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2 Feb 2006 (Thursday)

Permanent Water Saving Rules – Here To Stay
Gippsland Water continues to recognise community efforts to conserve water since the release of the Permanent Water Saving Rules on December 7 last year.

Gippsland Innovation Festival Preparations Underway
Latrobe City is supporting the Gippsland Innovation Festival, and is encouraging local organisations to get involved.

Nature Destined To Sustain Tourism
The licensing system for Victoria’s 246 public land tour operator and activity providers is being reviewed to encourage a more sustainable nature based tourism industry.

TV transmission problems from Mount Taylor being monitored
Local television viewers experiencing reception problems are advised that transmission equipment is being monitored to determine the exact fault.

Summer Bus Service A Huge Success
The Bass Coast Summer Bus Service operating between Inverloch and Cowes over the six week summer period has proved to be a huge success, carrying more than 980 passengers.

Ag News
Ag News

3 Feb 2006 (Friday)

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter Area LTB1 Bridle Estate February 2006 (NHW102)
Marking Personal Property, Child Safety, Crime Report, Summary of Stolen Items.

6 Feb 2006 (Monday)

News Bulletin
Drugs And Alcohol The Focus, I Remember When, Clean Up Bass Coast.

Progress on Coastal Subdivision Strategy
Thousands of landowners will soon receive details as to how the recent Wellington Shire Council decision on Coastal Subdivision affects their property.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin
Monash University Weekly Bulletin. Monday, February 6, 2006.

Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival acts announced
Anticipation in the build up to the Commonwealth Games is set to swell with Latrobe City Mayor, Cr Lisa Price, this week announcing a number of headline acts to feature at the Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival Live site on Friday 24 March.

Phillip Island Library Extends Hours
New hours will be in operation at the Phillip Island Library from 13 February.

7 Feb 2006 (Tuesday)

Walhalla Getting Back on Track
The Gippsland Tourism Response and Recovery Group are holding a community briefing in Walhalla’s Mechanics Hall on Wednesday February 8th.

8 Feb 2006 (Wednesday)

Avoiding Stockfeed Residues
The onus is now on all producers to ensure that when marketing their livestock they meet food safety standards for pesticide residues.

Rates payments due 15 February
Residents who are among the more than 60 percent of ratepayers who have chosen to pay their 2005-2006 rates in full, are reminded that the full payment of rates is due on 15 February 2006.

Meetings called to aid bushfire trauma recovery
Community meetings have been organised this week for those living in the Yallourn North and Tyers communities, to assist them in dealing with the trauma associated with the recent Moondarra fires.

Storm Damage Forces Road Closure
Recent storm damage has now forced the closure of Ambyne Road at Sandy Creek, off McKillops Road near Tubbut.

Aerial Spraying At Swifts Creek Hits The Mark
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) began aerial spraying at Swifts Creek on 31st January on hoppers that have hatched from extensive egg beds laid by adult locusts in December 2005.

Summit to help local business benefit from major projects
The first ‘Eastern Victoria Major Projects and Opportunities Summit’ will be taking place in Morwell later this month.

10 Feb 2006 (Friday)

Fipronil Proves Effective On Hoppers
The use of the insecticide Fipronil in controlling hoppers at Swifts Creek by the Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) and landholders is proving effective.

Bass Coast News Bulletin
Bass Coast News Bulletin

Chefs inspired to get creative with local produce
Latrobe City has joined with the Baw Baw and Cardinia Shires in the exciting food and wine initiative, ‘Signature Dish’, as part of the Gateway to Gippsland Food and Wine Network.

Farm Oil Recycling at Kilmany
To further enhance the region’s current program of used oil from households and farms, Wellington Shire Council has been chosen by Sustainability Victoria to take part in a free pilot program for farm oil collection at the Kilmany landfill.

Brumby Rules Out Fencing Help For Burnt-Out Farmers
The Bracks Government has ruled out providing assistance to farmers struggling to replace their boundary fencing destroyed by bushfires, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Free home-based and small business workshop
A free business workshop aimed at assisting anyone running a home-based or small business, will be held on Wednesday 15 February.

Off With Their Heads
Wellington Shire Council is encouraging residents and land holders to prevent the popular agapanthus garden plant from become a major weed in bushlands.

Public Consultations For Tourism Plan
Members of the East Gippsland community are invited to express their views on tourism at two public meetings with the consultants preparing the East Gippsland Strategic Tourism Plan on behalf of the Tourism Advisory Board.

Preschools praised for ‘Smiles for Miles’ program
Five local preschools were recognised recently for their efforts in targeting the dental health of their students in the pilot program ‘Smiles for Miles’.

Urgent Action Needed On Telemarketing Practices
Gippsland MP and The National Upper House Leader in the State Parliament, Peter Hall, has called for the Federal and State Governments to move on the setting up of a national ‘do not contact’ register to combat intrusive telemarketing calls.

Bass Coast Sports & Leisure Expo
A Sports and Leisure Expo involving mass community participation across the Shire is being held on Sunday, 26 February 2006.

Councillors Encourage Community To Have Say On Coastal Strategy
Bass Coast Shire Councillors are encouraging the community to share their views on changes to the township boundaries of Cape Paterson, Grantville and Pioneer Bay.

13 Feb 2006 (Monday)

Independent Fire Inquiry Needed
The Nationals have supported calls for a parliamentary inquiry into the January bushfires which ravaged large areas of Victoria, with Gippsland MP Peter Hall suggesting that some elements of the Moondarra fire would benefit from such a review.

Bracks Refuses Bushfire Inquiry
The Bracks Government has refused a request from the Liberal Party to establish an inquiry into the factors that led to the January bushfires, in particular the Grampians and Moondarra fires.

Council at Job Expo
Wellington Shire Council staff gave an insight into local government job opportunities at the recent Morwell Commonwealth Games Job Expo.

Weekly Bulletin
Monash University Weekly Bulletin - Monady, February 13, 2006.

News Bulletin
News Bulletin - 10 February 2006

15 Feb 2006 (Wednesday)

MP Criticises Park Plan
The State Government should not be extending areas of National Park in Victoria until it provides enough resources to look after existing areas of public land, according to The Nationals Natural Resources Spokesman Peter Hall.

Landowners Accept Tambo Bluff Special Charge Proposals
Owners of land on Tambo Bluff who attended meetings in Metung and Melbourne have voted almost unanimously to accept an East Gippsland Shire’s plan for a special charge scheme to complete the development of the subdivision.

Demonstrations Of Online Service At Libraries
Latrobe City’s Traralgon, Morwell and Moe libraries are holding demonstration sessions next week highlighting the online library service.

Sweet, Suite Music In Café Concert Series
The Café Concert Series is on again in Latrobe City, with a package of four concerts presented throughout the calendar year celebrating music as an art form.

Three-Day Clean Up Australia Program Set To Start
The serious business of cleaning up Australia is about to start with three special days allocated to various areas of responsibility.

Community Invited To Commit To Harmony And Safety
Latrobe City mayor Cr Lisa Price, has invited residents, businesses, community agencies, families, schools, neighbours, sporting clubs, community groups, workmates and others in the community, to attend and witness the signing of two key documents.

Better Business Seminar Dates
The Small Business Answers Program recently change names to the Small Business Field Officer program, the following are the dates of the Better Business Seminars for 2006

Disgust At Snowy Sale
The State Government’s decision to sell its share of Snowy Hydro is another broken promise by Premier Steve Bracks and puts at risk promised environmental flows in both the Snowy and Murray Rivers, according to a Nationals MP.

Poplars Get The Chop
Poplars on the banks of the Mitchell River just north of Bairsndale are now facing the end of their days.

Vibrancy and beauty of flowers at Gallery
The current exhibition in the International Power Hazelwood Community Access Gallery at the Latrobe Regional Gallery features works by local artist Esther Jago.

16 Feb 2006 (Thursday)

Community Celebrates Bridge Opening
The community will celebrate the opening of the Historic Swing Bridge at Longford this weekend.

Whole Of Gippsland Invited To Games’ Live Site
across Gippsland are being invited to the Commonwealth Games Gippsland Live Site, 15 - 26 March 2006, to enjoy two weeks of free, big-screen sport and top-class live entertainment.

Schools Get Involved In Baton Relay
When the Queen’s Baton Relay visits on 1 and 2 March, every school in the Bass Coast Shire will get the chance to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Ag News
Ram Care & Exploring Weed/Animal Interactions

News Bulletin
News Bulletin

Bass Coast Addressing Sea Change Issues
The National Sea Change Taskforce, of which Bass Coast Shire Council is a foundation member, has launched a report examining how local governments respond to the challenges of the ‘sea change phenomenon’.

21 Feb 2006 (Tuesday)

Shire’S First Meeting Under Wider Community Plan
East Gippsland Shire’s first meeting under its recently announced broader Community Consultation Program will be held in Lakes Entrance tomorrow night (Tuesday 21 February).

Gippsland East emergency services boost
Emergency services throughout Gippsland East will be share in over $190,000 funding through the Community Safety Emergency Support Program.

New Recycling Record For East Gippsland
East Gippsland Shire Council contractors Tambo Waste have reported a record total of 316.4 tonnes of recyclables collected during January from the kerbside collection system.

Volunteers, The Face Of Our Community
How can a program like the Walking School Bus grow from 6 participants to over 150 in one year?

Community Celebrates Bridge Opening
Community Groups and volunteers deserve a big round of applause after the Swing Bridge opening and handover according to the Mayor of Wellington Shire Council, Cr Malcolm Hole.

23 Feb 2006 (Thursday)

Council meeting venue to be centralised
Future meetings of Latrobe City Council are to be held under the one roof, at the Latrobe City corporate headquarters.

Let’s Dairy – From The Ground Up!
Victoria’s leading dairy conference will be held in Shepparton on June 6 and 7 at the Eastbank Centre and will focus on profitability by building on the core business of dairy farming.

Ag News
Ag News - 23/02/06

Child Care A Priority For Council
An unsuccessful application to the Victorian Government for funding to develop an Early Childhood Centre in Wonthaggi will not affect Council’s commitment to addressing Bass Coast’s child care issues.

Detox Your Home – Free Household Chemical Collection
East Gippsland Shire is offering residents the opportunity to rid their homes of unwanted household chemicals this Saturday.

Tyers and surrounding towns benefit from Gippsland Water's first membrane filtration plant
Work has begun at the Tyers Water Treatment Plant to deliver Gippsland Water’s first membrane filtration plant.

Mid-year review demonstrates sound financial position
Latrobe City Council approved the 2005/06 mid-year budget review at its council meeting on Monday evening, with council reinforcing its initial budget with minor amendments.

Hall Supports Education Union Call For Funds
Gippsland Province MP PETER HALL has welcomed Mary Bluett’s call for more funding for state schools throughout the Gippsland region.

Bass Coast Set To Host Queen’S Baton Relay
Bass Coast Shire Council is delighted to announce that after many months of comprehensive planning the region is fully prepared to host the Melbourne 2006 Queen’s Baton Relay when it arrives in Bass Coast next week on 1 March.

24 Feb 2006 (Friday)

Stage takes shape at Victory Park soundshell
A major milestone was reached on Wednesday in the development of the Victory Park soundshell in Traralgon, with concrete poured for the stage itself.

Queen’s Baton arrives on Tuesday
The Queen’s Baton will arrive in Latrobe City on Tuesday during a special Celebration Concert being held in Kay Street, opposite the Traralgon Outdoor Pool.

Cultural Concert Reflects Commonwealth Diversity
A special Queens Baton Relay Cultural Concert will feature in Kay Street Traralgon on Tuesday afternoon from 3pm – 6.30pm. Admission is free.

27 Feb 2006 (Monday)

Mayor's Message
Mayor's Message - 23 February 2006

Vietnam Veterans’ Receive Welcome Boost
The Hon John Brumby MP, Treasurer of Victoria, today announced a $250,000 Small Towns Development Fund grant for the Vietnam Veterans’ Museum.

Face Lift For Phillip Island Information Centre
A $250,000 grant to assist with the expansion and refurbishment of the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre at Newhaven was announced today by the Hon John Brumby MP, Treasurer for Victoria.

Seminar To Tell Of Protection From Phising, Worms And Spam
A seminar designed to help businesses protect themselves from phising, worms and spam will be held at the in the Lakes Room, Bairnsdale RSL Wednesday, 1 March at 8.00pm.

Two Days Until Queen’S Baton Arrives In Bass Coast
Bass Coast Shire Council announced today, that after all the hard work there is just two days to go until the Bass Coast Shire hosts the Melbourne 2006 Queen’s Baton Relay.

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