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1 Feb 2017 (Wednesday)

Latrobe City Council welcomes Shadow Cabinet visit
Latrobe City Council mayor, Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan took the opportunity to highlight the transition challenges facing the Latrobe City community this year, during her welcoming of the Victorian Coalition Shadow Cabinet to Latrobe.

2 Feb 2017 (Thursday)

Bath reminds women of the importance of breast screening
Melina Bath has reminded women of the importance of breast screening for early breast cancer detection.

3 Feb 2017 (Friday)

Gippsland Swimming Inc. congratulates the Gippsland Swimming Clubs and swimmers who participated in the 2017 Victorian Country Swimming Championships.
Gippsland Swimming Inc., President Jacqueline Madden has congratulated the Gippsland swimming club and swimmers who participated in the 3 day, 2017 Victorian Country Swimming Championships, held at the Lex Glover Aqua Energy Aquatics Complex, Sale.

6 Feb 2017 (Monday)

Failure to vote notices
The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) has sent out 8023 apparent failure-to-vote notices to people who failed to vote at the Council elections in October 2016.

Counting down the days to closure
Latrobe City Council is counting down the days until the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station at the end of March 2017.

7 Feb 2017 (Tuesday)

Labor’s dairy grants under-funded and over-promised
Daniel Andrews under-funded and over-promised on grants offered to farmers hit by the dairy crisis.

Drainage improvements for Goroke Street
Bass Coast Shire Council will soon begin construction on stormwater drainage works in Goroke Street in Inverloch.

Rehabilitation works at Ayr Creek
Bass Coast Shire Council is continuing works to prevent flooding and rehabilitate Ayr Creek in Inverloch.

Hazelwood Taskforce meets
Latrobe City Council mayor, Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan joined with her counterparts today to participate in the Federal Government’s Hazelwood Taskforce Meeting.

8 Feb 2017 (Wednesday)

Students $165m worse off under Daniel Andrews
Daniel Andrews has ripped more than $160 million from training in the past 12 months.

VicHealth grants to boost female participation
Sporting clubs and organisations in the Morwell electorate are able to apply for up to $10,000 in funding from the latest round of the VicHealth Active Club Grant program.

Parliamentary Contribution - Hazelwood closure
In 51 days Hazelwood Power Station will close its doors and the impact on many workers, contractors, businesses and local families will be simply devastating.

Have your say on Education and Training Reform Regulations Review
Member for Morwell Russell Northe has encouraged educators and parents of school children to take an active role in the current review of regulations in the Education and Training Reform Act 2007.

Labor failing our forestry workers
Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has failed to explain why the Andrews Government refuses to stand up for thousands of jobs in Victoria’s forestry industry.

10 Feb 2017 (Friday)

Labor will take training nowhere
The number of student in Victoria has dropped 45.3 per cent, from 443,687 to 242,000 in June 2016

13 Feb 2017 (Monday)

Northe fights for a new Latrobe Special Developmental School
Member for Morwell Russell Northe joined with Latrobe Special Developmental School (Latrobe SDS) Council President, Sam Varsaci and parents to call on the Andrews Labor Government to provide funding for a new school.

Follow the six steps to success for your small business
Latrobe City Council, supported by Small Business Victoria, is running a series of low-cost workshops aimed at boosting the skillset of local small business owners will kick off at the end of February.

Victoria’s gas ban a win for environment, farmers and democracy
Today the Lower House of the Victorian parliament is debating the Resources Legislation Amendment (Fracking Ban) Bill 2016, which will permanently ban fracking in the state.

Funding for Latrobe City Infrastructure Projects
The announcement yesterday by the Federal Government to provide funding towards the Morwell-Traralgon shared pathway project, and an upgrade to Morwell Recreation Reserve will be welcomed by our local community after years of advocacy.

Latrobe Performing Arts 2017 season program launched
Hard copy brochures for our year of live performances are now available from the Latrobe Performing Arts box office, following a successful launch of the 2017 season program last week.

San Remo focus for visiting artists
Capturing San Remo was the focus for artists this week as they visited the town for its upcoming public art project.

Bath calls for Minister to attend fire trials
Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath has called on the Minister for the Environment Lily D’Ambrosio to visit and observe a trial of indigenous fire management practices.

$1.35M for road safety works
Bass Coast Shire Council has received $1.35 million in funding to improve road safety along sections of road in Woodleigh and Coronet Bay.

14 Feb 2017 (Tuesday)

Have you heard about Herd17?
Herd17 provides networking and professional development opportunities on March 22-23.

Agreements support environmental upgrades
Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs) assist businesses to reduce carbon emissions, reduce water use, increase productivity, and cut energy costs.

Moe Tennis Courts reconstruction project progresses
The reconstruction project at the Moe Tennis Club is progressing well with completion anticipated by early April.

Prestigious IEEE Mechatronics event hosted at Fed Uni, Churchill
One of the world’s most prestigious electronics events is being held at Fed Uni, Churchill campus next week, bringing international experts in robotics, artificial intelligence, advanced motion control and mechatronic applications to Latrobe City.

Harvest milk for better quality
Cups on Cups off is a two-day training course to help dairy farmers achieve best practice in milk harvesting

Vegetable industry export strategy released
The Vegetable Industry Export Market Development Strategy 2020

Bourke Street Tragedy: The reponse from regional Victorians
Regional communities expresses their distress at the law and order issues facing in our state.

Rebate aims to reduce quad bike deaths
Victorian Government encourages farmers to take part in a $6 million rebate scheme to help reduce quad bike deaths

Worse than being noxious – it’s a curse!
Noxious weed Paterson’s Curse (Echium plantagineum) has been identified growing on properties in Traralgon.

Bee in touch using latest technology!
BeeConnected app run by CropLife Australia in partnership with AHBIC.

Leverage China relationships and experience
In May 2017, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will run its fourth China business immersion experience.

Ryegrass toxicosis is a summer risk for livestock
Agriculture Victoria is warning farmers of the risk of perennial ryegrass toxicosis.

Forgotten land to enhance Scenic Reserve
Bass Coast Shire Council will advertise to acquire the remaining privately owned allotments within the Scenic Estate subdivision at Surf Parade on Phillip Island.

Don’t miss the small business bus
The small business bus offers friendly, professional assistance from an information officer and specialist advice from an experienced business

Local companies urged to attend 'Meet the Builder' event
Local companies involved in manufacturing, concreting, construction and other industrial project applications are being offered a unique opportunity to meet representatives from Continuum.

Gippsland’s agrifood sector gets employment boost
Agribusiness Gippsland will join forces with the East Gippsland Food Cluster in the 'Gippsland Regional Agrifood Employment Project'

Dairy: we are on your side
A community family fun day on Saturday, February 18 from 11am-1pm at Civic Park Drouin, Young St, Drouin aims to support dairy farmers.

16 Feb 2017 (Thursday)

Last Night's Council Meeting Round-Up: 13 February 2017
A snapshot of some of the decisions made by Council at their Ordinary Meeting on Monday 13 February, 2017.

Funding secured for ANZAC commemorations
Latrobe City Council has resolved to allocate funds until the end of next year to cover traffic management costs for ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services conducted by local RSL clubs.

Latrobe City Council’s footpath program goes to great lengths
More than two kilometres of new footpaths have been constructed around Latrobe City this financial year, completing links for pedestrians in commercial, residential and recreation areas.

SFNC Fundraiser - Don't Change - The INXS Story & the Sale 2017 Pro Rodeo
Sale Football Netball Club are celbrating their 140th anniversary with some great events throughout the year.

Andrews appoints architect of Hazelwood closure to lead transition
Daniel Andrews’ decision to appoint a key adviser behind the plan to close Hazelwood to manage the Latrobe Valley’s transition shows his utter contempt for the people of the Valley, Member for Morwell Russell Northe has said.

Unique musical partnership introduces sweet soiree
Musical journey from jazz to classical for the first performance of the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre’s Sweet Soiree subscription.

17 Feb 2017 (Friday)

Latrobe City Council meets with State Treasurer
Latrobe City Council has met with State Government Ministers to discuss the transition of the Latrobe City community today.

20 Feb 2017 (Monday)

Rural Land Use Strategy part of Planning Scheme
New controls to manage the use of rural land in Bass Coast Shire now form part of the Bass Coast Planning Scheme.

Government must provide answers on plantation leases
Member for Morwell Russell Northe has said the Andrews Labor Government’s failure to renegotiate the renewal of leases of land for Hancock Victoria Plantations’ (HVP) leaves the future of the timber industry in the Latrobe Valley in question.

Meetings shared around the Shire
Bass Coast Shire Council will now regularly hold Ordinary Council Meetings in Wonthaggi and Cowes, as well as meetings in Grantville and Inverloch annually as part of its newly adopted Ordinary Meeting Schedule.

Wind blades project abandoned
Plans for a public art project featuring two decommissioned wind blades from the Wonthaggi Wind Farm and a surrounding park and playground in Wonthaggi will not proceed, as directed by Bass Coast Shire Council.

Inverloch Transfer Station to stay
Bass Coast Shire Council voted to keep the Inverloch Transfer Station open and running at the Ordinary Council Meeting last night.

Council to investigate car ferry
Bass Coast Shire Council will lead the development of a business case for a car ferry from Cowes to Stony Point.

Council seeking home for art collection
Bass Coast Shire Council may explore the potential to convert the Old Wonthaggi Post Office and Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre into art galleries to house works including the Robert Smith Collection.

22 Feb 2017 (Wednesday)

Schools dropped in deep end
Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath has again raised concerns over the Andrews Labor Government’s mandatory 50 metre swimming program for primary schools.

Council asks on display
Banners hanging on the sides of Latrobe City Council’s service centre building in Morwell are a visual reminder of Council’s commitment to work with the community to secure a just transition for Latrobe City.

Inappropriate street tree program to continue
Latrobe City Council has endorsed the continuation of the Inappropriate Street Tree Removal and Replacement program for the next three years. Since its inception in 2005, the program has seen the removal of 4500 inappropriate trees.

Latrobe City Mayor proud of the community
A lesson on strength, unity and community cohesion is how Latrobe City Council mayor, Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan described last night’s national television portrayal of a community in transition.

The magic of Fred Astaire swings by the Performing Arts Centre
If you enjoy the music and dance of a bygone era, then you’ll love A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire playing at the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday 1 March from 11am.

23 Feb 2017 (Thursday)

No certainty for Vic forestry jobs
The Andrews Government’s hostility toward Victoria’s forestry industry will bleed jobs, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh has said.

Run your irrigation system from anywhere
Soil moisture monitoring technology, automation, 3-D drainage modelling and farm-scale solar systems are some of the offerings at next month’s FREE Gippsland Irrigation Expo at Sale.

Parliament contribution - Hazelwood closure
Parliamentary contribution from the Member for Morwell, Russell Northe in relation to the closure of Hazelwood.

Essendon airport must stay open
While a tragic accident occurred at Essendon airport yesterday, it should not result in a knee-jerk reaction to close a vital transport hub for regional and rural Victorians.

24 Feb 2017 (Friday)

Council meets with Productivity Commission
Latrobe City Council deputy mayor, Councillor Graeme Middlemiss hosted a meeting with the Federal Government’s Productivity Commission to discuss regional economic transitions this week.

Victorians to fork out millions to fix Labor’s housing crisis
More and more of Victoria’s most vulnerable people are being forced onto public housing wait lists in the Andrews Labor Government’s public housing crisis.

Lib-Nats move to establish inquiry into blackwater events
Shadow Minister for Water Peter Walsh has called on the Greens and Shooters, Fishers and Farmers to support a Liberal-Nationals proposal to establish a parliamentary inquiry into environmental water management in Victoria.

Bath calls on Minister to secure new timber agreement
Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath has called out Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford for failing to secure a new timber agreement which would save the jobs of 250 workers at Australian Sustainable Hardwoods’ Heyfield mill.

Twilight delight for Sister Cities Festival
Latrobe City Council's annual Sister Cities Festival will take place from 6pm to 10pm on Friday 7 April, this year’s event promises once again to shine a light on a variety of Asian arts and culture.

27 Feb 2017 (Monday)

Young Leaders begin their year
Bass Coast Shire Council once again recognised young leaders in our community with the 2017 Bass Coast Young Leaders Awards on Tuesday, 21 February at the RACV Inverloch Resort.

Mapping Bass Coast’s biolinks
Bass Coast Shire Council is seeking community input on its plan to map the existing areas of native bushland across the Shire, and identify linkages that will provide key environmental corridors.

Council welcomes new Forensic Hub for the Valley
Latrobe City Council has welcomed the news of a Forensic Hub to be based in Latrobe City.

Mapping Bass Coast’s biolinks
Bass Coast Shire Council is seeking community input on its plan to map the existing areas of native bushland across the Shire, and identify linkages that will provide key environmental corridors.

Keeping our environment clean
Volunteers from around Bass Coast will once again help clean up our environment and keep Bass Coast beautiful for Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, 5 March.

Statement: Barely one month to Hazelwood closure
A media blitz by the Andrews Government in the final days before Hazelwood’s closure will not create real jobs for the power station’s highly-skilled workforce.

More aged care beds for Moe
Latrobe City Council mayor, Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan has welcomed the announcement by the Royal Freemasons of new aged care beds for Moe.

28 Feb 2017 (Tuesday)

Latrobe Valley youth unemployment highest in regional Vic
Daniel Andrews is failing young people in the Latrobe Valley.

Gippsland Climate News & Views Feb
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