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1 May 2003 (Thursday)

Italian Desk provides new opportunities for Latrobe
Latrobe City Council is establishing an ‘Italian Desk’, which will facilitate business opportunities between Italy and the Latrobe Valley.

Village Midvalley 8 Cinema Times
This week's session times (15 - 22th May)

2 May 2003 (Friday)

The Latrobe Innovation Festival takes off
A spectacular aerial display featuring Australias only aeroplane manufacturer, Gippsland Aeronautics, and national precision jumping champion Janine Hayes, will signal the start of the Australian Innovation Festivals offshoot into regional Victoria.

Life’s a Ball Visits GippsTAFE!
A group of VCAL and Work Education students attended the "Life's a Ball" program at GippsTAFE's Leongatha campus, facilitated by AFL Footballers Russel Butler and Ezra Poyas.

Ingram raises issues in bushfire inquiry submission
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has stated that the State Government agencies responsible for management of public land have breached their duty of care in ensuring that land is maintained.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, May 5, 2003
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5 May 2003 (Monday)

Community Announcement - Volunteer Community Parents
Good Beginnings Latrobe currently requires Volunteer Community Parents for Playgroups and Home Visiting activities

The Latrobe Innovation Festival takes off
A spectacular aerial display and precision parachute jump will signal the start of the Australian Innovation Festival’s first offshoot into regional Victoria.

Innovative Recruitment Firm Named Gippsland Business Of The Year
Latrobe Valley-based recruitment company Gippsland Business Support has won Business of the Year in the 2003 Federation Health Gippsland Business Awards.

6 May 2003 (Tuesday)

Neighbourhoodwatch Newsletter For April 2003, Area LTB1 Bridle Estate. (NHW72)
Police Band Concert, Photocopier for Sale, Property Damage, When You Rent, Crime Stoppers, Police Crime Report.

Gippsland Rugby League
In perfect conditions, Wildcats managed to clock up two more points securing second spot on the ladder.

7 May 2003 (Wednesday)

A special thank you to all Latrobe's volunteers
Cr Middlemiss praised the enormous dedication and commitment, and generous contribution of time given to the local community by volunteers, saying few people realised the extent of volunteering in Latrobe City.

Princes Drive traffic lights turn on Morwell pedestrians
Morwell’s new pedestrian crossing on Princes Drive at its intersection with Church Street is now operating, together with a footpath connection to the existing subway.

Enrol in New Fashion Courses at Pakenham!
GippsTAFE’s Fashion Department will be holding two information sessions on Monday May 12 at the LLINC Building, 10am – 12am and 1pm-3pm.

Racing Carnival brings economic boost
The economic impact of the 2002 Latrobe Spring Racing Carnival, ‘The Power of Racing’ has been estimated at $3.38 million according to an independent report prepared consultants IER Strategic.

Gippsland East fares well in tight State Budget
A new $7.5 million police station for Bairnsdale and a $1.5 million primary school expansion at Maffra are highlights of the 2003 budget for the Gippsland East electorate.

New Farm Enterprise Seminars
Are you looking for a new farm enterprise for your property or a value adding opportunity to your existing farm business?

Community Satisfaction Survey a great result for Latrobe says CEO
The results of the annual Community Satisfaction Survey conducted by the State Government in municipalities across Victoria has been hailed by Latrobe City Council CEO, Richard Hancock, as a great result for the municipality.

Arts Innovation Festival focuses on art for the young
As part of Latrobe City’s Arts Innovation Festival, a number of events are being planned at the new Latrobe Regional Gallery and other locations with a particular focus on bringing art to young people.

Good access is good business
‘Good Access is Good Business’ is a new initiative being launched by Latrobe City, to assist traders to improve access to their businesses.

8 May 2003 (Thursday)

Livestock Welfare Considerations In Drought Times
Drought conditions mean that feed resources are limited and livestock condition often falls below an optimal level.

9 May 2003 (Friday)

Business success brings new money back into Latrobe
Chris Thornton and his employees really do get around a bit, according to Investment Facilitator, Leo Billington from Council’s economic development team ‘Invest Latrobe’.

Council and Uni get-together demonstrates ‘Power in the Union’
Latrobe City Council and the Monash University Gippsland Student Union (MUGSU) combined resources on Wednesday, to help give students and staff a better understanding of the activities, events and facilities available in Latrobe.

Ingram welcomes drought declaration in local shires
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has confirmed that farmers in the East Gippsland and Wellington Shires are eligible for drought assistance.

Information session to help business ideas grow to reality
A free information sessions designed for businesses who want to convert a good business idea into reality is being held at the Moe Town Hall on Friday 16 May from 10am to 1pm.

12 May 2003 (Monday)

Gippsland Rugby League
In the eyes of most, Roosters is the hottest team in the Melbourne Rugby League competition at the moment, and is unbeaten.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, May 12, 2003
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13 May 2003 (Tuesday)

Operation Clampdown is coming to Morwell
Warning: record numbers of police heading to Morwell

14 May 2003 (Wednesday)

Grand reopening for refurbished Performing Arts Centre
The newly refurbished Performing Arts Centre in Traralgon will reopen on Friday 16 May with a free gala concert and an official opening ceremony by Councillor Sheridan Bond, representing the Mayor, and State Member for Morwell, Brendan Jenkins.

Business Arts Forum launched at Gallery
Over 100 guests attended the launch of the Latrobe Valley Business Arts Forum at the newly refurbished Latrobe Regional Gallery on Tuesday evening.

‘Burning Eddy’ author at Gallery
Yinnar South author, Scot Gardner, will be signing copies of his new book ‘Burning Eddy’ at Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell on Saturday between 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Council calls for Tidy Towns nominations
Latrobe’s communities have been invited by Latrobe City Council to nominate areas for the 2003 Tidy Towns competitions.

Random checks reveal numerous unregistered pets
Pet owners who have failed to re-register their cats and dogs with Council are being sent reminder notices this week prior to a crackdown on unregistered animals next month.

Super impact known
Latrobe City Council has been advised that their share of the funding shortfall disclosed in a defined benefit funding review undertaken by trustees of Local Authorities Super in December 2002, amounts to $2,000,545.

Waterways And Pesticides Don’T Mix
Despite careful use, farm chemicals can and do on occasions enter our waterways.

16 May 2003 (Friday)

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, May 19, 2003
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19 May 2003 (Monday)

Share Of Superannuation Shortfall Now Known
Bass Coast Shire Council has now been formally advised of their share of the Local Authorities $127 million dollar superannuation funding shortfall.

Mobile Fun Factory - Birthday Party At Your Own Place!
The Mobile Fun Factory now offers Birthday party entertainment that comes to. Only $325.00

Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod
This year is the 48th Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod and over the years it has grown until now there are over 1500 performers competing for scholarships and prizes totally over $26 000.

20 May 2003 (Tuesday)

GippsTAFE Koorie Unit Artist Recognised
GippsTAFE Koorie Unit student Arthur Dawes – Pepper’s artwork was recently accepted to be used on promotional materials for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Cooperative Ltd.

21 May 2003 (Wednesday)

Warragul Cinema Times
This week's session times (5th - 11th June)

Night of Stars rewards tourism’s best
Local tourism operators and promoters celebrated the region’s success on Tuesday evening, with a ‘Night of Stars’.

22 May 2003 (Thursday)

Community Groups learn how to work with media
Approximately 95 community group representatives attended a ‘Working with the Media Information Forum’ in Morwell recently.

Council employee wins Diversity Award
Latrobe City’s Indigenous Employment Development Coordinator, Joanne Brunt has won the Victorian Excellence and Leadership in Diversity Award in the Employer of Indigenous Australians category.

Indigenous Employment Program success shared
A three hour workshop presented by Latrobe City as part of the Innovation Festival, showcased the City’s Indigenous Employment Program strategy to twenty human resource managers.

Community invited to Reconciliation Barbecue
A community barbecue to celebrate Reconciliation Week will be held on the Morwell Town Common near the community playground in Elgin Street, on Thursday 29 May from 12.30pm – 2pm.

23 May 2003 (Friday)

Buying a business seminar on Thursday
Latrobe City’s Invest Latrobe will be facilitating a seminar for anyone interested in buying a business, on Thursday, 29 May commencing at 3.30 pm at the Latrobe City offices in Kay Street, Traralgon.

Council urges nominations for Achievement Awards
Latrobe City Council is encouraging local citizens and organisations to nominate achievers for the Alcoa Regional Achievers Award and the Kleenheat Gas Community of the Year Award.

Backyard, Bush and Beaches, to feature at Gallery
An exhibition titled ‘Backyard, Bush and Beaches, Images from Children’s Picture Books’, will feature at the Latrobe Regional Gallery from Saturday 24 May until Sunday 29 June.

Latrobe Valley tenpin Bowlers win Gold / Silver and Bronze
Latrobe Valley tenpin Bowlers win Gold / Silver and Bronze at the recently held Victorian Tenpin Bowling Championships conducted at Werribee Bowl.

26 May 2003 (Monday)

Double standards in building insurance crisis: Ingram
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, says the State Government is still not addressing the full crisis facing Victoria’s builders.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, May 26, 2003
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Good Beginnings Latrobe
Good Beginnings Latrobe currently requires Volunteer Community Parents for Playgroups and Home Visiting activities

27 May 2003 (Tuesday)

Volunteers Help Rebuild Fencing And Shedding
As part of the $5.75 million fencing package announced in early March, the State Government allocated $200,000 for the co-ordination of volunteers in the North East and Gippsland regions to assist fire affected landholders.

28 May 2003 (Wednesday)

Gippsland Rugby League Media Release – 25-05-03
Wildcats having been tipped as favourites to play a revived Moorabbin team under the banner of Waverley/Oakleigh Panthers were expected to offer home team supporters a thriller.

Beauty abounds in Gallery exhibitions
The ‘Delicate Beauties’ and ‘Ubiquitous Beauty’ exhibitions currently featuring at the newly refurbished Latrobe Regional Gallery are creating considerable interest among gallery visitors.

Beware Of Nitrates In Fodder And Crops
The sudden death of forty-one dairy cows fed annual ryegrass haylage in the Macalister Irrigation district, has again highlighted the risk of feeding conserved fodder or crops that may contain excessive amounts of nitrate.

Environment Week Highlights The Need To Minimise Farm Run-Off
As a part of Environment Week, the Department of Primary Industries Nutrient Management Extension team at Maffra and Ellinbank are launching a series of fact sheets and fridge magnets to coincide with World Environment Day on June 5.

Innovation Festival success - region to keep innovating
The inaugural Latrobe Innovation Festival concluded this week after three weeks of celebration of innovation across the region.

New roads from old concrete
Wellington Shire Council will be implementing a Concrete Recycling Program from 1 July, to convert thousands of tonnes of old waste concrete deposited at Kilmany Landfill into a material suitable for road bases and drainage bedding around the Shire.

Residents encouraged to compost leaves where possible
Wellington Shire Council is encouraging those living in residential areas to do the right thing environmentally and compost their garden leaves wherever possible instead of burning them.

30 May 2003 (Friday)

Forum discusses ways of making Latrobe safer
Over sixty participants from a range of organisations and agencies gathered recently in Churchill to discuss major safety issues affecting Latrobe Valley residents.

Wellington Takes New Access Policy On Board
Wellington Shire Council has just adopted a new Access Policy & Action Plan, which reiterates its commitment to ensuring older people and those with disabilities have good access to its facilities and services.

Decline in theft from cars encouraging
Recent crime statistics have revealed a significant decrease in theft from vehicles in Latrobe City, and the community has played a large part in the reduction.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, June 2, 2003
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Gippsland Integrated Natural Resources Forum
The Gippsland Integrated Natural Resources Forum will be officially launched in Morwell on World Environment Day, Thursday June 5 2003

Mayor welcomes opportunity for talks on Uni with Minister
Latrobe City’s Mayor, Cr Graeme Middlemiss, has welcomed offers by the State Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Lynne Kosky MP, to discuss the future of the new School of Applied Science and Engineering

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