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3 Apr 2006 (Monday)

New Guidelines For Burning Off
After extensive consultation Bass Coast Shire Council has developed a set of Burning Off Guidelines for Rural Property Owners in the shire.

Council Apologises For Land Tax Error
Bass Coast Shire Council has issued an apology to landowners that have received incorrect Land Tax notices based on inaccurate site valuation data.

Bracks To Slug Victorians More For Energy
The Bracks Government plans to slug energy consumers with a further tax so it can achieve its renewable energy targets, Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources Philip Davis said today.

Latrobe City helps to keep Noah’s Ark afloat
Latrobe City has come to the rescue of a valued Gippsland service for children with additional needs and their families.

4 Apr 2006 (Tuesday)

Tobacco sales to kids – butted out
Results from an assessment conducted by Latrobe City Council recently, have shown that local tobacco retailers are complying with enforcement of the current provisions of the Tobacco Act.

Wind Energy Target Blows Away: Hall
The State Government has failed miserably in its pledge to have 1000 megawatts of wind energy installed by this year, according to the Nationals’ Energy Industries spokesman, Peter Hall.

5 Apr 2006 (Wednesday)

Dog and cat registrations are due on Monday
Latrobe City Council is reminding all residents that their pet registrations are due this coming Monday, 10 April.

Ingram raises CGHS concerns in Parliament
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the Minister for Health, Bronwyn Pike, to answer a number of questions regarding the financial performance of Central Gippsland Health Service (CGHS).

Acute Bovine Liver Disease
Acute bovine liver disease (ABLD) as its name suggests is a liver disease of cattle, which has a sudden onset. Typically it leads to photosensitization but in some severe cases can result in cattle dying.

New Tourist Precint For Omeo
East Gippsland Shire Council expects to start work around mid-year on the Omeo Bus and Tourist Precinct and have the work completed by the start of next summer.

Is That A Fern On Your Dam?
The surfaces of many local farm dams are sometimes partly or completely covered by a floating native aquatic fern called Azolla.

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter April 2006 Area LTB1 Bridle Estate (NHW104)
Guest Speakers, New Residents, NHW Police Band Concert, Crime Smart, PartySafe, Police Crime Report.

6 Apr 2006 (Thursday)

Ingram congratulates Lifeline on fundraising sleep-out
Lifeline Gippsland has been congratulated for its fourth annual community leaders’ sleep-out held on Friday night.

Karen Knowles set to delight audiences once again
Karen Knowles, the well known and successful Australian singing star, will be delighting audiences once again with her forthcoming live stage performance at the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre at 11am on Wednesday 19 April.

‘Beginning Family History’ sessions on again
Back by popular demand, libraries throughout Latrobe City will hold ‘Beginning Family History’ information sessions for people wanting to know how to start finding out about their family’s past.

Liberals Welcome Bald Hills Wind Farm Decision
Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis has welcomed the decision by the Federal Government to stop the proposed wind farm development at Bald Hills.

Microchipping And Pet Registration Day
East Gippsland pet owners will have the chance to have microchips implanted in their cats and dogs by a vet this Saturday, 8 April for $20.

Still In The Cold About Gas Promise
Woodend residents will today participate in a Natural Gas Expo organised by SP AusNet, while the Bracks Government has left the communities of Heywood, Smythesdale, Nathalia and Yea in the cold.

7 Apr 2006 (Friday)

Cloud Floats Securely Above Warragul
Warragul's public art installation Cloud is generating broad and healthy community discussion and debate about the place and purpose of public art in the community.

The Great Fete 2006
The St Thomas & St Mary's Catholic Primary Schools will host the Great Fete on Sunday 28th May from 10am till 2pm, at the St Mary's school grounds, Pearson St, Sale.

Extra Parking For Parents In School Road
Baw Baw Shire Council has nearly completed car park works across the road from the primary and secondary schools, in School Road Trafalgar.

Baw Baw Capital Works Program
Baw Baw Shire Council is moving forward with its capital works program with works on the Yarragon streetscape and planning and design for the Drouin access projects well underway.

Latrobe City acknowledges international students
The role of international students in Latrobe City was acknowledged during Education Week when Latrobe City hosted a welcoming reception at Century Inn for international students currently enrolled in local secondary and tertiary studies.

New Community Bus Ready For Action
The new Baw Baw Shire Council community bus is ready for action with volunteer drivers undertaking training starting from this week.

10 Apr 2006 (Monday)

Ferry Maintenance
East Gippsland Shire Council has advised that the Raymond Island Ferry will be out of service tomorrow, Tuesday 11 April, from 10 am until 2 pm for pre-Easter maintenance.

Pacers Win First Game For Season 2006
The Latrobe City Pacers had a grueling road trip to Melbourne on the weekend, playing Eltham on Saturday night following up on the Sunday with a game against a fresh Waverley side.

Medical Places at Gippsland
The Commonwealth Government has accepted Monash University's offer to train doctors here at Monash University Gippsland Campus.

Review Of Strategic Coastal Planning Framework
At this week’s special Council Meeting on Wednesday 5 April, Council voted to adopt the Bass Coast Strategic Coastal Planning Framework.

Monash University Gippsland Weekly Bulletin
Monash University Gippsland Weekly Bulletin, Monasy, April 10, 2006

11 Apr 2006 (Tuesday)

Latrobe Regional Gallery takes tea
Images which have the potential to ‘stir memory’ are highlighted in the current exhibition being held in the International Power Hazelwood Community Access Gallery, at the Latrobe Regional Gallery.

Ingram calls on commitment against African Lovegrass
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Bob Cameron, to commit ongoing adequate funding to fight against African Lovegrass.

Labor Abandons Weed Control In Country Let-Down
The Bracks Government has again demonstrated its inability to manage a project and its expertise in wasting money by cutting back funding to a pilot weeds program in country Victoria.

Disruption to Maffra Library Service
Maffra Library will close for one week starting Monday 1 May while new carpet is laid.

Tarraville Bridge completed ahead of schedule
Wellington Shire Council has announced that the Tarraville Bridge on Tannery Road is now open to traffic.

Review of Fire Refuges
Wellington Shire Council is to decommission most of the fire refuges within the Shire and review the provision of others following the recommendations of a stare government report.

12 Apr 2006 (Wednesday)

Year Of The Dog Already A Winner
The Chinese Year of the Dog has already provided fortuitous for two groups of staunch Western Bulldogs supporters in East Gippsland.

Botanist Henry Tisdall exhibition depicts local beauties
Currently on show at the Latrobe Regional Gallery is a stunning exhibition of botanical drawings by nineteenth century botanist Henry Thomas Tisdall. The works are on loan to the Gallery from the Moe and District Historical Society.

Ulster high flyers visit innovative Latrobe
Twenty of Northern Ireland’s high flyers in business, agriculture, trade unions and the community and voluntary sector, visited Latrobe City on Monday as part of a 15 day innovation study tour in Australia.

Disruption to Maffra Library Service
Maffra Library will close for one week starting Monday 1 May while new carpet is laid.

Sporting grounds looking good for the season
The recent rainfall has made significant improvements towards the appearance of sporting grounds throughout Latrobe City, but to be at their peak - "we need more rain," Latrobe City recreation development officer, Simon Clark has said.

How Well Are Your Heifers Growing This Year?
Weaned calves have always suffered from the "out of sight, out of mind" syndrome and the fact that they do not pay their way for their first two years of life.

Extended Lactation Field Day
Extending lactation involves milking cows for longer than 300 days.

18 Apr 2006 (Tuesday)

Country Drivers To Benefit From Pensioner Rebate
In a move that will make a positive impact on country motorists, the Liberal Party has pledged to restore the $80 pensioner Vehicle Registration Rebate.

Builders must now adopt better environmental practices
Latrobe City council is reminding builders that ‘Local Law 3’ has now come into effect. The new local law requires a number of environmental and amenity protection measures to be in place on building sites throughout Latrobe City.

Easter Smoke Alert As Fuel Reduction Burning Ramps Up
The Department of Sustainability and Environment today said it was preparing for a busy period of fuel reduction burning during the next week which could result in significant smoke haze in Melbourne and throughout Victoria.

Labor Copies Another Liberal Party Policy
The Bracks Government has introduced a light-weight version of the Liberal Party’s CountryLink policy, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Local art at international show!
Baw Baw Shire has again been represented at the world-renowned Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show held last week in Carlton.

Sambar deer numbers must be reduced: Ingram
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the Minister for Environment, John Thwaites, to address the escalation of Sambar deer population in the National Parks.

Walhalla, Mountain Rivers Tourism Operators upbeat plan marketing push into Melbourne
Walhalla, Mountain Rivers Tourism Operators upbeat plan marketing push into Melbourne

Walking in Baw Baw
Baw Baw Shire Council will be provided recommendations to improve pedestrian access throughout the townships of Baw Baw Shire, as a result of the Baw Baw Active Communities Walking Forum held last week.

Baw Baw successful in Victorian Export Networks Grant
Baw Baw Shire Council is pleased to announce that council has been successful in obtaining a $10 000 grant for the Export Gippsland Network.

Gippsland Water Factory To Hold Works Approval Information Sessions
The Gippsland Water Factory is inviting interested stakeholders and the community to attend information sessions on the Gippsland Water Factory. These sessions follow a series of community expos held across Gippsland in late March.

Recycling campaign takes flight!
Baw Baw Shire residents are being called to get onboard the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ campaign which aims to increase the number of printer cartridges recycled in Australia.

Planning Activity Soars
Bass Coast maintained its high ranking in the 2004/05 Planning Permit Activity Report, released by the Minister for Planning last month.

Council decides not to purchase Commonwealth Games Fish
Baw Baw Shire Council decided at Wednesday’s meeting not to purchase the Gibraltan Pink Dentex Commonwealth Games fish after placing an expression of interest.

19 Apr 2006 (Wednesday)

Free forum for community groups on grant opportunities
Latrobe City council is providing community groups and non profit organisations with a free forum to learn about grant opportunities, other than of a local government nature, that are accessible through a number of government organisations.

Friends of Lyrebird Forest Walk Inc
Friends of Lyrebird Forest Walk are pleased to announce that The Latrobe Chorale will be performing excerpts from Gilbert & Sullivan’s popular works.

Liberals To Boost Country Library Funding
Public libraries in country Victoria are surviving only on short rations, with the Bracks Government slashing funding by more than 20 per cent since 1999.

20 Apr 2006 (Thursday)

Dairy Reminders For April
Long term pasture growth rates for April are 15 - 25kg DM/ha/day on dryland farms across Gippsland following the autumn rainfall.

Improving the environment and supplying Enviromeat
Training will be offered in Traralgon during May for beef and lamb producers interested in becoming eligible to supply Enviromeat and any farmers wishing to improve their current management of the environment.

Stormwater Workshop
Improving the quality of stormwater drainage was the focus of a recent workshop hosted by Wellington Shire Council.

Liberals Focus On Safety For Young Country Drivers
After yet another frightening holiday period on Victorian roads, something must be done to address the problem of young drivers losing their lives on country roads.

Council not hooked on Games’ fish offer
Latrobe City has joined the growing list of councils across Victoria declining the State Government's invitation to ‘adopt’ one of the fish used on the Yarra as part of the ceremonial celebrations for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Off The Rails: Gippsland Trains Four Month Shut-Down
Travel arrangements for Gippslanders will again be thrown into chaos, with a four month shut-down of train services.

When Complicity Becomes An Affront
Article pertaining to the current demise of this Nation's Union Movement...

Get The Effluent Out Now
Autumn is the time to empty your effluent ponds.

Collecting Firewood For Winter
It's that time of year again. The nights are cooling and for many Gippsland residents it's time to stock up on firewood for winter warmth.

Labor’S Fox Solution Really Cash Lottery Game
The Bracks Government is playing around with a cash prize lottery instead of implementing adequate fox control measures, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Council Welcomes Report and Funding
Wellington Shire Council has welcomed the release by the Victorian government of the Coastal Spaces Recommendations Report and the announcement of major funding to help implement the recommendations.

24 Apr 2006 (Monday)

Gippsland Planners Share Concerns
Bass Coast Shire Council hosted the Gipps.Plan Regional Planning Forum last week, which saw planners from across Gippsland come together to share their ideas and concerns.

PS Curlip support welcome: Ingram
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has welcomed confirmation that the PS Curlip project has successfully received financial support from the State Government.

Community urged to consider a volunteer role
Latrobe City residents are being encouraged to contribute a small amount of time by joining one of the many volunteer programs run by Council.

Liberals To Protect Elderly Country Victorians
Elderly people living in country Victoria will be protected from abuse and neglect under a Liberal Government.

Roundabout Works
Baw Baw Shire Council contractors are completing works to improve traffic flow around the Queen and Smith Street roundabout in Warragul.

Council provides taxi shelter for Warragul
Baw Baw Shire Council has improved amenity and comfort for taxi patrons in Smith Street by recently installing a taxi shelter.

Liberals To Relieve Firewood Shortage In Country Vic
The weather is getting colder and country Victorians are beginning their annual struggle to source firewood to heat their homes, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

East Gippsland Scores Well In Local Government Report
East Gippsland Shire levies lower rates, has lower debt, spends less in operations and is expected to spend more on average in capital expenditure in 2006 compared to councils of similar size and population.

Rail Trail Friends Group Ready To Form
A Bass Coast Rail Trail friends group is being formed to assist Council in marketing and promoting the trail, developing priorities for future development and advocating for funding from State and Federal Governments.

Phillip Island Netball Club Lights Up
A grant of $9,083 for the Phillip Island Netball Club was announced today by the Member for Western Port Province, Geoff Hilton MP.

Spring concert will launch new Victory Park soundshell
Organisation of a huge free concert to launch a Spring season at the soon to be completed Loy Yang Power Latrobe Community Soundshell in Victory Park Traralgon, is already underway.

Fruit Fly Outbreak In Bairnsdale
An outbreak of Queensland fruit fly has been detected in West Bairnsdale.

Libs To Slash Red Tape For Small Country Businesses
Operating a successful small business in country Victoria is difficult because of the huge burden of the Bracks Labor Government’s red-tape and regulation.

Entrants called for Baw Baw Art Acquisition Program
Baw Baw Shire Council is calling for all interested local artists to place an expression of interest for the annual art acquisition prize. Submissions of interest close on 1 May 2006.

Bird Broiler Farm
Baw Baw Shire Council welcomes the Planning Minister’s announcement that he has called in the appeal for the 80 000 bird broiler farm at Mountain View.

Gipplanders Feel The Bite As Dental Waiting Lists Rise
Gippslanders are waiting over five years to see a dentist, new figures reveal.

Local art woos Flower and Garden Show visitors
Artworks created by local artists recently enthralled thousands of visitors at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, which was held over five days last week at the historic Royal Exhibition Buildings in Carlton.

Camping at Walhalla
"Baw Baw Shire Council welcomes camping at Walhalla, and until the camping area at the Chinese Gardens is complete in 2008, we will not be taking any measures to prevent roadside camping," said Mr Patterson.

Recycling Campaign Takes Flight
Bass Coast Shire residents are being called to get on board the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ campaign, which aims to get Australians recycling more printer cartridges.

26 Apr 2006 (Wednesday)

Spraying On Target
An autumn break will trigger a great burst of activity across the region, as paddocks are cultivated and/or sprayed in preparation for sowing.

May ‘Mini Masters’ to feature ‘Award Winning Animals’
The Latrobe Regional Gallery Mini Masters event for May is titled ‘Award Winning Animals’.

Eye Cancer Of Cattle
Eye cancer or malignant tumour is a common condition of the eyeball or eyelid of cattle. It is most common in Herefords or their crosses and is most likely to be seen in older cattle. It is rarely seen in other breeds.

Pat Dale to weave her magic at Gallery workshop
Following a very successful basketry weaving workshop last year, weaving and textile artist Pat Dale is returning to Latrobe Regional Gallery in early May to present the woven bowl workshop for adults.

28 Apr 2006 (Friday)

Local laws officers to round up unregistered pet owners
Latrobe City’s local laws officers will be commencing random street blitzes in the next few weeks to determine instances of unregistered pets in the community.

Yarragon lighting project underway
Baw Baw Shire Council contractors began the final stage of the Yarragon streetscape project last week.

Residents To Be Surveyed On Waste Disposal
East Gippsland residents are about to receive a survey form on which they can nominate their preferences for future waste collection throughout the region.

Liberals To Improve Driver Safety On Country Roads
Drivers mixing illicit drugs with alcohol and then driving on our roads are a tragedy waiting to happen.

Businesses urged to expand potential through good communication
The ‘Good Communication Is Good Business’ project will be launched in Latrobe City at an information session being held from 6pm – 7.30pm at Latrobe City Service Centre in Kay Street Traralgon on Tuesday 2 May.

Work Started on Regional Pool Upgrade
Work has started on the $6.9 million upgrade of the Lex Glover Regional Aquatic Centre in Sale.

Festival for Wurruk
The ’Celebrate Wurruk!’ festival will be held in the town on Sunday 7 May. Events will be happening in and around the Wurruk Community House in White Court.

Hulls’ Political Stunt On Bald Hills
Planning Minister Rob Hulls has embarked on an expensive political stunt in taking the Federal Government to court over its Bald Hills decision.

Chinese delegation visits Baw Baw
A Chinese delegation from Jiangmen Municipality in Guangdong Province visited Baw Baw on Wednesday to learn more about the system of Australian Government and Council’s involvement in the economic development of the region.

Gippsland Innovation Festival – Making Good Ideas Happen
The official launch of the Gippsland Innovation Festival on Wednesday May 3 in Sale is sponsored by AusIndustry and hosted by Wellington Shire.

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