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1 Dec 2005 (Thursday)

Council says thank you to volunteers
The many volunteers who work for Latrobe City Council’s Meals on Wheels, Planned Activity Groups, We Care and the Walking School Bus programs were treated to a lunch at Kernot Hall last week as a thank you for their hard work over the year.

Catchment Management Authorities Embrace Environmental Water Reserve
The newly introduced Environmental Water Reserve (EWR) has received a ringing endorsement at a meeting of Victoria’s ten Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs).

2 Dec 2005 (Friday)

Cr Jane Rowe Elected Mayor Of East Gippsland For Second Term
East Gippsland Shire Council has elected Cr Jane Rowe Mayor for a second term. She was elected unanimously and unopposed.

Show Us Your Favourite Piece Of Victoria’S Coast & Win!
The Minister for Environment, John Thwaites, welcomed summer today by inviting Victorians to head for the coast with their cameras, as part of the Coastal Snapshots photo competition.

Phillips Island Library - Extra Hours
Here's your chance to have your say!

Schoolies On Their Best Behaviour
Schoolies have been on their best behaviour, according to Acting Police Inspector, Bruce Kitchener.

Food Festival provides a taste of success
International food was the ingredient for building friendships in Churchill last week when Latrobe City residents were treated to a roving exhibition of food, art and storytelling designed to develop cross-cultural understanding between communities.

Ingram: time for State Government to act on firewood
Independent MP for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has again called on the State Government to provide assurances for small volume commercial firewood cutters and consumers on the availability of firewood at reasonable prices.

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 and public holidays 8am-6pm from 1 December 2005 to 31 March 2006.

Wot Tha To Launch New Website Initiative
The Project Wot Tha Steering Committee Has Secured Funding From The East Gippsland And Wellington Shires’ Community Small Grants Programs To Further Develop The Regional Youth Website In 2006.

Mayor and New Councillors Get To Work
The new Council for Wellington Shire has wasted no time in getting work, with all Councillors immediately involved in a two-day induction and planning session, and meeting to elect a Mayor and Council Committee members.

A Bass Coast Kind Of Christmas
Christmas is just around the corner and the spirit of Christmas is evident right across the Bass Coast Shire.

Labor Ignores Boating Industry On Blanket Lifejacket Laws
The Bracks Government’s new lifejacket regulations have been developed without proper consideration and consultation with the boating industry, adding to Victoria’s reputation as the "nanny state."

New Boys Mean Hope For East Gippsland’S Rock-Wallabies
Victoria's critically endangered Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby population received a boost this week when two captive-bred males were successfully released into the Snowy River National Park in East Gippsland.

Snowy Hydro privatisation would be a disaster: Ingram
Independent MP, Craig Ingram, says the wheels are turning within government to privatise Snowy Hydro, and has written to the Victorian Premier, Steve Bracks, to voice his objection.

Ingram opposed to new lifejacket regulations
Gippsland East MP, Craig Ingram, says "Bracks’ Bureaucrats" are at it again with more "nanny state laws, regulating the masses in an attempt to protect the minority of idiots who don’t follow the laws anyway".

Industry Must Be Involved In Apple Import Consultation
Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis is encouraging the horticulture industry to comment on Biosecurity Australia’s draft Import Risk Analysis report, released today.

Dealing With Solids In Dairy Shed Effluent
Solids in effluent (manure) from dairy sheds create many management challenges for farmers.

Permanent Water Saving Rules – Here To Stay
Community efforts to save water have been recognised, with Gippsland Water introducing new Permanent Water Saving Rules on December 7 2005 effective from 1:00am.

5 Dec 2005 (Monday)

Extra Library Hours at Wonthaggi Library
Wonthaggi Library will increase its opening hours by 7% from January 4, 2006.

Monash Weekly Bulletin
This Will Be The Last Bulletin For 2005 Until February 2006. Have A Great Christmas And New Year From The Marketing & Public Affairs Office, Gippsland Campus.

6 Dec 2005 (Tuesday)

Community Must Be Consulted On Fluoride
The community should have an opportunity to have its say on the fluoride issue

Dpi Prepares For New Phase Of Locust Problem
Landholders in the Swifts Creek area have responded to The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) call to spray hopper locusts.

Walking School Bus Volunteers Recognised On International Volunteers Day

7 Dec 2005 (Wednesday)

Wet Weather Sparks Flywave Concerns
"The recent wet, humid weather has provided conditions that favour development of the sheep blowfly (Lucilia cuprina)"

Council Sets Trap For Pollutants
Cape Woolamai beach goers will soon be swimming in a cleaner ocean.

Youth Council representatives graduate
Seven young people recently graduated from the 2005 Latrobe City Youth Council program.

Cr Goodwin Reelected Mayor Of Bass Coast
Cr Neville Goodwin was reelected Mayor of the Bass Coast Shire Council at a Statutory meeting held last night.

Latrobe’s young inspired by leadership forum
Nineteen young people from the ‘Young Leaders of Latrobe’ program and Latrobe City’s Youth Council, participated recently in the ‘National Young Leaders Day’ forum in Melbourne.

Youth Community Centres reprieved by young volunteers
Youth Community Centres in Moe and Traralgon will continue to operate, thanks to two young volunteers stepping forward and the backing of Latrobe City Council.

9 Dec 2005 (Friday)

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter for December 2005 AreaLTB1 Bridle Estate (NHW101)
Home Security, Party Safe, Summer UV Warning, Pacifier Danger, Police Crime Report.

12 Dec 2005 (Monday)

Seeking Answers To Agribusiness Issues
Agriculture is one of the biggest income generators for the Bass Coast Shire, but the industry is rapidly changing.

Locust Plague - Bracks Government Slow On The Uptake
The Bracks Government’s slow reaction to the locust threat has resulted in plagues severly affecting thousands of hectares of farmland throughout Victoria.

Liberals Support ‘No Toxic Waste’ Road Show
Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis has urged everyone living along the Calder Highway, to say ‘no’ to the Bracks Government’s plans to create a toxic waste dump in Victoria’s food bowl.

Pneumococcal Reminder
Wellington Shire Council immunisation team is reminding parents of children born between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2004 to have their children immunised for the pneumococcal disease.

Cameron Rewards Himself With Farmer Funded Junket
After a year of totally ignoring Victorian farmers and burying his head in the sand on important issues, Labor’s Agriculture Minister Bob Cameron is rewarding himself with an overseas junket.

Telstra sponsors Gippsland innovation
Telstra Country Wide has announced it will sponsor the Gippsland Innovation Festival which runs from 1-19 May 2006.

Summer Bus Service – Get On Board
The Bass Coast Summer Bus Service between Inverloch and Cowes will operate again over the summer period following the success of the service last year.

Family Day Care gains accreditation for the second time
Latrobe City’s Family Day Care workers are celebrating after successfully meeting the National Childcare Accreditation Council (NCAC) standards for accreditation for the second time.

Inspecting Brassica 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.

Recruited chef will add authentic flavour to new restaurant
By working closely with the Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs to secure the services of a top class, head chef, Morwell’s Rasa Thai restaurant, will be able to offer authentic Thai and Malaysian cuisine.

13 Dec 2005 (Tuesday)

Wulgulmerang gains $88,000 for new community facility
The Wulgulmerang community received welcome news this week, with a funding commitment for the upgrade and redevelopment of facilities at the Wulgulmerang Recreation Reserve.

14 Dec 2005 (Wednesday)

Celebrating Our Volunteers
A special morning tea was held last week in Wonthaggi to acknowledge the work of volunteers in the Bass Coast Visitor Information Centres.

Are you growing the next Paterson’s Curse?
Legend has it that Paterson’s Curse, one of eastern Australia’s worst noxious weeds, escaped from the garden bed of the Paterson family home near Albury.

Eggs The Next Locust Threat
Despite the enormous effort by landholders to control hopper locusts in the Swifts Creek area large numbers of adult locusts have been swarming around and in Swifts Creek for the past three weeks.

Good Access Is Good Business
Nominations are currently being sought for the "Good Access Is Good Business Awards".

16 Dec 2005 (Friday)

Small Business Answers Program Update - 014
Its that time of the year again and the completion of another successful year for the Small Business Answers Team.

Check Your Car Parking Limits This Summer
The busy summer holiday period has arrived and it will be more difficult to find a car park in many of our towns.

Cruise Ship 'Artemis' To Arrive Next Week
The P&O cruise ship "Artemis" will be visiting Cowes on Friday 23 December 2005. The ship is due to arrive at 6pm and depart Cowes at 10.30pm.

Super Sports Expo in Bass Coast
For the first time in the history of the Bass Coast Shire, a shire-wide Sports and Leisure Expo will be held, and local clubs are being called upon to take part.

19 Dec 2005 (Monday)

Walking School Bus Progam Wins VicHealth Award
East Gippsland’s Walking School Bus program has won the VicHealth 2005 Health Promotion Physical Activity Award.

New Year with Nature
Leave the New year parties behind and celebrate a quieter New year immersed in Nature. Loud music and fireworks are replaced by softer sounds, a chorus of frogs, the bubbling of a mountain stream and perhaps calls of gliders or owls in the forest.

Gippsland Water to submit works approval for Stage three in January 2006
Gippsland Water has formally delayed submission of the works approval to EPA for Stage three of the Soil and Organic Recycling Facility.

Mayor’s Christmas Message 2005
"A merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!'' cried a cheerful voice.

NSW selling out national heritage, irrigators and environment: Ingram
Victorian state independent MP, Craig Ingram, today firmly criticised the NSW government’s position to go it alone and totally sell its 58% share of Snowy Hydro.

Farmers Market celebrates Christmas
The Kay Street lawn area opposite the Traralgon service centre and library in the civic precinct, will come alive on this Saturday 24 December.

20 Dec 2005 (Tuesday)

Christmas not always a time of joy for pets
Latrobe City has urged pet owners going away on holidays to make sure arrangements being put into place for their pets are adequate.

Mayors Christmas Message
Christmas is a time of good will and friendship, and a time to reflect on the past year.

21 Dec 2005 (Wednesday)

Council moves to next step for Wellington Waters
Wellington Shire Council last night recommended a planning amendment that would allow the Wellington Waters canal development proposal to be further developed and exhibited to the community.

Impounded pet photos and details to go on-line
A new service featuring details and photographs of impounded pets will become available over the Internet via Latrobe City’s website during the first week of January.

New Year’S Eve In Cowes – A Family Affair
New Year’s Eve promises to be a family friendly occasion again this year.

Christmas Lights Winners
It was a hard task for this year’s judges of the Bass Coast Christmas Lights Competition.

Arts centre contractors raise the roof for New Year
Although many business and industry workers will be enjoying a relaxing holiday after Christmas, for some, the festive season will be a short one, as there’s a high profile job to be undertaken.

Free chemicals available to aid weed control
Applications are being invited for free chemicals for approved weed control on roadsides in a scheme funded through the Good Neighbour State Weed Initiative.

Active Communities project to encourage physical activity
The first stage of a project to improve the general health and wellbeing of communities in Latrobe City, by encouraging walking and physical activity, has commenced.

Gippsland Water Continues To Provide Youth Employment
Gippsland Water’s continuing commitment to youth employment and development has again been highlighted, with eleven students to spend their summer vacation period as staff members within the organisation.

22 Dec 2005 (Thursday)

Rolf Harris launches Christmas card recycling push
Rolf Harris is urging Bass Coast Shire residents to be a sport when it comes to recycling their Christmas cards for Planet Ark.

Ripped Again
Top local bands will play at the Ripped Again Tour in Woodside, Loch Sport, and Seaspray over the holiday period.

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