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1 Jun 2020 (Monday)

$19 Million Investment in Morwell and Traralgon Schools
5.35 million to deliver a world class integrated early learning centre at Morwell Park Primary School and $13.7 million to rebuild Latrobe Special Developmental School.

More Community-Led Projects Receive Funding
Baw Baw Shire and Latrobe City to share in more than $500,000 of funding.

Pedestrian Safety Paramount
Community concerns raised in relation to the safety of pedestrians at the McNairn Road Traralgon railway crossing.

Free TAFE at Tafe Gippsland Supports Victoria’s Recovery
The Free TAFE program has helped TAFE Gippsland students start the training they need for in-demand jobs.

Flu Vaccine Shortage Needs a Jab
Calls to address flu vaccine shortage in Gippsland.

Grow Gippsland Connects Across the State
First GROW Gippsland online ‘Scorecard’ event.

Free Cleaning Grants for Kinders in Eastern Victoria
$2.6 million in grants available to all early childhood services delivering a funded kindergarten program to boost their cleaning and hygiene during this pandemic.

Local – What is Local?
Local businesses, contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers are given a "fair go" on Government led projects and in the procurement of goods and services.

Delivering Projects and Creating Jobs in Baw Baw Shire
A grant of $322,782 for the Rawson Skate Park and RV Park Project.

New Home for Squash In The Latrobe Valley
Latrobe City Leisure Centre in Churchill will be upgraded to become the home of squash in the Latrobe Valley.

Building Works: More Jobs for Gippslanders
First part of Building Works package launched.

Latrobe Youth Space Development to Generate Local Jobs
4.3 million to design, develop and run the Latrobe Youth Space in Morwell to support young people.

Drivers Facing Massive Testing Backlog
Driver testing for Regional Victorians will experience further significant delays given current COVID-19 restrictions.

Clean Energy Boost to Create Jobs and Save Money in Eastern Victoria
Latest round of funding for the New Energy Jobs Fund (NEJF) announced.

2 Jun 2020 (Tuesday)

Continuing to Deliver for the Community
Latrobe City Council continues to deliver all essential services and has adopted innovative ways.

2020 Business Awards Cancelled
In place of the Awards, Council’s Business Support Team will develop a program of business events, training and marketing opportunities to help businesses get back on track following the Coronavirus pandemic.

Local Cleaning Crews Spritz and Blitz Latrobe City Centres
Huge cleaning blitz around Latrobe City.

COVID-19 Resilience Grants Program Now Open
The Grants Program is part of an initial Relief and Recovery Package worth $960,000, which was endorsed by Council in April, with $700,000 made available to form this Grants Program.

Council Facilities Begin a Considered Reopening
Some Council facilities to reopen from 2 June.

Solo Recreational Activity
Solo recreational activities must be wound back to allow local people to get out in our local area.

Business Register Supporting Local
Online business register to bring together local businesses and the community during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Regional Tourism Fund to Kickstart Regional Business and Local Economies
Bold steps needed now to restore Victoria’s tourism sector, our regional tourism businesses to recover.

Flu Shots Available from May
Council nurses will administer free flu vaccinations through the Government's National Immunisation Program.

LRG Becomes the First Gippsland Gallery to go Online
Latrobe Regional Gallery is now offering virtual tours of several exhibitions

Local Builders Ignored in Local Project
WorkSafe a Victorian Government authority has excluded local builders from tendering for a significant project to be undertaken in Traralgon.

Thousands Support Call to Reverse Ban on Recreational Hunters
Petition demanding the Andrews Government reconsider its politically-motivated ban on recreational sales of firearms and ammunition.

Library Closures Shine a Light on Digital Access and Older Resident Care
Latrobe City Libraries continues to deliver.

Permit Refunds Flowing Back Into Community
Refund of more than $160,000 in permit applications with the announcement last month of the Community Support Package.

Extension Project to Benefit Impounded Animals
Latrobe City Council pound will provide the animals with more room for exercise and socialisation.

Northe Welcomes Projects but Urges Government to Support Locals
Building Works, announced.

SEA Electric – Nothing to See here!!!
Staff had been stood down from SEA Electric’s Dandenong plant and in doing so also conceded a dispute or rift exists between the Government and the company.

Tree Replacement to Begin for Commercial Road Freeway Entrance Improvement
Latrobe City Council committed to improving the aesthetic of the freeway entrance at Commercial Road

Council Continues COVID-19 Response
The Hardship Policy is linked to the recently adopted Bass Coast Business and Community Response and Recovery Package.

Illegal Dumping in Latrobe City
Increase in illegal dumping across the municipality.

A New Train for Apex Park
Design work for this project is now complete.

Help Council Develop its Graffiti Management Strategy 2020-24
Short survey to help develop the four-year Graffiti Management Strategy.

Community Signage Footpath Decals
Print-ready footpath stickers for local businesses, schools and other organisations to download.

Daniel Andrews Turns His Back on Victorian Barley Growers
Victorian grain growers abandoned by refusing to stand against China’s 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley.

Welcome to Latrobe City
New signs to the entrance to the city.

Future Morwell Project Update
Rebranding Morwell as the Town of Gardens in final stages.

Excellence in Agribusiness Awards Now Open
Excellence in Agribusiness Awards are now open for nominations.

Planning Picks Up despite Pandemic
Planning permit applications across Latrobe City have increased despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

12 Jun 2020 (Friday)

Help Develop Smiths Beach Town Plan
Feedback received during the consultation period will help Council develop the Smiths Beach Town Plan that aims to enhance the experience of residents abd protect the unique vegetation, wildlife and coastline environments.

15 Jun 2020 (Monday)

New Local Project Funding for Baw Baw Shire
Growing Suburbs Fund expanded to include Baw Baw Shire Council, to support the local area’s growing needs.

Education Boost for Bass Coast
Significant education boost for the Bass Coast community and students who prefer to continue living locally, while they study.

Increased PSO Role A Win
Parliament welcomed the new legislation in increasing the role of Protective Service Officers (PSO’s) in Victoria.

Productive Meeting with Victorian Rail Advocate
Latrobe City Council met with the Victorian Rail Advocate Jill Walsh to hear first-hand information about rail transport needs and promote manufacturing capacity.

Ag Workforce Looking for Answers on Jobs Funds
Why are funds intended to provide direct employment in the agriculture sector be used to prop up new jobs at Victoria’s Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs)?

Even More Organisations without a Home
Plight of several Latrobe Valley sporting and community organisations that have lost access or are soon to lose access to their facilities emphasized.

Retention Payment System Quizzed in Parliament
Retention payment system reviewed.

Northe – Driver Licence Testing to Resume
Driver licence tests resumes.

Awards Recognise Eastern Victorian Early Years Professionals
Families, early childhood professionals and early years support organisations in Eastern Victoria are encouraged to nominate themselves or others for Victorian Early Years Award.

Local Sports Clubs across Eastern Victoria to Survive and Thrive
Successful clubs gets $1,000 grant.

Commitment the First Step to Fix Farm Trespass Laws
Finally...first steps to fix farm trespass laws.

City-Centric Lockdown Stopping Country Communities Getting Back on their Feet
Blanket ban on all Victorians going back to the workplace unfairly disadvantages regional communities.

Grants to Get Sports Back on track in Eastern Victoria
100 million in grants dedicated to supporting grassroots players, volunteers and building sports infrastructure.

Farm Rate Rises
Farmers face uncertain future.

Grant Recipients Announced
Grants awarded to events and equipment, the Wonthaggi RSL 2020 Centenary, expansion of the Cape Paterson Nippers program, training and safety equipment, sporting facility upgrades and more.

Northe Welcomes New Volunteer CFA Station for Newborough
$2.3 million in funds to build a new volunteer CFA station for Newborough.

Latrobe Creative Precinct Taking Shape
Latrobe Creative Precinct takes shape with construction of the fly tower set to take centre stage in the coming weeks.

Minor Capital Grants Open for Government Schools in Gippsland
Government schools can apply for a new $20 million Minor Capital Works Fund to fund minor school capital projects at government schools across Victoria.

Minister’s "Disappointing" Response on China’s Barley Tariffs
Belt and Road deal with China pushes through despite the Chinese Government's punitive tariff on Australian barley.

Kinder Enrolments Closing Soon
Kinders can now take a virtual tour to replace open days and to comply with social distancing restrictions.

Council to Consider Proposed Budget
The Proposed Budget includes a record capital works program of $28 million.

Warm Safe Home Project Raises Awareness of Elder Abuse
Supports for the Warm Safe Home Project by art-making to start conversations about elder abuse.

Helping Children in the Latrobe Valley Celebrate with Free Activities
Support for local communities across the state to host fun and free activities on this year’s Children’s Week celebrations.

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