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4 Dec 2006 (Monday)

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter For December 2006 Area LTB1 (NHW112)
December Meeting, Vehicle Theft July-September, Home Security, New Police Phone Number, Police Crime Report.

6 Dec 2006 (Wednesday)

Free Green Waste Weekends
East Gippsland Shire Council has announced that disposal of green waste will be free of charge this weekend (2 and 3 December) and next weekend (9 and 10 December) at all Council operated waste disposal facilities.

Gallery to hold Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Latrobe Regional Gallery Advisory Committee will be held on Wednesday 6 December 2006 at 7pm at the Gallery, 138 Commercial Road, Morwell.

Bass Coast Local News
Bass Coast Local News

New Mayor for Wellington
Cr Beth Ripper has been elected Mayor at a meeting of the Wellington Shire Council held today.

Holiday Home Owners Arrive For Christmas
Holiday home owners looking forward to enjoying their regular Christmas break in Bass Coast are being advised to plan ahead.

Bass Coast Ceo Awarded For Service
Bass Coast Shire Councilís Chief Executive Officer, Allan Bawden recently received two awards for service in local government.

Water Restrictions Impact Road Works
Water restrictions across the Shire are having a big impact on Bass Coast Shire Councilís ability to maintain roads, with only limited works able to go ahead.

Council Staff Celebrate Milestones
Bass Coast Shire Council has recognised the contribution of a number of staff who served more than 10 years, at a special presentation.

Election proves support for Bastion Point boat ramp: Ingram
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has described his election result in Mallacoota as a vote to construct the Bastion Point boat ramp.

Council Seeks Input for Park Closure
A meeting of Wellington Shire Council has voted to close Port Albert Caravan Park and seek community input on redevelopment of the foreshore area as open space.

Watch For Heating Hay Stacks
Despite the severe drought conditions being experienced over most of Victoria, there have already been several stacks of hay go up in flame. Over 80%

New Latrobe City Mayor elected
Councillor Tony Zimora was elected Latrobe City mayor and Councillor David Wilson elected Latrobe City deputy mayor at Monday nightís special council meeting.

Nationals Win Likely In Eastern Region
The final seat in Victoriaís new Upper House Eastern Region is still undecided.

Monash News
Monash News

Christmas Light Competition And Tour
Community members are being encouraged to get into the Christmas spirit, by taking part in the Bass Coast Christmas Light Competition.

Statue unveiled honouring municipalityís namesake
Latrobe City mayor, Cr Lisa Price, Cr Tony Zimora and members of the Make Moe Glow committee represented Latrobe City at the recent unveiling of a three-metre bronze statue

Summer Bus Service Ė Complementing New Services
The Bass Coast Summer Bus Service between Inverloch and Cowes will operate again over the summer period following the great success of the service last year.

Phillip Island Decider
The 2006 V8 Championship Series will be decided at the Caterpillar Grand Finale on Phillip Island from 8-10 December.

12 Dec 2006 (Tuesday)

Green Waste To Be Accepted From Start Of Business Today
East Gippsland Shire Council has announced that waste disposal facilities will accept domestic green waste free of charge from start of business today at the following sites:

Bushfire Relief Centres Functioning
Bushfire Relief and Registration Centres in Sale, Bairnsdale and Traralgon are now fully functional.

Call For Assistance To House Pets
The Sale Bushfire Relief Centre is asking for help from anyone in the Wellington Shire who can help house unvaccinated pets during the current bushfire emergency.

Mayoral Ball Reaches New Heights
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Neville Goodwin presented Bass Coast Community Foundation Chairman, Alan Brown with a cheque for $12,000 on the weekend.

Public Talk On La TrobeíS Work At Gallery This Friday
A public talk program on a series of sketches and watercolours by Charles Joseph La Trobe, which is currently being featured at the Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell,

Medical Transport Service
Travel assistance is now available to residents travelling to medical and specialist appointments in Melbourne.

ĎTis The Season To Get Tickets For The Season
After a successful 2006 season, the ĎCafť Concert Seriesí is set to return to Latrobe Cityís stages once again in 2007.

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.

Shire Will Store Horses In Danger
Horses in danger because of the bushfires may use the East Gippsland Livestock Exchange, Bairnsdale as a sanctuary from tomorrow afternoon, (Friday, 8 December), East Gippsland Shire has announced.

Schools To Close Due To Fire
Eighteen government schools in the Gippsland region will close from Monday Ė bringing to 21 the number of schools closed in the Gippsland region as a precautionary measure in the wake of the bushfires.

Walking School Celebration
Santa made a special visit to help the Wellington Shire Councilís Walking School Bus participants celebrate the end of a successful year.

Developing A Fire Plan For Livestock
With fire now threatening private land in Gippsland, preparing a livestock fire plan may help protect livestock assets and welfare and your financial and emotional well being.

Driving To Rock
This year, more than 12,000 people will see in 2007 on Phillip Island, at the Pyramid Rock Festival. Festival ticket holders are urged to factor in the increased traffic expected in the area, when planning their trip to Pyramid Rock.

Council Meeting Venue Change
The activation of the Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre has required a relocation of Tuesdayís (12 December) Council Meeting.

Shire Extends Free Green Waste Disposal
East Gippsland Shire Council has extended and expanded the opportunity for free green waste disposal as a result of the bushfires that are threatening Gippsland.

Pool And Spa Safety Reminder
Wellington Shire Council is reminding residents that outdoor pools and spas must have barriers to ensure they meet safety requirements.

Stock Relocation Facilities
Stock and horse relocation facilities will be available in Sale for people moving animals away from fire affected areas.

latrobeís volunteers thanked with celebratory lunch
Latrobe Cityís volunteers came together last Friday to celebrate another successful year for volunteer programs region wide, and to join in the festive season spirit with a thank you lunch.

Festive Cheer From Santaís Workshop Reaches Its Zenith
Santa and his elves may still be busy gearing up for the big night later this month, but here in the Latrobe Valley, our very own ĎSantaís Workshopí has well and truly reached its zenith for the year.

Bushfire Relief Centres Open
Bushfire Relief Centres in Sale Bairnsdale and Traralgon will open from 1.00pm Friday (8 December).

Philip Davis New Shadow Minister For Education
Liberal Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Philip Davis, has been appointed the new Shadow Minister for Education.

Young Bookworms Urged To Get Into Reading This Summer
With the long school holidays soon to be upon us, avid readers in Latrobe City are urged to head to their local library to sign up for the ĎRead around Ozí competition that starts on Monday 11 December.

News Bulletin
Bass Coast Shire News

Six Month Trial On Traralgon Taxi Rank Security Starts
A six-month trial initiated by Latrobe City Council in partnership with other agencies, targeting inappropriate behaviour and violence in Traralgon, has commenced.

Height Of Weed Season Highlighted During The Silly Season
The advent of the so called Ďsilly seasoní tends to also mark the height of the weed season. Take a look around your paddocks and roadsides and youíll discover many weeds are now in flower.

Heyfield Hospital Plans for Patient Relocation
Heyfield Hospital is working with other health agencies and government departments for planning a possible controlled relocation of patients from the hospital.

Maffra Patients Moved
Central Gippsland Health Service (CGHS) is relocating all patients from Maffra Hospital and the nearby Stretton Park residential facility as a precautionary measure during the current bushfire situation.

Exceptional Circumstances In Bass Coast
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is currently putting together a case for Bass Coast to receive exceptional circumstances classification.

14 Dec 2006 (Thursday)

Medical Transport Service
Travel assistance is now available to residents travelling to medical and specialist appointments in Melbourne.

What You DidníT Know About Our Trees And Shrubs!
Bass Coast Shire Councilís Parks team have a big job looking after most of the Shireís public parks, gardens and reserves. But did you know that its trees and shrubs are often embroiled in controversy?

Call To Register Interest For Traralgon Bypass Inquiry
Latrobe City Council has strongly urged business groups, organisations, community groups and individuals who have an interest in the Traralgon Bypass Ė Supplementary Inquiry

One Of The Ten Most Outstanding Young People In The World To Visit EG
A young Victorian lawyer who has been described as Ďone of the ten most outstanding young persons in the world for his contributions to children, world peace and human rightsí will attend East Gippslandís

What To Do With My Sheep?
With the prospect of a long dry summer ahead, some tough decisions need to be made as to what stock to keep and what to sell. Knowing the cost of feeding stock through a dry

Council Accepts "Black Resheet" Roadworks Evaluation Criteria
East Gippsland Shire has adopted a set of evaluation criteria to prioritise its "Black Resheet" program for roads across the shire.

Council Adopts Bridge Evaluation System
East Gippsland Shire Council has adopted a rating system for the 214 bridges across the region for which it is responsible.

Council Funds Feast On East Festival
East Gippsland Shire Councillors last night agreed to provide a total of $30,000 worth of funding to the Feast on East Festival over the next three years.

La Trobe Exhibition Reveals Insight Into Administrator
A series of sketches and watercolours by Charles Joseph La Trobe aptly titled ĎA Sketcher of No Mean Pretensionsí and which celebrates fifty years of the National Trust in Victoria

Shire Announces Meeting Schedule For 2007
East Gippsland Shire Council has announced dates for its Council, Community Consultation, Face:Face Community Consultation, Community Groups Consultation and Planning Consultation Meetings for 2007.

Community History Awards Now Open
Eastern Region Member of Parliament, The Nationals Peter Hall, is urging local historians to consider entering the Victorian Community History Awards.

Tips For Feeding Palm Kernel Expeller Meal
With drought and dwindling feed options, many farmers are looking at sourcing uncommonly used feeds for dairy cattle of all ages.

15 Dec 2006 (Friday)

Toongabbie Town Meeting
A town meeting will be held in Toongabbie this evening, Friday 15 December 2006, commencing at 5.30pm.

Mobile Library Visit Cancelled
East Gippsland Shire has advised that because of the fire situation the scheduled Mobile Library service to Bonang, Bendoc, Tubbut, Goongerah today (15 December) has been cancelled.

Schools Reopen To Finish School Year
A number of Gippsland schools which were closed in the wake of the bushfires, will reopen next week to end the school year and allow for end of year activities. One school will remain closed.

Avoid A Fire And Check Your Haystacks
Haystacks catching fire through spontaneous combustion have been reported in several areas around Victoria recently.

Council Encourages Property Clean Up
Wellington Shire Council is offering free green waste disposal at its waste facilities until Christmas. The offer is to encourage property owners to clean up and remove any

News Bulletin
Bass Coast Local News

18 Dec 2006 (Monday)

Riding School Bus Birthday Celebrations
The Newhaven Primary Riding School Bus celebrated its first birthday by picking up a VicHealth State award.

Summer Safety Starts Strongly
The summer season has gotten off to a very good start.

Bass Coast In Good State
This yearís State of the Regions report rates Bass Coast as the most sustainable shire in Gippsland, at a local government level.

Sun Surf And Sand Launch A Huge Blast!
The Sun Surf Sand 2007 Festival of Fun and Learning magazine was officially launched by on Monday, 11 December, by Bass Coast CEO, Allan Bawden.

20 Dec 2006 (Wednesday)

Nationals Announce Scholarship For Young Leaders 2007
The Nationals spokesperson for Education, Peter Hall today announced that The Nationals Scholarship program For Young Leaders will run again in 2007.

Green Waste Facilities
Latrobe City Council has announced that the Pine Gro green waste facilities at Moe and Traralgon will be open to the public on weekdays from Wednesday 20 December 2006

MayoríS Christmas Message
ĎUnderstandingí is likely to be the most treasured gift

DoníT Forget Your Pets This Holiday Season
Latrobe City Council is reminding residents during the busy festive season not to forget manís best friend, and to ensure that proper arrangements have been put into place for pets over the holiday period.

Recovery Centre Advises How To Help Bushfire Victims
Latrobe City Council has advised residents wanting to help people affected by recent bushfires that the best way to provide support is through the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.

Green Waste Disposal Free Until New YearíS Day
Green waste will be accepted at all East Gippsland Shire disposal sites free of charge until close of business New Yearís Day.

Shire Adjusts Ferry Times For Christmas
East Gippsland Shire has announced that the Raymond Island Ferry will operate on Christmas Eve until 12..30 am to allow for late for night arrivals.

Merinos to Match Ė The Right Sheep for Your Environment
The potential for wool producers to increase productivity through genetic improvement can be great, but there has been little comparative information about studs to help Victorian

Christmas Message
If ever we needed a reminder that our community can come together in a time of need, the fire situation across eastern Victoria in recent weeks has provided it.

New ChildreníS Centre For Wonthaggi
Bass Coast Shire Council, Wonthaggi Primary School and Wonthaggi Kindergartens Inc. have combined forces to construct a Childrenís Centre in Wonthaggi.

21 Dec 2006 (Thursday)

Decisions On Hard Waste Options Another Step Nearer
The project group investigating options for the possible reinstatement of a hard waste collection service in Latrobe City, is currently undertaking the risk assessment stage of its work,

Christmas Lights Winners
11 Hagelthorn Street has taken out the honours in this yearís Bass Coast Christmas Lights competition.

New Yearís Eve Ė A Family Affair
New Yearís Eve promises to be a family friendly occasion across the Shire this year. Closed For Christmas would like to wish everyone a Merry Christams and a safe New Year

Hay Hay Itís Saturday
Anyone with spare hay or fodder is being asked to donate a bale to feed stock left desperate as a result of the bushfires.

Campfire Sparks Calls For Fire Ban Review
Nationals MP Peter Hall has called for an urgent review of total fire ban laws, following an incident involving State Government workers in Far East Gippsland.

Roadside Grazing Permit Fees In Latrobe Being Waived
Latrobe City will waive the annual $36 fee for farmers making new applications for roadside grazing permits or renewing permits.

Fishing Platforms Enhance Local Beauty Spot
Four fishing platforms have been constructed at Mathison Park around Lake Hyland as part of a development program to enhance the local beauty spot

Spare A Thought For Firefighters: Hall
The Nationals MP for Eastern Victoria, Peter Hall, has called on all Victorians to spare a thought for firefighters over Christmas.

Bushfire Relief Centre Functioning
The Bushfire Relief and Registration Centre in Sale will again be fully functional from Thursday 21 December 2006.

Harvey Bates Resigns From Council
Cr Harvey Bates has resigned from East Gippsland Shire Council after four years as a Councillor that included two terms as Mayor.

Parliament Told Of Gippsland Bushfire Fight
Liberal Member for Eastern Victoria Philip Davis yesterday acknowledged in the Parliament the hardship being experienced by those fighting bushfires in Gippsland and the north-east.

Shire Recovery Centre Operational
The East Gipspland ShireĀfs Recovery Coordination Centre has been activiated in the face of todayĀfs growing bushfire threat.

Davis Congratulates Abc On Bushfire Coverage
Liberal Member for Eastern Victoria Philip Davis has congratulated ABC radio in Parliament this week for its coverage of the Gippsland and North-East bushfires

News Bulletin
BCYC APPRECIATED - Last week the YMCA and Council hosted a lunch for members of the Bass Coast Youth Council (BCYC).

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