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1 Aug 2005 (Monday)

Bass Coast Shire To Attract Conferences
Bass Coast Shire Council and the local tourism industry are working together to attract more conferences to the Bass Coast Shire.

Paddy celebrates with Wellington walkers
All roads led to the Wellington Shire Offices last week as scores of walkers celebrated the stunning success of the Wellington Walks Paddy program.

Excitement Builds For Tour Of Gippsland
Hot on the wheels of Lance Armstrong’s stunning seventh Tour de France triumph, comes another cycling extravaganza – our own Tour of Gippsland, a nine-stage event that takes in the picturesque coastal arm of Wellington Shire.

Friends event – a blooming success
The Friends of the Sale Botanic Gardens attracted dozens of keen gardeners to a rose pruning demonstration at the Gardens last Saturday, July 23.

2 Aug 2005 (Tuesday)

Taylors Road Bridge ready for the twenty-first century
Taylors Road Bridge has been reopened to traffic after a major refurbishment that should take it through the rest of the twenty-first century.

Treasure or trash? – let the valuer decide
Have you ever wondered how much your old jewellery is worth or if your heirloom furniture is of importance?

Gallery offers opportunity to learn bookbinding
Have you ever wanted to take a class in bookbinding? Latrobe Regional Gallery will be holding a day long course in creative book binding this Sunday 7 August.

Cameron Still Silent On Future Of Agriculture Education
In the lead-up to Melbourne University’s rural campus open days, the Bracks Government must reassure Victoria’s future agriculture students that their education requirements can and will be met.

New Building Regulations In Force
New and improved Building Regulations now apply with particular changes for building surveyors, drafts persons, architects and owners of shared accommodation premises.

Students prove web-savvy skills in the real world
Local students confirmed their talents in cyberspace last week when their projects for the innovative school to business program, ‘Webs for Business by Kids’ was showcased at a presentation night held at Kernot Hall.

‘Barmaids’ come to town
The hilarious comedy ‘Barmaids’ by Australian playwright Katherine Thomson, will be staged this month at the Performing Arts Centre in Traralgon on Tuesday 9 August at 8pm.

3 Aug 2005 (Wednesday)

Traffic School Encourages Riders Of All Abilities

Traralgon South Preschool celebrates 20 years
Traralgon South Preschool celebrated its twenty year anniversary last week with a morning tea for the students, parents and teachers.

4 Aug 2005 (Thursday)

Council Celebrates Indigenous History
Bass Coast Shire Council’s staff and Councillors recently celebrated NAIDOC week with an education in Indigenous history and culture.

Mps Gagged On Won Wron Future
Local Members of Parliament have been gagged from speaking at a public meeting regarding the Indigenous Diversion Program planned for the former Won Wron Prison site, Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis said today.

Neighbourhood Watch Area LTB1 August Newsletter (NHW97)
July Meetiung, Car Theft, Warning to Shoppers, Chain Letter, Police Crime Report, Neighbourhood Watch Victoria.

New Barc Pool Heaters Will Be Operating Next Month
A Bairnsdale company has been awarded the contract to provide and install new pool water heaters for the Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre (BARC).

New Bbq Shelter For Cape Woolamai
The construction of a new rotunda/barbeque shelter at Cape Woolamai has been completed and the installation of tables and seats will shortly follow.

Good Neighbour Wild Dog Baiting Program
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI), Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and Parks Victoria have completed the annual Gippsland Good Neighbour Cooperative Wild Dog Baiting Program across Gippsland.

Wood Street Intersection Dangerous: Hall
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province Peter Hall says a highway intersection in Bairnsdale is potentially dangerous and needs upgrading as a matter of urgency.

5 Aug 2005 (Friday)

Family fun day this Sunday
Latrobe City’s free Family Fun Day coinciding with the finish of the Tour of Gippsland cycling event, takes place this Sunday 7 August opposite the Civic Centre in Kay Street, Traralgon.

Stockyard Point redevelopment on track
Wellington Shire Council met with the Port Albert Progress Association last week to update the group on the progress of the Stockyard Point redevelopment.

Cowes Car Ferry Update
Cr Smith and working party members from the Mornington Peninsula arrived on a barge at the Cowes Jetty this morning, to trial the route from Stony Point to Cowes.

Country Taxi Services Are Vital
Gippsland MP Peter Hall is urging country people to make a contribution to the upcoming review of the taxi in regional Victoria, saying that country taxi services are vital.

8 Aug 2005 (Monday)

Building site signs needed
Wellington Shire Council reminds all builders that the new Building (Interim) Regulations 2005 are now in place and require the person in charge of building works to display a site sign on the property.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Traralgon Creek Committee visits catchments

Farmers’ drought relief – new initiatives
Wellington Shire Council reminds local farmers who are receiving Centrelink Exceptional Circumstances (EC) payments that they are now eligible for new drought relief initiatives.

Touring The Arts In Bass Coast
Seeing artists and their art from across the Bass Coast Shire has been made easier with the release of the fifth edition of the Arts Tour Brochure.

9 Aug 2005 (Tuesday)

Local photographic club exhibits at Latrobe Regional Gallery
Commencing on Saturday 13 August in the International Power Hazelwood Community Access Gallery, at the Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell, is ‘Expeditions through the lens’ an exhibition of works from the Coal Creek Camera Club.

Waterwater Festival
The inaugural waterwater festival will take place from November 11th to the 20th with opportunities for artists, organisers, and volunteers to participate.

Brumby Full Of Hot Air On Gippsland Gas Promise

Bass Success Story For Lake Glenmaggie
Fisheries Victoria has stocked Lake Glenmaggie near Heyfield with over 44000 Australian Bass during the last three years.

Final Call For Community Input To Fire Operations Plans
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) would like to remind the Gippsland community that the closing date for comments on the regional Fire Operations Plan is on Friday September 16 2005.

10 Aug 2005 (Wednesday)

Leadership Lunch celebrates decade of GCLP
A decade of growing Gippsland’s leaders was celebrated at the annual Gippsland Community Leadership Program’s Leadership Lunch.

MEDICO Hygiene Services BADMINTON squad perform well on the court
Two MEDICO HYGIENE SERVICE BADMINTON SQUAD players selected to play for Victoria

11 Aug 2005 (Thursday)

Brindabella Airlines to commence air services between Latrobe City and Canberra
erra based Brindabella Airlines will commence a five day per week air service between Canberra and Latrobe City on Monday 5 September.

Gippsland Wild Dog Action Plan Available
The Gippsland Wild Dog Management Group is pleased to announce that copies of the Gippsland Wild Dog Action Plan are now available.

Port of Sale Impresses Judges
The stunning first stage of the Port of Sale development has met with a positive reaction from adjudicators during judging for the 2005 Victorian Engineering Excellence Awards of the Institute of Engineers Australia.

Volunteers Invited to Join in Latrobe’S Games Celebrations
Latrobe City is calling on interested individuals, groups or businesses to volunteer to take part in the municipality’s Commonwealth Games celebrations.

Fire Access Bridges In Gippsland To Be Repaired And Replaced
Gippsland Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) has received almost $1million from the Public Land Fire Initiative funding for 2005/06.

Council elections – will you be eligible to vote?
Latrobe City Council has urged ratepayers, particularly those who are not Australian citizens, to establish whether they will be eligible to vote in the November local government elections.

Ingram blasts Liberal Party’s secret donations push
The Independent member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has condemned the Federal Liberal Party’s calls to raise the threshold on secret political donations, as reported in Tuesday’s "Age" newspaper this week.

Australia - China Agribusiness Conference announced
The first Australia - China Agribusiness Conference brings the highest level Chinese decision makers to Gippsland.

12 Aug 2005 (Friday)

Significant step forward on Wellington Coast Subdivision issue
Wellington Shire Council is due to consider a proposal to deal with the issue of inappropriate subdivisions along a section of the 90 Mile Beach at its meeting on 20 September.

School immunisation certificates
Wellington Shire Council reminds parents of children starting primary school next year that they will require a school entry immunisation certificate to present to the school.

Local scallop processing racket alleged
A month long investigation into the illegal possession and processing of scallops has just been completed by Fisheries Victoria Officers.

Bass Coast Shire Drainage
Bass Coast Shire Council has called on residents to contact the Shire if they experienced flooding problems due to this week’s stormy weather.

Rotting Bridges Hinder Access For Fire-Fighters

Secrets Of Successful Boards And Committees
Want to know how your board or committee can be more effective?

Your Council, Your Election
Bass Coast Shire Council is encouraging anyone interested in the forthcoming Council election to attend a free information session being conducted by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) on Monday 29 August 2005 at 7.00pm.

Hawkeye to Eye off our roads
Bass Coast Shire Council has commissioned the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) to undertake a major survey of the main roads across the Shire to assess their condition.

Network Engenders Greater Arts Opportunities For Students
The inaugural Arts Teachers Network meeting took place recently at the Latrobe Regional Gallery, with over 35 teachers attending the event.

15 Aug 2005 (Monday)

Ingram backs better insurance for builders
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has again called on the Premier Steve Bracks to resolve insurance issues affecting many builders and associated professionals in his electorate and across the state.

Latrobe youth leadership program launched
The Latrobe City youth leadership program was recently launched at the corporate headquarters by Latrobe City Mayor Cr Bruce Lougheed, and Cr Sheridan Bond.

Illustrations in Australian children’s picture books celebrated

16 Aug 2005 (Tuesday)

Nature Based Tourism Workshop Tomorrow

South Gippsland benefits from Professor’s work
Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis has congratulated Professor Eric Reynolds on winning this year’s Victoria Prize.

Latrobe City wins ‘Best Australia Day’ event award
Latrobe City Council has won the ‘Best Australia Day’ event award for a regional or suburban area and was presented with a trophy celebrating their win by the Australia Day Committee (Victoria) on Monday.

Brindabella Airlines to commence air services between Gippsland and Canberra
Canberra based Brindabella Airlines will commence a five day per week air service between Canberra and Gippsland on Monday 5 September.

Local Laws and Police partnership strengthened
Latrobe City’s Local Laws Officers and representatives of local police including Acting Senior Sergeant Chris Pegg, met on Thursday for the official signing of ‘The Authority’.

17 Aug 2005 (Wednesday)

Reading Rocks!
A wide range of activities is being organised for kids across the municipality for national Children’s Book Week (22-26 August), as Wellington Shire Council celebrates the 200th anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen’s birth.

Wellington remembers …
The haunting sound of The Last Post echoes in the hills of Carrajung as people bow their heads and remember those who gave their lives so that future generations may live in freedom.

Nominations Open for Multicultural Awards
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province, Peter Hall, is hoping local Gippslanders will be recognised as part of Victoria’s Awards for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs.

Battle of the Bands is back!
Is your band a budding Bodviar, Area 7 or Behind Eyers? Well here's your chance to get ou o the garage and ony yhe stage to shown audience just how good your band an be - yesthe Battle of the Bands is back.

Managing Bobby Calves On Farm

Good Vibrations for youth
Wellington’s young people can enjoy a great night out at Vibrations, a new drug and alcohol free event in Sale, this month.

18 Aug 2005 (Thursday)

Brumby Gets It Wrong On Toora Manufacturing Plant
Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis is astounded the Bracks Government last week distributed information regarding a dental health product, enterprise, touting it was manufactured in Toora.

Popular romance author to visit Traralgon Library
Janet Woods, an award winning romance author, will be giving a free talk at the Traralgon Library on Wednesday 31 August from 7.30 pm.

Nick Charles Trio: finger picking good

Lucky Renee wins new bicycle
Lucky young Traralgon girl, Renee Jones, was presented with a new bicycle this week, after her name was drawn from all the entries in Latrobe City’s Family Fun Day Bike Ride held on 7 August.

19 Aug 2005 (Friday)

‘Grumpy old men’ warn of rail exhibition’s final days
Residents of Gippsland have only a week to take advantage of an exhibition displaying the history of Gippsland railways, currently open daily at the Civic Centre in Kay Street, Traralgon.

Ingram condemns Nationals on Telstra capitulation
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has condemned the federal National Party on its capitulation on the full sale of Telstra.

From citizen to councillor - are you ready?
An information session for prospective candidates in Latrobe City’s council elections will be held from 7pm to 9pm on Tuesday 30 August 2005, in the Nambur Wariga Meeting Room at the corporate headquarters in Commercial Road Morwell.

Work starts on new Traralgon library – but it’s business as usual at Service Centre
A large section of the civic offices in Traralgon has been gutted in preparation for the development of the new Traralgon Library.

Nats Welcome Country Taxi Win
There may be some light at the end of the tunnel for country taxi services, with the State Government acknowledging in the Parliament that there are serious problems to be addressed.

22 Aug 2005 (Monday)

Severe Penalties For Wildlife Offences
A 25 year old Warragul man was convicted and fined at the Moe Magistrates Court on Friday August 19 2005 in relation to 16 charges for the possession of dead wildlife.

Apex Park And Railway Station Improvement Works
Bass Coast Shire Council is about to commence works on further upgrades to Apex Park in Wonthaggi.

Theophanous’ Promise To Connect 34 Towns Is A Real Gas
Energy Minister Theo Theophanous’ commitment in Parliament to connect 34 Victorian towns to natural gas in the next 466 days is destined to become yet another Labor broken promise, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Battle of the Bands is back!
Is your band a budding Bodyjar, Area 7 or Behind Crimson Eyes? Well here’s your chance to get out of the garage and onto the stage to show an audience just how good your band can be – yes, the Battle of the Bands is back.

Rates notices
Wellington Shire will shortly be mailing out this year’s rates notices to some 29,000 households and businesses across the shire, along with a leaflet outlining the key activities the council will be undertaking this year with help from rate income.

First Forest Fire Of Season Contained Quickly
Fire crews from the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) responded quickly to the first fire of the season in state forest last Friday August 19.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Do you have what it takes to be a firefighter?
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) is calling for people to apply for fire-fighting roles for the coming fire season.

23 Aug 2005 (Tuesday)

Portable toilet trial - Willow Park
Wellington Shire Council is supporting a bid to trial a portable toilet system at Rosedale’s Willow Park following strong requests from the local community.

Response to Newborough hillclimb proposal being sought
Yallourn Heights residents have been invited to a public meeting with representatives of Latrobe City, engineering firm GHD and members of the Gippsland Car Club on Saturday 3 September.

Residents being sounded out on motor sports complex

24 Aug 2005 (Wednesday)

Hawkeye to eye off our roads
Bass Coast Shire Council has commissioned the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) to undertake a major survey of the main roads across the Shire to assess their condition.

Bass Coast Commonwealth Games Spectacle
Bass Coast Shire Council is running a series of events in the lead up to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Expo boosts community involvement for people with disabilities
`Don’t judge what I can do by what you think I can’t do’.

Council Community Grants Program Underway
Bass Coast Shire Council has allocated $200,000 to be distributed among eligible community groups.

Community meeting for Newry – 13 September

Dairy Reminders for August 2005

Council To Retain Management Of Its Marine Facilities
East Gippsland Councillors have accepted a recommendation that the management of the Shire marinas and other marine infrastructure assets is retained ‘in house’ and that they are run as businesses.

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Expansion
The Linfox Property Group yesterday lodged a planning permit application to expand the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. The proposal involves an 18 hole golf course and 506 villas adjacent to the existing circuit.

New Bushfire Prone Areas
Bass Coast Shire Council has named several areas within the Shire as Bushfire Prone areas to provide residents of those areas with greater protection from tragedy in the future.

Council notes ‘caretaker provisions’ for election
Caretaker provisions prior to the November council elections will come into effect on Friday 30 September 2005, committing Council to a number of pre-election restrictions.

Bass Coast Shire Drainage
Bass Coast Shire Council has called on residents to contact the Shire if they experienced flooding problems due to this week’s stormy weather.

Secrets of Successful Boards and Committees
Bass Coast Shire Council is hosting a free seminar to help local community groups boost the effectiveness and governance skills of their boards and committees.

Building blitz to hit Gippsland
The Building Commission is warning Wellington builders and owner-builders it will be sending a team of investigators to the Shire as part of a Gippsland-wide blitz in September.

25 Aug 2005 (Thursday)

Bastion Point boat ramp decision welcomed: Ingram
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has welcomed East Gippsland Shire Council’s decision to endorse Option 3 as the preferred option for the upgrade of the Bastion Point ocean access ramp at Mallacoota.

Petition To Save Country Taxis
Local people will have a chance to register their concerns about support for regional taxi services through a petition now being circulated by Gippsland MP Peter Hall.

29 Aug 2005 (Monday)

Community input sought on sewerage services for Loch Sport and Honeysuckles
Wellington Shire Council is keen to hear from people of Loch Sport and Honeysuckles interested in participating on Reference Groups that will help guide the installation of much needed new water and sewerage services to these two townships.

Gippsland attracting the biggest buyers
Highest level decision makers coming to experience Gippsland go to www.gippslandagribusiness.com to see more

Bass Coast Gets Own Baton Relay
Bass Coast will get its own Shire-wide Baton Relay, as part of Council’s series of events leading up to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Grand Prix Activities For Bass Coast Community

Build On Australian Paper Expansion: Hall
Australian Paper’s announcement of a large rebuilding project at its Maryvale Mill is extremely good news for the region, according to Gippsland MP, Peter Hall.

Aggressive Reptile A Long Way From Home
A snappy North American turtle is just one of the creatures uncovered by a year-long Department of Sustainability and Environment operation targeting exotic reptiles.

Council Officers And Police Herd Cattle From Bass Highway During The Night
Bass Coast Shire Council Local Laws staff and members of Victoria Police were called out at 4am last week to round up cattle along the Bass Highway.

Government must guarantee parks services: Ingram
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has challenged the State Government’s commitment to Gippsland’s spectacular and extensive national parks in a question in the State Parliament.

30 Aug 2005 (Tuesday)

Proposed Changes To Vegetation Protection Overlays
Bass Coast Shire Council has welcomed the many comments and debate on the proposed changes to the Vegetation Protection Overlays within the Bass Coast Planning Scheme.

Moe Early Learning Centre celebrates Book Week

Gallery provides opportunity to learn art of felting
Have you ever wanted to take a class in felting? Tutor, Della Jones will be holding a day long course in felting on Sunday 4 September at the Latrobe Regional Gallery.

Planning Schemes, Zones, Overlays – What Are They?
A Planning Scheme is a policy and legal document used to control land use and development. Every municipality has one.

National Meals on Wheels Day
Baw Baw Shire Council will be celebrating National Meals on Wheels Day on Wednesday by providing an extra treat for clients.

A busy week for Fisheries Officers in Lakes Entrance
Fisheries Victoria Officers have interviewed another two commercial scallop licence holders for allegedly breaching their licence conditions.

Concession Price For Cat And Dog Microchipping
For dog and cat owners in East Gippsland, next Sunday (4 September) is "Microchipping Day."

Heyfield timber forum- August 31
Timber will be on the tip of everyone’s tongue in Heyfield on Wednesday, 31 August when the inaugural Heyfield Timber Forum is held at the Heyfield Hub from 9am-1pm.

Special exhibition tour for Father’s Day at the Gallery
On Sunday 4 September children, fathers and grandfathers will all have the opportunity to enjoy a special Father’s Day event at Latrobe Regional Gallery with a tour and activity for children.

Local Councils Back Water Saving Program
Gippsland Water is working in partnership with local councils to develop individual water savings plans as part of the Sustainable Water Use Plans Program for Regional Local Government.

Baw Baw Shire delegation to China
A delegation of Baw Baw Shire civic and business leaders is travelling to China as part of an ongoing sister city arrangement with Jiujiang, in Jiangxi Province.

31 Aug 2005 (Wednesday)

Long hard slog to reopen Strzelecki roads after snow
The Grand Ridge Road and major access roads into the Strzeleckis have now all been reopened to traffic following extensive closures due to snowfalls three weeks ago. However, several lesser used tracks will still remain closed until cleared.

Jobseekers graduate through employment program
15 jobseekers have found employment following a new training program being offered by Latrobe City Council, with funding from the Federal Government.

Disastrous Day For Agricultural Education
The Bracks Government has done nothing to alleviate the fears of agricultural educators and farming communities with its announcement of new service providers today.

WNBL stars run basketball clinic as part of pre-season tournament in Wellington
WNBL Championship player Jess Bibby will be leading an all-star basketball clinic for budding young basketballers in Sale, as a follow-on to the coming WNBL pre-season Women’s National Basketball tournament hosted by Wellington Shire Council.

Thought For Food
As we come out of winter and into spring, it might be a good time to review feeding options for your herd.

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