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1 Mar 2006 (Wednesday)

Locust Update
After a busy five weeks on the locust control program, the list of priority targets has been reduced and operations are beginning to wind down prior to the long weekend.

Strategic Worm Drenching Saves Money
Strategic drenching of all sheep with a double summer drench (November/December and January/February), with a move to 'low risk' pastures has been recommended for many years.

Malta steps into the limelight in lead up to Games
Latrobe City’s ‘adopted nation’ for the Commonwealth Games, Malta, steps into the limelight over the next few weeks with a range of exhibitions and concerts being held in the lead up to the Games.

Exhibition of rare Indonesian textiles at Gallery
An exhibition featuring rare and intricate Indonesian textiles is currently on show at the Latrobe Regional Gallery.

Outbreaks Of Clinical Mastitis
Outbreaks of clinical mastitis are sometimes seen in summer following a few hot, humid days. A major reason for such outbreaks relates to the things cows do to keep cool.

3 on 3 Competition
As a lead up to the 2006 season, the Latrobe City Pacers are hosting a 3 on 3 Competition at the Traralgon Basketball Stadium.

3 Mar 2006 (Friday)

Whooping Cough Cases Prompt Vaccination Alert
Two cases of cases of Whooping cough were reported last week in East Gippsland.

Have A Say On Future For Rural Youth
Why do young people leave the country? Why do they stay? Why do they return? What steps can be taken to increase the number of young people in our rural towns and communities?

Businesses Dress Their Best For The Games
Simply Shoes of Wonthaggi has won the overall prize for the Shire’s Best Dressed Business Competition.

Council To Support Community Views On Public Phones
Bass Coast Shire Council will work with the community and Telstra Country Wide to provide feedback on local needs for public phones in the Shire.

Bass Coast Shire Council News Bulletin
Bass Coast Shire Council News Bulletin, 2nd March 2006

Fury About Fluoridation Growing
The feeling against forced fluoridation of the local water supply is growing, with Gippsland MP Peter Hall taking the matter to Parliament this week.

Exhibition inspired by ‘the rose’
Currently on show at the Latrobe Regional Gallery is a stunning exhibition of rose inspired artworks by some of Australia’s finest artists.

Pocket guide to Gippsland Live Site launched
A pocket guide revealing details of the twelve day festival at the Gippsland Live Site during the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, has been launched.

6 Mar 2006 (Monday)

Opportunity for children to explore art
Children can now discover the exhibitions on display at the Latrobe Regional Gallery and create works based around appealing themes through a monthly Saturday afternoon art program titled ‘Mini Masters’

Dragon to fire up spectacular Chinese Festival
Latrobe City in partnership with Stockland Traralgon, is hosting a spectacular Chinese Festival in Traralgon on Saturday 11 March as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations for ‘The Year of The Dog’

Monash University Weekly Bulletin
Monash University Weekly Bulletin, Monday, Match 6, 2006.

7 Mar 2006 (Tuesday)

Fifty Sites Announced For Major Attack On Blackberries
Blackberry plants infected with a biological rust will be planted at fifty sites across the state as part of a major attack on infestations along boundaries between public and private land.

New all-age fitness stations unveiled this week
Four new fitness stations are being unveiled this week, in Churchill, Traralgon, Morwell and Moe.

V/Line Service Needs Urgent Review: Hall
Current practices on the rail services from Melbourne to Pakenham and then Gippsland are causing major concerns for V/Line customers and need to be resolved, according to Gippsland MP Peter Hall.

Residents to have say on Port Albert Drainage and Tidal Protection Study
Port Albert residents are being encouraged to have their say on the Port Albert Drainage and Tidal Protection Study.

Ag News - 7th March 2006
Ag News - 7th March 2006

Gippsland Water Factory set to deliver economic growth and jobs for region
Gippsland is set to receive a significant economic boost through the Gippsland Water Factory with around 300 new jobs and up to 100 opportunities for suppliers and contractors expected during the construction of phase one of project.

'Our Future' project house declared officially completed
An innovative project involving long-term unemployed in housing reached its first major milestone on Monday, with the completion of the first project house, in Well Street, Morwell East.

8 Mar 2006 (Wednesday)

Local Chef Cooks Up A Treat
Local chef, Carly Rainbow, from the Century Inn Terrace Café has been selected as one of three finalists in the prestigious Gippsland Signature Dish Cook Off.

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter for NHW Area LTB1 Bridle Estate March 2006 (NHW103)
State Emergency Service, Dogs in Cars, CrimeSmart, Police Crime Report, Smoke Alarms.

Tourism For Beginners Seminar
A three-hour seminar for people starting out in the tourism industry is to be held on five occasions in Melbourne from March to November.

9 Mar 2006 (Thursday)

The Games Are On At The Library
Libraries across Wellington are celebrating the Commonwealth Games.

Pools To Remain Open
Bairnsdale & Orbost outdoor swimming pools will remain open during the first term school holidays.

Economic Impact Of Tourism In Bass Coast Shire
Economic Impact Of Tourism In Bass Coast Shire

Safety Is The Key To A Successful Duck Season
With the opening of the 2006 Duck Season just over a week away, time is running out for hunters to ensure they are ready. But being ready means a lot more than just having a valid Game Licence.

14 Mar 2006 (Tuesday)

Iconic Australian play comes to Traralgon
The word is out! The much loved play ‘Hotel Sorrento’ is coming to Latrobe Performing Arts Centre this month as part of its forthcoming national fifteen-week tour.

Ag News, 14th March 2006.
Ag News, 14th March 2006.

Agribusiness Wins
Bass Coast Shire Council and Murray Goulburn Trading recently presented dairy and beef farmers, Teresa and Allan Ireland, with a $500 gift voucher.

Tourism’S Big Impact On Bass Coast
A Bass Coast Shire report on the Economic Impact of Tourism was launched this week by the Minister for Tourism, MP John Pandazopoulos.

Bigamy, Theft and Murder…at the Library
Bigamy, theft and murder are the themes for an exhibition that will visit libraries across Wellington.

Changes To Speed Zones
VicRoads is proposing speed limit reductions on Phillip Island, in response to the findings of a VicRoads’ 2005 Phillip Island Road Management Study, the Bass Coast Shire Community Plan 2003 and the Phillip Island and San Remo Design Framework.

Vaggs Road residents cross new bridge in Yinnar
Residents of Yinnar recently witnessed the completion of the newly constructed Vaggs Road bridge. The new bridge replaces an ageing structure that formally crossed the Morwell River.

Support Local Basketball
With much focus being placed on the Commonwealth Games (Basketball) in Traralgon this week, I would like to urge everyone to remember our local basketball teams.

Cowes Does The Right Thing
Bass Coast Shire Council, with support from Sustainability Victoria, has installed new recycling and rubbish bins in Cowes.

Council Warns: "Keep Pets Under Control"
East Gippsland Shire Council is warning owners who let dogs and cats roam unchecked that they face fines of up to $210 for dogs at large and $52 for cats.

Opening Ceremony Bass Coast Style
Bass Coast is celebrating the start of the Commonwealth Games with a series of activities across the Shire.

Wonthaggi And Inverloch Remember When
The historical touring display "I remember when..." showed in Inverloch over the weekend to excellent reviews, and will show in Wonthaggi this weekend.

Hall of Fame inductees announced Wednesday
An initial ten sporting legends will be inducted into the Latrobe City Sporting Hall of Fame at a gala dinner and presentation to be held at the Turfside Function Centre in Moe on Wednesday.

Tanzania Comes To Phillip Island
Tanzania is Bass Coast Shire’s adopted team for the Games. Celebrating this special relationship, the Tanzanian Golden Pride Children’s Choir are visiting Phillip Island on Friday 17 March.

Acclaimed Chinese photographer’s work features at Gallery
A touring exhibition of two series of photographs by Xing Danwen, a contemporary photographer from Beijing, currently features at the Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell.

Line Markings On Alpine Road Urgent: Hall
Gippsland MP Peter Hall is pushing for an urgent re-marking of traffic lines on the Great Alpine Road.

16 Mar 2006 (Thursday)

Community to input into Morwell River plans
The communities of Boolarra, Yinnar, Driffield, Churchill, Yinnar South and surrounding districts are being invited to have their say on the creation of a plan to affect environmental improvements to the Morwell River and its tributaries.

Latrobe’s ‘Sporting Hall of Fame’ inductees announced
An initial ten sporting legends were inducted into the Latrobe City Sporting Hall of Fame at a gala dinner and presentation held at the Turfside Function Centre in Moe on Wednesday.

20 Mar 2006 (Monday)

Quiet Start To Duck Season Across Victoria
It was an uneventful start to the 2006 Victorian duck season, with the majority of hunters behaving responsibly.

Phil Manning live in the Switchroom at arc Yinnar
Legendary blues guitarist, Phil Manning to perform at arc Yinnar on Saturday 29th April from 8pm

Letter to the Editor Snowy Sale Disgust
Victorians should be outraged with the Victorian State Government’s decision to sell our share of the Snowy Hydro scheme.

Line Marking Action Appreciated: Hall
Gippsland MP Peter Hall has congratulated VicRoads on its rapid response to his request for an urgent re-marking of traffic lines on the Great Alpine Road.

Prescribed Burning Commences In Gippsland
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) has commenced the annual prescribed burning program in State forests and National Parks across Gippsland.

Commitment to new stockyards
Wellington Shire Council has reaffirmed its commitment to providing modern and efficient saleyards at a recent meeting of stock agents and major customers.

Apex Park Lights Up For The Games
People from across Bass Coast converged on Apex Park last night to celebrate the Commonwealth Games and watch the Opening Ceremony on the big screens.

21 Mar 2006 (Tuesday)

Coal dredger to be transformed with awe-inspiring performance
An awe-inspiring event will take place this Saturday 25 March, when the enormous dredger located at PowerWorks becomes the ‘stage’ for an amazing combination of live interactive animation, stunning projected visuals and aerial dance.

Upsurge in patronage at new Traralgon Library
Relocation of the Traralgon library to the newly developed premises in the civic precinct has resulted in a significant increase in patronage of the library facilities.

Malta’s culture celebrated through exhibitions
Nostalgia ruled for Maltese communities across Victoria who visited the Latrobe Valley during the weekend, for exhibitions and events celebrating the Latrobe City – Malta relationship.

Free Information Expos - Gippsland Water Factory
People from across Gippsland are invited to attend a series of free expos to learn more about the Gippsland Water Factory that will be built in Maryvale, near Morwell.

Ingram supports Hall in Upper House comments
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has supported the comments by National Party MP, Peter Hall, in his criticism of the Labor Party preselection process for the new Upper House seats for the next state election on November 25.

Council Supports RAAF Base
Wellington Shire Council has acknowledged the extra activity from the Sale RAAF base due to the added security required during the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

Duck Hunters Apprehended For Trespass
A number of charges were laid against duck hunters in Gippsland over the weekend.

22 Mar 2006 (Wednesday)

Ag News
Ag News - 22/03/2006

Bass Coast Shire Council News Bulletin
Bass Coast Shire Council News Bulletin, 21 March 2006

23 Mar 2006 (Thursday)

Rural Ambulance Crisis Deepens As Pike Contradicts Bracks
Health Minister Bronwyn Pike’s confirmation today that Rural Ambulance Victoria will not get the promised Computer Automated Dispatch (CAD) system before November’s State Election is worrying news for country communities.

Community Outrage over Jetty Car Park
The Bemm River Progress & Improvement Association Incorporated in conjunction with the Bemm River Angling Club held a public meeting on Wednesday 15 March 2006 at the Bemm River Hotel.

Traffic safety improvements to be installed next week
Temporary kerb extensions along Cameron Street and Farrington Parade in the Traralgon East Neighbourhood Renewal area will be installed late next week as part of a traffic safety improvement scheme in the area.

Liberals To Provide Face-To-Face Link With Country Vics
The Liberal Party today launched its CountryLink initiative.

Opportunity to work in Japanese Sister City
Latrobe City Council is calling for applications from persons interested in assisting with the teaching of English in junior high schools in Takasago, Latrobe’s sister city in Japan.

Pools to Open for Hot Weather
Wellington Shire Council pools in Yarram, Maffra Heyfield, Rosedale and Stratford will open for predicted hot weather on Thursday (today), Friday and Saturday.

Shire Plans Residential Air Park At Bairnsdale Aerodrome
East Gippsland Shire Council has announced plans to develop a residential air park at the Bairnsdale Historic WW 2 Aerodrome in East Gippsland, Victoria, 10 minutes from Bairnsdale.

Drivers Urged to Observe
A speed observation sign will be present in townships throughout the Wellington Shire Council.

24 Mar 2006 (Friday)

Festival Fined
An investigation into alleged breaches of the planning permit by the Pyramid Rock Festival has been completed.

Yallourn North gets off the couch
In a move to improve general health, fitness, and community and personal wellbeing, residents of Yallourn North ‘got off their couches’ and joined in a community walk at the Reserve Street sportsground last Sunday.

Cultural festival’s last three days
Five-thousand fans and curious onlookers flocked to the Gippsland Live Site at the Moe Racecourse on Wednesday and were wowed by sassy Australian rock band Killing Heidi.

Bass Coast Shire Council News Bulletin
News Bulletin, 23 March 2006

27 Mar 2006 (Monday)

Gippsland Estuaries Coastal Action Plan
Gippsland estuaries are under the spotlight with the release of the draft Gippsland Estuaries Coastal Action Plan for public review and comment.

Line dancers no longer stumped by ‘bouncy’ floor
Monash Hall in Yallourn North has been given a new lease of life following restumping which saw deteriorating redgum stumps replaced with concrete counterparts through a Latrobe City community grant.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin
Monash University Weekly Bulletin, Monday, March 27, 2006.

Ingram supports home educators to amend education bill
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, will attempt to amend the Education and Training Reform Bill when it comes before State Parliament this week, to address concerns raised by home educators in Gippsland East.

28 Mar 2006 (Tuesday)

Yarram Drainage Planning
Wellington Shire Council has appointed a contractor to develop plans for the Yarram Drainage Study.

Photographer to explain her exhibition on rural shows
Queensland photographer Jo Grant will give a free talk about her exciting new exhibition of photographs at the Latrobe Regional Gallery on Saturday 8 April at 12 noon.

29 Mar 2006 (Wednesday)

Council calls for report on school crossing safety
Latrobe City Council has called for a report on safety at school crossings, following a motion put by Cr Susan Lloyd at last week’s council meeting expressing concerns for children’s safety.

‘Art after School’ program to feature at Gallery
Starting in April, the Latrobe Regional Gallery will be running an after school program, ‘Art after school’.

30 Mar 2006 (Thursday)

‘Keep Fit, Don’t sit’ program launched for 2006
The 2006 ‘Keep Fit Don’t Sit’ program was launched on Wednesday by Latrobe City mayor, Cr Lisa Price and Latrobe Valley Pacers’ star Vashon Weaver at ceremony held at Liddiard Road Primary School.

Council Will Support ‘Games Fish’ Requests
Wellington Shire Council will back any community group that wishes to apply for one of the Commonwealth Games ‘fish’.

Mrs Whitelaw’s War
Each person has a story to tell. The remarkable story of Mrs Whitelaw will be presented by Linda Barraclough and Jeremy Hales from Maffra Historical Society at the Maffra Library.

East Gippsland proudly celebrates it’s tradition of compassion, harmony and diversity
The East Gippsland region and its people have always been renowned for their inclusive, tolerant and compassionate spirit, and the generosity that is shown towards newcomers, and the community generally.

31 Mar 2006 (Friday)

Young Gippsland Artists Perform World Premier on Home Turf
The Cowwarr Art Space and CAN Inc. are offering you the opportunity to see what has sparked the national interest in the unique work of The Phonos Project;

All Dressed Up For The Games
The efforts, creativity and Commonwealth Games spirit of Moonya staff and clients was recognised with a presentation last week.

Walking School Bus Goes for Gold
Wellington and East Gippsland Shire Councils got into the spirit of the Commonwealth Games with their own medal presentation.

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