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1 Mar 2004 (Monday)

Wellington firms named as finalists in prestigious science awards
Two local firms actively supported by Wellington Shire Council are finalists in this year’s prestigious Science Awards run by the Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

Invitation to World’s Longest Lunch
Wellington Shire Council is inviting food-lovers to come along and enjoy the finest in local produce, by joining in the memorable outdoor dining experience offered by this year’s World’s Longest Lunch - to be held on 26 March in Sale.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, March 1, 2004
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Calling on youth community to lead on Sale Youth Space
Wellington Shire Council is all set to provide Sale’s youth community with their own dedicated centre for social and recreational events as well as support services, and is now looking to the young people themselves to drive it forward.

Heyfield Community Meeting – 9 March
Heyfield residents are being invited to have their say on council services and issues affecting them when Councillors and senior officers from Wellington Shire Council host their next community meeting in the area on Tuesday 9 March.

2 Mar 2004 (Tuesday)

Latrobe City Library Service to co-ordinate entries for national creative writing competition
The annual ‘NESTLÉ Write Around Australia’ competition was launched by Latrobe City Councillor Darrell White and local author Scot Gardiner at the Morwell Library on Thursday 11 March.

3 Mar 2004 (Wednesday)

Grandparents’ storytime!
Wellington Shire Council is encouraging grandparents to go along to their local library and share a memorable reading experience with their grandchildren later this month, as part of the council’s Grandparents Storytime @ Your Library drive.

Baw Baw celebrates Harmony Day
When the Department of Immigration encouraged all Councils to become involved in Harmony Day, Australia’s largest national multicultural event, Baw Baw rose to the occasion.

Innovative Effluent Management
Effective effluent management is the hot and sometimes bubbly theme for the 2004 Farm World. In conjunction with this theme, a competition ‘ Innovation in dairy effluent management’ has been running.

Incentive payments to protect native vegetation
Wellington Shire Council is offering incentives of up to $500 to landholders who make a concerted effort to protect existing native vegetation on their property, as part of its Native Vegetation Protection Program.

Plenty to entertain over the Labor Day holiday weekend
Wellington Shire is preparing for a fun-packed Labor Day holiday weekend (6 to 8 March) with a host of events geared at the whole family.

Chemical container collections
Users of farm chemicals in Wellington will be able to take their empty, cleaned, non-returnable farm chemical containers to specially set up collection points in Maffra, Rosedale, Yarram, Stradbroke and Munro later this month for recycling.

5 Mar 2004 (Friday)

Revamping Brennan Park, Sale
Wellington Shire Council will start work shortly on a $25,000 revamp of Brennan Park in Sale’s Desailly Street, to greatly enhance its appearance and facilities.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, March 8, 2004
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Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter for March 2004, Area LTB1 Bridle Estate. (NHW81)
Next Meeting, Easter Holiday Driving, Police Concert, Handbag Thefts, Bullying, Crime Report.

Ingram calls for major towns to be reticulated
Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called in Parliament for the natural gas reticulation to be extended to other parts of East Gippsland.

Health services must remain says Ingram
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the Health Minister, Bronwyn Pike, to immediately address funding issues at Bairnsdale Regional Health Service, which may result in loss of service from current GPs and surgeons.

9 Mar 2004 (Tuesday)

Latrobe Valley a future film destination
The Latrobe Valley Ministerial Taskforce Marketing Advisory Panel (MAP) recently contracted a Film Location Manager to undertake a photographic profile of the region.

Back to the Latrobe Valley – reconnects a community
LatrobeFirst, a regional marketing campaign designed to promote the Latrobe Valley, is considering running a ‘Back to the Latrobe Valley’ on the Queen’s Birthday Weekend in June.

Council reiterates support for farmers over water
Wellington Shire will be represented at a mass rally in Maffra tomorrow (10 March), where local farmers will be voicing concerns about the possible loss of water for irrigation if the recommendations of a State Government taskforce are implemented

10 Mar 2004 (Wednesday)

Dairy Reminders For March 2004
Long term pasture growth rates for March are estimated to be 15 to 18 kg DM/ha/day on dryland farms across Gippsland depending on the timing of the autumn rainfall events.

Duck Season 2004: Time Running Out For Licence Renewals
Victorian duck hunters without a valid licence will need to be quick if they want to participate on opening day, which is now just over two weeks away.

Work begins on the Morwell Public Transport Interchange
Construction has started on the Morwell Public Transport Interchange adjacent to Morwell Railway Station, which includes a new bus shelter, bus and taxi drop-off area, and separate private transport drop-off area.

Basketball Clinic in Churchill is a success
Latrobe City Pacers star, Vashon Weaver, shared the secrets of his success with Latrobe City’s young people at a basketball clinic held at Churchill Youth Action Centre recently.

Microchipping day offers ‘cheap as chips’ pet security
Dog and cat owners can give their pets the gift of security by getting them microchipped at Latrobe City Council’s Microchipping Day this Sunday 14 March.

11 Mar 2004 (Thursday)

Council Investigating Newlands
East Gippsland Shire Council will consider the possibility of amending the East Gippsland Planning Scheme to re-introduce site specific controls in Colony Club Drive, Newlands Arm.

Strategic Plan For Slip
East Gippsland Shire Council is set to produce a Strategic Plan for the Slip Road area in Paynesville, and for Raymond Island.

15 Mar 2004 (Monday)

Monash University Weekly Bulletin
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Construction Industry Employees
Does your work require you to access a Construction Site in Victoria? Have you undertaken the "Industry Induction Scheme" or "Red Card Scheme"?You may be affected by the following:

Having a Say Conference to be held in Morwell
Hundreds of people from all over Victoria will travel to Morwell for the 2004 Having a Say Conference, which will be held from Wednesday 17 to Friday 19 March at Kernot Hall and GippsTAFE complex.

Council Calls For Changes To
East Gippsland Shire Council will call for significant changes to the State Government’s proposed new Rural Zones for Victoria, and the process for its implementation.

Box Office season is all it’s ‘cracked up’ to be in 2004
International comedian Dave Grant had his audience in fits of laughter when he performed a comedy routine at the launch of the 2004 Season of Box Office Events at Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell.

Committee appointment boost for Yarram water issue
Wellington Shire Council is giving its full backing to efforts to address falling groundwater levels in Yarram district, as one of its councillors is appointed to a new Consultative Committee established by the State Government to examine the issue

All aboard the walking bus
On Thursday 18 March some 50 pupils from primary schools in Sale and Maffra will be joining together to form one long ‘walking bus’ – to mark the official start of Wellington Shire Council‘s latest physical activity and road safety drive for children

Note new 40km/h speed limits outside schools
Wellington Shire Council is urging motorists to help make our roads safer for children by ensuring they comply with new 40km/h speed limits currently being introduced by VicRoads outside many schools.

Golden Rules Of Heifer Rearing
Dairy Extension Officer at Kyabram, John Moran has written some great material on calf and heifer rearing, including setting and hitting targets for your heifer rearing this season.

Rosedale community centre fact-finding visit for minister
Wellington Shire Council will take the opportunity to update the Hon Sherryl Garbutt MP, Minister for Community Services, on the $2.4 million multi-purpose community Centre project for Rosedale when she visits the town on Tuesday 16 March

Government must show commitment to timber industry
Gippsland East MP, Craig Ingram, has called on the State Government to honor its commitment to East Gippsland residents affected by restructure in the timber industry.

16 Mar 2004 (Tuesday)

Cigarette butts in stormwater pollutes our waterways.
Baw Baw Shire Council has launched a campaign to target cigarette butt littering.

Cr Harvey Bates Re-Elected
Cr Harvey Bates was yesterday re-elected Mayor of East Gippsland Shire Council for a second consecutive term, at a Special Council Meeting held at the Shire’s Corporate Centre.

Australian newspaper chastised over Moe slur
Latrobe City Council has rebuked the Australian newspaper following an article published in its February 21-22 Weekend Australian Magazine.

Senior Citizen of the Year announced
Eric Grant of Newborough is Latrobe City’s Senior Citizen of the Year.

Rehabilitated Bridge reopens on Mackeys Road
The bridge across Bennetts Creek linking two sections of Mackeys Road in Hazelwood South, reopened to traffic last Friday following its rehabilitation.

Council Assists Rowing Club With
Distance markers along the Mitchell River will be installed shortly thanks to the generosity of a number of local organisations.

Council seeks feedback on Community Engagement Policy
Latrobe City Council, guided by a Reference Group consisting of Councillors, management, staff and community members, has developed a Draft Community Engagement Policy...

City sponsorship to help basketballers achieve goals
Latrobe City Council announced a dual sponsorship arrangement at Latrobe City Pacers first home game on Saturday night at the Moe Newborough Sports Centre.

17 Mar 2004 (Wednesday)

Council signs up to GOGRAD employment drive
Wellington Shire is further expanding its employment support for young people, having now signed up to a significant new state-wide recruitment initiative aimed at attracting more high calibre university graduates to careers in local government

KC Wombats celebrate 33 years of Karnaval
Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Graeme Middlemiss welcomed Karnaval clubs from all over Australia to a celebration at Kernot Hall, Morwell over the Labour Day weekend, and presented Prince Danny 1st with the ‘Key to the City’.

Ingram urges farmers to support new rural zones
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, said today that the move to protect prime agricultural land from subdivisions and conflicting developments is one that all farmers should support.

Final Reminders For Duck Shooters
DSE Gippsland's Senior Wildlife Officer, Charlie Franken, reminds duck hunters that the official start time for shooting on Saturday March 20 is 7.10am for Victoria east of Traralgon.

Glengarry Junior Wins First Title

18 Mar 2004 (Thursday)

Cr Ruth McDonald elected as Mayor
The Baw Baw Shire Council last night appointed Cr Ruth McDonald as Mayor until November of this year.

Shires join forces for food safety
As part of its ongoing commitment to food safety Wellington Shire Council has teamed up with fellow Gippsland shires in a new initiative to investigate and address food safety issues.

Dse'S Burning Program Well Under Way In Gippsland
DSE's Regional Fire Manager, David Tainsh reports that the autumn prescribed burning program in Gippsland is progressing well.

Innovative Wild Dog Fencing Demonstration
The Department of Primary Industries in conjunction with the Gippsland Wild Dog Management Group are hosting a demonstration Wild Dog Exclusion fencing day in the Omeo area on Tuesday 30th March 2004.

19 Mar 2004 (Friday)

Future sport and recreation needs being assessed
Latrobe City Council is actively working to assess future sport and recreation service needs in the municipality by conducting a sport and recreation planning survey in conjunction with Stratcorp Consulting.

Search for new Latrobe CEO to start immediately
Latrobe City’s Mayor, Councillor Graeme Middlemiss, said the process of advertising for and appointing a new Chief Executive Officer for Latrobe City would begin immediately.

Small Township Facilitators Project launched
The Hon Peter McGauran, MHR Gippsland Province, and Latrobe City’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Lisa Proctor, launched the Small Township Facilitators Project at the Tyers Mechanics Institute earlier today.

Traces in Time exhibition coming to Gallery
Passionate relationships to objects and memory, family secrets and the environment are some of the themes depicted in a new exhibition coming to the Community Access Gallery at the Latrobe Regional Gallery from Saturday 27 March.

East Gippsland Livestock Exchange Attracting Big Numbers
Buyers from many parts Victoria and even interstate are giving the upgraded East Gippsland Livestock Exchange (Bairnsdale) a big tick, judging by the cattle numbers at this month’s markets.

Businesses warned of bin fire hazard
Latrobe City's Municipal Fire Prevention Officer Lance King has warned businesses throughout Latrobe City to clean up external storage areas around skip bins and back entrances to shops following a spate of bin fires in Traralgon.

Dse Resources Diverted By Wildfire
Dept of Sustainability and Environment firefighting resources have been diverted from their planned burning operations to respond to a series of fires lit under suspicious circumstances in the Alpine National Park, north of the Snowy Range airbase.

22 Mar 2004 (Monday)

Addressing Health And Food
East Gippsland Shire Council has been working with other Gippsland Shires to address health and food safety issues of regional significance.

Update On Fire In Alpine National Park
The fire that was started on Friday morning in the Alpine National Park, north of the Snowy Ranges airstrip has been brought under control by DSE firefighters over the weekend.

Community urged to support hospital petition
Member for Gippsland East Craig Ingram, with members of the Bairnsdale Business Tourism Association have launched a petition calling on the government to ensure adequate funds to save the essential services which have been cut at Bairnsdale Hospital.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Public meeting to discuss sealing Coongulla’s roads
Wellington Shire Council is inviting Coongulla residents and other interested parties to a public meeting on Friday 26 March to discuss a proposal to seal all the roads in the township.

Relocating Yarram bus stops for greater convenience
Wellington Shire Council is in the process of relocating two V/Line bus stops in Yarram’s Commercial Road to a more convenient spot adjacent to the nearby Yarram Service Centre.

Melbourne Water Assist Dse With Prescribed Burns In Thomson Catchment
A crew of six people from Melbourne Water has recently been assisting the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and Forestry Victoria with regeneration burning operations in the Thomson catchment.

Centre announces first technical development project: the Sun Lizard
The Centre for Energy and Greenhouse Technologies has signed its first letter of engagement to enter into a technical development arrangement for the demonstration and testing phase of a renewable and energy efficiency concept that mimics nature.

23 Mar 2004 (Tuesday)

Hearing Loss Expo
Free Hearing Screenings, displays and information, consultations and technology all available at this event!

School Crossing Supervisors
East Gippsland Shire Council’s Community Laws Unit has received some disturbing feedback from many of the region’s School Crossing Supervisors, relating to some drivers’ bad habits and lack of care.

Call before you cut!
Wellington Shire Council is urging any residents looking to remove native vegetation from their property to check first with the council as a permit may be required.

Vizard Foundation Collection at Latrobe Regional Gallery
The Latrobe Regional Gallery has scored a coup by securing the long term loan of the Vizard Foundation Collection of the 1990s. The collection contains works by some of Australia’s finest contemporary artists.

Dennis Coard’s one-man show comes to Traralgon
Dennis Coard, star of stage, screen and probably best known for his six years as ‘Michael’ on the popular television series ‘Home and Away’ will perform his delightful one-man show...

24 Mar 2004 (Wednesday)

Benefits Of Looking After Riparian Zones On Your Farm
Farmers will have the opportunity to explore the impact that farming has on waterways and learn how to care for farm riparian zones whilst gaining economic benefits at the second Gippsland River Forum on April 6.

25 Mar 2004 (Thursday)

Council to liaise on future land use
Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Graeme Middlemiss, said Council would examine any proposals for a residential and lifestyle development with interest

Continued Growth In Jobs
Employment is continuing to experience strong growth in Baw Baw according to recent Small Area Labour Market statistics.

Innovation Festival gathers momentum across Gippsland
Preparations for the second Innovation Festival are gathering momentum as organisers compile a growing list of events and activities that will be featured in the National Program published in the Australian Newspaper in May.

Watch election of Wellington’s new Mayor live on the Internet
Wellington Shire Council will be webcasting the election of its new Mayor live on the Internet.

26 Mar 2004 (Friday)

Budget process begins
Latrobe City Council has begun preparations for the 2004/05 budget process with the appointment of MacroPlan Australia Pty Ltd to undertake a review of its current rating strategy.

Monash Weekly Bulletin
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Latrobe City unemployment figures improve, but more work still to be done
An improvement in the unemployment figures for the December 2003 quarter has been received with caution by Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Graeme Middlemiss.

Update On Fires At Noojee And North Of Erica
DSE and Parks Victoria fire fighters are completing hand trails and mineral earth breaks around the fires north of Erica and Noojee with aerial support from water bombers.

Baw Baw National Park Track And Camping Ground Closures Due To Fire Danger
Due to fires in the nearby forest and park, all walking tracks on the Baw Baw Plateau are closed until further notice.

Dse And Cfa Crews Remain On High Alert For Fires
The fire at Blonde Bay, south of Bairnsdale, caused by an unattended campfire, has been contained by DSE and CFA firefighters overnight.

Morwell Leisure Centre to celebrate ten year anniversary
The Morwell Leisure Centre is gearing up for a huge day of free birthday celebrations when it turns ten years old on Sunday 4 April.

Update On Fire At Blonde Bay
Residents of Bairnsdale, Paynesville and Wattle Point and surrounding areas could be experiencing heavy smoke from the Blonde Bay Fire.

School holiday fun at your library
Wellington Shire Council is inviting all school children to get along to their local library and join in the fun of the activity programs this school holidays.

29 Mar 2004 (Monday)

Incorrect Items Causing Landfill Machinary Damage
East Gippsland Shire Council and its service contractor for the Bairnsdale Regional Landfill and Recycling Facility, Gippsland Waste Services, are appealing to the public to take more care when offloading items at the facility.

Council Releases New Tourism Policy
East Gippsland Shire Council has released a Draft Tourism Policy and Discussion Paper as part of a major catalyst for setting the direction for tourism in the region.

Council Permit Not Approved
East Gippsland Shire Council will fine the organisers of last weekend’s Equinox outdoor event, more commonly known as a ‘Rave’ party, held at a property on Lake Victoria Road, Forge Creek.

NBL basketball star to officially open Wellington Youth Space
On Friday 2 April Victorian Giants NBL star Rhys Carter will officially open the eagerly-awaited Wellington Youth Space, a project providing young people with their own dedicated centre for social and recreational activities and also support services

Council Sends Submission On New Waste Management Policy
East Gipps Shire has sent a detailed submission to the Environment Protection Authority stating a number of concerns directly related to East Gipps in the recently released Draft Waste Management Policy (Siting, Design and Management of Landfills)

Multi purpose taxi program forum
Wellington Shire Council is inviting residents who use the multi-purpose taxi program to participate in a forum about recent changes to this service.

Seeking community help to boost transport access and cut isolation
Wellington Shire is keen to receive community involvement in an innovative project it is leading, which is designed to help boost access to transport for those who would otherwise be left isolated from important services, jobs and social activities

31 Mar 2004 (Wednesday)

Victorian Beef Heifers Gain Access To Interstate Markets
Victoria’s ‘Beef Only’ designated cattle have the all clear for unrestricted access to interstate markets, according to Victoria’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Hugh Millar.

Councillor Jeff Amos takes the helm as Wellington’s new Mayor
Wellington Shire Council’s new Mayor is Councillor Jeff Amos from Yarram.

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