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1 Nov 2007 (Thursday)

Schoolkids tap into Tammy’s water wisdom
World-beating marathon swimmer Tammy van Wisse told 590 local schoolchildren that being a water champion was vital for all our futures.

2 Nov 2007 (Friday)

Linfox VCAT Hearing Moved To 2008
Phillip Island will have to wait until 2008 to find out if the proposed Linfox Property Group resort development will go ahead.

Over $1/2 Million In Federal Labor Support For Mallacoota Pathways.
Federal Labor Candidate for Gippsland, Jane Rowe has announced today funding of $550,000 to enable the completion of the Mallacoota Pathways Project.

$40,000 savings at Cowes treatment plant
Works to streamline aeration tanks at the Cowes Wastewater Treatment Plant will save Westernport Water $40,000 a year.

Howard Coalition Caught in Dental Health Deception; Rowe
Labor Candidate for Gippsland, Jane Rowe has slammed local coalition members for what she says is the Coalition Government ‘peddling lies’ about its failing dental policy.

Creative Solution To Country Dental Shortage
The State Government needs to be more creative in making dental services available to country Victorians, according to The Nationals.

Focus On Teenager Health
Bass Coast high school students should be a pretty healthy bunch, if Council’s Immunisation team has their way.

Walk And Cycle Safe This Summer
Road safety isn’t just something that we need to think about once we are behind the wheel of a car.

Nominations For Latrobe City’s Australia Day Awards Invited
Nominations are being invited for Latrobe City’s Australia Day community awards. The Awards will be presented on Australia Day 2008, and will recognise some of the outstanding individual and group

Mosquito Plague Targeted
It’s mosquito breeding season on Phillip Island.

Nitrogen Know How
Many dairy farmers use nitrogen (N) to grow more pasture and will continue to benefit from its use while soil moisture from irrigation or rainfall continues.

Senator Coonan Announces Bass Coast Broadband
Senator Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts visited Bass Coast last week.

Tamboritha Road Repair Urgent: Hall
Every effort must be made to expedite the repair of the Tamboritha Road to assist in Gippsland’s economic recovery following a year of fire and flood, according to Eastern Victoria MP, Peter Hall.

Tyers Prepares For 28Th Art Festival
The number of entries for the Tyers Art Festival on 9th - 11th November has increased again, with some 570 works of art to feature this year.

6 Nov 2007 (Tuesday)

Howard Government failure to commit over Lakes Entrance Community Services Precinct helps no-one but Peter McGauran; Rowe
Labor Candidate for Gippsland, Jane Rowe has questioned an election promise by the Federal Government to part fund the ‘Lakes Entrance Community Services Precinct’ saying it was ‘about time the project had been given the green light’.

8 Nov 2007 (Thursday)

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter November 2007 Area LTB1 (NHW122)
Vehicle Theft,Party Safe, Police Crime Reports for September and October.

9 Nov 2007 (Friday)

Inaugural Gippsland Regional Advocacy Forum A Success
Over eighty people from across Gippsland attended the inaugural Gippsland Regional Advocacy Forum that was held in Morwell on Thursday 1 November.

The Economics Of Once A Day Milking
A free seminar on Once-a-Day (OAD) milking will be held at the DPI Ellinbank Centre on November 14, 2007.

The Tank
'Chooks, chainsaws and crayfish….and a water tank that is way too small!

Soup’s Up At East Newborough Preschool’s New Kitchen
Latrobe City’s mayor, Cr Tony Zimora opened a new kitchen at the East Newborough Preschool recently, attending the celebration not only in his capacity as mayor,

Economic Analysis Required On Desal Plant
The State Government appears reluctant to undertake any real economic analysis of its proposed Wonthaggi desalination plant, or look at alternatives, according to Eastern Victoria MP Peter Hall.

Community Invited To Comment On Draft Moe Activity Centre Plan
Revitalising the Moe train station precinct and a revised town bus route including integrated bus stops are just two of the seven projects included in the draft Moe Activity Centre

Equine Influenza - Gippsland Community Info Sessions - November
DPI will be running a series of Equine Influenza (EI) community information sessions across the Gippsland region this month to ensure the community has up-to-date information on EI and the current situation in Victoria.

Call To Make Public Recreational Fishing Regulations
The Nationals have called for immediate release of the draft regulations that will govern recreational fishing from March next year.

Water + Ochre = Civilization
Get your energy up! It’s time to get together and celebrate Gippsland’s strength.

Inaugural Heyfield Camp Oven Festival A Great Weekend: Ingram
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, along with his family, today described the inaugural Great Victorian Camp Oven Festival at Heyfield as "a great event with a spectacular future".

Yallourn North Outdoor Pool Opens Saturday
The Yallourn North solar-heated outdoor pool will be the first of Latrobe City’s outdoor pools to open its doors this year, with the season opening this Saturday 10 November.

Cardinia Shire Missing Out On Rural Funding
Large parts of the Cardinia Shire are missing out on funding opportunities because the whole of the municipally is classified as metropolitan, according to the Nationals.

10 Nov 2007 (Saturday)

Labor Invests In A Clean Coal Future For The Latrobe Valley
Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources, Senator Chris Evans, said today that Federal Labor’s $500million commitment to the development of clean coal technologies would help to secure the future of coal fired power stations in the Latrobe Valley.

Family Budgets Slugged Between $132 And $146 More a Month as Interest Rate Rise Hits Gippsland And McMillan Families; Rowe, Maxfield
Labor candidates for Gippsland and McMillan, Jane Rowe and Christine Maxfield say that local mums and dads will be at the kitchen table tonight working out how they will make ends meet with another interest rate rise.

12 Nov 2007 (Monday)

New Water Storage For Eagle Point And Paynesville Reaches Significant Phase
Work on a $2.5 million East Gippsland Water project to replace the open water storage at Eagle Point with two large, covered water storage tanks has reached a significant phase as the first tank takes shape on site.

Bass Coast Joins Un On Diabetes Day
Bass Coast Shire Council has joined with shires across Victoria, to declare 14 November World Diabetes Day.

Latrobe City Youth Band To Host Fundraising Trivia Night
With a planned trip to Taizhou City in China and Takasago City in Japan on the calendar for early next year, the Latrobe City Youth Band is organising a trivia and auction night on Friday 16 November

Free Green Waste Weekend
East Gippsland Shire has announced the dates for two free green waste weekends to prepare for the summer fire season.

Gippsland Water Not Linked To Filter Companies
Gippsland Water wishes to advise customers it is in no way affiliated with any water filter companies operating in the region.

"Christmas Is The Time For Giving," Says Council
Bass Coast Shire Council is asking the community to help disadvantaged families in Bass Coast, by donating a present under its Christmas Giving Trees.

Boat Muster Rescheduled
The inaugural Gippsland Lakes Boat Muster, recently postponed because of bad weather, has been rescheduled to Sunday, 27 January 2008.

Life wasn’t meant to be greasy: Westernport Water
WESTERNPORT Water is offering local food businesses regular, cost-effective grease trap inspections and pump-outs as part of an upgraded maintenance program.

Mayoral Charity Ball A Fundraising Success!
$17,400 was raised at this year’s Mayoral Charity Ball, to help the Bass Coast community.

New Helimed 1 - HEMS 2 Facility Opened At Airport
A new $1.2 million customised facility for the Metropolitan Ambulance Service (MAS) was opened at the Latrobe Regional Airport on Friday 9 November 2007 by the Health Minister, Daniel Andrews MP.

Rebate Scheme
Gippsland Water is encouraging its customers to save money by taking up the Victorian Government’s Water Smart Gardens and Homes Rebate Scheme.

Food Safety Celebrates 10 Years
Wellington Shire Council is celebrating 10 years of National Food Safety Week.

13 Nov 2007 (Tuesday)

Final Competitor List for Alpine Rally
The final starting order for the 2007 Alpine Rally has been published.

14 Nov 2007 (Wednesday)

New faces offer community voice at Westernport Water
New faces this week joined the Customer Consultative Panel of Westernport Water.

16 Nov 2007 (Friday)

Council Loses Faith In VEC. Minister Must Act: Wilson
Latrobe City Councillor, David Wilson will ask the Latrobe City Council to meet with The Minister for Local Government over the conduct of the Victorian Electoral Commission review into the election

Ingram Seeks State Support For Local Sports Foundation
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the State Government to match the Federal Government’s commitment to support the East Gippsland Supports Foundation.

War Memorial Funding Open
Funds will be available soon to enhance and preserve local war memorials and honour boards across Gippsland.

Latrobe Regional Gallery Gains Major Art Collection
A selection from the Cbus’ $10.9 million Australian art collection goes on public exhibition at the Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell from next Wednesday.

Environment Sustainability Plan
Is quality of life in Bass Coast important to you?

WA Provides Desal Insights
A delegation from Bass Coast travelled to Western Australia to inspect Australia’s only large scale operational desalination plant last week. The visit was the third in a series of research trips organised by

Discount Microchipping Weekend
East Gippsland Shire Council and Animal Aid will offer discount pet microchipping on the weekend of 17 and 18 November in Lakes Entrance, Orbost and Mallacoota.

Field Naturalists Launch ‘The Nature Of Latrobe’ Guide
The Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists Club has launched a natural history guide to 35 parks and reserves in the Latrobe Region.

First Essential Safety Measures Seminar A Success
A well-attended seminar marked the launch of Latrobe City’s essential safety measures campaign program addressing the obligations and responsibilities with maintenance of essential safety measures

'Pink' Movie Night
Raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation Monday 19th November at MidValley Village 8 Cinemas.

Input Needed On Plan For Inverloch Foreshore
Inverloch residents are being urged to provide feedback on the recently released draft Inverloch Foreshore Master Plan.

Christopher Gray Artist Talk And Exhibition At Gallery
Christopher Gray will be giving an artist’s talk on Thursday 22 November at 1.30pm at the Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell.

Shire Marks World Diabetes Day
East Gippsland Shire’s Corporate Centre in Bairnsdale will join New York’s Empire State Building, the London Eye, the Tokyo Tower, Flinders Street Railway Station and the Sydney Opera House Sydney in

Top Marks For Wonthaggi School Walk
Wonthaggi South Coast Christian College was one of only 29 Victorian schools to achieve 100% participation in last month’s Walk to School Day.

Temporary 5 Knot Speed Limit On Lake Narracan
A temporary boating speed limit of 5 knots has been imposed on Lake Narracan waters.

Powerful Emotion And Drama At Performing Arts Centre
Nominated for four Green Room Awards, the emotionally powerful work ‘Construction of the Human Heart’ by one of Australia’s most important playwrights,

East Gippsland To Be Known
East Gippsland has become ‘Naturally Magic’ following this evening’s launch of a new regional branding concept.

19 Nov 2007 (Monday)

Spectator Instructions Now Out For Alpine Rally
The Spectator Instruction Guide is now out for the 2007 Alpine Rally on the event website www.alpinerally.org.au.

20 Nov 2007 (Tuesday)

Nats Support Howard's Second-class Broadband Service: Rowe.
Jane Rowe slammed Federal Minister Peter McGauran and the Howard Coalition Givernment’s broadband announcement saying it will deliver a second-class service for local families and ensure Gippsland’s place as a Broadband backwater.

Free walking tour looks over the garden fence
Prize-winning gardens are on display at a free afternoon seminar and walking tour on Phillip Island on Sunday, November 25.

Overnight works to improve water supply
Westernport Water crews will be working overnight December 4-5 and December 5-6, completing works to improve water supply on Phillip Island.

21 Nov 2007 (Wednesday)

Fires In Gippsland
DSE and Parks Victoria firefighters are still working on four remote fires in far East Gippsland.

Women On Fire
The ’69 days of FIRE, A Gippsland Community Perspective’ book has been launched and is now available for purchase.

Fires In Gippsland - Monday, 19 November 2007 – 1600Hrs
New fires have been reported in State forest at Feltis Farm, 20 kilometres north of Orbost and at Cooney’s Ridge, 15 kilometres north of Orbost.

Fires In Gippsland
Of the 14 fires started by lightning in Gippsland over the weekend, nine have been contained or brought under control, five are still going.

Numerous Fires Started By Lightning Strikes In Gippsland
Bands of lightning crossing the region on Saturday and again on Sunday have ignited at least 14 fires, mainly in far East Gippsland.

22 Nov 2007 (Thursday)

New Health Clinic Brings Help To Sale Defence Families; Rowe
Jane Rowe, has been joined by Labor’s Shadow Ministers for Defence Science and Personnel, Alan Griffin & for Defence, Joel Fitzgibbon to announce that Sale will be home to one of the first of Labor’s proposed Defence Family Healthcare Clinics.

23 Nov 2007 (Friday)

Bouquets Of Compliments For Morwell Rose Garden
Delegates from the National Rose Society of Australia visited the Morwell Centenary Rose Garden last week and branded the local attraction world class.

Traralgon To Host Women’s National Basketball League Game
Latrobe City’s Traralgon Sports Stadium will host the national women’s basketball game between the Bendigo Spirit and the Dandenong Rangers on Sunday 2 December 2007, with tip-off at 1pm.

Update On Fires In Gippsland - Tuesday, 20 November 2007 – 1200Hrs
A rappel crew of six firefighters is working hard in difficult country to get a rakehoe line around the Black Jack Gully fire in far East Gippsland, close to the New South Wales border.

News Bulletin
21 November 2007

Keep Children Safe Over Summer
Have a safe and happy summer this year.

Third House Underway In Innovative Housing Project
Work has commenced on a third house in an innovative project where job seekers build a house from scratch and gain formal construction qualifications at the same time.

Disability Advisory Council Meets At Latrobe City
Latrobe City hosted a meeting of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council (VDAC) last week where issues facing people with a disability in regional areas were discussed.

Update On Fires In Gippsland - Tuesday, 20 November 2007 – 0700Hrs
All but one of the fires in Gippsland, including three new fires ignited by lightning north of Orbost yesterday afternoon have been contained or brought under control.

Ratepayers Given Option Of Returning Hard Waste Vouchers
Latrobe City ratepayers who wish to return their unused hard waste vouchers to council prior to 1 May 2008 will receive a credit on their rates for the corresponding voucher amount.

Update On Fires In Gippsland - Tuesday, 20 November 2007 – 1600Hrs
The Black Jack Gully fire in far East Gippsland has been contained at half a hectare and is now being blacked out.

Be Wary Around Water: Hall
With summer just around the corner and the lure of the beach and pool increasing, Eastern Victoria MP Peter Hall is urging all people to take care around the water.

Update On Fires In Gippsland - Wednesday, 21 November 2007 – 0700Hrs
Rapid response by fire crews controlled the two fires ignited by lightning yesterday afternoon at Bass Track, south west of Cann River and at Lambournes Break, north west of Bruthen.

26 Nov 2007 (Monday)

Festivities And Entertainment In Store For Visiting Cyclists
A huge welcome is in store for all Great Victorian Bike Ride cyclists and volunteers when they arrive in Latrobe City on Tuesday 27 November 2007. Over 4000 riders and volunteers are expected.

Community Input Sought For Review Of Soccer Facilities
A public meeting will be held at the Latrobe City corporate headquarters in Commercial Road, Morwell on Wednesday 5 December at 7pm as part of the consultation process to review soccer facilities in the municipality.

Road Advice For Great Victorian Bike Ride Issued
With almost four thousand cyclists due in parts of the Latrobe Valley for the Great Victorian Bike Ride Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28, and Thursday 29 November;

Council Alliance Raises GERF Funds
A charity auction held in conjunction with the launch of the Yarra City – Wellington Shire Council Rural/Urban Alliance has raised more than $6,500 for the Gippsland emergency relief Fund (GERF).

Inverloch Visitor Information Centre On The Move
The Inverloch Visitor Information Centre will move to 3a A’Beckett Street on Monday 3 December, in time for the summer holidays.

Road Sides Not For Storage
With the current hay season getting into full swing Wellington Shire Council is reminding landholders that the road reserve is not an appropriate place to store silage, fodder or farm machinery.

Seaspray Bus Launched
A new bus service between Sale and Seaspray has been launched.

"Safe Cycling" Says The Walking School Bus!
With the Great Victorian Bike Ride going through the Shire this weekend, Bass Coast has been focused on cycling.

Aboriginal Heritage Act Causing Development Delays
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Richard Wynne, to meet with local groups frustrated with delays and increased costs caused by the

Bass Coast Celebrates International Day Of People With Disability
A community picnic to celebrate International Day of People with Disability will be held on Sunday 2 December, at Guide Park in Wonthaggi.

Bass Coast School Awarded For Traffic Safety
This week, Bass Coast Shire Council’s Walking School Bus Facilitator, Don Turner, presented a Traffic Safety Award to Newhaven Primary School.

Community Input Sought For Review Of Soccer Facilities
A public meeting will be held at the Latrobe City corporate headquarters in Commercial Road, Morwell on Wednesday 5 December at 7pm as part of the consultation process to review soccer facilities in the municipality.

Last Chance To Nominate For 2008!
Time is running out to nominate for the Wellington Shire Council’s 2008 Australia Day Awards.

Grow More Now With Super Duper Dairy Poo
Dairy effluent is an unattractive shade of green and sticks like superglue, yet put to good use it can be of great benefit to summer crops and pastures on the farm.

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