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1 Aug 2006 (Tuesday)

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week
6 – 13 August is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week. The week is designed to increase wider community awareness and understanding of cerebral palsy (CP).

Community Groups On Show
Community groups will have an opportunity to put their best foot forward in a Community Expo at Inverloch later this year.

Shire Steps Up Immunisation Efforts
East Gippsland Shire Council is renewing its efforts to have parents immunise their children and is joining other regional councils to stage Immunisation Week in October.

Nationals Push For Review Of Firearm Licensing Division
The Nationals have written to the Auditor-General seeking a review of the Victoria Police Licensing Services Division (LSD).

Bairnsdale Fruit Fly Control Program Completed
Following the detection of Queensland fruit fly maggots in fruit from a residential property in West Bairnsdale in April this year, the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) commenced a control program to ensure that the pest would not spread.

New look traffic school launched
The traffic school in Morwell has received a renovation and rebranding with Latrobe City mayor, councillor Lisa Price renaming the facility International Power Traffic School, at a celebratory launch last Friday.

Council plans for domestic waste water
Wellington Shire Council is calling for public comment on its Municipal Domestic Wastewater Management Plan.

National Healthy Bones Week
Mayor, Cr Neville Goodwin expressed support for people with osteoporosis in the Bass Coast Shire in the lead-up to National Healthy Bones Week (6-12 August).

Residents warned about winter house fire threat
Back in the heat of the new year, a large and potentially disastrous fire approached Latrobe City from the northern boundary of our municipality.

Call for nominations for Senior of the Year
Latrobe City is calling for nominations for the 2006 Senior Citizen of the Year award.

Active workplaces to tackle inactivity.
Active community networks of Baw Baw Shire and Latrobe City have organised an active workplaces forum to help Gippsland businesses encourage physical activity in their workplaces.

A New Lease On Life For Country Victoria
A Liberal Government will end the neglect of country Victoria, Leader of the Liberal Party Ted Baillieu said today.

Pool and spa safety saves lives
Wellington Shire Council is issuing a timely reminder to those with an outdoor pool or spa to ensure it meets safety requirements.

Liberals To Streamline Food Safety
A Liberal Government will reform food safety and food labelling enforcement, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Gippsland Burning Operations - Your Input Needed
Now is the time to find out what fire prevention works, asset protection and ecological burns are planned for public land (parks and forests) in your neighbourhood.

Access To A New Picnic Facility
A fully accessible picnic area in Wonthaggi will be completed by the end of the month.

Shorter Milking Times
If you spent too much time in the dairy this morning, you may be interested to know about a new research project that has started at DPI Ellinbank.

Keeping Baw Baw clean
Consider this: around 900,000 dogs living in Victoria produce about 90 tonnes of dog poo each day! Where does it go?

Baby Bag Launch
Wellington Working Together recently celebrated the launch of the Baby Bag information kit.

New Chair For Lakes Taskforce
Professor Barry Hart was recently appointed as the new independent Chair for the Gippsland Lakes and Catchment Taskforce.

Landscapes, Lifestyles And Livelihoods
With a theme of ‘landscapes lifestyles and livelihoods,’ the second international Landcare Conference will be held from 8 – 11 October at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Council Community Grants Program Underway
Bass Coast Shire Council will allocate up to $200,000 to be distributed among eligible community groups over the 2006-2007 financial year.

New hoist helps pool access
People with a physical disability, injury or limited mobility will have improved access to the Warragul Leisure Centre’s hydrotherapy pool due to the installation of a hoist and transfer chair.

NEIP committee members tour Morwell River
Members of the steering committee for the Morwell River Neighbourhood Environment Improvement Plan (NEIP) have recently spent a day touring the catchment of the Morwell River.

9 Aug 2006 (Wednesday)

Grandparents Miss Out On Foster Care Funds
The most obvious group of all – grandparents – have been left out of State Government plans to increase the number of foster carers in Victoria.

Another Labor Pre-Election Advertising Splurge
Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis today slammed the Bracks Government for its splurge of another $2.2 million on self promotion.

First Round Of Community Small Grants Open
The first round of the East Gippsland Shire Council Community Small Grants for the 2006/07 financial year is now open.

Liberals Commit To Duck Season And Game Hunting
A Liberal Government will guarantee the continuation of the traditional duck hunting season, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Boating Safety And Facilities Grants Closing Soon
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province PETER HALL is urging local groups to meet the 16th August deadline for funding applications under the boating Safety and Facilities Program.

Safer crossing for students
Trafalgar school students will cross the Princes Highway safely from the train station following a Baw Baw Shire Council decision to employ a crossing supervisor at the pedestrian crossing.

National Desexing Month
It is estimated that more than 200,000 healthy cats and dogs are put down every year in Australia because they don’t have homes.

Bills, Bells And Ballots Exhibition Here In August
A multimedia exhibition that takes visitors on an entertaining walk through the history and role of the Victoria Parliament will open to the public at the Bairnsdale Art Gallery, Nicholson St on Monday, 14 August.

Rosedale community consultation session
Residents of Rosedale and surrounds are invited to attend a free consultation session to learn more about the Gippsland Water Factory project and the wastewater treatment facility planned for Rosedale.

Ag News - Leptospirosis
Leptospirosis is a common bacterial disease of cattle and pigs. It is also a zoonotic disease, which means it may affect humans.

Sports Grants
Sporting organisations within Bass Coast are being invited to submit applications for Sport and Recreation Victoria grants.

Master TreeGrowers Course
Master TreeGrowers Course - Mastering farm tree growing – a practical course for Gippsland farmers and tree growers.

Liberals To Cut Red Tape For Hunting And Fishing
A Liberal Government will eliminate the need for multiple shooting, fishing and hunting licences, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Open Spaces Strategy
Public comment is currently being sought on Bass Coast Shire Council’s draft Open Spaces Strategy.

Community Fun Day
The Communities for Children Program is celebrating two years of the program by hosting a Community Fun Day in Lakes Entrance.

Bass Coast Waste Disposal Fees Rise
Waste disposal fees at Council’s Waste Transfer and Recycling Stations will experience a minor increase from 1 October 2006.

Liberals To Improve Access To Our Public Land
A Liberal Government will fix the neglected access tracks in national parks and state forests, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Chinese visitors learn more about Council
Key functions of local government were showcased for Chinese delegates from the City of Taizhou who were recently hosted by Latrobe City Council.

Roundabout complete, ‘wait’ times reduced.
Baw Baw Shire Council has completed works on the Smith and Queen Street roundabout reducing peak traffic wait times of up to seven minutes to less than one minute.

New plantings provide more suitable streetscape
Latrobe City is currently undertaking a street tree replanting program across the four major towns in the municipality.

Newhaven Reuses Water
Bass Coast Shire Council and Newhaven Primary School joined forces in a successful application to the Federal Government’s Community Water Grants Program.

Youth Council office bearers elected
The Latrobe City 2006 youth council elections recently took place at the first youth council meeting for 2006 with three young people elected to office bearing roles.

10 Aug 2006 (Thursday)

Bullying, Everybody's Responsibility :: (Howard S. Emanuel)
To combat Bullying within the Workforce and Education system is the responsibility of us all...

12 Aug 2006 (Saturday)

Mental Health - A Community Responsibility :: (Howard S. Emanuel)
Modern Australia currently has one of the highest incidences of mental health problems in the so-called developed world....

16 Aug 2006 (Wednesday)

Flood plain residents requested to advise contact details
Latrobe City Council is currently in the process of updating the contact details for all residents living in the Traralgon Creek Flood Prone Area, or adjacent areas.

Liberals To Build A Kangaroo Processing Industry
A Liberal Government will end the senseless waste of culled kangaroos by allowing processing in Victoria, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Downer Cow Management
Many farmers adopt a "wait and see" approach to downer cows. Under what conditions is this acceptable? What assessment should be provided for down cows? What are the signs that suggest that the cow is not going to get up?

Local youth take on life saving challenge
Ten of Latrobe City’s young residents have made a wonderful commitment and contribution to the community by undergoing the first stage of their Royal Life Saving Awards in our region.

Senior Wild Dog Controllers Appointed
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has recently appointed six Senior Wild Dog Controllers (SWDC) from within its Gippsland and North East ranks to undertake leadership roles in line with the Gippsland and North East Wild Dog Action Plans.

Assistance Available For Irrigation Upgrades
Financial assistance continues to be available to farmers in and adjacent to the Macalister Irrigation District (MID) to assist them to make their farms more water-efficient.

Council to conduct review of town structure plans
Latrobe City Council is conducting a review of the structure plans for Churchill, Moe, Morwell and Traralgon.

Liberals To Improve 4WD & ATV Driver Safety
A Liberal Government will work to improve safety for the 250,000 four-wheel-drive vehicles used every day in Victoria on farms and for commercial and recreational uses, as well as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

17 Aug 2006 (Thursday)

Liberals To Restore Local Power On Wind Farms
A Liberal Government will restore the rights of local communities in country Victoria over the development of wind farms.

Latrobe City set for the NBL Champions
The Traralgon Sports Stadium, co-host of the 2006 Commonwealth Games, will again set the scene for more elite basketball.

Assyrian Levies Association to attend Savige Memorial Unveiling
Assyrian Levies Association to attend Savige Memorial Unveiling

Tree Maintenance In Focus
Council’s tree maintenance program is undergoing a restructure which will deliver improved services to the community.

Liberals To Improve Planning For Rural Land
A Liberal Government will protect the ‘right to farm’ and restore clear rights of land use, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Victorian Agribusinesses Encouraged To Sign Up For World'S Largest Farm Show
Victorian agribusinesses are being urged to take advantage of growing opportunities in the enormous United States agriculture market by attending the world's largest farm show, the annual World Ag Expo held in California.

Linfox Decision
Last night, Bass Coast Shire Council considered the development application from the Linfox Property Group.

Golden Pride Choir
Earlier this year, on Friday 17 March, the Tanzanian Golden Pride Children’s Choir visited Phillip Island.

Fencing Disputes
Fencing On Line is a website set up to help people deal with fencing issues and complaints. The site is an industry service, set up to help home owners, builders, fencing companies, manufacturers, councils and architects.

Liberals To Improve Planning For Rural Land
A Liberal Government will protect the ‘right to farm’ and restore clear rights of land use, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Section Of Paynesville Community Centre To Be Closed
Part of the Paynesville Community Center faces immediate closure following an inspection by the municipal building surveyor.

Labor Cover-Up On Renewable Energy
The Bracks Government is covering up an independent review that identified flaws in its Victorian Renewable Energy policy, Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources Philip Davis said today.

On-Line Maps Help Make Deer Hunting Safer In Victoria
The on-line availability of 96 maps showing where deer hunting is or is not permitted throughout the State’s major deer hunting areas will help contribute to enhanced safety for hunters and other recreational users of public land.

Working together to achieve
Trafalgar youth have created a mural that overlooks the Trafalgar skate park in partnership with Baw Baw Shire Council and the Trafalgar Community Development Association (TCDA) with funding from Regional Arts Victoria.

Free herbicide available for roadside weeds
Wellington Shire Council is encouraging rural landholders to apply for free herbicide and native plants as part of the Weeds for Trees program.

Stiletto Sisters strut into spring
After a short break to avoid the worst of the winter chills, the Café Concert Series is hotting up again with the Stiletto Sisters set to strut their stuff on stage on at Tyers on Sunday 3 September.

Grantville Transaction Centre Carpark Upgrade
Work has begun on upgrading the carpark at the Grantville Transaction Centre.

Mentors to provide skilled support for local youth
Baw Baw Shire Council, through it's Youth Charter, is supporting the Gippsland Mentoring Alliance Plan-It Youth volunteer mentoring program coordinated by Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN.

GP School Day Underway
Over 50 schools have already registered to take part in the 2006 GMC Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Friday 15 September.

Latrobe Regional Hospital Needs You
Are you a resident of Bass Coast Shire with an interest in the health services provided by Gippsland’s Regional Public Health Service?

Residents Urged Not To Recycle Ceramics
East Gippsland residents are being urged no to put broken ceramic cups, saucers or plates into their recycling bins.

Safer roads
Baw Baw Shire Council’s new road maintenance contract with Quality Roads came into effect on 1 July 2006 with additional specified works to improve driver safety and rural amenity.

Gippsland Water Aplies To Vary Its Bulk Water Entitlement
Gippsland Water is preparing an application to the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) for a variation to its Bulk Water Entitlement from Merriman’s Creek.

Shire Looks For Business Mentors
Experienced business people are being sought to become mentors for the 'Enterprising East Gippsland' program.

World Vision And Tanzania
Many people would be aware of the current World Vision’s campaign to get 10,000 sponsors for children in need from around the world.

Youth Have Their Say
25 Wonthaggi Secondary College students took the opportunity today to tell their school and local Council what they really think.

Newhaven Visitor Information Centre
The plans for the redevelopment of the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre at Newhaven are on display at the Centre until 1 September 2006.

Council requests Telstra to delay removal of payphones
Latrobe City has written to Telstra requesting that it delays the removal of eight payphones across the municipality until council has had an opportunity to review the reasons behind the removal of the phones.

Gippsland Users Miss Out Under New Rail Timetable
Gippsland rail users are expressing anger at the new regional rail timetable, to the extent that some are considering giving up on public transport.

Community groups encouraged to apply for council grants
Following the success of Latrobe City Council’s first community grants information forum, local community groups have been encouraged to send in their completed submissions before the program closes on Thursday 24 August.

Major Changes To Bass Coast Planning Scheme
Bass Coast Shire Council is currently exhibiting a number of proposed changes to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme.

Liberals To Introduce A Fox Bounty
A Liberal Government will act to control foxes which are killing thousands of newborn lambs and predating on native wildlife, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Liberals To Provide Broiler Farm Consistency
A Liberal Government will end the uncertainty and ambiguity of the current Broiler Farm Code, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Evergreens Sing On
The Evergreen Singers Annual Concert is being held on Sunday, 27 August 2006 at 1.30pm in the Cowes Senior Citizens Hall.

Grand Prix Safety Tips
The 2006 GMC Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is just around the corner.

Liberals To Show City Kids The Country Life
A Liberal Government will fund trips for both country and city children to learn about each others lifestyles, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Guide To Local Government
Have you ever wondered how local government works? The Department of Victorian Communities has put together a site to help people understand more about the role of local government.

Choices For Power
The Essential Services Commission (ESC), the regulator of Victoria’s essential utility services, has launched a campaign to educate Victorians about electricity and gas choices.

27 Aug 2006 (Sunday)

Housing Affordability :: (Howard S. Emanuel)
There has been plenty of talk, plenty of discussion in Australia over the past 2/3 years concerning current levels of housing affordability.....

28 Aug 2006 (Monday)

Avoiding Chemical Residues In Your Calves
Unacceptable residues from veterinary and stock chemicals are one of the biggest threats to our domestic and export meat trade.

Ingram to meet on RMIT concerns
Gippsland East Independent MP, Craig Ingram, will meet with RMIT this week to discuss the future of the university's research facility at Bullock Island near Lakes Entrance.

OpeN forum to improve planning.
Stronger partnerships have been formed between aged service providers and community groups across the shire as a result of the older persons network (OpeN) forum held earlier this month.

Barry Sheene Ride On The Way
The fourth annual Barry Sheene Memorial Ride will take place on Thursday, 14 September 2006.

Help shape our cultural future
Wellington Shire Council and Regional Arts Victoria are inviting people to participate in a facilitated public discussion about cultural development in Wellington.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Fire Fighter?
Minister for Environment John Thwaites is encouraging fit and energetic Victorians "who have what it takes" to apply for project fire fighting roles for the coming fire season.

2006 Winners of the Telstra Gippsland Business Awards
And the winners are.....

Small Town Gas Costs Could Come Down
A solution to the high cost of bottled gas for small towns may be available, and the Nationals are calling on the State Government to fund a feasibility study to assess what is possible.

Free environmental management training for farmers
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) has implemented an Environmental Management System (EMS) project designed to assist farmers assess and improve the environmental performance of their farm business.

Gippsland Burning Operations – Final Call For Community Input
Time is running out for community comment on DSE’s three-year Fire Operations Plans for the Gippsland region. Closing date for input is this Friday August 25.

Dairy Reminders For August
Dairy Reminders For August

Nationals Do Not Support Water Factory ‘Dump’
Gippsland Province and Nationals MP, PETER HALL has welcomed his party’s opposition to the proposed water factory to be built between Morwell and Traralgon.

Liberal Government To Tackle 4WD Rollovers
The Liberal Party has committed to reducing the incidences of four-wheel-drive rollovers with funding for driver training and education.

Walking in Warragul and Drouin
Walking forums continue across the shire to discuss the findings of the Baw Baw Shire walkability audit conducted earlier this year.

Leisure Centre Tired Of Graffiti
Over the last four months, the Phillip Island Leisure Centre has been subject to three specific episodes of graffiti.

Liberals To Revitalise Country Tourism
A Liberal Government will revitalise country tourism, marketing country Victoria’s best attractions to a wider field of would-be visitors, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Latrobe City manager recognised with leadership award
Latrobe City’s city services general manager Peggy Stevenson, at a presentation held in Melbourne, accepted the inaugural SACs award for Leadership in Local Government and a $10 000 prize cheque for Latrobe City Council.

Ray Thomas shares Gunnai Ukan (Mother) Stories at the Latrobe Regional Gallery
A series of poignant works is currently on display at Latrobe Regional Gallery by Melbourne based artist Ray Thomas.

Children To Be Disadvantaged By Greens Policy
Children will be banned from observing and learning about animals at fairs, shows and other special events, under a policy developed by The Greens.

Liberals To Boost Natural Disaster Assistance
A Liberal Government will establish a Natural Disaster Assistance Unit to better assist victims of bushfires and other disasters, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Sports Foundation To Make First Awards
Eight young East Gippsland sports people are about to receive a total of $10,000 worth of financial and practical assistance.

Council provides more parking.
Baw Baw Shire Council has finished construction of the Mason Street car park providing up to an additional 100 all day parking spots close to the Warragul CBD.

Traralgon set for basketball showdown
In what is set to be a highlight on many social and sporting calendars this year, the pre-season NBL game between the defending champions the Melbourne Tigers, and the Cairns Taipans is shaping up to be a winner, with tickets selling fast.

Shire To Get Tough On Bridge Overloading
East Gippsland Shire is to get tough with truck drivers exceeding the posted load limits on bridges following a number of recent reports.

Finance workshop for business minded women
A workshop designed to assist women starting and operating a small business will be conducted by Latrobe City Council on Thursday 31 August at the civic precinct in Kay Street Traralgon.

A Great Future For Tourism
‘You’ll fall in love with East Gippsland; naturally!’

Liberals To Return Farmer Confidence On Rural Crime
A Liberal Government would tackle the growing problem of livestock theft, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Greens Want To Fence Us In
Victoria would be over-run by feral animals if The Greens had their way, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

October Pro Tour announced for Traralgon Tennis Centre
A world class tennis event featuring some of the world’s most adept players will be staged in early October at the Traralgon Tennis Centre.

Bass Coast Greenhouse Emissions To Reduce
Are you concerned by global warming? Do you think there are energy consumption issues that need to be addressed in the Bass Coast Shire?

New Photo Exhibition Fires Up Tyers Art Festival
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and CFA are sponsoring a new exhibition and competition at this year’s Tyers Art Festival on November 10.

Duck Hunters Penalised For Early Shooting
Two men have been convicted and fined $800 each for starting to shoot before the designated time on the opening morning of the 2006 Duck Season.

29 Aug 2006 (Tuesday)

Greens Policy To Result In Animal Dumping
Domestic animals will be cruelly disposed of under policy released by The Greens, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Labor’S Own Begins Country Revolt
The Bracks Labor Government has abandoned country Victoria, according to a former Labor Member of Parliament.

Thwaites Blames Farmers For Wild Dog Problem
Environment Minister John Thwaites has blamed farmers for wild dogs plaguing north-east Victoria.

Wild Dog Local Area Control Plans
The Gippsland Wild Dog Management Group is inviting the community to continue its participation in the development of Wild Dog Local Area Control Plans.

Advice Available On Dairy Effluent Management Systems
Ever improving research, technology and environmental standards have raised the bar in the management of dairy effluent.

30 Aug 2006 (Wednesday)

No Minister, No Bass Coast Backflip On Renewable Energy
Bass Coast Shire Council has slammed Minister Theo Theophanous’ comments regarding the Council’s stance on renewable energy.

31 Aug 2006 (Thursday)

Small business workshop looks at financial controls
A workshop designed to assist small business operators with an understanding of financial controls will be conducted by Latrobe City Council on Thursday 7 September at the Latrobe City offices in Kay Street Traralgon.

No Benefit To Labor’S Country Land Industrialisation
The Bracks Government’s Victorian Renewable Energy policy will make the most profound change to Victoria’s landscape in almost 200 years.

Latrobe set to deliver centralised animal services
Latrobe City is centralising its animal facilities with the aim of providing a streamlined service including returning registered animals to their owners.

Boost for local exporters and potential exporters
Latrobe City and Regional Development Victoria (RDV) are joining forces to support the growth of local small and medium-sized businesses, by hosting a subsidised Business Development: Export Marketing program in September.

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