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2 Aug 2004 (Monday)

Rotary Exchange Student farewells Latrobe
After a year in Latrobe City, Traralgon Rotary Club exchange student, Lisa Kristensen, has returned home to Denmark with mixed feelings.

New Code Will Improve Use Of Footpaths
The South Gippsland Shire Council’s new ‘Footpath Trading Code’, developed through community consultation to improve the use and access of our footpaths, came into effect on 1st August.

Council Grants For Community Groups
East Gippsland Mayor Harvey Bates has invited community groups, organisations and sporting bodies to apply for funding in the Shire’s 2004/05 Community Small Grants Program.

Getting Into Business Without Getting Into Trouble
South Gippslanders interested in purchasing a business are being encouraged to sign up for a series of State Government business workshops to be held in Leongatha that will help them avoid the common pitfalls and make informed decisions.

Mayor’s Message
The Municipal Association of Victoria(MAV) and local councils have joined together to launch a major campaign to try and address the shortfall in funding for Community Care Services in Victoria.

3 Aug 2004 (Tuesday)

New CEO looking forward to challenge
Paul Buckley fulfilled a long term ambition when he was formally appointed Latrobe City Council CEO last night.

Ingram calls for tighter gaming controls
East Gippsland has defied a state-wide trend and increased its spending on poker machines for the 2003/04 financial year, according to the Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram.

New Latrobe City CEO appointed
Paul Buckley has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Latrobe City Council. Mr Buckley’s appointment was resolved by Council at its meeting on Monday night.

Yarram Community Meeting – 10 August
Yarram 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 10 August.

4 Aug 2004 (Wednesday)

Excellence in Business training August 14 & 15
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"Under New Management"
Under New Management courses for all small businesses, a State Government initiative.

5 Aug 2004 (Thursday)

Weeds for Trees
Wellington Shire Council would like to hear from rural landholders plagued by infestations of roadside weeds next to their properties, as they may qualify for free herbicides and other help to tackle the problem.

Coping With Dry Conditions
Dry and variable seasons are part of Australian farming. A long term plan to cope with dry seasons and droughts is a high priority for many sheep producers.

Farmers To Meet On Environment Issues
The Gippsland Beef and Lamb Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Pilot project team invite all interested farmers and service providers to attend the Inaugural Gippsland EMS Forum.

6 Aug 2004 (Friday)

Funding provided for bike paths in Latrobe
Latrobe City’s roads will soon be made even safer for cyclists.

House fires still a threat this winter
House fires continue to be a concern for Latrobe City Council and the Country Fire Authority (CFA) during winter months and residents are urged to be extra careful when using heating in the home this winter.

7 Aug 2004 (Saturday)

Monash University helps businesses throughout Gippsland via the Technology Transfer Gateway
Many Gippsland businesses have been getting help from the technology experts from the Monash University’s Gippsland Campus.

9 Aug 2004 (Monday)

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter Area LTB1 Bridle Estate August 2004. (NHW86)
Guest Speaker S/C Tim Spiteri, Scam, Car Theft, Crime Report.

WHAT CASINO?

Say `No’ To Plastic Bags, Says Councillor
Are you a plastic bag hoarder? Do you have them squirreled away in drawers, lurking in cupboards or stashed in the back of your pantry?

Seminars to assist the aged
Baw Baw Shire Council is hosting a ‘Positive Ageing Seminar Series’ in the months of September, October and November.

Take the 4 Steps for Life with Baw Baw Shire
Baw Baw Shire is supporting an Ambulance Victoria program seeking to significantly increase the number of people able and prepared to provide resuscitation (CPR) in a life-threatening emergency.

Monash University Gippsland Weekly Bulletin

Slow Food Gippsland - Winter Festival 2004
'Slow Food' links ethics with pleasure. In a word: ecogastronomy.

Council Adopts Tourism Blueprint For The Future
When it comes to tourism, East Gippsland has a lot to offer – everything from picturesque lakes to enchanting wilderness, beautiful rivers and of course, the magnificent High Country.

10 Aug 2004 (Tuesday)

Comedy smash-hit Defending the Caveman to entertain Wellington
It will be a laugh-a-minute revelation of the sexes when international smash-hit comedy Defending the Caveman hits Wellington Shire Council’s Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre on 21 August.

Progress At Bastion Point
The East Gippsland Shire Council's Steering Committee for Ocean Access at Bastion Point, Mallacoota has been advised that the Technical Reference Group required to oversee the EES (Environmental Effects Statement) process has been established.

Council urges nominations for Achievement Awards
Latrobe City Council is encouraging local citizens and organisations to nominate achievers for the Alcoa Regional Achievers Award and the Kleenheat Gas Community of the Year Award.

A revolution in egg production
Long established Morwell family business Lyndale Poultry Farm has completely revolutionized their egg handling systems.

Top guitarist to dazzle at Entertainment Centre
Award-winning Australian musician Karin Schaupp is set to dazzle audiences at Wellington Shire Council’s Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre on 22 August with her amazing acoustic guitar performance of classics from around the globe.

Bedtime storytime @ your library
A celebration of reading for Children’s Book Week (23-29 August) will be headed up across Wellington with a fantastic range of activities for kids.

11 Aug 2004 (Wednesday)

Managing Risk When Controlling Vermin
The term "vermin" is a broad term that generally relates to a range of vertebrate pests such as rats and mice, foxes, wild dogs, rabbits and hares.

How To Avoid Pugging
"There are a number of options available to farmers to try to reduce pugging damage in feed pastures," says Frank Mickan, Pasture and Fodder Conservation Specialist from DPI Ellinbank.

Latrobe City Youth Band wins national awards
The Latrobe City Youth Band was the proud recipient of two awards at the recent 2004 Australian Sister Cities Association (ASCA) National Conference.

Recycling increases, but avoid contamination
Latrobe City has embraced the new recycling and waste service that was implemented throughout the municipality in July.

Australian ceramics explored at the Gallery
Characteristics and themes in Australian pottery are explored in the latest exhibition on display at the Latrobe Regional Gallery.

A touch of Japan in Latrobe
Latrobe City Council is seeking people or groups interested in running stalls, conducting flea markets or performing at Latrobe’s annual Japanese Day on Sunday 10 October at Kernot Hall, Morwell.

Talking Volumes: To The Power Of Three
The combined Library Services of East Gippsland, Wellington and Mitchell Shires have been successful in a recent joint submission to obtain funding for a collaborative project to develop their collections.

Sale Welcomes People, Passion and Pictures.
As part of its 150th birthday celebrations, The Age is presenting a series of public events titled, ‘People, Passion and Pictures through the Eyes of The Age’.

12 Aug 2004 (Thursday)

Business Boost For Bairnsdale
A $30,000 State Government grant will boost the Bairnsdale business community, says East Gippsland Chief Executive Officer Steve Kozlowski.

Young Squash Stars Pull On The Big "V"
Five young, talented Gippsland Squash players will be heading to Canberra in September for the Australian Junior Squash Championships.

DSE Briefs Indigenous Communities On Firefighter Opportunites
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) is encouraging members of indigenous communities to take the opportunity to train as Project Firefighters (PFFs) for the coming fire season.

"Coaches Conference for Academy"
Last weekend the Edison Mission Energy Gippsland Sports Academy conducted their inaugural Coaches Conference Day.

13 Aug 2004 (Friday)

Small Business Answers Program - Update 005
The Small Business Answers Program has recently launched their latest newsletter...

Terra Timbers reduce waste disposal costs
Terra Timbers have not only reduced waste disposal costs of approximately $10,000 but also exceeded their target of 50% to a massive 87% in reduction of waste going to landfill.

Seeking community feedback on cycle path strategy
Wellington Shire Council is keen to receive feedback from the local community on its draft strategy to maintain, upgrade and extend its network of cycle routes and shared cycle paths in towns.

"Alexander The Great, Yeates Make State Development Squad"
Two of Gippsland’s young developing golfers have been selected for the Victorian Young Achievers Squad.

Community groups to manage Public Internet Access Corners
Three computers purchased by South Gippsland Shire Council two years ago through a $40,000 Vic Net funding grant have now been officially handed over to non profit community groups to manage Public Internet Access Corners within their communities.

Academy Volleyball Trials
The Edison Mission Energy Gippsland Sports Academy will be conducting trials for their 2004 Volleyball program over the coming weeks in venues throughout Gippsland.

Digital Television In East Gippsland
East Gippsland Shire has been advised that new digital terrestrial television transmissions are underway from Mt Tassie in the Gippsland area on UHF Channel 36.

16 Aug 2004 (Monday)

DSE Consults Community On Fire Plans
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) is undertaking extensive consultation with the community on the preparation of its Fire Operations Plans for the next few years.

17 Aug 2004 (Tuesday)

Access for all Abilities funding available
Wellington Shire is encouraging eligible local community and not-for-profit groups to apply for funding under the 2004 Access for all Abilities program, for projects geared at making sports and recreation more accessible to those with a disability.

Still No Plan For Fishing Future
Gippsland Province MLC Peter Hall says recreational and commercial fishermen have no reason to trust a government which does not have a long-term plan for the management of one of the most important fisheries in Victoria.

Moe Gardens Caravan Park under new management
Former Moe residents, Eddie and Kytrina Savige have returned to Latrobe City to manage the Moe Gardens Caravan Park.

New additions to August Farmers’ Market
Wellington Shire’s next Farmers’ Market is being held this Saturday 21 August from 8am to 12pm and will be featuring new stalls selling hazelnuts, fresh flowers and organic vegetables alongside the established favourites.

Grass Tetany
Grass Tetany is one of a group of metabolic diseases of ruminant animals which is associated with low blood levels of magnesium.

Freight Australia sale a "wasted opportunity" says Ingram
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram has described the government’s announcement that it has agreed to the sale of Freight Australia’s 45-year lease to the Toll/Patrick joint venture company Pacific National, as an "opportunity wasted"

Hall Part Of Nationals’ Feedback Visit
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province, PETER HALL, joined his party colleagues in Hamilton on Monday as part of the ongoing Country Feedback series of regional visits.

18 Aug 2004 (Wednesday)

Bridal Creeper Biocontrol Project Underway
East Gippsland Shire, East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and the Landcare Network are presently undertaking a large scale distribution of Bridal Creeper rust fungus around the Gippsland Lakes region.

A thumbs-up for the council’s Building Service
Wellington Shire Council has just published the results of a questionnaire conducted with users of its Building Service which reveals a very high level of customer satisfaction with the operation.

Seeking community feedback on Road Management Plan
Wellington Shire Council is keen to receive the community’s feedback on its draft Road Management Plan, which will determine the level of work that the council can be expected to carry out on all the roads it has responsibility for.

Latrobe employee nominated for a Diversity Award
Latrobe City’s Indigenous Employment Development Co-ordinator, Joanne Brunt, has been nominated as a finalist in the prestigious Diversity@Work Awards for her commitment to the employment of Indigenous people.

19 Aug 2004 (Thursday)

Shire supports wetland protection with new program
Wellington Shire Council is offering financial incentives to landholders to encourage effective management of wetlands on private property under its latest environmental drive - the Wetlands Protection Program.

Sale Under 16 Boys makes it to 1st final of the Victorian Junior Metropolitan Basketball League Champion Division
Sale Amateur Basketball Association's Under 16 Boys team plays it's first final in the Victorian Junior Metropolitan Basketball League Series on Friday 20th August in Traralgon at 8.20pm.

Camel Races Return To The Maffra Show
A galloping success last year, the ‘Camel Races’ are coming back for the 2004 Maffra Show on October 23rd.

Council looks to rezone land in Yarram and district to meet housing demand
Wellington Shire Council is proposing to rezone land in Yarram and surrounding townships to address the demand for additional housing and is now looking to make amendments to the Wellington Planning Scheme to accommodate this.

Sale Welcomes People, Passion and Pictures
As part of its 150th birthday celebrations, The Age is presenting a series of public events titled, ‘People, Passion and Pictures through the Eyes of The Age’.

23 Aug 2004 (Monday)

Multicultural Festivals And Events Funding Now Open
State Member for Gippsland Province PETER HALL is encouraging Gippsland multicultural groups to apply for the Multicultural Festivals and Events Funding Program 2004-05.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

It’s illegal!
It’s been a long cold winter and you’ve probably spent your budget on heating, but if you think removing firewood from roadsides could save you money, you’re wrong!

Mayor’s Message
Wastewater problems have been evident in South Gippsland for a number of years and over the past six months Council has ‘bitten the bullet’ and become proactive in addressing these issues. They are ones that are not going to go away.

Ensay Landfill Community Update
A decision will be made soon on the future for waste collection and disposal for Ensay residents.

Danny Eddy rocks the Gallery
Local guitarist and vocalist, Danny Eddy, recently performed at the Latrobe Regional Gallery to an enthusiastic audience that enjoyed one of the most diverse set lists performed by a single musician.

25 Aug 2004 (Wednesday)

Latrobe Performing Arts presents Club Kaalua
The exciting and unqiue sounds of Club Kaalua will come to Latrobe on Tuesday 14 September as part of Latrobe Performing Art’s Morning Music Program.

Morwell Teams Make State Finals
Morwell Tenpins teams travelled to Narre Warren to compete in the Goldpin Zone Final against Sale, Rosebud, Warragul and Narre Warren last weekend with the top 2 placegetters going to the state finals in October and November.

National Education Week A Chance To Get Involved
National Numeracy and Literacy Week, as well as being an opportunity to celebrate the good work of schools, is also a chance to consider the role of family in education, according to Gippsland MP, Peter Hall.

Olympic Gold Medallist in Latrobe’s Herald Sun Tour Team
The 2004 Herald Sun Cycling Tour will be a major event for the Latrobe City region.

Dairy Reminders For August

Latrobe celebrates International Youth Day
Representatives from Latrobe City Council and Latrobe City Youth Council recently gathered in the Function Room at Council’s Traralgon Office to celebrate International Youth Day.

Stage Two of Old Melbourne Road reconstruction works commence
Stage Two of the reconstruction of Old Melbourne Road between Traralgon and Morwell has begun, with a variety of works scheduled to take place that will improve traffic conditions and safety for those who use the road in the future.

Refurbishment at Latrobe Regional Gallery
Latrobe Regional Gallery’s International Power Hazelwood Community Access Gallery has undergone refurbishments to make the gallery better suited to hanging exhibitions.

26 Aug 2004 (Thursday)

Dairy Industry - Howard Emanuel
A recent article in the "Warrnambool Standard" regarding the dairy industry in Victoria’s South West has captured the attention of those concerned with the future of this industry here in Gippsland. Read More...

Ingram calls on Parliament to investigate rural inequities
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called the Victorian Parliament to investigate the outrageous inequities that have developed in road and other infrastructure funding at a State and Federal level and the impact of those inequities

Electronic Newsletter Subscription - Howard Emanuel
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On the Campaign Trail - Howard Emanuel
Our campaign for McMillan began on October 10th last year in Korumburra’s main street. I have always had a strong view that any political candidate should as much as is possible spend plenty of time in the community meeting with people. Read More...

Windfarms in Gippsland - Howard Emanuel
On Sunday the 13th of June I attended a public rally on the beach at beautiful Walkerville South, one of the most picturesque and ambient enclaves on the South Gippsland coastline. Read More....

Long Jetty - In Need of a Benefactor - Howard Emanuel
As do many small communities in Gippsland, the townspeople of Port Welshpool and district work tirelessly to improve the physical infrastructure of their town. These activities are carried out for several reasons. Read More...

27 Aug 2004 (Friday)

Recycling and greenwaste bin checks to reveal polluters
Random checks on the contents of recycling and greenwaste bins are being introduced in Latrobe City to reduce contamination from non-recyclable products.

Ensay Waste Collection Expanded
Waste collection in Ensay will be expanded soon following a decision by East Gippsland Shire at its last council meeting.

Buchan Motel Special Accommodation Offer
Stay 3 nights or more and receive 2 compliementary tickets to the Buchan Caves

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

‘Meals On Wheels’ Deliver More Than Meals
‘Meals on Wheels’ does more that just deliver meals. Our generous volunteers make a world of difference to our clients, decreasing the social isolation of meal recipients and assisting in monitoring their health and well being.

30 Aug 2004 (Monday)

Moe roundabout landscaping highlights gold heritage
The landscaping and beautification of the roundabout at Old Sale Road and Moore Street in Moe is almost complete, with sculptures, signs and a variety of landscapes featuring in the new design.

Buchan Community Mini-Portal Launched
The Buchan Community is now on-line using the Gippsland.com mini-portal concept.

Assistance for property owners with weeds
People who have a health care card and who own a property in the Latrobe Valley and have a weed problem, can apply for a free 200g satchel of a Metsulfuron based herbicide and wetter, while funds last.

Moe roundabout landscaping highlights gold heritage
The landscaping and beautification of the roundabout at Old Sale Road and Moore Street in Moe is almost complete, with sculptures, signs and a variety of landscapes featuring in the new design.

Wastewater Forums a resounding success
Two wastewater forums held last week were well received by their intended target markets: the relevant corporate stakeholders and the local community groups and individuals.

Mayor’s Message
Council has now passed the 2004-2005 budget with a rate rise of 6% across all types of properties. The rationale behind this budget was to contain costs and work towards a sustainable position for the future of the organization.

31 Aug 2004 (Tuesday)

Mayor urges householders to get rid of nasties
Latrobe City Council and EcoRecycle Victoria are encouraging residents to make their homes safer by taking advantage of a free opportunity to rid their homes of unwanted household chemicals this Saturday.

Managing Bobby Calves On Farm

FReeZA Youth Event
Wellington Shire Council is pleased to announce US hip hop artist Nox as the headline act of its latest FreeZA event to be held in Sale later this month.

How To Survive Being Swooped This Spring!
Spring is here and already in our parks, gardens and paddocks some of Australia’s birds are taking instinctive action to protect their young.

Our new Aussies!
Nine South Gippslanders officially became "Aussies" on Monday 30th August at a Citizenship Ceremony held in Council’s Function Room.

Supporting Broadband for local businesses and community organisations
Wellington Shire Council is keen to ensure that local businesses are able to maintain and boost their competitiveness in the market place by having the opportunity to take advantage of Broadband technology.

Ingram / McGauran team up for Omeo bus trip
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has planned a bus trip along the Great Alpine Road between Bairnsdale and Omeo following concerns raised by regular travellers of the route.

Senior Shields
Over the weekend the Latrobe Valley Tenpin Bowling Association held its Senior Shield Representative Team Trials.

Latrobe Kerbside Collection On Hold
The kerbside collection of hard garbage has been put on hold by Latrobe City due to new manual handling legislation introduced by the Victorian State Government.

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