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4 Jan 2004 (Sunday)

VICTA'S New Release for 2004

5 Jan 2004 (Monday)

Gippsland Rugby League
Gippsland Rugby League kicks off in 2004, with many new and exciting prospects on the schedule.

Leongatha Cinema Times
Session Times for 31st December - 7th January

7 Jan 2004 (Wednesday)

Weekend trial bus service for Churchill’s
A trial bus service between Churchill and the Morwell Leisure Centre and newly refurbished Traralgon Outdoor Pool will operate from this weekend.

$3.2 Million Flows To Gippsland Lakes Protection
Acting Premier John Thwaites today announced $3.2 million in funding for projects to help restore the health of the Gippsland Lakes.

Youth Band ambassadors depart for China and Japan
The Latrobe City Youth Band departed on Wednesday 7 January for its tour of China and Japan and prior to departing, all members signed up as ambassadors under the LatrobeFirst campaign.

Traralgon outdoor pool now open
Traralgon’s outdoor pool reopened on Sunday following the biggest upgrade to the Olympic sized pool in forty-six years.

Dairy Cow Reminders For January 2004

8 Jan 2004 (Thursday)

Mulch to improve health of trees in Grey Street
A median strip in Grey Street Traralgon has been stripped of its existing grass coverage and is being mulched to improve growing conditions for streetscape trees.

9 Jan 2004 (Friday)

Gallery Café adds to dining and arts experience
As one of the final touches to the refurbishment of the Latrobe Regional Gallery, a chic new café serving fresh innovative fare and operated by well known Morwell business, Tania’s Deli Catering, has opened within the facility.

Residents urged to spray elms to control elm leaf beetle
Latrobe City Council commenced its control bark-banding program on Friday 9 January, to protect the City’s elm trees against the elm leaf beetle.

12 Jan 2004 (Monday)

Threatened Bird Species Boosted By Hatching Chicks.
Local community group, the Little Tern Taskforce, together with the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) are excited by the hatching of at least 35 Little Tern chicks at Lake Tyers in early December 2003.

What’s News?
East Gippsland Shire Council Newsletter

Calling volunteers aboard the walking bus
Wellington Shire Council is looking for volunteers to act as drivers and conductors on soon-to-be-introduced Walking School Buses – a new physical activity initiative aimed at primary school students.

13 Jan 2004 (Tuesday)

Council releases draft Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Policy Action Plan
Latrobe City is seeking comment from the community on its draft Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Policy (CALD) and Action Plan, produced to address any cultural or language barriers that may prevent access to Council services.

New Year – New Collection
The East Gippsland Shire Library has launched a new DVD collection, available to library members from the various libraries throughout the region.

Australia Day Ambassador
Chief Executive Officer of Royal District Nursing Service, Dan Romanis, will be the official East Gippsland Shire Council Australia Day Ambassador at the breakfast and awards ceremony in Lakes Entrance on Monday, 26 January.

14 Jan 2004 (Wednesday)

Fire Prevention Committees
East Gippsland Shire Council’s Municipal Fire Prevention Committee (MFPC) has had both a hectic and productive past year, as all associated with fire management strive to stop a repeat of last year’s devastating bushfires.

Touring exhibition of Peter Atkins paintings comes to Gallery
Opening on Friday 23 January 2004 at Latrobe Regional Gallery is a powerful exhibition presenting a selection of paintings made over the last 13 years by one of Australia’s finest and most recognised contemporary artists.

January Farmers’ Market
Wellington’s producers are inviting you to stock up on locally-made produce including walnuts, cheese and summer Shiraz, at the next Wellington Farmers’ Market on Saturday 17 January.

Developing A Fire Plan For Livestock
The development of a fire plan that can be quickly implemented in the event of a fire can help to prevent stock losses. One of the key factors in minimising risk to stock is to identify the safest areas on the farm.

Moe to host Rural Women’s Symposium
Moe has been selected to host the Gippsland Combined Rural Traders (CRT) Women’s Symposium in March 2004.

19 Jan 2004 (Monday)

Where there’s a Will, there’s a relative
Victorian Independent MP, Craig Ingram, today called on the State Government to introduce legislation to recognise the wishes of individuals as expressed in their legal Will.

Churchill Pool closed pending evaluation of critical work
The Churchill Leisure Centre pool has been closed pending evaluation of options for undertaking critical work on the roof area.

Council Briefs

20 Jan 2004 (Tuesday)

Mayor Encourages Citizens To Attend
East Gippsland Shire Mayor, Harvey Bates, is encouraging local communities to support the various Australia Day activities being held throughout the region next Monday, 26 January.

What Was That About Tailtags For Cattle?
The introduction of the new National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) for cattle seems to have caused a bit of confusion about the use of tailtags.

What's on at arc Yinnar
Next Exhibition at arc (art resource centre)

21 Jan 2004 (Wednesday)

Latrobe Valley Tenpin Bowling Youth Cup 2004
Latrobe Valley will be invaded by some of Australia's top youth Tenpin Bowlers over the Australia Day Weekend.Competing for both prize money and valuable ranking points.

Australia Day to be celebrated throughout Latrobe
Latrobe City’s celebrations for Australia Day 2004 will commence early on 26 January, with free barbeques and flag raising ceremonies being held across the municipality on the Monday morning.

Written permits required before burning off
Latrobe City Council and the CFA have reminded residents that written permits are required before burning off, following concerns that some residents in Latrobe City are not adhering to requirements during the fire danger period.

Assurance given on Churchill Neighbourhood Centre
Latrobe City Council and the Gippsland Education Precinct Board have assured the Churchill community that the Churchill Neighbourhood Centre will not be relocated until suitable, alternative accommodation can be arranged.

2004 Duck Season Increases Demand For Waterfowl Identification Tests.
Since announcing that there will be a modified duck hunting season during 2004, the Department of Sustainability and Environment has received many inquiries from hunters wishing to sit for the Waterfowl Identification Test.

Resumed work on headquarters building forges ahead
Work on Latrobe City’s Corporate Headquarters project recommenced on 12 January following a break over Christmas.

East Gippsland Economic Development Pack Launched
Minister for State Regional Development and Acting Premier, John Brumby, today launched the East Gippsland Shire Council’s Economic Development Promotion Pack.

RVIB and CRS Australia focus on regional Victoria
Representatives from the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind and CRS Australia met last month to discuss collaborative strategies that will maximise regional access to their services

22 Jan 2004 (Thursday)

World War I photographs at Lakes Entrance Library/Business Centre
The East Gippsland Shire Library is hosting an exhibition of photographs of Australian campaigns in Flanders and Palestine, 1917 to 1918

Golden Beach Community Meeting – 8 February
Golden Beach residents are being invited to have their say on Council services and issues affecting them when Councillors and senior officers from Wellington Shire Council host their next community meeting in the area on Sunday 8 February.

Celebrate what’s great this Australia Day!
The final countdown to Australia Day is on and Wellington Shire Council is encouraging all residents to be publicly proud of what our nation has achieved this Australia Day by attending celebrations around the Shire.

27 Jan 2004 (Tuesday)

Outstanding contributions to local community acknowledged on Australia day
This year’s Australia Day has brought special recognition to four Shire residents and three local community groups, as Wellington Shire Council announces the winners of its annual Australia Day awards.

Workshops for creative volunteers
Latrobe City Council is offering a series of one-day workshops for community and non-profit organisations called Creative Volunteering - No Limits.

Shire Mosquito Control Trial
East Gippsland Shire Council, in conjunction with Bairnsdale Golf Club and Queensland based chemical manufacturer FMC, is pleased with the initial results of new mosquito control product trial.

Latrobe City presents Australia Day Awards
Mr Darell Benjamin is Latrobe City’s ‘Citizen of the Year 2004’. The award was presented by Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Graeme Middlemiss, on Australia Day at the Civic Celebration held at Kernot Hall.

Dse Hero Ben Rankin Awarded Australian Service Medal
Ben Rankin, Fire Management Officer at Swifts Creek has been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal for his outstanding work during the Alpine fires of 2003.

Mayor Welcomes Roads
East Gippsland Shire Mayor, Harvey Bates, has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a four-year extension to the Roads to Recovery Program.

28 Jan 2004 (Wednesday)

‘Odd couple’ unclaimed - so need new home
A sheep and a black Labrador dog nicknamed ‘the odd couple’ who made front page news in the Latrobe Valley Express when they were found wandering together through Morwell’s CBD earlier this month, have still not been claimed.

Council provides public toilet facility at Hazelwood Village
Latrobe City Council is now providing a public toilet facility at the Hazelwood Village Shopping Centre in Churchill.

Australia Day pool activities enjoyed despite weather
Latrobe City celebrated Australia Day with activities and free access to their three outdoor pool facilities despite the cool weather.

30 Jan 2004 (Friday)

Gippsland's Premiere race of 2004 - Stratford Duck Cup
Fundraising event for Stratford's Entrant into 2004 Maffra Mardi Gras - Kristy Pattinson

Friday 13th " spooky" Junior Disco @ Stratford - 13th Feb 2004
Come in your spooky gear and get ready to boogie the night away! Canteen available and Free cordial to all participants at this fabulous fun filled night.

Non Progressive Tea - Fundraiser at Stratford on Saturday 28th Feb 2004
Community Fundraiser : Enjoy a fantastic country home - cooked (2 Course) meal with fabulous prizes all in the one location!

Statewide support for Will legislation changes
Gippsland East Independent MP, Craig Ingram, recently called on the State Government to introduce legislation to recognise the wishes of individuals as expressed in their legal Will.

Get Caught Reading
Two lucky young bookworms will be rewarded for their reading efforts this week when they receive prizes for winning Wellington Shire Council’s recent Get Caught Reading competition.

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