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1 May 2017 (Monday)

Mother's Day Classic in just under 2 weeks
This year’s Mother’s Day Classic is just under two weeks away, join the McCarthy Family who have just registered under a great family rate.

Rail upgrades constitue an evolution for Latrobe City

Gippsland Climate News & Views April

3 May 2017 (Wednesday)

Country Victorians duped on regional rail announcement
The media stunt, which has no plan, no business case and no funding, was badged as a 'huge investment'.

4 May 2017 (Thursday)

Premier leaves Heyfield mill workers waiting
Premier Daniel Andrews and Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford were shamed in Parliament today.

Budget fails Latrobe Valley
The Latrobe Valley is being taxed more and getting less in an underwhelming Budget from Daniel Andrews’ Labor Government.

Daniel Andrews taxing regional Victoria more, but giving less
Daniel Andrews taxing regional Victoria more, but giving less

Taxes up 20% but cuts to mental health
Daniel Andrews has announced ten new taxes in two years but has effectively cut the number of residential mental health beds.

State Budget met with cautious optimism
Latrobe City Council is cautiously optimistic about the State Government’s 2017/18 Budget.

10 May 2017 (Wednesday)

Solar system on Council corporate headquarters building now connected
Savings of almost $10,000 per year are expected now that Latrobe City Council’s 30kW solar system has been connected to the electricity grid.

Taxes up 20% but Daniel Andrews cuts $32 million from agriculture
Despite slugging country Victorians for ten new taxes, Daniel Andrews has slashed Victoria’s Agriculture budget.

Floating wetlands installed at Gippsland Heavy Industrial Park
The final stage of the Heavy Industrial park wetlands is underway with the installation of floating wetlands on the site at Firmins Lane. Installation should be complete by the end of May.

Taxes up 20%, but Daniel Andrews cuts $45m from training
Victorians are now paying for ten new taxes under Daniel Andrews, but the funds won’t be used to fix the state’s broken training sector.

11 May 2017 (Thursday)

Council urges governments to meet for rail support
Latrobe City Council is urging state and federal transport ministers to urgently meet to discuss how they can work together to deliver the Gippsland rail upgrades which were promised in the State Government budget.

Dear Mr Andrews…
Today, Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, sent a letter in response to the puzzling and devastating 2017/18 State Budget Announcements. The Budget did not include the expected funding towards education improvements in Bass Coast.

Labor desperate to justify TAFE 'rescue' failure
Gayle Tierney doesn’t believe in her own ability to deliver the Government’s promised TAFE 'rescue', today refusing to rule out any further decline in student enrolments.

Appropriation (2017-2018) Bill 2017 – Budget Reply Speech, Peter Walsh
A reply speech made in State Parliament on May 9 by Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh, to the Victorian State Budget 2017-18.

Council Meeting Round-Up : 08 May 2017

Future plans for four legged friends
Council will be hosting community consultation throughout May to establish what is important for local residents regarding responsible ownership of dogs and cats.

Speaker censors women who speak out
Labor Speaker Colin Brooks decided it was too much for a woman to question the Government.

Northe questions government on support for former Hazelwood employees
Member for Morwell Russell Northe told Parliament yesterday Daniel Andrews must detail what support his Government has provided to former Hazelwood employees, contractors and service providers.

Federal Govt delivers what Andrews Labor Govt refuses to
Country Victorians will get the vital investments they need after the Federal Liberal Nationals Government delivered for the projects that Daniel Andrews refuses to fund.

Median strip upgrade to provide a safer space for rose garden volunteers
An upgrade of the median strip and traffic island at the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden will get underway mid-May. The project will improve safety for the volunteers working at the rose garden, other pedestrians and drivers.

Fulham campus fight drags on
Gippsland Nationals MPs have vowed to renew the campaign for a new campus of Federation Training in Sale, after the failure of the Andrews Labor Government to provide funding in last week’s state budget.

15 May 2017 (Monday)

No report from Gippsland’s Federation Training
Daniel Andrews has abandoned Gippsland’s Federation Training at a time when a strong and stable training system has never been more important to the Latrobe Valley.

Northe calls on Government to provide jobs for Latrobe Valley community
Member for Morwell Russell Northe today joined with Shadow Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Neale Burgess to call on the Andrews Labor Government to provide real jobs for people in the Latrobe Valley.

Play and stay up late
Come and Play – All of May is an arts and culture celebration happening right now across Gippsland. The month long festival hosts a range of activities from Mallacoota to Phillip Island.

Council calls on ENGIE to help with costs of fish disposal at pondage
Latrobe City Council has sought a meeting with ENGIE to discuss the removal and disposal of dead fish from the Hazelwood Pondage, as the temperature of the water continues to fall.

Labor’s missing coal policy
Promised coal policy by Labor on 2016, not delivered.

Wreck Creek opened
The mouth of Wreck Creek was artificially opened this week to prevent flooding of nearby properties.

Mayor's message
There are numerous art experiences and workshops happening across the six shires of Gippsland this month as part of Creative Gippsland’s Come and Play – All of May, which is in its 8 th year.

History Made - Future Paved
First Women's AFL match in Bass Coast was held at Dalyston Recreation Reserve: The Bass Coast Breakers vs Gippsland Maroons.

16 May 2017 (Tuesday)

Media statement: Hundreds of dead fish at Hazelwood Pondage
Seeing hundreds of dead fish in the cooling Hazelwood Pondage after the closure of Hazelwood

Mayor's Message - 5 May 2017
State Government released its budget last week.

18 May 2017 (Thursday)

Take our six steps to business success
Latrobe City Council, with the support of Small Business Victoria, is running its Six Steps to Success for your Small Business program again.

18th Walk Safely to School Day
Friday 19 May is the 18th National Walk Safely to School Day.

Liberal Nationals commit to securing jobs in the Valley
An elected Liberal Nationals government would be committed to keeping jobs in the Latrobe Valley.

Students less likely to find a job under Daniel Andrews
Just half of students enrolled in vocational education and training in Victoria are more likely to get a job as a result of their training.

Council’s ongoing commitment to advocate for community
Latrobe City Council mayor Kellie O’Callaghan said today’s announcement by Carter Holt Harvey that it was consulting with staff on the possible closure of its Morwell sawmill has landed as devastating news to the community.

Statement on Carter Holt Harvey
Daniel Andrews must act urgently to reverse the Latrobe Valley’s jobs crisis.

19 May 2017 (Friday)

Help us help you
Bass Coast Shire Council is committed to shaping a better Bass Coast. This involves continuing to improve the Customer Service experience.

Mayor's message - 18 May 2017
A Mayoral Fundraiser called Winter Vibes will take place at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre on Friday, 16 June 2017.

Labor refuses to release Fed Training details
Training and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney refused to provide basic information about Federation Training during a budget estimates hearing yesterday.

22 May 2017 (Monday)

Three bins are coming!
Bass Coast Shire Council is introducing a 3-bin kerbside collection service in September this year and it’s time to get excited and learn a bit more about your new waste system.

Liberal-Nationals commit to better trauma support in Traralgon​
Victims of crime and trauma in the Latrobe Valley would have faster access to support under a Liberal Nationals plan for a Victims Support Rapid Response Service.

Draft Plan for Wonthaggi Rec Reserve
Following lengthily consideration and consultation, the draft Master Plan for the Wonthaggi Recreation reserve is complete and open for feedback.

Bass Coast Business Awards are back again
Bass Coast businesses are invited to highlight their strengths and recognise the work of their staff by entering the 2017 Bass Coast Business Awards.

Bike Ed – Keeping kids safe and active
By the end of this year, all schools in Bass Coast Shire with year 4-6 students will have run a recent Bike Ed program.

23 May 2017 (Tuesday)

Diverse program for this year's Latrobe City Literary Festival
Following last year’s sell-out success, the second annual Latrobe City Literary Festival is taking place from 23 to 28 May this year across the Traralgon and Moe Libraries.

25 May 2017 (Thursday)

Labor leading fox control off track
Jaala Pulford’s lack of interest in the wild dog control program looks to have extended to the resoundingly successful Fox Bounty.

Northe speaks in Parliament about Latrobe Valley’s jobs crisis
Member for Morwell Russell Northe today spoke in Parliament about the Victorian Governments absolute neglect of local jobs in Latrobe Valley and its refusal to save existing jobs in the region.

Odds on new tax will have no benefit to racing
Racing Minister Martin Pakula has refused to guarantee the Andrews Labor Government’s new online gambling tax will provide any benefit to the racing industry, despite wagering on Victoria’s three racing codes being the major contributor.

29 May 2017 (Monday)

Sewage system upgrade for the popular Main Beach at Lakes Entrance
Monday 5 June will see work start on a major upgrade to a sewage pumping station at Lakes Entrance - on the Main Beach side of the footbridge.

Good work this year Hoodies
The Hooded Plover breeding season has once again come to an end and the results are worth celebrating with improvements on previous years!

Nationals MPs discuss impact of Carter Holt Harvey closure on local businesses
Member for Morwell Russell Northe and Leader of the Nationals Peter Walsh met with Andrew Graham of Traralgon Timber and Hardware today to discuss the downstream impacts that the closure of Carter Holt Harvey will have on local businesses.

Mayoral Fundraiser Concert
Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, is hosting a fundraising concert, Winter Vibes, on Friday, 18 June at 7.00pm at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre.

Heritage Register decision still in process
Latrobe City Council will continue to advocate to ensure the Morwell Power Station and Briquette Factories do not become a burden on the community, whatever the outcome from the Heritage Victoria recommendations.

Mayor’s Message 24 May 2017
This week is National Reconciliation Week and I would like to begin by acknowledging our indigenous people and history. We each have a part to play in the journey towards reconciliation.

31 May 2017 (Wednesday)

Mayoral fundraiser concert
Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, is hosting a fundraising concert, Winter Vibes, on Friday, 16 June at 7.00pm at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre.

Fast Facts - Fox and Wild Dog Bounty collection numbers
The number of fox scalps and wild dog skins collected dropped significantly after Labor axed the Wild Dog Bounty and sacked the Wild Dog Advisory Committee in June 2015, without reason.

Breakers on Top
Bass Coast Breakers claimed their fourth win out of four games on Sunday, placing them on top of the 2017 MRC SEWF South East Development ladder. They defeated Mornington Bulldogs in Mornington on Sunday with a 54 point win.

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