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2 Oct 2003 (Thursday)

Federation Health Gippsland Awards Official Launch 2004
The Federation Health Gippsland Business Awards 2004 are being launched at Federation Health on Monday 29th September @ 11.00am.

Return to Study with GippsTAFE
GippsTAFE is conducting a "Return to Study" class for people who are planning or considering doing a course next year

Innovation Project at Warragul Internet Café
GippsTAFE Disability Liaison Officer, Sue Lawrence, has set up a "New Learners Program," which involves six people who have a disability to do a short course at GippsTAFE’s On-line Internet Café in Warragul.

Family celebrates 50 years of trucking
To achieve 50 years in business is a major accomplishment by any measure. To have survived the ups and downs of the highly-competitive road transport industry is certainly a reason for celebration.

Residential Outcry Against Road-noise (R.O.A.R)
The Morwell Residential Outcry Against Road-noise (R.O.A.R.) working party is holding a public meeting in the Morwell R.S.L. Club at 7.30pm on Monday, October 6.

Changes to immunisation schedule announced
Parents of children turning 18-months-old are advised by Latrobe City Council that the 18-month dose of the Diphtheria-Tetanus-Acellular Pertussis (DTPa) Vaccine is not required This announcement follows changes to the National Immunisation Program

E-learning Parents Course
GippsTAFE’s Community Access Department is offering a new course called "E-learning Parents" in term 4, for people wishing to extend their computer knowledge.

Ingram seeks tighter plantation controls
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram is seeking tighter controls on the development of large scale pine plantations in far East Gippsland.

Prekinder sessions offer early learning for life
Latrobe City Council prekinder enrolments are currently open, and for those parents thinking of enrolling their three-year-old, there is still time to complete the application and return it to Council before the deadline of Friday 24 October.

Good Access is Good Business for Traralgon traders
Latrobe City Council is holding the third session in its successful series of ‘Good Access is Good Business’ sessions on Tuesday 7 October for Traralgon traders.

Plastic bag initiative welcomed by Council
A ten-cent levy introduced by the Bunnings Warehouse chain on disposable plastic bags provided to customers at checkouts has been commended by Latrobe City Council & the Litter Prevention taskforce

3 Oct 2003 (Friday)

Information session to help build business
Latrobe City is hosting a free information session for businesses on how Council’s economic development unit ‘Invest Latrobe’ and the Industry Capability Network may be able to help businesses within the region.

5 Oct 2003 (Sunday)

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter for October 2003 Area LTB1 Bridle Estate (NHW77)
Child Safety in Swimming Pools, Illegal Fireworks, Crime Stoppers, Police Crime Report, Home Insurance Discount,What is Neighbourhood Watch.

6 Oct 2003 (Monday)

Help to keep public places free of dog mess
Wellington Shire Council is reminding dog owners to do the neighbourly thing by ensuring streets, parks and beaches are kept free of dog mess.

Latrobe City featured on Italian website
Latrobe City Council is being featured by the Italian Chamber of Commerce as part of their web page in Australia and Italy.

Meerlieu and Hollands Landing Community Meeting – 14 October
Meerlieu and Hollands Landing residents are being invited to have their say on Council services & issues affecting them when Councillors and senior officers from Wellington Shire Council host their next community meeting in the area on 14 October

Australian Volleyball League (AVL) Notice

Living with fire in the bush
Due to the nature of our vegetation, climate and weather patterns, Gippsland is one of the most fire prone areas in the world. The current state of the bush in Gippsland means that it will burn readily, as recent fires in the region have demonstrated

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, October 6, 2003
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City welcomes Government commitment on Cancer Treatment Centre
Latrobe City Council has welcomed the joint State and Federal Government’s announced plans to build the new $21 million Cancer treatment centre in the Latrobe Valley.

7 Oct 2003 (Tuesday)

Township liaison project proves successful
Following a networking opportunity meeting organised last year for smaller townships in Latrobe City, liaison officers have been appointed for each township and district association in the City.

Rising star violinist to perform at free concert
Brilliant young violinist, Sally Cooper will perform with Orchestra Victoria as the guest soloist in their free concert at Kernot Hall, Morwell on Friday 17 October.

Gippsland Councils help local businesses address skills shortage
Wellington Shire & other Gippsland Councils are keen to hear from local businesses experiencing difficulties recruiting & retaining skilled staff so that they can seek assistance from the State Government’s Skilled Migration Unit to fill vacancies

Orchestra Victoria to romance Latrobe
Orchestra Victoria will perform a selection of the best romantic orchestral music with brilliant young violinist, Sally Cooper, at the free concert being presented by Latrobe City at Kernot Hall on Friday 17 October

8 Oct 2003 (Wednesday)

Dealing with the underground enemy
Rabbits are now beginning to appear across the region and warm spring days herald their antics around warrens or in cover afforded by weeds like Boxthorn.

Schools Volleyball Clinics
Andrew Shears, the Volleyball Victoria Coaching & Development Manager, will conduct 10 clinics for 4 local schools for about 275 years four to six children in Morwell and Traralgon next Thursday & Friday.

9 Oct 2003 (Thursday)

Premier commits to parks infrastructure talks
Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, said today that the Premier, Steve Bracks has committed himself to discuss infrastructure proposals for the local national parks.

Supporting a dream for Lakes Entrance
Twenty-year-old Lakes Entrance resident Ben Gritt may have limited eyesight but that hasn’t shaken his determination to shape a career doing what he enjoys most - motor mechanics.

They are off and running in the Power of Racing 2003
The Power of Racing 2003 was launched at the Latrobe City offices in Traralgon on Wednesday by the Mayor, Councillor Graeme Middlemiss.

Councillors and managers inspect headquarters project
Latrobe City Councillors and corporate managers attended a site inspection at the new corporate headquarters construction site on Friday and were briefed on project progress to date by the site manager.

13 Oct 2003 (Monday)

Kurnai College in Business
Students in Year 11 at Kurnai College won approval recently to enter a business program as part of their VCE studies.

Weeds for Trees
Wellington Shire Council is keen to hear from rural landholders plagued by infestations of roadside weeds next to their properties, as they may qualify for free herbicides and other help to tackle the problem.

Significant Heritage Project Gets Underway In Wellington
Restoration work is set to begin on one of Victoria’s architecturally most significant heritage buildings, which is located in Wellington Shire.

Vaccination Change
Children aged 18 months no longer require an immunisation dose of the diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (DTPa) vaccine.

After funding for a sports or recreation project?
Wellington Shire Council is flagging up the availability of State Government grants designed to assist local community groups and organisations with worthwhile sports and recreation ventures.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, October 13, 2003
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14 Oct 2003 (Tuesday)

An evening of suburban entertainment coming to Latrobe
Latrobe Regional Performing Arts Centre is hosting ‘An Evening With’ starring Collette Mann and Deborah Kennedy, on Friday 24 October, featuring two monologues from the Talking Heads series.

East meets West in Latrobe City
The Three Chinese Tenors will perform at the Performing Arts Centre in Traralgon on Tuesday 21 October in what promises to be a very special evening of entertainment.

Parentzone program for grandparents
The Latrobe Grandparents Support Group will hold its next meeting on Wednesday 5 November in Morwell from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Chemical container collections
Users of farm chemicals in Wellington will be able to take their empty, cleaned, non-returnable farm chemical containers to specially set up collection points in Maffra, Rosedale, Yarram, Stradbroke and Munro later this month for recycling.

Gippslanders to become aware of Depression issues
The Depression Awareness Project is a major action research project.....

15 Oct 2003 (Wednesday)

DSE preparing for fire season
Preparations for the coming fire season are well under way in the Gippsland region by Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) staff.

Occupational Health and Safety Week
GippsTAFE is taking an active part in Occupational Health and Safety Week by conducting a series of demonstrations and interactive sessions at GippsTAFE’s Construction and Safety Department at the Yallourn Campus.

16 Oct 2003 (Thursday)

Minimising The Introduction And Establishment Of Noxious Weeds During Times Of Drought And Fire
Landholders need to be vigilant in their efforts to minimise the opportunity for the introduction and establishment of new noxious weed species both onto their own properties and into Gippsland generally.

DSE Secretary Accepts Esplin Findings
The Secretary of the Department of Sustainability and Environment, Professor Lyndsay Neilson said today that the Department was already well ahead in implementing the recommendations from the interim Esplin Inquiry into last summer’s fires

Wild dog control program workshop
Department of Primary Industry Catchment Management Officers, doggers and landholder representatives of the Gippsland Wild Dog Management Group recently attended a two-day wild dog workshop at the Parks Victoria Cabins.

17 Oct 2003 (Friday)

International team to probe Gippsland
Gippsland will come under scrutiny next week from an international team of future leaders attending the Ninth Commonwealth Study Conference in Australia and New Zealand.

DSE assessing impact of recent Club Terrace fires
Wildfires around Club Terrace earlier this month burnt over 4500 hectares of public land. This included all of Lind National Park, but almost two thirds of the fire occurred on State Forest.

Owners of unregistered pets sent infringement notices
More than a thousand pet owners who have failed to re-register their cats and dogs with Latrobe City Council are being sent $200 infringement notices from this week as part of a crackdown on unregistered animals.

21 Oct 2003 (Tuesday)

Gippsland Community Leadership Program is seeking Nominations for 2004
The Program is the first regional community leadership program established to provide a forum for the existing leaders to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with those who will further Gippsland’s development.

Ingram: more accountability required in political donations
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, is proposing amendments to return the accountability and transparency measures that were removed from the Electoral Bill by a "backroom deal" between the two major parties in 2002.

Thingle Toodle to help launch pre-school road safety drive
VicRoads road safety character Thingle Toodle will be on hand to help Wellington Shire Council and local kindergarten students officially launch a road safety initiative targeted at pre-school children on Wednesday 29 October.

Launching Sale Botanic Gardens Master Plan
On 26 October Wellington Shire Council and the Friends of Sale Botanic Gardens will launch a Master Plan to bring a new lease of life to these historic Gardens and to maximise their potential as a major heritage asset.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, October 20, 2003
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State-of-the-art microwave links for Council services
Tuesday 21 Oct marks the start of a major $490,000 program to dramatically speed up on-line computer links between Wellington Shire Council’s libraries, offices & local towns with the installation of state-of-the-art, high-speed microwave connections

22 Oct 2003 (Wednesday)

Viticulture Benefits From Targeted Information
Filling a need for information specific to an industry sector was a key to the success of a recent Department of Primary Industries (DPI) forum.

Joint taskforce being discussed to retain Rocklea
The formation of a joint government and Latrobe City taskforce has been mooted by Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Graeme Middlemiss as an option for seeking a new operator for the Rocklea plant in Moe.

23 Oct 2003 (Thursday)

Shoppers to be rewarded for reducing plastic bag use
The Latrobe City Litter Prevention Taskforce has embarked on a campaign to reduce the number of plastic shopping bags entering Latrobe City’s environment by rewarding grocery shoppers for using their own reusable bags.

Seminar to highlight the importance of cash flow
A knowledge of cash flow and the ability to control cash flow is essential for any business owner-manager.

Ecological Vegetation Class mapping project launched in Gippsland
The culmination of eight years of hard work and extensive research and mapping of native vegetation was launched at the Traralgon office of the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) on Wednesday October 22.

Digital art comes to Latrobe Regional Gallery
As part of the ‘Artist in Residence’ Program, Latrobe Regional Gallery will host digital artist, Matt Gardiner, from 20 October until 23 November.

38Th Annual Morwell Volleyball Tournament
Latrobe Valley Volleyball association will host 32 teams in its annual invitation tournament next weekend.

Local musicians go live at the library
Morwell Library will come alive with the deep sounds of the didgeridoo, percussion instruments and the flamenco guitar when Scott and Shaun Gardner perform with Christopher Wood on Thursday 6 November as part of ‘Live @ Your Library’

Freight Australia sale discussions amidst passenger train delay
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, says the company responsible for frustrating the return of passenger rail to Bairnsdale, Freight Australia, has let East Gippsland residents down.

Forty years and still shining
More than sixty members and associates of Morwell Lapidary Club celebrated the club’s Fortieth Anniversary on Sunday 12 October at Tyers Hall.

24 Oct 2003 (Friday)

Work set to start on multi-million dollar Port of Sale redevelopment
Work is all set to start mid-November on the first stage of Wellington Shire Council’s multi-million-dollar Port of Sale redevelopment – the most significant project for Wellington for decades.

Ingram speaks at international environmental conference
Mr Ingram was among guest speakers at the Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand (EIANZ) International Conference held in Broken Hill, NSW, from October 23 – 26.

27 Oct 2003 (Monday)

Assessing drought relief announcement
The Gippsland Drought Working Group* – which includes Wellington, East Gippsland and Latrobe Councils – is considering the impact of a Federal Government decision not to extend the period of drought relief for the area.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, October 27, 2003
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Professional Writing Gala Night!
Interested in writing? Wish to learn further skills?

28 Oct 2003 (Tuesday)

Aircraft play a vital role in fire suppression
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) employs a variety of methods in the fight to suppress wildfires.

Free tax seminar for local community and sporting groups
Wellington Shire Council has arranged for the Tax Office to run a special information seminar designed specifically to help non-profit organisations such as community and sports groups.

Visiting Victorian exhibition on display at Gallery
Latrobe Regional Gallery will host a visiting exhibition entitled ‘A Primrose from England’ from now until Sunday 7th December 2003.

Return of the dancing sausages
The highly successful travelling exhibition "RetroMOMENTS" by local artist Colin Suggett has returned home to Latrobe Regional Gallery, concluding a 2-year tour of museums and galleries both in Victoria and interstate.

Business Sessions in Bass Coast
To celebrate the local launch of the Internet gateway, local business managers are invited to two free information sessions.

Upgrade to Yallourn North Outdoor Pool
Toddlers especially, are in for some extra fun this summer, when the Yallourn North outdoor pool opens for the summer season following an upgrade to the complex.

29 Oct 2003 (Wednesday)

Gene Markers Could Boost Milk Production By 25 Percent
Dr Kevin Smith, Senior Plant Breeder, Department of Primary Industries, Hamilton

Illegal deer poacher fined
A Warragul man was found guilty in Moe Magistrates Court on October 28 of hunting Hog deer during the closed season and of destroying a kangaroo. The man was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay court costs.

30 Oct 2003 (Thursday)

GVTU Infomercial Launched
The Gippsland Vocational Training Unit (GVTU) recently launched the "GVTU Infomercial Video" at a special presentation in Morwell.

31 Oct 2003 (Friday)

Spectacular festival opening promised for entertainment centre
Organisers are promising a spectacular start to the Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre’s Opening Festival over Friday 14 and Saturday 15 November, with the Shire’s community invited to join in the extravaganza.

Partnership releases calendar to protect our waterways
A full-colour educational calendar on stormwater issues is being distributed free to all residents of Latrobe City in the Latrobe Valley Express today.

Drought relief funding now available for Gippsland farmers
Farmers in drought affected areas of Latrobe City, Wellington and East Gippsland shires are now eligible to receive income support payments.

Valley of Gold is Launched
Historian John Aldersea and his partner Barbara Hood have recently launched their first book titled "Walhalla: Valley of Gold" at the Mechanics Institute and Free Library in Walhalla.

Bread is the staple product
Owners of the Golden Bread Basket, the Effenberg family, continue to show leadership as their business, celebrates its 25 year anniversary since being established in Morwell.

Tyers Farmer’s Market a huge success
The centre of Tyers came alive on Saturday with the first Farmer’s Market held in Latrobe City. Member of the Tyers and District Community Association and one of the key organisers, Anne Jones, said the market was extremely successful

Unique play area scoops national award
A unique environmental play area constructed by Wellington Shire Council at the corner of Lake Guthridge and Lake Guyatt in Sale has scooped a prestigious national award for innovation.

New Tourist Golf Packages in full swing
A new and exciting golf package for tourists has been initiated by Latrobe City Council, which is set to draw many golfing enthusiasts to the region.

Weekly Bulletin – Monday, November 3, 2003
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Visiting Victorian exhibition on display at Gallery
Latrobe Regional Gallery will host a visiting exhibition entitled ‘A Primrose from England’ from now until Sunday 7th December 2003.

Business birthday celebrated with style
Over 600 people recently attended the 125th anniversary celebrations at the Morwell branch of Blackwoods, the long-established engineering and industrial supplier.

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