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1 Mar 2005 (Tuesday)

Film-making workshops to be held in shire
Wellington Shire Council is inviting budding Speilbergs to express their interest in attending a digital film-making short-course to be held on 22, 23, & 24 April in Briagolong.

Telstra Country Wide on board with the Gippsland Innovation Festival
Telstra Country Wide will be supporting this year's Gippsland Innovation Festival in partnership with Latrobe City and the Gippsland Local Government Network.

Local schools display their creativity
On show from Friday 4 March in the International Power Hazelwood Community Access Gallery is a diverse range of works by the next generation of budding artists.

Gallery exhibition pays homage to the tea cup
An innovative art installation at Latrobe Regional Gallery is not only turning heads, but is also providing people with an opportunity to remember loved ones and deal with grief.

Local schools display their creativity
On show from Friday 4 March in the International Power Hazelwood Community Access Gallery is a diverse range of works by the next generation of budding artists.

Bob Cameron - Mutton Dressed As Lamb
Victorians will be at risk of meat substitution with the Bracks Government’s proposed changes to the meat labelling regulations, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said today.

Science, Technology Prize On Offer
Gippsland’s scientific, engineering and technology communities have an opportunity to gain further funding through this year’s Victoria Prize and Fellowships.

Council Offers Big Animal De-Sexing Discounts For Two Months
Owners of dogs and cats registered with East Gippsland Shire Council are eligible for large discounts for animal de-sexing from today (March 1) until 30 April.

A Visionary Approach To Religious Art
Dagmar Hoffman’s I Planted the Tree of Life, will tour as part of the ‘Touring Blake Prize’ exhibition when it comes to Gippsland Art Gallery • Sale March 19.

Spectacular Chinese Festival in Traralgon
Latrobe City in partnership with Stockland Traralgon, is hosting a spectacular Chinese Festival in Traralgon on Saturday 12 March to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the signing of the sister city agreement with the City of Taizhou, China.

2 Mar 2005 (Wednesday)

The Secret of Emptiness Photograms by Susan Purdy March Exhibition at the Cowwarr Art Space
Opening Saturday 5th March @ 5pm till the 28th of March Gallery Hrs Friday to Monday 11am - 5pm or by appointment PH: 51489321

Duck Season 2005: Time Running Out To Get A Licence
Victorian duck hunters without a valid Game Licence for duck hunting will need to be quick if they want to participate on opening day, which is now just over two weeks away. The season opens on Saturday 19 March.

Coongulla Community Meeting – 8 March
Residents of Coongulla and district 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 8 March.

Ag White Paper Compensates For Cameron’S Black Hole
Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis has welcomed the Federal Government’s overhaul of its agriculture policies.

Deputy Mayor Jeff Amos elected to MAV
Wellington Shire’s Deputy Mayor Jeff Amos has been elected to the board of Victoria’s peak body for local government – the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) – where he will be representing the interests of the whole Gippsland region.

Strategic Worm Drenching Saves Money

Grandparents’ storytime!
Wellington Shire 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.

Wallflowering foxtrots to Wellington
Two top Australian stars of stage will grace Wellington Shire Council’s Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre with the smash-hit ballroom dancing comedy Wallflowering, on 31 March.

3 Mar 2005 (Thursday)

Bracks Backflips Again On Wimmera Mallee Pipeline
Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis has welcomed the Bracks Government’s second backflip on securing funds for the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline.

Privatisation of electricity a disaster for remote communities: Ingram
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has strongly objected on behalf of remote communities to the new electricity pricing direction presented to the Essential Services Commission (ESC).

Public meeting to finalise Yarram Railway Reserve Concept Plan
Wellington Shire Council has organised a public meeting for Thursday 10 March to discuss and finalise the concept plan for Yarram Railway Reserve with the local community.

4 Mar 2005 (Friday)

Bias Against Brown Coal Showing Through: Hall
That State Government has shown its bias against the Latrobe Valley's brown coal industry, by appointment of a former Environment Victoria to a senior position within the Government's Greenhouse Policy Unit

Liberals To Cut Red Tape Strangling Rural Victoria
The Liberal Party has listened to the plight of country Victorians, today unveiling its plans to slash red tape currently strangling rural business.

7 Mar 2005 (Monday)

Meat Standards Australia Workshop, Warragul
RIST is offering beef producers a great opportunity to improve the understanding of their finished product rather than just the commodity they currently turn off.

Last call for Gippsland Innovation Festival registrations
The Gippsland Innovation Festival is gathering momentum as organisers throughout the Gippsland region, prepare their events for inclusion in the program. Organisers estimate that nearly 10,000 people will attend innovation events across Gippsland.

Body Jar to headline National Youth Week 2005!
Wellington Shire Council is gearing up preparations for National Youth Week to be held from 9 -17 April featuring entertaining and edgy events including a live performance from top Australian punk band, Body Jar.

Labor’S Fence Replacement Policy – Another Broken Promise
The Bracks Government must honour its election promise to assist farmers who had their fences destroyed by bushfires originating on Crown land, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said today.

Minister Wrong On Minimbah Alternatives
Claims by the State Government that there are alternatives to the Minimbah Hostel City Camp as low cost, safe accommodation for country students are ridiculous, according to Gippsland MP Peter Hall.

Land Tax About To Get Worse
The Nationals are calling on the State Government to reduce land taxes, as land owners are being warned to brace themselves for another sharp increase in the coming year.

Ingram pushing for local timber jobs

PACERS unnamed
The Latrobe City Pacers may start the 2005 season without a naming sponsor, according Club President David Roberts.

Making the Grade

8 Mar 2005 (Tuesday)

Farmers Resort To Spy Cameras To Keep Stock Safe
The Bracks Government is forcing victims of livestock theft to take matters into their own hands, with one farmer installing security cameras on his property, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said today.

New School Buses Will Begin Operating In March
The first of a new fleet of school buses will start operating around the Bairnsdale area from tomorrow (Wed 9 March).

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter Area LTB1 March 2005 Bridle Estate (NHW92)
February Meeting, Warning, Home Protection, Police Crime Report.

9 Mar 2005 (Wednesday)

Insurance warning for owner-builders and renovators
Wellington Shire Council is advising new homeowner-builders and renovators to ensure their work is properly certified and covered by construction, warranty and liability insurance - to protect against possible claims by subsequent owners.

Council to conduct audits on preschool trees
Latrobe City Council has initiated an urgent safety audit of trees within and overhanging all Council owned preschool properties.

Join the Odyssey at the entertainment centre

PACERS look good, but still no naming sponsor.
Latrobe City Pacers 2005 ABA season commences this weekend with two games at Frankston against Diamond Valley and Sandringham.

DPI Victorian Dairy Industry Brochure
The Department of Primary Industries has recently produced a new brochure on the dairy industry called ‘The Victorian Dairy Industry’.

15 Mar 2005 (Tuesday)

Latrobe City’s Senior Citizen of the Year announced
Morwell resident Dorothy Fogarty was announced as Latrobe City’s Senior Citizen 2005 at a special presentation in Victory Park, Traralgon, marking the commencement of the Victorian Seniors Festival.

Get creative for National Youth Week 2005!
Wellington Shire Council is on the look-out for the shire’s most creative youth for its National Youth Week Creative Competition, with $100 gift vouchers up for grabs.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

National Youth Week Awards 2005!
Wellington Shire Council is calling for nominations for young people and local organisations who have achieved, contributed or made a difference in their community, for the first annual Wellington Shire National Youth Week Awards.

Pacers sign 2nd import
For the first time in 7 years, the Latrobe City Pacers will have signed a second import for the coming Big V Australian Basketball Association season.

Council secures meeting with Health Minister over Central Gippsland Health Service
Wellington Shire Council has secured a meeting with the Victorian Minister for Health, the Hon Bronwyn Pike, to discuss continuing concerns about future health provision by the Central Gippsland Health Service.

Local author to give talk at Morwell Library
Popular local writer Scot Gardner will give a free talk at the Morwell Library on Wednesday 23 March at 7pm.

New author to visit Sale Library
Wellington Shire Council and Book City Sale are pleased to bring Steven Murphy - author of the recently released book The Pyjama Boy - to the Sale library on Tuesday 29 March, for an inspiring presentation and book-signing session.

Dog and cat registration reminder
Wellington Shire Council is reminding dog and cat owners that the deadline to register their pets is 10 April.

Council acts over Hiawatha Reserve in the interests of public safety
Wellington Shire Council has taken action and removed the shelter at Hiawatha Reserve near Yarram, because of serious concerns about public safety in light of severe structural damage caused by vandals.

17 Mar 2005 (Thursday)

EcoRecycle Victoria Update

Sage Technology e-news
Sage Technology produces three newsletters each year to assist the Gippsland community make the most of technology.

18 Mar 2005 (Friday)

Getting Organised

Council endorses Yarram Recreation Reserve masterplan
Wellington Shire Council has given its endorsement to a far-reaching masterplan for Yarram Recreation Reserve, designed to ensure user groups and visitors get the best out of its facilities over the coming years.

Cultural Diversity Week grants welcomed
Grants to the Church Street Fiesta committee and Latrobe Regional Gallery presented for celebrations taking place during Cultural Diversity Week, 17-23 March 2005, were welcomed by recipients in Church Street Morwell on Friday.

Progress Of Burning Operations Across Gippsland
The autumn program of prescribed burning is well underway in Gippsland, with more than 30 asset protection burns and 43 regeneration burns successfully completed across the region since the end of February.

Grants Help Young Achieve Their Potential
The Nationals Member for Gippsland, Peter Hall is encouraging community groups working with young people in his electorate, to apply for the 2005-08 Youth Participation and Access Program grants, now open.

Council secures meeting with Health Minister over Central Gippsland Health Service
Wellington Shire Council has secured a meeting with the Victorian Minister for Health, the Hon Bronwyn Pike, to discuss continuing concerns about future health provision by the Central Gippsland Health Service.

New Building Regulations
East Gippsland Shire Council is reminding designers, builders and owner-builders that building regulation changes come into effect from June 2005.

Council helps with Briagolong Tennis Club facilities upgrade

Dragon’s appearance fires up Traralgon crowd
Last Saturday’s Chinese dragon procession in Traralgon proved a huge success, with early morning shoppers and bystanders stopping to take in the colourful and exciting display.

Independent MP to oppose national electricity reforms
Electricity users throughout regional Victoria will be the ultimate losers from legislation currently before the Victorian Parliament.

Talking Volumes to the power of three!
Wellington, East Gippsland and Mitchell Shire Councils are combining a new collection of talking book CD titles to provide a huge increase in service for residents in each shire, including those with vision impairment and other reading barriers.

Nats Urge Feds To Adopt Victorian Vsu
The State National Party has called on the Federal Government to refine its legislation on university student fees, using the Victorian system as a model.

Mayor urges Games fans to enter basketball ballot
Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Bruce Lougheed, has urged local sports fans to enter the ballot for the Commonwealth Games basketball matches being held at the Traralgon Basketball Stadium.

Beam me up Scottie!
The steel beams on Taylors Road Bridge over Traralgon Creek at Koornalla were raised to new heights recently when they were removed for treatment as part of the bridge’s rehabilitation works.

Wellington welcomes RACV calls for duplication of Princes Highway

Pacers; New Threatt
Latrobe City Pacers new import player, Sedale Threatt will make his debut this Saturday Night at the Moe Newborough Sports Centre when the Pacers take on new comers Dandenong Rangers.

21 Mar 2005 (Monday)

Open day offers inside look at new corporate headquarters
Latrobe City Council threw open the doors of the new corporate headquarters on Sunday, with the public invited to walk through the new premises on guided tours and encouraged to ask questions about the new administrative staff building.

Pacers; lost in close encounter
Latrobe City Pacers lost in a hard fought game at Moe on Saturday in front of a large home crowd.

New Child Laws Could Spell End To Volunteering
The Bracks Government’s proposed Working with Children laws will deter people from volunteering throughout Victoria, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

22 Mar 2005 (Tuesday)

Council to blitz roadside car traders
Latrobe City Council’s local laws officers will be targeting ‘hotspots’ throughout the municipality used by roadside car traders who attempt to sell cars from the roadside and park vehicles illegally.

Newborough features on sculptured map

Hall’s Road Safety Message For Easter
The Nationals’ Member for Gippsland Province PETER HALL, has issued a warning to constituents and all Victorians to pay particular attention to road safety over the Easter holidays.

Local fern business keeps on growing

Local athlete makes Malta’s Commonwealth Games team
Morwell resident Rebecca Madyson will represent Malta at the Commonwealth Games next year, competing in the Women’s Olympic Trap shooting event in Lilydale.

School precincts being made safer
Work is starting shortly in precincts around Morwell Park Primary School, Grey Street Primary School in Traralgon and St Michael’s Catholic Primary School in Traralgon, as part of Latrobe City’s initiative to improve safety around school areas.

15th Anniversary of the Polish Club
The children at Latrobe City’s Early Learning Centre in Moe have several new reasons to love going out to play these days: a fairy garden, complete with mural, and a brand new slide and climbing fort to play on.

Importance of international students recognised

23 Mar 2005 (Wednesday)

Shires go for united voice with Memorandum of Understanding
Wellington Shire Council is set to sign a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with East Gippsland Shire, highlighting the commitment of both to work closely together on issues of common interest.

Opportunity to boost Maffra accommodation with long-term holiday park lease

Volunteer Lifesavers To Fork Out For Their Own Police Checks

15th Anniversary of the Polish Club
Latrobe City Pacers will look for their first win on Saturday night when they take on the Sherbrooke Suns at the Traralgon Sports Stadium.

Lamb Feedlotting
Feedlotting lambs is gaining in popularity and there is every reason to believe the lamb industry will follow in the footsteps of the beef industry where feedlotting has become a large and important part of the supply chain.

Community Meeting for Munro, Stockdale and Fernbank – 12 April

24 Mar 2005 (Thursday)

Assistance Still Available For Irrigation Upgrades
Financial assistance continues to be available to farmers in and adjacent to the Macalister Irrigation District (MID) to assist them to make their farms more water-efficient.

30 Mar 2005 (Wednesday)

Something Fishy About Bob Cameron Comments On Local Seafood
The irony of Labor’s Agriculture Minister Bob Cameron encouraging the consumption of local seafood this Easter would not be lost Victoria’s aquaculture industry, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said today.

Stock Crossing Permit Fees Reviewed
The East Gippsland Shire Council will no longer charge farmers and graziers fees for stock to cross roads at the second and any subsequent location within a three-year period.

Latrobe City’s Pacers sponsorship continues
Latrobe City Council has recently reconfirmed its commitment to the region's national basketball team with a three year extension on its sponsorship agreement.

35% decrease in Latrobe’s waste to landfill
Latrobe City residents have shown their enthusiastic support for the three bin recycling and waste collection service, with a 35% decrease in waste going to landfill in the 2004/2005 financial year to date.

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

Land Tax Up In East Gippsland
Land tax in East Gippsland is expected to rise by 72 percent in the 2005/2006 calendar years, according to a report presented to East Gippsland Shire Councillors.

Returns From Wildlife Licence Holders Due
The next fortnight is a very important time for Victorian native wildlife.

School holiday program at the Library
The Latrobe City Library Service is providing a holiday program aimed at primary school children during the coming holiday period at the Moe, Morwell and Traralgon libraries.

Cann River Hall To Be Extended
The Community Hall at Cann River is to be extended following approval by East Gippsland Shire Councillors.

Boat Licences, Fees Needs Urgent Review: Nationals
The Nationals are seeking a more consistent and equitable system of boat licences and fees in Victoria, because of concerns that there are still glaring anomalies between owners and those hiring boats.

15th Anniversary of the Polish Club
Wellington Shire’s Mayor Peter Gault will be on hand to welcome epic walker Lynn Murrell to Port Albert and the shire on Wednesday 30 March, to mark the latest stage in his mammoth 1800 kilometre solo trek along the length of the Victorian coastline.

Wellington welcomes Minister's commitment to Central Gippsland Health Service

31 Mar 2005 (Thursday)

DSE Burns Today
Fuel reduction burns totalling nearly 16000 hectares and regeneration burns totalling over 200 hectares are planned to commence across the region today and will progress over the next few days while the weather conditions remain suitable.

13Fish Call Prevents Abalone Trafficking
A call to the fisheries offence reporting hotline 13FISH resulted in Fisheries Officers and Police Officers from Lakes Entrance intercepting a vehicle towing a boat in Lakes Entrance on Easter Monday morning.

Professional Qualified International Horse Riding Instructor now available to Sth Gippsland
International rider and qualified instructor Kelly van den Berg recently relocated to the Sth Gippsland area from The Netherlands and is now commencing riding tuition to all levels.

Gippsland Parents To Be Penalised For Child Involvement
Parents throughout Gippsland will be financially penalised for volunteer work within their children’s sporting or social clubs if proposed laws are introduced by the Bracks Labor Government.

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