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2 May 2005 (Monday)

Wellington to host Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay
Wellington Shire will play host to the Queen's Baton Relay as it travels through Stratford, Sale and Rosedale on Tuesday 28 February 2006, on its way to the opening ceremony of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Emptying Effluent Ponds Before Winter
Autumn is an ideal and essential time to empty your effluent pond(s).

Snowy Hydro shows its contempt of government water licence agreements: Ingram

Toxic Roadshow – Let’S Take The Fight Up To Labor
Shadow Minister for Country Victoria, Philip Davis, has thrown his support behind this week’s No Mallee Toxic Waste Dump roadshow.

Lenders Found Out On Melbourne Markets Furphy

Terrific response to Wellington Coast Subdivision Strategy
Wellington Shire Council has received a terrific response from landowners on a draft strategy to resolve the issue of inappropriate subdivisions along a section of the Ninety Mile Beach area.

Contemporary Gippsland art on display at Gallery
The current exhibition in the International Power Hazelwood Community Access Gallery at the Latrobe Regional Gallery features works by contemporary Gippsland artists.

3 May 2005 (Tuesday)

Regional Aquatic Complex update
The $6.8 million redevelopment of Wellington Shire Council’s Regional Aquatic Complex in Sale is moving forward apace with the formation of a Project Control Group to oversee its development.

A big thank you to Latrobe’s army of volunteers
Every day, volunteers are quietly working in our community across a wide range of activities.

4 May 2005 (Wednesday)

Brumby’S Budget Ignores Drought Affected Farmers
The Bracks Government has again ignored the plight of drought affected farmers in the 2005-06 State Budget, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said today.

Taskmasters Workers Need State Support: Hall
The Nationals Upper House leader Peter Hall has made an impassioned plea in Parliament in a bid to secure the future of adults with disabilities who have been working under programs auspiced by the embattled Taskmasters Inc.

Mayor calls for early decision on power company rates
Latrobe City Mayor, Cr Bruce Lougheed, has called on the state government to make a quick decision on the amount of local government rates to be paid by power companies.

Flags will be flying for volunteers next week

27th Annual Victorian State Bottles & Collectables Show
The Bracks Government has again ignored the plight of drought affected farmers in the 2005-06 State Budget, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said today.

City-centric RSPCA has gone to the dogs: Ingram
The RSPCA has been condemned in State Parliament for its action in closing its East Gippsland branch this week.

5 May 2005 (Thursday)

Water batons take off for the Gippsland Lakes

Race Act Needs Amending: Hall
Gippsland MP and The Nationals Leader in the Upper House, Peter Hall, has called for further amendments to the controversial and complicated ‘Racial and Religious Tolerance Act.’

Budget Short Changes Victorian Agriculture
Victoria’s primary industries have been short changed in the Bracks Government’s 2005-06 State Budget, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said today.

Shire Welcomes Land Tax Relief
East Gippsland Shire CEO Steve Kozlowski has welcomed cuts to Land Tax announced in the State Government’s Budget this week.

6 May 2005 (Friday)

Secrecy Still Clouds Market’S Relocation
Melbourne Wholesale Market growers, retailers, wholesalers and transport operators are still in the dark, despite the Bracks Government's announcement today that the market will relocate to Epping.

What will agribusiness look like in Gippsland in 2015?
An industry forum for those involved in agribusiness and those who service agribusiness clients, is being held at 1:30pm on Wednesday 11 May at Latrobe City’s corporate headquarters in Commercial Road Morwell.

Sale College Short-Changed By Bracks Government
The Bracks Government has abandoned Sale College in this year's State Budget, failing to correct the under-funding of its Stage Four redevelopment.

7 May 2005 (Saturday)

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter for Area LTB1 Bridle Estate April 2005 (NHW94)
April Meeting, Increased Police Presence, Safety Assessment, NHW Police Concert, Police Crime Report.

10 May 2005 (Tuesday)

Family history sessions to be held at Libraries

Cape Conran boat ramp safety must be addressed: Ingram

Leading the Way Actively

Workshops To Study Coastal Towns Design Framework
The opportunity to contribute to the future of Mallacoota and Metung will be offered to members of each township’s community through two Urban Design Framework Workshops to be held over the period 11-13 June.

Crossbreeding Research Gathers Momentum

You’re Welcome To A Variety Concert
Money raised will go to support missionaries in bringing aid and support to the smaller villages of South Thailand affected by the Tsunami , not yet reached effectively by Western Aid

Gippsland Inventors Competition Sunday 15th May Everyone Welcome
The Gippsland region's first ever Inventor's Competition, will be held this Sunday 15th May as part of the Gippsland Innovation Festival 2005.

Gippsland's Innovation Festival Takes Centre Stage

Volunteers needed for the ‘We Care’ visiting program
Latrobe City’s ‘We Care’ visiting program is holding a three-day training session for the Traralgon area on 23, 24 and 25 May in the Function Room, Civic Precinct, Kay Street, Traralgon.

11 May 2005 (Wednesday)

Gippsland Leads Wait For Public Housing
Gippsland’s public housing waiting list is growing faster than in anywhere else in the state, Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis said today.

Local bands set to battle
Wellington Shire Council is urging local bands from across to enter the regional heat of this year’s Push Battle of the Bands competition to be held on 24 June at the Sale Memorial Hall.

Labor Must Change Law To Protect Primary Industries
The law which excused an animal liberation activist from conviction for causing economic loss to a business must be changed, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said.

Mayor moved by unique art exhibition

Bracks Red Tape To Stifle Development In Country Victoria
The Bracks Government is doing everything in its power to stifle development in country Victoria, with draft native vegetation framework operational guidelines spelling disaster for rural councils and landowners.

12 May 2005 (Thursday)

May Farmers’ Market
Wellington Shire’s next Farmers’ Market is being held on Saturday 21 May from 8am to 12pm and will boast stalls selling a variety of Gippsland cheeses, alongside other fresh produce favourites from around the local area.

Sense of community being put on hold for Eurovision

13 May 2005 (Friday)

Celebrate library week with pyjama party fun!
Wellington Shire Council is inviting children to get along to their local library and help celebrate Library Week by joining in a free pyjama party at each of the shire’s libraries on Friday 27 May at 6:15pm.

Labor Forces Market Move, But With No
Melbourne Market Authority tenants will receive no compensation from the Bracks Government to assist in their forced relocation from Footscray to Epping.

Ingram checks progress on Snowy River flow works
Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has visited Jindabyne to inspect first hand the works on the Jindabyne Dam in the lead-up to the third anniversary of the Snowy River environmental flow releases.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Fee Change - Too Little, Too Late For Closed Businesses
Reductions in PrimeSafe licence fees are too little, too late for the seafood businesses already forced to the wall, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said today.

16 May 2005 (Monday)

Yarram Court House scores $15,000 for cultural upgrade
Wellington Shire Council is delighted to announce a $15,000 Victorian Government grant for a new art space and gallery at the Yarram Court House.

The benefits of new legislation for owner-builders
The benefits of new owner-builder legislation for those looking to build their own home will be the focus of a Wellington Shire Council-supported information seminar being held in Sale on Monday 30 May.

17 May 2005 (Tuesday)

Autism conference to be held in Traralgon
A conference titled ‘Autism: Bringing Together Research and Practice’ is being held at the Quality Inn Latrobe Convention Centre, 5601 Princes Hwy, Traralgon on Friday 3 June 2005 from 9.15am to 3.30pm.

City’s rates increase to be below CPI
Latrobe City’s general rates are proposed to rise by 2.5% in the 2005-2006 financial year, which is below the consumer price index (CPI).

Bracks Cripples Cann River Community
Cann River could be the first Victorian community to fall victim to the Bracks Government’s secret agenda to destroy Victoria’s forestry industry, Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis said today.

18 May 2005 (Wednesday)

Ryan’s comments disappointing and unhelpful: Ingram
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has described yesterday’s comments in a press release by the leader of the National Party, Peter Ryan on the impact of the timber pricing as "unhelpful" and "disappointing".

Dairy Reminders For May 2005

Government forces sale of Cann River mill: Ingram
Gippsland East Independent MP, Craig Ingram, says the recent decision by a Cann River mill owner to announce the sale of his business highlights the devastating consequences that the State Government's VicForest, will have on country Victorian towns.

Footbridge superstructure goes home to Victory Park
the superstructure of the northern footbridge over Traralgon Creek in Victory Park has been lifted into place, following rehabilitatoin work that has seen the bridge closed for the past three months.

Wellington Businesses short-listed for awards
Wellington Shire Council would like to congratulate four local businesses announced as finalists in this year’s Federation Health Gippsland Business Awards.

Dog and cat breeders required to be registered
Latrobe City Council has warned domestic animal breeders that they must have their premises registered as a business with their council if they wish to sell dogs and cats

19 May 2005 (Thursday)

Sale Water Aquifer – Is It One Or Two?
The possibility that underground water stocks in the Sale Water Supply Protection Area involves two, and not one, aquifers needs to be properly explored, according to Gippsland MP Peter Hall.

Rezoning proposals to assist business and industrial development in Sale
Wellington Shire Council is keen to receive community feedback on two major planning reports that consider future business and industrial zoning needs in Sale - prepared on the council’s behalf by consultants Strategic Facilitation Pty. Ltd.

New regulations to be introduced for owner-builders
Free owner-builder seminars are being held in Gippsland at the Warragul Civic Centre on Thursday 26 May and at the Wellington Entertainment Centre, Sale on Monday 30 May, to explain new regulations being introduced for owner-builders.

20 May 2005 (Friday)

Morwell service centres to be consolidated
Latrobe City’s Morwell service centre operations will be consolidated to Latrobe City’s corporate headquarters at 141 Commerical Road, from Monday 20 June 2005. Opening hours will be 8.30am – 5.15pm Monday to Friday.

Winners of the Gippsland Inventors Competition
A very successful inaugural Gippsland Inventors Competition was held at the Monash University Gippsland Campus on Sunday 15th May 2005.

Alpine Grazing Supports Tradition And Management
The Nationals believe that Victoria’s alpine grazing licences should be renewed as soon as possible, to aid the management of the State’s public land and ensure that one of Australia’s great traditions continues.

Celebrations announced for Reconciliation Week
Reconciliation Week ceremonies will be taking place around Latrobe City, starting with the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian flags being raised at a ceremony at the corporate headquarters in Morwell, at 10.30am on Friday 27 May.

Peace-building exhibition comes to Latrobe
An exhibition examining the lives and philosophies of Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr and Daisaku Ikeda will be held at the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre from Monday 23 May to Friday 27 May.

New Laws For Owner Builders
New owner-builder laws will soon be introduced in Victoria to provide greater protection for consumers, genuine owner-builders and registered building practitioners.

23 May 2005 (Monday)

United effort wins far-reaching new bus service for coastal townships
A strong united effort involving Wellington Shire Council, local residents and community groups has won the coastal townships of Loch Sport, Paradise Beach and Golden Beach a significant new bus service, funded by the Victorian Government.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Free information session for young adults
Wellington Shire Council is hosting a special educational health session titled ‘THAT Talk’, at the Sale Library, on Monday 6 June from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Community meeting for Longford – 7 June

24 May 2005 (Tuesday)

Public Meeting to discuss planning guidelines for Port Albert
Wellington Shire Council is inviting the Port Albert community to attend a public meeting on Tuesday 7 June to discuss planning proposals aimed at helping to ensure future development in this historic township reflects and enhances its character.

25 May 2005 (Wednesday)

Ingram condemns government on Alpine grazing decision
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has condemned the Bracks Government for its decision to totally remove cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park.

Media Statement: Philip Davis Condemns Labor Alpine Grazing Decision
I completely condemn the Bracks Government’s decision to ban alpine grazing.

Liberal Party Condemns Alpine Grazing Ban
The Liberal Party condemns the Bracks Government’s decision to ban alpine cattle grazing.

Antique Toy Display
Wellington Shire Council is inviting written submissions from the community on the content of its draft Council Plan for 2005-2009.

A robust budget addressing community needs

Survey indicates rise in Council performance satisfaction
The 2005 Annual Community Satisfaction Survey results, released on Monday by the Minister for Local Government, Candy Broad, have revealed a two-point rise in satisfaction with Latrobe City Council’s overall performance.

Taxpayers Fund Labor’s Anti-Cattlemen Advertising Blitz
The Liberal Party has slammed the Bracks Government for its taxpayer funded advertising propaganda campaign, vilifying mountain cattlemen.

Council commends State Government on stadium seating
Latrobe City Council has commended the State Government on its decision to fund the purchasing of a retractable seating system for the Traralgon Indoor Sports Stadium.

Saline Dam Water Kills Lambs
The extremely dry seasonal conditions in North Central Victoria have caused high levels of salt in stock water supplies leading to high death rates in newborn lambs.

26 May 2005 (Thursday)

Consultation On Wonthaggi/Dalyston Structure Plan Begins
Bass Coast Shire Council recently held a series of preliminary consultation meetings to gain input from key stakeholders regarding the Wonthaggi and Dalyston Structure Plan.

Successful fuel reduction burn in Glengarry

Council invites submissions on updated planning guidelines for the shire
Wellington Shire Council is inviting written submissions from the community on proposed updates to its policy guiding planning development in the shire.

My Brilliant Divorce at the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre
The funny but poignant stage production of ‘My Brilliant Divorce’ by Geraldine Aron is coming to the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre on Thursday 16 June.

27 May 2005 (Friday)

New managers appointed for Visitor Information Centre
Wellington Shire Council has appointed Finoa and Cameron Barr as the new contact managers for the Central Gippsland Victorian Visitor Information Centre located in Sale.

Council To Map Bass Coast Shire Drainage
Bass Coast Shire Council and the community will soon have access to more accurate drainage information.

Tales From The Waterline Opens June 11 – Don’t Miss Out
Tales from the Waterline is a performance of readings and songs celebrating the history of Bass Coast’s Western Port region – from Jam Jerrup to Woolamai.

Help Stop Dumpings Outside Charity Shops
Bass Coast Shire Council is calling on the community to help charity shops by not dumping material outside the shops during non-open hours.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Mayor Welcomes Prompt Road Response
East Gippsland Mayor Cr Jane Rowe said she was absolutely delighted at news the State Government is prepared to contribute $2 million towards upgrading and sealing the 31 kilometres of road between Omeo and Falls Creek.

Community Satisfaction For Council Rises Again
Bass Coast Shire Council received pleasing results for the second year in a row in the Annual Community Satisfaction Survey for 2005 this week.

30 May 2005 (Monday)

Lake Guthridge scores $75,000 for irrigation initiative
Wellington Shire Council has been successful in securing a $75,000 grant from the Victorian Government for a state-of-the-art sustainable irrigation initiative at Lake Guthridge, Sale.

31 May 2005 (Tuesday)

Residents walk for safety in Bridle Estate
Residents living on the Bridle Estate in Morwell, along with members of the local Neighbourhood Watch group undertook several walking safety assessments of their neighbourhood last Friday afternoon and evening.

Commonwealth Takes The Lead On Drought Assistance
The Liberal Party has welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s increase in support for Victoria’s drought affected farmers.

Bracks’ Speed Camera Cash Register Rings Even Louder
Labor’s speed camera cash register rang even louder in the three months of this year in the Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance, Orbost, Paynesville, Sale and Stratford areas, Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis said today.

Local printmaker’s works on show at Gallery
Currently on show at Latrobe Regional Gallery is an exhibition which presents a survey of local printmaker Jenny Peterson’s work from the last twelve years.

East Gippsland and Wellington Shires sign MOU
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between East Gippsland and Wellington Shires was signed in Lakes Entrance today, ahead of a joint meeting of the two councils.

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