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10 Dec 2009 (Thursday)

Graham Street South Dudley Road Roundabout
Work has begun on a new roundabout at the intersection of Graham Street, South Dudley Road and West Area Road in Wonthaggi.

AG News: 25/11/2009
This weeks column contains some quick facts for making good silage plus advice on helping sheep access water.

Rising Water Bills Hurt Pensioners
The Brumby Government must commit more funding to the Gippsland Water Factory to ease the burden upon Gippsland ratepayers, particularly pensioners and families.

Extend Deer Hunting In Region’S National Parks - Ingram
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the State Government to amend the Parks and Crown Land Legislation Amendment (East Gippsland) Bill 2009

Bass Coast Celebrates Christmas
Bass Coast will sing in the Festive Season, with carols nights at five different locations in December.

State's forests deal comes with a catch
The expansion of East Gippsland’s national parks has thrown up an unexpected twist that Eastern Victoria MP Philip Davis says will make it near impossible for the Government to meet its commitments to provide offsets to the region’s timber industry.

Farmers Prove Good Fencing Keeps Out Wild Dogs
More than 20 farmers met in Leneva last month to establish a local Wild Dog Action Group and discussed ways to protect livestock and wildlife from attacks by wild and domestic dogs

Ingram Stands Up For Timber Communities In Parliament
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has voted against a Bill currently before state parliament that will establish new old growth forest reserves and additions to existing National Parks in East Gippsland.

Ingram States Case For Interim Flying Training School
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, is backing an Interim Basic Flying Training School for West Sale and will lead a delegation to put the case to Canberra next week.

AG News: 02/12/2009
Includes: honey bees don’t look after themselves and farming diaries

Swift Action Needed To Protect Gippsland Children: Ingram
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, says the State Government must take swift action to ensure that Gippsland’s vulnerable children are adequately protected by the Department of Human Services (DHS).

AG News: 02/12/2009
Includes: honey bees don’t look after themselves and farming diaries

Fire Preparation For Silverleaves
Bass Coast Shire Council will begin work on 7 December to improve access for fire fighting vehicles around the Silverleaves estate.

Dog Walkers Need To Tidy Up Their Dog’S Act
Council’s local laws officers are turning up the heat on dog owners who allow their pets to foul footpaths, nature strips, playgrounds and parks; and who fail to clean up.

‘Light Up Latrobe’ Heralds Christmas Spirit In City
The ‘Light up Latrobe’ Christmas lights competition heralds the arrival of the festive season in Latrobe City.

Incentives For Proving Gippsland Is TSE Free
Australia’s livestock export industry (animals and animal products) is a major source of income that is reliant on Australia continuing to prove its animals are free from transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs).

11 Dec 2009 (Friday)

Practicing For Emergencies
Bass Coast Shire's Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee did a trial run of their Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre (MECC) and relief centre last week.

Gippsland Councillors Visit Region
Bass Coast Shire Councillors, Veronica Dowman and Jane Dore Daly hosted 2009’s final Gippsland meeting for Women in Local Government.

Latrobe Elects New Mayor And Deputy Mayor
Cr Kellie O’Callaghan was elected Latrobe City’s new mayor at a special council meeting held on Monday night. Cr Sandy Kam was elected deputy mayor.

Protecting Our Wildlife
Bass Coast Shire Council and Phillip Island Nature Parks have joined forces to help protect the Shearwater Colonies on Phillip Island.

Sign Up Now For ‘Grow Me The Money’ Business Program
Adopting sustainable business practices doesn’t just mean a healthier planet; it also means a healthier bottom line.

Funding For Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club
The Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club (SLC) has received a $500,000 grant as part of the State Government’s Community Facility Funding Program.

Council Adopts Moe Rail Precinct Masterplan
Latrobe City Council has adopted the Moe Rail Precinct Masterplan with several changes to reflect the significant contribution made by the community during the consultation period.

AG News: 10/12/2009
Includes: December Dairy Reminders and Farming Diary

Contracts Signed On New Traralgon Early Learning Centre Site
Contracts have been signed on the new Traralgon Early Learning Centre in Mapleson Drive in anticipation that the new occasional care and preschool centre will be ready to accept children by January 2010.

Water Wise For A Safe Summer
Bass Coast Shire Council is urging all residents and visitors to take care in the water this summer.

Communities Encouraged To Apply For War Memorial Grant
Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe is calling upon all ex-service organisations, local councils, schools and community groups to apply for grants under the Restoring Community War Memorials Grants Program.

Neighybourhood Watch Newsletter LTB1 December 2009 (NHW145)
Home Security, Fatigue The Hidden Killer, Police Crime Report.

Coordinated Approach To Schoolies Identified
Bass Coast Mayor, John Duscher and CEO, Allan Bawden have met with James Merlino, the Minister for Youth Affairs, to discuss Council’s Summer Safety Program.

Leisure Facilities In Cowes
Bass Coast Shire Council has investigated concerns about the basketball playing surface at the YMCA in Cowes.

One Thousand Butterflies From Latrobe Head For Copenhagen
Over one thousand origami butterflies carrying children’s thoughts on climate change, expressed through poetry, prose and pictures, are on their way to Copenhagen from Latrobe City.

Comment Sought On Performing Arts And Convention Centre Study
Two sites have been identified as options for a new Latrobe performing arts and convention centre, in a feasibility study released for public comment by council at Monday night’s meeting.

Nats Join Greens To Lock Up East Gippsland Timber
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has condemned Gippsland’s Upper House representatives for joining with the Greens in State Parliament this week to lock up some of the region’s best available timber resource

V/Line Doubts Grow In Traralgon: Northe
There is growing concern that the Brumby Government will cut V/Line services between the Latrobe Valley and Southern Cross Station, The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe said today.

Latrobe City Council Meets With Minister Wong
Latrobe City Council is continuing to provide leadership in representing the broader interests of its community on issues relating to climate change.

Public Feedback Sought On Draft Cultural And Linguistic Diversity Action Plan
A draft action plan to support council in communicating with Latrobe City’s culturally diverse community is now available for public comment, following consideration by council on Monday.

Back To The AgFutures Forum
Interest is growing among Gippsland farmers keen to gain an insight from Department of Primary Industries (DPI) AgFutures forums on the strategic decisions needed for adapting their businesses to changes affecting agriculture in their region.

Delegation Holds Positive Discussions With Health Minister
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has described Tuesday’s meeting with the Minister for Health, Daniel Andrews

14 Dec 2009 (Monday)

$10m Bairnsdale log mill to be considered
The Member for Eastern Victoria, Philip Davis, has opened negotiations with the State Government that could lead to the establishment of a new timber plant at Bairnsdale to process small logs.

15 Dec 2009 (Tuesday)

Parks Vic stumbles on Walhalla tracks
The Member for Eastern Victoria, Philip Davis, says Parks Victoria’s failure to keep walking tracks open at Walhalla is acting as a brake on recreational and tourist activity in the area.

17 Dec 2009 (Thursday)

State asked to set up biomass generator at Orbost
The Member for Eastern Victoria, Philip Davis, has asked the State Government to introduce a greenhouse policy that would enable the development of a major biomass electricity generator at Orbost to supply the whole of far East Gippsland.

21 Dec 2009 (Monday)

Wishing You A Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year From The Gippsland Portal Team
The office will be closed for the festive season from December 24th 2009 until the 11th of January 2010.

26 Dec 2009 (Saturday)

Yokohama Alpine Rally Has Huge Economic Benefit for East Gippsland
The Historic Rally Association, organiser of the Yokohama Alpine Rally held in November, announced today that the event had an economic impact on the East Gippsland region of two million dollars.

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