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2 Jun 2005 (Thursday)

John Peart Exhibition at Latrobe Regional Gallery

Liberals Support Horseback Rally To Parliament House
The Liberal Party is encouraging all country Victorians to get behind Country Voice and its campaign against the Bracks Government’s decision to ban alpine grazing.

Roadside vegetation reveals endangered species
A nationally endangered species, has recently been discovered on a Latrobe Valley roadside.

Latrobe 2021 launched by Minister for Local Government
Latrobe 2021: The Vision for Latrobe Valley, was officially launched by the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Candy Broad, at the TAFE Waratah Restaurant in Morwell today.

Public Warned Against Handling Dog Traps
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Department of Sustainability and Environment's (DSE) Wild Dog Control Program is an integral part of livestock protection activities in Gippsland, particularly at this time of year.

More Bracks Lies On Alpine Grazing
The Bracks Government has been caught out lying again about the facts of its decision to ban alpine grazing, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said today.

Parents to learn how to avoid getting caught in the web

Liberals Support Horseback Rally To Parliament House
The Liberal Party is encouraging all country Victorians to get behind Country Voice and its campaign against the Bracks Government’s decision to ban alpine grazing.

Want Wellington to be weed free?
Wellington Shire Council is pleased to be part of Wellington Weed Free – a new initiative aiming to raise community awareness of weed issues and build relationships with local organisations.

3 Jun 2005 (Friday)

More Farmers To Receive Drought Aid From Commonwealth
The Liberal Party welcomes the Commonwealth Government announcement that 3100 farmers in the Mallee and Northern Wimmera will be eligible for full Exceptional Circumstances (EC) drought assistance.

Billson Street Construction Completed
The construction of Billson Street in Wonthaggi was completed on 27 May 2005.

Support urgently needed for Traralgon Show
Organisers of the Traralgon and District Agricultral Societ Show are appealing for volunteer to hel make this year's show a success and to ensure the future of the annual event remains strong.

Monash University, Weekly Bulletin

Council Visits Local Industries
Bass Coast Shire Council has offered to visit local industries over the next few months to look at their current operations and needs for the future.

6 Jun 2005 (Monday)

New author to visit Sale Library
Wellington Shire Council and Book City Sale are pleased to bring Reg Egan – first time author of the recently released book Lottie - to the Sale Library on Thursday 23 June from 2:00pm, for an ‘inside look’ into the story and book-signing session.

7 Jun 2005 (Tuesday)

Victoria’S Wild Dog Management Program Reinforced
The member for Narracan, Ian Maxfield, today launched the Gippsland Wild Dog Action Plan, and announced three on-going positions to help combat the problem.

8 Jun 2005 (Wednesday)

Agricultural Education - Bracks Latest Victim
Agricultural education is the latest victim of the Bracks Government’s campaign against country Victoria, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said today.

Agribusiness Summit Looks To The Future
More than 80 attendees have been registered for the 6th Annual Agribusiness Summit to be held at DPI’s Ellinbank Centre on June 8/9, the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Geoff Howard, said today.

Victorians Contribute To How Fire Is Managed In Our Parks And Forests
From Horsham through to Heyfield, Mildura to Mt. Beauty, Victorian communities statewide have taken the opportunity to express their views on the Code of Practice for Fire Management on Public Land.

New service a first for Gippsland

The Blood Service is Facing a Critical Shortage Of Blood
The Blood Service has less than a one day’s supply of O and A blood types, and is experiencing a shortage of all other blood types as well.

Latrobe City budget endorsed by Council
Latrobe City’s 2005/2006 budget passed through Council on Monday night without amendment.

Great prizes on offer with free holiday reading club for local kids!
All Wellington kids are invited to join the fun and excitement being offered this winter school holidays through the Winter Reading Club and holiday activity program at your Wellington Shire library it’s free and there are plenty of prizes to win!

Country Victorians Urged To Support Rally Tomorrow
All Victorians will tomorrow have the opportunity to send a message to Premier Steve Bracks that they will no longer tolerate his government’s bullying tactics.

Keeping Stock Alive And Well
The number of calls to DPI Animal Health staff from people concerned about livestock in poor condition, on paddocks with little or no feed available has increased recently.

Bracks Government Fails To Retain Agricultural Colleges
The Bracks Government stands condemned for not securing the future of agricultural education in Victoria, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis and Shadow Minister for Education Victor Perton said today.

10 Jun 2005 (Friday)

Council cracks down on unregistered pets
Wellington Shire Council is urging dog and cat owners who have still not registered their pets to do so as soon as possible to avoid the prospect of a $205 fine.

Air/health Neighbourhood Watch precinct a first for Victoria

Labor Must Restore State Based Drought Assistance
The Bracks Government must reinstate the State based drought assistance program it scrapped after the 2002 election.

The Criminal Underworld – at your library
Underworld killings are not things you’d normally expect to hear about in your local library. But visiting authors GRAHAM REILLY and JOHN SILVESTER are set to break a few rules when they visit Latrobe City Library Service this month.

Tenders advertised for new Traralgon Library work
The tendering process is underway for the new Traralgon Library which is being relocated to refurbished premises in the Traralgon civic precinct.

Local demand for speciality timbers must be met: Ingram

27Th Annual Victorian State Bottles & Collectables Show
Gippsland MP Peter Hall is hopeful of more funding for nurse practitioners to assist in aged care, after an indication of support from the Aged Care Minister when questioned in Parliament.

Budget Increase to Fund New Works
Baw Baw Shire Council has recommended a draft budget that will mean an increase of less than one dollar a week for most residents.

Thwaites, Bracks Must Come Clean On Alpine Grazing
The Bracks Government has today continued its hate campaign against country Victoria, deliberately misleading or being ignorant of the actual number of cattle that will be able to continue grazing in high country State forests.

SPLAT II Youth Event Next Saturday Night 18 June Lakes Entrance
Splat two, the interactive, fun, youth event, is again being staged in Lakes Entrance. It is for young people aged between 12 and 30 and will be a drug and alcohol free event.

Cowwarr Football Netball Club scores $20,520 in grant win
Wellington Shire Council and Brendan Jenkins MP, State Member for Morwell District are pleased to announce a $20,520 Victorian Government grant to revamp the multi-purpose court at the Cowwarr Recreation Reserve.

Latrobe volunteers thanked with Ding Dong concert
More than four-hundred Latrobe City volunteers were thanked for their hard work and generosity during the year, at a thank-you concert and afternoon tea at Kernot Hall on Wednesday.

Tarwin Cove Faces Obstacles
In a letter to Bass Coast Shire Council, Minister for Planning, the Hon. Rob Hulls MP, has indicated that the proposed Tarwin Cove development faces significant obstacles and would require an Environmental Effects Statement (EES).

Dangerous Lack Of Concern By Rubbish Dumpers
Rubbish dumping in state forests continues to be a serious and damaging threat to our local environment and an eyesore for those who enjoy, value and care for our forests.

Hall Supports Heritage Emergency Listing
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province Peter Hall has welcomed the emergency heritage listing for the Alpine National Park.

Historic Signing Between Gippsland Education Providers

14 Jun 2005 (Tuesday)

Council Budget Up For Comment
The Bass Coast Shire Council 2005-2006 draft Budget was presented to Council last week and is open for public comment until 21 June 2005.

15 Jun 2005 (Wednesday)

Tse Surveillance In Australia

Have Your Say On Next Season'S Burning Operations
The 2004-05 prescribed burning season in Gippsland has been a successful one, with over 100 burns being undertaken, covering 50,000 hectares of land that has now been fuel reduced to protect communities and promote native flora and fauna species.

Lactation Options For The Modern Dairy Cow
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Ellinbank will be hosting an Extended Lactation Field Day on Tuesday 28 June (10:00 am - 12:30 pm) that will explore options for improving lactation systems for modern dairy cows.

Carers Need Protection Against Liability: Hall
Unpaid carers should be given the same level of protection against personal liability claims as that provided for volunteers, according to Gippsland MP Peter Hall.

Neighbourhood Watch Area LTB1 Newsletter June 2005 (NHW 95)
Crime, Safety Walk, Meter Boxes, Police Crime Report.

Liberals To Oppose Bracks’ Hasty Ban On Alpine Grazing
The Liberal Party will support the mountain cattlemen when it votes against the National Park (Alpine National Park Grazing) Bill in Parliament’s Legislative Assembly this week.

16 Jun 2005 (Thursday)

New Energy Legislation Gets It Wrong: Nationals
Proposed changes to the energy legislation will see another ‘slug’ for brown coal generators and hydro power generators also miss out, but wind developments get another handout from the State Government, according to The Nationals.

A Nutrient Filled Field Day
Craig, Ab and Joan Allott of Toora recently hosted a field day titled ‘Dealing with Effluent from Dairy Sheds and Feedpads’.

Interactive media art exhibition to show how we will live in the future
Ever wondered what your future home would look like? Well wonder no longer, when Wellington Shire Council’s Gippsland Art Gallery ● Sale opens its doors to Experimenta House of Tomorrow, an interactive media art exhibition on 2 July 2005.

Budding Environmentalists Called To Bloom
More than half of the agricultural land in Victoria is managed by Landcare groups, some of which will soon be officially recognised at the 2005 Victorian Landcare Awards.

Road Side Inspection Reveals Undersized Bream
Fisheries Officers conducting a routine vehicle interception in the Lakes Entrance area over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend discovered a number of bream under the minimum legal size.

17 Jun 2005 (Friday)

Don’T ‘Dazzle’ At Night!
Wellington Shire Council is encouraging the shire’s motorists to take advantage of FREE headlight alignment checks as part of Lighting Week from June 20-27.

Sad Day For Our Heritage: Ingram
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has described the passing of State Government legislation that bans cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park as "a sad day for our heritage".

Lake Guyatt interpretive trail set to open
Wellington Shire Council will be officially opening the new Gunai/Kurnai Aboriginal Peoples’ Wetlands Interpretive Art Trail at Lake Guyatt in Sale on 1 July.

Municipal Public Health Plan Up For Comment
Bass Coast Shire Council has joined forces with local health care service providers to devise a Municipal Public Health Plan (MPHP) for the Shire.

Bracks Rams Grazing Ban Through And Gags Debate
The Bracks Government will gag debate on the Alpine Grazing Bill that will ban mountain cattlemen from the high country, with the legislation to automatically pass at 4pm tomorrow.

Council Adopts Events Policy & Committee Structure
Bass Coast Shire councillors adopted a new Special Events Policy and Mayor Events Planning Committee structure at Wednesday's Council Meeting.

21 Jun 2005 (Tuesday)

Nationals Seek Postponement To Grazing Bill
The banning of grazing from Victoria’s alpine national park is a historic low point in Victoria’s history, according to The Nationals’ Gippsland MP, Peter Hall.

Sad End To 170-Year Mountain Cattlemen Tradition
The 170-year tradition of grazing cattle in Victoria’s high country is over.

Long-Term Unemployed To Gain Skills In Housing Project
An innovative project involving long-term unemployed in housing construction has begun, with work commencing on the first site in Well Street, Morwell East.

Youth Leadership Camp Available To Wellington Youth
Wellington Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest from the shire’s youth who would like to attend the Youth Leadership Camp to be held at Camp Coonawarra on 29 & 30 June.

Thirty Taizhou And Takasago Delegates Coming To ASCA
Approximately 30 delegates from Latrobe City’s sister cities of Takasago in Japan and Taizhou in China are expected to be attending the Australian Sister Cities Associations (ASCA) national conference.

24 Jun 2005 (Friday)

Fossil Fuels Here To Stay, Focus On CO2 Reduction
International experts overwhelmingly believe that the world’s reliance on fossil fuels will continue well into the foreseeable future, according to an international energy conference.

Western Port Greenhouse Alliance Launched
State Government has officially launched the Western Port Greenhouse Alliance (WPGA), an alliance of Local Governments, including Bass Coast Shire Council, working towards the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the Western Port region.

Alleged Abalone Poachers Caught At Cape Conran
A call to the fisheries offence reporting hotline 13FISH, late on Tuesday night, resulted in Fisheries Officers catching two people allegedly preparing to illegally harvest abalone at Cape Conran.

Carinya Celebrates Its Birthday In Style
The staff and children at Carinya Early Learning Centre celebrated the centre’s 19th birthday last week with a dress up day and morning tea.

Maffra Recreation Reserves Scoop $10,000 Grant
Wellington Shire Council and Craig Ingram MP, Member for Gippsland East are pleased to announce a $10,000 Victorian Government grant to create a master plan for strategic planning and maintenance of Maffra’s recreation reserves.

Rockies Show Signs Of Life
The critically endangered Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby could be making a come back. With dedicated monitoring and the launch of a new translocation strategy, one of Victoria's most endearing and vulnerable creatures may yet be saved from extinction.

Wine Industry Opportunities
The Department Of Primary Industries Has Responded To Issues Currently Facing The Wine Industry By Arranging A Series Of Workshops To Be Held Across The State During July.

Local Philanthropist John Leslie Presented With The Key To The City Of Sale
Wellington Shire Council presented local philanthropist John Leslie, OBE, with the ‘key to the City’ on Wednesday evening (22 June) for his outstanding contribution to the Sale and Wellington communities.

Work Experience At Bass Coast Shire Council
Bass Coast Shire Council is helping local students get a head start on their futures by participating in the Year 10 work experience program.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Available To Library Users
The Latrobe City Library Service has recently added Encyclopaedia Britannica Online to its suite of online databases available to library users.

Megan Eenjes 200 Games
Megan Eenjes (Nee Metcalf) Will Celebrate Her 200Th Game In Elite Representative Basketball This Sunday At The Traralgon Sports Stadium When Latrobe City Energy Takes On The Melbourne Uni.

Dairy Reminders For June

Latrobe Moves To Milestone 4 In Greenhouse Abatement
Latrobe City Has Recently Been Awarded ‘Milestone 4’ In The Cities For Climate Protection Program. Latrobe City Has Been A Participant In This International Program Run By The International Council For Local Environmental Initiatives For Some Years.

Walking School Bus Going From Strength To Strength
Latrobe City’s Walking School Bus has become an added bonus for parents enrolling their children at Kosciuszko Street Primary School

Budget Bonus
Wellington Shire Council has won an income boost of some $1 million per year for the next four years, thanks to additional Government grants just confirmed.

Wellington’s Council Plan for 2005-2009
Copies of the Wellington Shire Council Plan 2005-2009 are now available to view at local libraries across the shire, at the council’s customer service centres in Yarram and Sale and on the web site www.wellington.vic.gov.au

Community Support Shown For Traralgon Creek Project
The Traralgon Creek Neighbourhood Environment Improvement Plan (NEIP) has received a strong endorsement from the local community with the establishment of a steering committee to develop a detailed plan for the project.

25 Jun 2005 (Saturday)

Alpine National Park (Editorial)
The propaganda from the Bracks Government and its supporters would have you believe that cattle are everywhere in the high country

Council Welcomes Access For All Playground Funds
Latrobe City Council has welcomed the announcement of Community Facilities Funding through the State Government’s Community Support Fund for the Newman Park playground.

User Groups Present Stadium Seating Cheque
Representatives of the Traralgon Sports Stadium user group’s cooperative, presented Latrobe City Council with a $20,000 cheque on Friday.

Chemical Collection Day
Have you got any unwanted chemicals lying around? Saturday 2 July is Chemical Collection Day for Bass Coast and South Gippsland Shire residents.

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