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1 Aug 2017 (Tuesday)

Traralgon bypass business case must include community engagement
Latrobe City Council is calling on State Roads and Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan to ensure that a broad community engagement process is included as part of the work to develop the Traralgon bypass business case.

2 Aug 2017 (Wednesday)

Get creative!
This year's National Water Week providing all primary school students with a great opportunity to get their imaginations flowing.

Zero tolerance approach to fuel theft
Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath has welcomed today’s announcement by the Liberal National Coalition that fuel drive-offs would be treated as a criminal matter under a Guy Government from 1 July 2019.

The Renewable Energy Party is being reorganised – with a Gippsland Interest
The Renewable Energy Party became leaderless after the poor showing of its 18 candidates.

Local Womens Football Supporting Donate Life Week
Undefeated local AFLW team the Bass Coast Breakers are preparing for their round 12 match against Hastings like any other, but supporters may notice a big difference on field this weekend come game time.

4 Aug 2017 (Friday)

Celebrate Carole King’s Tapestry with Vika Bull and Debra Byrne
The seminal work of singer-songwriter Carole King will be celebrated at Kernot Hall, Morwell on Saturday 19 August at 8pm, when Australian icons Vika Bull and Debra Byrne pay homage to the 1971 classic Tapestry.

Council Meeting Round-Up: 31 July 2017
Some of the decisions made by Council at their Ordinary Meeting on Monday 31 July.

Labor’s Yallourn North Primary School funding backflip well overdue
A $1.5 million commitment for major works at Yallourn North Primary School is long overdue, Member for Eastern Victoria and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Country Schools Melina Bath has said.

Warm up your winter with a Midsummer Night’s Dream at LPAC
Melbourne City Ballet is bringing its newest season, a magical, neoclassical ballet interpretation of the William Shakespeare classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre in Traralgon on Saturday 12 August at 3pm.

8 Aug 2017 (Tuesday)

Gippsland holds a position of power
Gippsland is well poised to take advantage of opportunities in the emerging economy, according Ross Garnaut, speaking at the Agribusiness Gippsland Annual Conference.

Clean up chemicals and detox your home
Bass Coast Shire residents are being urged to ‘Detox your Home’ – a safe, free and easy-to- use service to dispose of common, highly toxic household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.

Letter to the Editor (Fix country roads, Save country lives)
Rural road networks are crumbling and urgently need an immediate funding injection to improve safety

Fuel Gippsland's economic engine with food and fibre
Gippsland’s annual productivity growth target should move from less than 1% (or $70m) to 3% (or $210m) growth by 2022 said Paul Ford, speaking at Agribusiness Gippsland’s annual conference.

Bass Coast families embrace organics bin
As Bass Coast residents prepare for the introduction of the three-bin system in early September, households already implementing the organics bin have shared their experiences.

Super funds see opportunity in agriculture
Industry super funds see opportunity in Australian agriculture according to the discussion paper Driving Super Fund Investment in Agriculture produced by Industry Super Australia.

Dairy code of practice seeks fair deal for all
The Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC) has launched the first Dairy Industry Code of Practice for standard contractual arrangements

Regional Assemblies firm-up community priorities
To help Gippsland communities realise identified priorities, the Victorian budget provided funding for job-creating projects.

9 Aug 2017 (Wednesday)

Community coming to Saltwater Creek
Community coming to Saltwater Creek Saltwater Creek in Ventnor is an important part of Phillip Island’s landscape, and it needs your help.

11 Aug 2017 (Friday)

Tierney hides training report, now eight months overdue
The Andrews Labor Government is burying key data showing the extent of its cuts to Victoria’s struggling training system.

14 Aug 2017 (Monday)

Elite sports to bounce into Latrobe City
Latrobe City Council has welcomed today’s State Government announcement of major sporting events to visit our region.

Make your voice heard in regional fuel Inquiry
Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath has urged families and businesses to make their voices heard in a parliamentary inquiry into regional fuel prices.

15 Aug 2017 (Tuesday)

Victoria’s drug crisis worsens
Victoria’s drug crisis is getting worse under Daniel Andrews, not better.

Glengarry Pavilion to be officially opened
A new, modern pavilion to service the needs of the Glengarry sporting community will be officially opened on Monday 14 August at 11am.

16 Aug 2017 (Wednesday)

Regional councils struggling to meet roads costs
Country Victorians are wearing the costs of the Andrews Labor Government’s cuts to country roads funding.

Petition launched for special school funding
Nationals’ MPs Melina Bath and Tim Bull have helped launch a petition calling on the State government to allocate funding in the 2018/19 budget for long overdue upgrades to the Latrobe Special Developmental School.

18 Aug 2017 (Friday)

New-look LRG to be officially opened
The newly-renovated Latrobe Regional Gallery is to be officially opened on Thursday 17 August, heralding its arrival as the go-to regional arts venue in the state.

World-first exhibition in Morwell provides stunning insight into Magritte
René Magritte: The Revealing Image, Photos and Films is a world-first exhibition which provides stunning insight into the life, work and thinking of René Magritte, one of the world’s most important 20 th Century artists.

22 Aug 2017 (Tuesday)

East Gippsland Water looks to freeze bills for the next five years
East Gippsland Water is going back out to customers with proposals to maintain current levels of service for the next five years (2018-23) and ensure no increase to the average customer bill, except for inflation.

Fast Facts: V/Line failing regional Victoria
A Victorian Auditor-General’s report on V/Line Passenger Services has found there are severe deficiencies in the regional V/Line networks’ operational performance, particularly in the two years since July 2015.

25 Aug 2017 (Friday)

Small business festival underway in Latrobe City
This month Latrobe City is celebrating the importance of small business and Council is underpinning its commitment to the sector by providing a targeted program of development and networking opportunities.

Daniel Andrews’ 11 new taxes, skyrocketing energy bills are the problem; his website isn’t the solution
The greatest threat to Victorian families keeping a roof over their head is Daniel Andrews’ eleven new taxes and reckless policies that are pushing up the cost of living.

Senior students to be protected against meningococcal
High school students in Bass Coast are doing their bit for the community by getting the free meningococcal vaccine.

Forum for running successful events
If you run an event in Bass Coast, or plan to in the near future, now is the time to get up-to-date information and guidance on event planning.

Daniel Andrews failing to fix Victoria’s training crisis
Victorian students are continuing to lose faith in our state’s training sector, as enrolments under the Andrews Labor Government continue to plummet.

Bath backs record funding for palliative care
Gippsland residents will have access to world-class palliative care under a Liberal-Nationals government, Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath has said.

Country hospitals hit by rising power bills
The Andrews Labor Government has refused to commit to providing more funding to country hospitals facing skyrocketing power bills.

Council Meeting Round-Up: 21 August 2017
These are some of the decisions made by Council at their Ordinary Meeting on Monday 21 August.

Victoria needs a plan for population boom
Clear plan not only to deal with the challenges, but also to make the most of the opportunities such growth brings.

31 Aug 2017 (Thursday)

Youth unemployment highest in Gippsland
The youth unemployment rate in Gippsland is now the highest of anywhere in regional Victoria, Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath says.

Bath defends parental choice
Labor and the Greens have voted to defeat a motion introduced by Liberal and Nationals MPs aimed at blocking the Andrews Labor Government's contentious changes to homeschooling.

Gippsland Climate News & Views August
Be aware of what's happening to our environment in Gippsland. Listed here are Peter Gardner's climate news and views at Gippsland for the month of August. Read on for his articles.

Statement on Russell Northe’s resignation
The Member for Morwell Russell Northe has announced today that he has resigned from the Parliamentary National Party and his membership of The Nationals.

Statement – Russell Northe
Russel Northe's statement on his resignation

New waste coupons being sent with rates notices
Latrobe City Council is making changes to its waste service to make it easier for ratepayers to dispose of their waste materials.

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