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1 Dec 2003 (Monday)

Prevent a tragedy – ensure your pool or spa is safe
With families gearing up to make the most of the warm summer months, Wellington Shire Council is issuing a timely reminder to those with an outdoor pool or spa to ensure that they meet safety requirements.

VCE programs for adults
GippsTAFE’s Community Access Centre at the Yallourn Campus is offering VCE programs for adults who wish to return to study in 2004.

Yarram Community Meeting – 9 December
Yarram residents are being invited to have their say on Council services and issues affecting them when Councillors and senior officers from Wellington Shire Council host their next community meeting in the area on Tuesday 9 December

2 Dec 2003 (Tuesday)

Wellington community groups set to benefit from Council grants totalling $67,000
Wellington Shire Council is contributing a total of $67,000 to support the invaluable services that not-for-profit community groups provide for residents, under its annual Community Assistance Grants Scheme.

Successful asset protection burns in Gippsland
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and the CFA have worked in partnership over the spring months to ensure that asset protection burns around the region have been conducted safely and effectively.

Fire high on the agenda for Forestry Victoria
The 2003 Victorian bushfires were the biggest experienced in the State since 1939 and Forestry Victoria staff in Gippsland know that another dry year could expose large areas of unburnt State forest to another season of high fire risk.

Council supports holiday road safety initiative
A portable speed observation sign commissioned by Wellington Shire Council will soon be stationed at various points around the Shire as part of a campaign to encourage sensible driving during this year’s holiday season.

3 Dec 2003 (Wednesday)

Looking to Loch Sport’s wastewater future
Wellington Shire Council is taking steps to help ensure the current growth of Loch Sport, built on its increasing desirability as a place to live, is not compromised by the lack of a wastewater management system.

Briagolong Says Thanks To The Great Victorian Bike Ride
The small country town of Briagolong was bursting at the seams yesterday with 3,700 bike riders and 300 volunteers taking part in the 20th Anniversary of the Great Victorian Bike Ride.

Better Feeding Of Ewes Means More Lambs
Better feeding of ewes means more and better lambs, according to Dr Andrew Thompson, Senior Scientist at DPI Hamilton.

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter December 2003, Area LTB1 Bridle Estate. (NHW79)
Home Security When on Holidays, Security While Camping,Theft From Cars, Police Crime Report.

Looking to Loch Sport’s wastewater future
Wellington Shire Council is taking steps to help ensure the current growth of Loch Sport, built on its increasing desirability as a place to live, is not comprised by the lack of a wastewater management system.

5 Dec 2003 (Friday)

Survey to assess library use within the community
The Latrobe City Library Service is participating in a significant state-wide Victorian Research Project - Libraries Building Communities

Volunteers thanked for a great year’s work
Latrobe City volunteers were thanked for their efforts at an end of year party held at Kernot Hall, Morwell last week.

Bush rubbish dumpers targeted with $4000 fines
Latrobe City’s Local Laws officers, the Environment Protection Authority and plantations representatives are targeting bush rubbish dumpers in a bid to reduce the amount of rubbish illegally dumped in Latrobe City’s environment.

Damaged historic tree to be removed
An historic Manna Gum (Eucalyptus viminalis), in the Martin Walker Reserve, Yinnar South, which split during wind storms due to structural failure last month will be removed for public safety reasons.

8 Dec 2003 (Monday)

Change of Preference week key time for VCE students
Local VCE students face one of the key times of the year this month (December), when Change of Preference week occurs.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, December 8, 2003
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9 Dec 2003 (Tuesday)

2003 Community Christmas Carol Services & Christmas Light displays in Latrobe
Christmas Carol Services & Christmas Light Displays throughout Latrobe

Green Paper a significant step in sustainable water use: Ingram
In his recent submission to the State Government’s "Green Paper", the Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, said the document was a significant step in addressing many areas of concern in water management and sustainable water use.

10 Dec 2003 (Wednesday)

Fodder For The Future
The need for fodder reserves has been highlighted by the recent drought in many parts of Australia.

Bridge rehabilitation underway on Mackeys Road
Two sections of Mackeys Road in Hazelwood South are a step closer to being reunited following the laying of the structural steel support beams last Friday for the rehabilitated bridge across Bennetts Creek.

Bike Ride food hygiene praised by Council
Latrobe City Council has praised Glengarry businesses & local community groups for maintaining extremely high standards of food hygiene during the Great Victorian Bike Ride that saw 4000 visitors converge on the township for an overnight stop

Hair and Beauty Competitions at GippsTAFE
GippsTAFE’s Hair, Beauty and Design Department recently held their annual Hairdressing competitions.

Amooguna children parade helmets with traditional art
Six Aboriginal children from the Amooguna Community, who live in and around Alice Springs, highlighted examples of their own artistic culture as they rode through Latrobe City as part last week’s Great Victorian Bike Ride,

11 Dec 2003 (Thursday)

Announcing Director of Community & Economic Development
Wellington Shire Council has appointed Steven Dickson as its new Director of Community & Economic Development.

Safety award welcomed
The Latrobe Valley Neighbourhood Renewal Program was awarded a Certificate of Merit and $3000 prize in the 2003 Australian National Crime and Violence Awards presented at Queens Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne on Wednesday

Engineering Learning Pathways introduced at the GEP
GippsTAFE have redesigned the Diploma of Engineering to provide a pathway and articulation into the new Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering offered by Monash University, Gippsland Campus

Minister to declare centre open
Innovation will take a lead role at the Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre on 18 December, when the Hon John Brumby MP, Treasurer of Victoria and Minister for State & Regional Development, officially opens the venue

12 Dec 2003 (Friday)

World’s Longest Lunch
Wellington Shire Council is inviting local producers and restaurant and café owners to come on board and participate in next year’s World’s Longest Lunch which is part of the 2004 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

Care for all creatures, great and small, at Christmas time
Latrobe City Council is urging pet owners to remember the needs and safety of their pets during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas and New Year period.

Ingram calls on Federal Minister to address road funding issues
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on Federal Transport Minister, John Anderson, to address the need for an increased share of resources to be spent on rural roads.

15 Dec 2003 (Monday)

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, December 15, 2003
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Parks’ snub costs regional tourism promotion
Independent Member for Gippsland East has severely criticised Parks Victoria for its lack of commitment to promoting tourism in the region.

Minister to declare centre open
Innovation will take a lead role at the Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre on 18 December, when the Hon John Brumby MP, Treasurer of Victoria and Minister for State & Regional Development, officially opens the venue.

16 Dec 2003 (Tuesday)

Council appoints new Director of Corporate Services
Wellington Shire Council has just appointed Jim Wilson as its new Director of Corporate Services.

GippsTAFE Manager Appointed to Victorian TAFE Association
GippsTAFE Manager Education and Learning, Nita Schultz has recently been appointed to the Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) on a secondment basis for 12 months. The Victorian TAFE Association is a peak body representing TAFE institutes across Victoria

17 Dec 2003 (Wednesday)

Council - phone company has no local endorsement
Latrobe City Council has issued a statement declaring it is not involved in any shareholding, sponsorship agreement or business arrangement with telecommunications provider, ‘Southern Phone Company’.

Think Ahead Before Filling The Stocking
It’s the time of year where when we think about trees, the good old Christmas tree is at the top of the list for a lot of people.

Green shopping encouraged with free reusable bags
Two-hundred grocery shoppers at Coles Stockland Plaza were presented with free reusable shopping bags last Friday, to encourage them to experience the benefits of using reusable shopping bags and reduce plastic bag consumption.

‘Lost for Words?’ exhibition at Gallery
A touring exhibition of works by young men in the custodial juvenile justice system will be presented at the Latrobe Regional Gallery until 12 January.

Boat pass reminder for Lake Narracan at weekends
Recreational power boat owners using Lake Narracan have been reminded by Council that boat passes are required before launching any craft rated 6kw (8hp) or above on weekends & public holidays 8am-6pm from 1/12/03 to 31/03/04.

Stockings sure to catch Santa’s eye
Participants in a Crazy Patchwork class held at the refurbished Traralgon East Hall have gone all out to catch Santa’s eye this Christmas by designing and making Christmas stockings...

18 Dec 2003 (Thursday)

Protect Your Silage
After the effort involved in making good quality silage, it makes sense to protect it. A few simple steps during storage can help prevent significant losses in silage quality to provide the best feed for your milkers.

Warragul Cinema Times
Session Times for 18th December - 24th December

Mid Valley 8 Cinema Times
Sessions Times: 18th December - 24th December

19 Dec 2003 (Friday)

Wellington delighted with grant to upgrade Stratford Mechanics Hall
Wellington Shire Council is delighted with the State Government’s announcement of a Small Towns Development Fund grant of $129,500 to help with a major refurbishment of the historic Stratford Mechanics Hall.

Season’s Greetings
What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace. - Agnes M. Pharo

22 Dec 2003 (Monday)

Council’s Christmas opening hours
Wellington Shire Council is advising that its offices – including the Maffra, Sale and Yarram service centres - will be closed over the Christmas festive period from 12.00pm on Wednesday 24 December through to 28 December inclusive

23 Dec 2003 (Tuesday)

Bot Flies
With reports of increased horse bot flies activity in some areas of the district, it is timely to remind horse owners of what the bot fly is and how it can be controlled

Council calls for changes to Multi Purpose Taxi Program

Farmers Market A Success Despite Damp Weather
Saturday 20th December was the last Farmers Market before Christmas and the wet weather could not hold the crowds back.

Mayor’s Christmas Message - From Cr Graeme Middlemiss
Some Christmas messages are deeply philosophical, some will demand the reader contemplates a particular aspect of humanity, while others discuss the relevance or otherwise of the religious significance of Christmas.

24 Dec 2003 (Wednesday)

Cans for Fines initiative benefits community
Library users in Latrobe City donated more than five-hundred food items to the Salvation Army for distribution throughout Latrobe City during the holiday season.

31 Dec 2003 (Wednesday)

Join in Australia Day celebrations!
Wellington Shire Council is committing over $6,000 to support community-led celebrations being held around the Shire to mark Australia Day on 26 January – with everyone invited to join in the occasion.

Help Christmas card recycling effort
Wellington Shire residents are being encouraged to participate in a nationwide Christmas card recycling effort now underway – providing an ideal opportunity to dispose of no-longer needed greeting cards in an environmentally-friendly manner.

Bairnsdale Cinema Times
Session Times

Holiday fun for kids at local libraries
Wellington Shire Council has organised plenty of fun, free activities at local libraries to keep the kids entertained over the school holidays.

The Bairnsdale Theatre Group
Tired of television programs that currently pass for entertainment? We promise a great night of real entertainment - the way it used to be, the way it should be!

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