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1 Jul 2005 (Friday)

Port Of Sale Features At Melbourne Boat Show
Wellington Shire Council grabbed the chance to showcase the new-look Port of Sale precinct to thousands of visitors attending the recent 2005 Melbourne Boat Show.

Zigzag Street Comes To Latrobe Performing Arts Centre
Nick Earls’ well known novel Zigzag Street has been adapted into a play by Philip Dean, and will be coming to the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre on Saturday 9 July at 8pm.

A Decade Of Games For Melbourne Student As Uni Shoots For 4-Peat
The University of Melbourne will be striving for its fourth straight Southern University Games title when it journeys to the Latrobe Valley on 4-7 July. One student who has seen it all before is Iain Scott, who will be taking part in his tenth Games.

Pacers - Big V - Round 15
Pacers had a good win on Saturday against the Shepparton Gators, 111 to 90.

The NLIS From July 2005
The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) moves closer to full implementation in Victoria on 1 July 2005, however there are some recent changes in Victoria’s requirements for the NLIS.

Brumby’S New $6,000 Property Tax
Thousands of property owners across Gippsland will be hit with new land tax bills of up to $6,320 on top of the massive increases they are already paying.

BEEF INDUSTRY - Effective Pricing - Awareness Workshop
At present, we are at the top of the market in terms of beef prices, and futures provide producers with a significant opportunity to secure high levels of income and take some of the uncertainty out of what can be a volatile market.

Pest Plant And Animal Positions Go
Gippsland MP and The Nationals Environment spokesman, Peter Hall has lashed out at the Bracks Government’s proposed drastic reduction in Pest Plant and Animal Officer positions.

Free Race Meeting To Launch Southern University Games
Latrobe citizens are being treated to a free race meeting at Glenview Park Traralgon next Monday, to celebrate the opening of the 2005 Southern University Games.

4 Jul 2005 (Monday)

Ingram Welcomes Incentives For Reliable Electricity
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has welcomed moves by the Essential Services Commission (ESC) to force electricity companies to provide a more reliable and cheaper service in his electorate.

Mayor And Ceo Meet With Local Industry
Bass Coast Shire Council Chief Executive Officer, Allan Bawden, and Mayor, Cr Neville Goodwin, recently met with the South Gippsland Snow Pea Farmers Alliance.

Free Chemical Collections In Wellington
Wellington Shire Council is inviting local agricultural and vet chemical users to register for free collection of unwanted chemicals in the coming months under the ChemClear program.

Building Permits Required For Garages, Carports And Sheds Under $5,000
Wellington Shire council is advising that recent changes to Victorian building regulations mean building permits are now required for the construction of garages, carports and sheds valued at less than $5,000.

New Bus Service For Buchan And Surrounding Districts
A new passenger and freight bus service for the townships of Gelantipy, W Tree, Buchan, Nowa Nowa, Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale started today.

Early Childhood Centre For Wonthaggi
Bass Coast Shire Council, Billson Street Primary School, Wonthaggi Kindergarten and other stakeholders are working together to develop an Early Childhood Centre on the Primary School site.

What A Milestone
Bass Coast Shire Council has recognised the service of a number of staff who have served more than 20 years, at a special presentation last week.

8 Jul 2005 (Friday)

Have Your Say On The Draft Fire Code Of Practice
Victorians have another opportunity to influence the Code of Practice for Fire Management on Public Land with the release of the Draft Code.

Landholders Support The Southern Victoria Bushtender Project
The Southern Victoria BushTender project, the approach that pays landholders to protect native vegetation on their land, has reached a landmark, with the 50th Expression of Interest received.

Draft Greening Latrobe Plan Exhibited For Public Comment
A draft strategic plan to ensure a greener municipality and encourage community ownership of public open space was considered by Council at Monday night’s meeting.

DPI Ellinbank Community Open Day
For over 50 years, the district of Ellinbank has been a home to Victorian Government agricultural research.

Pretty Streets Instead Of Drought Help From Bracks
The Bracks Government’s announcement of more streetscape works for drought affected communities is a complete cop-out to those doing it tough on the land, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said today.

Have Your Say On The Draft Fire Code Of Practice
Victorians have another opportunity to influence the Code of Practice for Fire Management on Public Land with the release of the Draft Code.

Rates Claim Wrong
Claims by East Gippsland MP Craig Ingram that Latrobe City residents are the highest rated in the state have been rejected as ‘ridiculous’ by Latrobe City’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Buckley.

‘Making Tracks’ Exhibition

Joelene Off On The Adventure Of A Lifetime
With little more than two years of Japanese classes in primary school, Joelene Thompson will set off on the adventure of a lifetime to Latrobe City’s sister city Takasago, and become the next Assistant English Teacher (AET).

Rubbish Dumper Nabbed Near Transfer Station
A Latrobe resident has been fined after being caught dumping waste near the gate of the Traralgon transfer station while it was closed.

Dairy Calf Management Field Day
The management of calves and dry cows will be the focus of a calf rearing field day being held at the Macalister Research Farm, Boggy Creek Road, Riverslea, on Friday 15 July 2005.

Wurruk Residents Have Your Say On Shared Pathway
Wurruk residents are being invited to have their say on the Wurruk to Sale Pathway Feasibility Strategy which was recently commissioned by the council with support from Sport and Recreation Victoria and the local community.

‘Woor-Dungin Nambur (Sharing Talk)’ For Naidoc Week
An exhibition of works by students from the GippsTAFE Koorie Department in response to oral histories collected for the Latrobe City Council Oral History Project, is currently showing for NAIDOC Week.

Grants Available For Wellington Landholders
Wellington Shire Council is encouraging landholders to apply for grants for free herbicide and native plants to improve the condition of their roadsides as part of the Weeds for Trees program.

New Seating Shines At Morwell Sports Stadium
The new seating at the Morwell Sports Stadium was recently inspected by Latrobe City Mayor, Cr Bruce Lougheed and member for Morwell, Brendan Jenkins MP.

‘Making Tracks’ Railway Exhibition Opens Monday
A major exhibition celebrating 150 years of Victorian railway history, opens on Monday in the Latrobe City Council Chamber and Function Room at the civic precinct in Kay Street Traralgon. Entry will be free.

Opportunity To Honour Gippsland Sportswomen
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province PETER HALL has encouraged residents to nominate women involved in sport as part of the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

11 Jul 2005 (Monday)

New Local Planning Policies and Overlays
Bass Coast Shire Council has completed new Design Frameworks for Inverloch, Phillip Island and San Remo.

Heritage grants to restore Criterion Hotel
Wellington Shire Council has welcomed significant Heritage Victoria funding to restore the verandah at Sale’s Criterion Hotel.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

12 Jul 2005 (Tuesday)

Short film festival comes to Latrobe Performing Arts Centre

Backyard blitz on pet breeders
Backyard pet breeders will be targeted in a special crackdown by Wellington Shire Council this month.

Youth focus on fitness ‘n fun
Wellington Shire Council’s leisure services team is about to kick off a new youth fitness initiative aimed at boosting confidence and tackling childhood obesity.

Wellington Shire Council, Sale Netball Association and East Gippsland Institute of TAFE
Funding has been set aside by Wellington Shire Council in its annual budget to purchase land in Cobains Rd, Sale to relocate the Sale Netball Association.

Be vigilant to the threat of house fires, warns Council
Latrobe City Council has issued a timely warning on the danger of house and structure fires, following a spate of fires in recent weeks.

Sports clubs join drive to encourage learners to meet L120 challenge

Area-7 to headline in Sale
Wellington Shire Council is gearing up for Outta Limits – a new youth event which provides rewards to local musicians – to be held on 16 & 17 July at the Sale Memorial Hall.

13 Jul 2005 (Wednesday)

2005 Great Endeavour Rally
Wellington people love their libraries as can be seen by the huge demand for more hours at the Stratford and Heyfield branches.

We Can All Help To Keep Victoria Safe From Fire
Nominations for the 2005 Fire Awareness Community Service Awards are now open and Victoria’s three fire agencies are asking all Victorians to put forward their ideas on reducing the impact of fire in the community, workplace or industry.

If You See A Sea Eagle, Report It!
The White-bellied Sea Eagle is one of Australia’s most majestic and beautiful coastal birds of prey. Unfortunately it is also one of Victoria's most endangered bird species.

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter July 2005 Area LTB1 Bridle Estate (NHW96)
Annual Meeting, Berry Street, Letter from Senior Sergeant Ricky Ross, Police Crime Report, MS Readathon.

14 Jul 2005 (Thursday)

Bees And Burning - Working Together
When it comes to planning next season's prescribed burning program, the Department of Sustainability and Environment is consulting with a large number of diverse groups and individuals to ensure that the program benefits as many people as possible.

15 Jul 2005 (Friday)

Gallery to host exhibition funding workshop
Latrobe Regional Gallery is to host a one day workshop entitled Fund It! on Monday 25 July from 11am to 4pm, providing insight into how to access funding for your next exhibition.

Risky Business
Bass Coast Shire Council has developed a Risk Management Kit for not-for-profit organisations to assist them in identifying and assessing potential risks and implementing a management plan.

Japanese photography on display at the Gallery
On tour from the National Gallery of Victoria, ‘Shashin: Nineteenth century Japanese studio photography’ is one of the current special exhibitions at Latrobe Regional Gallery.

New $1.5M Bridge Planned For Lindenow
A new bridge is to be built over the Mitchell River at Lindenow within two years following the tabling of a report to this week’s council meeting that recommends the immediate closure of the Calulu Bridge.

Finance workshop for women starting a business
A workshop designed to assist women starting and operating a small business will be conducted by Latrobe City Council on Wednesday 20 July at the corporate headquarters in Commercial Road, Morwell.

Community meeting for Cowwarr/Seaton – 26 July

Exciting Performing Arts Program For The Rest Of The Year
A varied and exciting program for the Performing Arts across Latrobe City is planned from now until the end of the year.

19 Jul 2005 (Tuesday)

A musical trip through Vienna for morning music fans
Latrobe City’s morning music series brings to life the romance and splendour of yesteryear with an evocative performance of Viennese music at the Moe Town Hall on Wednesday 27 July at 11am.

Call For Community Involvement In Commonwealth Games
Applications open today for community groups and local residents to audition for a role in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

2005 Great Endeavour Rally

On The Buses
There are stacks of buses on the streets of Stratford at the moment, but there’s not a traffic jam in sight.

Small Business Answers Program Update - 012

Councils Welcome Technical School announcement for Sale and Bairnsdale
Wellington Shire Council and East Gippsland Council have welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to establish one of its 24 new Australian Technical Colleges at Sale and Bairnsdale.

Emergency Repair Works Around Inverloch Boat Ramp
Bass Coast Shire Council will undertake emergency repair works around the Inverloch Boat Ramp, after massive storms and tidal action damaged the rock wall and car park.

Local young athlete sets her sights on the States
Hayley Brown from Moe has been competing in athletics events since the age of eight and has built up an impressive resume of times and results across many disciplines.

Kiwis fly to Gippsland to prepare for Games
The New Zealand national women’s basketball team will travel to Wellington Shire to prepare for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Koorie Elders Planned Activity Group launched
A Koorie Elders Planned Activity Group has been launched in Latrobe City to provide older people in Latrobe’s Koorie community with greater opportunities for social networking and improved lifestyles.

Writing Like a Wild Thing in Sale
Well-known Gippsland author Scot Gardiner speaks and writes with raw honesty, candid humour and irresistible energy – now he wants to inspire others to do the same.

20 Jul 2005 (Wednesday)

Palmers Road Enquiry Completed
The long awaited Auditor-General’s Report into the attempted sale by Council of land and buildings at 55 Palmers Road, Lakes Entrance, was tabled in State Parliament today.

Dairy Reminders For July

Gippsland Art Gallery’s new advisory group welcomes community input
Wellington Shire Council is pleased to announce the appointment of a new advisory committee for Gippsland Art Gallery Sale.

Work starts on new CFA fire station at Airport
Construction of the new Traralgon West CFA Fire Station at the Latrobe Regional Airport has commenced, with the concrete slab foundation now poured.

21 Jul 2005 (Thursday)

Ingram condemns proposed DPI job losses in far east

Independents call for end to Racial and Religious Tolerance Bill
Gippsland East MP, Craig Ingram, has supported a private members’ bill calling on the Bracks Government to repeal the Racial and Religious Tolerance Bill.

Gippsland Water Progresses With Proposal For Soil Recycling At Dutson Downs
Gippsland Water has submitted a Works Approval Application to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to construct and operate a Soil and Organic Recycling Facility (SORF) at Dutson Downs.

Latest Blow For Country Vic - Bracks Slashes Pest Control
Country Victoria would be over-run with pest plants and animals if the Bracks Government had its way, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Cabbages bringing cheer to Winter streetscapes

Photomedia exhibition explores the realities of suburban life

22 Jul 2005 (Friday)

Community Kept In The Dark On Won Wron Project
Yarram and district residents are in the dark about arrangements for the former Won Wron prison’s transformation into an indigenous diversion facility, Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis told Parliament yesterday.

Country Victorians Shiver Over Broken Labor Gas Promise
At least 29 country Victorian towns have been let down by the Bracks Government’s failed promise to connect them to reticulated natural gas.

Primary Industries Must Be Protected From Extremists
The Liberal Party has urged the Bracks Government to make urgent amendments to the Crimes Act which currently allows animal rights activists to escape the law unscathed when sabotaging businesses.

Ingram seeks assurance on viability of Lakes Entrance bar
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has pursued a commitment from the State Government to guarantee sufficient funding to ensure the ongoing dredging of the Lakes Entrance bar.

Baw Baw Shire Achievement Awards 2005
Baw Baw Shire Council has announced the winners of their Achievement Awards for 2005.

25 Jul 2005 (Monday)

Labor Needs To Fix Train Problems Before Card Trial
The Bracks Government had better improve its abysmal record of running late trains 13 months in a row if it is to test the new Smartcard system in the Latrobe Valley.

MAP overspend explained
Latrobe City Council recently resolved to give a public explanation as to the reasons for the Marketing Advisory Panel's (the MAP) overspend.

Hall Supports Funding For Orbost Centre
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province Peter Hall has questioned the ‘double standards’ for publicly-owned art galleries in Victoria.

Lenders Must End Melbourne Market Secrecy
The Bracks Government must initiate an immediate meeting with Melbourne Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market stakeholders about its forced relocation, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said today.

Our Future Our Place project officially launched
n innovative project involving long-term unemployed in housing construction was officially launched on Monday on the site of the project’s first home under construction, in Well Street Morwell East.

Council invites applications for Community Assistance Grants
Wellington Shire Council invites local not-for-profit community groups and organisations to apply financial assistance through its 2005 Community Assistance Grants Scheme.

26 Jul 2005 (Tuesday)

Council Inspection Tour
Baw Baw Shire Councillors and senior managers recently completed a full day tour of the shire to look at current and proposed projects.

More Cuts To Pest Animal And Plant Services
The Bracks Government continues to cut back on pest plant and animal officers throughout Victoria with catchment officer positions in Kyneton, Heathcote, Inglewood and St Arnaud the latest to be slashed.

Free guide on Sale – out now!
SALE’S rich history and many attractions are featured in a new publication Sale Shoppers and Visitors Guide – The Essential Guide for All Visitors.

Boat Ramp Studies Near Completion
Stage Two of the Environmental Effects Statement (EES) into possible upgraded facilities for the ocean access at Bastion Point, Mallacoota, is nearing completion, according to the East Gippsland Shire Council.

Get involved in the Games
Wellington Shire Council is inviting community groups to register their interest in becoming involved in the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Water Quality And Herbicide Application

27 Jul 2005 (Wednesday)

Coastal Action Plan For Gippsland Estuaries
Gippsland estuaries are under the spotlight with the development of the Gippsland Estuaries Coastal Action Plan about to begin.

Local artist’s exhibition highlights plight of refugees
After joining the Easter protest rally at the Woomera Detention Centre in 2002, local artist John Abery decided to produce work on this and subjects related to the plight of refugees.

Shire Provides More Money For Capital Works
East Gippsland Shire Councillors have voted to provide more than $1 million worth of additional expenditure to capital works within the Shire as a result of increased funding that has became available following adoption of the 2005/2006 Budget.

Winter Scrooge Labor Takes Away Firewood And Gas Promise
Victorians living in the north-east of the state are experiencing a bitterly cold winter, with no natural gas or firewood to keep them warm, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said today.

Council Moves To Remove Stock Movement Permits
East Gippsland Shire Councillors last night voted to implement the recommendation made at their May 10 meeting to remove the permit impost on the movement of stock on roads.

Traralgon Recreation Plan to be developed

Special Charge Scheme To Construct Bredt Street
East Gippsland Shire Councillors last night agreed to begin the processes for a Special Charge Scheme to fund 70 percent the cost of constructing approximately 195 metres of Bredt Street (north of Pope Street) in Bairnsdale.

Community Embraces Its Entertainment Centre
Wellington’s Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre has been strongly embraced by the community with an estimated 40,000-plus people visiting the venue in its first year.

Entertainment Centre Bonus For Community Groups
Community groups have the chance to perform in the Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre’s superb John Leslie Theatre at up to $1,200 off their total bill.

Working party to explore freight prospects from rail upgrade
A Latrobe City working party to explore freight prospects stemming from the current rail upgrade will seek to build on the State Government’s infrastructure investment.

29 Jul 2005 (Friday)

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Forum for small business to have its say
Small business operators in Latrobe City have been invited to have their say on the Victorian State Government’s ‘Small Business Statement’.

Upper House Concerns To Be Addressed At Meeting
The Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council and Liberal Member for Gippsland Province, Philip Davis will speak at a public meeting in Heyfield tomorrow night, outlining the impact of the Bracks Government’s Upper House changes.

Terang - Latest Country Community To Lose Out On Labor Gas
The Bracks Government has devastated yet another country Victorian community, breaking its commitment to deliver reticulated natural gas to Terang.

Leading Business Adviser to Speak at Gippsland Home Based Business Seminars

Community meeting for Port Albert – 9 August

Wellington Green thumbs out in force
Hundreds of green thumbs will be out in force across Wellington Shire this weekend, celebrating Planet Ark’s National Tree Day.

Hilarious storyteller to visit Wellington
Storyteller Graham Davey had people in stitches and rolling in the aisles the last time he visited Wellington Shire.

Wellington Green thumbs out in force
Hundreds of green thumbs will be out in force across Wellington Shire this weekend, celebrating Planet Ark’s National Tree Day.

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