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1 Jul 2003 (Tuesday)

House fires: stay vigilant warns Council
Latrobe City’s Municipal Fire Prevention Officer, Lance King, has advised residents that fitting and maintaining smoke detectors in the home is vital to prevent the trauma caused by potentially deadly house fires this winter.

2 Jul 2003 (Wednesday)

Precision is the mark of a perfectionist
Kevin Schlipalius has a fastidious knowledge of precision engineering and it is this skill that has been the back-bone of his family business which, this year, is celebrating 55 years of continuous trade.

Latrobe City’s Family Day Care team receives accreditation
Latrobe City’s Family Day Care care providers and Co-ordination Unit staff recently gathered together to celebrate their achievement of gaining Accreditation with the Family Day Care Quality Assurance (FDCQA).

Cool Climate Viticulture Forum
The Institute for Horticultural Development (IHD), Knoxfield, will host a two-day forum on cool climate grapevine management on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd August, 2003.

Moe Youth Action Centre
An action-packed program of events has kept the young people who attend the Moe Youth Action Centre very busy over the past few weeks.

3 Jul 2003 (Thursday)

Mountain Road Meets Exacting Environmental Standards
A mountain road crossing the southern face of Mt Baw Baw, being constructed by the Department of Sustainability and Environment, has met the requirements of an international environmental standard and received certification.

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter July 2003 Area LTB1 Bridle Estate (NHW74)
Annual Meeting, Police Warning, The Good Guys, Asbestos Awareness, Winter Safety, Crime Report.

4 Jul 2003 (Friday)

Heyfield Community Meeting – 8 July
Heyfield residents are being encouraged 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 township on Tuesday 8th July.

Beware of stock on roads and heed warning signs
Wellington Shire Council is urging motorists to take extra care when travelling on rural roads at the moment.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, July 7, 2003
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7 Jul 2003 (Monday)

Demand for Jobseekers with Computer Skills
GippsTAFE’s Business Studies Department is currently offering courses in Office Administration, Retail, Accounting, Human Resources, and Business Management.

Extensive programme to replace and refurbish public toilets
Wellington Shire Council is undertaking an extensive programme to replace or refurbish nineteen toilet blocks, in direct response to community needs and feedback.

Plumbing Apprentice Receives Award
GippsTAFE Plumbing Apprentice, Andrew Hooper, has been acknowledged for his efforts by Dux Hot Water Services with an award

8 Jul 2003 (Tuesday)

Wellington welcomes $3 million funding boost for roads and bridges
Wellington Shire Council welcomes the State Government’s announcement that it will be pumping more than $3 million into major road and bridge improvement projects in the Shire over the coming year.

9 Jul 2003 (Wednesday)

Latrobe Regional Airport: Fight to maintain REX service
Latrobe Regional Airport Chairman, Mr Richard Hancock, today expressed his disappointment at REX Airlines’ announcement that it intends cancelling its Sydney/Canberra/Latrobe Regional Airport service later this month.

New Assets & Operations Director for Wellington
Wellington Shire Council has appointed Ralf Kastan, presently Acting Chief Executive Officer of South Gippsland Shire, as its new Director Assets & Operations.

Local arts groups profit from business arts workshop
A two-day arts workshop held at the Moe Town Hall last Wednesday and Thursday as part of Latrobe City’s Business Arts Forum, provided local arts groups with a valuable insight into forming strategic relationships with business for mutual benefit.

Future Direction For Ovine Johne’s Disease
The future direction for the management of Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD) in Australia will be the subject of a series of public meetings being held across Victoria.

Local businesses plan for their future
Thirty clever thinking local businesses have recently completed a State Government funded business program resulting in each business having an up-to-date, individual action plan.

Pest Plant Coordinator appointed in Latrobe
A ‘Pest Plant Coordinator’ has been appointed to provide a focal point for dealing with local weed related issues. The part-time position has been take up by Peter Steller who will work from Latrobe City Council offices.

11 Jul 2003 (Friday)

Wellington delighted with State funding announcement for local initiatives
Wellington Shire Council is delighted with the State Government’s announcement of Bushfire Recovery Fund grants totalling $190,000 to help fund the major new Heyfield Hub community complex and much needed new visitor amenities in Dargo.

14 Jul 2003 (Monday)

Gippsland Presbytery of the Uniting Church Camp
Each year the Gippsland Presbytery of the Uniting Church holds a camp for young people.

Wellington questions viability of Basslink project
Wellington Shire Council will be voicing serious economic and environmental concerns about the Basslink project when it meets with representatives from Basslink Pty Ltd and key contractors tomorrow (15 July).

Deadly – hey cuz!
An exhibition of contemporary Gippsland indigenous artists entitled ‘Deadly – hey cuz!’ was formally opened by artist Colin Thomas during NAIDOC Week at the Latrobe Regional Gallery on Thursday.

Gippsland Rugby League
Gippsland Wildcats travelled to Ballam Park on Sunday to play second seeded Southern Sharks. Despite heading into the game without key players, Wildcats performance was outstanding with the entire team working tirelessly.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, July 14, 2003
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16 Jul 2003 (Wednesday)

Moran Portrait Prize Exhibition returns to Latrobe
The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2002 Finalist Exhibition has opened in Latrobe City with the work of all thirty finalists from the 2002 competition currently featuring at the newly refurbished Latrobe Regional Gallery.

The 1953 Coronation
Although probably not remembered to the same extent as the Royal visit the following year, the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2 1953 was remarkable for what it shows about attitudes to the monarchy in the middle of the 20th century.

Alert To All Farmers Purchasing Hay From South Australia/Western Australia
The continuing drought is forcing farmers to source livestock feed supplies from further afield, which increases the chances of buying infected hay.

Mayor says 2003/04 budget financially responsible
Latrobe City Council has released its 2003/04 budget for public comment.

Back to school blitz on No Stopping zones
Drivers disregarding ‘No Stopping’ signs in the vicinity of schools are being targeted by Council’s Local Laws Officers as children return to school after the holidays.

Coastal Board Releases Information Notes
The Gippsland Coastal Board has released two series of Information Notes titled "Learn about the Coast" and "Learn about the Lakes."

Aromatic coffee blend wafts further than Latrobe
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee is always welcoming and the recent installation of a ‘Super Shop Roaster’ at Manny’s Market in Morwell

Important notice for all people planning back country activities in Kosciuszko National Park this winter.
The recent bushfires which burnt almost 70% of Kosciuszko National Park also destroyed or seriously damaged 19 historic huts some of which are commonly used by back country enthusiasts on winter trips.

17 Jul 2003 (Thursday)

Mayor says 2003/04 budget financially responsible
Latrobe City Council has released its 2003/04 budget for public comment.

18 Jul 2003 (Friday)

Council calls for Environmental Effects Statement on Dutson Downs
Taking on board community concerns, Wellington Shire Council is calling on the State Government to prepare a thorough Environmental Effects Statement addressing the suitability of Dutson Downs as a contaminated soil recycling and treatment facility.

21 Jul 2003 (Monday)

Community input invited on rezoning proposals for Yarram district
Wellington Shire Council is keen to receive the local community’s comments on its draft strategy for rezoning areas in the Yarram district – with some significant zoning changes proposed to take account of future needs.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, July 21, 2003
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Latrobe City’s Community Plan: Have your say
Latrobe City Council has invited community input to formulate a ‘Community Plan’ which will be used to guide Latrobe City’s hand in local government matters.

Cultural Tourism Representatives meet at ARC
An informal meeting of Cultural Tourism representatives was held at ARC Yinnar recently.

Food safety and delis
Wellington Shire Council has been assisting local delicatessens with guidance and advice on food safety, as part of an ongoing awareness drive to ensure all food establishments in the Shire are aware of, and comply with, legal standards.

Indigenous Communities Briefed On Job Opportunities As Project Fire Fighters
For the second year running, Department of Sustainability and Environment staff in Gippsland have presented information to young Indigenous people in Bairnsdale and Morwell regarding potential job opportunities as Project Firefighters.

Airport Board vows to fight on to save Rex service
The Latrobe Regional Airport Board has approved a concerted campaign toward the continuation of scheduled passenger air services between Sydney, Canberra and Latrobe City at a special meeting held Thursday.

Tree planting volunteers needed for National Tree Day
Latrobe City’s environment is about to benefit from thousands of trees being planted in conjunction with Planet Ark’s National Tree Day and National School’s Tree Day.

Trafalgar Skatepark to be officially opened.
The Minister for Sport and Recreation, The Hon Justin Madden MLC will officially open the Trafalgar Skatepark next week.

22 Jul 2003 (Tuesday)

Council scores coup with WNBL basketball tournament
Victoria’s Wellington Shire Council has scored a sports coup for Gippsland and the State, announcing that it is to host a major pre-season Women’s National Basketball League tournament featuring top Australian sides and the New Zealand national team.

Wellington attracts top children’s author for national writing competition
Wellington Shire Council has joined forces with the organisers of the NESTLÉ Write Around Australia competition to offer local kids a rare opportunity to participate in creative writing workshops with one of the nation’s top children’s authors.

23 Jul 2003 (Wednesday)

Bairnsdale Cinema Times
Movie Sessions (31st - 6th August)

Warragul Cinema Times
Movie Sessions (31st July - 6th August)

Brand New Look for GippsTAFE Interactive CD Rom
GippsTAFE’s new interactive CD Rom "GippsTAFE Plus 04" is here with a brand new look and theme.

Ingram pressures government to honor its commitment
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the Labor Government to honor its commitment to those affected by volume reductions in the timber industry.

Leongatha Cinema Times
Movie Sessions (31st July - 6th August)

Mid Valley 8 Cinema Times
Movie Sessions (31st July - 7th August)

24 Jul 2003 (Thursday)

Welcome boost for Wellington’s small business drive
Wellington Shire Council has received a major boost for its promotion of commerce with the Minister for Small Business, the Hon Marsha Thomson MP, announcing a grant of $15,000 for small business marketing workshops for the Yarram/Port Albert area.

Work starts on new Morwell preschool
The construction of a new Morwell preschool in Maryvale Crescent, has begun, with the footings poured last week and work on the structure about to start.

Resonances: experience the world of Islamic art
Resonances, a survey of paintings by local artist Jeremy Elkington, is Latrobe Regional Gallery’s current exhibition at the Community Access Gallery, and runs until Sunday 27 July, 2003.

Work to start on Corporate Headquarters
Work will begin on Latrobe City’s new corporate headquarters in Morwell this weekend.

New Equipment for Construction and Safety
GippsTAFE’s Construction and Safety Centre have welcomed the arrival of another piece of latest equipment being used in industry.

Experience Gippsland puts regional tourism on the map
The co-operative tourism marketing association between Latrobe City Council and Baw Baw and Wellington Shires, known as ‘Experience Gippsland’, has received a Certificate of Recognition at a prestigious awards ceremony held in Melbourne recently.

Wellington greens up for mammoth planting effort
Wellington Shire Council is joining forces with the Wurruk Development Group and four local primary schools for a mammoth planting effort, which will see some 1,700 native trees, shrubs and grasses planted across the Shire over the coming week.

28 Jul 2003 (Monday)

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, July 28, 2003
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Direct Seeding Of Trees
Direct seeding establishes trees, shrubs, and understorey plants by sowing seed directly onto the site to be revegetated. Whether sowing by machine or by hand, good site preparation and effective weed control are essential for success.

Children’s Services Questionnaire for Rosedale
Wellington Shire Council is seeking comments from caregivers of young children, to support a bid for funding of a Children’s Service Centre as part of the new multi-purpose community facility earmarked for Rosedale.

Work of pride crafted through co-operative approach
When local businesses work together, they help each other by sharing knowledge and expertise and the result can be quite spectacular.

Launch Of ‘ Growing Gippsland’S Dairy Industry ‘
President of the United Dairy Farmers of Victoria (UDV), Peter Owen launched a Framework for the Development of the Dairy Industry in Gippsland at the Traralgon DSE offices on Friday July 18.

Farming Futures for Young People
The need to recruit motivated and skilled young people into its workforce is one of the main challenges facing the dairying and horticulture industries, according to Tony Ryan, Schools to Industry Project Officer with the Victorian Farmers Federation

29 Jul 2003 (Tuesday)

Local company scoops prestigious award
Wellington Shire Council is delighted that locally based company OCI (Ocean Containers International) has scooped one of the prestigious Telstra & Australian Governments’ Small Business awards.

National Party should survey Gippsland on Telstra: Ingram
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the Federal Member for Gippsland, Peter McGauran, to conduct a regional survey to gauge Gippslanders’ views on the full privatisation of Telstra.

Revitalising Gippsland Forum
Presentations from the Revitalising Gippsland Forum on Wednesday 9th July 2003

Whitelaws Track gets significant upgrade
An extensive upgrade to a section of Whitelaws Track between Yinnar and Budgeree is currently being undertaken by Latrobe City Council.

Orchestra Victoria workshop in Traralgon
Orchestra Victoria will be conducting a two-day intensive musical workshop for Latrobe’s students on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 August which concludes with a free community concert.. The workshops will be held at Lavalla College, Traralgon.

30 Jul 2003 (Wednesday)

Innovative printmaker’s works feature at Gallery
The Latrobe Regional Gallery will feature its first exhibition of a major Australian artist from Saturday 9 August, since its reopening.

Grant Assistance For Bushfire Environmental Damage On Farms
In response to the environmental damage caused by the Bogong Complex fires to freehold land earlier this year, the State Government has announced the Bushfire Environmental Recovery Program to assist farmers with recovery works.

Pilot energy savings project helps tackle Greenhouse
Pilot energy savings project helps tackle Greenhouse

31 Jul 2003 (Thursday)

Another Red Letter Day
It was another red letter day for Mirboo North last Thursday when the popular and imposing Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Sport and Recreation officially opened three significant developments in Mirboo North.

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