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2 Oct 2007 (Tuesday)

Free Water Efficient Showerheads For Gippsland Water Customers
Gippsland Water customers are encouraged to register for a free water saving showerhead in the third round of Gippsland Water's showerhead exchange program.

Latrobe Leisure Morwell Indoor Pool Reopens Early
With the best part of a week of the school holidays still left to be enjoyed, Latrobe Leisure has announced the reopening of the Morwell indoor pool two days ahead of schedule.

Grantville Transaction Centre Closed On 4 October
The Grantville Transaction Centre will be closed all day on Thursday 4 October.

Business And Community Encouraged To Apply For A Smart Water Fund Grant
Gippsland Water is encouraging businesses and community groups across Gippsland to take advantage of grants available in Round 5 of the Smart Water Fund.

Feedback Invited On Latrobe City Bicycle Plan
A new Latrobe City Bicycle Plan for the 2007-2010 period is now available in a draft format for public comment, and anyone who rides a bicycle is being invited to have their say.

Grand Prix Entertains Bass Coast
The Phillip Island Circuit is not the only place to enjoy the Grand Prix.

Grand Prix Safety And Traffic Tips
The 2007 Motorcycle Grand Prix is promising to be the biggest in recent memory. And that means there will be large numbers of bikes, cars and visitors in Bass Coast from 12-14 October.

Weedbuster Field Day
A special Weed Information Day focusing on serrated tussock will be held in the Valencia Creek area on Saturday, October 13.

3 Oct 2007 (Wednesday)

24O Litre Bins To Be Returned For Garbage And Green Waste
East Gippsland Shire Councillors last night voted to give 240-litre garbage bins to residents who are unable to make use of the vouchers recently issued for green waste disposal.

Tour Of Tasmania Day 1 – Stages 1 & 2
Second Meyer Fire In A Week, West Australian Blazes To Tour Lead

4 Oct 2007 (Thursday)

Tour Of Tasmania Day 2 – Stages 3 & 4
Meyer clings to lead but under threat

Ingram To Attend Planning Meeting At Dargo
The Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram will attend a public meeting in Dargo next week to address residents’ concerns on new rural zoning that has been implemented in the region.

Shire Calls A Halt To Bastion Point Boat Ramp Ees Process
The East Gippsland Shire has sought a halt to the Bastion Point Environmental Effects Study (EES) Panel proceedings because of a surprising late submission from the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE)

Ingram Calls For Retention Of Key Public Payphones
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has backed East Gippsland Shire Council in its submission to retain public payphones in key locations across his electorate.

Japanese Day Packed With Culture And Entertainment
An insight into preparing Sashimi, a visiting Japanese calligraphy master demonstrating his art form, and a dynamic drumming performance from Wadaiko Rindo are among the highlights to be enjoyed on Sunday 14 October,

5 Oct 2007 (Friday)

Water Restrictions Lifted In Boisdale, Stratford And Maffra
Gippsland Water has announced that water restrictions will be lifted for customers in Boisdale, Maffra, and Stratford, who are currently on Stage Two Water Restrictions. This will take effect from 1am on Monday 8 October 2007.

Bass Coast Grand Prix Fever
A busy weekend is expected on Bass Coast roads for the 2007 GMC Motorcycle Grand Prix on Phillip Island.

Review Of Footpath Trading
Bass Coast Shire Council is currently undertaking a review of footpath trading in all areas of the Shire.

Grants Of Up To $100,000 For Innovative Water Saving Projects
Grants of up to $100,000 are available to East Gippsland businesses and community groups for innovative water saving projects, under a statewide initiative supported by East Gippsland Water.

Ken Harper Alpines Again
At 82 years of age is Ken Harper the Oldest Rally Driver in the world?

Candowie dive team gives underwater overview
A four-man diver team went into the depths of Candowie Reservoir on Thursday, doing an underwater survey as part of regular maintenance.

Westernport Water survey starts October 11
Customers of Westernport Water will be chosen at random for the annual customer satisfaction survey starting October 11.

8 Oct 2007 (Monday)

Workshop To Assist Understand Small Business Finance
A workshop designed to assist those in business or just starting out to be more financially analytical will be conducted by Latrobe City Council on Thursday 11 October at the Latrobe City offices in Kay Street Traralgon.

Sewer Pump Station And Rising Main Upgraded At Bellbird Park
Gippsland Water has recently completed a $500,000 upgrade of the sewer pump station and rising main at Bellbird Park in Drouin.

Day 5 – Stages 9 & 10
Scotland And England Reign Supreme

Day 4 – Stages 7 & 8
Young & Old Win Stages – Teenager Maintains Grip On Tour

Bikers To Gatecrash Seniors’ Expo En-Route To Island
One-thousand motorbike riders arriving on the scene in the middle of a seniors’ festival wellbeing expo may seem a bit bizarre to some, but for many seniors later this week, they’ll be right in their element, and among friends.

Day 6 – Stage 11 (Final)
Meyer And "Macca" Steal The Show In Tassie

Be Inspired With Seniors’ Activities In Latrobe
This year’s Victorian Seniors’ Festival with the theme ‘Be Inspired’, will be celebrated through a week jam-packed with a wide variety of events including a country concert,

10 Oct 2007 (Wednesday)

It’S Official - Melbourne Cup Day Is A Holday
The Minister for Small Business, Joe Helper, has formally declared Tuesday 6 November 2007 a public holiday in Bass Coast Shire.

Immunisation Is Not Just For Infants
October is Immunisation Awareness month and Latrobe City Council is reminding residents that immunisations are not just for babies and young children.

Tidy Towns Win – Great For The Whole Of Latrobe
Moe’s success in Saturday’s 2007 Sustainable Communities Tidy Towns State Awards has been hailed by Latrobe City mayor, Cr Tony Zimora as not just a win for Moe, but a win for the whole Latrobe community.

Opportunity For Fishing Grants
Information about the Recreational Fishing Grants Program (RFGP) 2007/08 is now available through the office of Eastern Region MP Peter Hall, who is urging local groups and anglers to take advantage of the 2008 funding round.

Calligraphy Features At Japanese Day And At Gallery
Japanese calligraphy artist Takeo Fujita will demonstrate the ancient and beautiful art of calligraphy at Japanese Day taking place 10.30am – 3.30pm at Kernot Hall this Sunday 14 October.

New – and familiar – faces for Westernport Water board
The State Government has appointed three new directors to the board of Westernport Water and retained the two directors seeking re-appointment.

Survey To Help Inform Better Public Library Marketing
Latrobe City will be conducting surveys in the Moe, Churchill, Morwell and Traralgon central business districts later this week, seeking random comments from the community on existing public library services.

11 Oct 2007 (Thursday)

Water, water everywhere ... and more of it!
Candowie Reservoir is bigger than before – a new survey of the reservoir’s capacity has shown it holds 2.5% more water than originally thought.

12 Oct 2007 (Friday)

Call For By-Pass Inquiry Results
The State Government’s delay in announcing the results of an inquiry into plans for a Traralgon by-pass is creating uncertainty in the local community, according to The National Party.

October Is Immunisation Month
Celebrate Immunisation Month by making sure your child’s immunisation is up to date. That is the message from Bass Coast Shire Council’s Environmental Health team.

News Bulletin
11 October 2007

Police Deserve Praise: Hall
Eastern Region MP Peter Hall has heaped praise on local police, making a point of congratulating in Parliament a number of local force members recognised with service medals.

New Sudanese Community Organisation To Help Settlement
The establishment of a local Sudanese community organisation to provide leadership, support and advice to help strengthen refugee integration into the wider Latrobe community,

Finance Workshop To Understand What Financiers Want
A workshop designed to assist those in business or just starting out to better understand what financiers want, will be conducted by Latrobe City Council on Thursday 18 October at the civic centre in Kay Street Traralgon.

Best Dressed Businesses Celebrate
Businesses from across Bass Coast Shire celebrated the 50 Best Dressed Businesses Awards in Cowes.

Spring Into Weed Busting
People across Bass Coast are being urged to weed bust their way through Spring.

Bass Coast Planning Scheme Review
Are you interested in development and building in our Shire? Are you concerned about how Bass Coast will look in 2030?

Schools Get Ready To Walk
Schools across Bass Coast Shire are getting ready for Walk to School Day on Wednesday 24 October.

Customer Service Week Awards At Bass Coast
Bass Coast Shire Council rewarded exceptional customer service as part of last week’s national Customer Service Week celebrations.

Council Staff Step Out
October has been renamed Walktober and Bass Coast Shire Council is supporting the initiative with a Walk to Work day on Wednesday, 17 October.

Senior Citizen Of The Year Announced
Luba Dudek of Newborough was announced as Latrobe City’s Senior Citizen of the Year at an awards ceremony at Kernot Hall on Wednesday.

Public Warned Against Removing Dog Traps
Recently a significant number of capture devices used to control wild dogs have disappeared from where they have been set.

Share In Children’S Week
Families and children across Bass Coast will be celebrating Children’s Week from 20 - 28 October.

Small And Home-Based Business Info Now On Council Website
Latrobe City Council’s business development team has released a range of internet services on its website, to further enhance the range of services provided to new and existing businesses.

13 Oct 2007 (Saturday)

Take up the ‘Brie-change’ challenge
BORED by ‘sea-change’? Uninspired by ‘tree-change’? Perhaps you need a ‘Brie-change’. Passionate cheese lovers are invited to apply for one of three annual cheesemaker scholarships offered by Dairy Australia.

15 Oct 2007 (Monday)

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter October 2007 NHW area LTB1 (NHW 121)
Magnetic Toys, Burglaries, Internet Dating Scams, Internet Chat Rooma, Police Crime Report.

Record GP ups water use by 20%
Westernport Water said supplies coped well with the record influx of bike-fans this weekend, with about a 20% increase on average October water use.

Forthcoming Legislation
I wish to advise the residents of the Eastern Region electorate of the following pieces of legislation which have been presented to Parliament.

Lessons To Learn From Sydney Desalination
Bass Coast can learn a great deal about desalination from the experience of Sutherland Shire in Sydney.

Ingram Supports Dargo Planning Concerns
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has taken community concerns to the Victorian Planning Minister following a meeting in Dargo

17 Oct 2007 (Wednesday)

Politics In the Pub
The GTLC is hosting Bill Shorten at two 'Politics In the Pub' events in Traralgon & Sale on Wednesday October 14th Grand Junction Hotel Traralgon 6pm – 7pm, Gippsland Hotel, Sale 8pm – 9pm

18 Oct 2007 (Thursday)

Film Festival
This is just a quick reminder that Bairnsdale Cinema’s International festival of outstanding films will play over the weekend of Friday Nov 16/Saturday 17 and Sunday 18

Public Misses Out If Commercial Fishing Banned
Plans to ban netting by commercial fishermen in Western Port and other parts of the State could deny people the opportunity of purchasing fresh, local fish right across the State, according to The Nationals.

Free Greenwaste Disposal Days For Fire Hazard Cleanups
Latrobe City residents are being provided with two weekends this year where they can dispose of trailer loads of green waste free of charge at Pine Gro’s green waste collection centres.

Water Water - 2007 Arts Festival Launch
The 2007 Water Water Arts Festival will be launched on Monday 22 October at a special performance by Badi Assad presented by the Water Water Festival in Association with the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts.

Council Adopts Structure Plans For Latrobe’S Key Towns
Structure plans for Churchill, Moe/Newborough, Morwell and Traralgon were adopted by Latrobe City Council on Monday night.

Latrobe Wins Sister City Program Recognition
Latrobe City Council has won Australia-wide recognition for its innovative sister city program with the City of Taizhou in China.

Immunisation Needs A Whole Of Life Approach
As part of Gippsland Immunisation Month, Latrobe City Council is reminding residents about the importance of continuing immunisation through the whole of life and not just during childhood and school.

Gun Licence Renewal Should Be Automatic
Automatic renewal of firearms licences should take place every five years, rather than requiring gun owners to reapply for the licence again, according to the Victorian Nationals.

19 Oct 2007 (Friday)

Scouring To Improve Water Supply For Trafalgar And Yarragon Customers
Gippsland Water will undertake scouring works on water mains that supply Yarragon and Trafalgar on 23 and 25 October to ensure safe drinking water continues to be delivered to customers in these towns.

Community Invited To Traralgon Water Treatment Plant Open Day
The Traralgon Water Treatment Plant will be open to the public next weekend following a $5.51 million dollar upgrade.

Raymond Island Ferry Out
East Gippsland Shire has announced that the Raymond Island ferry will be out of service from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm next Tuesday, 23 October.

22 Oct 2007 (Monday)

Melbourne Cup Comes Early To Bass Coast
Bass Coast will have a head start in the Melbourne Cup, when the Emirates Melbourne Cup visits the Shire on Sunday 28 October.

Temporary Closure Of Dalyston-Glen Forbes Road (Dakins Bend Widening)
A section of Dalyston-Forbes Road will be temporarily closed from 29 October for approximately two weeks.

Bass Coast Gears Up For Cup Weekend
Bass Coast is set for an influx of visitors over the Melbourne Cup weekend in November.

Gold Coast Desalination Visit
A second desalination plant visit has provided more information for Bass Coast.

Immunise For Life
Bass Coast Shire Council is reminding residents about the importance of continuing immunisation throughout life and not just during childhood and school.

23 Oct 2007 (Tuesday)

Federal Labor's Tax Plan a big win for families in Gippsland; Rowe
Labor Candidate for Gippsland, Jane Rowe, said that Federal Labor’s Tax Plan for Australia’s Future will deliver real tax savings for families while at the same time helping secure the nation’s long-term prosperity.

Community Opinion Sought On Hard Waste Service
Latrobe City council is inviting community comment on the hard waste service prior to a meeting of the review group taking place at the end of October.

‘Le Tour’ Begins In Orbost Next Week
Wheelchair Sports Victoria’s handcycling team begins ‘Le Tour 2007 Orbost to Melbourne’ next Monday, 22 October.

Council Welcomes Funding Announcement
Wellington Shire Council has welcomed an announcement from Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Nationals Mark Vaile for $250 million to fund the duplication of the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale.

Childcare; Labor helping Gippsland’s working families; Rowe
Labor candidate for Gippsland, Jane Rowe has applauded Kevin Rudd’s commitment to increase childcare assistance to Australian Families. Ms Rowe, herself a working mum, said that working families in Gippsland were ‘under pressure like never before.'

Culture And Tradition Torn To Shreds In ‘The Club’
David Williamson’s ‘The Club’, featuring well known actor John Wood, will feature at the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre at 8pm on Thursday 8 November 2007.

Business Succession Planning Workshop
A workshop designed to assist those in business or just starting out to be more informed about successful business succession planning will be conducted by Latrobe City

Wattle Point Boat Ramp Reopened
The Wattle Point boat ramp that was recently closed after the adjacent landing and jetty was burnt to water level by vandals has been re-opened.

Dairy Effluent Too Good To Waste!
Dairy effluent is a wonderful mix of water packed with nutrients, so it’s plain common sense not to waste a resource that comes for free and helps grow good grass for your cows.

24 Oct 2007 (Wednesday)

Gippsland Water Invites Seaspray Customers To Community Meeting
Gippsland Water customers in Seaspray are invited to attend a community information session at the Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club on Monday 5 November from 10:30am to discuss and find out more

Long Live Jug Band Music!
Have you ever heard anyone playing a jug? If you have, you will appreciate the effort and expertise involved in making an empty vessel sound musical.

Get Into Art! Open Day At Latrobe Regional Gallery
Fun and inspiration will be on offer at Latrobe Regional Gallery on Sunday 28 October as part of the second annual statewide Get into Art! open day.

Bass Coast Heats Up
The arrival of warmer weather and the increased population bring an added challenge for Bass Coast Shire Council’s Community Safety team.

25 Oct 2007 (Thursday)

Profit and praise in Westernport Water’s drought year
Westernport Water finished a drought-hit 2006/07 with a $56,000 net profit, down slightly from the previous year.

Westernport Water hails Cowes horticultural haven
Olga Bolitho’s magnificent Cowes garden has been named the Urban Landcare garden of the year.

26 Oct 2007 (Friday)

Bass Coast Appointments
Bass Coast Shire Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Allan Bawden, has announced a number of new staff appointments.

News Bulletin
24 October 2007

Immunisation Month - Beating The Virus
Bass Coast Shire Council is now able to provide a rotavirus vaccine for babies born after 1 May 2007.

Innovation Gippsland 2008 – Developing Our Future Today
Innovation Gippsland, Gippsland’s celebration of innovation, is seeking expressions of interest from businesses and community groups for inclusion in the 2008 program, which will run from the last week of

Free Green Waste Disposal
Bass Coast Shire Council is providing its usual free green waste disposal service in the lead up to summer.

Take Care Over Busy Long Weekend
With a busy weekend expected over the Melbourne Cup long weekend, Bass Coast Shire Council is urging everyone to take care.

28 Oct 2007 (Sunday)

‘Nationals sold rural telco customers out when they sold Telstra off’; Rowe
Jane Rowe applauding the provision of broadband for a number of Gippsland communities said the ‘last gasp’ effort by McGauran only highlighted the Nationals failure to secure rural telecommunications services when they voted to sell off Telstra'.

Gippsland ‘short changed’ by ‘tricky’ National Party road promise; Rowe
Labor Candidate for Gippsland, Jane Rowe has slammed the Federal Member for Gippsland, Peter McGauran for what she describes as "short changing the people of Gippsland and Victorian taxpayers".

29 Oct 2007 (Monday)

Council Targets Dust
Bass Coast Shire Council has begun another round of dust suppressant treatments on some of its unsealed urban roads.

Latrobe Launches Objection To Exploration Licence
Latrobe City is preparing an objection to a Notice of Application for Exploration Licence - EL 5110 advertised in the Latrobe Valley Express on Thursday 18 October 2007.

Gippsland Water And Community Reach Agreement On Project
Gippsland Water is pleased to have reached agreement with concerned Warragul community members regarding a proposed structure that will prevent spills from one of the town’s major sewer systems.

Rowe tells McGauran; "Mealy mouthed words won’t work with the Gippsland community"
Labor Candidate for Gippsland, Jane Rowe has reacted angrily to claims by the Member for Gippsland and Federal Minister in the Howard Government that the Howard government had ‘made it abundantly clear it would not build nuclear power stations’

$500 Rebate To Cut Power Bills In Rental Homes – Federal Labor's Low Emission Plan For Renters
A Rudd Labor Government will give a rebate of up to $500 to install energy-efficient insulation in rental homes in Gippsland in a practical measure to help fight climate change, Labor Candidate Jane Rowe said today.

30 Oct 2007 (Tuesday)

Federal Labor To Support Paynesville Community And Health Hub
Federal Labor has committed to provide $1 million to the development of the Paynesville Community Centre and a Paynesville Medical Clinic, Jane Rowe, Federal Labor Candidate for Gippsland announced today.

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