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3 Jul 2006 (Monday)

New $2.5 million Community Centre
The new $2.5 million Rosedale Community Centre was officially opened today. The centre will house the Neighbourhood House, senior citizens club, health clinic, preschool centre and library.

Major Improvements To Shire Businesses Planned
East Gippsland Shire’s extensive business portfolio, including marine facilities, caravan parks aerodromes and recreational facilities will receive a major boost in expenditure over the next three years.

Lakes Entrance Receives Extra Shire Funding
Extra funding to assist the continued growth of Lakes Entrance will now follow the adoption of the East Gippsland Shire Council Plan and Budget.

Welcome News For Arts Community In Shire Plan And Budget
There’s welcome news for the local Arts community in the just adopted East Gippsland Shire Council Plan and Budget.

Monash Gippsland Weekly Bulletin
Weekly Bulletin - Monday, July 3, 2006

Tank rebate extended
Residents can receive a $450 rebate when purchasing rainwater tanks at properties connected to South East Water or Gippsland Water.

Free online network to boost local sporting clubs
The Australian Sports Commission is encouraging local sporting clubs to sign up to the benefits of its Club Development Network.

East Gippsland Roads And Bridges Budget Boost
Roads and bridges will receive a funding boost as a result of the East Gippsland Shire Council Plan and Budget.

Commitment to a healthy community
Baw Baw Shire Council has confirmed its commitment to health and wellbeing across the shire by dedicating additional funds to recreation in the proposed 2006/07 budget.

Bass Coast Youth Council Makes Its Mark
The Bass Coast Youth Council launched its own logo at a special event held this afternoon in Wonthaggi.

Council Community Safety Plan up for comment
Do you feel safe in the Bass Coast Shire? Do you think there are community safety issues that need to be addressed?

Call before you cut
Wellington Shire Council is reminding members of the public to call before cutting, trimming or clearing native vegetation.

East Gippsland Shire Budget Adopted
East Gippsland Shire last night adopted its Budget for the financial year 2006/07 that provides for further debt reduction and a spending boost on infrastructure.

Network for home businesses
Baw Baw Shire Council has assisted to launch Baw Baw Homebiz, a new network that promotes home based businesses across Baw Baw Shire.

Water Saving Rebates For Some Only
The Nationals member for Gippsland Province PETER HALL claimed the State Government’s water savings rebate scheme actively discriminates against people living outside of major towns.

Henry Lawson classics coming to Performing Arts Centre
Two Henry Lawson classics ‘The Bush Undertaker’ and ‘The Drover’s Wife’ will be showing at the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon on Friday 7 July at 1pm.

New And Improved Community Facilities For East Gippsland
New and enhanced community facilities are now planned as a result of the adoption of the East Gippsland Shire Council Plan and Budget.

Suspension bridge to provide walk highlight
A suspension footbridge will be constructed above the La Trobe River, Noojee as part of the Ralph Cornwell Loch Valley Tramway Walk.

Small Town Development To Continue
East Gippsland Shire’s small towns are set to benefit from the Shire’s 2006/07 Council Plan and Budget.

Council to conduct pool safety checks
Bass Coast Shire Council building staff will begin conducting safety inspections at all homes with spas and swimming pools from July.

Hall Welcomes Mobile MRI Service
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province Peter Hall has welcomed today’s announcement of a three-year trial of a mobile MRI service for the Gippsland region.

4 Jul 2006 (Tuesday)

Workshop to help women starting a small business
A workshop designed to assist women starting and operating a small business will be conducted by Latrobe City Council on Thursday 13 July at the Civic Centre in Kay Street Traralgon.

Newsagents to reap benefits from development program
Newsagents from across Gippsland are already reaping the benefits of a professional development program supported by the Victorian state government and auspiced by Latrobe City’s economic development unit.

Medico Hygiene Services Badminton Squad member Jessica Lyons - Runner up at Ballarat International Badminton Tournament
Jessica was a member of last year's Badminton Squad and now provides coaching support to this year's Medico Hygiene Services Badminton Program

6 Jul 2006 (Thursday)

Improving Lambing Percentages With Strategic Shelterbelts
Lamb mortality from exposure to bad weather can be reduced by up to 50% when paddocks incorporate shelter.

OFOF tax liability to be covered by government: Ingram
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, has welcomed notification from the State Government that it will cover tax liabilities and interest costs of the Our Forests, Our Future (OFOF) workers who were involved in the timber worker payment bungle.

Committee to advise on Morwell Landfill’s future
Latrobe City Council has facilitated the formation of a consultative committee to monitor progress on the Morwell Landfill Rehabilitation project.

Prickly Problem For Picking Weeds From Natives
The risk of mistaken identity has presented a prickly problem for two native plant species growing in rural Victoria.

Council confident on sale yards future
Wellington Shire Council has again publicly stated it plans to retain ownership of the sale yards in Sale.

Reinforcing driveway safety
Baw Baw Shire Council officers have recently conducted driveway safety programs to help reduce driveway fatalities and injuries.

Eight hour day exhibition at Gallery
An exhibition of photographs celebrating the 150th anniversary of the eight hour day is currently being exhibited in the International Power Hazelwood Community Access Gallery.

Mallacoota Start For Big Cycling Event
Mallacoota has been chosen as the starting point for the spectacular Tour of Gippsland cycle race that will be staged in East Gippsland from 2-4 August.

No More Labor Excuses – Studies Support Dog Baiting
Labor has run out of excuses why it cannot introduce aerial baiting of wild dogs, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

7 Jul 2006 (Friday)

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter Area LTB1 Bridle Estate July 2006 (NHW107)
Annual Meeting, Meeting with Rob Wright, Share Scam, Police Crime Report.

10 Jul 2006 (Monday)

Community engagement workshops for Longwarry and Noojee
The communities of Longwarry and Noojee in collaboration with Baw Baw Shire Council are taking part in community planning workshops to set priorities for the next five years.

Wonthaggi construction boom
Wonthaggi has experienced a boom of construction works undertaken by the Bass Coast Shire Council recently, with more projects scheduled to come.

Funding for Inverloch Neighbourhood House
Bass Coast Shire Council recently received a grant of $138,000 for the Inverloch Neighbourhood House Community Hub project.

Enhanced animal facility to deliver impoundment service
New impoundment facilities for wandering cats and dogs are to be constructed in Morwell.

Inverloch Primary students start walking
Bass Coast Shire Council officially launched its third Walking School BusTM at Inverloch Primary School this week.

A new face for NAIDOC Week
Last week the Wonthaggi community had the chance to try on a new face at the NAIDOC Week Celebrations held at Coalfields Art Gallery.

Country Victorians Freeze As Gas Deadline Looms
The clock is ticking towards the Labor Government’s gas extension deadline, while country Victorians freeze their way through another winter, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Eastern Park – have your say!
Residents have the opportunity to help shape Eastern Park, Warragul for future generations by helping mould the final plan.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin
Weekly Bulletin, Monday, July 10, 2006

11 Jul 2006 (Tuesday)

New Smart Electricity Meters On Show
Acting Premier John Thwaites today announced new smart electricity meters to cut power bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions would be trialled and rolled out across Victoria.

‘The presence of things’ at the Latrobe Regional Gallery
A stunning exhibition titled ‘The presence of things: sense, veneer and guise’ is currently on show at the Latrobe Regional Gallery.

12 Jul 2006 (Wednesday)

Community groups invited to attend grants forum
Latrobe City Council is holding an information forum on the community grants program for 2006/2007, for all community groups or individuals providing programs and activities in the municipality.

New landscaping adds finishing touch to Apex Park
New trees and shrubs have been planted at Apex Park, completing the finishing touches to the redevelopment of the area.

Pregnancy Toxaemia In Ewes
With cold, wintry weather and low or non-existent paddock feed in many areas, ewes nearing lambing may be at risk of developing pregnancy toxaemia.

Hard waste review for Latrobe City
Latrobe City Council has announced a review of its decision to ban hard waste removal.

Ems For Your Farm Business
EMS is short for Environmental Management System and is a term of increasing importance and interest to farmers.

Youth Leadership participants graduate
Latrobe City’s Youth Leadership participants have come to the end of their year-long program and recently attended a graduation ceremony at the corporate headquarters.

13 Jul 2006 (Thursday)

Leave Goolengook As Is, Say Nationals
The Nationals want no further part of the Goolengook Forest Block added to the Errinundra National Park, unless there are "proven and compelling" environmental reasons.

Ingram working to retain paediatricians at CGHS
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has been asked to mediate meetings to retain the services of paediatricians Peter Goss and Jo McCubbin at Central Gippsland Health Service (CGHS).

Labor To Slash Its Own Red-Tape?
Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today it was laughable that the Bracks Government had released a policy aimed at reducing red tape.

Rural Zones Translate For Bass Coast
Bass Coast Shire Council has been advised by the Minister for Planning, Rob Hulls, that the new Farming Zone will become active as of today.

Early childhood conference to be held in Morwell
Latrobe City Council is presenting a seminar that will be of particular interest to early childhood professionals on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August 2006 at Kernot Hall, Morwell.

Big Upgrade for Maffra Park
Wellington Shire Council is to undertake a $360,000 upgrade of Victoria Park in Maffra following a successful application for funding from the State government through the Small Towns Development Fund.

PumpIt!06 set to rock Tyers
Latrobe City’s FReeZA committee PumpIt!06 is set to rock the Tyers Town Hall with an Underage Dance Party on Friday 28 July from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

17 Jul 2006 (Monday)

Nominate Now For Bass Coast Achievements
Nominations for the Regional Achievement and Community Awards close on Friday, 28 July 2006.

Powerhouse Blues at Wurruk
A free blues jam will be held 23 July to Celebrate Wurruk!

Focus on unregistered animals
Wellington Shire Council is stepping up its efforts to ensure that pets throughout the shire are registered.

Celebrating Our Sporting Past
The celebration at the Bass Hotel on Friday 9 July also marked the launch of the booklet Celebrating Our Sporting Past.

Recreation Grants Funding
Baw Baw Shire Council has recently secured $28,000 in state government funding for the Trafalgar Recreation Precinct Masterplan and Gippsland Synthetic Hockey Feasibility Study.

Power generators support the landfill site search
Power generators, Loy Yang Power, International Power Hazelwood and TRU Energy Yallourn have rallied behind Latrobe City Council in the identification of suitable sites to establish a landfill facility to service Latrobe City residents.

Monash University Gippsland Weekly Bulletin
Weekly Bulletin - Monday, July 17, 2006

Nats Demand: ‘It’S Time To Put Human Lives Ahead Of Wild Dogs’
The Nationals have warned that human lives will be put at risk unless the Bracks Government gets serious about wild dog control in rural and remote areas.

Help Planet Ark celebrate planting our 10 millionth tree!
Calling all green thumbs! Planet Ark is calling on schools, community groups and individuals in Baw Baw Shire to get down and dirty and help it plant National Tree Day’s 10 millionth tree.

Community tree planting
Wellington Shire Council and the Maffra and Districts Landcare Network are inviting the community to celebrate National Tree Day on Sunday 30 July.

Launch Of Art Tour
The Bass Hotel hosted a very enjoyable evening on Friday, 9 July for the launch of the 2006/2007 Bass Coast Art Tour Brochure.

Integrated Planning
Bass Coast Shire Council, together with the City of Casey, has been successful in obtaining funding from the State Government under the Local Area Planning Support Program.

18 Jul 2006 (Tuesday)

Improving walking in Baw Baw
Baw Baw Shire Council recently conducted an audit on the ‘walkability’ of six towns across the shire and results show that many towns do not rate well for use by pedestrians.

22 Jul 2006 (Saturday)

Suicide, The Hidden Tragedy :: (Howard S. Emanuel)
A timely reminder to all in Gippsland that suicide is not discriminatory by nature, that indeed this appalling waste of life occurs in all communities, including ours....

24 Jul 2006 (Monday)

Landowner Information Sessions
A landowner Information session regarding the proposed natural gas pipeline is being held in Korumburra on Wednesday 26 July.

Council completes Queen Street Park project
The installation of lights last month at Queen Street Park marks the end of the $230,000 project to provide an open, inviting, well lit park for residents and visitors to Warragul.

Mutual benefits from councillor visits
Baw Baw Shire councillors are currently visiting local secondary schools to build relationships and provide young people an avenue to access council.

Encourage Biodegradable Plastic Bags: Nats
The Nationals are calling for the State Government to think again about its plastic bags policy as it relates to bio-degradable bags.

Meetings Provide Way Forward on Hotel
Meetings this week between Wellington Shire Council and Heritage Victoria are likely to provide an outcome that both protects public safety and restores the historic verandah on the Criterion Hotel in Sale.

Cleanliness Is Essential For Dry Cow Treatments
There is an enormous amount to gain from Dry Cow Treatment – provided the job is done well. Trying to hurry it or using inexperienced help to treat cows at drying-off is very risky and may prove disastrous.

Hall Welcomes High Speed Internet Connection
Gippsland MP Peter Hall has welcomed a new broadband internet service for the region, which will see a huge increase in data delivery speeds in major centres.

Phillip Island Speed Limit Changes
VicRoads have advised that speed limit changes will come into effect on Phillip Island from late July 2006.

$6 million Gippsland Lakes funding welcomed: Ingram
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has welcomed the State Government’s commitment of $6 million over three years for the third phase of the Gippsland Lakes future directions and action plan.

Hall Urges Students To Enter Anzac Prize
The Nationals spokesman for Education PETER HALL has urged Year Nine students in Gippsland to enter the 2006 Victorian Spirit of ANZAC Prize Schools competition.

Urgent Meetings on Criterion Hotel
Wellington Shire Council has arranged urgent meetings with Heritage Victoria and the Building Commission on the safety of the Criterion Hotel.

VCAT Visit
Bass Coast Planning staff and Councillors attended a workshop in Wonthaggi with Justice Stuart Morris last month.

New look Water Patrol monitors water use
Gippsland Water’s Water Patrol vans are sporting new signage to remind customers about the permanent water saving rules that are in place.

25 Jul 2006 (Tuesday)

Business planning program to boost local businesses
Latrobe City Council and the Victorian State government are joining forces to support the growth of local small and medium sized businesses by hosting a subsidised business planning program during August.

Yallourn North Preschool receives generous donation
ABB Australia has bestowed upon the Yallourn North Preschool a welcomed donation of $500.

Bass Coast Budget Open To The Community
The Bass Coast Shire Council 2006-2007 Draft Budget was presented to the Council Meeting on Wednesday, 19 July 2006 and is open for public comment until 10 August 2006.

Latrobe City recognised for putting on a top Australia Day
In a ceremony held at Latrobe City headquarters in Morwell last week, Latrobe City Mayor, Cr Lisa Price accepted the award for ‘Best Australia Day Program in a Rural or Suburban Area’ on behalf of the city.

Education through enchantment with Family Day Care
It was fun, fun, fun at the Elizabeth Wilmot preschool building in Morwell recently, when Latrobe City’s Family Day Care unit held a lively musical experience incorporating educational themes as part of the regular weekly playgroup activities.

Hard waste review for Latrobe City
Latrobe City Council has announced a review of its decision to ban hard waste removal.

Travelling Patients Need Better Support: Nats
Sufferers of chronic illness need realistic reimbursement for travel costs associated with their poor health, according to The Nationals.

Public comment wanted on draft tourism strategy
Baw Baw Shire Council has developed a draft Nature Based Tourism Development Strategy to help identify potential tourism development sites and to assist with attracting private nature based tourism investments and projects in the shire.

Indigenous Artefacts Stop Pathway In Its Tracks
Bass Coast Shire Council has had to temporarily suspend the construction of the Inverloch Foreshore Shared Pathway due to the uncovering of potential indigenous artefacts yesterday, including a bone.

World-renowned art collection comes to Latrobe Regional Gallery
One of the current exhibitions at Latrobe Regional Gallery includes part of the Cunningham Dax collection, titled ‘Still Lives: Between Creativity and Shadowland’ and continues until 27 August 2006.

Adult literacy collection expands
Wellington Shire Council library service is expanding the adult literacy collection.

Privilege For Bass Coast Youth
Businesses throughout Bass Coast are being urged to support young people by getting behind the Bass Coast Youth Privilege Card.

New Assistant English Teacher appointed to Takasago
Catherine Reid of Traralgon has been appointed the new Assistant English Teacher (AET) and will commence her position in our Japanese sister city, Takasago, in early August.

Monash University Gippsland Weekly Bulletin
Weekly Bulletin - Monday, July 24, 2006

New planning overlay to highlight wildfire management
New planning overlay to highlight wildfire management.

Don’t delay immunisation
Wellington Shire Council is concerned that many parents are not keeping their children’s immunistation up to date.

Program Results Emphasise Need For Aerial Baiting
Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis has again called on the Bracks Government to implement aerial baiting of wild dogs, in light of results from recent baiting programs in the Benambra region.

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