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2 Apr 2004 (Friday)

Opening Of The 2004 Stubble Quail Hunting Season
Saturday the 3rd of April is the first day of Victoria’s Stubble Quail hunting season.

Grant Assists Lakes Entrance Netball Association
Lakes Entrance Netball Association players now have their own outdoor netball court, with the assistance of a $5,000 grant from East Gippsland Shire Council’s Community Small Grants Program.

Ingram condemns Road Management Bill
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has today condemned the passing of the Road Management Bill through the Legislative Assembly without amendments.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter April 2004 Area LTB1 Bridle Estate (NHW82)
March Meeting, Tips From a Taxi Driver, Police Concert, Spiked Drinks, Police Crime Report.

5 Apr 2004 (Monday)

Local Students Awarded Joint Shire/Monash Scholarships
Two East Gippsland students have received financial assistance as part of the East Gippsland Shire Council / Monash University Gippsland Campus Scholarship Program.

Seeking feedback on ideas for new Loch Sport entry signage
Wellington Shire Council is keen to receive feedback from Loch Sport residents and ratepayers on concept designs for new, enhanced entry signage for the coastal town.

6 Apr 2004 (Tuesday)

Southern Ark – Chief Scientist Visits East Gippsland
On Thursday April 2, Dr Graham Mitchell, Chief Scientist with the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) visited Cape Conran Coastal Park to find out more about the 'Southern Ark' project being undertaken in East Gippsland.

Maffra Community Meeting – 13 April
Maffra residents are being invited to have their say on council services and issues affecting them when Councillors and senior officers from Wellington Shire Council host their next community meeting in the area on Tuesday 13 April.

Redhill and Darlimurla Road upgrades completed
Major upgrades to Redhill Road Callignee and Darlimurla Road Boolarra have recently been completed by Latrobe City Council.

Boat Owners Keep Vessels Clean To Treat ‘Em Mean
Environment Minister John Thwaites today launched a campaign urging boating enthusiasts to stop aquatic pests spreading in Victorian waters.

Ewe Condition At Joining Is Critical To Increasing Lambing Percentages
Improving Merino ewe condition at joining could have significant impacts on wool enterprise profitability through increases in lambing percentages.

Community consultation evening for RAAF college relocation project
On Wednesday 14 April Wellington Shire Council will be hosting a community consultation evening to update local residents and businesses on the coming transfer the Officer Training School at Point Cook to RAAF East Sale.

Victorian Governor Touring East Gippsland Shire
John Landy, AC, MBE, Governor of Victoria and Mrs Lynne Landy will be visiting the East Gippsland Shire between Wednesday, 14 April and Friday, 16 April.

Dse And Parks Victoria Continue To Conduct Controlled Burns Over Easter Holidays
The Department of Sustainability and Environment and Parks Victoria may be conducting a number of prescribed burns over the Easter holiday period if weather conditions remain favourable.

Resurfacing smooths out the bumps for cyclists
Cyclists and walkers who use the bicycle path in the median strip in Kay Street Traralgon, have a beautifully smooth surface to enjoy, following recent resurfacing of a kilometre long section.

Latrobe Valley Hands In First Exotic Reptile During National Amnesty
On Wednesday March 31, an exotic reptile called a 'Red-eared Slider Turtle' was handed into a Dept of Sustainability and Environment Wildlife Officer in Traralgon, under the terms of the National Exotic Reptile Amnesty, which is currently in place.

7 Apr 2004 (Wednesday)

Technology Transfer Helps Businesses Throughout Gippsland
Many Gippsland businesses have been getting help from technology experts from the University.

Nats should first apologise for selling us out: Ingram
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, said today that he looked forward to the challenge of the next election in 2006.

Junior Ten Pin Team Triumphs Again

Calling All Coast Carers
For the first time in Victoria, a three-day forum is being held especially for marine and coastal community groups and volunteers.

8 Apr 2004 (Thursday)

Local artist explores Chinese culture
Latrobe Regional Gallery is currently hosting ‘Tailors and Temples’ an exhibition of multilayered and embellished prints by local artist Trish Leddin.

Libraries to help dig up ancestors
Ever wanted to know more about your family’s history? Libraries throughout Latrobe City will hold ‘Beginning Family History’ sessions throughout April for people wanting to research their family’s past.

Young women ‘Shaping the Future’
Twelve young women from throughout Latrobe City recently celebrated International Women’s Day by participating in the ‘Young Women Shaping the Future’ summit held in Melbourne.

Conditional Permit to Burn issued by City
Fire Restrictions in Latrobe City will be lifted from 1am Monday 12 April, and as a result, Latrobe City Council has issued a conditional ‘Permit to Burn’ to take effect from Tuesday 13 April.

14 Apr 2004 (Wednesday)

New NVD arrangements – now managed by MLA
The way cattle, sheep and goat producers access National Vendor Declarations (NVDs) has changed.

Transport Project Aims To Connect Region
East Gippsland Shire Council, in partnership with Wellington Shire Council, will be focusing on various transport needs for the region over the next two years as part of the "Let’s GET (Gippsland East Transport) Connected Project".

Mentoring service for local businesswomen
The Women in Business Network now has twelve mentors providing support, encouragement and advice to women who are opening or running businesses locally.

Opportunity to work in Japanese Sister City
Latrobe City Council is calling for applications from persons interested in assisting with the teaching of English in junior high schools in Takasago, Latrobe’s sister city in Japan.

Internationally renowned social entrepreneur comes to Gippsland
mecu, Federation Health, GippsTAFE and Latrobe City are hosting the first Gippsland Community Business Breakfast for 2004 at the Waratah Restaurant in Morwell on the Wednesday 21 April.

Stratford on Avon Shakespeare Festival

Keeping Walkways Clear
East Gippsland Shire Council wishes to remind property owners that overhanging trees and branches must be trimmed at the fence / property line.

Smoky Conditions In Gippsland As Burns Progress
Many areas of Gippsland are experiencing heavy smoke as the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and Parks Victoria continue with autumn burns across the region.

15 Apr 2004 (Thursday)

Update On Gippsland Fires
Conditions overnight have been very difficult on the Blue Rock fire near Tanjil South, with strong winds of 75 kph and temperatures of up to 29 degrees. The fire has reached over 1000 hectares in size.

Weather Conditions Cause Concern With Burns
Unseasonally warm and windy weather conditions in the region have caused concern for both DSE and CFA firefighters today.

Update On Gippsland Fires
The two fires in Gippsland at Blue Rock dam, Tanjil South and near Neerim South are still causing problems for firefighters as erratic winds make conditions difficult to suppress the fires.

Time running out to ‘Write Around Australia’
Time is running out for students in Grades 5 and 6 to enter their stories in the ‘NESTLÉ Write Around Australia’ competition which closes on Friday 14 May.

Community rallies behind hospital petition
Community support has been overwhelming and the amount of signatures gathered shows that the community is not willing to let the State Government strip its essential health services.

Ingram supports GM moratorium
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, said today that he will support legislation to extend the moratorium for a further four years on the establishment of broad acre trials for genetically modified (GM) crops.

Debra shows the talent is still with her
Debra Byrne will perform songs from her talented career at 11am at Kernot Hall this Tuesday (20 April). The performance is part of Latrobe City’s Morning Music program.

16 Apr 2004 (Friday)

Tourism Operators Can Nominate For Awards
East Gippsland Shire Council is encouraging local tourism business operators to nominate for the East Gippsland Tourism Awards and the Victorian Tourism Awards.

Update On Gippsland Fires
Overnight drizzle and mist on the fireground at Blue Rock dam near Tanjil South have dampened the intensity of the fire and meant little change in size

Making Good Ideas Happen
Welcome to the Gippsland & Latrobe Innovation Festival. This year's festival features over 50 events making it the largest regional innovation festival in Australia.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Update On Gippsland Fires
A light sprinkling of rain and cooler temperatures overnight have been welcomed by firefighters and the community alike, helping to halt the spread of the two remaining fires in Gippsland.

19 Apr 2004 (Monday)

Weather Influences Fire Making Decisions
Weather forecasting for burning operations and controlling of wild fires is a major factor in decision making for fire management.

Blue Rock Fire Contained Over Weekend
The fire at Blue Rock dam, north of Moe was declared officially contained at 5.00pm on Saturday April 17.

Help shape our Environmental Policy
Wellington Shire Council is keen to receive community feedback on its draft Environmental Policy – a significant document which will guide the Council in its promotion of ecologically sustainable development over the coming years.

20 Apr 2004 (Tuesday)

New School Speed Zones Coming To East Gippsland
East Gippsland Shire Mayor, Harvey Bates, reminds motorists that new school speed zones will be implemented during May.

Wellington welcomes Nylex-led drive to address youth exodus
Wellington Shire Council is supporting a Nylex-led drive to help arrest the long-running exodus of young skilled people from Sale to the bigger cities – many drawn by the lure of potentially better job opportunities.

Latrobe Regional Airport joins LatrobeFirst campaign
Two members of the Latrobe Regional Airport community, the Latrobe Regional Airport Board and its anchor tenant Gippsland Aeronautics, became the latest groups to join the LatrobeFirst campaign on Tuesday.

Innovation Festival Program goes on-line
Events and activities planned for the month-long Gippsland and Latrobe Innovation Festival in May, are now available on-line at

Cool and slippery performance expected from Banana Oil
A fairly strange phenomenon will slip into Tyers on Sunday 2 May at the Tyers Hall at 7.30pm for a brief encounter of the musical kind

Roses bloomed in spite of the weather
More than 300 people remained undaunted by the inclement weather to enjoy the Latrobe Roseworld Celebration of Roses at the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden on Saturday.

Creative Gippsland brochures launched
A suite of Creative Gippsland Cultural Tourism brochures was launched by Federal Minister for Gippsland, the Federal Minister for Science The Hon Peter McGauran, at the Affordable Art Show at the Royal Exhibition Buildings in Carlton last week..

21 Apr 2004 (Wednesday)

Shire Long Service Awards Presented
East Gippsland Shire Mayor, Harvey Bates and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Kozlowski, on Monday presented several Shire staff employees with long service achievement awards.

The Big Ask
Local residents are being invited to put their minds to the test next month by competing to win the Genus V edition of the popular board game Trivial Pursuit in the Wellington Shire Council’s Big Ask competition.

Boosting youth representation
Wellington Shire Council is launching a far-reaching new initiative designed to boost the representation of local young people in council policy and decisions.

OJD trading scheme is simple as ABC
Victoria’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Hugh Millar recently announced a scheme that will help sheep farmers establish the integrity of their flock with regard to Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD).

Melbourne jazz group to entertain Wellington
Wellington Shire Council’s Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre will host energetic Melbourne jazz ensemble, Banana Oil on Friday 30 April at 9.00pm as part of the 2004 Café Concert Series.

Firewood collection reminder
Wellington Shire Council is urging residents to comply with council guidelines when collecting firewood this winter to avoid damaging our native bush and a potential fine.

22 Apr 2004 (Thursday)

New Signage Promotes Great Alpine Road
Promotion of the Great Alpine Road has continued with directional and route signs currently being constructed and installed.

Upgraded Facilities At Orbost Bowls Club
Orbost Bowls Club members were delighted yesterday (Wednesday) to see the official opening of a new equipment shed and disabled toilet facilities at the club.

Enthusiastic Response To Heritage Workshops
Cann River and Buchan are the locations for the next two in East Gippsland Shire Council’s series of workshops for the East Gippsland Heritage Study.

Economic statement set to benefit Wellington
Wellington Shire Council has warmly welcomed the Victorian Government’s 2004 Economic Statement released yesterday titled Victoria: Leading the Way which is set to provide substantial benefit to local industry and economy.

Council backs Howard visit outcomes
Wellington Shire Council took this week’s visit from Australian Prime Minister, John Howard as an opportunity to pursue several projects that will bring substantial benefits to local defence, timber and irrigation industries.

art classes
Children's after school classes Wednesdays. Adult classes for anyone over 15 years, in enamelling, printmaking, painting and photography

Weekly Bulletin

26 Apr 2004 (Monday)

All rural properties get a road number
Wellington Shire Council has just completed the allocation of road numbers to some 4,500 rural properties spread across the shire – primarily for emergency purposes.

Wellington youngsters to get hands on art
Wellington Shire Council’s Gippsland Art Gallery is now the proud home of the travelling interactive children’s art exhibition - The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift Suitcase Kits- currently on loan from the National Gallery of Australia until 4 July.

Public meeting to seek ideas for Traralgon Show
A public meeting to seek additional input and ideas for this year’s Traralgon Show, will be held in the Function Room at the Traralgon Civic Centre in Kay Street, between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 1 May.

West Gippsland River Health Strategy
Over the past 12 months the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority has been coordinating the development of the West Gippsland River Health Strategy (RHS).

Wellington leads the State with groundbreaking Population Policy
Wellington Shire Council is to lead the way for local government in Victoria by compiling and implementing a groundbreaking Population Policy to address the impact of an ageing population on the local economy and services.

28 Apr 2004 (Wednesday)

Chill with Will at this year’s Shakespeare Festival
Wellington Shire Council is pleased to be supporting this year’s Shakespeare on the River Festival, which is bringing a range of distinctive film, dance, music and theatre performances to the shire through to Saturday 8 May.

Wellington welcomes return of passenger trains to Stratford
Wellington Shire Council is delighted to welcome the return of passenger trains to Stratford after a break of some ten years, as the State Government marks the official resumption of services this Sunday 2 May.

Calf Rearing Tips - What Should You Do With Sick Calves?
I am sure that all dairy farmers want their cows to be healthy and productive, because unhealthy cows cost money.

30 Apr 2004 (Friday)

Acclaimed children’s author to visit
Wellington Shire Council is pleased to bring award-winning children’s author, Paul Collins to the area for a series of inspiring and interactive writing workshops in early May aimed at local school children.

Ingram leads delegation to Health Minister
The Member for Gippsland East led a delegation of local community members to meet with the Health Minister, Bronwyn Pike, concerning financial issues which have forced cuts at Bairnsdale Regional Health Service.

Mark Latham bypasses Wellington in Gippsland tour
Wellington Shire Council is disappointed that the Federal Labor Leader Mark Latham is not including Wellington in his tour of Gippsland this week.

Renowned artist to perform in Sale
Wellington Shire Council’s Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre will host a live performance by leading Australian electro-acoustic musician, Brigid Burke on 13 May at 8.00pm.

Maffra Community Meeting – 13 April
Maffra residents are being invited to have their say on council services and issues affecting them when Councillors and senior officers from Wellington Shire Council host their next community meeting in the area on Tuesday 13 April.

Ingram invites community to celebrate return of train
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on all interested community members to show their support for the return of the passenger train and join in the "welcome back" celebrations on Sunday, May 2.

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