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1 Aug 2003 (Friday)

New hours for Yarram Landfill
Taking on board feedback from the local community, Wellington Shire Council is adjusting the opening hours at its Yarram Landfill - enabling it to remain open for longer at weekends when there is most demand.

Community meeting with Council for Port Albert
All residents of Port Albert and surrounding districts are invited to Wellington Shire Council’s next community meeting, to be held at the Port Albert Mechanics Institute on 12 August at 7.00pm.

Changes needed to assist drought-affected farmers
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, says that changes are needed to the eligibility criteria for farmers applying for financial assistance under the Victorian Farm Business Support Package.

Experience Gippsland tourism initiative scoops prestigious award
The "Experience Gippsland" tourism marketing campaign run jointly by Wellington, Baw Baw and Latrobe Councils, has scooped a prestigious award.

Meeting of General Purposes Committee moves to evenings
Starting from next Tuesday, 5 August, Wellington Shire Council will be holding its General Purposes Committee (GPC) meetings in the evening, in a move to make Council decisionmaking even more transparent and accessible to the public.

Community’s feedback sought on plans to revitalise Sale Botanic Gardens
Wellington Shire Council’s draft masterplan to revitalise the historically significant Sale Botanic Gardens is now on display at various locations in the city for viewing and comment.

4 Aug 2003 (Monday)

Soup recall
Wellington Shire Council’s Environmental Health team is asking anyone who has 420g cans of Campbell’s Condensed Soup Vegetable Beef with the lot code AJ223 stored at home to return them to the shop or supermarket where they were bought for a refund.

Trees planted to offset Council greenhouse emissions
Three-thousand trees are being planted by local school children along Traralgon Creek near the Bert Thompson Reserve and Agnes Brereton Reserve.

Home-grown food producers wanted for Farmers’ Market
Planning and preparation for the October opening of the Tyers Farmers’ Market took another step forward last week when a meeting of interested stall holders was held.

Local young people hold homelessness sleepout
Some thirty local young people, supported by Wellington Shire Council, are joining forces to hold a Winter Sleepout in Sale on Friday 8 August as part of a Victoria-wide drive to raise awareness of homelessness.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, August 4, 2003
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5 Aug 2003 (Tuesday)

Council welcomes confirmed expansion of RAAF East Sale
Wellington Shire Council is very pleased with the Federal Government’s announcement confirming expansion of the RAAF Base at East Sale.

Voleyball Press Release
Morwell competed in five of the six grand finals contested at Latrobe Valley junior volleyball tournament held at Moe Newborough Sports Centre last Sunday when 26 teams competed in 6 grades.

7 Aug 2003 (Thursday)

Latrobe Innovation Festival praised in national report
The Latrobe Innovation Festival has been praised in a report to the Federal Government on the success of the Australian Innovation Festival (AIF), published by the AIF organisers.

Information evening on business compliance workshop
An information evening for small to medium sized businesses on a two-day business compliance workshop being presented in September, will be held at 6pm next Tuesday 12 August in the Function Room at the Latrobe City Traralgon office.

Moe Library to celebrate 20 year anniversary
Moe Library is celebrating 20 years in its Kirk Street premises on Friday 8 August and members of public are invited to an afternoon tea to mark the occasion.

Shire to recognise local achievers
Mayor of the Baw Baw Shire, Cr Geoff Davey, is urging the community to help support the Baw Baw Shire 2003 Achievement Awards.

Contemporary dance company comes to Latrobe
Tasmania’s professional dance company, TasDance, will perform a collection of contemporary dance numbers at Latrobe City Performing Arts Centre on 12 and 13 August.

Community groups invited to apply for grants
Latrobe City Council is calling for applications from community groups, for grants to be made under its 2003/2004 Community Grants Program.

Paper as Object exhibition opens at Gallery
The opening of a new exhibition of artworks made from paper will change the way people look at the medium when it opens at the Latrobe Regional Gallery on Saturday 9 August.

Tse Surveillance In Australia
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) are a group of fatal neuro-degenerative diseases of both humans and animals.

Council presses Sale Gaol owners for appropriate redevelopment of site
Wellington Shire Council is pressing the owners of the former Sale Gaol to ensure that any proposed redevelopment of the site is appropriate to its high profile location at the gateway to the Port of Sale.

Latrobe City adopts 2003/2004 budget
Latrobe City Council adopted its 2003/2004 budget on Monday 4 August at a Special Council Meeting held at the Council Chamber in Traralgon.

8 Aug 2003 (Friday)

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter Area LTB1 Bridle Estate August 2003 (NHW75)
Paper Donation To Neighbourhood Watch, PartySafe Program, Chroming Problem, Police Crime Report.

Greenhouse Technology Centre a First For Australia
The Minister for Innovation, John Brumby, and the Minister for Energy Industries and Resources, Theo Theophanous, today launched the Centre for Energy and Greenhouse Techonologies (CEGT) in the Latrobe Valley.

11 Aug 2003 (Monday)

Council invites applications for Community Assistance Grants
Wellington Shire Council is inviting local not-for-profit community groups and organisations to apply for Community Assistance Grants to help towards the invaluable services they provide.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, August 11, 2003
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Redevelopment of Lex Glover Swimming Complex moves up a gear
Wellington Shire Council has established a steering committee to help drive forward community consultation on a proposed multi-million dollar redevelopment of the Lex Glover Regional Swimming Complex.

Council’s concern over housing shortage
Wellington Shire Council is concerned that Sale’s shortage of housing will continue after Victorian Minister for Planning, the Hon Mary Delahunty, refused the proposed rezoning of a 52.6 hectare area of land for residential use.

‘Oceans of Stories’ for kids
Wellington residents are invited to bring their children, grandchildren and special friends along to their local library from 16th August, to help the Shire celebrate Children’s Book Week 2003 and the theme ‘Oceans of Stories’.

Commonwealth Study Conference conducts ‘dry run’
A two-day ‘dry run’ for the Gippsland Study Tour, part of the Ninth Commonwealth Study Conference taking place in Australia and New Zealand in October, was conducted last week.

Latrobe City’s Community Plan: Have your say
Latrobe City Council has invited community input to formulate a ‘Community Plan’ which will be used to guide Latrobe City’s hand in local government matters.

Project to boost transport access and cut isolation wins nearly $416,000 in grant
An innovative Wellington Shire Council-led initiative to help boost access to transport for people otherwise isolated from important services, jobs and social activities, has scooped a State Government grant of $415,900.

12 Aug 2003 (Tuesday)

Australian Workplace Agreements - Information Seminars for Gippsland Employers
The federal Office of the Employment Advocate (OEA) is conducting a series of seminars across Victoria, in August and September, to tell employers about Australian workplace agreements (AWAs) and how they can help business.

New Package Of Fox Control Measures
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) today announced a new package of fox control measures after a scientific evaluation found the fox bounty was relatively ineffective in reducing fox populations.

13 Aug 2003 (Wednesday)

Public comment sought on sale of properties
Latrobe City Council is inviting public comment prior to considering the potential sale of five properties in the municipality, to determine if they are surplus to community requirements.

Australian String Quartet to perform in Traralgon
The Australian String Quartet will perform at the Latrobe City Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon on Tuesday 19 August at 8pm.

Gippsland employers encouraged to take on Indigenous trainees
Employers throughout Gippsland have been encouraged to consider taking on indigenous trainees following a successful bid by Latrobe City Council to attract funding to facilitate Indigenous employment programs across the Gippsland region.

Young people invited to football clinic at Churchill
The Latrobe City Youth Action Centres are holding a football clinic conducted by local boy and Kangaroo star Troy Makepeace, at Gaskin Park, Churchill on Thursday 21 August.

Johne’S Disease Calf Accreditation Program
The Johne’s Disease Calf Accreditation Program is an industry driven calf rearing program designed to minimise the risk of spreading Bovine Johne’s Disease, should it be present, from adult cattle to replacement calves reared within a dairy herd.

14 Aug 2003 (Thursday)

Electorate survey launched
"A number of local residents will soon be asked for their views on important issues as part of an electorate-wide survey

Kit to Encourage Community Participation
Over a kitchen table, at the office, the pub, or a club meeting hall – any one of these would be a good place for Gippslanders to get together to use a new kit and contribute to a project about sustainable development for our region.

GippsTAFE delivers training in the Workplace
A program currently involving the delivery of nationally-accredited training to thirty-one small business operators in the Latrobe Valley has been described as innovative and flexible.

15 Aug 2003 (Friday)

Property prices – the rise continues
Property prices across Victoria maintained their upward trend during 2002, according to Victoria’s official property sales figures.

Dress up for a fun-filled night at the Inaugural Mayoral Ball
Wellington Shire Council and sponsors Telstra Countrywide are promising a fun-filled night to remember, as preparations for next month’s inaugural Mayoral Ball move into full swing.

19 Aug 2003 (Tuesday)

Meeting at Glengarry for Bike Ride overnight stop
A Community meeting is to be held in Glengarry on Tuesday 26 August 2003 to discuss the 2003 VicRoads Great Victorian Bike Ride which will stop overnight at Glengarry in December.

A Celebration Of "Community"
Tickets are on sale for the Wellington Shire Mayoral Ball, to be held in Sale on Saturday, September 20.

Ingram seeks clarification on changes to special educational needs
Independent Member for Gippsland East Craig Ingram is seeking clarification from the Education Minister, on the government’s response to the Review of Services for Students with Special Educational Needs and proposed changes to disabilities programs.

20 Aug 2003 (Wednesday)

Callignee South Road
A temporary five tonne load limit will apply to the Callignee South Road until flood damage can be repaired.

Good access is good business - information session
Latrobe City Council is holding an information session on Tuesday 2 September for Morwell traders, as part of the ‘Good Access is Good Business’ initiative, aimed at assisting traders to improve customer access to their businesses.

Business assistance highlighted at partnership seminar
Information to assist business was the feature of a recent breakfast seminar, held in partnership between Latrobe City Council, AusIndustry, Regional Development Victoria, the Industrial Capability Network & Gippsland Area Consultative Committee.

Eradicate Ragwort at the ‘cabbage’ stage
Latrobe City’s Pest Plant Coordinator, Peter Steller, has urged rural and rural residential property owners to tackle any infestations of Ragwort on their properties at the rosette or ‘cabbage’ stage.

Moe Town Hall to receive grand old piano
The Moe Town Hall will be the proud recipient of a piano donated by the Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod Committee, following delivery of their new Yamaha grand piano which will be located at the Performing Arts Centre in Traralgon.

Horsetails - A Serious Weed Threat
An entire plant group has recently been declared as a high priority noxious weed to be eradicated and excluded from the State of Victoria.

GippsTAFE is "Open!"
GippsTAFE is holding Open Week activities September 4-6, during Adult Learners Week, at its Yallourn and Morwell Campuses.

Springfest Sept 20 & 21St
Weekend of Celebration East Gippsland Rail Trail and Our Train Returning Soon

21 Aug 2003 (Thursday)

Victorian Youth Week
Victoria’s largest youth event has arrived in Wellington.

Schedule for VVI Development Manager Latrobe Valley August 21 / 22 2003

Marketing Ideas for Small Business
Are you in business and think that you could or would like to contribute your knowledge to other businesses in Gippsland? Here's how you can...

‘Diet Check’ Is Now Available
Diet Check is a CD-ROM tool designed to assist Victorian dairy farmers in ensuring grazing dairy cows are consuming sufficient metabolisable energy, crude protein and neutral detergent fibre for a target level of milk production.

Gippsland's Fire Operations Plans for public viewing
Drafts of Fire Operations Plans for public land in Gippsland are now available for viewing and public comment until Friday September 12 2003.

22 Aug 2003 (Friday)

Perform At The Performance Space
As works near completion, it’s time to breath life into Wellington Shire’s new Entertainment Centre.

Weed Awareness Field Day
Latrobe City Council is holding a Weed Awareness Field Day on Sunday 6 September at Crinigan Road Bushland Reserve, (near the golf course), followed by a sausage sizzle.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, August 25, 2003
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New visitor guide launched by Minister
Victoria’s Minister for Tourism, John Pandazopoulos, launched the new visitor guide for West and Central Gippsland called ‘Experience Gippsland’ at the Drouin West Fruit and Berry Farm on Wednesday.

Latrobe City students look to careers in health
Almost seventy local Year 10 students attended a ‘Look Local Careers in Health’ workshop at Latrobe Regional Hospital recently.

Maturing elms to get new lease of life
Thirty-four Elm trees planted fifteen years ago between Breed Street and Loch Park Road in Traralgon have been assured longevity, following a decision by Council to remove encroaching species over a three year period.

Increased patronage at Children’s Traffic School welcomed
Increased patronage of the Hazelwood Power Children’s Traffic School by school students has been welcomed by Latrobe City’s Mayor, Cr Graeme Middlemiss.

25 Aug 2003 (Monday)

McGauran ignores Gippsland on Telstra sale
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, today slammed the National Party for deserting its country constituents on the full privatisation of Telstra.

Latrobe CEO goes back to school
Latrobe City’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hancock, returned to school at Yallourn North Primary School on Wednesday as one more than eighty business and community leaders taking part in the ‘Principals for a Day’ program.

We’re Excited About Power Too!
TXU’s excited about power…… and so too is Wellington Shire Council.

Schools Volleyball Clinics
Andrew Shears, the Volleyball Victoria Coaching & Development Manager, conducted 10 clinics at 5 local schools for about 220 year 5, 6, 7 and 8 children in Churchill, Moe and Morwell last Thursday & Friday.

Council Seeks Urgent Meeting With Premier - "MAKE YOUR PLANS CLEAR"
Wellington Shire Council is demanding written assurance from the Premier of Victoria that Dutson Downs will not become a long-term storage facility for hazardous waste, and that dangerous materials such as organochlorides will not enter this region.

27 Aug 2003 (Wednesday)

Ingram outlines rural funding inequity
In a submission sent to Treasurer John Brumby, the Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has presented further detail outlining concerns about the inequities contained in the Grants Commission legislation

Continued Attack On Paterson’s Curse
Control Paterson’s Curse now to reduce infestations and halt the spread of seed.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, September 1, 2003
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Victorian Specialist Firefighters To Help Battle Us Fires
A team of 17 specialist Victorian firefighters will join a team of Australian and New Zealanders heading to the United States to battle bushfires blazing across the country.

28 Aug 2003 (Thursday)

Interim bushfire report released
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has welcomed a recommendation by the Emergency Services Commissioner, Bruce Esplin, for an immediate review of fuel reduction burning by the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE).

Fox Control in Gippsland
Landholders in Gippsland are being encouraged to come together to help tackle the fox problem.

Mid Valley Cinema Times
Session Times for 11th September - 17th September

Morwell Movers to celebrate 20 years of fitness and fun
The Morwell Movers are celebrating their 20th Birthday in September and Morwell Leisure Centre will be holding a celebratory open day on Monday 1 September to mark the occasion.

Women in Business Network to meet Wednesday
The Streetlife Women in Business Network will hold a networking session on Wednesday 27 August at the Maffra Memorial Hall

Victorian Supermotard Championship racing into Morwell
The first round of the Victorian Supermotard Championship will be held at Kernot Hall in Morwell on Sunday 31 August 2003.

Crocheted rugs donated to Traralgon Meals on Wheels recipients
A band of creative volunteers have crocheted two knee rugs and a shawl to be given as gifts to recipients of Meals on Wheels in Traralgon.

GippsTAFE Community Open Day
The community is invited to inspect the $5 million refurbishment at the Yallourn Campus on GippsTAFE's Open week (September 4,5,6)

29 Aug 2003 (Friday)

Schools Volleyball Clinics
Andrew Shears, the Volleyball Victoria Coaching & Development Manager, conducted 10 clinics for Latrobe Valley Volleyball association at 5 local schools for about 220 year 5, 6, 7 and 8 children in Churchill, Moe and Morwell last Thursday & Friday

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