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1 Mar 2020 (Sunday)

Smart Specialisation | Regional Produce Trust Token Progress & more
Welcome to the weekly catch up! Updates on smart specialisation, regional produce trust token progress and more!

Blue Green Algae Detected at Lake Narracan
Lake Narracan closed due to blue green algae.

Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey
Local Government Survey will begin on Monday February 17.

Northe Calls for Fix to Mobile Reception
Action to address intermittent or poor mobile phone reception wanted to elinmate huge risks during emergency events and lessen impacts on people doing business in Gippsland towns and farms

Daniel Andrews Must Reverse Cut to Timber Jobs
Daniel Andrews puts nearly 100 workers out of a job this week.

New Home for Gippsland Ranges Roller Derby
Gippsland Ranges Roller Derby settling into new home at the Traralgon Recreation Reserve and Showgrounds.

School Breakfast Clubs Expansion to Help Eastern Victorian Students Thrive
Healthy breakfasts, lunches and school holiday supplies to students living in Eastern Victoria.

New Local Activities to Better Support Carers
$1 million package of grants for carers in Gippsland.

New Local Activities to Better Support Carers
$1 million package of grants to improve the health and wellbeing of carers.

Dwelling Restumping Works Results in Second Conviction and Fines for Unregistered Contractor
Successful legal action against a local unregistered dwelling Contractor.

Keep the Feedback Coming
Once developed, a Draft Plan based on recent community feedback will be made publically available for further comment, before being finalised.

Kerbside Collection in Latrobe City
E-waste in kerbside side collection has risen and so does concerns for a potential incident.

2020 Learn Local Award Nominations Open
Nominations now open for the 2020 Victorian Learn Local Awards.

Construction to Begin on New Morwell CFA Station
Morwell community better protected with construction of a $11.6 million fire station.

Community Road Safety Grants Now Open
Apply for grants to boost road safety awareness in your local area.

Doors Open at Australia’s First Maltese Museum
Maltese Community Centre in Morwell now transformed into Australia’s first Maltese Museum.

Levelling the Playing Field in Eastern Victoria
Applications now open for Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program.

Making It Easier To Connect - New Website Launched
Latrobe's outdated website platform replaced.

Better Connections for Baw Baw Pedestrians
Safer access to public transport and tourism facilities with $15,000 Flexible Local Transport Solutions program to build a concreted area near the shopping strip in Yarragon.

Local Businesses Saving Big on Payroll Tax
Future savings with regional payroll tax cuts.

Small Business Bus Brings Advice on Wheels to Latrobe Valley and West Gippsland
Access support and government business services as Small Business Bus visits.

Designs Unveiled for Latrobe Regional Hospital Revamp
Artist impressions released for the massive expansion of Latrobe Regional Hospital.

A Look Inside The Latrobe Creative Precinct
Architect’s artist impression of the state-of-theart performing arts centre at the launch of the Latrobe Performing Arts 2020 Season.

Latrobe Valley Yacht Club
Latrobe Valley Yacht Club (LVYC) entering into dialogue with the Lake Wellington Yacht Club is bittersweet news for many in the Latrobe Valley community.

2 Mar 2020 (Monday)

Plant Based Protein trends | Gippsland Online Marketplace Workshop & more
Weekly updates on plant based protein trends, Gippsland online marketplace workshop and more!

Bass Coast Rail Trail Affected by Erosion
Safety measures put in place as erosion along the Kilcunda foreshore impacts the Bass Coast Rail Trail.

This Girl Can in Bass Coast
Free workshop as part of ‘This Girl Can Week’ program.

Northe Seeks Government Support for Morwell CFA Volunteers
Northe supports Morwell Fire Brigade volunteers to remain at existing fire station in McDonald Street Morwell.

Country Fire Authority Morwell Brigade
Hansard Speech from Mr Northe in Parliament

New Lights for Bass Recreation Reserve
Lighting upgrades around the oval at the Bass Recreation Reserve underway.

New Courts for Waterline Towns
A new tennis court with an acrylic playing surface and new perimeter fencing and lighting at Corinella’s Harold Hughes Reserve.

West Bairnsdale Sewer Main Upgrade Works
$700,000 project to boost the reliability and efficiency of sewer services for nearby East Gippsland Water customers.

Rating Review Gets Underway
Community Information sessions to be held to review how the cost of rates is shared by different property types.

Game on at Bass Coast Community Stadium
Bass Coast Community Stadium was officially opened on Monday, 24 February.

Northe Calls for Boost to Police Resources
Northe calls for increase in police resources to tackle crime in the region.

18 Mar 2020 (Wednesday)

Sister Cities Festival to Take to the Streets
Celebration of Chinese and Japanese cultures at The Sister Cities Festival.

Northe Calls upon Committee to Fix Unfair Transport Pricing Mess
North asked corrections to the public transport ticketing system that is unfairly discriminating against Latrobe Valley commuters for years.

Council Endorse CBD 40km/h Zone Application
Improved pedestrian safety and movement in the main Central Business Districts of Latrobe City after a traffic improvement project gets unanimous vote.

19 Mar 2020 (Thursday)

Kicking Goals at New Morwell Recreation Reserve Oval
The $3.5 million synthetic oval, funded by Latrobe Valley Sports and Community Initiative administered by the Latrobe Valley Authority, now opens.

Andrews Backtracks on Subsidy for Bushfire Hay Run Volunteers
No fodder for bush-fire afffected farmers.

Surf Parade Path Project Progressing
Bass Coast Shire Council officers are currently finalising the design and going through the process of obtaining the necessary permits and approvals for the project to progress to the construction stage.

Young Leaders Come Together for the Environment
Two representatives from every school across Bass Coast were invited to explore their environmental interests through a series of fun activities.

Morwell Makes it Mark as AFL Centre of Excellence
The new all-weather training oval measures 120 by 90 metres and was officially opened in a huge boon for local sporting clubs, community groups and elite pathway programs.

New Kinder Hub Opens in Morwell
Minister for Education James Merlino today opened the $6.5 million integrated children’s centre.

Victorian Hospitals Receive New Equipment and Infrastructure
Latrobe Regional Hospital and West Gippsland Healthcare Group to share in $60 million from the latest funding round of the Medical Equipment Replacement Program and the Engineering Infrastructure Replacement Program.

Liberal Nationals Move to Extend Critical Work to Eliminate Family Violence
State Parliament to debate on the Liberal Nationals’ amendment to extend the critical work of the Family Violence Implementation Reform Monitor.

Andrews Turns his Back on Bushfire-affected Farmers
Andrews' Labor Government failed to explain failure to allocate enough money to its promised fodder transport subsidy.

Northe Calls for Meaningful Support during COVID-19 Crisis
Northe requests for commitment in supporting local small and medium businesses facing closures, cancellations and reduction in customers.

Hybrid Vehicles continue to cut Council’s Carbon Footprint
Additional 2 new hybrid vehicles with continued efforts by Latrobe City Council to reduce carbon footprint.

No End to VLine’s Poor Performance
Every short distance service – failed to meet reliability and punctuality targets.

Mining companies must look after workers and communities during Coronavirus Pandemic
Workers and communities in the mining industry need assurances about any disruption to work and income as a result of the spread of COVID-19

Robert Smith Collection on Show for First Time
Robert Smith Collection is soon to open at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre

Innovative Warragul Space to Receive an Upgrade
$39,800 grant from the new Regional Coworking Spaces and Creative Places program awarded to The MAST in Warragul to support a dynamic new project to benefit local creatives and the broader community.

Statement on the 2020 Duck Season
Bag limit of three ducks per day on opening weekend, bag limit of 10 ducks per day from mid-March to mid-June.

More Support for Mental Health and Wellbeing after Bushfires
More mental health budget after the bushfires for immediate and long-term support under a $23.4 million investment.

Lack of Access to Cleaning Products, Hand Sanitiser putting Victorians with a Disability at Risk
People with disability are in the high risk category of complications from coronavirus.

Labor’s Botched Basin Rail a "missed opportunity": VAGO
Cost blowouts have left the Basin Rail barely half finished.

Startup Gippsland - Official Announcement
Startup Gippsland officially opens!

Liberal Nationals Move to Establish Inquiry into Timber Ban
Liberal Nationals introduced a motion to State Parliament to establish inquiry into the Andrews Labor Government’s destructive plan to cut Victoria’s native timber industry and thousands of Victorian jobs.

Victoria's Plan to Go It Alone will Push Up Power Bills
Labor has made a mess of Victoria’s energy network, leaving us with an unreliable supply and sent prices skyrocketing

Grants Now Open for Education Week Activities
Grants to host science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themed activities, now open for applications.

Solar Batteries to Power More Victorian Postcodes
Store cleaner, cheaper rooftop energy with extra 143 postcodes to Solar Homes battery rebate scheme.

Celebrating with a Sporty Breakfast
The breakfast will be held at the new Bass Coast Community Stadium, located at the Wonthaggi Secondary College.

A Message from Bass Coast Shire Council CEO, Ali Wastie
A message from Bass Coast Shire Council CEO in light of government advice on social distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Tragic Bus Accident not Forgotten 60 years on
22nd March, 2020 marks 60 years since the tragedy at the Liddiard Road level crossing in Traralgon.

Innovative Process to fight Food Waste, Grant Opportunities & lots more
Weekly catch-up with innovative process to fight food waste, grant opportunities & lots more

Official opening of the Morwell Recreation Reserve synthetic oval – 28 February, 2020 – 4pm
Morwell Recreation Reserve Synthetic Oval officially opens on February 28, 2020.

Help Us Identify Heritage Places
Bass Coast Shire Council is conducting a Heritage Gaps Study, to identify places within the Shire with heritage significance.

More Police for Baw Baw, Bass Coast and Latrobe to Support Safer Communities
Additional 80 officers allocated to the police division that serves the local community to boost police resources.

Postponement of Sister Cities Festival
Sister Cities Festival postponed.

Latrobe to Receive Additional Police
More police resources will be dedicated to regional areas of Victoria including in Latrobe.

Working Together on Virus Response
Four of Bass Coast’s largest employers are working together to support their communities and employees as Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the world.

Six Steps sets G.E.T. on Path to Success
Latrobe City Council is again running the Six Steps to Business Success Program in 2020.

20 Mar 2020 (Friday)

Negative Result
Leisure Centre team member who has been awaiting results for COVID-19 has tested negative.

Russel Northe eequests Premier to intervene on local coronavirus concerns
Northe calls Premier to address local concerns amidst coronavirus

30 Mar 2020 (Monday)

Rhyll Jetty Lands an Upgrade
The Rhyll Jetty has had a fibre mesh decking, which is made from recycled materials, installed on top of the existing concrete deck.

Bushfire-Affected Farmers Billed for Fence Subsidies
One farmer was shocked to receive an invoice from DELWP demanding they repay thousands of dollars in GST.

Keep Batteries Out of Bins
Recent months have seen an increase in fires, with the most common cause being batteries that have been disposed of in kerbside bins.

Disability Workers must be considered Essential
Liberal Nationals are urgently seeking certainty for workers in the disability sector.

Food Supply Chain must get Clear Way forward in COVID-19 Crisis
Farmers still don’t know how restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 will affect the agriculture supply chain, including access to fertilizer and chemicals.

Bass Coast Waste Facilities Open for Business
All kerbside waste collections are operating as normal and Waste Facilities remain open in Bass Coast.

Reducing Water Restrictions for Mitchell River and Buchan Customers
Reduced water restrictions to Stage 1 for customers supplied from the Mitchell River and Buchan River, from 1.00am this Friday, 27 March.

Backing Community Groups across the Latrobe Valley
13 grant recipients will share in the funding from the Labor Government's Latrobe Valley Authority's Community and Facility Fund.

Upgrading Morwell Schools Brick by Brick
Commencement of construction on Kurnai College’s $1.5 million upgrade will help it deliver a 21st century education.

Bass Coast Beach Closures
The difficult decision was taken following Directions of the State Chief Health Officer and Bass Coast Health regarding the risks of large numbers of people gathering at our beaches and not practicing social distancing rules.

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