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1 Feb 2007 (Thursday)

Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival
Despite the recent threat of bushfire, the Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival returns for its 12th year in 2007.

‘Custodians’ Of Ferns Launch New Gippsland Label
A new marketing label which will promote Gippsland at nurseries throughout Victoria and interstate, has recently been launched by local business Boolarra Plants.

Mallacoota Boating Ups And Downs
Mallacoota has recorded a record number of visiting boating enthusiasts this Season who have on the whole enjoyed ideal conditions with fishing being productive across the board and the

Ingram Welcomes Fire Funding, But More Needed
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, met with key State Government Ministers this week when cabinet met at Lakes Entrance.

Fire Equipment Upgrades Needed: Nationals
Gippsland’s Nationals members, Peter Hall and Russell Northe, are calling on the State Government to upgrade fire brigade equipment and facilities in the local area.

2 Feb 2007 (Friday)

Ag News

Climate change challenge for businesses
Simple and cost-effective actions to reduce waste can help combat climate change and businesses are being urged to get involved in Business Clean Up Day on 27 February 2007.

Input Sought To Develop Land Stewardship Information Pack
Latrobe City is seeking community input into the development of a land stewardship information pack.

2007 Sports Uniform Grants
The Nationals Member for Eastern Region, Peter Hall advises all clubs, organisations and community groups in the electorate that applications for the Sporting Uniform Grants Program for 2007 are now open.

Lollypop Lady Starts School Year On Her Own Patch
Children crossing Fowler Street in Moe, on their first day back at school on Wednesday, found a new welcoming face at their school crossing.

Gippsland Chefs To Cook Up A Local Treat
Gippsland based chefs from hospitality businesses in Latrobe City, Baw Baw Shire and Cardinia Shire will once again compete in the third annual Gippsland Signature Dish competition to be

Labor Fails Victorian Education
The Bracks Labor Government is failing Victorian students and teachers, Shadow Minister for Education Philip Davis said today.

Wellington Recognises Citizens
As part of Australia Day activities Wellington Shire Council has recognised the work of individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to their community.

Water Conservation on Shire Ovals and Reserves
Wellington Shire Council is introducing significant water saving measures for its ovals and recreation reserves in response to increased water restrictions.

Gippsland Water Urges Customers To Beware Of A Water Filter Scam
Gippsland Water is warning its customers to beware of a water filter scam operating in the Gippsland Water service area.

Planning For Gippsland’S Future Waste Management Needs
The collection and disposal of household waste, green waste and recyclables are being reviewed as part of the development of a new waste management plan for the Gippsland Region.

San Remo Channel Challenge
Saturday February 3 will mark the 22nd staging of the San Remo Channel Challenge.

Council Warns - One Car Only In Each Disabled Parking Bay
Latrobe City Council has reminded users of disabled parking bays that the special sized bays may only contain one vehicle.

Victorian Dairy Conference Coming To Gippsland
Victoria’s leading dairy conference, My Future, My Business, will be coming to Sale in Gippsland on June 7 and 8 at the Esso BHP Billiton Entertainment Centre.

Come Ride A Rail Trail In Country Victoria: Nats
Eastern Region MP, The Nationals’ Peter Hall, is urging cyclists to dust off their bikes and head for Gippsland’s rail trails to celebrate Bike Path Discovery Day on Sunday 4 March, if not earlier.

Wonthaggi Celebrates Old & New
Wonthaggi will come alive on the weekend of February 24 and 25, with celebrations to launch the finished Wonthaggi Town Spine Project and Heritage Walks.

Kids Stay Home While Labor Bungles
A failure to complete new school buildings has resulted in a delayed start to the 2007 school year for some students, while others learn in makeshift classrooms.

Works Approval Lodged For Callignee South Road Landfill
Latrobe City Council has lodged a works approval application with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to establish the new landfill facility at the Callignee South Road site.

7 Feb 2007 (Wednesday)

Ingram Calls For Permanent Mobile Coverage In Buchan District
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, is calling for a permanent solution to provide mobile telephone coverage to the residents of Buchan and district.

Fed’S Cherry Picking On Water Is Not In National Interest: Ingram
The Independent member for Gippsland East Craig Ingram, has expressed serious concerns at the Federal Government’s attempt to take over control of water resources in the Murray Darling Basin.

Striving For A Butt Free Bass Coast
Over 1000 interviews have been conducted with smokers and 500 personal ashtrays distributed to help make the Bass Coast Butt Free.

Green Shopping
Wellington Shire Council and Repeat Products will exhibit the latest in 100% recycled plastic products on Friday 9 February.

‘Unsettled Boundaries’ Confronts Perceptions Of The Animal
An exhibition of works from the 2006 Melbourne International Arts Festival ‘Unsettled Boundaries’ opens this Saturday 10 February at the Latrobe Regional Gallery.

Council Faces Grading Difficulties
Long dry conditions and a lack of water is affecting road maintenance in the Wellington Shire.

Students Victimised Over Unpaid Fees
Beginning the 2007 school year has been a nightmare for some Victorian school students who are being victimised because their parents cannot afford to pay voluntary fees.

Lone Pine Reinstated In Victory Park
An Aleppo Pine (pinus brutia) commemorating Australia’s heritage and the sacrifices made by Australians at war, was reinstated at a planting ceremony in Victory Park Traralgon on Friday.

University Sport Returns - With Latrobe City Challenge
University Sport will return to Latrobe City in 2007 with the Latrobe City Challenge set to warm up the region from 1 – 4 July.

Insight Into World Business For Local Small Business
In what will be a first of its type, owners and operators of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are invited to an evening symposium on Wednesday 14 February

9 Feb 2007 (Friday)

Arnold Street To Be Reconstructed
A section of Arnold Street in Orbost is to be constructed and sealed following a decision by East Gippsland Councillors.

Churchill Development Flyer Misleading Says Council
Latrobe City Council has taken issue over a flyer being circulated to Churchill residents by a developer seeking community support for his proposals.

Alternative Feeds For Dairy Cows
The severe drought has resulted in the use of many alternative feeds this season by farmers, feed companies and consultants.

Recycling Gas Bottles
Wellington Shire Council has announced that arrangements have been made for the recycling of used gas bottles.

New Boat Ramp For Mallacoota
A new single lane boat ramp and floating berthing jetty is to be built adjacent to the existing boat ramp at Karbeethong on the western shore of Mallacoota Inlet.

Ingram Intervenes On Knob Reserve Future
Independent MP, Craig Ingram, has taken up concerns from the Stratford community regarding the future use of the town’s Knob Reserve with the State Government.

Special Charge Scheme Will Fund Goongerah Bridge
East Gippsland Shire Council is to declare a special charge scheme to provide a permanent vehicle crossing over the Brodribb River at Goongerah.

Opposition Announces Gaming License Inquiry
The Liberal Party today announced a Legislative Council inquiry into gaming licensing in Victoria.

Working Towards Cowes Children’S Hub
The first meeting of the Cowes Children’s Hub working party was held in Cowes, on Wednesday 24 January.

Rates Payments Due Thursday 15 February
Residents who are among the more than 60 percent of ratepayers who have chosen to pay their 2006-2007 rates in full, are reminded that the full payment of rates is due on Thursday 15 February 2007.

Small Changes To Portfolio Responsibilities
East Gippsland Shire Councillors have made small changes to portfolio responsibilities following the return of Cr Gil Sheppard to Council.

Raymond Island Ferry Out Of Service On Tuesday
East Gippsland Shire has announced that the Raymond Island ferry will be out of service from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm next Tuesday, 13 February.

News Bulletin
Bass Coast Local News

Inquiry Submissions Urged To Protect Community’S Growth
Business groups, organisations, community groups and individuals who have an interest in the Traralgon Bypass – Supplementary Inquiry, have been urged by Latrobe City Council to register

Paynesville Community Centre To Be Replaced
East Gippsland Shire Council is set to replace the Paynesville Community Centre building.

Coalville Road Footpath Provides Safer Access To Reserve
The first stage of a footpath project that will link the community at the southern end of Coalville Road to the existing footpath system near the High Street bridge over the Princes Freeway in Moe, is underway.

13 Feb 2007 (Tuesday)

Wednesday’s Churchill Community Meeting Moved To Binishell
High levels of public interest in Wednesday’s public meeting concerning development proposals for the township of Churchill, has prompted a change of venue from the

Weekly Bulletin
Monash news for the week

ATTENTION! Gippsland Apprentices and Trainees
New project seeks to interveiw local apprentices and trainees who left before finishing their training.

Landmark careers development at Monash Gippsland
For the first time in Monash Gippsland’s history, a Careers Consultant has been employed full time.

Bushfires and Weed Invasion
Wellington Shire Council is urging landholders to be on the lookout for weed invasions as regrowth starts after the recent bushfires.

16 Feb 2007 (Friday)

Roads Reopen After Fire
Wellington Shire Council has confirmed that several tourist and access roads within the fire affected mountain areas of the Shire are open for traffic.

Ag News
Pink Eye Problems

Dargo Needs To Better Water System: Hall
Dargo should be regarded as a town of special need and provided with a reticulated treated water and waste water system, according to Gippsland MP, Peter Hall.

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 this Wednesday 21 February in the Function Room at the Latrobe City civic centre in Kay Street, Traralgon.

Footpath Trading Review
Visitors and residents to Cowes will enjoy clearer footpaths in Thompson Avenue, Chapel Street and The Esplanade from 31 May 2007.

Mentoring Program To Provide Boost For Local Business
Latrobe City Council and the Victorian State government are joining forces to support the growth of local small and medium-sized businesses by hosting a subsidised business

Probity Inquiry Appointments
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council Philip Davis today announced the Liberal Party’s appointments to the Parliamentary Probity Inquiry into Gaming.

Groups Register for Clean Up
Wellington Shire Council is pleased with the number of groups who have registered a site for Clean Up Australia Day this year.

Travelling Treasures To Visit Moe Library
The State Library of Victoria’s roadshow event, ‘Travelling Treasures’ will bring to Moe Library on Thursday 8 March, a collection of artefacts from the Library’s treasures collection,

Using The Internet To Help With Homework
Now that school term is well and truly underway, Latrobe City library service is organising free information sessions focusing on using the internet to research homework projects.

Fire Warning Systems Needed In Schools
The State Government needs to give urgent consideration to a better fire monitoring system in schools, according to The Nationals’ MP Peter Hall.

News Bulletin
The Bass Coast Shire news from 15 February 2007

22 Feb 2007 (Thursday)

$757,000 Spending Boost From Council’S Mid-Year Review
Municipal budgetary savings accrued by Latrobe City during the first six months of the 2006/2007 financial year will enable council to include three-quarters of a million dollars worth of additional capital

Nats Demand Free Water For Residents
Gippsland residents coping with ash-contaminated water should receive free bottled water from the State Government, according to The Nationals Member for Eastern Region Peter Hall.

Around The World In 80 Ways With The Bohemian Nights
When you have been a professional musician for thirty years or so, you have the luxury of being able to perform the best of all the music you have discovered during your career.

Ingram Seeks Assistance For Tourism/Hospitality Businesses
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, is seeking state and federal government support on behalf of tourism and hospitality businesses affected by the recent bushfires in the region.

Gippsland Cream Is A Big Cheese In National Awards
Gippsland has scored a top award for its cream in the dairy industry’s major national awards.

2007 Latrobe Regional Gallery Program Released
The Latrobe Regional Gallery has released its 2007 calendar of events.

Feedback Will Be Considered On Henry Street Trees
Latrobe City Council will consider all feedback from residents in Henry Street Traralgon and the community at large, before making any decision on the future of Henry Street’s pin oak trees,

Drought Voucher Program Will Help Says Hall
MP Peter Hall has praised the RSPCA and the VFF for boosting the capacity of drought affected farmers to feed their livestock .

Council Seeking Increased Volunteer Numbers
Latrobe City Council is seeking volunteers to assist in the delivery of a number of programs for the community, especially in the areas of aged and community care in Traralgon.

Innovation Gippsland 2007 To Showcase Region’s Strengths
Innovation Gippsland will run across Gippsland in 2007. Formerly known as the Gippsland Innovation Festival, Innovation Gippsland is in its fifth year. An official launch will be held at Monash University

Monash Bulletin
MONDAY, February 19, 2007

Centenary House Users To Benefit From Valley Drive Seal
Latrobe City Council has reconstructed and sealed Valley Drive Traralgon, following a significant increase in traffic using the road since the development of Gippsland Rotary Centenary House.

Latrobe City Scoops Local Government Excellence Awards
Latrobe City scooped two of the seven Local Government Professional (LGPro) awards announced at Melbourne Park last Thursday night.

Ag News

Bush Fires Impacting On Water Quality
East Gippsland Water is maintaining a close watch on the quality of water in the river systems as concerns grow about the impact rain is having on the levels of ash and bush fire debris washing down the region’s waterways.

Emergency Water Supply Now Available For Farm Operations
An emergency water supply point installed on the Latrobe River at Flynn, can now be accessed by farmers experiencing water shortages to assist them with farm operations during the current dry.

Hall Calls For Senior Advisory Council Nominations
Member for Eastern Region, PETER HALL has called on local seniors to consider nominating for appointment to the Ministerial Advisory Council of Senior Victorians (MACSV).

27 Feb 2007 (Tuesday)

eChange Program To Help Small Business With eCommerce
An exciting, innovative eCommerce program for small to medium business operators, will be hosted by Latrobe City Council’s economic development unit in March.

Innovation Gippsland – Making Good Ideas Happen in 2007
Innovation Gippsland News

Virgins – A Musical Threesome
In a culture infiltrated by porn, pimps and pin-up chic, rebellion has a new name: chastity. And if Tracy and her crusading ‘virgins’ have anything to do with it, it’ll spread faster than news of Britney Spears’ latest pregnancy.

Ward Discretionary Funds
In 2006 Council introduced a pilot program for ward-based discretionary funds as part of the 2006-2007 budget.

Fire Affected Residents Urged To Utilise Clean-Up Help
Residents in the Toongabbie and Cowwarr areas, whose properties were affected by the December 2006 bushfires, are being urged to take advantage of a series of clean-ups being undertaken by volunteers.

Homework Help at Library
Students will have an opportunity to get help with their home work in a pilot program organised by Wellington Shire Council in partnership with The Smith Family.

Action to Assess Damage in Licola
Wellington Shire Council will be working with other agencies to assist Licola residents in the clean up of their community following flash flooding over the weekend.

Invitation - International Women's Day
On behalf of Latrobe Regional Hospital, I would like to invite you and your colleagues to attend our 'International Women's Day 2007' luncheon, a fundraising event for the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre Appeal.

Shire Calls For Committee Members
East Gippsland Shire is calling for people with a disability, carers and service providers to join its Disability Advisory Committee.

News Bulletin
Monday, February 26, 2007

Bass Coast Attracts More Visitors Than Ever
This year, Bass Coast Visitor Information Centres experienced their busiest January on record.

News Bulletin
22 February 2007

Superbike Crowd Arrives March 2-4
Event organisers, Police and Bass Coast Shire Council are ready for the crowd heading our way for the 2007 Yamaha Phillip Island Superbike World Championship, held March 2-4.

Workshop Promotes Vision For Local Communities
Local communities will be assisted to plan for their future at free workshops on Wednesday 14 March.

Bass Coast Meets Sudan
Bass Coast Shire Council has moved to up their support for settling refugees.

Hard Rubbish Clash With Superbikes
The dates for the 2007 hard rubbish collection for Cowes and Silverleaves clashes with the arrival of the Superbikes on Phillip Island.

Going Under Cover To Save Water Brings Dramatic Results
Pioneering research involving East Gippsland Water has revealed the dramatic benefits of installing shade cloth covers over water storage basins –both in protecting water quality and combating evaporation.

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