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2 Mar 2007 (Friday)

New National Vietnam Veterans Museum To Be Launched
Premier Steve Bracks will launch the new National Vietnam Veterans Museum in Phillip Island on Friday March 9.

Stage 3 Water Restrictions For Mitchell River Customers
East Gippsland Water has been left with no choice but to introduce Stage 3 Water Restrictions for all customers supplied by the Mitchell River from 1am on Saturday, 3 March, as bush fire debris and mud wash down the river system.

Linfox Revises Its Plan For Phillip Island
Bass Coast Shire Council today confirmed they have received revised plans for the Linfox Property Group development proposed on the land next to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Mossvale Music Festival,2007
The majestic setting of Mossvale Park, with its remarkable aged trees and rolling hills will again host the 2007 Mossvale Music Festival on Saturday 17th March, noon ‘til dusk.

Newborough Power Futsal Club

Thanks For Volunteers
The efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers were recognised at an afternoon tea held in Cowes last week.

Victalent Grants For Sports Clubs
The Nationals Member for Eastern Region, Peter Hall, reminds sporting and recreational clubs in the Eastern Region electorate that the popular Victalent Grants are once again available.

Labour Day Long Weekend Set To Be Busy
Labour Day long weekend is traditionally one of the busiest weekends for Bass Coast. This year, a number of events across the Shire look set to continue that trend.

Parents Abandon Government Schooling
Figures revealing a drift from government to non-government schooling must be a wake-up call to the Bracks Government, now in its 8th year of office, Shadow Minister for Education Philip Davis said today.

Maintain Firebreaks To Protect Assets: Hall
Many of the firebreaks formed to protect communities and private assets during the recent bushfire season should be maintained, according to The Nationals’ MP, Peter Hall.

Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards Official Launch 2007
The 2007 Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards 2007 were being launched at Bendigo Bank, Warragul on 1 March 2007.

Facial Eczema Risk Management
Don’t let drought distract you from the task of monitoring your pastures for the fungus that causes facial eczema. An outbreak of this condition is a possibility if temperature and humidity

Inverloch Pathway Works Set To Continue
The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has given the go-ahead for Bass Coast Shire Council to finish constructing the Inverloch Foreshore Pathway.

Protecting Our Heritage
Wellington Shire Council is proposing changes to the Heritage Overlay which is designed to protect important heritage places in the Shire.

Fire And Flood Victims Would Welcome Contact: Hall
Eastern Region MP Peter Hall has called for the Premier or the Treasurer, as head of the ministerial bushfire recovery task force, to make a simple phone call.

Country Action Grant Applications Called
The Nationals Member for Eastern Region PETER HALL said today that applications are now open for grants of up to $5000 under the 2007 Country Action Grant Scheme.

Local Youth Take Part In Human Rights Forum
Wonthaggi resident Rebecca Harrison represented Bass Coast Shire Council at a Youth Forum on Human Rights held in Melbourne on 26 February.

Business Tourism Operators Invited To Attend Network Meeting
The recently established business tourism network for the region is holding a second meeting on Wednesday 7 March at the Century Inn in Traralgon from 2pm to discuss

Submissions In On Proposed Heritage Controls
Bass Coast Shire Council has received over 190 submissions in relation to the proposed heritage overlays.

Council Steps In For Disadvantaged Communities
A national study commissioned by Jesuit Social Services and Catholic Social Services Australia has found that local postcodes 3984 and 3995 represent some of the most disadvantaged communities in Victoria.

Mayor Gets A Seachange
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Neville Goodwin has accepted the role of Treasurer on the National Sea Change Taskforce Executive.

6 Mar 2007 (Tuesday)

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter Area LTB1 Bridle Estate March 2007 (NHW114)
Guest Speakers, Lost Super, Easter, NHW Police Concert, Meeting Dates, Crime Report.

20 Mar 2007 (Tuesday)

The Paris End: Photography, Fashion And Glamour
Opening this Friday 9 March at 6.30pm at the Latrobe Regional Gallery, will be the glamorous ‘The Paris End: Photography, Fashion and Glamour’ from the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).

Enrolment Opportunity For Indigenous People In Gippsland
With 2007 commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is having an enrolment day to assist Gippsland’s Indigenous community to enrol and be eligible to vote.

Monday, March 19, 2007
Monash Weekly News

Help Young See Themselves In Positive Way
Eastern Region MP PETER HALL has encouraged community groups to apply for grants of up to $5000 to promote healthy lifestyle choices and a positive body image in young people.

Work To Commence Soon On Seymour Street Car Park
Construction of the new multi-storey Seymour Street car park will commence next month after formal planning approval was granted this week.

Serrated Tussock Control Grants Available
Wellington Shire Council is encouraging residents to apply for grants to help control Serrated Tussock.

Urgent Action Needed On Lakes Sand Bar
Action by the State Government, and not just words in a report, is needed urgently to open up the Lakes Entrance fishing port, according to Gippsland MP, Peter Hall.

Linfox Amended Plans
Bass Coast Shire Council has voted not to oppose amended plans being put forward to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) by the Linfox Property Group.

21 Mar 2007 (Wednesday)

College Junior Football Club - Proud to acknowledge its' sponsors
It is with great pleasure that the College Junior Football Club names more sponsors for the 2007 Footy Season.

27 Mar 2007 (Tuesday)

Local Businesses Gear Up For Good Afternoon Festival
Local businesses are taking advantage of opportunities being provided through the staging of the Good Afternoon festival at the Soundshell in Victory Park, Traralgon this coming Sunday

Weekly Bulletin
Monday, March 26, 2007

Glass Artist To Give Talk At Gallery
Crystal Stubbs, a participating artist in the prestigious Ranamok 2006 glass art exhibition will give a talk at the Latrobe Regional Gallery’s on Saturday 31 March.

Gippsland Water To Allow Exemptions For Watering Gardens
Gippsland Water has announced that customers currently under Stage Three Water Restrictions can now apply for an exemption to water their garden at the earlier time of 5pm to 7pm

News Bulletin
15 March 2007

Kids ‘Go For Their Lives’ At Official Launch
The Kids – ‘Go for your life’ initiative was officially launched in Latrobe City at a presentation held at Elizabeth St Primary School in Moe on Thursday 22 March 2007

Police Staffing Concerns Raised In Parliament
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the State Government to ensure that towns in his electorate are staffed by adequate police numbers.

Try Your Hand At A Weaving Workshop
The Latrobe Regional Gallery is holding a weaving workshop facilitated by Pat Dale, one of Australia’s most celebrated weavers, on Sunday 1 April from 11am to 4pm.

Move To Protect Medical Helicopter Flight Paths
The State Government’s Department of Human Services has asked Bass Coast Shire Council to help protect the flightpaths of medical helicopters using planning controls.

Meet The New Gallery Young Ambassadors For 2007
The 2007 Latrobe Regional Gallery Young Ambassadors Project team was formed recently, comprising of five Latrobe Valley young people.

Bass Coast Hosts A Sea Change
60 people, including representatives from councils across Australia, attended a Sea Change Seminar in Cowes last week, hosted by Bass Coast Shire Council.

Yinnar - Overnight Host For Great Victorian Bike Ride
More than 4000 bicycle riders are expected to converge on Yinnar on Tuesday 27 November after the township was announced by Bicycle Victoria as an official overnight stopover as part of the 2007 Great Victorian Bike Ride.

Cowes Deputation On Footpath Trading
Bass Coast Shire Council received a deputation on behalf of traders from Cowes, at the Council meeting on 7 March.

Give Blood. Save Lives.
Special Session - Latrobe Donor Centre

Library Visitors View ‘Travelling Treasures’ First Hand
Visitors to Moe Library were treated to a visual feast of historical items as the State Library of Victoria presented its ‘Travelling Treasures’ exhibition on Tuesday night.

Broadbent Gets Gippsland Drought Support
Russell Broadbent, Member for McMillan, can today confirm that finally, farmers in South and West Gippsland can now apply for a range of assistance under the Australian Government’s Drought Support Package.

Traffic Concerns In Breed Street Being Addressed
An investigation of the speed and volume of traffic using Breed Street Traralgon, north of Grey Street, is being undertaken by Latrobe City.

Tourism Works Should Be Brought Forward: Hall
Promised capital works projects in East Gippsland should be brought forward to assist the region following this summer’s devastating bushfires, according to The Nationals’ member for Eastern Victoria, Peter Hall.

Asbestos Removal Kit For Home Renovators Launched
A kit to help homeowners identify and dispose of small amounts of asbestos exposed through home renovations was launched by the State Member for Eastern Victoria, Matt Viney, at the Moe Town Hall on Thursday.

Water Quality Improving
The raw water quality at Lake Glenmaggie and the Macalister River is improving; however, Gippsland Water has confirmed that although the raw water quality continues to be of concern

Latrobe City Business Tourism Association formed
A second meeting of local and regional business tourism operators, held recently at the Century Inn, Traralgon has resulted in the formation of the Latrobe City Business Tourism Association.

Future Of Farming In Bass Coast
More than 35 people attended a round table on "The Future of Farming" held at the Civic Centre in Wonthaggi on Thursday, 8 March 2007.

DSE Burns In Region This Week
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) will be conducting a number of prescribed burns in the region this week if weather conditions are favourable.

Ag News

More Fuel Reduction Burns In East Gippsland
Two more fuel reduction burns will be ignited in east Gippsland today as weather conditions remain favourable.

Firewood Cutters Must Have Access: Ingram
The Independent member for Gippsland East Craig Ingram has again called on the state government to address the changes in forest management which is locking out commercial fire

Become An Arts Volunteer At The Latrobe Regional Gallery
The Latrobe Regional Gallery will be offering an information session on Thursday 29 March at 4pm at the gallery in Morwell for people in the community who may be interested in becoming an arts volunteer.

Prince Of Neilsons Wins Signature Dish Crown
A talented local chef and locally produced, fine ingredients came together to create the winning dish at the Star News Group Gateway Gippsland Signature Dish competition held at the

Vouchers And Pick-Ups Provide Solution For Hard Waste
Ratepayers will have the option of using vouchers included with yearly rates notices to dispose of their hard waste themselves at transfer stations or to discount an ‘at call’ collection

Ingram Tackling European Wasps
Gippsland East Independent MP, Craig Ingram, is calling for increased resources to combat the increased numbers of European wasps in his electorate.

Outline Eisteddfod Funding Plans: Hall
The State Government has been urged to outline exactly how it proposes to support local eisteddfods.

Roll Up Roll Up
Roll Up! Roll Up to the Wellington Shire Council Library Big Top!

Bringing Children Together In Cowes
The Cowes Children’s Services Working Party is seeking to locate all children’s services in the one location.

Company Fined For Lack Of Serrated Tussock Control
A company from Llowalong has been fined $500 in the Sale Magistrates Court for failing to comply with the requirements of a Land Management Notice.

Architectural Awards
Applications for the 2007 Architectural Excellence in the South East Awards close on Friday March 30.

Fund Getting The Job Done For Gippsland
The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) has raised more than $210,000 for families impacted by the recent natural disasters in Gippsland.

"We Can Get The Champagne Out Of The Fridge But We Can’t Drink It. Yet!"
Is the statement made by John Murrell, Chief Executive Officer of the West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation

Dragon Proves To Be A Saturday Morning Show-Stopper
Last Saturday’s Chinese dragon and lion procession in Traralgon once again proved a huge success with early morning shoppers and bystanders stopping to take in the colourful and exciting display.

Bass Coast A Key Player In The Western Port Greenhouse Alliance’S Climate Change Project
Is climate change already with us? What will it mean in Bass Coast? A major regional project is currently addressing these questions.

Holiday Dance Fun At Your Local Library
The Latrobe City Library Service is providing a school holiday program for primary school children during the upcoming Easter school holidays.

Heritage Review Underway
Bass Coast Shire Council has begun reviewing 238 submissions from people affected by the proposed Heritage Overlay. The closing date for submissions was 5 March 2007.

Beware Of Alligator Weed
A Victorian Weed Spotter has assisted the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) with its fight against State Prohibited Weeds.

Assistance For Stock Containment Areas
As part of the Victorian Governments Drought Package, $1.25M in financial assistance is being offered to drought-affected farmers to help with the establishment of stock containment areas.

Council And Councillors Celebrate Ten Years
Three Latrobe City councillors were recognised and thanked for their ten years of service to the community as councillors in Latrobe City, when a ‘surprise’ motion was put to council at Monday night’s meeting.

Ride2School – 28 March
Bass Coast Shire Council is encouraging students to ride, walk, skate or scooter to school on March 28 for Ride2School Day.

Bigger Water Tank Rebates Available Now
The Victorian Government has increased rebates on rainwater tanks purchased and installed after 1 January 2007.

28 Mar 2007 (Wednesday)

Chifley To Be Portrayed On Stage In ‘A Local Man’
Ben Chifley has been called Australia's best-loved Prime Minister. His life story, from humble Bathurst engine driver to national leader, has become one of Australia's iconic legends. But what of the man behind the politician?

Chifley To Be Portrayed On Stage In ‘A Local Man’
Ben Chifley has been called Australia's best-loved Prime Minister. His life story, from humble Bathurst engine driver to national leader, has become one of Australia's iconic legends. But what of the man behind the politician?

Local Business Takes Up Offer To Learn About China
Morwell based, steel detailing company, FABCAD Drafting is one of a group of Latrobe City businesses which are about to leave for China as part of a sister-city

Ranamok Glass Art Exhibition To Open At Gallery
The Ranamok glass show highlights the very best of Australian and New Zealand glass art and opens at the Latrobe Regional Gallery on Friday 30 March at 10am.

Own Your Home Much Sooner - Without Necessarily Paying Any More Per Month To Do It!
Your Mortgage can become your vehicle for personal wealth creation. It's Your Mortgage - Your Financial Future. Shouldn't You Take More Control?

29 Mar 2007 (Thursday)

Insurance Information Evening For Toongabbie And Cowwarr
Residents of Toongabbie and Cowwarr are being invited to an ‘insurance information evening’ taking place at the Mechanics Institute Toongabbie next Monday 2 April at 7pm

Generous Rose Garden Bequest Commemorated
The generous bequest that the late Edwin (Ted) Austin left to the Latrobe City Trust for the ongoing maintenance of the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden has been acknowledged,

Hands Off’ East Gippsland Timber Industry Jobs: Hall
A State Government report has found that more than 400 jobs would be lost in East Gippsland if the Bracks Government went ahead with proposals to ban timber harvesting in all old growth forests.

Microchipping And Pet Registration Day
East Gippsland residents will be able to have their pets ‘microchipped’ and registered at a special event in Bairnsdale next Saturday, 31 March.

New Home Owners Miss Out On Water Tank Rebate
Many Gippslanders are missing out on a water tank rebate, because their home is too new or they live in country areas not on reticulated water.

Ag News

Irrigation Program Well Supported Despite Tough Seasons
Macalister Irrigation District farmers have continued to strive for greater irrigation efficiency on their farms over the past six months, despite the tough financial circumstances experienced by the dairy industry.

Chifley To Be Portrayed On Stage In ‘A Local Man’
Ben Chifley has been called Australia's best-loved Prime Minister. His life story, from humble Bathurst engine driver to national leader, has become one of Australia's iconic legends. But what of the man behind the politician?

Water Saving Push Over Easter Holidays
East Gippsland Water is urging tourists to the region, along with operators of holiday accommodation, to take whatever steps they can to conserve water over the traditionally busy Easter holidays.

Free Sporting Activities At The Go For Your Life Latrobe Event
On Wednesday 4 April from 10am to 3pm, Latrobe Leisure Moe Newborough (formerly Moe Newborough Sports Centre) will be hosting the ‘Go for your life Latrobe’ event to promote health and wellbeing in the municipality.

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