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3 Nov 2003 (Monday)

Native insects cause tree defoliation in East Gippsland
A large area of State forest west of Orbost and around the Bonang Highway north of Orbost have been damaged by native insects.

Munro Community Meeting – 11 November
Munro residents are being invited to have their say on Council services and issues affecting them when Councillors and senior officers from Wellington Shire Council host their next community meeting in the area on Tuesday 11 November.

Major program of women’s conferences kicks-off in Wellington
Wellington Shire Council is Coordinating the first in a major series of women’s conferences being held around Australia and themed ‘Women on the Move’.

New Diploma launched at Gala Night!
GippsTAFE’s Access Department recently hosted a Gala Night for the general public at GippsTAFE’s Morwell Campus.

Ingram: hospital upgrade must be a priority
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, says urgent works promised for upgrading the accident and emergency section of the Bairnsdale Hospital must be given priority by the State Government.

4 Nov 2003 (Tuesday)

Appointment of Regional Fire Prevention Coordinators
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) recently appointed five Regional Fire Prevention Coordinators across the state in response to the outcomes of the Victorian Bushfire Inquiry.

New Procedures To Improve Safety At Underage Rages
A new $1.4 million State Government campaign that highlights the social consequences of teenage binge drinking will be reinforced by Latrobe City Council, Kay Street Entertainment Complex and the police.

Good Governance Project Continues
The first stages of the Good Governance Project have nearly been completed and have consisted of an independent expert review of Council’s decision making processes.

Tales Of Adventure At The Library
Wellington Shire Council’s Library Service will be playing host to distinguished adventure writers Alan Attwood and Tim Cope later this month, as they tour local venues presenting free talks about their books, travels and their lives as authors.

Free Herbicide For New Property Owners
Latrobe Valley property owners who purchased their property within the last five years and have a weed problem are entitled to a free 200g satchel of the herbicide Brush-off, while funds last.

A Volleyball First For Latrobe
Latrobe Valley Volleyball is hosting the first ever National Australian Volleyball League match in Latrobe City, on Saturday 8 November at the Moe Newborough Sports Centre.

5 Nov 2003 (Wednesday)

Nominations Invited For Australia Day Awards
Wellington Shire Council is inviting nominations for the next annual Australia Day Awards, to be presented on 26 January 2004.

Be Ready For Harvest This Year!
"How would you like to cut hundreds (possibly thousands) of dollars off your harvest bill this season?"

6 Nov 2003 (Thursday)

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter November 2003, Area LTB1 Bridle Estate (NHW78)
Henk Harberts Guest Speaker, PartySafe Program, Trick ATMs, Email Scam, Police Crime Report.

Gippsland Regional Fire Conference Held In Lakes Entrance
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) held its annual Regional Fire Conference in Lakes Entrance on Wednesday November 5.

7 Nov 2003 (Friday)

East Gippsland Creative Gippsland Workshop Cultural Tourism ....What is it? ....What is it to You?
The one day workshop presented by Maggie Maguire is co hosted by East Gippsland Shire and Arts Network East Gippsland as part of the ongoing implamentation of the Creative Gippsland Strategy for Cultural Tourism.

Emergency callouts keep Outdoor Maintenance Unit busy
Data collected from Latrobe City’s Outdoor Maintenance Unit over the past three months has shown a significantly large number of emergency callouts to deal with fallen trees and branches over an unusually windy period.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, November 10, 2003
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Latrobe Valley Drugs Reference Group praised
A Victorian Government discussion paper has hailed the Latrobe Valley Drugs Reference Group’s work as an excellent example of community strategies being adapted successfully to the needs of the local community.

10 Nov 2003 (Monday)

Ingram Supports Changes To Road Safety Act
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the Victorian Government to address way in which traffic camera fines are issued to drivers.

Ingram Calls For Finalisation Of Snowy JGE
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, today called on the Victorian and Federal governments to finalise the establishment of the Snowy Joint Government Enterprise (JGE).

11 Nov 2003 (Tuesday)

Gippsland Fuel Reduction Burns Successful Despite Damp Weather
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), with the assistance of the CFA have conducted a number of successful fuel reduction burns in the region, despite inclement weather conditions for the start of spring.

12 Nov 2003 (Wednesday)

Rolls Royce Of Pedal Cars A Local Achievement
A couple of years ago, Bruce Spunner’s grandson wanted a pedal car but Bruce could not find one that was as good as the Cyclops models that Bruce remembered with a touch of nostalgia.

Council Seeking Urgent Undertaking On Toxic Dumping
Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Graeme Middlemiss, said Council was seeking urgent clarification from the Victorian State Government over reports that the Latrobe Valley has been again shortlisted as the site for Victoria’s toxic waste dump.

Two Tonnes Of Rubbish Collected In Six Months
A stormwater pollution trap in Churchill has trapped over two tonnes of rubbish since it was installed in April this year.

Managing Rain Affected Hay
"There is never a guarantee of a rain free hay harvest", says Frank Mickan, Pasture and Fodder Conservation Specialist, DPI, Ellinbank. If your bales are caught in the rain, the following scenarios may be of assistance.

Latrobe Based Business Wins Victorian Tourism Award
The Latrobe Valley’s increasing role in the tourism marketplace was once again highlighted on Tuesday, at the 2003 Victorian Tourism Awards held at The Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne.

Wellington Delighted With Government’S Reassurance Over Dutson Downs
Wellington Shire Council is delighted with the State Government’s confirmation that Dutson Downs will not become a long-term storage facility for hazardous waste.

13 Nov 2003 (Thursday)

Soulfood Writing Workshop At GippsTAFE
GippsTAFE’s Community Access centre will soon be running a writing workshop called ‘Soulfood’, which will take place in December.

Ingram Calls For School Workcover Concerns To Be Addressed
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has raised concerns with the Education Services Minister, Jacinta Allen, concerning a Workcover impost on Victoria’s schools.

Boat Licensing Tests at GippsTAFE!
For the first time ever GippsTAFE’s Leongatha Campus is offering VicRoads accredited Boat Licensing Tests.

17 Nov 2003 (Monday)

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, N0Vember 17, 2003
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Wellington welcomes $370,000 funding for urban improvement schemes
Wellington Shire Council has won $170,000 in Pride of Place grants from State Government for town improvement initiatives designed to bring significant benefits to the communities of Dargo, Rosedale and Sale.

18 Nov 2003 (Tuesday)

Local producers ‘farmed out’ at market
Wellington Shire’s first Farmers’ Market registered a huge success at the weekend with over 2,000 eager locals passing through the gates at the Greenwattle Racecourse in Sale, to purchase Wellington’s finest fresh food and wine.

Ingram supports legislation to ensure recreational-only fishing
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, today stated that he supports the government’s decision to legislate to ensure the removal of commercial fishing from Mallacoota and Lake Tyers.

Latrobe Valley throws weight behind new Centre
The newly established Centre for Energy and Greenhouse Technologies Pty Ltd (CEGT), which opened just three months ago, has already received funding interest for nine projects from individuals and organisations within the Latrobe Valley.

Illegally kept wildlife a risk to Australia's reptile population.
A man from Churchill and a woman from Yinnar in Gippsland were found guilty in Moe Magistrates Court today of illegally "keeping wildlife at an address other than that specified on their wildlife licence" and other related offences

19 Nov 2003 (Wednesday)

Wet Hay! Mould Or Fire?
"Watch hay carefully that may end up in the shed too wet this year" says Frank Mickan, Pasture and Fodder Conservation Specialist, DPI, Ellinbank.

20 Nov 2003 (Thursday)

Redevelopment plans for Lex Glover Swimming Complex move forward apace
Wellington Shire Council last night approved concept plans for a much needed $6 million revamp of the ageing Lex Glover Regional Swimming Complex, and is now applying to State Government for funding support under its Better Pools Program.

Latrobe City millinery business races ahead
A hectic pace during the Spring Racing Carnival for horses, jockeys and trainers is to be expected

Yinnar South Primary School joins LatrobeFirst campaign
Yinnar South Primary School became the latest group to join the LatrobeFirst campaign on Tuesday, when they ran a special school assembly celebrating the great things the Latrobe Valley has to offer.

More fires in Gippsland after lightning strikes
A number of small fires have started in Gippsland overnight after lightning strikes passed across the region.

Young library users welcome gift from Friends
Young library users welcomed the gift of teenage audio tapes and CDs made by the Friends of Latrobe City Libraries at the Moe Library last week.

Municipal Fire Prevention Officer warns of dangerous season
Latrobe City’s Municipal Fire Prevention Officer, Lance King, has warned residents that the municipality could be facing another extremely dangerous fire season, and that permits to burn are required for any burning off.

21 Nov 2003 (Friday)

More fires in Gippsland after lightning strikes
Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) fire crews are now working on another four fires in the region. These fires are all currently small, at between 0.1 and two hectares.

24 Nov 2003 (Monday)

Council backs new Companion Card
Wellington Shire Council is offering free entry into its sporting and entertainment venues to carers of those with a disability as part of the new Companion Card program that was launched recently in Victoria

Media Alert
The GippsTAFE Koorie Department presents an exhibition of student works with all media invited to attend the opening on 25 November. "Dala bit ot Werna" A little bit of us

State of the art mapping technology assists in the firefighting effort
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) uses many different tools in the preparation for and the suppression of wildfires.

Special wheelchairs at Seaspray transform access to beach
Thanks to a community partnering initiative involving Wellington Shire Council, specially designed wheelchairs enabling easy access to the beach for those with disabilities are being introduced at Seaspray from Saturday 29 November.

Southern Ark – protecting the splendour of East Gippsland
The member for Morwell, Brendan Jenkins, today launched an ambitious new project designed to protect the native fauna of East Gippsland from foxes.

Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail Opens Today
The new 25 km Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail which will take cyclists and walkers from the East Gippsland Rail Trail to Lakes Entrance via the Colquhoun State Forest, is being opened today.

Notice of General Meeting of the Gippsland Research Co-ordination Group
You are invited to attend a general meeting to decide the future structure and direction of the Gippsland Research Co-ordination Group.

25 Nov 2003 (Tuesday)

Mosquitos netted in control program
Wellington Shire Council has kicked off its annual mosquito control program which will see Mosquito Monitors patrolling the Shire between now and April to identify and eradicate disease-carrying mosquitos by targeting potential trouble-spots.

Sailability boost for Wellington
Wellington Shire Council has been pleased to help local organisation Sailability revolutionise its operations by funding the construction of a custom-built jetty on Lake Guthridge - greatly improving sailboat access for those with a disability.

26 Nov 2003 (Wednesday)

Flood management study starts for second stage of Port of Sale redevelopment
Wellington Shire Council has appointed engineering specialists SMEC Victoria to carry out a flood management study covering the proposed second stage of the multi-million-dollar Port of Sale redevelopment.

Libraries trade food donations for overdue fines
The Latrobe City’s Library Service is waiving overdue library fines in return for donations of canned food which will be distributed to Christmas food banks.

Keeping Milk Protein Levels
Milk protein content can be maintained by ensuring dairy cows consume a diet that meets their energy requirements

Record year for Great Victorian Bike Ride in Wellington
Thanks to a concerted promotional campaign by Wellington Shire, Latrobe City and East Gippsland Shire Councils, and an improved route, 3,500 cyclists are preparing to take to the saddle for the area’s stages of this year’s Great Victorian Bike Ride.

Do your bit to prevent fires
Wellington Shire Council is anxious to ensure the Shire’s towns are kept as safe as possible from fires this year as it calls on owners of vacant land in townships to help minimise the fire risk in their community.

Still time to nominate for Australia Day Awards
There is still time to nominate for the next annual Australia Day Awards, to be presented on 26 January 2004.

Critters to prowl Gallery corridors
A new exhibition aimed primarily at children opened at the Latrobe Regional Gallery on Saturday 22 November 2003.

28 Nov 2003 (Friday)

Ingram supports fairer grants commission funding
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called for bipartisan support to implement recommendations by a Federal Parliamentary Committee to ensure country areas get their fair share of grants commission funds.

7 December official opening for award winning play area
Sunday 7 December will see the official opening of Wellington Shire Council’s award winning environmental play area at the corner of Lake Guthridge and Lake Guyatt in Sale – with the honour falling to its main sponsor, the Leslie family.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, December 1, 2003
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Register your Christmas lights display
Latrobe City has called on residents who illuminate the outside of their homes and gardens with Christmas lighting displays, to register their display with Council, so their locations can be published in the ‘Christmas Lights Itinerary’.

Disability awareness to be celebrated at Mid Valley
A variety of ‘Disability Awareness’ activities will take place at Mid Valley Shopping Centre on Thursday 4 December to celebrate this year’s International Day of People with a Disability.

Submissions invited on preferred option for precinct
Latrobe City Council is seeking public comment on its preferred option for the future use of the Traralgon civic buildings and precinct following the move of the administration centre to Morwell scheduled for March 2005.

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