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2 Jul 2007 (Monday)

Emergency Flood Payments
The Federal Government has announced cash payments for people who have lost their homes or suffered serious injury as a result of the devastating Gippsland floods.

Weekly Bulletin
Monday, July 2, 2007

Rubbish Collection Planned But Not Guaranteed
East Gippsland shire has advised residents on the eastern side of the Mitchell River whose rubbish is collected on Thursdays to leave their bins out for collection.

Uni Students Converge On Latrobe Valley For Challenge
An estimated 650-700 university students are expected to begin converging on the Latrobe Valley over the weekend to participate in the ‘Latrobe City Challenge’

Pulling Out All The Stops To Tackle Flood Emergencies
East Gippsland Water staff have been working round the clock, responding to emergencies associated with the impact of floods on water and wastewater services across the region.

Wellington Shire Flood Situation 3.00pm Friday 29 June 2007
With the exception of Loch Sport, flood levels are dropping across the Shire. All towns are now accessible.Flood levels in Sale did not reach their expected level.

Relief Centre Opens At Lakes Entrance
East Gippsland Shire has announced the opening of a third Relief Centre to assist people displaced by flooding.

Local Artist Celebrates Indigenous Heritage
Wonthaggi Indigenous artist, Patrice Mahoney, will be displaying her work at an Indigenous Art Exhibition to be held at the Coalfields Art Gallery, between July 15 and August 19.

4 Jul 2007 (Wednesday)

Conference To Learn About Early Learning
An Early Learning Conference being auspiced by Latrobe City in July, is being held for people who work with young children.

One Stop Shop: Call 1300 137 218
A central phone number has been set up for flood affected residents.

Garbage Collection Delayed At Raymond Island
East Gippsland Shire has announced that the regular Wednesday garbage and recycle collection on Raymond Island will be delayed.

East Gippsland Water’S Drinking Supplies Remain Safe For Customers
East Gippsland Water customers in flood affected areas, who are connected to a town water supply, can rest assured that their drinking water is perfectly safe to use.

Gippsland Incident Control Centre Update - Wednesday
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Incident Control Centre at Maffra has been assisting landholders with the assessment of the impact of recent heavy rains, storms and flooding that occurred across the region.

Shire Seeks Information On Flood Losses
East Gippsland Shire is anxious to get details of financial losses suffered by businesses in the region as the result of the floods.

New Rules Discourage Casual Teachers
The Nationals’ Education spokesperson Peter Hall has raised concerns in Parliament about the impact of new registration requirements on casual relief teachers (CRTs).

Gippsland Incident Control Centre Update
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Incident Control Centre at Maffra has been assisting landholders with the assessment of the impact of recent heavy rains, storms and flooding that occurred across the region.

Council Offers Referral Assistance For Flood Victims
Latrobe City residents whose properties were impacted by the recent floods that inundated parts of Traralgon and surrounding areas last Thursday, are being urged to contact Latrobe City Council if they require assistance with clean up.

Working To Repair Main Water Pipeline Serving Lindenow And Lindenow South
East Gippsland Water is working to repair a major break in the water pipeline serving customers in Lindenow and Lindenow South as soon as possible

Shire Will Accept Flood Waste Free Of Charge
East Gippsland Shire has announced that it will accept waste created by the floods free of charge.

Mcgauran Pushes For Fencing Package
Nationals Member for Gippsland Peter McGauran is calling on the State Government to provide direct grants for farmers to replace fences damaged or destroyed by the Gippsland floods.

Wellington Shire Flood Situation
Flood levels are continuing to drop across the Shire. King tides, however, have meant continuing pressure on Loch Sport.

Face Of Seymour Street Changing As Car Park Takes Shape
Precast panels being erected at Traralgon’s new car park are rapidly changing the face of Seymour Street, as work gathers pace.

6 Jul 2007 (Friday)

New Look Band Hall And Toilets At Morwell Town Common
Work on a new-look band hall and public toilet block has been completed as the first stage of the redevelopment of the Morwell Town Common.

Insurance Companies Should Follow Racv Lead
Eastern Region MP Peter Hall has called on other insurance companies to follow the lead of the RACV, which this week announced it would cover all claims for members whose cars or homes were damaged as a result of last week’s storms.

Ingram Working On Flood Recovery
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, said today it was too soon to place a solid figure on flood damage throughout his electorate.

Shire Extends Free Flood Waste Offer
East Gippsland Shire has as extended its offer to accept waste created by the floods free of charge.

Cattle Owner Charged With Cruelty
A cattle owner has been fined $1000 after pleading guilty in the LaTrobe Law Courts in Morwell to charges of cruelty to his livestock.

Green Drama Troupe Calls For Performing Arts Professionals
Green Expectations, based at Latrobe Regional Gallery, is a three year arts-based project addressing the themes of greenhouse gas emissions through community education and engagement.

Census Presentation Cancelled
East Gippsland shire has advised that presentation by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on the 2006 Census scheduled for next Tuesday, 10 July in Bairnsdale has been cancelled due the floods.

Gippsland Incident Control Centre Update - Thursday
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Incident Control Centre at Maffra has been assisting landholders with the assessment of the impact of recent heavy rains, storms and flooding that occurred across the region.

Design A Logo To Celebrate Sister Cities Month
Latrobe City is celebrating sister cities month this July with an exciting Chinese Festival logo design competition and information displays at Latrobe City libraries in Moe, Morwell, Traralgon and Churchill.

07- 08 Art Tour Brochure Launched
50 people braved the blustery weather to launch the seventh year of the Bass Coast Art Tour last week.

9 Jul 2007 (Monday)

Shire To Stage Flood Recovery Meetings
East Gippsland Shire is conducting a number of community meetings to provide people with an opportunity to gain an understanding of the flood recovery process.

Gippsland Incident Control Centre Update - Sunday
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has organised six information sessions for livestock owners in flood affected areas.

Learn To Prune Your Roses
The Friends of the Sale Botanic Gardens will run a rose pruning workshop at the gardens this Thursday (12 July)

Weekly Bulletin
Monday, July 9, 2007

10 Jul 2007 (Tuesday)

Community Meeting At Loch Sport For Flood Affected Residents
A community meeting will be held Wednesday 11 July at the Loch Sport Community Hall for flood affected residents.

Wellington Shire Flood Situation 12.30Pm Monday 9 July 2007
All towns except Licola are accessible.There is a moderate Flood Warning for the Macalister River Downstream of Lake Glenmaggie.

12 Jul 2007 (Thursday)

Lodge Your Customer Service Requests Online
Recent enhancements to the Latrobe City website have seen the introduction of an online customer service request feature.

Bike Race Will Show We Are Open For Business And Holidays
The support of the Bracks Government in providing $85,000 for the five-day Tour of Gippsland was a timely and most welcome gesture, Mayor of East Gippsland Cr Mendy Urie said today.

Community Meeting In Sale For Flood Affected Residents
A community meeting will be held Monday 16 July in Sale for flood affected residents.The meeting will be held at 4.30pm in the Wellington Room in the Wellington Shire Council offices.

Latrobe City Offers New Rotavirus Immunisation For Infants
Latrobe City’s immunisation service is now able to offer the RotaTeq vaccine to protect infants against rotavirus infections at each of its monthly immunisation sessions.

Upgraded Newborough Hall Car Park Passes The Rain Test
Improvements to the Newborough Hall environs has reached another milestone, with upgraded and extended car parking facilities now ready for sealing.

Innovation Gippsland – Developing Our Future Today
Innovation Gippsland, Gippsland’s celebration of our region’s good ideas, has a new slogan. The slogan, developed by competition winner, Wayne Nardino, is ‘Innovation Gippsland – Developing our Future Today’.

Information sessions for new online library services
Information sessions on the Latrobe City library service’s new and improved 24/7 Online Library Services facility are being held on 26, 28 and 29 July at the Morwell, Moe and Traralgon libraries respectively.

Exciting Program Announced For ‘Sacred Footsteps’ Tour
The program for the ‘Sacred Footsteps from the Roof of the World Australian Tour 2007’ has been announced with the six Buddhist monks visiting both the Latrobe Regional Gallery and the Moe Town Hall during the last week of July.

Community Groups Learn About Governance
Latrobe City Council recently held a governance workshop for community and non-profit organisations in the municipality. Guest presenter Patrick Moriarty, director training and development from ourcommunity.com.au facilitated the workshop.

13 Jul 2007 (Friday)

Workshops For Successful Succession Planning
With funding support from the Australian government, Latrobe City is hosting a range of workshops dealing specifically with succession planning for owners and managers of small to medium enterprises.

Women’S Community Leadership Workshops
The Gippsland Women’s Local Government Association (GWLGA) is inviting local women to attend Community Leadership Workshops.

Community Warned On Pin Numbers
A warning has been issued to flood affected households and residents in East Gippsland not to provide personal banking details over the telephone.

Human Rights Community Grants Program: $25,000 For Victorian Community Groups
The Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission has $25,000 to give to community organisations for human rights projects.

Confusion Over Sheep And Goat Tagging Requirements
Differences in commercial and legal tagging requirements have caused widespread confusion among Victoria’s sheep and goat producers, according to the Department of Primary Industries

Community Groups Invited To Apply For Council Grants
Community groups across Latrobe City are being urged to apply for funding assistance grants being made available by Latrobe City Council for projects being undertaken during the 2007/2008 financial year.

Free Business Fundamentals Workshop
Presented by SED Consulting with assistance from Bass Coast Shire Council and the Victorian Government Business Continuity Program

Gippsland Water To Undertake Park Beautification As Part Of Project
Gippsland Water’s Warragul customers and the environment will soon benefit from improved sewerage services following the installation of a new structure

16 Jul 2007 (Monday)

Latrobe City Business Tourism Association
WEDNESDAY 18 JULY 2007 Park Lane Tourist Park, Princes Hwy, Traralgon

18 Jul 2007 (Wednesday)

Applications For Free Roadside Weed Herbicide Close Soon
Property owners in Latrobe City needing to control roadside weeds,

Strengths Of Bass Coast Highlighted In New Community Wellbeing Report
Bass Coast Shire Council has welcomed the release of a new Community Indicators Victoria (CIV) website that uses 80 indicators to measure the wellbeing of local communities.

Latrobe’S Strengths Highlighted In New Wellbeing Report
Latrobe City Council has welcomed the release of Community Indicators Victoria (CIV), a free new website that uses 80 indicators to measure the wellbeing of local communities.

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter for Area LTB1 Bridle Estate July 2007 (NHW 118)
Scams, Car Park Selling, Aloe Vera, NHW Police Band Concert, Police Crime Report.

‘Which Is My Best Side?’ At The Latrobe Regional Gallery
The Latrobe Regional Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition by two exciting emerging local artists: Lux Cabatingan and Maria-Luisa Marino; titled ‘Which is My Best Side?’

Drought, Fires, Floods And Then…. Spiders?
The big question being asked this week is 'Where are the spiders?' Despite several news reports over the last 24hours,

Storages Over 40% Full And Rising
East Gippsland Water has reached another milestone in its drive to top up drinking water stocks across the Mitchell River System*, with storages returning to over 44% full for the first time in 16 weeks.

Ten Year Vision For Churchill Revealed
A ten year vision for the future of Churchill has been unveiled with Latrobe City Council approving the Churchill Town Centre Plan at Monday night’s council meeting.

Latrobe Rolls Out Contingency Plan For Waste Service
Latrobe City Council will advertise expressions of interest for companies interested in providing waste transfer and transport services within the municipality and for landfill operators outside the municipality able to accept Latrobe City’s waste.

Kids Don’T Need More Sugar – They Are Sweet Enough
Latrobe City Council together with the Latrobe City Pacers Basketball Team are supporting and promoting the ‘Kids

19 Jul 2007 (Thursday)

Government Wipes Licola Off The Map
Opposition Upper House Leader, Philip Davis, says the Labor Government has left Licola isolated in the aftermath of the Gippsland floods.

Toongabbie Drive-In Movie Night A Happy Success
Over 100 people attended a free drive-in movie night at Toongabbie on Saturday, organised by Latrobe City’s recovery office to support the local community in its continuing recovery from last year’s bushfires.

23 Jul 2007 (Monday)

Bass Coast Waste Disposal Fees Rise
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Waste Transfer and Recycling Station fees, and recycling bin costs, will have a minor increase from 1 August 2007.

Water Restrictions Go Down To Stage 1 For Mitchell River Customers
East Gippsland Water is pleased to announce that water restrictions for its 17,000 customers reliant on the Mitchell River System will be reduced from Stage 3 (High) to Stage 1 (Mild) from midnight on Friday night, 27 July.

Gippsland Incident Control Centre Update - Thursday
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is continuing to visit flood-affected areas to assess damage and determine landholder’s immediate needs.

Coote Urges Investigation Into Relinquished Children
The Bracks Government must release figures that show how many Victorian parents are being forced to surrender children with disabilities to emergency respite.

Ingram Seeks Commitment On Restoration Of Flood Damaged Rivers
Independent MP, Craig Ingram, has called on the government in state parliament to ensure that adequate funds are made available to address the environmental damage to Gippsland rivers, due to the recent floods.

Insurance Council Support For Flood Claims
Flood victims at Newry in Gippsland have been assured the Insurance Council of Australia will step in to expedite the assessment of theirclaims for damages payments.

2007 - 08 Budget Adopted
Bass Coast Shire Council adopted the 2007-08 Budget at the meeting held on Wednesday 18 July 2007.

24 Jul 2007 (Tuesday)

Top Team Goes Into Training For Tour Of Gippsland
Australia’s top young cycling team today began a special five-day training camp in Canberra as part of its all-out assault on next week’s Timbercorp Tour of Gippsland.

Latrobe’S Our Future Our Place Project Wins International Award
Latrobe City Council’s innovative ‘Our Future, Our Place’ sustainable housing project has been recognised internationally.

Heritage Victoria Funding Available
The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, PETER HALL, today encouraged local historical societies, local councils and community based organisations to apply for Victoria’s Heritage Grants for 2007.

Flood Aftermath: Why Wasn’T Helimed Used?
Eastern Region MP Peter Hall wants an investigation into why local search and rescue service Helimed 1 was not called into action during the recent flood evacuations.

Letter to the Editor New Legislation 23
Through the columns of your newspaper I wish to advise the residents of the Eastern Victoria electorate of the following pieces of legislation which have been presented to Parliament.

26 Jul 2007 (Thursday)

Ingram Welcomes Oncology And Dialysis Unit Funding
Craig Ingram, has welcomed an announcement from the Minister for Health, Bronwyn Pike

Insurance Meeting In Bairnsdale On Thursday
East Gippsland Shire is to host an insurance information session to assist all flood-affected individuals with insurance claims.

Succession Workshop On Strategic Financial Planning
The second in a series of workshops to assist small to medium businesses with succession planning takes place next Tuesday, 31 July 2007.

Just A Few Days Left To Experience ‘Sacred Footsteps’
‘Sacred Footsteps From The Roof Of The World Australian Tour 2007’ Winds Up In Latrobe City This Sunday

Owen Rye ‘25 Years Of Ceramics’
An exciting exhibition by Owen Rye entitled ‘25 Years of Ceramics’ will open at the Latrobe Regional Gallery on Saturday 4 August.

30 Jul 2007 (Monday)

1967 Referendum Celebrations 2007
2007 is the 40th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. The Referendum saw 90% of Australians vote to remove clauses from the Australian Constitution that discriminated against our Indigenous people.

Governments Work Together To Help Business
Bass Coast Shire Council is working with the Victorian Government to improve services for business owners.

Have Your Say On Prescribed Burning Issues
Now is the time to find out what fuel reduction works, asset protection and ecological burns are planned for public land (parks and forests) in your neighbourhood, as well as fire access road works and facilities maintenance.

Latrobe Serves Up The Laughs With A Night Of Comedy
Following on from the sell out success of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow in May

Hefty Fine For Commercial Scallop Fisherman
A Lakes Entrance licensed scallop fisherman has been convicted and fined $6,000 in the Bairnsdale Magistrates’ Court for failing to comply with the conditions of his commercial fishing licence.

A Festival Of Events For Small Businesses
A four week festival of events for small business will be staged throughout Victoria during August.

Wonder Women Get Together
Denise Drysdale will visit Bass Coast next month as part of a special dinner for working women.

31 Jul 2007 (Tuesday)

Timbercorp Tour of Gippsland
Tasmanian Star Boosts Start List

Final Free Week In Flood Waste Offer
East Gippsland Shire has extended its offer to accept waste created by the recent floods free of charge for a final week.

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