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3 Aug 2009 (Monday)

Housing Survey Begins
Bass Coast Shire Council has commenced a housing survey to try and minimise some of the housing impacts associated with the desalination plant.

$26 Million In Highlights
Bass Coast Shire Council adopted the 2009/10 Budget at its meeting held on Wednesday, 22 July.

Anglers Left High & Dry
Recreational anglers who purchased their fishing licence online may now find themselves up the creek or all at sea without a licence.

Events Planning Looks For Community Input
Community members are being invited to be part of the new Bass Coast Events Planning Committee.

AG News: 22/07/2009
Take The Stress Out Of Animal Handling; Farming Diary And Milk Price Discussion Forum

Residential Land Soon To Be Released
Over 11 hectares of new residential land in Wonthaggi should soon be approved by the Minister for Planning.

Come On The Scene Exhibition
A new exhibition on show at the Latrobe Regional Gallery Come on the Scene, a Next Wave and NETS Victoria touring exhibition

Transport Minister Fails To Guarantee Valley Rail
An 850 strong petition has been tabled in Parliament today calling on the Brumby government to retain rail services from the Latrobe Valley to Southern Cross Station.

Planning To Protect Our Coast
A planning scheme amendment that aims to keep development within town boundaries and to protect the coastal areas between towns is currently on exhibition for public comment.

Community Grants Program Open
Community groups looking for assistance with their projects, events and facilities are invited to apply for a Bass Coast Shire Council Grant.

Lowanna Students Art On Display At Performing Arts Centre
A selection of portrait works from Lowanna Secondary College, Newborough is on display until the end of July as part of the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre Foyer Exhibition program.

Children’S Hub Fully Supported
Bass Coast Shire Council has declared full support for the Cowes Children’s Hub project.

7 Aug 2009 (Friday)

Northe: Make Rebates Available To Fire-Affected
Morwell MP Russell Northe has called on the Brumby government to extend the Solar Hot Water and Water Smart Gardens & Homes rebate programs to people rebuilding after the Boolarra and Black Saturday fires.

Positive Step Forward For Education Hub: Ingram
Redevelopment of the Bairnsdale Secondary College and the creation of a regional education hub in Bairnsdale have taken a giant leap forward

AG News- Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Includes: Monitoring Productivity And Profitability Changes; Agfutures Heads To Snowy River Country; Climate Change Forum;

Eight New Citizens For Bass Coast
Eight new citizens were welcomed to Bass Coast at a ceremony in the Cowes Cultural Centre on Thursday, 30 July 2009.

Three Abalone Poachers Netted At Fish Creek
Two men and a woman from South Gippsland have pleaded guilty in the Korumburra Magistrates’ Court to trafficking and possessing a commercial quantity of abalone.

Bass Coast Fire Prevention Reviewed
Bass Coast Shire Council has developed a new Strategy examining types of fires and their causes.

Kongwak Road Partial Upgrade
A road upgrade means that school buses and motorists will now have a safer trip along the narrow and windy Kongwak Road.

Desal Enters New Phase
The Victorian Government announced today that AquaSure has been awarded the tender for Victoria’s desalination project near Wonthaggi.

12 Aug 2009 (Wednesday)

A Taste Of Manufacturing In Latrobe
Latrobe City Council, along with GippsTAFE recently collaborated to develop a project to encourage students and young people to learn more about the manufacturing industry.

Transport Minister Snubs Valley
Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky has turned her back on the Latrobe Valley, ignoring a request for an urgent meeting with the Traralgon CBD Safety Committee to save the local NightRider program.

Free Screening Of The Black Balloon
As part of the Australian Film Festival, Latrobe City Council, in conjunction with Big Screen and the National Film and Sound Archive, will be holding a free screening of the film The Black Balloon (Rated M).

Woodside Beach Fisher Fined And His Fishing Gear Seized
A Woodside man has been fined and forced to forfeit his boat and fishing gear after he pleaded guilty in Sale Magistrate’s Court to using commercial fishing equipment without authorisation and obstructing a Fisheries Officer.

Brumby Govt Failing Gippsland’S Most Vulnerable Children
The Nationals’ Member for Morwell Russell Northe has called on the Brumby Government to urgently support vulnerable children and child protection workers across Gippsland,

Bushranger To Attend Cricket Launch In Traralgon
Latrobe City Council, in association with Cricket Victoria and the Traralgon and District Cricket Association are proud to announce that they will be hosting this seasons under 18 Commonwealth Bank Cup.

New Community Safety Committee
Victoria Police will auspice a new community safety committee in Bass Coast.

Community To Be Engaged In The Development Of Vision
Dreaming of what life will be like in the future is set to become the theme of community engagement activities about to be facilitated by Latrobe City Council.

AG News: 06/08/09
Includes: No Short Cuts For Good Silage; Farming Diary; And Climate Change Forum

Nest Boxes To Bring Back Wildlife
Bushfire affected areas may soon see the return of some much beloved native animals thanks to the success of a nest box installation program.

Nightrider Delegation Meets In Parliament
Less than 24 hours after Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky spruiked the success of metropolitan NightRider services in Question Time

Reducing Weed Risk After Gippsland Fires
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is alerting landowners affected by the recent bushfires in Gippsland to the increased risks of weed invasion and the impact on farms and the environment during the recovery period after wildfire.

Aerobic Spoilage Inhibitors In Silage
As a mechanism for ensuring satisfactory fermentation, Australian farmers and many professional contractors in recent years have regularly used additives as part of the silage making process

National Tree Day A Big Success At Eel Hole Creek
Residents, local businesses and the wider community dug deep on Sunday 2 August to ensure that National Tree Day was a huge success at the community tree planting event at Eel Hole Creek Reserve in Churchill.

Cuttriss Street Consultation Underway
A draft master plan for the development of an activity area at the end of Cuttriss Street, Inverloch will be placed on public exhibition from 12 August 2009.

20 Aug 2009 (Thursday)

San Remo Is The Star Of The Show
San Remo has a starring role in a new reality TV cooking show! An episode of The Great Aussie Cook Off is being filmed on the San Remo foreshore on Saturday, 5 September.

Latrobe Residents Hit Hard By Fire Services Levy Hike
The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe has backed calls for the Brumby Government to stop punishing country Victorians with yet another increase in the Fire Services Levy (FSL).

Mayoral Ball Grant Announced
The Bass Coast Community Foundation this week announced the Wonthaggi Community Harvest Centre project through Mitchell House was the recipient of the first ever Mayoral Charity Ball Grant.

East Gippsland towns’ fire risk finally acknowledged: Ingram
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has welcomed acknowledgment by the State Government that a number of towns in East Gippsland are at significant fire threat this summer.

Kokoda Air Tragedy
The Morwell electorate is again in mourning as we learn of the passing of three of our own.

Communities Talk Buses
Three Bass Coast communities are joining forces to establish a sub-committee to investigate their public transport needs.

Council Invites Residents To Play With Park Design
What makes a good park, what draws members of the community to a park and how would a mix of active and passive spaces work?

Second Planning Workshop For Smith’S Beach And Surrounds
The second community planning workshop for Smiths Beach, Sunderland Bay, Surf Beach and Sunset Strip will take place at the Cowes Cultural Centre on Saturday, 29 August 2009.

21 Aug 2009 (Friday)

Uniform Grants Now Available
Grants of up to $1000 are now available to sporting clubs across the Latrobe Valley for the purchase of uniforms, the Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe said today.

No Charge Hard Waste Drop Off Weekend
Latrobe City Council’s transfer stations in Moe, Morwell, Traralgon and Yinnar will be open with extended hours on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September to enable residents to dispose of their hard waste at no charge.

Bushfire Royal Commission Report Just The First Step: Ingram
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has described the interim Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission report as a positive first step in the process of addressing the ongoing fire threat.

Housing Survey Complete
Bass Coast Shire Council has completed a housing survey aimed at minimising some of the impacts associated with the desalination plant.

AG News: 20/08/2009
Includes: Testing And Feed Out Times For Silage And Farming Diary

Public Exhibition Of Small Town Structure Plans
Public exhibition will be held to allow members of the Latrobe Valley community the chance to consider Amendment C24 to the Latrobe Valley Planning Scheme.

Morwell Mobile Muster
Old mobile phone handsets, chargers and accessories are now easier to recycle in the Latrobe Valley.

San Remo Gets Cooking
Local residents can be part of a new reality TV show when the Great Aussie Cook Off comes to San Remo on Saturday, 5 September.

Council To Study Waterloo Road Level Crossing
Latrobe City Council and VicRoads have initiated a joint partnership to look at opportunities to enhance vehicle movement and safety around the Waterloo Road/Lloyd Street level crossing in Moe.

Ingram Calls For Intervention In RMIT Nursing Study Changes
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the State Government to intervene following a decision by RMIT University to cease nursing studies at the Sale campus of East Gippsland Institute of TAFE.

Interim Report Highlights Need For Govt Action, Not Spin
The onus is on the Brumby Government to act upon the 51 recommendations outlined in the Bushfires Royal Commission Interim Report, the Nationals’ Member for Morwell Russell Northe said today.

26 Aug 2009 (Wednesday)

Your Licence Fees At Work For The Snowy River
Revenue received from the sale of Victorian recreational fishing licences is providing valuable fish habitat

Free Information Session To ‘Grow Your Business’
Are you a small to medium enterprise looking for ways to further grow and develop your business?

Ingram Welcomes Funding For Surf Life Saving Lakes Entrance
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, along with representatives of Surf Life Saving Lakes Entrance and the East Gippsland Shire Council, has welcomed an announcement today

Art Show Presentations
Bass Coast Shire Council’s public art collection now boasts two new additions.

‘Welcome Strangers’ Come To Town
Latrobe City Council presents the third show in the Café Culture series 2009, the Welcome Strangers.

Northe Takes The Reins At Churchill North Ps
Whilst the thought might strike fear in the hearts of his former teachers, Morwell MLA Russell Northe proudly took part in the ACER Principal for a Day program today at Churchill North PS.

Abalone Offences Land Melbourne Man A Heavy Fine
A 46-year old Glen Waverley man, has been fined $2000, with a conviction, after pleading guilty to illegally taking abalone at Kilcunda, Victoria, in March this year.

After 40 Years, Club Rooms For All Golfers At Olinda Golf Course
The Olinda Golf Course in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges can now offer free club room facilities to visiting golf clubs and groups now that the golf course has taken on management of the club rooms.

Detox Your Home This Saturday
Latrobe City residents will have the opportunity to dispose of hazardous materials lurking in cupboards and in the garden shed at no charge this Saturday 29 August

Dialogue With Aquasure Begins
Bass Coast Shire Council has kicked off its working relationship with AquaSure, the preferred tenderer for the desalination plant, with a series of meetings.

Menopause The Musical - A Great Night Out
Fancy a girls night out?

Community Group Sizzles
The Inverloch Community Planning Group is inviting you to its next meeting.

‘Breathe’ Exhibition To Open In The Valley
Thousands of Australians die each year from diseases caused by inhaling asbestos.

Pylon Tree To Be Installed At The Gallery
The Pylon Tree sculpture created using recycled power pylon and other materials recycled from the electricity grid will be installed at the Latrobe Regional Gallery from 26 to 28 August 2009.

29 Aug 2009 (Saturday)

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter for Area LTB1 Bridle Estate September 2009 (NHW142)
Burglary Prevention, Theft From Cars, Home Security, Police Crime Report.

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