports Framework.

Sewage pump-out facilities around Gippsland Lakes encouraged to be used by Gippsland Ports
To help to maintain the health of the Gippsland Lakes, Gippsland Ports provides sewage pump-out facilities at a number of different locations around the Lakes.

Expression of interest for purchase and removal of timber vessel MV Undine from Paynesville boatyard closes 23 March 2023
Submission of Expression of Interest for MV UNDINE purchase or removal.

Extra care advised when crossings sand bars to all vessel users by Gippsland Ports
Navigation warning advice on ocean access and bars and crossings.

Gippsland Ports releases process when intending to dispose of vessels
Notice of intent to remove and dispose vessels at Gippsland Ports.

Marginal Wharf at Port Welshpool now have vehicle access restricted
Notice to all Port Welshpool berth holders.

New colour coded berthing zone signs being implemented as part of state-wide approach across Gippsland ports
Gippsland Ports public notice 'Notice establishing set-aside area'.

Gippsland Water

Warragul South Storage Basin gets $400k disinfection system to ensure quality drinking water and reliable infrastructure maintenance
A new disinfection system has been installed at Gippsland Water's Warragul South treated water storage basin to improve reliability and safeguard water quality.

Gunnai artist Alice Pepper to adorn the Stratford water tower to celebrate First Nations water connection
Gippsland Water collaborates with Gunnai artist Alice Pepper to transform the Stratford water tower into a vibrant homage to First Nations' water connection. The artwork symbolises joint efforts to safeguard waterways.

Gippsland Water honoured at Traralgon Rotary Club Pride of Workmanship Awards for exceptional contributions to workplace
At Traralgon Rotary Club's annual Pride of Workmanship Awards, three Gippsland Water team members were commended for their workplace achievements. The theme, 'Do it once, do it well, build a better Australia,' underscored their excellence.

Endangered Strzelecki Gums near Neerim South get their environment improved with successful revegetation by Gippsland Water
Gippsland Water aids endangered Strzelecki Gums through successful revegetation near Neerim South, enhancing biodiversity and habitat quality with nearly 2,000 indigenous plants. Ongoing conservation efforts continue across various locations.

Gippsland Water sponsors Gippsland United Football Club for three years giving over $25,000 to support seven junior teams
Gippsland Water partners with Gippsland United FC for three years, contributing over $25,000 to support junior teams, promote tap water, and encourage active lifestyles. Joint aim: instilling healthy habits in children early.

Gippsland Water invests $48M in Baw Baw Shire to boost system capacity and support growth to Warragul, Drouin, and Yarragon
Gippsland Water invests $48M in Baw Baw Shire to enhance system capacity and infrastructure maintenance, supporting high-growth areas like Warragul, Drouin, and Yarragon.

Selling Drink Gippy Tap bottles community events launched at Moe Earth Market on May 1 2024
Gippsland Water is supporting the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) by donating proceeds from premium reusable water bottles sold at community events. Launched at Moe Earth Market.

Price increase in Wellington Shire will help pay for water security to Cowwarr and Rosedale
Increased water security and mains upgrades are planned for Cowwarr and Rosedale in the 2018-2023 Price Submission, highlighting improvements to Wellington Shire's water and wastewater network, enhancing reliability and infrastructure strength.

Gippsland Water invests $86M to fortify water networks against climate change and population growth in Traralgon, Morwell and Tyers
Gippsland Water allocates $86M for infrastructure to adapt to climate, weather, and population shifts, emphasising resilience for future generations. Projects in 2023-28 plan include major upgrades in Traralgon, Morwell, Tyers.

Gippsland students urged to enter National Water Week poster contest by 6 September 2024
Gippsland Water is extending a warm invitation to the vibrant young minds of local primary, kindergarten, and early learning institutions to partake in its esteemed National Water Week poster competition.

Drouin wastewater treatment plant instals Australia's largest floating solar array of 644 panels as part of Gippsland Water renewable energy plan
Gippsland Water launches Australia's largest floating solar array at Drouin wastewater treatment plant, part of their renewable energy commitment. It powers the plant efficiently, aiding in cost reduction and emission reduction goals.

Gippsland Water aids Wellington Mint-bush conservation through genetic research to increasing numbers and diversity
Gippsland Water supports genetic research on the Wellington Mint-bush, aiding translocation programs to increase its numbers and genetic diversity, crucial for its conservation.

Gippsland Water unveils latest climate change strategy to reach ambitious net zero goals and address climate change effects
Gippsland Water's new Climate Change Strategy aims for net zero targets, emphasising renewable energy, infrastructure upgrades, and environmental stewardship. Acting MD Simon Aquilina highlights progress and future plans.

New colonies of endangered Filmy Maidenhair fern found at Sunny Creek by Gippsland Water found
Gippsland Water's Environment team discovered two new colonies of endangered Filmy Maidenhair fern at Sunny Creek Conservation Reserve, Trafalgar. Acting managing director Simon Aquilina highlighted the success of conservation efforts.

Warragul sewer system expansion in northeast is underway to accommodate residential growth
A $7M contract awarded for upgrading existing infrastructure, ensuring readiness for future demands. Construction begins shortly, targeting mid-2025 completion.

Gippsland Water updates their website to improve user experience inline with customer feedback
The revamped Gippsland Water website prioritises accessibility and user-friendly navigation. Extensive customer engagement, including testing and feedback, informed its design.

Gippsland Water encourages water conservation with tips like half-flush toilets, growing native plants and fixing leaks in 'Reduce your use' campaign
Gippsland Water promotes responsible water usage through its 'Reduce your use' campaign, urging conservation to preserve this finite resource. Tips include half-flush toilets, native plants, and fixing leaks.

Mirboo North and Morwell residents to conserve water until further notice from Gippsland Water while recovering from wild storms
Due to network damage from recent wild weather, Gippsland Water urges water conservation in Mirboo North and Morwell. Free bottled water available. Phone lines down; contact via email.

Gippsland Water celebrates Women and Girls in Science Day showcasing Taylor Woods as role model in environmental science
Gippsland Water honours staff on International Day of Women and Girls in Science, highlighting the importance of gender diversity and showcasing Taylor Woods as a role model in environmental science.

Gippsland Water urges residents to not flushing wipes, tissues and paper towelling as blockages in sewer pipes increase
Gippsland Water urges residents to avoid flushing wipes, tissues, and paper towels, as blockages in sewer pipes increase. Managing director Sarah Cumming warns of costly consequences and environmental risks.

Upgrade to Moe water treatment plant doubles capacity to 24 megalitre water storage basin
A significant achievement has been reached in the Moe water treatment plant, the upgrade is doubling capacity for enhanced water security.

Gippsland Water Vacation Employment Program has university students gain practical experience and link to water industry careers
Gippsland Water's Vacation Employment Program offers 12 university students hands-on experience in various departments, emphasising local career opportunities.

Gippsland Water offers flexible payment plans and government grants to aid customers with their water bills
Gippsland Water is reminding customers that bill assistance is available for those who need it as the festive season begins.

Fire pit for Kurnai College indigenous garden donated by Gippsland Water
Gippsland Water donated a fire pit to Kurnai College indigenous garden, supporting educational yarning sessions. The initiative fosters cultural dialogue and community connections, enhancing the school's Reconciliation Action Plan goals.

Gippsland Water vision to 2050 aims for integrated water management and adapts plan to deal with future challenges
Gippsland Water unveils its 2050 Vision, envisioning integrated water management for people, environment, and economy. The document outlines long-term views and adapts to future challenges, emphasising innovation and adaptability.

Drinking fountains installed at Seaspray pump track and Stratford skatepark by Gippsland Water and Wellington Shire Council
Gippsland Water and Wellington Shire Council unveiled new Drink Gippy Tap branded fountains at Seaspray pump track and Stratford skatepark, promoting tap water, accessibility, and environmental consciousness. Over 50 fountains donated in 10 years.

Thriving endangered Wellington Mint-bush at Dutson Downs to be rejuvenated using ecological burning
Planned ecological burning on the Wellington Mint-bush aims to rejuvenate the aging parent population. Successfully relocated populations enhance species security during ongoing ecological efforts.

Drouin bird enthusiasts can now observe local species with newly installed bird hide at water treatment plant
Minister for Water Harriet Shing and Gippsland Water Managing Director Sarah Cumming inaugurated a new bird hide, enhancing bird watching opportunities. Part of a plant upgrade, it fosters birdwatching and native plant growth.

Gippsland Water encourages everyone to stay hydrated with tap water and not sugary or bottled alternatives through its Drink Gippy Tap campaign
"Drink Gippy Tap" promoting hydration, sustainability, and local water quality. Gippsland Water will engage at local events with educational games, offering reusable bottles and stickers.

Drink Gippy Tap campaign to promote use of tap water launched at Sale show by Gippsland Water
Gippsland Water launches "Drink Gippy Tap" to promote tap water's health, eco, and cost benefits at Sale show. Participants can win reusable bottles and river-themed stickers. Encouraging hydration with local, high-quality tap water.

Dawson Street wastewater pump station in Sale gets $4.8M upgrade by Gippsland Water
The $4.8 million upgrade of the wastewater pump station in Sale enhances capacity, reliability, and odour control for future urban growth. Completed in 2022, it features a deep wet well and benefits the region's infrastructure.

Gippsland Water advises residents to ensure adequate drinking water supply during nearby fires as part of crucial emergency bushfire planning
Gippsland Water is advising residents to ready themselves for bushfires by having an additional water source for firefighting needs. They stress the significance of planning for different emergencies amidst a hotter-than-average summer.

Gippsland Water urges celebrates National Water Week with 'United by Water' theme from 16 to 22 October 2023
National Water Week, celebrated from October 16 to 22, underscores the significance of water in uniting communities. Gippsland Water emphasises the region's water resources' importance and announces winners of its annual colouring competition.

Tom Mollenkopf welcomed as new Board Chair with Jenny Selway and Katie Wyatt as Directors at Gippsland Water
Tom Mollenkopf assumes the role of Board Chair, while Jenny Selway and Katie Wyatt join as Directors at Gippsland Water, effective from October 1, 2023, enrich the organisation with a wealth of diverse experience.

Avoid contact with water at Flooding Creek and Port of Sale being urged by Gippsland Water
Gippsland Water warns against contact with Flooding Creek waterways and Port of Sale due to sewage spill from Park Street sewer pump station caused by heavy rainfall. Authorities notified; efforts to minimise impact ongoing.

Join Walk for Water by walking, running and riding over five days from 2 - 6 October 2023 by Gippsland Water
Gippsland Water supports WaterAid's 'Walk for Water' initiative from October 2 to 6, raising funds and awareness for clean water access worldwide. Join their staff for this meaningful cause. Registration is free online.

Gippsland Water boosts protection with $970K UV Disinfection System at Maffra Treatment Plant
Gippsland Water enhances safety with $970K UV disinfection at Maffra plant. UV tech combats microorganisms without altering water taste, benefiting 8,000+ people.

Protect water metres during mowing season from damage to avoid damage says Gippsland Water
Gippsland Water advises customers to protect water metres during spring mowing to avoid damage. Hidden metres can lead to costly repairs; call 1800 050 500 for location assistance.

Preservation efforts for endangered Filmy Maidenhair Fern at Sunny Creek Conservation Reserve by Gippsland Water
The critically endangered Filmy Maidenhair fern is found at Sunny Creek Conservation Reserve in Trafalgar, Victoria. Gippsland Water's environment team actively preserves this species along with other endangered flora and fauna.

Consideration for wind farm at Dutson Downs continues from Gippsland Water as local interest grows
Gippsland Water continues to consider a wind farm at Dutson Downs after community input, focusing on renewable energy goals and financial viability, with ongoing updates to the community.

Gippsland agribusiness tech remote farm monitoring with probes and bots revolutionising farming
Dutson Downs Agribusiness, owned by Gippsland Water, deploys 'farmbots' and probes for efficient livestock, water, and weather monitoring, advancing property management and innovation.

Upgrades to Sanders Basin in Churchill to ensures water quality to town complete by Gippsland Water
A $2.2 million project at Churchill site includes underdrain and pump system, new liner, and cover for water quality protection. Serving multiple areas, it follows the Northways Basin upgrade.

Join the Gippsland Water customer reference group to share customer perspectives by 27 August 2023
Gippsland Water seeks applications for its customer reference group. Open to diverse applicants, with no formal qualifications needed. Apply by August 27.

Pink bucket arrives for new front end loader arrives at Gippsland Regional Organics confusing locals as to why
Gippsland Regional Organics receives an eye-catching addition - a pink bucket on a new wheeled loader. Staff enjoy its uniqueness during the test drive. Part of equipment replacement plan.

Gippsland Water employees help out at Peoples Kitchen by Morwell Neighbourhood House to providing healthy meals to those in need
The Peoples Kitchen Provides Healthy Meals to Address Food Insecurity, Supported by Gippsland Water Employees and Local Community Volunteers.

Gippsland Water launches customer care campaign to offer more support and flexible payment options
Gippsland Water's Customer Care campaign led by Sarah Cumming promotes support options, flexible payments, and aid for at-risk customers.

Gippsland Water improves Heyfield water treatment plant with hexa-cover floating pads to enhancing water quality
Gippsland Water enhances Heyfield water treatment plant with new Hexa-Cover floating pads, reducing risks and preserving water quality for the community. Completed in June.

Gippsland Water secures 3.33 GL bulk entitlement from Tarago Reservoir to support growth in Warragul and Drouin
Gippsland Water secures a 3.33 GL bulk entitlement from Tarago Reservoir, supporting growth in Warragul and Drouin. Victorian government's Sustainable Water Strategy commitment fulfilled.

Gippsland Water sponsors Morwell Neighbourhood House Lawn Mower Bank
Gippsland Water sponsors Morwell Neighbourhood House's LawnMower Bank, providing free access to mowers, enhancing community pride, and supporting wellbeing initiatives in the region.

Drinking water project at Knob Reserve in Stratford connects Gunaikurnai community and local residents
Joint project by Gippsland Water and GLaWAC brings drinking water to Knob Reserve, benefiting Gunaikurnai community and promoting cultural values. Water fountains with local artwork to be installed.

Minimal bill increases for Gippsland Water customers after acceptance of price submission to Essential Services Commission
Gippsland Water customers will have minimal bill increases due to an accepted price submission that prioritises customer needs, affordability, and fairness.

Ella Fothergill and Chloe Bethune from Federation University Gippsland win Gippsland Water Indigenous Scholarship
Chloe Bethune receives Gippsland Water's Indigenous Scholarship, while Ella Fothergill is awarded the Women in STEM Scholarship. Both will receive financial support and industry experience from Gippsland Water.

Calls for Gippslanders to reduce non-essential water use despite the end of La Nina from Gippsland Water
With the end of the wet La Nina weather pattern, Gippsland Water urges customers to conserve water despite strong infrastructure and supply. Non-essential use reduction is important for future security.

Gippsland Water partners in trial at Waranggatta for ground-breaking process to transform green waste into soil
'Transform green waste into soil trial' program will convert household waste into biochar, potentially creating jobs and a major facility.

Endangered native mouse celebrates breeding success through Victorian Pookila Conservation Breeding and Reintroduction Program
Sweet squeaks of success are sounding at two conservation breeding facilities in Victoria, with the first litters of endangered native Pookila pups, pronounced as poo-KEE-lah, born at Melbourne Zoo and Moonlit Sanctuary.

People expect better value services and lower bills for the next five years from Gippsland Water
Gippsland Water customers can expect better value services and lower bills over the next five years, following the Essential Services Commission's draft determination of its latest price submission released this week.

New drinking fountains at Brennan Park in Sale, Victoria Park in Maffra and Edward Crooke Park in Rosedale
Gippsland Water installs new drinking fountains at Brennan Park in Sale, Victoria Park in Maffra and Edward Crooke Park in Rosedale.

Update on Dutson Downs wind farm community engagement organised by Gippsland Water
Gippsland Water updates the community on Dutson Downs wind farm engagement.

Gippsland Water updates community in regards on Dutson Downs wind farms until 25 February 2023
Gippsland Water community engagement update.

Community feedback wanted for wind farm at Dutson Downs by 5 March 2023
Gippsland Water is asking local residents and customers to help it decide whether land it manages at Dutson Downs should be made available to build or host a wind farm.

Gippsland Water to install 1,200 kW solar array in drive to towards becoming 100 percent renewable energy dependant
Gippsland Water has switched on more than 2000 new solar panels at its largest wastewater treatment plant, the Gippsland Water Factory in Morwell.

Gippsland Water starts works on wastewater pump station on Dawson Street in Sale to support growth with $4.5M funding
The community of Sale will benefit from a major upgrade to the wastewater pump station in Dawson Street.

New wastewater treatment plant in Drouin officially opened
Gippsland Water's new wastewater treatment plant in Drouin, a $55 million plant was officially opened last week by Member for Eastern Victoria, Tom McIntosh MP.

Gippsland Regional Organics facility set for expansion to broaden organic intake and create more jobs
Gippsland Water's organics recycling facility at Dutson Downs is set to undergo a major expansion, creating up to eight new ongoing jobs.

Gippsland Water customers to have lower bills and better value for 2023-28
Gippsland Water customers can expect better value services and lower bills over the next five years, according to the water corporation's latest price submission to the Essential Services Commission.

Gippsland Water customer satisfaction survey for 20220 is now underway and your feedback is wanted
Gippsland Water is asking its customers to share their feedback as part of its annual customer satisfaction survey, to be conducted over the next six weeks.

Much-needed certainty for Warragul and Drouin water supply outlined in Gippsland Water Urban Water strategy and other related reports
The announcement came this week with the release of the Victorian government's Central and Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy and Gippsland Water's Urban Water Strategy.

Have your say on performance Gippsland Water as part of their annual community report
Gippsland Water invites you to share your thoughts on Gippsland Water performance.

Lower bills for Gippsland Water customers over next five years touted in latest Essential Services Commission price submission
Gippsland Water customers could see lower bills and increased value under its draft proposal for the next five years.

Gippsland Water draft Price Submission to the Essential Services Commission ready for community feedback sought in early July
More than 3,500 customers have helped shape Gippsland Water's plans and pricing for the next five years.

Gippsland Water invites primary school students to create their water story for the 2022 National Water Week poster competition
To celebrate National Water Week, Victorian water corporations are inviting primary school students to explore their own water stories and imagination and create a poster that reflects what it means to them.

Gippsland Women's Health

Gippsland Women's Health to hold series of roadshow from 12 September to 21 October 2022 across the region while celebrating 30 years operation
Gippsland Women's Health celebrates their 30 years in service.

Harriet Shing MP

Allan Labor government invests $5.2M in regional Victoria via $25M Council Support Package to improve tourism and infrastructure
Labor government boosts regional Victoria with $5.2M in grants from the $25M Council Support Package. Projects enhance tourism, infrastructure, businesses, and community support across Gippsland, Latrobe City, South Gippsland, and East Gippsland.

Drouin Secondary College staff member with 55 years service congratulated by Minister Ben Carroll for dedication
Eastern Victoria's longest-serving teachers were honoured for their dedication. Minister Ben Carroll congratulated 275 staff for decades of service. Drouin Secondary College has a staff member with 55 years dedicated.

Neerim District Community House & Men's Shed gets $50,000 as part of Victorian government effort to protect legacy of veterans
The Allan Labor Government backs Victoria's veterans, enhancing memorials and community structures. Neerim District Community House & Men's Shed secured $50,000. $890,000 is allocated to 34 groups statewide for this purpose.

ACV/GARDS gets $560K for Gippsland asbestos victims and additional $19.3M for asbestos removal from Victorian Labor government
The Allan Labor government invests $560,000 in Gippsland for asbestos victims through ACV/GARDS. An additional $19.3 million aids asbestos removal in government buildings. Victoria and Queensland lead in banning engineered stone.

Victorian government budget supports safer regional roads with $11.5M for Princes Highway East and $10.7M for Sale Alternative Truck Route
The Allan Labor government's inaugural Budget prioritises Eastern Victoria families with investments in education, healthcare, and community initiatives, fostering a better future.

Morwell Mens Shed gets $77k from Victorian government to enhance health and wellbeing of communities.
The Allan Labor government supports community health by funding 28 Men's Sheds, including Morwell Men's Shed, receiving $77,589 for a new facility.

Latrobe City Council receives almost $3M to combat family violence and all violence against women
Allan Labor government's announcement prompts statewide councils to implement initiatives under the 2024-27 Free from Violence Local Government Program, fostering community awareness. Latrobe City Council will receive $250,000 over three years.

Warragul Cemetery Trust to receive $14,000 grant from Victorian government to ensure its long-term future and modern facilities
The Allan Labor government allocates $700K+ to upgrade public cemeteries in Victoria. Warragul Cemetery Trust receives $14K grant; 48 trusts benefit. Grants ensure modern facilities and community remembrance.

Latrobe Youth Space receives $250,000 from Victorian government to ensure ongoing support for local youth services
The Allan Labor government invests $250,000 in the Latrobe Youth Space, ensuring ongoing support for local youth, while facilitating pathways to independence and future funding opportunities.

Olivia's Place in Warragul receives $100,000 funding to provide free essential items to support struggling families
The Allan Labor government supports Gippsland families through Olivia's Place grant, offering essentials alongside broader parental support like maternal health, breastfeeding, Early Parenting Centres, and free statewide kindergarten.

Moe Fire Brigade gets modernised with $2.3M funding from Victorian government
Moe's new fire station, funded by the Allan Labor government with $2.3 million, boasts modern amenities for 42 volunteers, supporting the 90-year legacy of the 11-member brigade, vital for District 27's safety.

Fishing fun expands this school holiday as rainbow trout stocked across Victoria
Andrews Labor government Stocks 800 Rainbow Trout at Lake Hyland for School Holidays, Part of $96 Million Fishing Enhancement Initiative. Enjoy Family Fishing in Victoria!

Bairnsdale, Traralgon and Wonthaggi to share in $54M funding for Mental Health and Wellbeing Connect Centres
The Andrews Labor government in Victoria, Australia, has opened Mental Health and Wellbeing Connect Centres, the first of their kind in the country, supporting caregivers of loved ones with mental health issues.

TAFE Gippsland named Large Training Provider of the Year at Victorian Training Awards
TAFE Gippsland named Large Training Provider of the Year at Victorian Training Awards. Minister Tierney commends regional skill opportunities and government investments in campus development.

Cancellation of $6B Regional Victorian Commonwealth Games due to excessive cost
Victorian Commonwealth Games cancelled due to $6B cost. $2B package to deliver housing, tourism, sporting benefits. Termination of Host Agreement; infrastructure projects continue.

Have your say on planned telemarketing ban an increased compliance to reduce energy needs and emissions in Victorian homes
The Andrews Labor government will ban telemarketing for products under the VEU program, strengthen compliance, consult consumer groups, and reintroduce incentives for energy-efficient refrigerated cabinets.

Victoria government invests $130M into support teachers to ensure fair compensation when working on camp programs
The Andrews government invests $130M to support teachers in meeting time-in-lieu requirements, ensuring enriching school camps and recognizing their dedication.

Local artists Jessie McLennan and Rebecca Vandyk-Hamilton create bronze sculpture to honour leadership from three Kurnai women
Bronze sculpture honours Kurnai women's leadership, culture in Drouin Civic Park during National Reconciliation Week, supported by the Victorian Women's Public Art program.

Fairness prioritised by investing in landmark treaty, child protection and public housing by Andrews Labor government
The Andrews Labor government invests in landmark Treaty and truth processes, child protection, women, veterans, public housing, LGBTIQ+ communities, and multicultural Victorians to create a fairer state.

Promises of renewable energy, education, healthcare, mental health, regional services and community support fulfilled by Andrews Labor government
Andrews Labor government invests in community promises: renewable energy, education, skills training, healthcare, mental health, regional services, and community support.

Victoria government provides enhanced support package for timber workers to remove uncertainty and accelerate transition from native logging
Victorian government provides expanded transition support of $200 million to timber workers and communities, facilitating the move away from native timber logging by January 2024.

New Blended Learning Hub in Morwell gets $5.2M funding will help boost Gippsland education
The Andrews Labor government will establish a new Blended Learning Hub in Morwell to boost rural and regional education with $5.2 million investment, offering students from 15 government secondary schools specialised subjects.

New Latrobe Special Developmental School facilities for nearly 90 students in Traralgon with $13.3M from Victorian government
State-of-the-art facilities for 88 students with diverse needs are provided by the Latrobe SDS regeneration project, including Traralgon College and further funding for stage two. The Victorian government invested $12.8B for new schools.

Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership will create regional centre in Moe for Gippsland
Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership expands with $33.8 million investment, opening 7 regional centres for high-quality professional learning.

Victorian Landcare and Junior Grants for 2023 are now open for application for up to $20,000
Environmental volunteer groups in Gippsland can seek funding of up to $20,000 through the Victorian Landcare Grants to undertake on-ground projects and community education initiatives aimed at safeguarding or enhancing the natural environment.

V/Line trains and regional buses fare cap for Victorians now in effect to boost public transport network and make options
Regional Victorians benefit from affordable transport with fare cap, which applies to all regional buses, town buses and V/Line trains, and boosts public transport network.

Gippsland sporting groups encouraged to apply for latest round of Victorian Sporting Club Grants
Grassroots sports and active recreation clubs and organisations across Gippsland are being urged to apply for funding to boost their equipment, skills, and administration expertise.

Warragul Leisure Centre Stadium $6M upgrade from the Victorian government Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus
Local basketball and netball can look forward to doubling the action with the expansion of the Warragul Leisure Centre Stadium into a four-court venue, now underway thanks to the Victorian government.

Applications for 2023 Creators Fund for Gippsland creative professionals open until 22 February 2023
Local creative professionals with big ideas to transform their practice and build their skills and careers are invited to apply for the latest round of the Victorian government's creative R&D program, the Creators Fund.

Drouin to benefit from $270M Free Kinder programs as part of the Best Start, Best Life reform from Victorian government
Drouin children will be learning at a brand-new local kindergartens in Term 1, making early childhood education more accessible and helping families avoid the dreaded double drop-off, thanks to the Andrews Labor government.

Gippsland Australian Muslim Community and International Womens Group receives $2,000 each from multicultural infrastructure fund
Having safe and secure places to celebrate and share cultural history and traditions ensures Victoria's multicultural communities continue to build connections and celebrate diversity.

Traralgon-based artist Marilyn Fenton to develop public artwork in Morwell and Traralgon stations as part of the Gippsland Line Upgrade
The Andrews Labor government has enlisted local artist Marilyn Fenton to develop permanent public artworks for Morwell and Traralgon stations as part of the Gippsland Line Upgrade.

Youth Prevention and Recovery Care network in Traralgon gets $141M funding from Andrews Labor government
Building more facilities that provide early intervention care and recovery-focused treatment will reduce pressure on Victoria's hospitals.

Latrobe and West Gippsland to get $404,066 grants from Victorian government Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program
The Andrews Labor government has invested $404,066 in SES and CFA units across the Latrobe Valley and West Gippsland to provide essential operational equipment and vehicles to help them respond more efficiently to emergencies.

New multi-million dollar ambulance stations in Moe and Warragul are state-of-the-art ambulance resources
The Andrews Labor government is boosting ambulance resources in Moe and Warragul, to make sure paramedics have the facilities and support they need to quickly respond to local emergencies and save lives.

Community consultation on new home for Mallacoota paramedics and ambulance officers on 27 October 2022
The Andrews Labor government is building a new state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly ambulance branch for Mallacoota, with the community being urged to have a say on its future.

Drouin to get 40 new car parking spaces to Drouin Station under Victorian government Car Parks for Commuters program
The Andrews Labor government is making it easier than ever before to catch the train with hundreds of new and upgraded station car parks now open across the state.

South Gippsland Group of Melbourne Legacy and Warragul RSL share in $16,141.42 Anzac Day proceeds
The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to support and honour Victoria's veteran community, backing dozens of programs to boost the wellbeing of veterans and their families.

Saint Ita School receives $2M funding from from Victorian Non-Government Schools Capital Fund
Students at Catholic and Independent schools across Baw Baw Shire will benefit from better facilities and upgraded classrooms - thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor government.

Gippslanders gets $68,620 funding for UV reduction in latest round of Community Shade Grants program
More communities will be protected from the sun's harmful UV rays, from the Andrews Labor government's Community Shade grants program helping communities to install shade in public areas such as sports clubs, parks, and playgrounds.

Goodstart Early Learning in Traralgon and Oak Street Kindergarten in Drouin get upgrade funded from Building Blocks Improvement program
The Andrews Labor government is helping kindergartens to upgrade and improve their centres, giving every Victorian child the best start to life.

Latrobe Regional Hospital to expand with $217M funding from Victorian Health Building Authority
The Andrews Labor government is delivering the best healthcare for families in the Latrobe Valley with a $217 million expansion of the Latrobe Regional Hospital taking shape, with all structural works now complete.

Ten community projects across West Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley to receive funding through Victorian government Living Local Fund
The Andrews Labor government is continuing to support local community groups across West Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley with the infrastructure and services they need to grow and thrive.

Gippsland on target for five sports events for Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games
The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games in Gippsland.

Upgrade works at Walhalla Road to dramatically improve safety for road users
Delivering new safety measures for Walhalla Road.

Victorian government invests $2.2M funding into fast-growing Baw Baw communities via Growing Suburbs Fund
The Andrews Labor government is continuing to support fast-growing communities across Cardinia Shire and the Yarra Ranges with the infrastructure they need.

Re-elected Victorian Labor government will invest upto $675M to build a new hospital in Drouin
A re-elected Andrews Labor government will build a new state-of-the-art hospital and public aged care facility for residents in West Gippsland, delivering better care closer to home.

Good Land Brewing Co opens nine new jobs gets and $45,000 funding from Latrobe Valley Business and Industry Capability Fund
A Latrobe Valley micro-brewery has gone from strength to strength in its first year of trading, winning awards and providing new job opportunities for locals thanks to support from the Andrews Labor government.

Schools across Gippsland share in $11.24M upgrade funding as part of Victorian government maintenance blitz
Students and teachers at schools across Gippsland will benefit when the Victorian government's latest maintenance blitz gets underway.

Delivering safe water for next 50 years launched at Officer Primary School with Central and Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy
The Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy was developed to ensure access to safe drinking water and strengthen resilience.

Parts of Latrobe Valley get free WIFI and better mobile reception with $1.3M funding boost from state government and Connecting Victoria
Free WiFi will continue to be available in parts of the Latrobe Valley, while residents, businesses and visitors will soon have access to better mobile reception thanks to the Andrews Labor government.

Bairnsdale Regional Health Service gets $85,000 upgrade to improve well being of aged care residents
Bairnsdale Regional Health Service success in aged care grants that will benefit Bairnsdale Regional Health Nursing Home, Jacaranda House Hostel and Sutherland Lodge to improve aged care wellbeing.

Feedback on measures to mitigate Loch Sport foreshore coastal erosion open until 20 September 2022
Loch Sport foreshore community feedback on the adaptation measures identified in the study to help inform erosion management actions and or adaptation measures for the Loch Sport Foreshore opened on 19 August and will close on 18 September 2022.

Gippsland Lakes gets $4M funding from Victorian government to improve habitat and protect native wildlife
Andrews Labor government is protecting the internationally significant Gippsland Lakes by investing in projects that improve habitat, protect native wildlife, and benefit the local community.

Gippsland Plains Rail Trail gets $1M upgrade from Andrews Labor government to boost tourism
Visitors will now have safer and easier access along the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail thanks to the completion of a major upgrade funded by the Andrews Labor government.

Applications open for funding for Gippsland Logistics Precinct in Morwell to create jobs in Latrobe Valley
The Victorian government is unlocking more job opportunities for rural and regional Victorian communities, with the next round of the flagship Regional Jobs and Infrastructure fund now open for applications.

Foster Stadium upgraded with $253,000 from South Gippsland Shire Council and $2.26M from Victorian government
Local basketball, netball, football, and badminton are just some of the sports set to benefit from the recent transformation of the Foster Stadium thanks to the Victorian government.

Tribute to Gippsland schools and staff for their long service and dedication via Recognition of Service to Victorian Education
Celebrating eastern Victoria's longest-serving public education staff.

New pitch lighting at Thorpdale and Longwarry Recreation Reserves from $250,000 Victorian government funding
The Longwarry Crows and Thorpdale Blues football teams can now play day and night thanks to the completion of the new pitch lighting at Thorpdale and Longwarry Recreation Reserves.

West Gippsland gets more than 300 new three-and four-year-old extra kindergarten places from Victorian government
The Andrews Labor government is helping families in West Gippsland get their kids into early childhood learning by creating more than 300 new three-and four-year-old kindergarten places.

People with an eating disorder to get more support with $20M funding from Victorian government
More Victorians living with an eating disorder will receive the support they need to recover and live happy, healthy lives, thanks to record investment from the Andrews Labor government.

Part of Gippsland Performing Arts Centre $42M redevelopment opens up opportunities for regional creative community workers
The Andrews Labor government is supporting local creative workers and community activities in Traralgon, with the unveiling of new spaces, facilities, and training programs at Gippsland Performing Arts Centre.

Coal mine rehabilitation made a priority for Latrobe Valley from Victorian government amendment to Mineral Resources Act
The Andrews Labor government is improving the management of coal mine land in the Latrobe Valley once production ceases.

Latrobe Valley Ladder Step Up program celebrates fourth year getting young people engaged in education, training and employment
Over the past four years, Ladder program participants have achieved outstanding outcomes, re-engaged in education, employment, and training.

Andrews Labor government invests $12B for more staff, better hospitals and first-class patient care for Eastern Victorian in 2022/23 budget
The Andrews Labor government is putting patients first in Eastern Victoria.

Gippsland Cancer Care Centre to get new Linear Accelerator as part of $11M funding package from the Victorian 2022/23 budget
Regional cancer patients will have access to brand new radiotherapy services closer to home, thanks to a massive funding boost in the Victorian Budget 2022/23.

Strzelecki Highway between Morwell and Mirboo North gets $8.25M to improve safety and reduce travel time from Victorian 2022/23 budget
The Andrews Labor government is improving safety and travel times along the Strzelecki Highway with a new overtaking lane along the key tourism and agricultural route.

Yinnar Primary School and stadium gets $7.3M for upgrades and modernisation from Victorian 2022/23 budget
The Andrews Labor government is making sure students at Yinnar Primary School have better learning environments, with a huge investment to deliver a major upgrade for the growing school.

TAFE Gippsland Warragul campus upgrade complete and now world-class training facility
The Andrews Labor government has completed its multimillion-dollar upgrade of TAFE Gippsland's Warragul campus, giving local jobseekers the chance to train in world-class facilities before entering a rewarding career.

Latrobe Regional Hospital gets $217M funding for its expansion through the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA)
Latrobe Regional Hospital expansion means additional facilities that will give support to the region's increasing and complex health demands.

Youth-specific rehabilitation facility on Northern Avenue in Traralgon officially opened as part of Victorian Ice Action Plan
Latrobe Valley and Gippsland youth to get the alcohol and drugs rehabilitation support they need through Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA).

Latrobe Valley Bus Lines to introduce electric busses as part of $20M three-year zero emissions trial
Latrobe Valley Bus Lines will introduce the first electric bus in 2022, which is expected to travel on nine existing bus routes across the Latrobe Valley.

Gippsland to share in $3B Victorian economy boost from 2026 Commonwealth Games
Gippsland is set to shine on the world sporting stage in 2026, with the region being confirmed as one of the four regional hubs to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Social housing investment in Warragul of $6.85M means more Victorians to a home through Andrews Labor government
More Victorians will have a place to call home thanks to the Andrews Labor government's social housing investment in Warragul.

New female friendly pavilion at Darnum Recreation Reserve from $500,000 grant Victorian government Local Sports Infrastructure Fund
The netballers at Nilma Darnum Football Netball Club can say goodbye to changing in the back of the car, thanks to the completion of the new game changing female friendly pavilion at the Darnum Recreation Reserve in Darnum.

Moe Apex Park gets $60,000 lighting upgrades from Victorian Community Safety Infrastructure grant to improve surveillance and visibility
Families and community members can now feel safer while enjoying Moe's community parks, thanks to new lighting funded through the Andrews Labor Government's Community Crime Prevention Program.

Dan Andrews officially opened Morwell Trade Skills Centre (MTSC) as part of a $35.5M rejuvenation of TAFE Gippsland
The Andrews Labor Government is giving more Gippsland job seekers access to world-class trades training with the opening of a new multimillion dollar Morwell Trade Skills Centre at TAFE Gippsland.

Latrobe Valley renewable energy Investment by Andrews Labor Government to reducing emissions and create jobs
The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to invest in renewable energy in the Latrobe Valley and beyond - reducing emissions and creating jobs.

Andrews Labor government delivers Australia's first offshore wind farms to drive regional investment, slash emissions and create jobs
The Andrews Labor government will deliver Australia's first offshore wind farms with a strong plan to drive regional investment, slash emissions and create jobs.

Gippsland Performing Arts Centre officially opened by Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas as centerpiece of the $42M Latrobe Creative Precinct
The much-anticipated Gippsland Performing Arts Centre has opened its doors to the public, with the state-of-the-art space to become a drawcard for locals and visitors bringing top acts to the region.

Puffing Billy tradition of sitting on window sills returns to the iconic heritage Victorian railway
The time-honoured tradition of sitting on the sills of Puffing Billy will make its long-awaited return to the iconic heritage railway from today.

Victorian power saving bonus of $250 extended until 30 June 2022
The Victorian Government is extending the popular $250 Power Saving Bonus payment to support more vulnerable households doing it tough with energy bills.

Vixens to play two pre-season games at Traralgon's Gippsland Regional Indoor Stadium in February
Gippsland netball fans are in for a treat this month, with the Vixens playing two pre-season games at Traralgon's Gippsland Regional Indoor Stadium in February.

Food relief across the Latrobe Valley funded $16,700 from Food Relief Financial Reserve
The Victorian Government is ensuring those who are doing it tough during the pandemic can continue putting a meal on the table, with funding to deliver food to Victorians who need it most.

Mirboo North Pool reopens with updated facilities from $3.6M low interest loan from Community Sports Infrastructure Loans Victorian government scheme
Mirboo North's updated pool facilities are open in time for summer fun, thanks to a community sports loan from the Victorian Government.

Baw Baw Civic Precinct initial development gets $3.5M funding from Victorian government Growing Suburbs Fund
A landmark community precinct for the people of Warragul is now a step closer to reality, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.

Applications open for Gippsland Recycling centres grants up to $500,000 from Victorian government $40.9M Regional Recycling Fund
Recycling centres across regional Victoria including in Gippsland can apply for grants of up to $500,000 for infrastructure upgrades as part of Round One of the $40.9 million Regional Recycling Fund.

Bunyip Cemetery Trust funded $12,000 and Warragul Cemetery Trust funded $15,000 from 2021-22 Cemetery Grants Program
Upgrades and maintenance to be done to Bunyip Cemetery and Gulwarra Heights Memorial Park.

Free pair of glasses for 176 students across West Gippsland and Latrobe Valley from Andrews Labor Victorian government
One thousand more Victorian students can now see more clearly and concentrate better at school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government's free Glasses for Kids program.

Latrobe Regional Hospital expands Mobile Targeted Assertive Outreach mental health team
Government investment for services and support for young Victorians.

A new skate park for Rawson community in Baw Baw Shire
Rawson locals have come together to celebrate the official opening of their new skate park, backed by funding from the Andrews Labor Government.

Andrews Labor Government provides more support service for LGBTIQ+ community in Morwell
The Andrews Labor Government is providing more support to LGBTIQ+ Victorians and their family in the Latrobe Valleywith new free counselling at Anglicare Victoria.

Baw Baw and Latrobe City community organisations share over $1.3 million funding from Shade Grants program
Ensuring the community from the harmful rays of the sun.

Andrews Labor Government will double capacity of Victoria's Youth Prevention and Recovery Care (YPARC) network
An investment to support more young Victorians mental health.

More ambulances and paramedics for Latrobe Valley from Andrews Labor government
More ambulances and paramedics for the Latrobe Valley to ensure locals get the best care.

More cutting-edge equipment for Gippsland Tech School to deliver more innovative STEM learning programs
The Gippsland Tech School will soon be more high-tech to support Victorian Tech Schools to buy new equipment and deliver more innovative STEM learning programs.

Upgrades and specialist equipment for Gippsland early childhood education centres via Victorian government Building Blocks Inclusion fund
Upgrades to early childhood education centres and specialist equipment to help improve learning outcomes.

Haunted Hills Mountain Bike Park trails in Moe to be further extended via Regional Tourism Investment Fund
Victorian Government is supporting the extension of a popular mountain bike track in Gippsland.

Health Advocate Jane Anderson re-appointed by state government to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Latrobe Valley
The Victorian Government is ensuring the right leadership is in place to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the Latrobe Valley.

Grants for creative workers open from state government' 'Sustaining Creative Workers' initiative
The Victorian Government's Sustaining Creative Workers initiative is now open for applications, providing critical support to Victoria's independent creative sector when they need it most.

Victorian businesses and community organisations can apply for $2,000 grants from COVIDSafe Outdoor Activation Voucher Program
The Victorian Government is helping businesses and the community breathe new life into local neighbourhoods as vaccination progressively delivers greater freedoms across the state from Friday.

Gippsland not-for-profit kindergardens can apply for grants from $7.5M from state government fund to improve ventilation
Victorian Government is helping kindergarten services across Eastern Victoria reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission, with support for better ventilation measures to help keep children and staff COVIDSafe.

Gippsland Disability Advocacy received $40,000 to connect carers from across Gippsland through formal and informal peer support programs
Local unpaid carers who selflessly support their loved ones will receive more support from the Victorian Government to help care for their own wellbeing.

Support for senior vocational education students (VET) from Andrews Labor government
The Victorian Government is making sure every secondary school student whose Vocational Education and Training (VET) studies have been disrupted by the pandemic will receive extra support to complete their certificates.

Tutor program to continue in schools across Eastern Victoria until 2022
The Victorian Government will make sure that not one school student across Eastern Victoria is left behind in the wake of the pandemic, with the state's extraordinarily successful tutor program to continue until the end of 2022.

Traralgon and Warragul to benefit from Andrews Victorian government rural residential aged care facilities renewal program
The Victorian Government is upgrading public sector residential aged care services across Eastern Victoria, creating new jobs and ensuring hundreds of older Victorians continue to receive the care and comfort they deserve.

Expanded free TAFE turbocharges post-covid Victoria and Gippsland
Additional TAFE courses ensuring appropriate training for Victorian job seekers.

Morwell Parklands Preschool gets $500,000 grant from Victorian state government 'Building Blocks' program
The Victorian Government is making sure young children have access to the best kinder facilities with hundreds of projects to upgrade and improve learning environments while supporting local jobs across Victoria.

The Andrews Labor government invests $5.7 million for new social housing homes in Drouin and Morwell
Government investment to provide support housing for the less advantaged people.

Baw Baw Shire Council shares in state funding to help residents understand the four-bin recycling system
Victorian councils are being supported to roll out new education campaigns to help residents understand the four-bin recycling system, as part of the Victorian Government's goal to divert 80% of waste from landfill.

Enrolments for Free TAFE in Gippsland up by 29 percent for 2020
More than 13,000 jobseekers enrolled in the Andrews Labor Government's Free TAFE initiative across TAFE Gippsland, Box Hill Institute and Chisholm Institute last year, making rewarding career pathways a reality for thousands of Victorians.

Gippsland government schools can apply for state funded solar panels through Greener Government School Buildings program
Applications for the school solar panel system are now open.

Gippsland live performance presenters and suppliers can apply for state support from event cancellations between May and September
The Victorian Government is providing more support for live performance events that have been cancelled due to the recent coronavirus restrictions.

Baw Baw Shire and Latrobe City Council get extra $13,200 from state government 'Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program'
Eastern Victorian Councils will receive more funding to help them prepare for and respond to emergencies thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.

Call for Gippsland schools, community organisations and sporting clubs to apply for grants to increase shade from sun via state government sunshade program
Government program to better protect the community while having their time outdoors.

Low-income Gippsland households can apply for $1,000 rebate to replace old heaters from state government 'Home Heating and Cooling Upgrade' program
Heating upgrade grant to support low-income households.

Eight major Gippsland businesses get research and advice through the 'Driving Gippsland's Food and Fibre Agenda' program
Gippsland's vital food and fibre sector is set to benefit with seven local businesses selected to participate in a new innovative initiative, backed by the Andrews Labor Government.

Repairing Morwell River Diversion for Yallourn mine to ensure energy supply agreed on between Energy Australian and Victorian government
Works to repair the damage in the Morwell River Diversion (MRD) near the Yallourn coal mine to secure Victoria's energy supply have been agreed upon between the Victorian Government and Energy Australia.

TAFE Gippsland gets $4 million upgrade from 'TAFE Asset Maintenance Fund' to cater for growing enrolments at Warragul Campus
Warragul students will soon move into new state-of-the-art facilities at TAFE Gippsland, funded by the Andrews Labor Government.

Anglicare Victoria continues to supporting young people in Latrobe Valley stay away from crime via Youth Crime Prevention Grants program
Through the Andrews Labor Government Youth Crime Prevention Grants program (YCPG), Anglicare Victoria has been awarded $350,000 to continue helping young people find pathways away from offending.

Funding $2.69 million goes to four major Gippsland businesses and Latrobe City Council via Regional Recovery Fund
The Andrews Labor Government is accelerating regional Victoria's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic by investing in Eastern Victoria to create jobs and stimulate the local economy.

Pakenham railway line to have boom gate removed by 2025
The Andrews Labor Government will make Melbourne's longest train line level crossing-free, with the last five dangerous and congested level crossings on the Pakenham line to be gone for good by 2025.

Shooting clubs across Gippsland to benefit from Victorian government's 'Shooting Sports Facilities Program'
Shooting clubs across Eastern Victoria are celebrating after securing funding to upgrade their facilities.

Stars align in Latrobe Valley as Women's Big Bash Cricket featuring home-grown Nicole Faltum heads to Moe
The Big Bash summer of cricket will sizzle in the City of Latrobe with the Melbourne Stars to make their WBBL debut at Moe's Ted Summerton Oval on October 23 and 24.

Latrobe Valley paper will continue to be sent by rail for export and distribution as key Gippsland freight service gets stimulus for Victorian government
Improvements on train tracks that will help ensure its daily runs.

Funding to support that landcare facilitator roles in Gippsland and Eastern Victoria
Funding to support facilitator jobs that would help improve landcare and biodiversity.

Lights upgrade for at Bellbird Park in Drouin and soccer pitch at Trafalgar Recreation Reserve
Winter sports have been illuminated in Drouin and Trafalgar thanks to three significant lighting upgrades delivered by Baw Baw Shire Council.

Innovation centre boosts the Latrobe Valley economy
Innovation centre that helps in boosting the creation of jobs and the region's economy, supporting the development that is beneficial to the valley.

More jobs in Latrobe Valley as Govhub opens for business
GovHub to open and create more jobs in the community and support economic growth.

How Labor is helping regional communities like Gippsland recover from storms
Funding made available to help communities recover from the storm.

Latrobe Local News

Have your say on Latrobe City Waste Survey to help improve waste and recycling practices by 1 July 2024
Latrobe City Council is seeking insights into community waste and recycling behaviours to enhance resource recovery. Complete the survey for a chance to win a $100 Visit Latrobe City gift card and help shape our efforts to reduce waste.

Moe Revitalisation Project wins Victorian Architecture Award in 2024
Latrobe City Council is proud to announce that the Moe Revitalisation Project Stage 2, completed in September 2023, has received the Regional Achievement Award at the 2024 AILA Landscape Architecture Awards.

Gunaikurnai artist Alfred Hudson 'Mother's Night Sky' artwork adorns stargazing signage across Gippsland
A project led by a Gunaikurnai artist brings cultural stories to life through stargazing signage across 13 Gippsland locations. Supported by funding, it aims to enhance understanding and appreciation of Indigenous connection to the night sky.

Latrobe City Council receives 2024 Maggolee Award 2024 from Reconciliation Victoria
Latrobe City Council proudly accepted a Maggolee Award from Reconciliation Victoria. The Family Services team, honoured at Moonee Valley, promotes reconciliation and community empowerment.

Have your say on Draft Youth Infrastructure Plan for Latrobe City that aims to improve outdoor recreation areas
The draft Youth Infrastructure Plan aims to enhance outdoor recreational spaces for young people, supporting their health and wellbeing. Council seeks community input to improve facilities and guide future youth recreation projects.

Latrobe City Council endorses uniform signage across municipality recreational areas to ensure consistency
In June, Council endorsed the revised Recreation Reserve and Facilities Signage Policy to ensure consistent signage across Council-owned recreational areas, benefiting community engagement and local businesses.

Latrobe City Council's 2024/25 Budget earmarks $30M for road maintenance and ongoing infrastructure initiatives projects
Latrobe City Council's 2024/25 Budget, endorsed after community input, allocates $29.8M to municipal projects, with $38.8M from previous budgets. Major endeavours include road maintenance and ongoing infrastructure initiatives.

Transition roadmap with local job quotas for wind and hydrogen energy training centres to support the transition from coal power
At its June meeting, Council endorsed a submission to the Victorian Energy Jobs Plan, advocating for a transition roadmap, local job quotas, and wind and hydrogen training centres in Latrobe City.

Creative Latrobe holds 'Conference of the Birds' at Boolarra at Centenary Park on 25 May 2024
Latrobe City Council and the Latrobe Health Assembly collaborate to enhance community safety and connection through bold public art installations across Traralgon, Morwell, Moe, Churchill, and Boolarra, chosen based on community feedback.

Latrobe Community Grant Program 2024/25 closes 1 July 2024
Apply for Latrobe City Council's 2024/25 Community Grant Program - Round 1 from June 3 to July 1, 2024. It aids local projects in five areas, promoting community engagement and enhancing infrastructure and events. Mayor Darren Howe urges involvement.

See rising stars at Badminton Victoria Junior State Circuit in Latrobe City on 1 to 2 June 2024
Experience two days of thrilling competition as Victoria's top young badminton players showcase their talent in Latrobe City on June 1-2, 2024. Hosted by Badminton Victoria, this event promises excitement and sportsmanship.

Latrobe City Council showcases vital roles of locals and participation opportunities as part of National Volunteer 20-26 Week May 2024
Latrobe City Council celebrates National Volunteer Week from May 20-26, 2024, emphasising volunteering significance and encouraging community involvement. The theme 'Something for Everyone' underscores inclusivity in volunteering.

Applications for Regional Tourism Investment Fund 2024 with grants up to $5M open until 19 July 2024
New funding for tourism infrastructure projects is now available. Applications close July 19, 2024. Latrobe City Council offers support. Grants range from $100,000 to $5 million.

Feedback wanted on Latrobe City Council draft Events and Visitor Economy Strategy 2024 - 2028 by 4 June 2024
Council resolved to release the draft Events and Visitor Economy Strategy 2024 - 2028 for public submissions. The strategy outlines Latrobe City's vision, aiming for economic growth and enhanced liveability. Community feedback is encouraged.

Swinburne University collaborates with Latrobe City Council to advance Victorian Air Mobility precinct
Swinburne joins as the inaugural Foundation Member of Latrobe Aerospace Technology Precinct, leading in aerostructures, eVTOL, uncrewed air systems, and space tech, fostering local industry, jobs, and advanced air mobility.

Latrobe City Candlelight Vigil honoured domestic violence in 2024
Latrobe City Council held its annual Candlelight Vigil on May 1, honouring victims of domestic violence. Candles illuminated the event, symbolising lives lost.

Latrobe City Council launches 'International Connections' book to celebrate 20-year anniversary of sister city agreements
Celebrating the launch of "International Connections" at council Headquarters, exploring sister city ties with Takasago, Japan, and Taizhou, China, highlighting 20 years of collaboration and mutual benefits.

Community feedback wanted on Latrobe City Council draft 2024/2025 Budget by 6 May 2024
Latrobe City Council seeks submissions for its Draft 2024/2025 Budget, shaped by community feedback, emphasising public space, family services, and infrastructure.

Latrobe City kindergarten enrolments for 2025 will open on 1 May 2024 with open day on 7 May 2024
Latrobe City Council's 2025 three/four-year-old kindergarten enrolments open May 1, 2024. Children turning three/four by April 30, 2025, are eligible. Mayor Darren Howe urges enrollment for social, emotional, and academic benefits.

Social Inclusion Action Group formed in Latrobe City that offers grants up to $5000
SIAG members will convene regularly, recommending funding for local projects fostering social connection and well-being, facilitated through the SIAG Community Connection Grant, offering up to $5000.

Latrobe City engages with Net Zero Authority to advocating transition plan and help secure regional prosperity
Cr Howe engaged with the Net Zero Authority, advocating for Latrobe City's transition plan. The delegation also discussed investment opportunities, tourism, storm impacts, and healthcare with federal officials.

Latrobe City gets $2M pledge to enhance sporting infrastructure from Minister Dimopoulos
Latrobe City Council, with Minister Dimopoulos, pledges to upgrade sporting infrastructure, enhancing community participation, fostering economic growth, and promoting collaboration for effective implementation and stakeholder engagement.

Removal of outdated coal-related planning provisions proposed by Latrobe City Council
Latest Council meeting, a unanimous decision was made to request a state government review on outdated coal-related planning provisions in the Latrobe Planning Scheme to facilitate economic growth.

Community feedback wanted on flood overlays for Latrobe River, Eaglehawk Creek, Rintouls Creek and Traralgon by 5 April 2024
Latrobe updates flood maps based on recent studies (2011-2023). Public comment needed to shape new regulations. Submit feedback by 5 April 2024

Gippsland Jobs Expo at Traralgon Town Hall on 27 March 2024
Latrobe City Jobs Expo connected job seekers directly with employers. Attendees explored genuine openings, discussed apprenticeships, and charted career paths within Latrobe City and the surrounding region.

Live4Life youth mental health program launches in Latrobe Valley in 2024 courtesy of Latrobe Health Assembly
Live4Life unites rural communities, offering mental health education, reducing stigma, empowering youth leaders, and preventing crises. Latrobe Health Assembly leads this innovative, community-focused initiative.

Latrobe City seeks applicants for Positive Ageing and Disability Access and Inclusion by 8 March 2024
Latrobe City Council seeks community members for two new engagement groups: Positive Ageing and Disability Access and Inclusion. Expressions of Interest open until March 8, 2024.

Gaskin Park upgrades of Oval Two start with $250,000 funding from Sport and Recreation Victoria's Country Football Netball Program
Latrobe City Council begins upgrades to Gaskin Park - Oval Two, securing $250,000 funding. An additional $100,000 allocated, aiming for completion in early 2025 to enhance accessibility and usage for local clubs.

Expression of Interest open for Latrobe City Social Inclusion Action Group closes by 15 March 2024
Latrobe City Council secured funding for a statewide initiative aiming to foster community connection, inclusion, and mental health support. They'll establish a community-led group to enhance social wellbeing.

Latrobe City welcomes new citizens during 2024 Australia Day celebrations at Gippsland Performing Arts Centre
Latrobe City Council cordially received new Australian citizens during a citizenship ceremony hosted at the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre (GPAC), in commemoration of Australia Day during the 75th anniversary of Australian Citizenship.

Alf and Stella Vella named Citizen of the Year at Latrobe City 2024 Australia Day Awards
Latrobe City Australia Day Awards celebrated exceptional citizens and services. Alf and Stella Vella, pioneers of the Gippsland Motorcyclists Toy Run, were named Citizens of the Year.

Construction starts on Traralgon-Maffra and Marshalls Road intersection with widening road, turning lanes, drainage and more
Latrobe City Council improves Traralgon-Maffra Road/Marshalls Road intersection, widens Marshalls Road, aligning with Traralgon North Development Plan. Includes road enhancements; disruptions anticipated Jan-Aug.

Tourism Fund 2024 offers grants for Gippslanders between $20,000 and $500,000 is until 28 March 2024
Friday's funding announcement offers grants of $20,000 to $500,000 for tourism, nonprofits, and Traditional Owner organisations in Latrobe City. Two streams support testing new infrastructure concepts and funding design, strategies, or plans.

Free community events in across Latrobe City for Australia Day 2024
Celebrate Australia Day in Latrobe City with free community events and a pool party with free entry, a Citizenship Ceremony, and Australia Day Awards live streamed on council's YouTube channel.

AIR Hub pioneers Advanced Air Mobility tech collaborates with Latrobe City launching trials for eco-friendly aviation in February 2024
Swinburne's AIR Hub collaborates with Latrobe City, Textron Systems Australia, Federation University, and certification bodies to pioneer Advanced Air Mobility tech, initiating RAST in February 2024 for green aviation solutions.

Community grant information sessions and workshops for Latrobe City from 22 January until 7 February 2024
Latrobe City Council aids local groups via the annual Community Grants program. Round 2 opens Jan 29, 2024, offering six streams. Free info sessions and workshops aid applicants in the application process.

New outdoor dining furniture for Latrobe City to better support street-trade funded by Victorian government initiative
New outdoor dining furniture, part of the Victorian government's initiative, showcases Visit Latrobe City brand, supporting street-trade. Positive response from local businesses acknowledged.

Car park design starts for Kay Street in Traralgon and Commercial Road in Morwell
Design starts for Traralgon's Kay Street and Morwell's Commercial Road Car Park projects, part of Victoria's Regional Car Parks Fund aiming for 900 new spaces across Traralgon, Morwell, and Moe.

Development of Traralgon West to progress as Latrobe City Council upholds Plan Amendment C144
Notice of rescission motion failed; Development Plan Overlay process to proceed, addressing community concerns without rezoning Traralgon Golf Club land. Future strategic planning involves stakeholders.

Latrobe City Council endorses 2024/25 federal and state budget submissions aiming to address economic transition and liveability
Latrobe City Council approved the 2024/25 Budget, aiming to boost economic transition and liveability. Projects like Traralgon Recreation Reserve recovery and the HESC align with community goals.

Plaque to recognise century-long support from Legacy unveiled at Commercial Road memorial site in Morwell on 18 Dec 2023
Latrobe City Council commemorated Legacy's centenary, honoring its support for veterans. Legacy, initiated in 1923 by Lieutenant General Sir Stanley Savige, aids families of service personnel from various conflicts.

Churchill town symbol 'Big Cigar' gets coloured lighting upgrades
New Lighting Upgrade for Churchill Town Symbol Offers Random Colors. No Specific Meanings. Council Plans 'Days of Significance and Awareness Campaign' Policy for Lighting Guidelines. Stay Tuned for Updates on Colors via council Channels.

Old Methodist Church in Traralgon may be demolished in 2024
Community input shapes Old Methodist Church's Fate. Council considers VicTrack lease based on 21 submissions: preserve, utilise, or demolish. Future decision in 2024 after site review and negotiations.

Fire Danger Period for Latrobe City starts 18 December 2023 with residents urged to monitor and report fire risks
CFA initiates Fire Danger Period in Latrobe City from December 18. Residents advised: monitor fire risks, seek permits, prep properties. Mayor stresses preparedness for safety amid rising temperatures, urging community vigilance and support.

Latrobe City Council approves 10-year plan for sustainability, focusing on operations, community involvement and greener economy
Latrobe City Council ratified the 10-year Sustainability Action Plan, outlining actionable steps for improved operations and community collaboration. Informed by community feedback, emphasizing a cleaner, greener future economy.

Single-use plastic bottles banned at Latrobe City public events and emphasising reusable alternatives
Latrobe City Council aligns with Victoria's plastics ban, ceasing single-use plastic bottle and straw sales at events. Urgency stems from environmental harm, as 70% end up polluting. Transition prioritises reusable solutions.

Gippsland Local Jobs Expo held at Moe Town Hall on 22 Nov 2023 was successful at connecting 350 job seekers with employers
Latrobe City Council hosted the Gippsland Local Jobs Expo, connecting more than 350 jobseekers with employers, training, and support services at Moe Town Hall.

Hidden Disability Sunflower initiative launched by Latrobe City Council gives support to people with non-visible special needs
Latrobe City Council joins the Hidden Disability Sunflower program to raise awareness for non-visible disabilities. Wearing the sunflower merchandise discreetly signals needing support, launching on 3 Dec 2023.

Outdoor pools at Moe and Yallourn North in Latrobe City now open until 11 March 2024
Latrobe City Council opens outdoor pools! Enjoy them before summer. Moe and Yallourn North pools, open till March 11, 2024, offer grassy spaces, shade, BBQs, and kids' areas for a perfect summer day.

Community Gardens Guidelines adopted by Latrobe City Council to promote sustainability and vibrant public spaces
Council approves Community Gardens Guidelines to aid groups in establishing gardens on council-managed land, fostering community health, sustainability, and aligning with the council's strategic directions for vibrant, accessible spaces.

New Changing Places facility at Apex Park in Moe unveiled by Latrobe City Council
Latrobe City Council introduces an inclusive Changing Places facility in Apex Park, enhancing community access and connection, funded jointly by the state government and council.

Traralgon Tennis Association hosts Latrobe City Traralgon Tennis International 2024 featuring two Australian Pro Tour events
The Latrobe City Traralgon Tennis International returns with two Pro Tour events, supported by Tennis Australia, Tennis Victoria, local councils, and community, aiming to promote tennis and boost the region's economy.

Deakin Melbourne Boomers to do basketball showcase in Traralgon on 26 November 2023
Since 2018, the Boomers have brought WNBL best to Gippsland. This year, supported by the Victorian government, Latrobe City Council, and AGL Loy Yang.

Latrobe City Council honoured grant recipients awarded $580k for community projects and club sponsorships in Oct 2023
The Community Grants Program aids local initiatives with social and economic benefits, celebrated through diverse categories at the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre. Mayor Darren Howe lauded community investments.

Quantum Support Services withdraw from buying Hazelwood House in Churchill due to partnership uncertainties
Quantum Support Services withdrew from buying Hazelwood House in Churchill due to partnership uncertainties, thanking Latrobe City Council for the opportunity to explore a Youth Foyer project. Future plans will be discussed by the council.

Family Assist aids Latrobe Valley parents find tailored healthcare and support for children
Latrobe Health Assembly launched Family Assist, aiding Valley caregivers in accessing tailored child healthcare, local services, and community events.

BRAD specialty recycling box for Latrobe City to boost increase recycling rates and promote eco-conscious disposal
Latrobe City Council collaborates with BRAD's Banish Recycling and Disposal Program to launch a Specialty Recycling Box, promoting higher recycling rates and environmental awareness among locals.

Latrobe City Children Expo 2023 during National Children's Week had families flock to Kernot Hall for local services and connections
Latrobe City Council hosted a successful Children's Expo during National Children's Week at Kernot Hall, offering family services and entertainment, fostering community connections, and showcasing local resources.

Traralgon-Morwell shared pathway running 14km officially opened by Latrobe City Council
Latrobe City Council celebrates the official opening of the 14km Traralgon-Morwell Shared Pathway, promoting active travel, community well-being, and accessibility, with funding from TAC and the federal government.

Hard waste collection reminder in Latrobe City for community from November through December 2023
The service is for kerbside collection users, allowing up to 2 cubic meters of accepted hard waste items without bookings needed. Acceptable items listed; exceptions include hazardous materials.

Have Your Say on Latrobe City 2024/25 Annual Budget via community engagement platform by 26 November 2023
Latrobe City Council invites community input through the Have Your Say platform by November 26, 2023, to integrate community priorities into the 2024/25 Budget for a well-balanced allocation of funds.

SEC Strategic Plan in Morwell gets backing of $1B renewable energy investment from Victorian government
The launch of the SEC's Strategic Plan 2023-2025 is a major step toward a sustainable future for Latrobe City, backed by the Victorian government's $1 billion investment in renewable energy.

Latrobe City Interim Social and Affordable Housing Policy extended for another two more years
Latrobe extends the policy that supports housing planning permit applications aligned with the Latrobe City Social and Affordable Housing Strategy.

Kernot Hall first stage of redevelopment completed with $2.5M funding from Community Infrastructure Loans Scheme
Latrobe City Council held an official opening event to showcase upgrades at Kernot Hall. The renovations aimed to enhance accessibility, ensuring the venue's continued success in hosting various events.

Latrobe City funds $315k in community grants and sponsorships for 2023/24
Latrobe City Council congratulates Round One of the 2023/24 Community Grants and Sponsorship Program recipients, funding 92 projects with $289,311 in grants and $26,015 in sponsorship. Round Two opens on January 29, 2024.

Kay Street multi-level car park project needs community feedback by 29 October 2023
Latrobe City Council invites community members to join the Project Reference Group for the Kay Street Traralgon multi-level car park, funded by the Regional Car Parks initiative, contributing to 900 new parking spaces in the area.

LED Streetlight Project for Latrobe City for brighter, greener, and cost-efficient lighting to be completed by December 2023
Council is undertaking a project to install 2,825 LED streetlights, aiming to cut costs, lower energy consumption, and enhance visibility. The initiative is supported by diverse funding sources and has received safety and performance endorsements.

Becon Constructions to add a parking level at Seymour and Hotham Street Car Park delivering 115 spaces for Latrobe City Council
Construction of an additional parking level will occur in two stages, from Oct 2023 to mid-2024, with details on parking arrangements and community updates provided. Mayor acknowledges benefits and minor disruptions.

Learn to Skate at free workshop in Moe on 28 September 2023
Stage Two of Moe Revitalisation Project, led by Latrobe City Council, is almost complete, transforming George Street, Moe, into a dynamic shared youth precinct and community open space.

Latrobe City Small Business Festival 2023 successfully concludes after two weeks of diverse seminars and workshops
The Latrobe City Council Small Business Festival concluded after two weeks of diverse seminars and workshops, offering 11 free events on topics like retail, marketing, and collaboration. It fostered industry growth and sustainability.

Completed lighting upgrades in Latrobe City unveiled to boost community sports engagement
Latrobe City Council unveiled sports site upgrades funded by the state government's stimulus program, including lighting improvements at five locations to boost community sports engagement and involve local businesses.

Sports Lighting Projects for Latrobe City to be officially unveiled on 25 September 2023
The Sports Lighting Projects, funded by the government's Sport and Recreation Victoria Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program, will be officially unveiled on September 25th at 11 am.

Latrobe City Council mandates photo ID and registration for in-person attendance, live-streams meetings and gallery limits
Latrobe City Council mandates photo ID and registration for in-person attendance, live-streams meetings for accessibility, limits gallery capacity to 60, encourages public participation, and maintains confidentiality for certain segments.

Latrobe City Public Toilet Plan approved after community input for safe, well-kept, sustainable facilities citywide
In a recent six-week public consultation, 64 submissions prompted seven proposed Plan modifications, elevating the estimated capital works budget to $4.82 million.

Victorian Teachers' Games 2023 held at Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium great success
2023 Victorian Teachers' Games held at the Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium from 17 to 20 September, featured various activities at Latrobe City venues, boosting the local economy and tourism.

Hannah Hooimeyer, Georgie Lambert and Joseph Young receive Latrobe City Trust Scholarship 2023
The Latrobe City Trust held its annual awards ceremony, honouring recipients of scholarships including Hannah Hooimeyer, Georgie Lambert, and Joseph Young. Mayor Kellie O'Callaghan commended the Trust's community support efforts.

Clothes Transfer Stations from Upcycle4Better open to recycle your old clothes, shoes, home textiles and soft toys in Latrobe City
Latrobe City residents can recycle unwanted clothes, shoes, and textiles at four transfer stations free of charge. The initiative diverts textile waste from landfill and helps to improve waste management in the region.

Sport and Recreation Expo at Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium on 27 September 2023
Latrobe City Council collaborates with youth to co-design a Sport and Recreation Expo on September 27, featuring stalls, skill sessions, competitions, and more to engage young people in physical activity.

Stay Local with quality school holiday activities from 18 - 28 September 2023 at Latrobe City libraries
Stay Local School Holiday Activities program has something for everyone at Latrobe Leisure, Gippsland Performing Arts Centre, Latrobe Regional Gallery and Latrobe City Libraries. Let your imagination wander and see what you can discover.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library brought to Latrobe Valley with free books for kids born January 2023 - July 2024
Latrobe Health Assembly is initiating a home-based program aimed at enhancing early childhood literacy through reading. The program has been endorsed by parents, caregivers, and community service providers.

Great Global Greyhound Walk is coming to Gippsland at Agnes Brereton Park, Traralgon on 24 September 2023
LVGG, an informal collective, is organising the 2023 Global Greyhound Walk in Gippsland. Founded in Nov 2022, it has quickly grown to 22 dogs attending monthly walks from Agnes Brereton Reserve, covering a 3km path along Traralgon Creek.

Latrobe City Council delegation to Japan to boost hydrogen energy partnership and develop focus on future energy source
Latrobe City Council is actively pursuing a leading role in sustainable energy, with a focus on hydrogen as a future energy source. The region's abundant resources and energy expertise position it to play a major role in the global hydrogen economy.

Latrobe City entrepreneurs celebrate Small Business Festival launch on 4 September 2023 was success
Latrobe City Council Small Business Festival, launched on September 4, celebrates local entrepreneurs, with Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Lynda McAlary-Smith as a special guest.

Latrobe City Council shows overall performance rating of 59 from 100 for Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey 2022/23
Latrobe City Council's 2022/23 Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey revealed a score of 59/100 for overall performance, surpassing the state and regional averages and showing strengths in arts, libraries, recreation, and waste management.

Latrobe City joins other councils to collaborate on innovative asphalt recycling project with RMIT University and Austroads
This project addresses Australia's 2.6 million-ton annual plastic waste issue by using recycled materials in road construction, reducing landfill, enhancing roads, and promoting sustainability.

Nominations open for Latrobe City Australia Day Awards 2024 until 10 October 2023
The 2024 Latrobe City Australia Day Awards honour exceptional local contributors. Anyone can nominate, and all eligible nominees receive recognition.

Greater Gliders in Latrobe City to find new homes with $50,000 grant from Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
A collaborative research project in Latrobe City has successfully bolstered the Greater Glider population, with Greening Australia adding 118 records, achieving high densities.

Franco Fava joins 2023 Latrobe City Sporting Hall of Fame as Bocce Legend
Franco Fava, a Bocce luminary, joined Latrobe City's Sporting Hall of Fame for his remarkable roles as a coach, player, and referee.

Old Methodist Church needs community feedback on future use and location by 23 August 2023
The Latrobe City Council invites input from individuals and groups regarding the future of the Old Methodist Church. They seek ideas, funding sources, and support information.

Structured Transition Agreement with AGL with ensure stability for community and workforce says Latrobe City Council
Council values AGL's commitment to operate Loy Yang A until 2035, granting a 12-year workforce notice, acknowledging the $50M Community and Economic Development Fund and endorsing AGL's vision and fostering employment opportunities.

Children Expo invites to local business to for register stalls on 26 October 2023 at Kernot Hall in Morwell
Latrobe City Council invites stallholders citywide to join the Children's Expo on October 26, celebrating National Children's Week. Register now.

Small Business Festival returns to Latrobe Valley from with events and networking from 4 to 15 September 2023
Small Business Festival celebrates small businesses' contributions, fostering growth through diverse programs. Gain inspiration, connections, and skills enhancement. Special guests, workshops, and a night market await.

Planning permit for 52 dwellings at Dunbar Road Morwell declined by Latrobe City Council due to priority for Janet Street Industrial Precinct
Mayor Kellie O'Callaghan of Latrobe City Council highlighted community involvement in Dunbar Road land development. With 139 objections and 4 supportive submissions, the council declined the 52-dwelling proposal due to community concerns.

Latrobe City Council Sustainability Action Plan seeks community expression of interest' by 11 September 2023
Latrobe City Council working with the community through 'Expressions of Interest' for the Sustainability Action Plan (2023-2033) to improve eco-friendly operations and living.

Latrobe City Small Small Business Festival 2023 commences on 4 September 2023
Latrobe City Small Business Festival offers free and low-cost events, including 3 keynote talks by global leaders Amanda Stevens, Simon Kustenmacher, and Katrina McCarter. The festival focuses on Transition & Transform with expert workshops.

Adopting pets promoted by Latrobe City Council with desexed, vaccinated and microchipped dogs and cats available
Prioritise pet adoption by Latrobe City Council; animals come desexed and vaccinated. 20 recent adoptions enhance community unity. Mayor highlights positive pet influence, adoption advantages.

Latrobe Valley Authority sustainable transition plan with Victorian government and industry collaboration recognised by council
Council recognizes Latrobe Valley Authority's plan, harmonising with council's goals, fostering collaboration, for community, economic, and sustainable progress.

Morwell NAB Bank branch closure causes disappointment and concern from Latrobe City Council
Latrobe City Council expresses concern over Morwell NAB Bank branch closure, impacting businesses and accessibility to banking services in the CBD. Council advocates for solutions and encourages community support.

Register for Sport and Recreation Expo at Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium (GRISS) on 27 September 2023
Join the Youth-Led Sport Expo in Latrobe City! Engage in physical activities, enjoy stalls, food, competitions, and music. Local clubs can register for free. September 27, 11 am - 4 pm.

Updated governance rules to allow virtual and hybrid meetings in Latrobe City Council open to feedback by August 7 2023
Latrobe City Council released Draft Governance Rules, seeking public feedback on updated procedures for virtual, in-person, and hybrid meetings. Community consultation open until August 7.

Launch of International Rose Garden Festival Morwell set to attracting thousands of visitors from 11 - 12 November 2023
Latrobe City Council Mayor Kellie O'Callaghan launches the 6th International Rose Garden Festival Morwell, attracting visitors with 4000 roses, Night Light Show, and special guest Costa Georgiadis. Free entry, Nov 11-12.

Free Podcast Workshops at Moe Library from July to August 2023 with state-of-the-art studio
Latrobe City Libraries offer free podcast workshops at Moe Library, empowering the community to share stories and ideas through a state-of-the-art studio. Bookings required. No experience needed.

Latrobe City acknowledges Victorian government $2B package for regional development after cancelled Commonwealth Games
Latrobe City Council acknowledges Victoria's commitment to regional development despite Commonwealth Games cancellation, focusing on housing, tourism, and sporting infrastructure for lasting benefits.

International Rose Garden Festival in Morwell from 11 - 12 November 2023
2023 International Rose Garden Festival in Morwell on Nov 11-12. Marvel at 4000 roses cared for by volunteers. Enjoy stalls, workshops, music, and Remembrance Day tribute. Night illumination by AGL Loy Yang.

Latrobe City disappointment over Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games cancellation
Latrobe City aims to leverage the $2B package for lasting benefits and explore hosting major sporting events.

Latrobe City Landslip Remediation Program completes 72 sites to ensure safe road infrastructure
Latrobe City Council completes 72 landslip remediation sites with government funding. Award-winning effort recognized for improving road infrastructure and preventing future landslips.

Latrobe Leisure wins Community Impact Award for Exercise and Cancer Pilot
The Victorian government's $2B package for regional Victoria includes worker accommodation, housing, tourism, events, and food exports support, aiming to boost the region's economy and well-being.

Join National Tree Day at Haunted Hills Bike Park on 30 July 2023 with Planet Ark
Latrobe City Council and Planet Ark invite residents to join National Tree Day, planting trees to improve the environment. A Tree Day event will be held, and participants can register online.

Join the Women's Soccer World Cup 2023 Screening at Gippsland Performing Arts Centre on 20 July 2023 to support the Matildas
Latrobe City Council invites the community to watch Women's World Cup 2023 matches at Gippsland Performing Arts Centre, supporting the Matildas and celebrating international women's soccer with a vibrant atmosphere.

Latrobe City Council funds 2023 Women's National Basketball League match and 2024/26 Baseball Victoria U16 Winter Championships
Latrobe City Council has endorsed the Tourism and Major Events Advisory Committee's recommendations to fund a women's basketball match and a baseball championship, aiming to bring economic benefits and promote the region as a sporting events hub.

Latrobe City embraces innovation with its vision for diversified economy and sustainable future in transition plan
Latrobe City aspires to be a smart, sustainable, and innovative hub by leveraging strengths, embracing new technologies, and diversifying industries for economic growth and job opportunities through partnerships and investments.

Latrobe City Business Chamber gets first year of funding for Latrobe City Council and to hold workshop with Dr Keith Suter in Morwell
Latrobe City Council supports the Latrobe City Business Chamber with funding for its first year, aiming to boost regional business development, networking, and collaboration in Latrobe City.

Latrobe City Council continues to advocate for workers affected by job losses in timber and paper industry
Latrobe City Council supports timber workers and seeks One Gippsland's help to amplify their voices, collaborate with stakeholders, and address job losses through tailored support programs and alternative job creation.

Latrobe City Council focused on attracting investments for sustainable economic growth
Latrobe City Council: Attracting investments in key industries for sustainable economic growth and transformation, offering opportunities in engineering, advanced air mobility, hydrogen, education, and health services.

Check that building projects for homes have correct approvals encouraged to residents by Latrobe City Council
Latrobe City Council urges residents to obtain proper approvals for renovations and construction, as illegal building works have increased. Non-compliance can lead to fines, but resources are available on the council's website.

Latrobe City Council Adopts 2023/24 Annual Budget with investments in infrastructure and community projects highlighted
Latrobe City Council adopts 2023/24 Budget, prioritising road network and infrastructure investments, delivering $43.8 million in capital works, and acknowledging community input. A 3.5 percent rate increase is implemented.

Psychological First Aid Training as community safety initiative supported Latrobe City Council
Latrobe City Council supports community members completing Psychological First Aid Training, emphasising its importance in responding to emergencies and fostering community safety.

Feedback wanted on draft Community Gardens Guidelines Latrobe City Council by 31 July 2023
The guidelines specify criteria, roles, and application process for community groups seeking to establish gardens on council-owned land, aiming to promote health, environmental education, and vibrant communities. Public feedback is encouraged.

Latrobe City Council taskforce attends 2023 National General Assembly and Australian Council of Local Government in Canberra
The Latrobe City Council delegation attended national meetings and engaged with government representatives, including the Prime Minister, to advocate for support in the region's transition and highlight key priorities for the community.

Amid job losses at APM Maryvale Mill Latrobe City committed to attracting new industries and creating new jobs
Collaborative commitment for economic resilience. Job losses demand immediate action. Call for transition support and diversification. Advocate for impacted workers and revitalization efforts.

Latrobe City Council explores support for affected workers and advocates economic diversification for Gippsland timber industry
The Latrobe City Council recognizes the timber industry contributions to the local economy, they aim to explore options and provide support for affected workers.

Successful applications announced for Latrobe City Council 2022/23 Community Grants and Sponsorship Programs with over $265K of funding
A total of 62 grant applications and one sponsorship application were approved, supporting various categories such as capital works, equipment, community well-being, and events.

Latrobe City Council partners with Victorian government to become regional host cities of Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games
Latrobe City Council partners with the Victorian government for Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games, showcasing sports, culture, and regional development with economic benefits and community engagement.

Gaskin Park in Churchill gets $330,000 upgrade funding from Latrobe CIty Council and Sport and Recreation Victoria
Latrobe City Council welcomes funding for upgrades at Gaskin Park, benefiting local sports clubs and increasing venue usage. The project may attract regional events, providing economic benefits.

Michelle Prezioso of Latrobe Regional Library employee goes to Summer Undergraduate Residency Program at the New York Academy of Art
Michelle Prezioso, an employee at Latrobe Regional Gallery, will participate in a Summer Undergraduate Residency Program at the New York Academy of Art, focusing on painting and portraiture.

Latrobe City celebrates 2023 Reconciliation Week with flag raising ceremony on outside Morwell headquarters
Latrobe City embraces Reconciliation Week, fostering unity, respect, and ongoing partnerships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community through meaningful engagement and celebrations.

Yiayia Next Door Community Healing Event for local community at Moe Library on 13 June 2023
Latrobe City Libraries welcome Daniel and Luke Mancuso, founders of Yiayia Next Door, for a special Men's Health Week discussion facilitated by author Scot Gardner. Their story inspires connection and kindness. Refreshments available.

Flood Recovery and Resilience Project for Latrobe City gets $236M funding over 10 years from federal government
Latrobe City Council backs $236m Federal investment for reliable flood warning network and infrastructure projects.

Visitor Servicing Fund applications to boost Gippsland tourism now open with grants of up to $625,000 until 3 July 2023
Introducing the Visitor Servicing Fund: Grants up to $625,000 available for innovative tools and ideas that enhance visitor experiences, promoting longer stays and increased spending in Victoria. Apply by July 3, 2023.

Opal workers undergoing timber transition get support of Latrobe City Council by urging Victorian government for more renewable jobs
Latrobe City Council supports Opal workers in timber transition, urges government action for renewable jobs amid power plant closures and supply uncertainty at Maryvale Mill.

Re-establishment of State Electricity Commission in Morwell welcomed by Latrobe City Council
Latrobe City Council welcomes government's SEC re-establishment commitment, generating jobs, supporting community, and advancing renewable energy goals with $1 billion investment.

Volunteers honoured by Latrobe City Council during National Volunteer Week recognising their impactful role in community
Latrobe City Council honoured volunteers during National Volunteer Week, recognizing their crucial support to the nation.

Have your Say for Creative Latrobe to bring vibrant art to Traralgon, Morwell, Moe, Churchill by 2 July 2023
Creative Latrobe, a partnership between Latrobe Health Assembly, Latrobe City Council, and the community, aims to bring vibrant art installations to Traralgon and select sites based on community input, feasibility, and benefit.

Net Zero Authority in federal budget 2023/24 embraced by Latrobe City Council as emphasises hydrogen and renewable energy priorities
Latrobe City Council welcomes national Net Zero Authority in Federal Budget, emphasises hydrogen and renewable energy priorities, acknowledges cost-of-living relief measures.

Shop local during Main Streets of Australia Week from 18 to 21 May 2023 with Latrobe City gift cards
Latrobe City Council celebrates Main Streets of Australia Week, promoting support for local businesses and offering the community the opportunity to win Latrobe City Gift cards.

Volunteering Connections Event at Gippsland Performing Arts Centre Forecourt on 27 May 2023 by Latrobe City Council
Latrobe City Council Volunteering Connections Event on May 27 at Gippsland Performing Arts Centre Forecourt promotes local volunteer opportunities and enables community members to connect with groups seeking assistance.

Have your say on draft Fenced Dog Park Plan for Latrobe City by 21 June 2023
Council has endorsed the Draft Fenced Dog Park Implementation Plan for public consultation, prioritising and delivering fenced dog parks based on guidelines and assessments of potential sites, and inviting community feedback.

Latrobe Valley invited to Candlelight Vigil at Gippsland Performing Arts Centre on 3 May to remember women and children lost to family violence
Latrobe City Council hosts a Candlelight Vigil to honour victims of family violence at Gippsland Performing Arts Centre, inviting the community to join in reflection and solidarity.

Jumbuk Road in Jumbuk temporarily closed on 1 May 2023 due to landslip repair work
Jumbuk Road in Latrobe City will close from 1 May for at least two weeks to repair landslips, previously reduced to one lane.

Latrobe City kindergarten enrolment 2024 starts on 1 May 2023
Starting from May 1st, 2023, enrollment for three and four-year-old kinder in 2024 will commence, and it will end on June 30th, 2023. The link to register for 2024 kinder online will be accessible from May 1st onwards.

Business support wanted for Latrobe City Main Streets four-day event with $2,000 gift card giveaway from 18 to 21 May 2023
Latrobe City celebrates Main Streets of Australia Week with a four-day event, including a Shop Latrobe City campaign and a $2,000 gift card giveaway, local businesses can participate.

Latrobe City Council develops industry transition plan to shift towards sustainable, diverse economy as coal industry closes
Latrobe City shifts from traditional power generation to sustainable industries, aided by 'Our Transition' plan for economic diversification and low-emission future.

Information session for a proposed local Wet Waste Drying Facility at Hyland Highway Landfill near Loy Yang on 19 April 2023
On 19 April, join the info session on a local Wet Waste Drying Facility at Hyland Highway Landfill to reduce operational costs of drainage waste disposal in Latrobe City.

Latrobe City Council seeks application for Gaskin Park upgrades in Churchill from Sport and Recreation Victoria
Latrobe City Council endorses funding for Gaskin Park upgrade, which includes $250k grant and $100k of own funds for surface improvements.

Feedback on draft 2023/24 Latrobe City Council budget featuring key infrastructure projects and services by 5 May 2023
Council has approved its Draft 2023/24 Budget and is inviting community members to review and submit feedback by May 5th. The balanced budget includes $21.6 million for infrastructure investment and forecasts a $7.5 million surplus.

Have Your Say Latrobe City website launched and open for feedback on council projects and services
Latrobe City Council urges registration for Have Your Say website. Residents can share feedback on projects and services to shape the city's future.

Recycled asphalt products being used in roadworks such as Reconophalt and recycled glass by Latrobe City Council
Latrobe City Council uses recycled materials, including Reconophalt and recycled glass, in roadworks to support sustainability and quality. Future trials with soft plastics are planned.

Hyland Highway Landfill Gas Project for saves costs and reduces emissions
Latrobe City Council extends landfill gas project, saves costs, reduces emissions, and aims for net zero emissions, while being a leader in renewable energy.

Landslip remediation complete in Strzelecki Ranges and three outliers in Yallourn North
Remediation works at 54 registered landslip sites are complete with $15.3M funding from federal and Victorian governments, the mayor pleased with the recovery efforts.

Community feedback wanted on Planning for children and families by Latrobe City Council by 3 April 2023
Latrobe City engaging with community and service providers to understand early years needs, seeking feedback via survey for Municipal Early Years Plan.

More kindergarten places and modern facilities in Latrobe Valley with $3.68M funding from Building Blocks Partnership
Latrobe City Council and the Victorian government's Building Blocks Partnership will fund two kindergarten projects, creating 100+ new places and modernising facilities.

Microcosms from a Serendipitous Trail project launch by artist Juan Rodriguez Sandoval at Narracan Creek Bridge
Guatemalan-born-Australian artist Juan Rodriguez Sandoval creates sculptures celebrating nature, rail trail, to be launched on 25 March 2023, co-funded by the government transport program.

Mid Valley Shopping Centre to host Gippsland Jobs Expo in partnership with Local Jobs Program on 23 March 2023
Latrobe City Council and LJP will host Gippsland Jobs Expo at Mid Valley Shopping Centre on March 23. Job seekers can meet employers, no registration needed. Businesses can register to exhibit.

Henselite Victorian Open: Largest bowls event for state is in Gippsland for 24 March to 2 April 2023
Victoria's largest bowl event scheduled from the 24th March to 2nd April 2023.

Latrobe City Council seeks federal funding from Disaster Ready Fund for much-needed projects that will reduce the impacts of flooding
Latrobe City Council has endorsed applications for the Disaster Ready Fund, including an Urban Flood Study and Drainage Strategy.

People living with a disability remains priority for Latrobe City Council Disability and Inclusion Plan
Latrobe City Council is committed to ensuring that our facilities are welcoming and accessible for all visitors.

Gippsland Performing Arts Centre celebrates first year of operation on 3 March 2023
Latrobe City Council is proud to have celebrated Gippsland Performing Arts Centre's (GPAC) first birthday on 3 March.

Latrobe City celebrates International Women's Day on 8 March 2023
As part of International Women's Day, Latrobe City Council is undertaking a range of activities to celebrate women both in the community and throughout the organisation.

Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain Project for Latrobe Valley awarded AU$2.35 billion from Japanese Green Innovation government fund
The HESC Project is now entering the commercial demonstration phase with the commitment of JPY220 billion (AUD$2.35 billion) in funding from the Japanese government's Green Innovation Fund.

Kellie O'Callaghan as Mayor of Latrobe City welcomes Japanese pledge to establish large-scale liquefied hydrogen supply chain
The announcement of $2.35 billion AUD investment to establish an international large-scale liquefied hydrogen supply chain is significant for not only Latrobe, but for the state of Victoria and Australia.

Latrobe City Council meeting agenda for 6 March 2023
Latrobe City Council meeting agenda held on 6 March 2023 in Nambur Wariga Meeting Room Corporate Headquarters, Morwell.

Join up for Clean Up Australia Day on 5 March 2023 and help or improve and protect our environment
Latrobe City Council supports Clean Up Australia Day and recognises the importance of taking care of our environment.

Protecting endangered Grey Billy Buttons with help of Latrobe City Council and other local organisations
Latrobe City's protection and propagation of endangered plant species 'Grey Billy Buttons'.

Latrobe City Council to attend Senate References Committee Inquiry to advocate for regional banking needs on 4 March 2023
Council has advocated for improved access to banking services as closures have occurred over many years.

Advanced air mobility development to become national leader undertaken by Latrobe City Council with Swinburne University
Working collaboratively to co-design the future of advanced air mobility (AAM) will be the focus of a new partnership between Latrobe City Council and Swinburne University of Technology.

Latrobe Aerospace Technology Precinct to be showcased at 2023 Avalon Australian International Airshow
Latrobe City Council will raise the profile of the Latrobe Aerospace Technology Precinct by attending the Avalon 2023 Australian International Airshow this week.

Successful Road Reseal and Rehabilitation Program for 2022/23 in Latrobe City
As part of its annual Capital Works Program, Latrobe City Council delivers Road Reseal and Rehabilitation Programs, along with regular road maintenance activities.

Morwell Park Kindergarten opens its first classes on 7 February 2023 and enrolments are still open
Latrobe City Council has opened its new Morwell Park Kindergarten, with students attending their first day on Tuesday 7 February.

Morwell Activity Centre Plan to be submitted to Minister for Planning for approval with Amendment C137
Latrobe City Council has adopted a planning scheme amendment for the Morwell Activity Centre Plan. The Amendment will now be submitted to the Minister for Planning for approval.

Fast-track establishment of State Electricity Commission in Morwell called for by Latrobe City Council as APM Mill cuts jobs
Latrobe City Council is calling on the Federal and Victorian governments along with Opal to support a considered transition for the region following the announcement at Maryvale Mill this morning.

Hard waste collection dates for Latrobe residents from February to April 2023
Latrobe City Council is encouraging residents to utilise the hard waste collection service that will be available across the municipality from the end of February through to April.

Council rates across Gippsland discounted by $253.20 for eligible cardholders for 2022/2023
Latrobe City Council is reminding pensioners that eligible cardholders are entitled to a Municipal Rates Concession, funded by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.

Latrobe City proudly congratulates 2023 Australia Day Awards winners
Nominees and winners of the 2023 Australia Day Awards held at the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre.

Traralgon Library welcomes Lifeline Gippsland to help support the vulnerable Australians
Calls to Lifeline Gippsland continue to be answered by local volunteers thanks to the support of Latrobe City Council.

Community feedback wanted amendment to north of Baldwin Road in Traralgon in plan for future residential growth
Latrobe City Council is planning for future growth and is inviting the community to provide feedback on a proposed expansion of residential development to the north of Traralgon.

Latrobe City annual community satisfaction survey to place on 30 January 2023
Latrobe City residents may soon receive a phone call inviting them to participate in the annual Community Satisfaction Survey.

List of free community events across Latrobe City to celebrate Australia Day
Various community events will be held across Latrobe City on Australia Day.

Residents reminded to get permit to use fire in open air during Fire Danger Period in Latrobe City from Country Fire Authority
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) declared the Fire Danger Period will commence in Latrobe City on 16 January.

Latrobe City Council invites everyone to get active with Latrobe Leisure membership
Latrobe City residents are encouraged to stay active and fit through Latrobe Leisure membership.

Community feedback wanted on car parking in Traralgon by 20 January 2023
Latrobe City Council is encouraging community members to have their say on car parking in Traralgon's central business district.

Ageing Well Action Plan now available to help shape healthy wellbeing of the elderly in Latrobe City
Latrobe City developed a new ageing well plan that will address priorities and support people who are aged 55 years and over.

Pet owners reminded to be responsible and make sure their pets are registered in Latrobe City Council
Responsible pet ownership reminder as we head towards the holidays.

Latrobe City Youth Council brings Zummer Fest on 17 December at Gippsland Performing Arts Centre outdoor theatre
Latrobe City is proud to present the Zummer Fest event that will bring together music, art, food and fun this December.

Latrobe City Council invests $3.95M in public lighting upgrades and solar panel installations across local facilities
Latrobe City Council noted its position on climate change and endorsed further works to be undertaken in new energy projects at its council meeting this week.

Moe Revitalisation Project to have stage two completed by mid-December 2022
Latrobe City Council is one step closer to delivering Stage Two of the Moe Revitalisation Project as works begin this December.

Latrobe City Council invests $1.95M for 2022/23 road reseal program commencing 6 December 2022
Latrobe City Council is currently preparing for the 2022/23 Road Reseal Program which will commence on 6 December.

Hard Waste collection to begin in Yinnar, Yinnar South and Boolarra on 6 and 13 December 2022
Latrobe City Council's hard waste collection service will begin in Yinnar, Yinnar South and Boolarra this December, followed by other towns in the new year.

Celebrate International Day of People with Disability on 2 December 2022 with Latrobe Leisure and Gippsport
Latrobe City Council in partnership with Latrobe Leisure and Gippsport invite the community to free celebrations in recognition of International Day of People with Disability.

Skilled migration workshop to better support business in Latrobe City has information session on 7 December 2022
Latrobe City Council in partnership with Regional Development Victoria is hosting a skilled migration workshop this December as part of the Skilled and Business Migration Program.

Community encouraged to use Shop Latrobe City gift cards to promote local shopping this Christmas
Latrobe City Council is encouraging the community to keep their Christmas spending local this year by purchasing a Shop Latrobe City gift card from participating stores.

Range of activities for Activism campaign in Latrobe City from 25 November to 10 December 2022
A range of activities will get underway this week in Latrobe City as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

Latrobe City Council calls on property owners to place secondary residences to help with housing shortage
Latrobe City Council is calling on property owners across Latrobe City to consider placing secondary properties on the rental market.

Latrobe City needs massive transition support for major industries like energy from the federal and state government
Latrobe City Council is seeking to partner with the federal and state governments to support a collaborative transition for the region as a matter of priority as council continues to stand by our community.

Winners announced for Power of Words writing competition held by Latrobe City libraries
Results for Latrobe City Libraries 'Power of Words' writing competition announced.

Community is invited to launch of Big Screen at Gippsland Performing Arts Centre on 18-20 November 2022
Latrobe City Council is inviting community members to join and celebrate the launch of the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) Big Screen this weekend.

International Rose Garden Festival at Morwell a blooming success
The roses took centre stage at the annual celebration of Morwell's Centenary Rose Garden as part of the weekend's International Rose Garden Festival.

Latrobe City endorses Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2022-25 providing more opportunities to participate in local community
Latrobe City Council's November council meeting, council endorsed the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2022-25.

Latrobe City welcomes new community members and regional migration
Latrobe City Council is proud to have contributed to discussions surrounding regional migration last week and the innovation and entrepreneurship they often inspire.

Moe and Yallourn North outdoor pools opened from 26 November 2022
Latrobe City's outdoor pools open next weekend, Saturday 26 November for the community to enjoy ahead of the summer season.

Little Saints Early Learning Centre in Traralgon receives John Ruyg Encouragement Award to recognise its new vegetable garden
Little Saints Early Learning Centre in Traralgon has been awarded the John Ruyg Encouragement Award to recognise its recently established vegetable garden.

Table Tennis Victorian Country Championships and more to be held at Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium from 2023 to 2030
Latrobe City is set to become the home of table tennis in Victoria with two of the biggest events on the annual table tennis calendar to be hosted in Gippsland for the next eight years.

Latrobe City Council adopts 2021-22 Annual Report that covers all aspects and operations
Latrobe City Council reflected on the challenges and opportunities faced over the past financial year at its most recent meeting, adopting the Annual Report for 2021-22.

International Rose Garden Festival Morwell happening on 12 - 13 November 2022
This year the festival coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden, which features over 4000 roses that receive over 6000 hours a year of care by dedicated volunteers.

Eighty applicants awarded from first round of 2022/23 Community Grants and Sponsorship Program
Latrobe City Council celebrated successful applicants from Round One of the 2022/23 Community Grants and Sponsorship Program at an awards ceremony at Gippsland Performing Arts Centre last night.

Latrobe City Libraries bringing you a line-up of Author Talks on 8,9 and 28 November 2022 via Zoom
Latrobe City Libraries are offering three author talks to round out the year. Celebrating music, commemorating the bravery of war and highlighting the importance of human rights, the author talks could not be more different.

Latrobe City Libraries hold Digital Literacy for Beginners workshops 7 November to 19 December 2022
Latrobe City Libraries is offering digital literacy sessions to help beginners understand their devices, get online with confidence and discover how to safely navigate social media.

Free green waste disposal available to Latrobe City residents over November 2022
Latrobe City residents looking to get their properties ready for the summer months can dispose of their green waste for free this November.

Gippsland Logistics Precinct gets funding to progress development
Latrobe City Council has welcomed funding confirmation for Stage Two of the Gippsland Logistics Precinct to support development of internal road and utility infrastructure with flood mitigation earthworks.

Latrobe City celebrates National Children's Week with Children's Expo at Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium
The Latrobe City Children's Expo returned for 2022 this week as part of National Children's Week celebrations.

Latrobe City Council waives Traralgon and Morwell CBD car parking contribution for two years
Latrobe City Council is waiving the Traralgon Central Business District (CBD) Parking Overlay fees for planning applications for eligible small businesses for the next two years.

Latrobe City Council welcomes key commitments budget from federal government
Latrobe City Council welcomes key findings in the reviewed October 2022/23 Federal Budget that support the Latrobe community.

Latrobe City advocates transport needs to Victorian Public Transport Ombudsman Simon McKenzie
Latrobe City Council hosted a visit from the Victorian Public Transport Ombudsman Simon McKenzie this week to discuss local public transport concerns and improvement opportunities.

Labor government will re-establish the State Electricity Commission (SEC) in Morwell with $1B initial investment if re-elected in November
Latrobe City Council welcomes Labor's election commitment to re-establish the State Electricity Commission (SEC) in Morwell.

Latrobe City Council encourages residents to apply for right building renovation or construction permit
Latrobe City Council is encouraging residents looking to renovate, extend or construct new buildings on their properties to make sure correct approvals are in place.

Young people encouraged to apply and join the Latrobe City Youth Council for 2023
Young people aged between 14 to18 years old with ideas and energy about how to make our city a better place are encouraged to apply for the Latrobe City Youth Council.

Latrobe City Council focuses our efforts on highlighting community needs as Victorian government election approaches
Latrobe City Council, the voice of our community, working to deliver projects in partnership with other levels of government to meet the current and long-term needs of our Regional City.

Five Latrobe City communities benefit from public and place making initiatives thanks to $300,000 funding from Latrobe Health Assembly
Five communities in Latrobe City will benefit from new public artworks and innovative place making initiatives to support community pride, wellbeing and safety, thanks to $300,000 in funding from the Latrobe Health Assembly.

Latrobe City trials footpath decal direction people to taxi stand in Traralgon CBD until 30 December 2022
Latrobe City Council is currently trialling taxi decals in the Traralgon CBD to help visitors find transport home in the evenings.

Latrobe City showcases Project GUS at 2022 International Land Defence Expo
Latrobe City Council has raised the local manufacturing profile by attending the 2022 LAND FORCES International Land Defence Exposition last week.

Author talk with Anna Spargo-Ryan via Zoom on 10 October 2022 to mark World Mental Health Day
Community members are invited to join in a Zoom author talk with Melbourne writer Anna Spargo-Ryan hosted by Latrobe Libraries on Monday 10 October from 6.30pm at the Traralgon Library.

Community Grants and Sponsorship Program for 2022/23 awarded by Latrobe City
Latrobe City Council would like to congratulate the successful applicants from Round One of the 2022/23 Community Grants and Sponsorship Program.

Latrobe City launches Positive Ageing Festival on 6 Oct 2022
Latrobe City Council was proud to welcome Commissioner for Senior Victorians Gerard Mansour to the region as he hosted an Ageing Well consultation yesterday to understand the perspectives of local seniors and elders.

Lake Narracan Caravan Park permanent closure from December 2022 due to non-compliance with Environment Protection Act
Latrobe City Council has made the difficult decision to close Lake Narracan Caravan Park from 10 December 2022, with public health and environmental concerns bringing forward future planning to relocate the park.

Latrobe City Council hosts discussion as part of planning for the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games
This week Latrobe City Council hosted a roundtable discussion as part of planning for the Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Renewable energy, hydrogen and the Gippsland Material Recovery Facility prioritised to help Latrobe City Energy Transition
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Action and Solar Homes Lily D'Ambrosio visited Morwell today to discuss the announcement of Loy Yang A closing in 2035 and opportunities to support the region through this period of change.

Latrobe City celebrates Boorai Country Ceremony as part of Latrobe First 1000 Days Program connecting community and culture
Local families had the opportunity to take part in a Welcome to Boorai Country Ceremony this week.

Latrobe Magnesium invests $39M for stage one Magnesium Production Plant in Morwell
Latrobe City Council welcomes the news that Latrobe Magnesium is investing $39 million for a Stage One Magnesium Production Plant in Morwell.

Free Seniors Festival film with cuppa and cake at Wonthaggi on 18 October 2022 by Bass Coast Shire Council and Victorian Seniors Festival
Bass Coast Shire Council, in partnership with the Victorian Seniors Festival, is hosting a free Seniors Festival film, cuppa and cake event in Wonthaggi on Tuesday, 18 October.

Morwell Centenary Rose Garden celebrates 30 years at International Rose Garden Festival Morwell on 12-13 November 2022
Morwell Centenary Rose Garden will celebrate its 30th anniversary with its central role in the International Rose Garden Festival Morwell from 12-13 November.

Latrobe City Council scores of 59 out of 100 in Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey 2022
Latrobe City Council has received its Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey results with overall performance scoring 59 out of 100, which is on-par with the state-wide average and regional centre's average.

'Positive Ageing Festival' with exciting free activities and events for Latrobe senior community on 6 October 2022
Latrobe City Council is introducing a Positive Ageing Festival this October, bringing a host of free local events and activities for members of the community aged 55 and over.

Latrobe City welcomes 40 new citizens for September 2022 as part of Australian Citizenship Day celebrations
Latrobe City welcomed 40 new citizens at local citizenship ceremonies on Wednesday 14 September and Thursday 15 September, in recognition of Australian Citizenship Day celebrations.

Seed and Feed Festival at Gippsland Performing Arts Centre Forecourt 29 September 2022 thanks to Latrobe City Libraries
Latrobe City Libraries is hosting a Seed and Feed Fest on Thursday 29 September at the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre Forecourt, Kay Street, Traralgon, as part of the Stay Local school holiday program.

Seed and Feed Festival at Gippsland Performing Arts Centre more during Spring school holidays 2022 in Latrobe City
Come and join the fun with Latrobe City's 'Stay Local School Holiday Activities', taking place in Latrobe City Leisure Park, Latrobe City Libraries, Latrobe Regional Gallery and Latrobe Performing Arts Centre from 17 September to 2 October.

Traralgon Tennis Association to host part of Australian Pro Tour in November 2022
Traralgon locals will have the chance to rub shoulders with some of the world's best tennis players when the Latrobe City Traralgon International hits town from 13-27 November 2022 at Traralgon Tennis Association.

Gender Equality Action Plan to ensure Latrobe City Council has everyone having equal opportunities and safe workplace
Latrobe City Council has developed a Gender Equality Action Plan in line with the Gender Equality Act 2020.

Latrobe City Council releases advocacy campaign for 2022 Victoria Election focusing on economic transformation and diversification
Latrobe City Council is prepared for the state election, after releasing a State Advocacy Booklet and online Advocacy Hub that highlights key priorities requiring investment or support for the local community.

Ban of single use water bottles to lessen impacts of plastic pollution made by Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium
At Monday night's council meeting, council voted in support of removing the supply of single use water bottles at all Latrobe City Council venues and events in a staged approach, by the end of 2023.

Hazelwood House to be sold to Quantum Support Services after unanimous vote in Latrobe City Council
At the 5 September council meeting, Latrobe City Council unanimously resolved to sell Hazelwood House, 59-94 Philip Parade, Churchill to Quantum Support Services.

Options on how urgent animal complaints, dog attacks and aggressive or dangerous dog are managed being explored by Latrobe City Council
Council unanimously passed a Notice of Motion to receive a report, at a future council meeting, that considers council officer's response to dog attacks in Latrobe City.

Feedback from community wanted on development of Gippsland Logistic Precinct by 16 September 2022
Expressions of Interest from businesses looking to lease or buy Lots 1 and 2 of the Gippsland Logistic Precinct (GLP).

Latrobe City partners with Collingwood Magpies played to host inaugural Australian Netball Championships in 2022
Latrobe City in partnership with the Collingwood Magpies played host to the Inaugural Australian Netball Championships, which concluded in an action-packed weekend of finals action.

Latrobe City Council calls on $48.2M commitment of previous federal government for Energy to Waste Facility at Maryvale Mill
Latrobe City Council is calling the federal government to uphold the $48.2 million commitment made to the Energy to Waste Facility at Maryvale Mill in April 2022.

Week-long Small Business Festival in Latrobe City gives a great opportunity to network with other small business owners
Latrobe City Small Business Festival drew to a close on Wednesday evening with a sold-out event headlined by founder and global CEO of Business Chicks, Emma Issacs.

Let Latrobe City know how satisfied you are with maintenance by completing survey before 19 September 2022
Latrobe City Council's presentation maintenance services survey now open.

Minister Murray Watt and Senator Raff Ciccone visit Traralgon for Flood Recovery Project and Princes Highway Bypass
Federal Minister for Emergency Management Murray Watt and Federal Senator for Victoria Raff Ciccone visited Traralgon yesterday to learn more about the effects of the 2021 flood and storm event and ongoing recovery works.

Latrobe City advocates key projects to further enhance local economy as 2022 Victorian Election looms
With the state election approaching, Latrobe City Council is advocating for several of our community's priorities to further enhance the prosperity of the region.

Latrobe City reappoints Steven Piasente as Chief Executive Officer for another five year term
Latrobe City Council has reappointed Chief Executive Officer Steven Piasente for a five-year term.

Startup Gippsland Pitch Night to conclude for Business Igniter program at Gippsland Performing Arts Centre on 10 August 2022
Startup Gippsland is pleased to announce the 2022 Business Igniter Pitch Night, which will be held on Wednesday August 10 at the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre.

Commonwealth Games 2026 will help build significant boost to Latrobe City economic growth
Minister for Commonwealth Games Legacy Shaun Leane visited Gippsland Sports and Entertainment Park yesterday in preparation for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Melbourne Stars Women Big Bash cricket team joins Narracan and Albert Street Primary School for the 2022 Schools Tree Day in Moe
Members of the Melbourne Stars WBBL cricket team joined Narracan Primary School and Albert Street Primary School students for the 2022 Schools Tree Day in the Moe Botanic Gardens today.

Smart Enough Factory program for Latrobe City small to medium businesses gets $1.36M funding from Victorian government
The Smart Enough Factory program got underway in Latrobe City recently, supporting manufacturers to bring digital technologies into their operations to drive value and productivity.

Gippsland Rail Line upgrade that will strengthen Latrobe City funded $532.8M by federal and Victorian governments
Latrobe City Council is pleased the federal and Victorian governments are investing in local rail connections that will benefit Latrobe City residents with improvement works at Morwell and Traralgon stations underway.

Latrobe City residents ages 16 to 25 are encouraged to be part of a creative panel to develop arts via Valley Collective program
Latrobe City Council is inviting young people to be part of a creative panel to develop arts programs through the Valley Collective program.

Morwell Park Primary School gets $5.35M expansion and upgrade from Victorian government and Colman Education Foundation
Latrobe City Council is pleased to partner with the Department of Education and Training, Morwell Park Primary School and the Colman Education Foundation to implement the Our Place approach at Morwell Park.

Community ideas wanted on how to best showcase regional Victoria during 2026 Commonwealth Games
Deputy Premier and Minister for Commonwealth Games Delivery Jacinta Allan visited Morwell today to call for community ideas about how to best showcase regional Victoria as part of 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Business and community encouraged to take part and help in Latrobe City Small Business Festival from 16-19 August 2022
Business owners and community members are encouraged to be part of the festival, which will feature four separate events held across the City.

Latrobe Literary Festival 'Power of Words' writing competition open for entries until 26 August 2022
Latrobe Literary Festival launches 'Power of Words', entries are open for the competition until 26 August. A prize of $500 will be awarded to the winner.

Latrobe City Council seeks $4.25M federal funding to complete Traralgon Flood Recovery project
Council endorsed key master plans for Latrobe City's Flood Recovery Project at its meeting on Monday 4 July.

Old Methodist Church in Traralgon found to be of local historic significance to Latrobe City by heritage assessment
A heritage assessment of Traralgon's Old Methodist Church has been received by council saying that it is found to be of local historic significance to Latrobe City.

Kosciusko and Bank Street intersection in Traralgon to get vital safety upgrade as part of federal government's $300M commitment for 2022
Latrobe City Council is pleased Regional Roads Victoria will begin vital upgrades at key intersections along the Princes Highway this year.

Latrobe City congradulates Harriet Shing Eastern Victoria MP becoming Minister for Water, Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Equality
Latrobe City Council welcomes the news of Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing MP announcement/appointment as Minister for Water, Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Equality.

Latrobe City celebrates a range of fun over school holidays starting 24 June to 10 July 2022
From 24 June - 10 July, a range of fun, free and low-cost school holiday activities will be held across Latrobe City Council's libraries, leisure centres, early learning centres and creative venues through the Stay Local program.

Latrobe Regional Gallery gets LED lighting upgrade of $71,724 investment through Victoria's Regional Collections Access Program
Latrobe City Council welcomes the Victorian government's $71,724 investment in LED lighting upgrades at Latrobe Regional Gallery.

Additional 2000 qualified professionals for mental health workforce secured by Andrews Labor government backflip
Kids struggling with their mental health will finally get access to extra workers, with the Liberals and Nationals securing reforms today that will unlock 2000 counsellors to work in Victorian schools.

Bidfood Morwell new cold storage food distribution facility and LV Shade Sails expansion get Victorian government support
Latrobe City Council welcomes the Victorian government's support of 47 new jobs across Morwell and Traralgon through the Regional Jobs Fund.

Come meet AFL legend Eddie Betts at Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium Catterick Crescent in Traralgon on 28 June 2022
Latrobe City Libraries are excited to announce that AFL legend and anti-racism campaigner, Eddie Betts, is coming to Latrobe City to read from his children's books, sign autographs, answer questions and kick a footy around.

Lost Dogs' Disco to light up Gippsland Performing Arts Centre from 24 June to 3 July 2022
Gippsland Performing Arts Centre will be home to the Lost Dogs' Disco, a large-scale illuminated inflatable sculpture from 24 June - 3 July.

Glengarry Mechanics Institute officially re-opens after $557,074 refurbished funded by federal and Victorian governments
Latrobe City Council in partnership with Member for Gippsland Darren Chester MP, Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing MP and the Latrobe Valley Authority officially opened the refurbished Glengarry Mechanics Institute yesterday.

Community feedback wanted on proposed sale of Hazelwood House in Churchill to Quantum Support Services by Latrobe City Council
Latrobe City Council is inviting community feedback on a proposal to sell Hazelwood House in Churchill.

Latrobe City major infrastructure and hard waste service expansion gets $40M through 2022/23 capital works program
Investment in major infrastructure and an expansion of hard waste services feature in Latrobe City Council's 2022/23 Budget.

Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre leads the way at 2022 Local Government Professionals awards
The Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre (GRAC) has been recognised as a leading community facility in Victoria at the 2022 Local Government Professionals awards.

Community assurance in Latrobe City required as AGL Demerger dismissed
Latrobe City Council is calling for community certainty after AGL Energy revoked its demerger plan to split its generator and retailer arms into AGL Australia and Accel Energy.

Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation and Latrobe City Council to create opportunities for local aboriginal community
Program that will focus on creating employment opportunities for Aboriginal community members to reconnect with the Country and develop and share their skills and knowledge.

Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium starts 2022 with over twelve major events to boost tourism for Latrobe City
Latrobe City started the year in style with a baker's dozen of big events bringing in significant visitation and tourism dollars throughout the municipality.

Latrobe City to work with federal government on $10M funding for next stage of Gippsland Logistics Precinct
Latrobe City Council is ready to partner with the new Labor Federal Government following the results of the Federal election over the weekend.

Latrobe City joins celebration of National Reconciliation Week from 27 May to 3 June 2022
Be Brave and Make Change happen, Join us in the celebration this National Reconciliation Week.

Applications for Latrobe City Tourism and Major Events Advisory Committee are open until 18 May 2022
Invitation for the community to send their expression of interest with regards to the Latrobe City Tourism and Major Events Advisory Committee.

Latrobe Literary Festival at Traralgon Library with Hugh McGinlay & Esmerelda, Stephen Johnson and Vikki Petraitis from 17-28 May 2022
Bookmark the 17th through 28th of May for this year's mind-morphing Latrobe Literary Festival.

Latrobe Valley Blue Hydrogen project gets $2.98M support from federal government and Latrobe City Council
Latrobe City Council welcomes the federal government's $2.98 million commitment to the Latrobe Valley Blue Hydrogen project by Zero Degrees Rosella.

Celebrate and shop locally in Latrobe CIty as part of Main Streets of Australia Week from 16 to 22 May 2022
Latrobe City Council is celebrating Main Streets of Australia Week from 16 - 22 May, encouraging the community to support small businesses by shopping local.

Latrobe City Council calls on federal candidates to secure $3.25M to complete in Traralgon Flood Recovery Project
Latrobe City Council is calling on Federal candidates to invest in the Traralgon Flood Recovery Project across Traralgon Recreation Reserve and Glenview Park.

Latrobe Valley Barramundi Farming by Opal and Mainstream at Maryvale Mill get $30M federal funding
Latrobe City Council welcomes the federal government's $30 million announcement for Opal and Mainstream's Latrobe Valley Aquaculture project at Maryvale Mill.

Bowls Victorian Open to be held in Latrobe City on 25 March to 2 April 2023
Bowls Victoria, together with Latrobe City Council, are incredibly excited to officially announce a landmark 5-year agreement for the staging of the Victorian Open, commencing March 2023.

Traralgon Recreation Reserve gets $2.75M for new facilities development as part of Victorian government 2022/23 budget
Latrobe City Council has welcomed the Victorian government's budget contribution of $2.75 million towards developing new facilities at Traralgon Recreation Reserve (TRR), which is a key component of council's Traralgon Flood Recovery Project.

Latrobe City community and sporting groups get more than $300,000 funding from council Community Grants and Sponsorships Program
More than $300,000 will be distributed to local sporting, cultural and community groups in round two of Latrobe City Council's Community Grants and Sponsorships Program.

Latrobe City Council helps secure $117M funding for local projects from Victorian 2022/23 budget
Latrobe City Council thanks the State Government for their investment in local projects as part of the 2022/23 Budget.

Community invited to Candlelight Vigil at Gippsland Performing Arts Centre to remember the women and children lost to family violence across
The Candlelight Vigil is an opportunity to come together as a community, reflect and take a stand against family violence.

Community feedback on 2022-23 budget submissions for Latrobe City Council closes soon
Community members are encouraged to have their say on Latrobe City Council's 2022/23 Draft Budget before submissions close on Tuesday 3 May.

New Maryvale Mill Energy from Waste Facility will add local jobs from federal government's $48.2M investment through Modern Manufacturing Initiative program
Latrobe City Council welcomes the federal government's commitment of $48.2 million to the energy from waste facility at the Maryvale Mill through the Modern Manufacturing Initiative.

Latrobe Regional Gallery to hold exhibition for eight-metre wide painting reflecting iconic Hazelwood Power Station from 2 April to 10 July 2022
A new exhibition at Latrobe Regional Gallery (LRG) reflects on the role the iconic Hazelwood Power Station had in the lives of Latrobe City locals over several generations.

Talk with Clem Bastow who authored Late Bloomer on 27 April via Zoom
A warm, witty memoir about receiving a late diagnosis of autism and the fascinating journey of a Boolarra South ceramics artist will be explored in upcoming Latrobe City Libraries author talks.

Latrobe Valley Authority (LVA) gets $7.5M additional funding via Victorian Ladder - Step Up program to create more jobs
The Andrews Labor government will keep helping create more jobs in the Latrobe Valley, with another $7.5 million investment in the Latrobe Valley Authority (LVA).

Andrew Giles MP promises $10M to Stage two of Gippsland Logistics Precinct project ahead of federal election
Latrobe City Council has welcomed a $10 million election promise to progress the Gippsland Logistics Precinct from the Labor Party ahead of the Federal election.

Latrobe City Council Aged Care and Services to undergo significant changes from July 2022
Council services will undergo significant changes across Latrobe City with council set to transfer the Aged Care and Home and Community Care Program for Younger People services to new providers in July 2022.

Latrobe City Stadium in Morwell to be upgraded in preparation to host events for 2026 Commonwealth Games
With Gippsland officially announced as one of four regional hubs for the 2026 Commonwealth Games, the Andrews Labor government is getting on with plans to deliver this global sporting event.

Latrobe City in Gippsland ready to host 2026 Commonwealth Games events and get economic and tourism boost
Premier's announcing Latrobe City as host city to the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Community feedback for Traralgon Recreation Reserve and Showgrounds and Glenview Park precincts masterplans from Latrobe City Council
Council has developed masterplans to redevelop the TRR&S and create a new community and events hub at Glenview park.

Hard waste removal for Latrobe City starts Monday 4 April until 15 April 2022
Latrobe City Council's twice-yearly booked hard waste collection is set to start on Monday, 2 May.

Everyone to enjoy Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre in Traralgon regardless of ability or language with introduction of Access Key
Latrobe City Council delivers Access Key to customise accessibility to Gippsland Aquatic Centre (GRAC) in Traralgon

Great outcomes for Latrobe City and Gippsland from Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program and Building Better Regions Fund
Latrobe City Council has welcomed continued funding for key programs to support roads and local infrastructure as part of the 2022/23 Federal Budget.

Latrobe City Australia Day Awards 2022 to Dean Sutton, Bridie Byrne and Martin Dyt
Local legends, outstanding events and champion community services have been acknowledged at the 2022 Latrobe City Australia Day Awards ceremony, held on Sunday following COVID-19 related delays.

Opening of new multi-use pavilion at Apex Park in Traralgon by Chris Buckingham from Latrobe Valley Authority
It's peak season at one of Latrobe City's most utilised sporting venues following the opening of a new pavilion at Traralgon's Apex Park.

Research underway to strengthen Greater Glider possum population in Latrobe CIty with $50,000 grant from Victorian government
A research project is underway to study and strengthen the population of the Greater Glider possum, the largest gliding mammal in Australia.

Traralgon Railway Reservoir Conservation Reserve (TRRCR) transformed from barren paddock to historic gem in Latrobe City
Over the past 30 years the Traralgon Railway Reservoir Conservation Reserve (TRRCR) has been transformed from a barren grazing paddock forgotten by time into an historic gem of Latrobe City.

Traralgon South Recreation Reserve upgraded with $340,584 from the Latrobe Valley Authority and $312,202 from Latrobe City Council
After a brief construction adjournment, the courts are back in session at the Traralgon South Recreation Reserve.

Latrobe City Council encourages community to connect through culture and recognise Cultural Diversity Week
Latrobe City Council is encouraging the community to connect through culture this week to recognise Cultural Diversity Week.

Glengarry community invited to discuss updates to flood overlays and drainage on 17 March 2022
In response to community interest, Latrobe City Council will hold a community open house session this week to discuss the proposed planning scheme Amendment C131.

Celebrating a million ways to be a woman online part of International Women's Day from Latrobe City Council
As part of International Women's Day, Latrobe City Council is encouraging the community to join in celebrating the contribution of women across the municipality.

Come sing with Latrobe Valley Community Choir and our new music director Dr Kevin Cameron
We are excited to be returning to in person rehearsals on Tuesday nights, with our new Music Director Dr Kevin Cameron

Please don't hang up when the Latrobe City Council Community Satisfaction Survey calls
Latrobe City Council residents may soon receive a phone call inviting them to participate in the Victorian Government's annual Community Satisfaction Survey, undertaken by National Field Services.

Traralgon paralympian Emily Beecroft and local footy legend Beau Vernon speak at community workshops in Morwell from February to April
Traralgon Paralympian Emily Beecroft and local footy legend and motivational speaker Beau Vernon will headline a series of community workshops about sport and inclusivity from February through April.

Latrobe Visitor Information Centre to be relocated to Gippsland Performing Arts Centre from 25 February 2022
The Latrobe Visitor Information Centre will open seven days a week at the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre from Friday 25 February.

Grants and sponsorships from $2,000 to $20,000 available for events, capital works, equipment and wellbeing projects
Community organisations will have the chance to garner funding support when round two of Latrobe City Council's Community Grant and Sponsorship program opens on 31 January.

Authors Heather Morris and Lorraine Smith to present at Latrobe City libraries
Latrobe City Libraries will host two author talks in February, including a return to in-person events.

Gippsland Performing Arts Centre program ready for March 2022 opening
The stage is almost set for world-class shows and entertainment as construction of the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) nears completion ready for the March 2022 opening.

Moe Play Space in Apex Park gets changing places accessible toilet from Latrobe City Council with $110,000 from Victorian government
Funding received from the government for changing areas at Apex Park.

Green light for Australia Day celebrations to go ahead in Latrobe City
Celebrations of culture, community and connectedness will go ahead on Australia Day at venues across Latrobe City.

Latrobe City Council calls government to back recovery of Traralgon Showgrounds community groups from 2021 storm and flood event
Calling on the State and Federal Governments to back a plan to help community groups based at Traralgon Recreation Reserve and Showgrounds.

South East Melbourne Phoenix migrates to Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium in Traralgon for 2022 NBL season
South East Melbourne Phoenix takes a match against the Adelaide 36ers at the new-look stadium, million dollar upgraded Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium (GRISS).

Summer fun at Latrobe City libraries with Return Yourself to the Library and 'Big Summer Read' programs
Encouraging children not to just go back to the library but also to borrow and read books.

Haunted Hills mountain bike park opens from 18 December 2021
Home to a new breed of thrills following the official opening of a new mountain bike park on Saturday.

Latrobe City community invited to 'Buy a Seat' to support local theatre at Gippsland Performing Arts Centre
Program aims to support free education and public programs, helping to provide greater access to our community.

Traralgon flood recovery pop-up support for Latrobe City Council
Adjusting to life in the wake of disaster will be the subject of a free pop-up flood recovery session in Traralgon this month.

Demolishing of Latrobe City Visitor Information Centre building decision triggers community meeting
Council attended a meeting organised and led by the community to discuss the future of the Latrobe Visitor Information Centre building, the former Methodist Church.

Latrobe City Youth Council inviting new members for 2022
Latrobe City Youth Council is seeking new members for the 2022 term to build their leadership skills, make new connections and provide input into Council's decision making

Lower speeds reduce to 40 km/hr in Latrobe City CBD's to improve safety
Speed limits will be reduced to 40 kilometres per hour across the central business districts.

Recovery Committee (CRC) to be established in Traralgon to help with disasters and plan for future emergencies
Community-Led Recovery Committee will be established in Traralgon to help people bounce back from disaster situations and plan for future emergencies.

Kellie O'Callaghan elected as Mayor and Dan Clancey as Deputy Mayor for Latrobe City Council in 2021/22
New Mayor and Deputy Mayor have been elected.

Morwell Centenary Rose Garden festival back in the limelight as part of international festival
Escape the indoors and get back to nature at the stunning Morwell Centenary Rose Garden during this year's International Rose Garden Festival.

Latrobe City Business Chamber formed to bring together local valley businesses and industry groups
Latrobe City Council is supporting the creation of a single business association to strengthen the voice of the business community.

Latrobe City Council adopts a 2021/25 Council Plan and 2022/31 Financial Plan with notes on impact from Yallourn Power Station closure
Community sets course for the future.

Latrobe City Council calls to preserve Lake Narracan following the closure of Yallourn Power Station in 2028
Latrobe City Council will make a submission to the State Government calling to preserve Lake Narracan's weir and water levels following the closure of Yallourn Power Station in 2028.

Help catalogue biodiversity in Latrobe City as part of Great Southern BioBlitz 2021
The hunt is on to catalogue and celebrate Latrobe City's biodiversity as the Great Southern BioBlitz 2021 blooms across the hemisphere.

Morwell Centenary Rose Garden greatly improved by Friends of Garden with funding from Latrobe City Council and Advance Morwell
Morwell Centenary Rose Garden receiving and appreciating funding support from the council to complete the installation of permanent bricks edging around garden beds.

Walk-in COVID-19 testing site now at Moe Senior Citizens Centre
The Moe Senior Citizens Centre will operate as a walk-in COVID-19 testing site from tomorrow (7 September) as case numbers rise across Victoria.

Latrobe City Transition Taskforce starts on plan to move away from traditional power generation and a reduced timber industry
Taskforce establishment to plan for the economic diversification and investment opportunirties.

2021 Australian Netball Championships format revamped as September event at Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium postponed
The Australian Netball Championships will be played in a decentralised format this year, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to present significant challenges for sport.

Latrobe Regional Gallery August 2021
50 Years: 50 Artists is a major exhibition to commemorate 50 years of Latrobe Regional Gallery from 4 September to 7 November

Latrobe City Council announces community representatives for safety committee
Council announcing the representative of the new community safety committee.

Latrobe City Council re-opens Cumberland Park kindergarten after negative results for COVID-19
Identified close contact resulted negative from COVID-19.

Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell plans large exhibition to celebrate 50th birthday
Exhibition to be held in celebrating Latrobe Regional Gallery's 50th birthday.

Labertouche Community Hall gets lovingly restored through the Latrobe Valley Authority,s Community and Facility Fund
Labertouche Community Hall has been lovingly restored with a new roof, ceiling and floor, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.

Robert Burns of Churchill promotes Latrobe City for 20 years as volunteer at local visitor information centre
Latrobe City Council has commemorated the contribution of a volunteer who has given 20 years of service.

Latrobe City Youth Council encourages healthy eating with 'Fab food marvellous mood' campaign'
Food campaign to help educate the young people about healthy diet that lead to happier and healthier mental and physical wellness.

Latrobe Regional Airport looking to take-off under plan that sets out a long-term framework for development
Council seeking expansion development opportunities for Latrobe Regional Airport that will help them support and grow the aviation operations.

Latrobe City Council submits to inquiry into impacts of Hazelwood and Yallourn power stations closures
Latrobe City Council will advocate for greater Government support for the municipality to help the region transition with less power stations.

Latrobe City preschool children support people living with Motor Neurone disease
Fund raising activity to support and raise awareness for the debilitating diseases, Frontotemporal Dementia and Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Latrobe City to continue to operate the Moe and Yallourn North outdoor pools
Latrobe City Council will continue to operate the Moe and Yallourn North Outdoor Pools following a review of the 2020/21 season.

Latrobe City Transition Taskforce to be established to help minimise the effects of the closure of power stations
Latrobe City Council is acting now to minimise the significant effects of the closure of power stations upon the municipality in the future.

Women's Big Bash League cricket to debut at Moe including Australian women's captain Meg Lanning
The first WBBL game to be played at Moe and comes after the reserve successfully hosted men's Big Bash League matches in January and December 2019.

Record number of teams to enter Australian Netball Championships held in September at Traralgon
Teams from across the country joining Australian Netball League to compete on the upcoming netball competition.

Latrobe City reminding businesses they can still access help from being affected by COVID-19 pandemic
Programs that could help local business owners in improving their businesses.

Latrobe City calls for input into storm and review of flood response to learn lessons for next time
Storm and flood clean-up program funded by the government to provide service to property owners affected by storm and flooding without any cost.

Latrobe City Council calls for Victorian government to support for timber industry
Release of code of practice for timber industry that has been on a long delayed by the state government.

Latrobe Regional Gallery July 2021
Update on the Latrobe Regional Performing Arts series or activities.

Latrobe Regional Performing Arts July 2021
Series of new events and performance at Latrobe Performing Arts Centre for the month of July.

Stallholders sought for Children's Expo for Latrobe City
An event inviting the stallholders to come and join the expo for the kids, with many services and activities for them to enjoy

Writing competition calls for fiction about Latrobe City
Writing competition that would that tells about the past, present and the people of the city.

Liberal Nationals

Climate financial disclosure policy from Albanese Labor government burdens farmers, inflates food prices and lacks data says David Littleproud
David Littleproud, Leader of The Nationals, decried Labor's climate financial disclosure policy as harmful to farmers and fresh food, citing increased costs and compliance burdens.

New Digital ID law risks overreach and excluding those without technology warns David Littleproud
David Littleproud, leader of the Nationals, cautions against Labor's Digital ID laws, citing concerns of government overreach and exclusion. He advocates for voluntary usage and alternative access options.

No-confidence vote against the Albanese government by National Farmers Federation due to neglect of farmers
David Littleproud, Nationals leader, praised agriculture's top policy body for its no-confidence vote against the Albanese government. He cited government neglect of farmers, including failed policies like a fresh food tax.

National Farmers' Federation and industry leaders protest live sheep export ban during Agriculture Minister Murray Watt speech
Industry leaders, including the National Farmers' Federation, walked out of Agriculture Minister Murray Watt's speech protesting Labor's decision to ban live sheep exports. David Littleproud criticised Labor's lack of industry understanding.

Albanese Labor government ignores regional Australia cutting infrastructure funds and neglecting the cost-of-living crisis
David Littleproud, leader of The Nationals, criticises Labor for neglecting regional Australia in its budget, slashing infrastructure funds and failing to address the cost-of-living crisis while prioritising urban areas.

Senators to reject Fresh food tax after report reveals lack of clarity and adverse impact on farmers and families
Mr. Littleproud noted that although the Labor Government Committee Chair endorsed the tax in the Committee report, a dissenting report from the Coalition released today provides compelling reasons against its implementation.

Fresh food tax criticised by industry as lack of clarity on payment and collection will harm families and farmers
Labor's new fresh food tax, criticised by industry, lacks clarity on payment and collection. Nationals oppose it, citing absurdity and harm to families and farmers. Industry voices confusion and opposition.

New fresh food tax bill threatens higher living costs and will be detrimental to Gippsland families and farmers
Labor's lack of clarity on costs and implementation fuels opposition among agricultural groups and adds confusion to an already burdened sector.

Fresh food tax bill is a shambles that will burden families by imposing biosecurity levy on Australian farmers
Littleproud criticises Labor's fresh food tax amid cost crisis, foreseeing burden on farmers and families. Lack of clarity on costs and collection methods sparks confusion and opposition.

ANU report critiques Albanese Labor government fresh food tax suggesting alternatives like charging importers for biosecurity
ANU report criticises Labor's fresh food tax, suggests alternative funding methods for biosecurity. Nationals' David Littleproud opposes levy, citing flaws and impact on farmers. Calls for its removal.

David Littleproud pushes ACCC empowerment to tackle supermarket price gouging after dismissal attitude from Albanese Labor government
The Nationals' David Littleproud criticises PM's dismissal of divestiture powers amid supermarket price gouging concerns. Labor's shift disappoints; calls for ACCC empowerment intensify to address inflation's grocery impact.

Prioritising farmers needed instead of lecturing them as federal government integrates environmental sustainability into dietary guidelines by 2026
Mr. Littleproud criticises NHMRC's potential shift to sustainability, arguing it undermines their health expertise. Industry opposes targeting steak and lamb in dietary guidelines, calling it ideological.

Embarrassing remodel of fresh food tax by federal Labor government still hurts families and farmers and will lead to higher prices
Labor adjusts fresh food tax method, causing confusion. The Agriculture Minister announces changes. Critics urge scrapping, citing impact on farmers and food security. Agricultural groups oppose levy.

Victorian power crisis raise need for National Energy Summit and nuclear discussion to address grid vulnerabilities
David Littleproud advocates for nuclear, citing transmission line vulnerabilities. Urges National Energy Summit for diverse energy discussion. Criticises Labor's renewables push amid power crisis.

Farmers rally at Parliament House to protest federal Labor government hasty pursuit of renewables that increases food and energy costs
A national rally at Parliament House today protests Labor's rapid renewables push, fearing soaring costs, agricultural land destruction, and environmental harm. Critics call for a Senate Inquiry and project suspension.

Proposed legislation allowing unions unannounced access to farms may jeopardise farmer safety and biosecurity
Mr. Littleproud expressed alarm at proposed changes, citing privacy concerns, safety risks for farmers, and potential animal welfare issues. The Fair Work Bill grants unions more access, raising worries about unintended consequences.

Farmers disappointed by Labor government renewables review as it neglecting real impact on agricultural land in regional communities
The Community Engagement Review by the Labor government on renewables fails to consider the real impact on agricultural land, leaving farmers and regional communities disappointed.

Concealed Community Engagement Review shows federal Labor government lack of transparency on renewable projects impact on agriculture
Littleproud emphasises the necessity of disclosing the Community Engagement Review on renewable projects, expressing concerns about Labor's 82% renewables target, its impact on agriculture, and lack of transparency.

Food and Grocery Code of Conduct still not reviewed after 100 days
Littleproud criticises Labor for delaying appointment of Dr. Emerson as Reviewer, highlighting cost-of-living crisis and advocating for ACCC inquiry into supermarket prices.

Liberal Nationals urge ACCC Inquiry into supermarket fruit and vegetable prices amidst family food cost challenges and profit surge
Littleproud urges ACCC probe into fair supermarket payments amidst farmer hardships, profit gaps, and food scarcity fears, emphasising urgency beyond Senate Inquiry.

Australia can celebrate live sheep export to Saudi Arabia as Albanese Labor government phase-out plan
Littleproud deems Saudi Arabia's market reopening a pivotal moment, urging Labor to reconsider the live sheep export phase-out.

Study shows fresh food tax decreases productivity and increases living costs prompting calls for its removal
New findings reveal Labor's fresh food tax may hike living costs, hinder productivity. Criticised biosecurity levy burdens farmers; suggested importer fees for risk mitigation.

Farmers to be impacted if Albanese Labor government ends funding for legal advice in Native Title Respondent Scheme
The Nationals' David Littleproud warns of increased challenges for farmers if Labor abolishes Commonwealth-funded legal aid in native title claims, impacting fairness and support for both sides. Labor's move lacks practicality and unity.

Slashing soil program and diverting $11.7M from National Soils Strategy by Albanese Labor government disregards Australian agriculture
David Littleproud criticised Labor for redirecting $11.7 million from the National Soil Strategy and scrapping the $54 million Soil Monitoring Incentives Program showcases disregard for agriculture's needs.

Live sheep export panel report kept secret by Albanese Labor government hiding impact on Australian farmers and trade
Labor keeps Independent Panel Report on live sheep exports confidential; The Nationals demand transparency, citing industry impact, advocating for trade preservation.

Littleproud warns renewable plan will harm regional areas, raise living costs, damage land and threaten food security
Concerns about environmental impact, economic pressure on regions, and preference for nuclear energy options are highlighted, pledging to halt Labor's renewables push.

Have your say on Regional Investment Corporation by 22 December 2023
David Littleproud urges farmers to review the Regional Investment Corporation's impact, fearing closure by the current government despite its vital role in providing over $3 billion in concessional loans aiding agriculture during droughts.

Economic impact of live sheep export ban unable to cited Prime Minister Albanese
The Prime Minister, unable to cite modelling, asserts Labor's policy doesn't significantly impact the industry. Littleproud contradicts, citing farmers' concerns and industry collapse, criticising Minister Watt's decisions and lack of evidence.

Supermarket meat high prices need ACCC investigation as sheep and lamb prices more than halve
Despite a 60-70% drop in sheep and lamb prices, supermarket meat costs remain high. The ACCC is needed for immediate transparency and action on pricing.

Optus outage prompts calls for mandated domestic mobile roaming and need for pilot in rural areas
Urgency is stressed due to the cost-of-living crisis and impending natural disasters, advocating for enhanced coverage, safety, and a common-sense approach to the issue.

Need to swiftly regulate and tax vapours due to a significant rise in Australian e-cigarette consumption
The Nationals urge child-protective e-cigarette regulation, similar to tobacco as 92% of vapers using the black market raise safety concerns.

Minister Fiona Nash and National Farmers Federation have incredible contributions to agriculture and farming industry acknowledged
David Littleproud expresses gratitude to Fiona, highlights the importance of leadership, and pledges support for various agricultural challenges, emphasising common-sense solutions and the value of storytelling.

National Farmers Federation launches protest against Albanese Labor government impact on Australian farmers over their deep concerns
David Littleproud highlights key issues, including taxes, visas, live exports, water, renewables, and more. Future Coalition support pledged.

Release of independent report on live sheep exports ban demanded by Nationals leader and Shadow Agriculture Minister David Littleproud
David Littleproud urges Labor to release the Independent Panel Report on the live sheep exports ban for transparency. He criticises Minister Watt's decision based on animal activists' desires and the negative impact on farmers.

Farmers not heard by Albanese Labor government on industry impacts and raising costs for Australian families says David Littleproud
Agriculture Minister Murray Watt's actions have eroded farmers' confidence, as Labor dismisses their concerns and ignores industry impacts, raising costs for Australian families.

Crucial time wasted on Fire ant control with belated and insufficient funding from Albanese Labor government
David Littleproud criticised Labor's delayed and insufficient $268 million federal funding to combat red imported fire ants, potentially jeopardising a time-sensitive response plan.

Senate inquiry into spread of imported Red fire ants due to concerns on Albanese Labor government handling of eradication funding
Senate inquiry that will assess the costs and impacts of the red imported fire ants, the effectiveness of eradication efforts, and funding allocation.

Farmers are worried about Federal government plan to recover 450 gigalitres of water
On the Voice to Parliament referendum, David Littleproud is not confident about the outcome, emphasising that Australians should make their own informed decisions, regardless of celebrity endorsements.

Federal Labor government superannuation plan threatens family farms in self-managed super funds and breaks promis