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5 Feb 2009 (Thursday)

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter for February 2009 Area LTB1 (NHW 135)
Bicycle Theft, Hot Phones, Theft From Cars, Police Crime Report.

9 Feb 2009 (Monday)

Westernport Water donates hay to fire-hit farmers
Westernport Water this morning agreed to donate a semi-trailer load of hay to fire-struck Victorian farmers.

10 Feb 2009 (Tuesday)

Bushfire Relief Raffle
Local Small Business Raising Money for Bushfire Relief

The bushfires: a shared tragedy
A statement by Philip Davis, Member for Eastern Victoria: We all bear the marks of tragedy and shock that the bushfires have so devastatingly inflicted on Victoria since Saturday.

13 Feb 2009 (Friday)

Community Newsletter Wilsons Prom Fire 12/02/2009 - 1800Hrs

Burial Of Dead Stock
As the gritty task of clean up begins, many farmers will be faced with the unpleasant task of disposing of dead stock.

Dargo-White Timber Spur And Waynes Track Fires
Awareness Message – Update

Swill Feeding Is Banned In Australia
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is reminding pig producers that swill feeding is banned in Australia.

Community Newsletter Wilsons Prom Cathedral Fire 1000Hrs

Update on Gippsland fire situation 12/02/2009 - 1700hrs
Rain has fallen across most of the fire area in Gippsland today. Rainfall figures have varied but the cooler conditions are providing some relief from active fire today.

Water Supply Update
Gippsland Water would like to advise all customers within its service area that water use is currently governed by Permanent Water Saving Rules.

Appeal launched for bushfire victims - Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund
The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund has launched an appeal to aid fire stricken familles who received a devastating blow from this week’s fires across Gippsland.

Support for Fire Victims Overwhelming
It’s the big heartedness of the Gippsland community which is setting new records this week.

Update on Gippsland fire situation 12/02/2009 - 1200hrs
Cathedral Range fire – Wilsons Promontory

Consultant Appointed For Gippsland Logistics Precinct
Latrobe City Council has appointed consultancy firm Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) to undertake a study of the indicative level of freight suitable for transport by rail from the proposed Gippsland Logistics Precinct in Tramway Road, Morwell.

Managing The Challenge Of A Mid-Season Milk Price Drop

Update On Gippsland Fire Situation 1200Hrs
Wilsons Promontory-Cathedral Range Fire

Omeo Residents Urged To Conserve Water
Following the recent, unprecedented heatwave, East Gippsland Water is urging customers in Omeo to implement Voluntary Water Savings in addition to current Permanent Water Saving Rules, to help conserve drinking water supplies.

Celebration Among Women
Women from across Bass Coast are invited to celebrate 2009 International Women’s Day.

Locals Urged To Support Gippsland’s Relief Fund
Whilst the nation rallies behind the victims of the weekend’s bushfire emergency with cash donations to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund or goods and services

Bushfire Message Book Available To Sign
Local MPs Russell Northe and Peter Hall are inviting anyone who wishes to offer their condolences to bushfire victims and show support for emergency services crews to sign an official message book available in their offices.

Northe Calls For GERF Support
Morwell MP Russell Northe has urged the State Government to give generously in support of fire-affected communities as Parliament sat for the first time in 2009 this afternoon.

Water reuse guide launched for dairy processors
Australia’s dairy manufacturers will now have a definitive guide on water reuse.

Latrobe City Council Relief Centres
Latrobe City Council wishes to inform residents that its emergency recovery plan has been implemented and is providing immediate support to bushfire victims.

Watch Out For Facial Eczema
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is warning Gippsland farmers to familiarise themselves with control procedures for facial eczema and to start monitoring their cattle, sheep and goats.

Bass Coast News Bulletin Deadly In Gippsland Postponed/Towards Cultural Competency In Gippsland/Grantville Landscaping
DEADLY in Gippsland postponed

Update on Gippsland fire situation 12/02/2009 0800hrs
There have been varying amounts of rain on all firegrounds overnight, up to 20mm in some places, helping to keep fire behaviour to a minimum, but hampering some efforts to get firefighters and their vehicles

Ingram Urges Communities To Join Fight For Retention Of Payphones
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, today urged local residents to assist in the fight to retain public payphones located at a number of towns in his electorate.

Report Highlights Need For More Literacy Support: Ingram
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has welcomed the Auditor General’s report on literacy and numeracy achievement, which was tabled in Parliament today.

Community Input For New Website
Bass Coast Shire Council is calling for community input for the redevelopment of its current website.

Community Planning In Inverloch
Bass Coast Shire Council is inviting Inverloch residents to take part in a focus group aimed at developing projects in the town.

Emergency Water Supply Points
Residents affected by the Churchill/Jeeralang fires who are not connected to the town’s reticulated water supply system will still be able to access potable drinking water from two newly-installed water standpipes.

No Exclusion With Water Minister Meeting
Bass Coast Shire Council met this week with the Minister for Water, Tim Holding, to discuss desalination issues.

Fires in Gippsland
Prompt action by DSE firefighters has resulted in two fires being quickly contained in the Gippsland region tonight.

Grow Your Business With Latrobe City’s Planning Program
In today’s current economic climate, nothing could be more important for local businesses than finding out how to plan, manage and develop strategies to improve and sustain current business activities.

A View To Stopping Foreshore Vandalism
Bass Coast Shire Council has investigated a deliberate act of vandalism which included the felling of at least 15 mature Coast Tea-trees located near the end of McHaffie Drive, Cowes during January.

Support for Fire Victims Overwhelming
It’s the big heartedness of the Gippsland community which is setting new records this week.

Latrobe City Thanks Fire Volunteers
Latrobe City Council formally resolved on Monday evening to acknowledge the enormous efforts of all agencies, their staff and volunteers involved with the recent fire emergency.

Traralgon Early Learning Centre
Latrobe City Council is one step closer to finding a new home for its Traralgon Early Learning Centre.

Dargo-White Timber Spur Fire
Incident Information

Visiting Hour Raises A Tail Thump Or Two For Fire Affected Pets
Eleven o’clock each morning this week has been eagerly awaited by some of the many who have been dramatically affected by the recent severe fires.

Community Newsletter Wilsons Prom Fire 12/02/2009 - 1000Hrs

Update On Gippsland Fire Situation 0800Hrs
Fire activity was quiet on all the fires across Gippsland last night. The lower overnight temperatures and rain yesterday subdued fire activity.

Latrobe City and Baw Baw Shire Joint Communiqué Waste management advice for fire-affected residents
Residents facing the prospect of a post-bushfire clean up are advised that support and advice is available from Latrobe City Council and Baw Baw Shire Council.

Cowes Classic
The Cowes Classic weekend kicks off on Saturday 14 February at 4pm with the Cowes Classic biathlon and concludes on Sunday 15 February with the Island Swim Classic. The Cowes Classic is the final event

25 Feb 2009 (Wednesday)

Connecting Fire-Affected Communities With Computers
The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe has advised that the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is coordinating the provision of free computers to fire-affected families and small businesses.

Feeding Dairy Cows Program Coming To Maffra
Having a clear understanding of effective feed management is generally the top priority for most dairy farmers and to help farmers develop this skill, the Department of Primary Industries (DPI)

Register Your Help For The Bushfires
Bass Coast Shire Council has set up a register of activities to help the recovery effort for the Victorian bushfires.

Local Chefs To Compete In Gippsland Signature Dish Grand Final
Latrobe City’s gourmands are in for a treat when two local chefs compete in the 2009 Gippsland Signature Dish Competition, to be held on Sunday 1 March at Lardner Park in Warragul.

Ingram Calls For More Railway Station Parking
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the Minister for Public Transport to provide further parking spaces at the Bairnsdale Railway Station.

Residents In Fire Affected Areas Warned To Disconnect Water Tanks From Guttering Before Rain Falls
Residents on tank water in fire affected areas have been warned to temporarily disconnect their rainwater tanks from their roof guttering prior to potential rainfall,

Cowes Civic Centre Master Plan Exhibition
The Cowes Cultural Precinct masterplan will be on exhibition on Saturday 7 March in the corridor of the Cowes Heritage Centre. It will then move to the Cowes Customer Service Centre until Monday 16 March.

The Enchanted Forest: New Gothic Storytellers
A spellbinding exhibition that trails the uncanny, charmed and cursed, is featuring at the Latrobe Regional Gallery from this Saturday.

Kennedy Announced As Speaker For IWD.
Inverloch artist, Fiona Kennedy, has been announced as the guest speaker at Bass Coast’s International Women’s Day lunch.

DPI Continues To Help Landholders With Agricultural Recovery
The latest farm stock and infrastructure losses recorded by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) highlight the enormity of the recovery workload ahead for farmers in bushfire impacted areas of Victoria.

Big Crowds Expected For Superbikes
A big crowd is expected for the 2009 Yamaha Phillip Island Superbike World Championship, held 27 February - 1 March.

Free Green Waste Disposal Weekend At End Of Month
Latrobe City residents will be given the opportunity to dispose of trailer loads of green waste free of charge later this month, during a ‘free green waste disposal weekend’ provided by Latrobe City Council

Plastic Not An Ugly Word At The New Landfill This Week
Plastic tends to be an ugly word in the environment these days, with much of it used for short-term ‘disposable’ purposes and ending up in landfill.

Grants Boost Available To Local Volunteers
Funding of up to $20,000 is available to volunteer groups across Gippsland working in local bushfire zones, Member for Morwell Russell Northe said today.

Footpath Clean Up Steams Ahead
Thompson Avenue in Cowes will receive a face-lift next month.

Carneval Strings Sets The Tempo For Café Culture Series
A dynamic, traditional string quartet will set the tempo for Café Culture Series 2009, with a performance by ‘Carneval Strings at 7.30pm on Sunday 1 March at the Tyers Hall.

Update On Gippsland Fire Situation 0800Hrs

Draft Skate And BMX Plan Released For Community Consultation
Latrobe City Council has released a document for community consultation intended to guide the improvement of skate and BMX facilities across the municipality.

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