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August 2016 - Archived News

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1 Aug 2016 (Monday)

Small Business Festival events in Latrobe City
Learn more upcoming events in Latrobe City below.

2 Aug 2016 (Tuesday)

Community safety concerns in Latrobe
Many Victorians are alarmed with the increasing youth crime rate in Latrobe. Read the reaction of the Member for Morwell Russell Northe about this issue.

3 Aug 2016 (Wednesday)

Economic forum explores Valley’s future
Learn more about the state government's $40M Transition Fund plans. Be informed. Read on.

What's On In Wellington This August!
Check out Wellington's events this August 2016.

TAFE enrolments tumble as board members remain anonymous
TAFEs need strong leadership but the names of new board members still remain anonymous whilst enrolment continue to tumble.

FAST FACTS: Crime up, training down under Labor
Crime rates increased in 2015-16, with recorded offences up by 12.4 per cent. It was a 31.1 per cent increase on 2011-2012 figures. Read more about this.

Latrobe Regional Gallery Newsletter for the month of August
Latrobe Regional Gallery (LRG) is back with their PROGRAMS & EVENTS this August 2016.

Government response on Traralgon-Morwell shared pathway
Response to the much anticipated Traralgon-Morwell shared pathway project has been received from the Minister of Roads and Road Safety. Read what more about this.

Letter to the Editor
Read Peter Walsh's full Letter to the Editor for celebrating 100 years of The Nationals.

4 Aug 2016 (Thursday)

Last Night's Council Meeting Round-Up: 1 August 2016
See the snapshot of some of the decisions made by Council at their Ordinary Meeting on Monday 1 August 2016.

New Whale Trail for Bass Coast
Bass Coast Shire Council will create the Bass Coast Whale Trail between Phillip Island and Inverloch thanks to funding from the Federal Government.

Peter Gardner's Gippsland Climate News & Views for July
Peter Gardner regularly publishes blog about climate change in Gippsland. See links to his recent blogs.

FAST FACTS: Labor raids funding from gambling treatment services
The Minister claims Labor is investing $150 million over the next four years but the Budget Papers confirm the amount is actually $148 million. See the whole picture.

Sugar consumption averted through healthier options at Latrobe Leisure centres
Visitors to Latrobe Leisure centres have avoided consuming almost 100 kilograms of sugar over a three-month period following a decision to introduce more healthy choices to the on-site cafés and kiosks.

CFA dispute far from fixed
Daniel Andrews claims he has ‘fixed’ the CFA dispute, but in reality all he has done is create uncertainty and tension within Victoria’s fire services in the lead-up to fire season.

5 Aug 2016 (Friday)

International Cheese Awards, UK: Maffra Cloth Aged Cheddar judged Australia’s Best Cheese … fourth consecutive year.
We would like to announce that Maffra Cheese has again won Best Australian Cheese at the Nantwich International Cheese competition for the fourth consecutive year.

8 Aug 2016 (Monday)

Gippsland rejects Citizen Jury’s uninformed support for curtailing trains at Pakenham
Gippsland has rejected the uninformed support to the proposal that Gippsland trains should no longer travel into Melbourne. Read the full article...

Infrastructure Victoria’s Citizen Jury Wants Gippsland V/Lines Terminated at Pakenham
Read the full statement from the Gippsland Coalition Members about the Gippsland V/Lines issue.

Committee hears proposed CFA enterprise agreement is a ‘recipe for disaster’
Melina Bath's statement on the issue that Daniel Andrews disregarded volunteers’ concerns with a proposed CFA EBA. Read the full article...

9 Aug 2016 (Tuesday)

Local students still left in the lurch
Russell Northe's statement concerning the local students who have been left in the lurch. Read the full article below...

Upgrades earmarked for Wy Yung water storage facility
A proposed upgrade program for Wy Yung water storage facility is being prepared to serve some 24,000 people from the Bairnsdale area through to Nowa Nowa. Learn more information about this news...

Latest on water main upgrade for Calvert Street, Bairnsdale
Read the latest news on water main upgrade for Calvert Street, Bairnsdale...

11 Aug 2016 (Thursday)

Statement: Delays on the Gippsland line
Why is there a delay on the Gippsland line, especially for commuters of Traralgon VLine?

86% of Victorians concerned about onshore gas - majority support a ban
An amazing 86% of Victorian are concerned about onshore gas and is supporting a ban. This is a big thing. Learn more.

Labor shuns regional agriculture innovation
Our regional world-class agriculture research facilities have been neglected under the Andrews Labor Government. Learn why this is so. Read the full article.

What makes us buy and buy in with Dan Gregory
Be informed about human behavior and how this knowledge can help your business to be successful. Read this news to learn more information.

12 Aug 2016 (Friday)

Discover The Floating World at the Latrobe Regional Gallery
The Floating World brings together a selection of Asian ceramics, scrolls and ukiyo-e prints from the Allan Aldous Collection, donated to Latrobe Regional Gallery in 2000.

Letter to the Editor: Safety of Our State's Country Level Crossings
Read Peter Walsh MP's letter to the editor regarding the safety of our state’s country level crossings.

Exhibition designed to ponder our existence
Jennifer Hawkins’ first solo exhibition, "We are made of star stuff", explores the cycle of evolution and extinction. Learn more about it.

Path on track for completion
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Phillip Island shared path project is now a step closer to connecting the existing pathway network from Cowes to Wonthaggi. Read full details.

Observational cinema exhibit set to intrigue
Discreet Montage seeks to highlight the innovative and experimental visions of Barry Brown and Irene Proebsting, two artists from the Gippsland region, that have had diverse artistic practices both collaboratively and individually.

19 Aug 2016 (Friday)

Parliament turns into play pen as Andrews spits the dummy on new Nationals member
Due to the "monumental dummy spit" of Daniel Andrews, Labor blocked Mr O'Sullivan's entry into Parliament. Read the full article.

Gippsland V/Line Concerns Ignored by Minister
Gippsland Members of Parliament have criticised Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan for failing to answer serious questions regarding the Gippsland Line and the reporting of V/Line statistics for commuters. See the Minister's answer.

Bath supports ‘No body, no parole’ as Labor turns it back on victims of crime
Melina Bath shows her support for the Coalition's 'No body, no parole' bill which aims to give appropriate justice to the victims and their family. Read her stand.

National Op-Shop Week 21-27 August 2016
See the event details for the upcoming National Op-Shop Week.

22 Aug 2016 (Monday)

Minister’s botched attempt to ‘rescue’ TAFE
Read more about the latest botched attempt to introduce new legislation by Labor.

Nominate now for Latrobe City’s Australia Day awards
The Latrobe City Council is calling for the community to nominate citizens, events and services for its 2017 Australia Day Awards. Who will you nominate?

Gippsland tour to conquer Bass Coast
The Australian Paper Tour of Gippsland has returned to the National Road Series this 2016. Read details of this event.

Overdue library item? Don’t worry, donate.
A Charity event called Cans for Fines will run in Latrobe city. This is a good news for overdue library books. Learn why...

23 Aug 2016 (Tuesday)

Funds available for those affected by gambling
The Latrobe City Trust is inviting applications for funding from individuals and organisations providing support services to individuals and families affected by problem gambling.

26 Aug 2016 (Friday)

Your Art Collection exhibits award winning artists
An exhibition called Your Art Collection (YAC) will be held at Corinella and District Community Centre and will also feature artworks from three award-winning artists. Read more about this news...

Free WiFi a winner
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Free Public WiFi project won at the 2016 MAV Technology Awards for Excellence and was named Collaboration of the Year. Read the full article below...

Our inaugural agribusiness scholarship awarded
Know more about Breanna Downes-Smith who received the Margaret Norwood agribusiness ambassador scholarship. Read the full article

Funding for Phillip Island Community
Applications for the Phillip Island Community Benefit Fund (PICBF) will be open. Eligible not-for profit groups based on Phillip Island are encouraged to apply for funds, Read more information here...

Standing-room only conference delivers big-time
Learn what happened at the biggest-ever Agribusiness Gippsland annual conference held late last month. Know the speakers. See the full presentation. Read the article.

Big year for Business Awards
Bass Coast has posted their achievement in Business. Read their success and the awards achieved for this year...

From the chair's desk ...
Read Paul Ford's announcement regarding the soon leave of executive officer, Sue Webster, at Agribusiness Gippsland.

Council responding to recent erosion
Learn more information about the Bass Coast Shire Council's response to the recent erosion in some beaches across the Shire caused by extremely high tides, combined with strong winds and large swells.

27 Aug 2016 (Saturday)

Powering up with sewage and food waste
East Gippsland Water's Bairnsdale Wastewater Treatment Plant is now well on the way to generating most of its power needs from little more than sewage sludge and local food waste. Read the full article.

Laugh out loud with hapless Simon at Tyers Hall
Internationally renowned playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer’s hilarious screwball comedy Simon’s Final Sound is coming to the Tyers Hall on Tuesday 6 September at 7.30pm.

Last Night's Council Meeting Round-Up: 22 August 2016
See the snapshot of some of the decisions made by Council at their Ordinary Meeting on Monday 22 August 2016.

Stars + Stripes showcases American artists
In 1967 the Museum of Modern Art New York, toured Two Decades of American Painting to Australia. That ground breaking exhibition introduced Australian audiences to the work of a new generation of American artists.

Latrobe Performing Arts presents stories of loss and war
For most of us war is a distant reality, something we watch through the eyes of news reporters or read about in history books.

Sounds of Country invites you to listen as well as look
Sounds of Country includes works by indigenous artists from Gippsland like Uncle Dennis Seymour, Aunty Gloria Whalan, Aunty Eileen Harrison, Irene Ridgeway, Lisa Kennedy, Patrice Muthaymiles Mahoney, Mick Harding and Ronald Edwards.

28 Aug 2016 (Sunday)

Daniel Andrews’ dummy-spit denies regional Victorians their right to democracy
Read the comments on Daniel Andrews' petulant dummy-spit and the denial to the people of Northern Victoria in their right to democracy.

Bath welcomes Federal safeguards for CFA
Melina Bath welcomed the Federal Coalition Government’s plan to introduce legislation to protect the CFA against Labor’s destructive enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA). Read the full article.

2017 Gippsland irrigation expo planning starts
The preparation for the 2017 Gippsland irrigation expo has started. Keep posts of the plans and ideas of the organisers.

Stallholders wanted for 2016 Latrobe City Council Federation Training Children’s Expo
Latrobe City Council is calling for stallholders for the 2016 Latrobe City Council Federation Training Children’s Expo, with early bird booking prices available until the end of September.

Call for more support for Gippsland students’ career and education planning
Melina Bath has called for support to facilitate remote outreach programs for career planning and advice to improve educational outcomes for East Gippsland students. This call follows a visit to Orbost Secondary College. Read the article...

National Tree Day a growing success
The Bass Coast’s National Tree Day 2016 event hosted by the Cape Woolamai Coast Action Group was successful. People people from all ages came together to share the joy of replanting a coastal environment. Read the full details in this article.

29 Aug 2016 (Monday)

Pop up library in Council hq during Morwell Library temporary closure
The Morwell Library will close from Saturday 3 September until Tuesday 13 September to allow for plumbing works to take place.

Works start on Surf Parade
Works on the construction of the Ayr Creek pedestrian bridge and the foreshore shared pathway along Surf Parade in Inverloch are now underway. Read the article.

Council study saves residents energy and money
How can low income households best improve their energy efficiency at home, save on energy bills and improve their comfort, health and wellbeing? Read the answer.

Nationals slam Andrews ban on Opposition officiating at CFA events
Nationals Members have slammed the Andrews Government for its ban on allowing Opposition members of parliament from officially participating in CFA events. Read the full article.

Business Case available for Arts Centre
Bass Coast Shire Council’s much anticipated draft Business Case for the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre (WUCAC) is now available. Read the full article.

Melbourne Labor Government’s Uber tax charging rural communities
Daniel Andrews is now going to implement a $2 per trip tax on country communities not serviced by ride-share company Uber. Read Russel Northe's stand on this.

31 Aug 2016 (Wednesday)

Walsh - Letter to the Editor
Read a letter to the editor from Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh on the delayed release of right to farm reforms, leaving Victorian farmers with no certainty to plan for their future.

Onshore gas moratorium
The Nationals were proud to be part of the pioneers who banned the use of BTEX chemicals to protect the land and water resources of the farmers. Read the full article.

Peter Gardner's Gippsland Climate Blog for August
Peter Gardner writes short essays on climate change, specifically its effect in Gippsland. Read a list of blogs he published throughout the month of August.

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