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2 Nov 2016 (Wednesday)

Dan’s dairy grants put more pressure on farmers
Help for dairy farmers struggling through the industry downturn is overdue, Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh said.

3 Nov 2016 (Thursday)

Hazelwood Power Station closure a blow for region
Latrobe City Council will continue to advocate for the community in the wake of the decision by the Board of ENGIE to close Hazelwood Power Station.

Path on its way to completion
Bass Coast residents and visitors can now walk, run or cycle all the way from Wonthaggi to Cowes with construction on the final section of the Anderson to San Remo shared path well underway.

Volunteer Emergency Service Grants Available
A new grants stream to provide new equipment, updated facilities and further education and training is now open to Victoria’s emergency services personnel.

Nominate a local hero!
Do you know someone in Bass Coast who regularly goes above and beyond, you can always rely on for help, or you admire for their contribution to the community?

Caring for our carers
Celebrated from 16 to 22 October, National Carers Week is a time to celebrate and recognise the 2.8 million Australians who are in a caring role, whether they are caring for a partner, a parent, a child, a friend or a neighbour.

Andrews Labor Government refuses to reveal what it knows of Hazelwood closure
Daniel Andrews is leaving the Latrobe Valley in the dark on what he knows of the possible closure of Hazelwood power station, Member for Morwell Russell Northe said.

Inquiry into Labor’s pet breeding laws
The Nationals are pleased that local dog breeders and animal lovers will be able to have their say through an inquiry that will investigate proposed new pet breeding laws.

4 Nov 2016 (Friday)

Council takes White Ribbon on the road
In the lead up to White Ribbon Day on 25 November, Bass Coast Shire Council is using its cars and trucks as mobile billboards to raise awareness of Men’s Violence Against Women and the impact on the community.

6 Nov 2016 (Sunday)

Labor’s botched NDIS rollout
More than 1000 Victorians have been locked out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) under Daniel Andrews’ botched implementation, Shadow Minister for Disability.

Deal or no deal on regional Victoria’s Port sale proceeds?
The Andrews Labor Government today refused to commit to honouring its deal to spend 10 per cent of the Port of Melbourne lease proceeds on transport infrastructure projects in country Victoria.

7 Nov 2016 (Monday)

Students, not pooches, should be Steve Herbert's priority
The future of Victorian students should be Steve Herbert’s top priority, not pampering pooches.

Letter to the Editor
Wild dogs destroy livestock and native animals, and take an emotional toll on farmers.

Hooded Plovers are doing it tough!
The Hooded Plovers breeding season is not off to a great start, but our community can help them by providing space for the birds to have a nest and raise a family.

Council calls for the establishment of a bipartisan committee
In light of the recent speculation that an ENGIE Board announcement is imminent, Latrobe City Council is calling for the immediate establishment of a bipartisan committee to oversee the development of a 10-year plan for the Latrobe Valley.

Mothers affected by forced adoptions to be honoured with Gippsland memorial
Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath has acknowledged mothers affected by forced adoption practices in parliament and recognised a memorial in Gippsland to honour those families who suffered under past policies.

Day and night works on Chapel
Bass Coast Shire Council is commencing asphalt resurfacing roadworks along Chapel Street in Cowes as of next week, with both day and night works occurring.

Events for absolutely everybody!
With Social Inclusion Week and International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) coming up on the calendar, Bass Coast Shire Council is celebrating with a range of activities here in Bass Coast.

And the poster competition winners are...
Students from Gippsland Grammar, Buchan, Lindenow and Newmerella primary schools are the East Gippsland region winners in this year's National Water Week poster competition.

Latrobe-Gippsland jobs disappear under Daniel Andrews
Employment in regional Victoria fell over past three months with full time jobs

Council and HVP dedicate resource to litter removal
From 1 October 2016, Hancock Victorian Plantations (HVP) has funded 19 hours per week (0.5 EFT) for the provision of a Local Laws Officer as a dedicated litter enforcement investigator on HVP property.

Photo of new Bass Coast Shire Councillors
New Councillors took the Oath of Office at last Friday’s Special meeting.

Update on upgrades to Wy Yung water storage facility
East Gippsland Water is about to commence a two year program of upgrades to its Wy Yung water storage facility that supplies water to some 24,000 people from the Bairnsdale area through to Nowa Nowa.

Surf Beach Tower to be removed
The Inverloch Surf Life Saving Observation Tower will be removed due to significant erosion causing the structure to become unsafe and inaccessible.

Regional Partnership gets overwhelming response!
Nine new Regional Partnerships have been established across the state by the Victorian Government

New track to provide Surf Beach access
Works to reinstate pedestrian and vehicle access from the Goroke Street entrance to the Surf Beach in Inverloch will begin later this month and be completed in time for the busy summer period.

Dispose of green waste for free
Spring has finally arrived and with the August rains, so have the weeds!

Nationals calls on Labor to shed light on plans to keep Victoria out of the dark
Gippsland Nationals Members have questioned the Labor Government on detailing plans on how it will reach its renewable energy target while ensuring security of supply.

Farm biosecurity is in place!
A practical and informative series of workshops and lectures designed for primary producers and organisations with a biosecurity responsibility

Gippy students shape new tech school curriculum
AgriBusiness Gippsland is supporting the development of the new Gippsland Tech School, scheduled to open in Morwell in 2017.

Have your say and go in the draw to win $100
East Gippsland Water customers have an added incentive to complete a quick survey that will help shape the future direction of the corporation’s services.

Dairy: we are on your side
David Corduff, a Beyond Blue ambassador, will discuss his personal experience on the importance of communication for good mental health at Leongatha to help deal with the effects of decreased confidence in the dairy industry.

Coal buffer extension not required
Latrobe City Council has released expert consultant reports into perceived ground movement issues in south eastern Traralgon before an independent planning panel.

Moe Tennis Courts reconstruction underway
A reconstruction project at the Moe Tennis Club will see the demolition of 12 of the existing courts and the delivery of ten new plexi-pave courts with new lighting and fencing.  The project is expected to be completed in February 2017.

Meeting to build agribusiness supply chain linkages
Greater Dandenong is hosting an agribusiness 'meet up' on Thursday, November 24 from 12:30pm at the Dandenong Civic Centre, 225 Lonsdale St., Dandenong.

Labor's two year jobs crisis in the Latrobe Valley
Hazelwood power station workers are not the only Latrobe Valley workers neglected by the Andrews Labor Government Member for Morwell Russell Northe said.

8 Nov 2016 (Tuesday)

Vegetable growers win export award
At the recent Governor of Victoria Export Awards Clyde-based Schruers and Sons took out the Agribusiness Award.

Communication the key to protecting bees
Tactics that can reduce the risks to bees for the agricultural chemical users and apiarists

More ways to have your say and go in the draw to win $100 off your water bill
Customers now have more ways to have their say about the future direction of East Gippsland Water services and go in the draw to win $100 off their water bill.

10 Nov 2016 (Thursday)

Meet Graham at Latrobe Regional Gallery
Latrobe Regional Gallery is the only venue east of Melbourne that will host Graham, a stunning sculptural work, commissioned by the Transport Accident Commission and created by artist Patricia Piccinini

Why didn’t Daniel Andrews fight for Hazelwood jobs?
Premier Daniel Andrews has refused to detail how he will create real jobs for Hazelwood workers after two years of rising unemployment in the Latrobe Valley.

Woolies must keep promise to the Goulburn Valley
Woolworths said in 2014 they would stand with SPC Ardmona suppliers "for the long-term", yet today there are reports they might break that promise just two years in.

Community celebration day at Moe Library
Latrobe City Council is hosting a community celebration day at the new Moe Service Centre and Frank Bartlett Memorial Library on Sunday 20 November from 10am to 2pm. Activities for all the family will be taking place throughout the event. It’s free.

Take a minute to remember
Victorians are encouraged to pay their respects to our past and present servicemen and women on Remembrance Day on Friday.

11 Nov 2016 (Friday)

Latrobe elects new mayor and deputy mayor
Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan was elected Latrobe City Council’s new mayor for a period of 12 months at a Special Council Meeting held last night.

Bath takes Gippsland dangerous roads list to parliament
Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath has highlighted some of Gippsland’s most dangerous roads in parliament, calling on the Andrews Government to immediately release funding allocated to country roads.

Hansard - Matter of Public Importance - Hazelwood
A Matter of Public Importance (MPI) from Russell yesterday on Hazelwood.

Labor fails to deliver sustainable hunting plan
Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford today failed to explain why the State Government’s long-promised plan for hunting in Victoria is not being released.

15 Nov 2016 (Tuesday)

Citizen of the Year award an honour
The 2017 Bass Coast Australia Day Awards acknowledge those who make a positive contribution to our community and nominations for Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year are now open.

Daniel Andrews questioned over Ambulance Victoria’s closure in Morwell
Daniel Andrews appeared unaware of his own Government’s plans to relocate Ambulance Victoria’s Regional Headquarters away from Morwell when asked in Parliament this week.

Wonthaggi Cinema to continue
Much to the delight of the Bass Coast community, the Wonthaggi Cinema will continue.

17 Nov 2016 (Thursday)

Music for Morwell’s Legacy Place
Morwell’s Legacy Place is now home to three outdoor musical instruments following an anonymous donation of $20,000 to Advance Morwell.

Re: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s visit to Latrobe City
Latrobe City Council Mayor Kellie O’Callaghan has expressed disappointment during the visit to the Valley today.

Young Leaders Awards welcome VCAL students
Bass Coast Shire Council will expand the Bass Coast Young Leaders Awards in 2016 to include Victorian Certificate Applied Learning (VCAL) students.

Half-year training update months overdue
The Andrews Labor Government are hiding the extent of Victoria's training crisis, failing to release the half-yearly update on the state of our TAFE and training sector.

Community safety forum to raise gambling awareness
A Latrobe City Council community safety forum will raise awareness of problem gambling through the screening of a hard-hitting film, ‘Ka-Ching: Pokie Nation’.

Outdoor pools opening for bumper season
Latrobe Leisure outdoor pools in Moe, Yallourn North and Traralgon will open on Saturday 26 November for a bumper summer season.

18 Nov 2016 (Friday)

Northe calls for extended bus service to cater for Traralgon’s east
Member for Morwell Russell Northe is calling on the State Government to extend a Traralgon bus route to ensure public transport users can access businesses and homes in the town’s east.

New Mayor for Bass Coast
Bass Coast Shire Council unanimously elected Cr Pamela Rothfield as its new Mayor and Cr Brett Tessari as Deputy Mayor at a Special Meeting held on Wednesday evening.

Council Meeting Round Up
Decisions made by the Council at their Ordinary Meeting on Monday 14 November 2016. The Council Meeting Minutes will be available on the Council website on Thursday 17 November 2016

Government must provide real solutions for Hazelwood closure
Member for Morwell Russell Northe today joined with Shadow Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises Neale Burgess and local businesses to call on the Labor Government to provide real solutions for the Hazelwood closure.

Victorian Population Policy Taskforce
Today the Liberal Nationals launched the Victorian Population Policy Taskforce with the panel of independent specialists with a wide range of expertise and backgrounds.

FAST FACTS: Steve Herbert's appalling training legacy
Number of students choosing to enrol in training was down 15 per cent after Steve Herbert resigned.

Don’t miss out on Phillip Island funding
Are you a not-for-profit community group based on Phillip Island looking for funding?

Letter to the Editor (Population Policy)
Managing our future population is one of Victoria’s most important challenges and it is vital we start making these plans today.

Community forum success
On Tuesday 15 November, around 50 community members came together to increase their knowledge on the challenging but important topic of 'Managing and Resolving Conflict in Community Groups'.

Letter to the editor (Food and Fibre report)
The value of Victoria’s food and fibre exports fell first time in five years.

22 Nov 2016 (Tuesday)

Victoria must back Barnaby to dump Basin upwater
Time for Victoria to help get rid of the Basin Plan’s 450GL up-water all together.

Active students walk to school
Bass Coast primary schools, students and their families recently took part in a range of activities throughout Walk to School month.

Andrews must keep Hazelwood workers in the Latrobe Valley
A $17 million Hi-Tech Precinct for Morwell was announced by the Victorian Government today.

Careers blossom for Trainees at Council
Traineeships at Bass Coast Shire Council provide fantastic opportunities for young people to kick start their career, with up to four new trainees and apprentices employed each year.

3,200GL Basin Plan is unacceptable: Walsh
The Victorian Coalition Government will not support a 3,200 gigalitre Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Engineering for Defence with Mr Greg Combet AM
A forum with Mr Combet a Defence Industry Advocate for the Victorian Government.

Council calls for community-led transition in its submission to Senate Inquiry
Latrobe City Council has called on governments at all levels to put the community first, in its submission to the Senate Inquiry into Coal Power Station Closures.

24 Nov 2016 (Thursday)

Planning minister presents at Latrobe City Developers Forum
Seventy-five people from Latrobe’s business and developer community attended Latrobe City Council’s Developers Forum on Thursday 17 November.

Unconventional gas ban
Comments attributable to Matthew Guy and Peter Walsh for the unconventional gas ban

25 Nov 2016 (Friday)

Government must support Australian Paper
Member for Morwell Russell Northe told Parliament today Banyule Council’s decision to ban the purchase of paper manufactured at Australian Paper’s Maryvale Mill has put local jobs at risk.

Greg Combet addresses Latrobe Manufacturing Network
Greg Combet AM, the Victorian Government’s Defence Industry Advocate, addressed the participants at Latrobe City Council’s Defence Engineering Forum on Wednesday.

Latrobe City leaders meet with Prime Minister
Latrobe City mayor, Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan and Chief Executive Officer Gary Van Driel today met with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to discuss Latrobe City’s Plan for a just and respectful community led economic transition.

28 Nov 2016 (Monday)

Local History Grants Now Available
Member for Morwell Russell Northe has encouraged community groups to apply for a share in $350,000 in funding for projects that preserve and share stories from our past.

Vacation Care Program open for summer holiday bookings
Bookings for Latrobe City Council’s Vacation Care Program are open. The program caters to children aged five to 12 and operates weekdays, 8am to 6pm, from Monday 9 to Friday 27 January 2017. Bookings can now be made online.

Lighting Improvement Project Waterhole Creek Morwell
Latrobe City Council has received a $375,000 grant via the Australian Government’s Safer Streets Programme for the delivery of a Lighting Improvement Project along Waterhole Creek, Morwell.

Glass from the Victorian State Craft Collection
Oblique showcases a selection of glass from the Victorian State Craft Collection (VSCC).The glass component of this collection has been on long-term loan to Latrobe Regional Gallery since 2002.

Council becomes White Ribbon accredited
Bass Coast Shire Council is proud to have been successfully accredited as a White Ribbon Workplace to coincide with White Ribbon Day on Friday, 25 November.

Hand-Picked a personal glimpse into the diversity of the Gallery collection
Hand-Picked showcases a selection of works chosen from the collection by Latrobe Regional Gallery staff. Selected works include sculpture, print-making, glass, painting and photography, celebrating the diversity of the LRG Collection.

Toongabbie Primary School wins Mayor’s Award in garden competition
Toongabbie Primary School has won the prestigious Mayor’s Award in Latrobe City Council’s inaugural garden competition.

Protect the community by preparing your property
With some warmer weather finally on its way, Bass Coast Shire Council is asking property owners to prepare their properties for summer.

29 Nov 2016 (Tuesday)

Local students create Christmas present for Government House tree
Ornaments crafted by students from the Latrobe Valley Flexible Learning Option campus will hang on the Christmas tree at Government House this holiday season.

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