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2 Mar 2017 (Thursday)

Murray Basin Rail Project slow going under Labor
Shadow Minister for Regional Development Peter Walsh has called on the Andrews Government to answer growing concerns work on the Murray Basin Rail Project has stalled.

Gippsland Jobs Fair comes to Morwell
Local jobseekers will have an opportunity to speak with businesses about current and upcoming employment vacancies at the Gippsland Jobs Fair in March.

Latrobe City supports progress on Worker Transfer Scheme
Latrobe City Council mayor, Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan has welcomed news that the Worker Transfer Scheme is progressing well.

Work continues on new Cuttriss Street toilets
Bass Coast Shire Council’s works to install a new foreshore toilet block near the intersection of Cuttriss Street and The Esplanade in Inverloch are expected to continue in mid-March, with the project to be complete by the end of April.

Yours Truly recounts wartime love stories through music and dance
Yours Truly explores the heartbreaking stories of three women and three men separated by the war.

Sound shell seeking community support
The Glade in Inverloch is a popular place for live music, and Bass Coast Shire Council is asking the community if they'd like to see a sound shell constructed at the site.

Latrobe City welcomes Decentralisation campaign
Latrobe City Council has welcomed the Deputy Prime Minister’s Get Out of the City campaign, launched today.

3 Mar 2017 (Friday)

Don't Change - The INXS Story Coming to the Bundy
Sale Football Netball Club are celebrating their 140th anniversary with some great events throughout the year.

6 Mar 2017 (Monday)

Latrobe City launches new aerospace precinct
Latrobe City Aerospace Precinct attracted strong interest, including from a large multinational company, during its launch at the Avalon International Air Show yesterday.

Labor murky on long-term lease detail
The Andrews Government has announced new long-term tenancy agreements will be developed, a year before a review of the Residential Tenancies Act will be finalised.

Latrobe City to welcome Queen’s Baton
Local legends are being called on to carry the Queen’s Baton in Latrobe City as it prepares to host the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Ryan - Letter to the Editor (Shrinking feeling on training student numbers, funding)
Victoria’s training system has endured a revolving door of Ministers under Daniel Andrews' chaotic command – and the damage bill is adding up.

Labor taxing country people to pay for city transport
Member for Morwell Russell Northe says the Andrews Labor Government is forcing through legislation to introduce a $2 levy on country taxi passengers to pay for their botched scheme to regulate Melbourne Uber and remove taxi licences.

7 Mar 2017 (Tuesday)

Footy fever ramping up for Saturday’s blockbuster clash
Latrobe City Council is hosting a JLT Community Series AFL match between Richmond and Collingwood this Saturday 11 March, at the Ted Summerton Reserve oval, Moe. And the excitement is building.

Betrayal of farmers a bad move for Coalition
The announcement this morning that the Victorian Coalition will put forward an amendment which would see the moratorium on conventional gas drilling lifted has been met with anger from farming communities and environmental groups.

8 Mar 2017 (Wednesday)

10,000th Customer Welcomed Aboard
A Wellington Shire tourism business will reach a major milestone when the 10,000th passenger is welcomed aboard the tourist boat 'Rubeena'.

Northe tables another 411 petitions in support of a Traralgon Indoor Pool
Member for Morwell Russell Northe today tabled another 411 petitions calling on the Andrews Government to provide funding for the construction of the Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre in Traralgon.

Council Meeting Round-Up: 06 March 2017

Labor’s old friends of forestry abandon industry
Victoria’s forest industries have today been abandoned by an Andrews Government Minister who once claimed he understood timber mills were the "thriving backbone" of small communities across Victoria.

9 Mar 2017 (Thursday)

Call for establishment of Brown Coal Royalties Investment Fund
Latrobe City Council is calling on the State Government to commence the immediate establishment of a Brown Coal Royalties Investment Fund for the Latrobe City.

10 Mar 2017 (Friday)

Statement – Jobs, investment needed before Hazelwood closure
In last year’s state budget the Andrews Labor Government tripled the coal royalty rate in Victoria costing Latrobe Valley generators an extra $252 million.

Northe calls on the Andrews Labor Government to fund the Traralgon-Morwell shared pathway
Member for Morwell Russell Northe this week in Parliament questioned the Andrews Labor Government where its portion of funding is for the Traralgon-Morwell shared pathway project.

13 Mar 2017 (Monday)

Warning To Be Weary Of Scams
Latrobe City Council has become aware that residents across Latrobe have received phone calls and emails over recent days as part of a scam demanding money and credit card details for Latrobe City Council rates and parking fines.

Don’t paws to register your pet
Losing your beloved pet can be an upsetting and stressful situation for the whole family.

Council advocacy translates into action
Council advocacy has translated into action today with an $85 million injection for a series of sporting infrastructure projects announced across Latrobe City.

Cleaning up Bass Coast
Volunteers from across the region joined forces to fill their rubbish bags and clean up our environment on Sunday, 5 March.

Sport and Recreation funding announcements
Member for Morwell Russell Northe said the Latrobe Valley community has worked very hard to highlight the need for increased investment in our sports and recreation facilities.

Council Plan coming back to community
Bass Coast Shire Council’s draft Council Plan and Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-21 will be out for community comment by mid-May this year.

15 Mar 2017 (Wednesday)

Pets in the Valley Expo returns
Following the success of last year’s inaugural Pets in the Valley expo, Latrobe City Council, along with supporting organisations, is organising the expo again this year, to be held at Old Gippstown on Sunday 9 April from 10am to 3pm.

Skate, scoot and ride to school
Bass Coast Shire Council encourages schools and families to take part in Ride2School Day this Friday, 17 March and experience the benefits of a happier, healthier, more active commute.

Come and Play - All of May
Bass Coast is teaming with creativity. It is home to artists, performers, musicians and imaginations that often draw stimulus from the dramatic landscapes and colourful community.

Jobs Fair to provide opportunity for local jobseekers
Next week’s Gippsland Jobs Fair will offer an opportunity for local jobseekers to talk about current and future vacancies with local and national businesses.

Domestic rabbit owners urged to be aware of new virus release to control pest animals
Latrobe City Council is warning pet rabbit owners to vaccinate their animals as the Department of Agriculture releases a new strain of virus designed to kill pest rabbits.

16 Mar 2017 (Thursday)

Northe calls on the State Government to support Australian Paper and Gippsland’s timber industry
Member for Morwell Russell Northe is calling on the State Government to provide support to Australian Paper and timber related businesses in Gippsland.

17 Mar 2017 (Friday)

Draft Lake Narracan Foreshore Landscape Plans on public exhibition
The draft Lake Narracan Foreshore Landscape Plans are now on public exhibition and Latrobe City Council is asking the community for its feedback. The community consultation period continues until 13 April 2017.

Heyfield mill
The Andrews Government has disgracefully abandoned 260 workers at Australian Sustainable Hardwoods’ Heyfield mill by failing to guarantee a viable timber supply.

Community concerns with changes to Latrobe Valley bus services
Changes to bus services in the Latrobe Valley do not meet community expectations, Member for Morwell Russell Northe has said.

20 Mar 2017 (Monday)

Unemployment continues to skyrocket under Labor
Latrobe region has one of the highest unemployment rates of all Victorian municipalities, figures from the December 2016 quarter have revealed.

Harmony Day on the way
Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity, and an opportunity to pause and appreciate the many different stories and characters that combine to make our community great.

Latrobe City extends support to Heyfield community
Latrobe City Council mayor, Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan has expressed her concern and support for the Heyfield community in the face of Australian Sustainable Hardwoods’ timber discussions with the State Government and VicForests.

Sale Football Netball Club welcomes Club families to Family Fun Day
Sale Football Netball Club will be hosting their Season Launch and Family Fun Day on Sunday 26th March at the Sale Football Netball Club Ovals on Palmerston Street Sale.

21 Mar 2017 (Tuesday)

Labor must immediately review exclusion zones
The Andrews Labor Government must immediately review the 200 metre exclusion zones which are impacting available timber for harvest in Victoria’s working forests.

22 Mar 2017 (Wednesday)

Andrews refuses to stand up for Heyfield mill workers
Heyfield mill workers, contractors and the community sent a clear message to the Premier today: don’t drop the axe on our jobs and our community.

What’s a promise from Andrews worth?
"Premier Daniel Andrews must front workers at the Australian Sustainable Hardwoods’ mill in Heyfield by Friday."

24 Mar 2017 (Friday)

Daniel Andrews fails to answer questions about Hazelwood
Member for Morwell Russell Northe has criticised Premier Daniel Andrews for failing to answer Parliamentary questions relating to the closure of Hazelwood Power Station within the required timeframe.

Labor fails to deliver on Hazelwood jobs promise
The Andrews Labor Government has continued to refuse to detail what jobs have been created for at least 750 people who will be left unemployed when Hazelwood closes next week.

28 Mar 2017 (Tuesday)

Men’s Shed funding now available
The 2017 Men’s Shed funding round is now open. Grants of up to $60,000 now available. Men’s Sheds play a very important role in our rural communities. Find out more!

Labor must extend funds for eID
The Andrews Government must offer further financial assistance to Victorian producers to implement Labor’s rushed and poorly-funded mandatory electronic identification (eID) scheme.

29 Mar 2017 (Wednesday)

Celebrate Youth Week with a movie at the Pop-up Park
Latrobe City Council, together with Advance Morwell, is celebrating Youth Week with a skate event and a movie at the Tarwin Street Pop-up Park.

School Holiday Program open now for bookings
Latrobe City Council’s School Holiday program (formerly known as Vacation Care) is open for bookings over the autumn school holidays.

30 Mar 2017 (Thursday)

Community Tourism Reference Group launched
Passionate community members and representatives came together on Monday, 27 March 2017 for the first Community Tourism Reference Group meeting.

Send messages of support to Hazelwood workers and the community
Latrobe City Council will be activating the Tarwin Street Pop Up Park on Friday 31 March 2017 for community members to gather and reflect upon the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station.

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