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2 Nov 2005 (Wednesday)

Do Your Bit To Bust The Weed Cycle
Representatives of Bass Coast Shire Council and the Bass Coast Landcare Network took to the streets earlier this month, as part of Council’s Weedbuster Week.

School Program Makes Absence Less Fond
Gippsland MP Peter Hall is greatly encouraged by the results of a Gippsland program to improve the attendance of students at school, and is urging students and parents to get behind a celebration of the achievements so far

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter November 2005 Area LTB1 Bridle Estate (NHW100)
Danger for Small Children, Zone Leader Required, Home Safety, Police Crime Report.

Annual General Meeting For Gallery
The Annual General Meeting of the Latrobe Regional Gallery Advisory Committee will be held on Wednesday 23 November 2005 at 7pm at Latrobe Regional Gallery, 138 Commercial Road Morwell

Exhibition Focuses On Industrial Materials
Currently on display at Latrobe Regional Gallery is a fascinating exhibition of sculptures made from the everyday materials of industrial nylon and rubber rope.

Peter Hall Alerts Tennis And Cricket Clubs To Funding
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province, PETER HALL, encourages all tennis and cricket clubs in the Gippsland Electorate to apply for grants under the current funding rounds on offer.

3 Nov 2005 (Thursday)

College Junior Football Committee Elections - inaugural OPEN forum for all to attend and enjoy.
Monday, 21st November is the date set when College Junior Football players, parents, prospective players & parents will meet to discuss the up-coming 2006 Football season in an open forum, where committee member nominations will take place.

Freeranger Eggs
Freeranger Egs now has a website

13 Nov 2005 (Sunday)

Exclusive Tickets for 1st screening now avail for Harry Potter & Goblet of fire - Sale Cinemas
Sale Cinema - FIRST Screening of Harry Potter & Goblet of Fire for fundraising event

14 Nov 2005 (Monday)

Baton Celebrations Spread Far And Wide
Local communities across the Shire will be cheering on their nominated community members as they carry the baton in the Sunday 20 November Bass Coast Baton Relay.

First Wonthaggi Walking School Bus Launched
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Wonthaggi Primary School Walking School Bus™ was officially launched on Monday 7 November.

Environment Minister Ducking For Cover On Hunting
The Nationals’ Resources and Environment spokesman, Peter Hall, has challenged the State Environment Minister to show his hand on duck hunting.

Ingram Pushing For Better Facilities At Coongulla, Glenmaggie, Dargo
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, says the State Government should give urgent consideration to construct sewerage schemes at Coongulla, Glenmaggie and Dargo.

Recyclables Must Not Be Placed In Plastic Bags
While most residents in Latrobe City have been doing an excellent job of putting the right thing in the right bin, contamination of recycling and green waste in some areas still remains an ongoing problem

Young Drivers Rewarded In L120 Challenge
Learner drivers from Yinnar Football Netball Club scored a valuable victory recently, winning the Latrobe City and RoadSafe L120 Challenge by notching up over 172 hours of supervised driving time.

Respect For Schoolies
"Respect – for yourself and the rights of others" is the message being sent out by Bass Coast Shire Council and Victoria Police in the lead up to Schoolies Week

Locust Information Session
A number of confirmed locust hatchings have occurred in Northern Victoria over the past few weeks. Several hatching have been reported in the Swifts Creek area.

Churchill 40Th Anniversary Project To Be Unveiled Saturday
A series of six display panels depicting the history of Churchill will be unveiled to the public at an evening event, this Saturday 12 November starting at 7pm, in the Student Union lounge at Monash University.

Zero Waste A Total Success
The Bass Coast community participated enthusiastically in Zero Waste Week, a statewide campaign which ran from October 23 to October 30.

Council Gives Public Art The Thumbs Up
Public art will now be considered in the development of any new public facilities and areas, thanks to an Art in Public Places Strategy recently produced by Bass Coast Shire Council.

Dust Control Trials Begin
Bass Coast Shire Council is trialing a number of dust suppressant products on some of its unsealed urban roads.

Temporary Library Closure For The Big Traralgon Move
The Traralgon Library will open at its new location in the Traralgon civic precinct, in Kay Street, at 1pm on Monday 28 November; following the closure of the Breed Street branch during the week prior, to facilitate the move.

Inverloch Community House
Research is underway to try and find a suitable new location for the Inverloch Community House.

Bass Coast Baton Relay Route Revealed
Bass Coast Shire Council has revealed the route for the Bass Coast Baton Relay to be held on Sunday 20 November as part of their Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Program.

Travel Backflip A Perfect $10
With the Commonwealth Games still 128 days away, the Bracks Government has performed the perfect policy somersault in a major victory for common sense, according to The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province Peter Hall.

Council’S Asset Management On The Road To Improvement
Bass Coast Shire Council has identified seven key improvement opportunities in a comprehensive review of its Asset Management.

Labor Attempts To Buy Off Mountain Cattlemen
It is beyond belief that after the Bracks Government abolished the 170 year old tradition of alpine grazing in the high country it now wants to ‘celebrate’ the history of the mountain cattlemen.

Baton Celebrations Spread Far And Wide
Local communities across the Shire will be cheering on their nominated community members as they carry the baton in the Sunday 20 November Bass Coast Baton Relay.

Improved Boat Ramp Facilities For Cowes
Construction of the Anderson Road Boat Ramp car park is currently underway and should be completed in about four weeks.

V8 Supercars Roar Into Town
The V8 Supercars return to Phillip Island from 25 to 27 November, for what will be an exciting finish to the V8 racing calendar.

Joint Effort Continues On Lakes’ Sand Issues
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, and representatives from Gippsland Ports met with the Minister for Environment, John Thwaites, at Parliament House to discuss sand management and funding issues of the Lakes Entrance bar

Massive Fun-Event Day For Whole Community On Sunday
As a warm up to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, which are now less than six months away, the community has been invited to participate in a massive day of events taking place this Sunday 20 November across the municipality.

Care Needed With Firebreaks
As we approach summer you may be looking at cultivating strips around your farm for firebreaks.

Commemoration Snowy River March
In 2006 it will be 90 years since the Historic Men From Snowy River Recruitment March took place on 6th January 1916.

Joining Ewe Weaners
"Sheep breeders wishing to increase sheep numbers to improve production should consider the option of joining young ewes earlier than normal," says Gary Hallam, DPI (Horsham) Sheep and Wool Specialist.

Sizing And Safety Of Dairy Effluent Ponds
William Toll, Dairy Effluent Extension Officer at DPI Ellinbank, believes there is a misconception about sizing dairy effluent ponds.

Council And Pinp Bite Back
It’s mosquito breeding season again and that means Bass Coast Shire Council and the Phillip Island Nature Park (PINP) will be working closely together to reduce the number of mosquitos around Phillip Island.

Maffra Meeting to Discuss Street Trees
The future of the Johnson Street poplars in Maffra is to be the focus of a community meeting in Maffra to be held on Wednesday night, 23 November.

Local Artist’S Baton To Feature In Relay
Local artist, Ian Smith, created the baton to be used in Bass Coast Shire Council’s Bass Coast Baton Relay on Sunday 20 November.

Green Light For Port Albert Drainage Research Project
The Port Albert Drainage and Tidal Protection Project has received the green light and research into the viability of a drainage system will begin early next year.

Boardwalk Construction To Begin In February
Work on the Metung Boardwalk is expected to begin next February, according to East Gippsland Shire Council.

Bass Coast And Vicroads Working Together
Chief Executive Officer of VicRoads, Mr David Anderson, visited Wonthaggi on Wednesday 2 November for a meeting with representatives from Bass Coast Shire Council.

Australia’S Recycling Is Good, Bad And Ugly
Over the past decade, Australia’s recycling performance has been a mixture of ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’.

When To Bale Hay
The advent of the large square (rectangular) baler has seen the number of hay stack fires substantially increase in recent years, although they still occur in small square and round bales too.

Nationals Campaign For Gippsland’S Share Of Grants
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province Peter Hall says he will push for Gippsland football and netball clubs to receive a fair share of the expanded grants program announced by the State Government.

Vichealth Active Club Grants Program
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province PETER HALL is encouraging Gippsland sporting clubs to take advantage of the Active Club Grants Program.

Summer Bus Service Returns
Following the success of the service last year, the Bass Coast Summer Bus Service between Inverloch and Cowes will operate again over the summer period.

The Governor Of Victoria To Visit Bass Coast
On Wednesday 16 November, the Governor of Victoria, John Landy, A.C., M.B.E., will visit Bass Coast.

Bass Coast Baton Relay - The Route
Warming up for the Games Bass Coast Baton Relay Sunday 20 November

Cultural Arts On Display At Gallery
An exhibition by students from the GippsTAFE Koorie Department, Morwell is currently showing in the International Power Hazelwood Community Access Gallery at Latrobe Regional Gallery until Wednesday 7 December.

Vicroads To Repair Bunurong Coastal Road
VicRoads will undertake repair work and relocation of sewer mains at Bunurong Coastal Road, Inverloch over the summer period.

Input Sought On Future Of Moe’S Moore Street Shared Zone
Latrobe City Council is seeking public input on the future of the ‘shared zone’ in Moore Street, Moe.

Golden Plate Winners Shine
Winners of the third annual Bass Coast Shire Golden Plate Awards were announced at a special event in Cowes on Monday 7 November at 6pm.

Young Musicians Sought For Youth Band
The Latrobe City Youth Band is currently seeking extra musicians to enable the band to play a greater range of music. There are now between six and eight places available for experienced young musicians who live in Latrobe City.

17 Nov 2005 (Thursday)

Tougher Fire Regulations For Shared Accomodation
East Gippsland Shire Council has advised that recent changes to building regulations require more stringent fire safety precautions for shared accommodation buildings in Victoria.

Provincial Statement Reveals No Gas For Country Victoria
The towns of Bonnie Doon and Alexandra have emerged as the latest victims of the Bracks Government’s provincial statement announcement this week.

Bracks Government: We Will Never Fund Local Roads
The Bracks Government has abandoned local councils and vowed never to provide funding for local roads, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Wellington Landscapes: History And Heritage In A Gippsland Shire
Launched Tuesday 15 November by Ray Tonkin, Executive Director of Heritage Victoria

Fix Those Holes In Silage Now
"The minute a hole appears in the plastic covering your silage stock or bale deterioration starts," says Frank Mickan, Pasture and Fodder Conservation Specialist at DPI Ellinbank.

Local Entrants In State Tourism Awards
East Gippsland tourism businesses Stringybark Cottages and Clovelly House Luxury B&B and the 2005 Eastcoast Airshow are among contenders in the 2005 Victorian Tourism Awards, winners of which will be announced next Monday evening.

Gippsland Water Competition Makes A Splash At A Water Wise School
Newborough East Primary School students were the recent lucky recipients of a visit from Latrobe City Pacers players, Vashon Weaver, Brett Harvey and Jordan Canovan to launch Gippsland Water’s design a water bottle competition.

Warmer Weather Has Snakes Out And About
One of the least popular members of Australia's wildlife population is becoming more active as the weather warms up.

Gippsland Water And Collex Attend Wellington Shire Council Meeting
Gippsland Water and Collex Pty Ltd attended the Wellington Shire Council meeting on Tuesday night to present information on treatment technologies proposed for use during Stage Three of the Soil and Organic Recycling Facility (SORF) at Dutson Downs.

Governor Of Victoria Launches Bass Coast Health Plan
As the final part of his visit to Bass Coast, the Governor of Victoria, John Landy, A.C., M.B.E. attended a Reception at the Civic Centre in Wonthaggi this afternoon.

East Gippsland Projects Funded In Provincial Statement: Ingram
The Member for Gippsland East has welcomed specific funding for the Gippsland East electorate in the State Governments provincial statement released yesterday

Wild Dog Management Group
The Gippsland Wild Dog Management Group is made up of six landholder representatives from a diverse range of farming enterprises and locations.

Governor Opens New Mobile Library For Bass Coast
A new mobile library was officially opened by the Governor of Victoria, John Landy A.C., M.B.E.

Yarram Planning Amendment Goes to Minister
Wellington Shire Council has finalised and confirmed the planning strategy which will define housing development in Yarram and surrounding districts.

Access For All Netball Included In Warm Up Day
As part of Latrobe City’s ‘Warming up for the Games Day’ this Sunday 20 November, there will be an additional event for the community to get involved with

Who Is Bob Cameron And Where Has He Been?
Victorian farmers will not be fooled by the Bracks Government’s sudden rediscovered interest in agriculture just 12 months out from the next election, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said today.

Gippsland Water Flushes In Support Of World Toilet Day
Gippsland Water’s employees will be flushing out their pockets in support of World Toilet Day on Friday 18 November.

Shire Produces Disabled Parking Bay Brochure
East Gippsland Shire Council has produced a brochure that lists the locations of all disabled parking bays in the region.

Public Land Managers To Be Named And Shamed On Weeds
A Liberal Government will send clean-up teams in to remove noxious weeds the Bracks Government has allowed to infest Crown land as part of a policy released today.

21 Nov 2005 (Monday)

Country Travellers Urged To Use $10 Tickets
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province Peter Hall has urged local residents travelling to the Commonwealth Games next year to consider taking advantage of the $10 return ticket offer.

Walking School Bus To Start At Lake Tyers Trust
The region’s first daily Walking School Bus will begin operations next Tuesday at the Lake Tyers Trust.

Phillip Island Schoolies Activities 2005
Young people visiting the Shire as part of Schoolies Week are being encouraged to register to receive a Schoolies wristband.

V8 Supercars A Championship Event
The 2005 V8 Supercar championship will be decided at Phillip Island next weekend.

Churchill To Host ‘Cultural Travelling Food Festival’
A ‘Cultural Travelling Food Festival’ is taking place in Churchill this Friday 25 November at 1.30pm.

Nats Want Details On Licence Buyback
The State Government has been urged to release details on the voluntary buy-back of commercial fishing licences in Corner Inlet and the Gippsland Lakes.

Respect For Schoolies
"Respect – for yourself and the rights of others" is the message being sent out by Bass Coast Shire Council and Victoria Police in the lead up to Schoolies Week

Copyright Issue Discriminates Against Neighbourhood Houses
The laws of educational copyright need to be extended to the neighbourhood house sector, according to the Nationals’ Education spokesman, Peter Hall.

Mark the Calendar
The Gippsland Education Precinct (GEP) has invited Monash teaching staff to get together with TAFE, Gippsland Group Training and Kurnai College staff for an informal day of networking and collaboration.

Statewide Program To Increase Blackberry Control
Blackberry infestations along boundaries between public and private land will be attacked by a blackberry rust fungus as part of a $600,000 statewide program launched today by the Department of Sustainability and Environment

Nationals Push For Increased Neighbourhood House Funds
The Nationals’ Education and Training spokesman, Gippsland MP Peter Hall, is continuing to push for increased funding for neighbourhood houses across Victoria.

Making the Grade
Monash Gippsland Researchers have again been successful in gaining research grants in the latest round of ARC funding.

Regional Fire Plans Provide Future Directions
The Department of Sustainability & Environment (DSE) has released a comprehensive three-year plan which details proposed fuel reduction burning activities on public land in the Gippsland region.

Students from the Gippsland School of Applied Sciences and Engineering
Students from the Gippsland School of Applied Sciences and Engineering were presented with awards

Bass Coast Faces Epidemic Of A Deadly Lung Disease
Research shows that one in six* Australians 45 or over has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and the vast majority are unaware they have it.

24 Nov 2005 (Thursday)

Bass Coast Rates High In Sustainability Stakes
The eighth State of the Regions 2005-06 report, presented at the National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra from 7–10 November delivered some welcome news for Bass Coast Shire.

Free Green Waste Disposal This Weekend
Residents have been reminded that Latrobe City is waiving charges for the disposal of green waste this weekend 26 and 27 November at the Pine Gro green waste collection centres in Moe, Morwell and Traralgon.

Luminous Exhibition Enlightened By Collector’S Talk
Currently on show at Latrobe Regional Gallery is a stunning exhibition of contemporary indigenous paintings. The Gallery is honoured to be the only regional gallery in Victoria to showcase the exhibition ‘Luminous’.

Road Side Inspection Reveals Undersized Bream
In the very early hours of Sunday morning two Fisheries Victoria Officers from Lakes Entrance intercepted a vehicle south of Bairnsdale along the Mitchell River.

Gippsland Water Secures Oh&S Award
Gippsland Water’s innovative approach to Occupational Health and Safety has been rewarded recently, securing third place in Blake Dawson and Waldron’s national Inside OH&S Competition for its sewer pump station falls prevention device.

Basketry And Weaving Workshop At Gallery
The Latrobe Regional Gallery will be running a Basketry and Weaving Workshop for adults on Sunday 4 December, as part of its monthly adult workshop series.

New Grounds For Fun At Preschool
The children at the Murray Road Preschool in Newborough have lots of reasons to have fun outside at kinder – a brand new yard including fairy garden and bridge, picnic benches, a train, shed and basketball court.

Heyfield Heroes Recognised For Courage And Action
Two DSE firefighters have been recognised for their courage and decisive action in rescuing a fellow firefighter from an overturned vehicle.

Celebrate Mckillops Bridge 70Th Birthday
On Saturday December 3 2005, from 10am to 4pm, activities will take place to celebrate McKillops Bridge 70th birthday.

A Concert Version Of Gilbert And Sullivan’S "Trial By Jury"
A concert version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s "Trial by Jury" Plus other items by this famous pair.

New Latrobe City Council Website Now Operational
The new Latrobe City Council website became operational on Monday 21 November for residents and visitors to access a myriad of information on the Latrobe community and on council services.

Traralgon Hosts Under Ages FReeZACentral Tour 2005
Christmas has arrived early for young Eastern Victorians, with tickets now on sale for the Traralgon FReeZACentral gig happening at Inferno on Friday 2nd December.

Workshops Still Open For Tourism Exchange Event
Gippsland Tourism Exchange, a trade only event for the tourism industry will run on Wednesday 30 November from 10am to 3pm at the Wellington Entertainment Centre in Sale.

28 Nov 2005 (Monday)

Get Reading This Summer
It is never ‘too cool’ to hook a ride to a fictional world created by your favourite author.

Bracks Plays Catch-Up 12 Months From Election
The 12 month count-down to the 2006 State Election has begun and the Bracks Government is playing catch-up in an attempt to save face with country Victorians.

Labor Bows To Liberal Pressure On Pipeline Project
The Bracks Government has bowed to pressure from the Liberal Party to fund its share of the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline project.

Gippsland Sports Academy "Medico Hygiene Services Badminton Athletes" achieve outstanding results
The Gippsland Sports Academy Medico Hygiene Services Badminton athletes have acheived outstanding results at the recent U13 & U17 Victorian Titles and Victorian Team Selections.

Bracks Stalls Wimmera Mallee Pipeline Again
The Bracks Government’s latest attempt to back away from funding the vital Wimmera Mallee Pipeline is another addition to Steve Bracks’ long list of broken promises.

Making the Grade

Rural Roads The Focus Of New Safety Program
The financial cost of road crashes in the Bass Coast Shire during 2000-2004 has been estimated at $86 million.

Gippsland Water is granted EPA approval for Soil and Organic Recycling Facility (SORF)
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has granted Gippsland Water approval for the initial stages of its proposed Soil and Organic Recycling Facility at Dutson Downs.

Mark the Calendar

Community Embraces Baton Relay
Thousands of community members came out to celebrate as the Bass Coast Baton Relay passed through 18 towns across the Shire on Sunday.

Liberals Force Reluctant Bracks To Act On Wild Dogs
After years of ignoring the wild dog problem, the Bracks Government has started playing catch-up by implementing Liberal Party policies on feral animal control.

"Plugger" Mcmahon To Be Honoured At Livestock Exchange
The old horse sale rotunda at the Bairnsdale Livestock Exchange is to be dedicated to the memory of local drover and farmer Les "Plugger" McMahon.

29 Nov 2005 (Tuesday)

Community invited to opening of new Traralgon Library
The local community is invited to the grand opening and open day at the new Traralgon Library.

Stimulate your child’s creativity with Gallery art classes
‘Mini Masters’ is a monthly Saturday afternoon art program at Latrobe Regional Gallery.

EES Process Remains ‘Tortuous’ Despite Changes
The proposed changes to the Environment Effects (Amendment) Bill are "bitterly disappointing," according to Gippsland MP, Peter Hall.

Outdoor pools open Saturday 3 December
Latrobe City’s three outdoor pools, Traralgon, Moe and Yallourn North, will open for an extended summer season on Saturday, 3 December 2005.

Fancy an early morning dip at the outdoor pool?
For the first time in a number of years, the Traralgon and Moe outdoor pools will be offering residents the opportunity to take an early morning dip this summer season.

Exhibition portrays flushwork not brushwork
Every time anyone connected to Latrobe City’s water system turns a tap on or off, flushes a toilet or uses a washing machine they will be interacting with ‘Wetland'

Four New Councillors Elected To Bass Coast
The result of the fourth Bass Coast Shire Council election was announced at 6pm on Sunday 27 November, with voters returning three sitting and four new members.

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