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1 Nov 2004 (Monday)

Weekly Bulletin

Council to explore best options for accommodation in Port Albert
Wellington Shire Council has resolved to lease the Port Albert Caravan Park for a further two years while it explores opportunities to redevelop the area and investigates potential sites for its relocation.

2 Nov 2004 (Tuesday)

Peter Hall Urges Young People To Showcase Talent
The Nationals spokesman for Education, Peter Hall has challenged young people in Gippsland to organise an event to celebrate Youth Week in 2005.

The Great Wopit Event

3 Nov 2004 (Wednesday)

Shire pool season to open with a splash!
Wellington Shire Council is pleased to announce that its summer pool season is about to begin with a series of free pool parties across the shire for the whole family to enjoy.

Wellington teams up with Ghana for Commonwealth Games
Wellington Shire Council is delighted to be matched with Ghana in west Africa for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Regional Safety Website Launched In Gippsland
Gippsland businesses can now benefit from a web-based regional safety resource with the launch of

Industry Seminar - Want to know more about a vibant new rural industry?
Flavorite is a hydroponic tomato grower in Warragul, West Gippsland. Their business utilises technology with home-grown ingenuity to create premium tomatoes that are sold in supermarkets all over Australia.

Re-inventing the Private Car - Changing Personal Mobility in the 21st Century
Australia’s first seminar dedicated to exploring alternatives to private car ownership that fit our changing lifestyles and create sustainable cities.

Potassium In The Spring Watch Out Next Autumn!
Be careful with potassium (K) fertiliser this spring says Alex Goudy, Dairy Officer at DPI Warrnambool.

Wellington Walk to Work Week
Wellington Shire Council is inviting the community to get involved with Walk to Work Week from 5 to 12 November.

4 Nov 2004 (Thursday)

Neighbourhood Watch October 2004 Newsletter Area LTB1 Bridle Estate (NHW89)
Smoke Detectors, Area Crime, Party Safe, Towing a Van Or Trailer, Reducing Car Theft, Crime Report.

5 Nov 2004 (Friday)

Unlocking the future for Loch
Consultants ‘Planning by Design’ have been appointed by Council to facilitate the development over the next four months of an Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the township of Loch.

Touring exhibition makes its ‘presence’ felt at Gallery
Currently showing at Latrobe Regional Gallery is ‘presence’, an exhibition of works on paper exploring the intuitive experience of presence and ensuing absence by Queensland artists Elizabeth Lamont and Sandra Ross.

Hazcon Safety Chat Newsletter - Issue 2 June 2004
The latest Hazcon Newsletter details all that has been happening within the company in relation to health and safety during the past few months.

Gippsland Regional Public Land Fire Conference
"Strong partnerships are vital to managing fire on public land."

Count A Koala 2004
Have you ever wondered how many koalas there are in South Gippsland?

Eltoro's Mexican Restaurant
People in Warragul are talking Mexican.

Colourful display of local works at Gallery
A colourful exhibition of recent works by local artist Kerrie Warren is now showing at the International Power Hazelwood Community Access Gallery at the Latrobe Regional Gallery.

New local websites ‘live’
Two new websites developed by Council’s Recreation and Community Strengthening Unit went ‘live’a fortnight ago, with one site dedicated to youth issues and the other to arts and recreation and community building.

National Director to speak on Business
Partnerships formed through the Latrobe Business Art Forum will be officially recognised at a special function this Thursday evening at the Latrobe Regional Gallery.

Mayor’s Message

Last Minute Dash Can Be A Deadly Option
Every decision you make during a fire is critical. Leaving late, staying with an unprepared property or returning home at the wrong time can all have serious, life threatening consequences.

Don’t want wind towers? Tell the Minister!
Council Officers are receiving an overload of enquiries about the proposed Dollar Wind Energy facility.

8 Nov 2004 (Monday)

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Could This Be Footrot?
Lush spring pastures (where we have them) and warm moist weather, are the right ingredients for footrot to show up and to spread. From now on farmers will be thinking "Could this be footrot?" whenever they spot a lame sheep.

It’s time for "glass jaw Pete" to answer the question: Ingram
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the state leader of the Victorian National Party, Peter Ryan, to answer clearly either "yes" or "no" if he supports the removal of the Scoresby tolls.

The spirit of Christmas captured
The finalists in Council’s 2004 Christmas card competition were announced by the Mayor Cr Heather Bligh at the Leongatha Library on Friday.

Restrictions On Recreational Abalone Fishing Unfair: Hall
New restrictions on recreational fishers will not solve the State Government’s problems with illegal abalone poaching, according to Gippsland MP Peter Hall.

9 Nov 2004 (Tuesday)

Cans for Fines to help Christmas charities
In the lead up to Christmas, the Latrobe City Library Service is waiving overdue library fines in return for donations of canned food. The cans will be distributed to a local charity in time for Christmas.

Cans for Fines to help Christmas charities
In the lead up to Christmas, the Latrobe City Library Service is waiving overdue library fines in return for donations of canned food. The cans will be distributed to a local charity in time for Christmas.

10 Nov 2004 (Wednesday)

Labor Votes Against Saving Rural Uni Campuses
The Bracks Labor Government today rejected pleas from the Liberal and National parties to urgently intervene to save agricultural education in country Victoria.

Labor Tangles Farmers In Another Layer Of Red Tape
The Bracks Government will deal Victorian farmers another blow with its plan to introduce restrictions to limit the use of central pivot spray irrigation systems.

Churchill Pool repairs on target for completion
Churchill and Monash Leisure Centre staff are gearing up for a busy summer with the repairs to the Churchill Pool currently on target for completion by the end of December.

Latrobe residents embrace recycling
Three months after the introduction of a three-bin recycling and waste collection service, most Latrobe City residents have successfully adapted to the new initiative, according to Acting Manager Waste Services, Nick Francolino.

Green Corps project nears completion

Labor Forces State’S Seafood Profits Interstate
New South Wales is cashing in on the Victorian Labor Government’s inability to manage its seafood industry, Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis said today.

Victorians Call For Bracks To Stop Taxing Pensioners And Low Income Families
Almost 11,000 Victorians have signed petitions urging the Bracks Government to remove the $78.50 increase charge on motor vehicle registrations for pensioners and low-income families.

Labor Fails To Support Water-Saving Irrigation Methods
The city-centric Bracks Government has embarrassed itself again with its lack of knowledge on issues affecting country Victorians, in light of new planning provisions restricting spray irrigation systems.

11 Nov 2004 (Thursday)

Rubbish Dumped In State Forests Damages Environment
Rubbish dumping in state forests is becoming a serious and damaging threat to our local environment.

Free trade agreement is threat to water market: Ingram
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has condemned the provisions in the US / Australian free trade agreement, which he says will undermine the state’s sovereignty and ability to continue to regulate the water industry.

Latrobe City reminds war veterans of parking concessions
Latrobe City Council has reminded local war veterans holding a Gold Card that they are now able to apply for a permit to park for twice the displayed limit in Council controlled parking areas.

Free Hearing Screenings in Stratford
Can't hear the telephone? TV up too loud? Free hearing tests for adults are being held in Stratford during December 2004.

Glendonald preschoolers talk to the animals

Final Fire Operations Plan Released
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) has released the final Fire Operations Plan for the region.

12 Nov 2004 (Friday)

Latrobe proud to host Bike Ed Challenge State Final

Libs To Restore Pensioner Concessions
A Liberal Government will restore the motor vehicle rebate for concession card holders – reversing the Bracks Government’s decision last May.

"SportIndex 04"
Danny Eddy, a guitarist and vocalist with a wealth of experience, is performing at the Latrobe Regional Gallery on Friday 3 December, from 6pm to 7.30pm, as the last act in this year’s Box Office Events season.

Country Communities Fight To Keep Ag Education
Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis has congratulated the Gippsland community on its fight to keep agricultural education in Warragul and Leongatha.

Mayor’s Message
There is much debate in the media at the moment about wind energy and criticism has been levelled at Council for supporting minority groups in their endeavours to stop wind facilities when the majority of the community is in favour of them.

Tales of triumph inspire Latrobe City’s young leaders
Ten young leaders from Latrobe City learnt about the power of self-belief and teamwork at this year’s National Young Leaders Day conference held in Melbourne recently.

Maffra teens to benefit from book room

15 Nov 2004 (Monday)

Planning A Joke In Victoria: Hall
Wind farm developments, rural planning zones and toxic waste sites are just some examples of why Victoria’s planning system is "a joke and a farce", according to Nationals MP Peter Hall.

Davis Calls For South Gippsland Sewerage Plan
The Bracks Labor Government has applied an "inadequate" program for connecting country towns to reticulated sewerage, Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis said today.

Pensioner Concessions Should Be Retained: Nats
The Nationals are pushing hard for the State Government to retain pensioner concessions for car registrations.The Nationals are pushing hard for the State Government to retain pensioner concessions for car registrations.

Sale Outdoor Pool opens with a splash!
Wellington Shire Council’s extensively revamped Sale Outdoor Pool was opened with a splash on the weekend with a pool party to kick-start the summer pool season.

16 Nov 2004 (Tuesday)

Australian Sustainable Industry Research Centre
ASIRC has just released it's second newsletter for 2004.

Davis Calls For Wellington Sewerage Support
Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis has called on the Bracks Labor Government to support the reticulation of sewerage in Wellington shire.

Minister must address public housing issues: Ingram
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the Minister for Housing, Candy Broad, and the Department of Human Services to get serious with disruptive, abusive, violent and home-wrecking public housing tenants and their visitors.

Loch Sport youth be heard!
Loch Sport youth can have their say on entertainment opportunities, activities, issues and services in their area when Wellington Shire Council holds a public meeting on Wednesday November 24 at the Loch Sport Community Hall from 7.00pm.

Women Who Mean Business ~ Spring 2004 Newsletter
Here's the link to the Spring Edition of the Women Who Mean Business Newsletter

Neighbourhood Watch Area LTB25
Next meeting ~ 7:30pm Tuesday 16th November (Cameron Street Community Centre, Traralgon)

17 Nov 2004 (Wednesday)

Free Green Waste Disposal Days
Residents of the East Gippsland Shire are reminded that Council will hold free green waste disposal days this weekend.

Federal Drought Support Great News For Farmers

Joining Check
DPI Sheep and Wool Officer at Horsham, Gary Hallam, says that most sheep breeders will have by now classed the ewes and purchased rams for the upcoming joining season. However this is just the beginning in completing a successful reproductive cycle.

Coastal Urban Design Framework Strategy
Wellington Shire Council is set to commence its Coastal Urban Design Framework strategy which will provide a coordinated planning and design guidance for coastal settlements throughout the shire.

Funds For War Memorial Repairs Announced
Ex-service associations and local communities in the Gippsland electorate are being urged to apply for funding to restore war memorials and honour rolls.

18 Nov 2004 (Thursday)

Council Recruiting Planners
East Gippsland Shire Council has begun recruiting more planners to handle the growth in the number of development applications across the region.

Triathlon Series Kicks Off Soon
Triathletes are again gearing up for the Riviera Triathlon Club’s East Gippsland Super Summer Series.

19 Nov 2004 (Friday)

Media Statement
I have had discussions with the Minister for Health Bronwyn Pike in respect to the appointment of an administrator to the Central Gippsland Health Service.

Latrobe’s Business Arts partnerships celebrated

New Wind Farm Subsidy Would Be Open To Corruption
The Bracks Government’s plans to create a cross-subsidy from consumers for wind farm connections to the power grid will leave the energy industry open to potential corruption, according to Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis.

Council calls for interest from groups on Glenview Park
Expressions of interest are being sought from community groups, sporting clubs or private organisations interested in utilising some or all of the in-field area and other facilities at Glenview Park Racecourse in Traralgon.

Submissions on Local Law 1 and Code of Conduct close Friday
Latrobe City Council has reminded those wishing to comment on its review of ‘Local Law Number 1 - Process of Municipal Government (Meeting and Common Seal)’ and the adoption of a ‘Code of Conduct’, that submissions close on Friday 26 November 2004.

22 Nov 2004 (Monday)

Take advantage of technology!
With the rapid integration of technology into our lives, more South Gippslanders are taking advantage of the convenience of communicating electronically with Council.

Council calls for community support for mobile phone recycling
Wellington Shire Council is calling all upon residents to donate their old mobile phones to leading environmental organisation, Clean Up Australia, for recycling as part of its new Clean Up Mobile Phones campaign.

Mayor’s Message
This is my last mayoral message to you, with a new Mayor to be elected by Councillors on Tuesday 30 November.

Green waste charges waived this weekend for fire clean-up

Schools Join in Drains Campaign
School groups* from across the shire have been actively supporting Council’s Stormwater Education Campaign by painting images of platypus, fish and frogs on stormwater drain lids.

Dairy Reminders For November

23 Nov 2004 (Tuesday)

Paris and Rome highlighted at Gallery
The Latrobe Regional Gallery is currently exhibiting Other Cities, an exhibition of paintings by Melbourne artist Alex Zubryn, which showcases a selection of works depicting Paris and Rome.

Latrobe’s ‘safe community’ attracts widespread attention
Latrobe’s reputation as a safe community has spread both nationally and internationally, with a range of guests visiting the region to gain a better understanding of community safety.

Rates payment reminder

24 Nov 2004 (Wednesday)

Nominations invited for Australia Day 2005 Awards
Wellington Shire Council is inviting nominations for the next annual Australia Day Awards, to be presented on 26 January 2005.

Pilot program offers pathway to promotion, higher education
The Gippsland Education Precinct is piloting a new course in 2005 which will allow people without an entry level qualification, such as the VCE, to make the transition to tertiary education.

Gippstafe Voice Technology A First For Victoria
GippsTAFE has become the first training provider in the State to use revolutionary on-line technology to deliver what is the ultimate, to date, in flexible education.

National crime and violence prevention award won
Latrobe City has won a national award for its work carried out with the Churchill community to improve the facilities and amenity of Glendonald Park.

Latrobe City congratulates Gippsland Aeronautics
Latrobe City Mayor, Cr Darrell White today congratulated local aircraft manufacturer Gippsland Aeronautics for becoming a finalist for the prestigious Australian Export Awards.

Tafe Art Exhibition A Success
GippsTAFE’s annual Student Arts Exhibition has again proved a success, with some students even picking up commissions for future work from impressed visitors.

The Victorian Bushfire Information Line - A Joint Cfa/Dse Initiative
With summer approaching, there’s one phone number all Victorians should know: 1800 240 667, the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL).

25 Nov 2004 (Thursday)

Public meeting to consider road link in Churchill
A consultants report and design concept options for a new road link in Churchill will be presented at a public meeting to be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 2 December 2004 at the Churchill Community Hall.

Road Management Plan available for viewing
Latrobe City Council’s Road Management Plan is now available for viewing at Council’s Service Centres or via Council’s website.

Great Victorian Bike Ride wins major tourism award
Last year’s Great Victorian Bike Ride through Gippsland won gold at the 2004 Victorian Tourism Awards on Monday.

Public Meetings Will Discuss Council'S Palmers Rd Building
East Gippsland Shire Council will conduct two public meetings next week to discuss options for the possible future use and development of the Council’s land and buildings in Palmers Road, Lakes Entrance.

Gippsland State Schools Rotting: No Money For Maintenance
Documents obtained under Freedom of Information show Gippsland schools are millions of dollars behind in their maintenance and are being run into the ground by the Bracks Government.

Promoting accessible public and community transport in Gippsland
South Gippsland Shire Council will be promoting accessible public and community transport with a range of accessible vehicles on display at its International Day of People with a DisAbility celebrations on Friday 3 December.

Gippslanders to travel together on international day

Wellington’s latest Australian citizens to be sworn in by Minister for Citizenship
The latest Wellington residents to take Australian citizenship will be sworn in by local Federal MP and recently appointed Minister for Citizenship & Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Peter McGauran, on Friday 26 November.

Residents to benefit from ‘talking newspapers’

29 Nov 2004 (Monday)

Slide To Be Named On Sunday
Bairnsdale’s newest attraction for kids, the Giant Slide in Howitt Park on the east side of the Mitchell River, will be officially opened and named this Sunday at 11.00 am.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Gelantipy And Buchan Residents Get The Chance To Chat
The chance to chat with Councillors and senior staff of the East Gippsland Shire Council will be offered to Buchan, Gelantipy and other nearby residents next Saturday, 4 December.

Ingram takes ammonium nitrate concerns to the Prime Minister

Kara Describes Slide As ‘Wormtastic"
Lucknow Primary School student Kara Henry, 9, from Bairnsdale has won the East Gippsland Shire Council’s "Name the Slide Contest."

30 Nov 2004 (Tuesday)

Pet registration changes

Labor Buries Its Head In The Sand While Farmers Lose Stock
Victorian farmers are bracing themselves for more livestock thefts over coming months, while the Bracks Government does nothing to prevent it, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said today.

What’s Happening With Nlis In 2005?

Latrobe Christmas Carol Locations
Bring the family and sing along to your favourite Christmas Carols

Public input sought on groundbreaking Population Analysis
Wellington Shire Council is inviting all residents to a public consultation meeting on its groundbreaking Population Analysis - to be held on Tuesday 7 December 2004 from 7.30pm in the Wellington Room at the Port of Sale Civic Centre.

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