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4 Oct 2006 (Wednesday)

You are never too old to be vaccinated
October is Immunisation Month and Latrobe City Council is advising citizens over the age of 65 to be vaccinated against pneumococcal disease and influenza.

Gippsland Fires Contained
The fires north of Briagolong and north of Walhalla have been contained at four hectares and two hectares respectively.

Kia International tennis tournament in full swing
The first round of both the men’s and women’s Kia International Tennis competition at the Traralgon Tennis Association began on Tuesday 3 October, heralding several days of top flight international tennis right here in Latrobe City.

RSPCA must give money back: Ingram
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the RSPCA to return money raised by East Gippsland residents towards a new animal shelter.

Seymour Street car park plans available for viewing
Detailed plans of the multi-level car park proposed for construction at the current Seymour Street car park site in Traralgon, are now available for viewing by the public at council’s Traralgon and Morwell service centres.

Inaugural concert for soundshell on Sunday 15 October
Bands, singers and children’s entertainment will feature during a fun-filled day, as an inaugural concert launches the stage career of the new Loy Yang Power Latrobe Community Soundshell on Sunday 15 October.

Neighbourhood Watch Area LTB1 October Newsletter (NHW 110)
Wheeled Recreational Devices, Crime Stoppers, Vehicle Speed, Zone Leaders, Thank You to Maria Broekstra, Police Crime Report.

Online database demonstrations at libraries next week
Demonstration sessions highlighting Latrobe City’s online library service will be featuring at a number of venues next week.

Fire In Forest North Of Briagolong
DSE and CFA fire crews were called to a fire in state forest 24 kilometres north of Briagolong yesterday afternoon.

Warmer Spring Weather Has Snakes Out And About
One of the least popular members of Australia's wildlife population is becoming more active around Gippsland, particularly in semi-rural and coastal locations as the weather warms up.

New Bus Services Welcomed
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Neville Goodwin, today welcomed the announcement from Parliamentary Secretary, Matt Viney, about increased public transport services being introduced across the Shire.

Have dinner with an author
Wellington Shire Council Library Service is giving residents an opportunity to dine with or participate in a writer’s workshop with John Bartlett, author of ‘Towards a Distant Sea’

Schools And Communities Urged To Take Up Walk Challenge
Gippsland MP Peter Hall has called on Gippsland school students, parents and other members of the community to rise to the challenge of a new event on the calendar, Walktober.

Fire In Forest North Of Walhalla
DSE and CFA firefighters have just been alerted to another fire, five kilometres north of Walhalla at Cricket Ground Track.

9 Oct 2006 (Monday)

‘A Fair Go For Gippsland’
"I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of rugged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror; This wide brown land for me!"

Nats Pledge Stamp Duty Relief For Country Home Buyers
First home buyers in country Victoria should be exempt from stamp duty according to Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan and Upper House MP Peter Hall.

Latrobe records biggest increase in recycling in state
A massive increase in household recycling by Latrobe City residents has been recognised in a table released by the state government this week.

International Visitors Get Emergency Preparation
Bass Coast Shire Council recently played host to a delegation from Malaysia, as part of an Emergency Preparedness program.

Pyjama parties for those who missed their immunisation
Teddy bears and pyjamas will be in vogue at immunisation sessions being run by Latrobe City next week. - Change of Owner/Operator
After six years of providing a leadership role in this regional internet initiative, GREEN Inc is pleased to be able transfer the ownership and operation of to a new business partnership.

Ag News
Ag News From the Department of Primary Industries

Greens Policy To Devastate Victorian Economy
The Victorian economy would be devastated by The Greens’ plan to decommission Hazelwood power station, Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources Philip Davis said today.

Yinnar South Primary School and Community Fun Day
Yinnar South Primary School will be holding a Community Fun Day on Sunday 22nd October, 2006 from 10.00am – 4.00pm to celebrate the refurbishment of the Yinnar South Primary School and Community hall.

Snake Catchers Wanted
Summer is fast approaching and after a long winter of hibernation, snakes are now on the move searching for food and mates.

Sign Off for Traralgon Creek Environment Improvement Plan
Partners in the Traralgon Creek Neighbourhood Environment Improvement Plan (NEIP), which is aimed at bringing about a long term improvement to the Traralgon Creek and its catchment, signed off on their document at a launch ceremony on Thursday.

Free Vouchers With Pet Registrations
From October 1, pet owners in Bass Coast Shire who register their animals for the first time will receive a free voucher booklet.

A birthday booster for your four year old
When all the candles have been blown out, the cake demolished, the last little friend gone and the sticky finger marks wiped up, it’s time to book your four year old in for their booster vaccines.

Council urges government to buy back rail freight lease
The opportunity to divert industrial freight from overloaded Gippsland roads and onto recently upgraded rail infrastructure, is being stifled by current leasing agreements between the state government and Pacific National, Latrobe City has claimed.

Walk To Work Day A Success
Around 50 Bass Coast Shire Council staff participated in Walk to Work Day this morning.

Labor And Nationals Reject Poker Machine Reduction
The Liberal Party is the only political party in the Parliament committed to reducing the number of poker machines in Victoria, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council Philip Davis said today.

Council Opens Environmental Grants Program
Private landholders who have native vegetation or wetlands areas may qualify for a subsidy from Wellington Shire Council for vegetation protection and improvement works.

False Claims By Electricity And Gas Salespeople
Local people are being warned to be wary of any door-to-door salespeople trying to sell gas and electricity products.

7Up Documentary Star To Speak In Melbourne
Members of the public are invited to attend a one-off evening seminar featuring Neil Hughes, one of the stars of the highly acclaimed 7Up documentary series.

10 Oct 2006 (Tuesday)

Clint Eastwood - Independent Candidate for Gippsland East
‘Vote For A Fair Go For Gippsland’

Clint Eastwood - Independent Candidate for Gippsland East
'What really matters to East Gippslanders'

Clint Eastwood - Independent Candidate for Gippsland East
'A vote for change in our region'

Clint Eastwood - Independent Candidate for Gippsland East
‘East Gippsland ~ Paradise Found’

12 Oct 2006 (Thursday)

Sea Change Task Force Heads West
Representatives from the Bass Coast Shire recently attended the National Sea Change Task Force Conference held in Albany, Western Australia.

Greens To Provide ‘The Pill’ For Foxes And Rabbits
The Greens’ proposal to give foxes and rabbits contraceptives as a method of pest control is completely ridiculous, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria Philip Davis said today.

Latrobe City Scoop Basketball Awards
The Annual Big V awards night was a huge success for Latrobe City basketball with players from both Energy and Pacers receiving a total of six awards in front of over 700 people at Moonee Valley Race Course on Saturday night.

Market morning for Moe Early Learning Centre
The Moe Early Learning Centre in Fowler Street Moe, is holding a market morning on Saturday 28 October from 9am – 1pm.

15 Oct 2006 (Sunday)

Clint Eastwood - Independent Candidate for Gippsland East
‘YOU Decide OUR Future’

16 Oct 2006 (Monday)

Soundshell opening a huge success despite weather
The opening event for the Loy Yang Power Latrobe Community Soundshell on Sunday has been hailed a huge success, despite cold and inclement weather affecting attendances.

DSE Scanning The State For Bushfire Hot Spots
The Department of Sustainability and Environment has embarked on an intensive aerial surveillance campaign to identify bushfire hot spots around the state.

Whole-Crop Cereal Silage
There is growing interest in forage cereals in the pursuit of increasing the amount of home-grown forage.

Cowes Bus Service
Commuters wanting to use the new bus services running between Cowes and Wonthaggi are reminded to ring Phillip Island Bus Lines on 5952 2500 to organise a pick up.

New Bass Coast Business Awards
Bass Coast Shire Council is launching a series of new Business Awards, which the public is being asked to vote on.

Hall Queries Lack Of Gippsland Fire Ban
Nationals MP, Peter Hall has written to Victoria’s chief fire officer seeking an explanation as to why Gippsland was not declared a total fire ban area yesterday.

Bass Coast Wins Victorian Community Event Of The Year
The Bass Coast Baton Relay has won the award for the Victorian Sport and Recreation Community Event of the year.

‘YOU Decide OUR Future’
No matter what some people in our community want (us) to believe, not all is well here in Gippsland East.

Bass Coast Fire Fighters Assist At Morwell
The CFA requested that the Bass Coast Group of Fire Brigades activate two strike teams to assist in controlling the fire at the open cut coal mine near Morwell this weekend.

Green Teams To Pick Weeds From Roadsides
Roadside weeds would be used to make biodiesel under another loopy Greens policy, Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources Philip Davis said today.

Plastic Bag Challenge Is A Winner
The environment is not the only winner in the Cowes Plastic Bag Free Challenge. Three local residents – Irene Spencer, Denise Mitchell and Kellie Nichols have also been rewarded.

Government must build Bastion Point boat ramp in first year
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has written to the leaders of both major political parties to seek a commitment to ensure that the Bastion Point boat ramp at Mallacoota would be funded and constructed without delay.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin
Gippsland Campus Weekly Bulletin for week beginning Monday October 16.

23 Oct 2006 (Monday)

Clint Eastwood - Independent Candidate for Gippsland East
‘Make Your Vote Count’

24 Oct 2006 (Tuesday)

Fire Restrictions In Place Early This Year
CFA and the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) will be introducing fire restrictions for East Gippsland, Wellington, Latrobe City, Baw Baw and South Gippsland Shires from 0100 hours on Monday October 30 2006.

‘Make Your Vote Count’
From Maffra to Mallacoota, Bairnsdale to Bendoc, Stratford to Swift’s Creek, the electorate of Gippsland East is asking our local representative: What have you actually done for us over the last seven years?

Active Club Grants Open To Sporting Organisations
Nationals Member for Gippsland Province, Peter Hall encourages sporting clubs, regional sporting bodies and active recreation clubs to apply for a VicHealth Active Club Grant of up to $2,500.

Morwell Recreation Reserve ovals to be reconstructed
A $200,000 Victorian Government grant and $100,000 council contribution to improve the Morwell Recreation Reserve has been jointly announced by the Member for Morwell, Brendan Jenkins MP, and Latrobe City.

The Liberals Support Resource Industries
The first priority of the new Earth Resources Development Council (ERDC) must be to investigate permit approvals processes and access to public land for our resources industries.

Input sought on meeting future needs of older people
Latrobe City Council is currently consulting with the community in order to meet the challenge of servicing a society with increasing numbers of residents aged over 60 years.

Parents warned on the importance of immunising on time
Delaying infant immunisations can place babies and young children at unnecessary risk, Latrobe City Council’s health services manager, Andrew Mackintosh has warned.

Get into art at your local gallery
On Sunday 29 October 2006, Latrobe Regional Gallery will throw open its doors as part of the first ever Get into Art! open day event. If you have never visited your local public gallery before, this will be the perfect introduction.

Family history sessions at Traralgon Library
In November, staff at Traralgon library will be running two free information sessions for those interested in starting the intriguing journey into their family’s past.

Mayor warns over lies
Wellington Shire Council Mayor, Cr Malcolm Hole, has warned residents to be wary of people spreading malicious and unfounded rumours about Council services and charges.

25 Oct 2006 (Wednesday)

Wellington Prepares for Drought
A meeting organised by Wellington Shire Council has provided the framework for a co-ordinated response to drought across the Shire.

Party time, Cuban style at Moe Town Hall
The final concert in the Café Concert Series 2006 to be held on Sunday 5 November will see the Moe Town Hall rocking into party mode, Cuban style!

Transport Benefits For Young & Old
The Nationals Transport Policy will ensure young people and senior citizens are able to more easily get to work, attend medical appointments and social activities according to Nationals Member for Gippsland Province, PETER HALL.

29 Oct 2006 (Sunday)

Clint Eastwood - Independent Candidate for Gippsland East
‘The Decision Is Yours’

30 Oct 2006 (Monday)

Coronet Bay Goes Plastic Bag Free
From 10am on Saturday, 18 November, the Coronet Bay General Store will begin a Plastic Bag Free Challenge.

Upgrade for Boolarra Hall announced
A $148,000 upgrade of the Boolarra Memorial Hall was jointly announced by the Member for Morwell, Brendan Jenkins MP, and Latrobe City Councillor Doug Caulfield on Thursday.

Temporary Heritage Controls For Bass Coast
The Minister for Planning has approved temporary heritage protection controls for a number of individual properties and six neighbourhoods in the Bass Coast Shire.

Education Round Table
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Allan Bawden hosted a round table discussion on education last week.

‘The Decision Is Yours’
I was always taught to believe that our elected representatives (politicians), were there to act in our best interests and to fairly represent the people of the electorate. Sadly this now seems to be just a memory.

Seminar on value of small business networking
Useful advice on effective business networking will be provided at a seminar to be conducted by Latrobe City on 2 November.

Recycled Water Should Stay In Melbourne
The National Party says Melbourne’s recycled water should stay in Melbourne to meet the needs of fresh vegetable growers in areas such as the Mornington Peninsula and Werribee.

Councillors Vote For Tambo Bluff Special Charge Scheme To Proceed
East Gippsland Shire Councillors have voted to proceed with a Special Charge Scheme to provide property services and infrastructure to the Tambo Bluff Estate at Metung.

Local police numbers stretched: Ingram
Local operational police numbers are being stretched due to the number of members absent on long-term sick leave.

Fire Danger Period Introduced
A Fire Danger Period (FDP) will be introduced in Bass Coast from Monday, 30 October.

Labor Acts On Wild Dogs Four Weeks From Election
Farmers in north east Victoria have every right to be sceptical of the Bracks Labor Government which has finally taken action against wild dogs just four weeks from the State Election.

Council Serious About Water Savings
Bass Coast Shire Council is instigating a series of water reduction initiatives in response to the region’s unprecedented water shortage.

Tourism infrastructure investment must be improved: Ingram
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, said today that on his re-election, a priority of the next term would be government investment and the development of tourism infrastructure and opportunities across the region.

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