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1 Dec 2016 (Thursday)

Swimming lessons in Primary Schools
Member for Morwell Russell Northe said today that the State Government needed to clarify aspects of its swimming lessons for primary school student’s initiative.

Christmas is a time for giving
Bass Coast Shire Council is once again participating in the annual Christmas Giving Tree Program and is calling on the community to generously donate gifts to help disadvantaged families.

Labor’s deluded south-north pipe dreams
North-south pipeline and a new pipeline going either under or over the Yarra River would cost $277m.

Four local groups benefit from nappy collective
Member for Morwell Russell Northe today presented the Latrobe Valley community with nappies collected through the "Nappy Collective Giving Project".

Spirit of Christmas coming to Performing Arts Centre
Get ready for the Spirit of Christmas on Thursday 15 December at the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre as the Gaslight Company brings you songs, laughs and season’s cheer.

2 Dec 2016 (Friday)

Electricity bills rise under Daniel Andrews
Member for Morwell Russell Northe said Daniel Andrews’ claims that the closure of Hazelwood would not impact electricity prices have been exposed as a lie.

Ambulance resources still needed for the Latrobe Valley
Member for Morwell Russell Northe said the Latrobe Valley community and local paramedics deserve praise for their advocacy in their quest for additional ambulance services.

Motorists still suffering as bans on confusing petrol discount displays commence
Andrews government fails to address the major concern of local motorists - the high fuel prices which Liberal-Nationals plans to inquire.

Peter Gardner's Climate News and Views for the month of November
Peter Gardner has been actively writing articles informing everyone about the current state of our climate, especially in Gippsland. Listed here are his updated news and views for the month of November. Read and be informed.

5 Dec 2016 (Monday)

Students experience real world outcomes
Providing our young people with real-world learning opportunities is at the heart of Bass Coast Shire Council’s involvement in the Broadening Horizons Project.

Morwell Emergency Services Hub
Alternative locations for the proposed development of a new fire station and ambulance station announce today by the Andrews Labor Government.

Track reopens access to Inverloch Surf Beach
Beach goers can now access Surf Beach in Inverloch safely after Bass Coast Shire Council completed works to construct a new pedestrian and vehicle access track recently.

Morwell Library works complete
Finishing touches to the Morwell Library front entrance upgrade have been delivered and the works are now complete. Latrobe City Council would like to thank the community for its patience as the project took shape.

Mayor’s Message
It’s been another busy week in Bass Coast, and now we’re officially into summer, it’s only going to get busier!

Empowering communities to target their water use
East Gippsland Water is encouraging all customers to get involved in a new water efficiency program targeted at rural and regional Victorians.

Latrobe City Council hosts second Community Conversation
Last night Latrobe City Council held the second of its community conversations on the community strengths based economic transition of the Latrobe Valley.

6 Dec 2016 (Tuesday)

Council Meeting Round Up
Some decision made by the Council on the Council Meeting held on Monday 5 December.

First nectarines flown into China
Swan Hill growers are among the first Victorian nectarines exported to Shanghai markets under new trade protocols, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh has said.

Fire Awareness Awards Partnership win for Latrobe City Council and partners
Latrobe City Council’s emergency management team won the award for ‘Ordinary People Extraordinary Achievements Fire Services Award for Partnerships’ at the 2016 RACV Fire Awareness Awards ceremony held last week. 

Latrobe City Council calls on community to report abandoned trolleys
Latrobe City Council is calling for the community’s help to report abandoned shopping trolleys to keep our environment clean and safe.

7 Dec 2016 (Wednesday)

Country Vic going backwards under Labor
A report released today by SGS Economic and Planning has shown that regional Victoria’s economy shrank by 1 per cent in 2015-16, making it the only area in all of Australia to have its economy go backwards.

Inquiry into Domestic Animals Amendment
Final report for the Inquiry into the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Bill 2016 handed by The Legislative Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee today.

8 Dec 2016 (Thursday)

Back-to-back gold for Bass Coast Visitor Information Centres
The Phillip Island and Bass Coast Visitor Information Centre Network beat a strong field to win the top award in the Visitor Information Services category at the 2016 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards on Thursday, 24 November.

Great Forest National Park
Victoria’s Central Highlands National parks five year moratorium was defeated in the Legislative Council today.

Labor’s $277m secret water report
Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has refused to rule out reversing the north-south pipeline, a project that would come at significant cost to farmers.

Labor must reinstate life-saving teacher training
Daniel Andrews has cut the delivery of life-saving anaphylaxis training in Victorian schools.

12 Dec 2016 (Monday)

Grants to keep Bass Coast clean
Sustainability Victoria has funded three projects aimed at reducing littering and illegal dumping in Bass Coast through its Litter Innovation Fund.

New VicEmergency app launched
The new VicEmergency app provides access to warnings and incidents for fires, floods, storms, earthquake, tsunamis and water safety.

Two men facing illegal shark fishing charges
Illegally taking a grey shark at Corner Inlet are expected to be charge by two men from South Gippsland.

Fighting for Latrobe Valley’s future
The Latrobe Valley is in an unprecedented period of uncertainty and now, more than ever, we need to fight for our future.

Agricultural Climate Resilience Project ends
The Southern Gippsland Agricultural Climate Resilience Project has come to a close with a case study and final report launch.

State of the Climate report released
The biennial report with findings on Australia's climate

Fund addresses challenges in Latrobe Valley
The Latrobe Valley Economic Facilitation Fund (LVEFF) established under the $40 million Latrobe Valley Economic Development Program.

Connect with horticulture at Hort Connections
Registrations are now open for Hort Connections 2017, an event thet combines the National Horticultures Convention and PMA Fresh Connections.

Dairy: we are on your side
A Christmas BBQ will be held to support dairy farmers on Sunday December 11 from 10am to 2pm. The event is supported by Lions International and LEO.

Revealed: the divided state of Victoria
Victoria has become Australia’s most divided state as the economic fortunes of Melbourne soar while those in the rest of the state crumble faster than anywhere else in the nation.

AFL JLT Community Series match heading to Moe
Latrobe City Council has welcomed the AFL’s announcement of a JLT Community Series match to be played in Moe next year. Collingwood will play Richmond on 11 March 2017, at the Ted Summerton Reserve.

CSIRO lifts farming into the future
The introduction of the future science platforms (FSPs) to assist Australian businesses move towards more advanced, sustainable and profitable practices.

Rebate aims to reduce quad bike deaths
The Victorian Government is encouraging the farmers to take part in $6 million rebate scheme.

Politics first, students second, under Daniel Andrews
Victorian university heads has revealed Labor’s attempt to handpick people for leadership roles, without consent from universities.

Latrobe Performing Arts subscription packages perfect for Christmas
Looking for something a little different to give that creative person in your life? Why not consider a subscription for the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre?

The 2017 RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride is coming to Latrobe City
Gippsland will be the feature region of the 2017 RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride.

Gippsland grows green grass
GippsDairy has received funding from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to run two Gippsland Grows Green Grass groups in Gippsland.

What does Hazelwood closure mean for the coal royalties tax?
The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath has exposed another twist in the closure of the Hazelwood power station.

Season’s Greetings from the AGI Board
Gippsland Regional Assembly Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford observed "food and fibre is the hidden secret of Gippsland".

Victoria leads in food and fibre exports
Victoria is exporting more food and fibre than any other Australian state.

13 Dec 2016 (Tuesday)

Further job losses with the relocation of Johnson Health Tech
Another blow to Latrobe Valley today with Johnson Health Tech’s (JHT) Head office in Morwell announcing they will be closing their doors and relocating to Dandenong.

Closure of Traralgon Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre
Member for Morwell Russell Northe has expressed his concern with the announcement that the Traralgon Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre will be closing its doors from today.

15 Dec 2016 (Thursday)

Latrobe City declared Victoria’s first City Deal priority
Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan has joined with State Small Business, Innovation and Trade Minister, Philip Dalidakis, today in Morwell to welcome the Victorian government’s call to seal the first Victorian City Deal

War memorial restoration grants now open
Member for Morwell Russell Northe is encouraging veteran organisations, councils and community groups to apply for grants to assist with restoration work required on war memorials.

Energy assessment grants available for businesses
Member for Morwell Russell Northe is encouraging eligible businesses across the Morwell electorate to apply for an Energy Assessment Grant.

Review provides clear guide for future of planning in Latrobe City
Latrobe City Council has received a Planning Panel report regarding Planning Scheme Amendment C97.

Local clubs receive VicHealth grants
Six local sports clubs have shared in just over $22,500 worth of funding under the VicHealth Active Club grant scheme.

Average summer day too hot for Labor’s deteriorating rail
Comment from Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh about the rail network to stop with the average temperature in summer day in Victoria.

Philip Parade Development Plan endorsed
The Philip Parade Development Plan in Churchill was endorsed by Latrobe City Council at its meeting on 5 December 2016.

16 Dec 2016 (Friday)

Funding available for Latrobe Valley sporting clubs
Member for Morwell Russell Northe has encouraged all local sporting clubs and organisations to apply for round two of the Sporting Club Grants program.

Environmental sales water should be released in full
The Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) should speed up the sale of 20GL of water it is planning to sell in the first half of next year, Shadow Minister for Water Peter Walsh has said.

17 Dec 2016 (Saturday)

Neighbourhood Watch groups will receive Liberal-Nationals support
An elected Liberals-Nationals government will lead the revitalisation of the Neighbourhood Watch program according to Member for Morwell Russell Northe.

Crime rising in Latrobe under Daniel Andrews
Community safety is at risk after Daniel Andrews’ failure to do enough to tackle a rising crime rate, Member for Morwell Russell Northe said.

19 Dec 2016 (Monday)

Unemployment continues to rise in Latrobe
Latrobe region has one of the highest unemployment rates of all Victorian municipalities, figures from the September 2016 quarter have revealed.

Fire Danger Period in force
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) is introducing the Fire Danger Period for Bass Coast and South Gippsland next Monday, 19 December.

Government must come clean on its stance on coal
Member for Morwell Russell Northe has called on the Andrews Labor Government to come clean on its stance on coal and finally release its coal policy as previously promised.

20 Dec 2016 (Tuesday)

Latrobe City welcomes ASIC announcement
Latrobe City Council has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that the sale of ASIC’s registry will not go ahead.

Latrobe City will not be ignored on energy future
Latrobe City Council has welcomed the Federal Minister for Industry, Greg Hunt’s suggestion of a new power station to secure the future of Alcoa’s Portland Aluminium Smelter, but says the new station should be built in the Latrobe Valley.

Funding announced for Latrobe City Synthetic Sports Field pavilion
Latrobe City Council has welcomed the Victorian State Government announcement of funding of $650,000 from the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund for the construction of the Latrobe City Synthetic Sports Field pavilion.

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