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1 Dec 2004 (Wednesday)

Acclaimed artists teach drawing at the Gallery
A dynamic creative drawing workshop featuring the artists currently on show in the exhibition presence will be held at Latrobe Regional Gallery on Saturday 11 December.

2 Dec 2004 (Thursday)

Moulin Rouge In Cabaret
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3 Dec 2004 (Friday)

Computer resources donated to Latrobe City libraries

Gippsland Forest Apiary Plan Launched
The forests of Gippsland will be buzzing with the news that the Gippsland Forest Apiary Plan was launched today at Forestech near Lakes Entrance.

Shire steps-up fire prevention campaign
Wellington Shire Council is keen to ensure the shire’s towns are kept safe from fires this summer as it calls on property owners to keep their land clear during the fire season.

Cr Jane Rowe Elected East Gippsland Mayor
Cr Jane Rowe was today elected Mayor of the East Gippsland Shire Council at a Special Council Meeting held at the Shire offices in Bairnsdale.

Council to fight for retention of all health services at Sale hospital

Independents stand alone against a multi linguistic state
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, today condemned the latest in the long line of divisive social reforms implemented by the Bracks Government.

Media Release
Latrobe City Council has welcomed the announcement that Brindabella Airlines intends to commence a daily passenger air service from Latrobe Regional Airport to Albury and Canberra early next year.

Consultants appointed to develop Urban Design Frameworks for coastal communities.
The South Gippsland Shire Council has appointed Connell Wagner Pty Ltd as consultants to develop Urban Design Frameworks for Venus Bay, Tarwin Lower, Sandy Point and Waratah Bay.

Auditor General’S Report Given The Bracks Brush-Off
Finance Minister John Lenders was left speechless in Parliament yesterday when questioned about the Auditor-General’s findings of the Bracks Government’s financial mismanagement.

Minister Brumby to open Stratford Mechanics Hall transformation
Wellington Shire Council will be joining the Stratford community in celebrations on Friday 10 December when the Hon. John Brumby MP, Minister for State and Regional Development, officially opens a transformed Stratford Mechanics Hall.

Heyfield Hub community complex opening by Minister Brumby
Friday 10 December will see the official opening of the eagerly-awaited new $800,000 Heyfield Hub community complex – a joint partnership between the local community, the State and Federal Governments and Wellington Shire Council.

Mayor’s Message
I am honoured to have received the trust of my fellow Councillors to fulfil the role of Mayor for the forthcoming twelve months and my special thanks to Cr Bligh for her generous leadership over the past eight months.

Join in celebrations to mark Port of Sale opening
Wellington Shire Council is inviting the community to turn out in force to help celebrate the official opening of Stage 1 of the new-look Port of Sale precinct on Friday 10 December.

Rosedale Community Meeting – 14 December
Rosedale 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 14 December.

6 Dec 2004 (Monday)

Parking Regulations To Be Strongly Enforced
East Gippsland Shire Council has advised that Community Laws Officers will be concentrating on parking enforcement throughout the weeks leading to Christmas.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Fruit Fly
Despite diminished media attention over the last few years, fruit fly restrictions in East Gippsland are still in effect.

Great prizes on offer with free holiday reading club for local kids!
All Wellington kids are invited to join in the fun and excitement being offered these summer holidays through the Reading Rulz club at your Wellington Shire Council library- it’s free to join and there are plenty of prizes to win!

7 Dec 2004 (Tuesday)

Fire Restrictions In Gippsland
As of Monday December 13, the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and the CFA will have declared fire restrictions for the Shires of East Gippsland, Wellington and Latrobe City.

Latrobe City's New Headquarters
Latrobe City’s new corporate headquarters building in Morwell has been officially handed over to Council by Kane Constructions following completion of the building’s construction and the vast majority of the associated civic square project.

Memorandum of Understanding over TAFE relocation to central Sale

Council and Building Commission move on Criterion
Following Wellington Shire Council action on behalf of the local community, the Building Commission is conducting an investigation into the current building work status at Sale’s historic Criterion Hotel.

Ingram welcomes land tax exemptions, but calls for wider concessions
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has welcomed the State Government’s exemptions on land tax for caravan parks and has called on the Treasurer to provide concessions to other tourism businesses in coastal areas.

Council adopts Latrobe 2021: The Vision for Latrobe Valley
Latrobe City Council has adopted Latrobe 2021: The Vision for Latrobe Valley, agreeing at Monday night’s Ordinary Council Meeting in Churchill to work with the community to achieve future regional aspirations.

Watch election of Wellington’s new Mayor live on the Internet
Wellington Shire Council will be webcasting the election of its new Mayor live on the Internet.

Skilling Up to Shape the Future
Members of the Gippsland Linking Local Action Network, a network of community members of Gippsland Local Government Disability Advisory Committees, gathered in Traralgon recently to participate in a three-day training course.

Helping Gippsland Stick in People’s Minds
Two local businesses have joined forces with the Experience Gippsland Campaign to raise the profile of the Gippsland region this summer.

Denis Walter returns to the stage
After a long break from live performances, Denis Walter has returned to the stage and is enjoying sellout performances around Australia. Denis comes to Kernot Hall, Morwell on Tuesday 14 December 2004 at 11am.

8 Dec 2004 (Wednesday)

Community Assistance Grants
More than 90 community groups benefited from the latest round of Community Assistance Grants presented by Baw Baw Shire Council at a function last night (Tuesday).

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter December 2004 Area LTB1 Bridle Estate (NHW90)
December Meeting, Guest Speaker, Safe Driving Over Holidays, Police Crime Report.

9 Dec 2004 (Thursday)

East Gippsland Emerges From The Ashes
Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis yesterday congratulated the East Gippsland community on its remarkable recovery from the bushfires of January 2003.

15th Anniversary of the Polish Club

Local primary school children assist road safety campaign
Wellington Shire Council is joining forces with Victoria Police, the Wellington Shire Local Safety Committee and local primary school children on a new road safety campaign - Mobile Phone use While Driving.

Peter Gault – your new Mayor
Wellington Shire Council’s new Mayor is Peter Gault.

Ceo Tells Government That East Gippsland Is Sound
The Chief Executive Officer of the East Gippsland Shire Council, Mr Steve Kozlowski has told Regional Development Victoria representatives that the region is enjoying strong economic growth.

Unveiling plans for Rosedale multipurpose community centre
On Tuesday 14 December, Wellington Shire Council’s newly elected Mayor Peter Gault will be joined by State MP for Morwell District Brendan Jenkins, to officially unveil plans for the new $2.4 million Rosedale multipurpose community centre.

Media Release
Baw Baw Shire Council has re-elected Cr Ruth McDonald as Mayor.

Sauna refurbished as part of Churchill Pool works
A complete refurbishment of the sauna at the Churchill Monash Leisure Centre is being undertaken as part of the pool reinstatement works that are currently in progress.

Are you in a 20 - 30 year Mortgage? Paying more in Interest than you borrowed? Would you like to be Debt Free Years earlier?
Until now most home loans have been designed by Banks for banks and rarely cater for the needs of the borowwer. Want to be Debt Free in up to half the time? Pay tens of thousands less in Interest? Call your Gippsland Lifestyle Financial Coach today.

13 Dec 2004 (Monday)

Labor’S Lax Livestock Attitude – Slap On The Wrist For Offenders
The Bracks Government’s blasé attitude towards livestock theft is reflected in the weak penalties issued for the crime, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said in Parliament today.

Libraries To Assist Monday’S Vce Results
The big day is approaching for VCE students.

Shire gains insight from community about environmental services
Wellington Shire Council is currently seeking feedback from local landholders on its environmental services, as part of its community consultation process.

"SportIndex 04"

Edward Hunter Reserve all decked out for nature lovers

Gippsland Has Highest Truancy Rate In State
Gippsland has the highest rate of school absenteeism in Victoria, Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis said today.

Council undertaking fire-hazard property inspections
Latrobe City is currently carrying out its fire hazard inspections with the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer (MFPO) and assistants inspecting all properties for fire risks or potential fire risks.

Inspecting Crops For Diamondback Moth
Now that the weather is warming up and the hard work of sowing summer forage crops is coming to an end, it is important to remember to monitor your crops for insect damage, especially as they become water stressed.

Latrobe farewells respected Police Inspector

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Seeking community feedback on Yarram Railway Reserve Masterplan
Wellington Shire Council is keen to receive feedback from the local community on its draft Yarram Railway Reserve Masterplan – which contains a number of proposals, many gathered from the community already, on suggested enhancements to the site.

Funding finished but continue war on weeds says Council
Although the funding for the Roadside Weed Control Scheme has come to an end for this year, Latrobe City is urging landowners to continue their good work and ensure that they take action against noxious weeds before the plants go to seed.

Enjoy Christmas lights but take care, says Council
Latrobe City has issued a warning to those driving around towns to view the Christmas lights to take extra care on the roads.

Latrobe’s Summer Reading Club is ‘too cool’

Nominations Open For Australia Day Awards
East Gippsland Shire Council is now calling for nominations for the annual Australia Day Awards.

14 Dec 2004 (Tuesday)

"SportIndex 04"
Latrobe Performing Arts Box Office is poised to offer another outstanding program of live music events over the coming year with earlybird discounted tickets for their Café Concert Series 2005 on sale now.

Local Laws and Police team up to tackle unruly behaviour
Latrobe City Council and local police are teaming up to tackle any unruly behaviour over the Christmas and New Year period, and the message for those who misbehave is that at a minimum they will be fined.

Palmers Road Draft Report In March

15 Dec 2004 (Wednesday)

Further funding injection for Rosedale Multipurpose Community Centre
Wellington Shire Council has just scored a major funding boost for the new Rosedale Multipurpose Community Centre, with the Victorian Government’s announcement of an additional $300,000 funding for the much-needed facility.

Labor Passes The Buck On Yabby Industry Collapse

Students weigh up the risks
Utilising a $2400 grant provided by the Department of Human Services, South Gippsland Shire Council has provided entertaining and educational Information sessions on immunisation to Grade 6 students across the shire.

Skilling Up To Shape The Future

Thumbs up for Prom Country Visitor Guide!
In research commissioned by Tourism Victoria, Prom Country Regional Tourism has received very positive feedback on the quality of its Visitor Guide.

Land Tax Increases To Hit Wellington
Wellington’s small and medium size businesses and investors will be among those hardest hit by a new round of land tax increases in 2005, with more to come in 2006.

Time For The True Meaning Of Christmas
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province, Peter Hall, has urged everyone to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas this year.

16 Dec 2004 (Thursday)

Future Marina Directions Report To Be Released
The East Gippsland Shire Council has voted to release its draft ‘Strategic Overview and Directions’ paper for Marina activities for public comment.

Council to offer free pneumococcal vaccinations
From January 2005 Wellington Shire Council will be including free pneumococcal (Prevenar) vaccinations within its comprehensive child immunisation program – as part of a nationwide crackdown on the disease.

Snakes On The Move
Australia is home to one of the most diverse groups of reptiles in the world. With another season of warm weather in front of us it is important that we understand our scaly friends and learn how to live with them.

Early Christmas present for Franklin Park children
While the children of Franklin Park Estate may be getting lots of new toys for Christmas, one of the best presents has already been delivered by the community; their new playground equipment.

Finance Minister Dodges Responsibility Again
Finance Minister John Lenders was again left with nothing to say in Parliament yesterday after being questioned about the latest blowout in the cost of the Fast Rail Project.

Land Tax Review Needed To Save Gippsland Businesses: Hall
Gippsland MP Peter Hall has again called on the State Government to review its land tax obligations, particularly as it relates to coastal businesses.

Wind Farm Registry Needed
Gippsland MP Peter Hall has called on the State Government to establish a central registry of wind farm locations, so that everyone can monitor current and future wind farm developments in the State.

Baw Baw Shire Council Announces New CEO
Baw Baw Shire Council last night resolved to appoint Mr Glenn Patterson as the new Shire Chief Executive Officer from next month.

‘Extra’ Animals Fees To Fall
The fee for keeping more than the specified number of animals in residential areas and farming areas is set to fall.

Merry Christmas From Philip Davis
Season’s greetings. As the Liberal Member for Gippsland Province, I’m delighted to take this opportunity to wish all Gippslanders a very merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year.

Future Marina Directions Report To Be Released
At its meeting last night, the East Gippsland Shire Council voted to release its draft ‘Strategic Overview and Directions’ paper for Marina activities for public comment

Economic Development Policy Move Supported
East Gippsland Shire Councillors have endorsed a proposal to develop a Draft Economic Development Policy that will support the formation of an Economic Development Advisory Board.

Air Show Grant Approved
East Gippsland Shire Council has approved a grant of $10,000 for the 2005 Bairnsdale Air Show.

17 Dec 2004 (Friday)

Holiday Safe Program
Nissan Australia has proudly joined with the Victoria Police to launch a new safety package for the Gippsland area over the Christmas Holiday period.

Labor Bows To Pressure And Orders Aquaculture Review
The Bracks Government has finally bowed to pressure from farmers, industry and the Liberal Party to review the new licence fee structure for the aquaculture industry.

Mayor’s Message
The holiday season is upon us and I encourage everyone to take particular care while driving.

20 Dec 2004 (Monday)

Todd Finishes In Top 30 In Fiji"
Edison Mission Energy Gippsland Sports Academy rising star, Todd Alexander travelled to Fiji last month to compete in the Aaron Baddeley Junior World Championship.

Changes Needed To Rail Design
More thought needs to be given to the design of rail carriages so that discrimination and discomfort for people with disabilities does not continue, according to Gippsland MP Peter Hall.

Council's Christmas opening hours
Wellington Shire Council would like to advise that its hours of operation will alter over the Christmas festive period.

World Class Tennis Returns to Traralgon
The Loy Yang Power International Tennis Federation Victorian Junior Championships is returning to the Traralgon Tennis Centre from Thursday 6 to Wednesday 12 January 2005.

21 Dec 2004 (Tuesday)

State funding brings arts closer to the community
Over one hundred thousand dollars has been granted through State Government Arts Victoria funding to the arts in Latrobe City.

Library users and City staff bring some festive cheer
Library users in Latrobe City have donated more than fifteen-hundred food items to the Salvation Army for distribution throughout Latrobe City during the holiday season.

"Inaugural Year For Tennis Concludes"
Edison Mission Energy Gippsland Sports Academy held its graduation session for the Tennis Victoria Tennis Squad on the weekend, concluding the first year of the sports existence under the academy’s umbrella.

Governments must act on tradespeople shortage: Ingram
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, said today that the State and Federal Governments must act to address a shortage of qualified tradespeople.

Vacation care program offers fun activities for Wellington youngsters
From Tuesday 4 to Friday 21 January Wellington Shire Council will be running a host of fun activities aimed at local primary school-aged children, through its Wellington Leisure Vacation Care Program.

Taking Care Of Riparian Zones Can Improve Your Productivity And Water Quality

Latrobe City elects new Mayor
Councillor Bruce Lougheed was elected Latrobe City Mayor at a Special Council Meeting held at Churchill on Monday evening, with Councillor Darrell White elected Deputy Mayor.

22 Dec 2004 (Wednesday)

Prevent a tragedy – ensure your pool or spa is safe
With families keen 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.

23 Dec 2004 (Thursday)

Youth Festival – Exo Week Meet You At The Exodome

Prevent a tragedy – ensure your pool or spa is safe
With families keen 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.

Anzac Street landscaping adds to Moe’s amenity
New brick garden beds containing trees and annual flowers have been developed in Moe’s Anzac Street, beautifying the streetscape and enhancing the look of one of the main entrances to the town.

Make proper arrangements for pets this Christmas
Latrobe City Council has urged existing and new pet owners to ensure they have made suitable arrangements to accommodate their pets’ needs over the summer break.

Baw Baw Shire Maintains High Employment
Baw Baw Shire has the lowest unemployment figures in Gippsland according to the latest Federal Government statistics.

"Brown gains long awaited tour card"

Mayor’s Christmas Message 2004

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