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2 Apr 2009 (Thursday)

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter for Area LTB1 April 2009 (NHW137)
Winter Fire Safety Checklist, When You Rent, Compost Danger,Police Crime Report.

Ease the tree squeeze
The dry summer has seen an increase in tree roots invading pipes, especially in the Ventnor region, according to Westernport Water.

6 Apr 2009 (Monday)

Computer system showpiece for international conference
Westernport Water has been selected as the host site for an international conference this month.

Free offer for fire-hit farmers
Well-established forestry products company Pinegro has offered free compost for farmers who have soils damaged by fires.

Cricketing big man to address agribusiness summit
Glenn McGrath, Test legend and farmer, will be the evening speaker at the Victorian Agribusiness Summit being held at Cowes on August 5-6.

14 Apr 2009 (Tuesday)

Through the Ages Mannequin Parade
A parade of clothes from the past including wedding gowns, gathered from Residents in Buchan and District

16 Apr 2009 (Thursday)

New Rebate Incentive For Customers To Save Water
Under a new Victorian Government initiative encouraging householders to cut water consumption in the home and garden, East Gippsland Water customers can now claim a rebate of $30 on their water bill

$400,000 Of Wastewater Upgrade Works Underway In Howitt Park, Bairnsdale
Work has commenced on a $400,000 upgrade to East Gippsland Water infrastructure at Howitt Park in Bairnsdale.

Make Firewood Collection Safe And Sustainable
To help ensure the sustainable management of Victoria's forests, the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) controls the amount of firewood collected and the areas that are available for collection.

17 Apr 2009 (Friday)

East Gippsland Stages Ready To Roar
Preparation for the 2009 East Gippsland Stages is well advanced with the event set to kick the Victorian Rally Championship of to a great start.

21 Apr 2009 (Tuesday)

Pool Surface To Receive A Facelift
The Wonthaggi Aquatic and Leisure Centre will be closed from Monday 13 April and re-open on Monday 20 April allowing resurfacing and maintenance to be undertaken on the wet area surrounding the pool.

Do You Have Enough Equity To Ride Out The Milk Price Storm?
Most, if not all farmers, are very aware of the impact of the mid-season drop in milk price, but how many have ‘crunched the numbers’ to see what it means financially.

Tree Planting Trailer Available For Community Use
Latrobe City Council has a tree planting trailer available for the community to use at tree planting days and associated events.

Open Space Showcased
Planners and recreation staff from across the state visited Bass Coast at the end of March for the Open Space Planners Network Meeting at the Kilcunda Community Centre.

Input Sought On Review Of Airport Master Plan
The Latrobe Regional Airport Board is undertaking a review of the airport’s master plan and is inviting members of the community to attend ‘meet the planner sessions’ to help guide the future development of the airport.

New Project Targets Roadside Litter Bugs
During the month of April, the Bass Highway between Anderson and Inverloch will be the first of only two roads in Victoria to trial a new roadside litter prevention campaign.

Desal Upgrade For Lower Powlett Road
The Victorian Government has agreed to fund a $12 million upgrade to roads in Wonthaggi to deal with increased traffic due to the desalination plant.

Thank You CFA
A Fire Fighter Community Appreciation Day will be held on Sunday 3 May, at Guide Park in Wonthaggi.

Ingram Condemns Criminal Acts Targeting Commercial Fishermen
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has condemned a campaign of criminal behaviour targeting commercial fishermen who operate on the Gippsland Lakes.

Gomes/Warren Terrace Investments Fined $11,000
Latrobe City Council has been successful in its prosecution of Mr Frank Gomes and Warren Terrace Investments in the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court for offences.

Staff Milestones Celebrated
Bass Coast Shire Council recognised eleven staff this month for reaching employment milestones of between 10 and 20 years.

Guys And Dolls All In The Family
Alexandra Lidgerwood is aiming at a career in opera, but not before she joins her father, popular singer and actor, John, in the touring musical ‘Guys and Dolls’

Council To Progress Gippsland Logistics Precinct
Latrobe City Council will move to the next stage in the proposed development of the Gippsland Logistics Precinct in Morwell following a recent resolution by council

Latrobe City Offers Program For Business Growth
The impacts of the global financial crisis and recent bushfires are being felt by businesses across the municipality. Now is a great time for businesses to reassess their business plans and operations into the future.

Additional Coordinator To Boost VFF’S Fencing Efforts
The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe has welcomed the Victorian Farmers Federation’s (VFF) decision to enlist a second fencing coordinator as part of the Latrobe Valley fire recovery process.

Finding The Invisible Rye Grass
Milk prices have crashed since February leaving many farming enterprises in a precarious financial predicament.

Community Feedback Sought On Draft Southern Towns Outdoor Recreation Plan
The draft Southern Towns Outdoor Recreation Plan has been released for public comment following Monday’s council meeting.

New Bushfire Building Standards
Following Australia’s worst ever natural disaster the Victorian government has introduced tougher building standards for homes, targeting high bushfire risk areas.

School’S Out And Reseals Are In
School holidays may be the opportunity for children to enjoy story time at a municipal library, participate in an art workshop at the gallery or even visit the movies, but it’s also an opportunity for council contractors to undertake road reseals.

Record Visitors Over Easter Period
Visitor Information Centres across Bass Coast Shire assisted record numbers of visitors over the four days of the extended Easter long weekend.

Time To Manage Itinerant Campers: Ingram
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, says it is time to embrace and manage itinerant campers visiting the electorate.

New Ventnor Path Complete
Construction of the new shared footpath from the Anchorage Caravan Park on Ventnor Road to the foreshore car park at the end of Anchorage Road was completed during February.

Life Drawing At Latrobe
Latrobe Regional Gallery is hosting a nine-week life drawing program on Tuesday evenings from 5.30pm to 7pm beginning on Tuesday 21 April, for adults keen to improve their drawing and observational skills.

Wonthaggi Town Entrance Project Boosted
The announcement by the Victorian Government of $12 million to fund the upgrade to key roads in Wonthaggi will impact on the White Road Special Charge Scheme.

Northe Highlights Need For One Stop Shop Bushfire Help
The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe has urged the Premier to establish a one stop shop in the Latrobe Valley to assist local residents affected by the bushfires.

Your Art On Show
Sixty seven pieces of artwork by 42 artists will be on show during May when Bass Coast Shire Council’s public art collection is exhibited at Coalfields Art Gallery in Wonthaggi.

Ag News
Wednesday 15 April, 2009

24 Apr 2009 (Friday)

Feedback Invited On Flexibility At Seymour Street Car Park
Latrobe City is inviting community feedback on proposals for greater car parking flexibility at the Seymour Street Car Park in Traralgon.

Council Endorses Plans For Latrobe Heritage Overlay
Latrobe City Council adopted the 2008 Latrobe City Heritage Study at Monday night’s council meeting.

Pavilion Extension At Newborough Football Netball Club
Works on an extension to the pavilion at Northern Reserve, Newborough are soon to commence, following the announcement of funding from the Federal Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

Green Light For Glengarry Skate Park From Council
Latrobe City Council adopted its Skate BMX Plan 2009 at Monday night’s council meeting, paving the way for development of a skate park facility at Glengarry.

Leap Forward For Eel Hole Creek Path With Bridge Crossing
For the last eight months an asphalt shared path from Ikara Way to Glendonald Road along the east side of Eel Hole Creek in Churchill appeared to just end at the banks on either side of the creek.

Autumn Watching Easy On The Eyes And Feet In Victory Park
Cooler days are certainly changing the colour of the landscape in many areas of Latrobe City; not only as verges and open space take on a green hue as grass sprouts, but as numerous ornamental trees begin to show their colourful autumn tonings.

Call For Nominations For Access & Inclusion
Each day, people with disability face a range of challenges and issues far different to those encountered by most people.

Pool Resurfacing Ahead Of Schedule
Pool deck resurfacing at the Wonthaggi Aquatic and Leisure Centre is ahead of schedule and the pool will open a day earlier on this Sunday 19 April from 9.00am to 4.00pm.

Ingram Calls For Increased Princes Highway Funding
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has again raised serious safety issues concerning the Princes Highway in eastern Gippsland.

27 Apr 2009 (Monday)

AG News
Thursday, 22 April, 2009

Community Clubs Fight For Survival
Community clubs from across the Latrobe Valley will today voice their concerns about Labor’s proposal to restructure the gaming industry.

Land Assessment Helps Plan For Future Housing Demand
Latrobe City Council has undertaken the 2009 Residential and Rural Residential Land Supply and Demand Assessment,

Northe Welcomes Local Appointment To Ccv
Morwell MP Russell Northe has welcomed news Latrobe Valley resident Charlie Speirs has been appointed Director of Clean Coal Victoria (CCV).

Grantville Glen Alvie Roadworks Almost Complete
Work on the Grantville Glen Alvie Road between Dohertys Road and the Pittsburgh quarry is almost complete.

Black Spot Intersections Funding Confirmed: Ingram
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has welcomed confirmation of funding to upgrade the intersection of Howitt Avenue and Bullumwaal Road at Wy Yung.

Master Artists At Work
As part of the celebration of the Bass Coast Art Acquisition exhibition, Coalfields Art Gallery will be holding a demonstration day on Sunday 17 May from 10am.

Council To Develop Position On Impact Of Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme
Latrobe City Council resolved at Monday night’s meeting to develop a council position to address the expected local impact of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

Council Decides On Enhanced Hard Waste Service
Latrobe City Council will introduce an enhanced hard waste service providing opportunities for the community to take advantage of a no charge drop off days at transfer stations and low cost pick up collections.

Guidelines For Burning Off
Bass Coast Shire Council with the CFA has produced a set of burning off guidelines for the safety and convenience of residents.

Ripper Sk8 Krew Reap Rewards Of Commitment
The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe has congratulated a group of Glengarry teenagers on their dedication and perseverance following news their efforts are to be rewarded.

28 Apr 2009 (Tuesday)

Win a dinner with Glenn McGrath
Book a stand or take a sponsorship deal at the Victorian Agribusiness Summit, to be held on Phillip Island, and go in the draw for a seat at the top table with the cricket legend.

Water curbs as valves replaced
Water carters are being asked to curb their use of Westernport Water standpipes on May 6 as staff undertake major work on the water mains in the Glen Forbes/Bass area.

30 Apr 2009 (Thursday)

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter for Area LTB1 May 2009 (NHW138)
Fire Safety In The Home, Theft From Cars, Fruit Juice, Police Crime Report.

Hearing For Pi Transfer Station Deferred
The independent Panel reviewing a planning scheme amendment and permit that would allow a transfer station to be built near Cowes has deferred its hearing after new information about the affected area became available.

New Solar Lights On The Island
New solar lighting systems at Newhaven and Rhyll boat ramps means improved safety and access for boat ramp users.

Free Fuel Opportunity For Volunteers
Volunteers of not-for-profit organisations are being encouraged to apply for free fuel vouchers by their local member, Nationals MLA Russell Northe.

Passenger Train Five-Year Anniversary This Saturday: Ingram
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, today extended an invitation for community members to join in celebrations this Saturday to mark the five-year anniversary of the return of passenger rail to Stratford and Bairnsdale on May 2.

Fire Clean Up Cut Off Extended
People who cleared their fire-affected property during March may now be eligible for reimbursement through the Grocon clean up, Member for Morwell Russell Northe said today.

Fire Fighters Community Appreciation Day
Community Appreciation Day for Fire Fighters and their families.

Free Safety Sessions For Motorised Scooter Users
As Australia’s and Latrobe City’s population ages, encouraging mobility for both older people and people with a disability has been a priority for many different organisations within the wider community.

ANZAC Service In Taiwan
This year, huge crowds flocked to ANZAC Day services as the importance of the day for Australians continues to grow.

Pedestrians Vote With Their Feet On Footpath Changes
Pedestrians appear to have voted with their feet when it comes to pedestrian and traffic safety works recently undertaken at the corner of Bridle Road and the Princes Drive service road in Morwell.

Lake Hyland Ready For Another Round Of Fishing Fun
Picturesque Lake Hyland at Churchill will soon be the scene for another full day of fun-filled activities centred on fishing.

Bushwalker Leaves Latrobe With The Prom In His Sights
Bushwalker Michael Mitchell said farewell to Latrobe City from Boolarra last Thursday,

Nippon Paper Representatives Visit Latrobe
Latrobe City recently hosted representatives of the technical and engineering division of Nippon Paper

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