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1 May 2006 (Monday)

Contract For Oval Facilities Ready To Sign
East Gippsland Shire Council is set to sign a $1.29 million contract for a new function centre at the Bairnsdale City Oval as well as additions and renovations to the existing buildings.

Botanical artist to deliver Gallery talk on Tisdall’s work
Internationally renowned botanical artist, Celia Rosser, will discuss her own work in relation to a series of illustrations by Henry Thomas Tisdall, at a talk being presented at 10.30am on Tuesday 2 May at the Latrobe Regional Gallery.

2 May 2006 (Tuesday)

Farm chemical container collection coming to Latrobe
The Latrobe City farming community is being asked by council to support the next drumMUSTER collection, to be held in Morwell on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 May.

Improving Environment Skills
Bass Coast Shire Council staff recently undertook an exercise to improve their environment management skills.

Former gun owners in council sights for ammo collection
Current and former firearms owners are being targeted by Council in the ‘Detox Your Home’ collection taking place in Latrobe City on Saturday 20 May.

Council Apologises For Street Numbering Error
Bass Coast Shire Council has issued an apology to 35 residents of Glen Alvie Road who have been advised of incorrect house numbers assigned to their properties.

3 May 2006 (Wednesday)

2006 Gippsland Innovation Festival launched
The 2006 Gippsland Innovation Festival will be launched by the Member for McMillan, Russell Broadbent MP, on Wednesday 3 May at the Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre.

4 May 2006 (Thursday)

Victorian Dairy Conference On Again
The annual Victorian Dairy Conference (formerly known as the Target 10 Conference) will be held at Shepparton on June 6th and 7th.

Keeping Records Of Chemical Use
Keeping records of chemical use is sometimes required by law. "But that is only one reason records should be kept," says Alan Roberts, DPI Senior Chemical Standards Officer at Bendigo.

Lights at Queen Street Park
The installation of lights this month at Queen Street Park is the final stage of a $230,000 project to provide an open, inviting, well lit park for residents and visitors to Warragul.

TopFodder Silage: Pasture to gold!
You may have some thoughts on how well you did with the last round of silage making...

VCAT gives Aldi the go ahead
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has upheld the decision made by Baw Baw Shire Council in December to approve the development of an Aldi Supermarket in Queen Street.

Show Casing Environmental Management On Gippsland Farms
Explore the many approaches being used in Gippsland to drive sustainable farming practice through environmental management at the Gippsland EMS Forum in Traralgon on June 1st from 10am.

Community Grants Public Forum
Last year, Baw Baw Shire Council Community Assistance Grants funded 158 projects that totalled $350,000. Council is now preparing for the 2006/2007 Grants program.

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter May 2006 Area LTB1 Bridle Estate (NHW105)
Guest Speaker, NHW Police Band Concert, Betty Burridge, Pies In The Sky, Police Crime Report, High Tech Touts,

5 May 2006 (Friday)

Govt Should Pay For School Gas Connection: Hall
Gippsland MP Peter Hall will continue to push the State Government to foot the whole bill for connection of natural gas to the Bairnsdale Secondary College.

Comedy Festival promises to have you rolling in the aisles
The eighth Melbourne Comedy Festival Road Show is about to truck into Traralgon with a massive load of laughs and gags.

Workshop To Cut Planning Red Tape
The State government is holding a workshop for planners, community members and interested stakeholders to investigate whether ‘Code Assess’ will help cut red tape in planning.

Have You Had Polio Or Know Someone Who Has?
Come along to a FREE 2 hour information session and find out more about Polio and its’ Late Effects – Friday 2nd June 2006.

College Football Teams fair well in Round 2
A huge THANKS to all our sponsors who are listed in the article. Please taken a moment to acknowledge them.

Firearms: control
The State National Party has come out strongly in opposition to any further restrictions or controls on legal firearm ownership.

8 May 2006 (Monday)

Labor Fails Renewable Energy Employment Target
The Bracks Government has failed to meet its target of 300 new jobs created in country Victoria from wind energy, Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources Philip Davis said today.

Car park mega-project announced for Traralgon CBD
A $5 million dollar construction project to ease Traralgon parking problems and provide additional food and fashion retail outlets, has been announced for the Seymour Street car park in Traralgon’s CBD.

DrumMuster is on again
Wellington Shire Council is reminding local farmers, spraying contractors and other farm chemical users that the drumMUSTER collection period has begun.

Landscaping work starts around newly opened underpass
Initial landscaping around the new Morwell underpass will commence this week, signalling the commencement of another stage in a project linking the Princes Drive and Commercial Road precincts.

Gippsland.Com Seeks New Owner/Operator
Expressions of interest are sought from organizations who may wish to continue the current operation, or integrate Gippsland.com functions with a similar internet activity.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin
Weekly Bulletin Monday, May 8, 2006

9 May 2006 (Tuesday)

Gardens Host State Conference
Wellington Shire Council recently hosted the Victorian State Conference for the Botanic Gardens Association of Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ).

Police Check Backlog Causes Delays For Gippslanders
Gippsland has been affected by the backlog of 90,000 police checks yet to be conducted for volunteers and employees working with children and the vulnerable.

10 May 2006 (Wednesday)

Baw Baw flies the flag to thank volunteers
Baw Baw Shire volunteers have been praised for their commitment to their community.

Gippsland Business Innovation Luncheon Celebrates Local Success
Hydro Australia will host the inaugural NAB Gippsland Business Innovation Luncheon in Morwell on Friday May 12th. The lunch will be attended by Business, Government and community leaders from across Gippsland.

Tourism Workshop To Focus On International Market
A full day workshop designed for tourism operators wanting to attract international visitors is to be held at Metung on 30 May.

Better Support Needed For Students With Disabilities
Gippsland MP Peter Hall, The Nationals’ Education Services spokesman, wants the criteria for assistance to students with a disability changed to better reflect the needs of individuals.

$87,600 For Loch Valley Tramway Historic Walking Track
The walking track that follows the historic Loch Valley Tramway will be upgraded and named in memory of local Noojee resident Ralph Cornwall, thanks to funding provided by the Victorian State Government and Baw Baw Shire Council.

Table tennis players take on the Chinese at their own game
Twelve of Latrobe City’s top junior table tennis players departed for Latrobe City’s sister city of Taizhou in China on Sunday.

Local Author Shortlisted for Book of the Year
Local author and GippsTAFE teacher Catherine Bateson is one of six authors shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers.

11 May 2006 (Thursday)

Council Pleased with Road Funding
Wellington Shire Council is pleased at the increase in local road funding announced as part of the Federal Budget on Tuesday.

Bus trip to National Gallery Vic to view Pissarro’s works
The Friends of Latrobe Regional Gallery are running an exciting bus trip to the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne to see the stunning exhibition ‘Pissarro: The First Impressionist-A Retrospective Exhibition’

House open days emphasise accessibility, safety and sustainability
A display home built under the ‘Our Future Our Place’ program, will be open for inspection.

Hall Presses For $17.1 Million Community Health Funds
Gippsland MP Peter Hall has made an urgent plea to the State Government for funding in this month’s Budget to redevelop the Latrobe Community Health Service facilities in Morwell.

Local born artist demonstrates her artistic development
An exhibition that explores an artistic journey will feature in the International Power Hazelwood Community Access Gallery at Latrobe Regional Gallery from Saturday 13 May 2006.

12 May 2006 (Friday)

Grantville Environment Review Committee Needs You!
Bass Coast Shire Council and the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is inviting the residents of Grantville and surrounding districts to a public meeting regarding sand extraction operations within the Bass Coast Shire.

Gippsland Councils United By Innovation
Last week, representatives from the six Gippsland Councils signed a Gippsland Innovation Statement, signalling their intention to work together to support and celebrate innovation in the region.

Government Grant News For Bass Coast & South Gippsland
Bass Coast and South Gippsland Shire Neighbourhood and Community Houses have been hosting workshops on government grant opportunities for grass roots community projects.

Labor Continues Tax-Payer Funded Self Promotion
The Labor Government continues to spend hard-earned tax-payer’s money on self-promotion instead of worthwhile projects, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

With round 4 just hours away, the College Junior Football Club teams will run onto the grounds as proud as punch - securing a number of sponsors, whom they THANK very much.

Grantville Transaction Centre Open Day
The Technology Centre at the Grantville Transaction Centre is now open for business and the community is invited to attend a ‘come and try’ session on Wednesday, 24 May 2006.

Minor Works Exempted From Planning Permits
Minister for Planning, Mr Rob Hulls, has announced that a wide range of minor works around the home and office, such as installing hot water heaters and building pergolas, will be exempted from requiring planning permits.

14 May 2006 (Sunday)

When Complicity Becomes An Affront :: (Howard S. Emanuel)
Article relating to this countries Union Movement....

16 May 2006 (Tuesday)

Public feedback sought on City’s draft budget and plan
Latrobe City Council voted to release its draft budget for consultation at its meeting on Monday night.

Weekly Bulletin
Weekly Bulletin, Monday, May 15, 2006

The Future for East Gippsland Youth
Why do young people leave East Gippsland for the city? Do they return to their rural roots? What would influence young people in country Victoria to remain in or return to their rural community?

Wellington Muso’s Network Event
"Wellington Muso’s Network" will host their first event in Maffra this week.

Airport gets 100% tick of approval from CASA
The Latrobe Valley Airport received a one-hundred percent tick of approval from a recent audit conducted by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

Funding places doubt over research facility future: Ingram
Funding problems have cast doubt over the future of the SEAMEC/RMIT Marine Education Centre on Bullock Island, Lakes Entrance.

Gippsland Business Innovation Luncheon Celebrates Local Success
Patties Foods will host the second NAB Gippsland Business Innovation Luncheon in Bairnsdale on Tuesday May 16th.

Bass Coast Volunteers Praised For Their Efforts
Bass Coast volunteers have been praised for their commitment to their community.

Gippsland Innovation Festival Forum – "Total Leadership: the key to making good ideas happen"
As part of the Gippsland Innovation Festival, Leadership Management Australia hosted a business breakfast in Morwell, which explored the theme "Total Leadership: the key to making good ideas happen".

The Future for South Gippsland Youth
Why do young people leave South Gippsland for the city? Do they return to their rural roots? What would influence young people in country Victoria to remain in or return to their rural community?

Yallourn museum to host family history session
Another of the very popular family history sessions conducted by the Latrobe City library service will be held at 2pm Saturday 27 May at the Old Brown Coal Mine Museum in Yallourn North.

Microchipping Opportunity
Wellington Shire Council will be microchipping dogs in conjunction with the RSPCA Million Paws Walk this Sunday.

Bill Pushes Timber Industry Closer To Collapse
Victoria's timber industry is perilously close to collapsing and the new Sustainable Forests (Timber) (Amendment) Bill will bring that collapse one step closer, according to Gippsland MP Peter Hall.

New maternal and child health centre opens
Traralgon’s new maternal and child health centre, located in the Traralgon civic precinct opened for business today.

17 May 2006 (Wednesday)

Householders reminded to bring out their nasties
Householders have been reminded by Council that the ‘Detox Your Home’ collection takes place in Latrobe City this Saturday 20 May.

I Commute; But You Pay! :: (Howard S. Emanuel)
When I try to fathom just why it is that so many people in Australia’s major cities continue to drive their cars to work each day, I am left truly wondering....

Where Is The Draft Weekend ‘Farce Rail’ Timetable?
"Transport Minister Peter Batchelor must explain why V/Line has failed to release its draft weekend ‘Farce Rail’ timetable", Shadow Minister for Transport and Ports, Terry Mulder, said today.

East Timor Concert
East Timor is only 450 km from Darwin and has a total area about 7% of the size of Victoria.

Shire Releases Budget Proposals
East Gippsland Shire’s Budget proposals for the financial year 2006/07 provide for further debt reduction and a spending boost on infrastructure.

Curtain goes up again on Theatre Festival
Following the success of last years’ inaugural Gippsland Theatre Festival, another sensational weekend of live theatre entertainment and classes will play out at the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre from May 26th to May 28th.

18 May 2006 (Thursday)

System Fails Gippslanders – 6 Year Wait For Dentures
Victoria’s health system is failing Gippslanders who are in need of care, Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis said today.

Government Must Pay Rates On Crown Land
East Gippsland Shire’s proposed seven percent rate increase adds further weight to The Nationals’ plan to rate crown land, according to Nationals candidate for Gippsland East, Chris Nixon.

Comment Sought on Draft Budget
Wellington Shire Council has voted to put its draft budget for 2006-2007 out for public comment. The Council wants the community to examine the budget papers and provide comment or suggestions.

Cockchafers: Are They There?
Paddocks have been growing reasonably well in most areas of West and South Gippsland since regular rains started in April.

Dairy Reminders For May
Dairy Reminders For May

19 May 2006 (Friday)

Liberals Call For Referendum On Labor’S ‘Bill Of Rights’
Labor’s Charter of Rights & Responsibilities should be put to a referendum in Victoria, Shadow Attorney General, Andrew McIntosh said today.

Labor Ignores Queens Baton Souvenir Scam
The Labor Government is refusing to act on allegations that a scam has duped local Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton relay participants.

Grants for preschools and childcare welcomed
Latrobe City has welcomed $28,000 funding through state government minor capital works grants for a number of preschools and child care centres across the municipality.

Ollerton shared pathway nears completion
A new bicycle and pedestrian path skirting the Ollerton bushland reserve in Newborough is nearing completion, following recent works undertaken by Latrobe City contractors.

20 May 2006 (Saturday)

Yinnar & District Community Association News - Bus Update
YDCA has received funds for a community bus.

Yinnar & District Community Association - Seeking Members
YDCA is seeking more committee members.

Yinnar & District Community Association - Public Internet Access
Further funding has been obtained for public internet access.

Yinnar & District Community Association - Community Logo
There is a new logo coming for the Yinnar Community!

Change a Life - Sponsor a Needy Child
Your support can change the life of a child.

22 May 2006 (Monday)

Yellow squiggle code cracked as footpath work starts
Painted yellow squiggles have been appearing on footpaths across the Latrobe City

Liberals To Save Motorcyclists From Tax
Thousands of Gippslanders who ride motorcycles will receive a financial break from a Liberal Government, with the abolishment of the motorcycle safety levy.

Young people to have theatre experience
Wellington Shire Council is giving young people the opportunity to give youth theatre a try. The Council has received funding from VicHealth to undertake a 6 month Youth Theatre project.

Maisy to join pyjama party fun at the library!
Wellington Shire Council is inviting children to help celebrate Library Week by joining in a free pyjama party at each of the Shire’s libraries on Friday 26 May at 6:15pm.

Shire Reminds That Building Permits Still Required
State Government changes to Victoria's planning permit system being considered by the State Minister for Planning do not negate requirements for obtaining building permits, according to East Gippsland Shire Council.

Monash Weekly News
Weekly Bulletin, Monday, May 22, 2006

Library week celebrations start in Latrobe City
As part of the celebrations for Library Week 2006, an ‘open book buying’ session will be held at Morwell library on Wednesday 24 May.

Labor Forgets Gippsland Seniors In Transport Plan
Senior Gippslanders have been shamelessly betrayed in the State Government’s $10 billion transport pipe-dream, Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis said today.

23 May 2006 (Tuesday)

Bass Coast And Worksafe Strive For Best Practice
Representatives from WorkSafe visited Bass Coast today to make a special presentation to Council.

Minister Says No To Municipal Review
The Minister for Local Government, Candy Broad MLC has written to Bass Coast Shire Council, advising that the State Government will not be conducting a Municipal Review.

25 May 2006 (Thursday)

Community invited to embrace reconciliation
Two events to celebrate and embrace Reconciliation Week will be taking place in Latrobe City next week.

Break This Impasse :: (Howard S. Emanuel)
The recent decision taken by the Federal Environment Minister to use the Environmental Protection Bio-Diversity Conservation Act (EPBC) to veto the planning approval..... Read More

Grasslands Society To Meet In Warrnambools
The Grasslands Society of Southern Australia will hold its 47th Annual Conference at the Warrnambool Entertainment Centre on 14th and 15th June.

Country Victoria Must Be Looked After In Budget
Country Victoria missed out in the Labor Government’s transport policy released last week and is at risk of losing out in this year’s budget, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Grantville Technology Centre Launched
Bass Coast Shire Council launched a new Technology Centre at the Grantville Transaction Centre yesterday.

Politics Fails Australia's Aboriginal Peoples :: (Howard S. Emanuel)
Whilst the Northern Territory’s Chief Minister and the Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs are doing all they can to deny responsibility....

Long Lactation Surprise
Longer lactations may prove superior to the traditional 10 month lactation as performance of cows in research trials at DPI Ellinbank continues to surprise.

26 May 2006 (Friday)

FReeZA underage rage on Friday
Latrobe City’s ‘Pump It!06’ FReeZA committee is holding its first underage rage for the year at the Inferno nightclub in Kay Street Traralgon on Friday 2 June 2006. The event will run from 6pm until 10pm. Entry will be $10.

29 May 2006 (Monday)

Monash University Gippsland Weekly Bulletin
Monash University Gippsland Weekly Bulletin, Monday, May 29, 2006

Bass Coast Improving, But More Work To Be Done
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Allan Bawden, says the organisation is encouraged by the results of the Annual Community Satisfaction Survey for 2006, released by the Department of Victorian Communities this week.

Scouts and cubs clean up Traralgon Creek
A group of scouts and cubs from the West Traralgon Scout Group recently did their bit in ensuring that the Traralgon Creek is free from litter, when they carried out a clean up in the Victory Park/ Newman Park area of the creek.

31 May 2006 (Wednesday)

Labor Snubs Gippsland In State Budget
Gippsland has been snubbed in this year’s State Budget, Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis said today.

Country Victoria Starved By State Budget
The high taxing, high spending Labor Government has indulged in a pre-election spending spree that delivers very little to country Victoria.

Hypocalcaemia (Milk Fever)
Hypocalcaemia, more commonly known as milk fever, is a deficiency of calcium in the blood.

Arts Active in Wellington
Wellington Shire has a great array of arts and entertainment events happening at the moment said the Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Hole.

Residents turn up in force to get rid of nasties
Latrobe residents have diverted 15 tonnes of potentially harmful chemicals from landfill through the Detox Your Home Chemical Collection conducted by Sustainability Victoria and Latrobe City Council on Saturday 20 May.

Festival for Wurruk
The ’Celebrate Wurruk!’ festival will be held in the town on Sunday 4 June. This is the rescheduled festival after poor weather forced it to be postponed in May.

Country Roads And Bridges Miss Out In Budget
Country Victorians have been left out of the State Budget, with no funding for local country roads and bridge infrastructure.

NLIS For Sheep & Goats
NLIS (Sheep & Goats) is Australia's system for the identification and tracing of sheep and farmed goats.

Table tennis exchange visit to China a winner
Latrobe City’s sister city cultural relationship with the City of Taizhou was further strengthened by the recent successful table tennis sports exchange visit to Taizhou in Jiangsu Province, north of Shanghai.

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