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1 Oct 2009 (Thursday)

Changes strain local learning networks
Drastic funding cuts to Gippsland’s Local Learning and Employment Networks will substantially erode their ability to provide services to assist the region’s students in the transition from school to work.

No Charge Green Waste Weekend Brought Forward For ‘Fire Action Week’
Latrobe City residents are being urged to take advantage of a no-charge green waste disposal weekend being held on the weekend of Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October.

State's hit and miss list on country regions
MP Philip Davis accuses the State Government of publishing grossly misleading information on a new web site listing state projects being undertaken in country regions.

5 Oct 2009 (Monday)

Smart Water Fund Round 7 now open for applications
The Smart Water Fund has AUD$2 million worth of funding available for innovative water management projects across Victoria.

Auditor-General to hold Snowy inquiry
The Victorian Auditor-General will conduct a formal inquiry into the handling of the State Government’s commitment to restore the Snowy River.

8 Oct 2009 (Thursday)

Help Needed To Crack Down On Illegal Firewood Collection
Latrobe City Council is calling on the community to help identify firewood poachers who are illegally destroying stands of native vegetation around Lake Narracan and a number of other bushland reserves across the municipality.

Parkin Announced As Australia Day Ambassador
Bass Coast Shire Council is proud to announce that David Parkin, former coach of Fitzroy, Hawthorn and Carlton Football Clubs, will be the Bass Coast Australia Day Ambassador at celebrations on 26 January 2010.

Bass Coast Vision Highly Commended
Bass Coast’s community vision, Guiding Bass Coast towards 2030, has received a highly commended award in the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) Victorian Awards for Excellence.

Revellers Have A ‘Ball’ For Charity
Over 200 people attended the Mayoral Charity Ball on Friday night, raising money for the Bass Coast Community Foundation.

Lake Narracan 5 Knot Restriction Lifted
Waters skiers and boating enthusiasts can once again enjoy recreational activities at Lake Narracan, following the lifting of the 5 Knot speed restriction on the lake after recent rain.

Northe Secures Rebate Win For Fire-Affected Residents
People who lost their homes in the 2009 bushfires now have access to the Regional Solar Hot Water rebate program, the Nationals Member for Morwell, Russell Northe said today.

No Charge Green Waste Weekend Brought Forward For ‘Fire Action Week’
Latrobe City residents are being urged to take advantage of a no-charge green waste disposal weekend being held on the weekend of Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October.

9 Oct 2009 (Friday)

Environmental health community grants
Community grants aimed at improving environmental health are now available.

Prepare. Act. Survive
Bass Coast Shire Council is encouraging all residents to use Bushfire Action Week (11 to 18 October) to start preparations for the coming fire danger period.

BMX Track Delayed
A celebration to mark the opening of the new Coronet Bay BMX Track has been put on hold.

National Water Week - free flow restrictors available
National Water Week runs from 18 October – 24 October 2009. This year’s theme is ‘securing our water future’. To celebrate, Westernport Water is giving away free outdoor flow restrictors to customers who visit the Newhaven office.

Register At Morwell For The Barry Sheene Tribute Ride
Over 1000 motorcycles are expected to roar through Morwell on Thursday 15 October with the start of the 7th annual ‘Ride to the GP – a Tribute to Barry Sheene’ event.

Senior Citizen Of The Year Announced
Gloria Whalan is Latrobe City’s Senior Citizen of the Year, following the announcement of her award at the Senior Citizen week Country Concert held at Kernot Hall on Thursday.

Country students need extra uni support
The Member for Eastern Victoria, Philip Davis, says the State Government should put its full support behind a Youth Parliament Bill that seeks increased support for students who have to move out of home to attend university.

Praise For Local Safety Initiatives
Local road safety initiatives aimed at reducing traffic crashes and improving driver and pedestrian safety have been praised at the formal launch held on Wednesday.

Interruption to water supply
Westernport Region Water Corporation will be undertaking planned essential maintenance work on the Corinella Road water mains serving Corinella, Coronet Bay and Tenby Point.

10 Oct 2009 (Saturday)

Entries for the Yokohama Alpine Rally Oversubscribed
The Yokohama Alpine gets bigger and better every running with this year’s event set to run a full field of 115 of Australia’s best Classic Rally Cars and crews.

11 Oct 2009 (Sunday)

Farming and health conference serves up food for thought
Urban wasteland vegetable gardens, a Landcare-type movement to save our soils and a Victorian Ministry of Food … those were some of the innovations raised at last Tuesday’s ground-breaking Food, Farming and Health conference.

12 Oct 2009 (Monday)

Community Planning Continues
Community members from Smiths Beach, Sunderland Bay, Sunset Strip and Surf Beach have a further chance to be part of a Community Planning Workshop this month.

Towering Standpipes Come Down At Eagle Point And Paynesville
Armed with boom lifts, specialist cutting equipment and a 25 tonne crane, engineering contractors are about to dismantle two disused, 20 metre high standpipes in Eagle Point and Paynesville.

13 Oct 2009 (Tuesday)

Country left behind with broadband
Victoria’s Internet broadband program has utterly failed country communities, the Member for Eastern Victoria, Philip Davis, said today.

15 Oct 2009 (Thursday)

Westernport Water shows profit in 2009 annual report
Keeping costs under control has paid dividends for Westernport Water with its newly released annual report showing the organisation recorded a modest net profit* of AUD$2.985 million in 2008/09.

16 Oct 2009 (Friday)

Ingram Increases Calls For Government To Step-Up Wild Dog Control
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Joe Helper, to boost resources and substantially increase efforts to deal with the wild dog problem within his electorate.

Anglers Views Invited For Gippsland Fishery Management
Recreational anglers are being encouraged to have a say in the development of the East Gippsland Fishery Management Plan.

$2 Million In Smart Water Fund Grants Available To East Gippsland Water Customers
Grants of up to $100,000 are available to community groups, not-for-profit organisations, businesses and individuals to help with their development of smarter, innovative ways to save water -

Local Businesses Celebrate The Gp
The business community turned out in force to support the Annual Best Dressed Business Awards Competition at Silverwater Resort, on Tuesday, 13 October 2009.

Business Awards Postponed
The 2009 SuperPages Bass Coast Business Awards, scheduled for 26 October 2009, have been postponed. The Awards will now be held in April/May 2010.

Full-Stream Ahead To Maximise Efficiency And Reliability Of Water Services
The $1.5 million roll-out of an advanced remote monitoring system covering many of East Gippsland Water’s water treatment plants and pump stations has just been completed.

Fun Day At Chisholm
Members of the Bass Coast Children’s Provider Network are holding local events to celebrate Children’s Week which runs from 24 October to 1 November.

Expo For Those Building, Rebuilding Or Renovating In Rural Areas
Latrobe City Council is hosting a ‘Bushfire Recovery and Rebuilding Expo’ between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 31 October 2009 at the Performing Arts Centre, Grey Street, Traralgon. Admission on the day is free.

Illustrator And Author Leigh Hobbs To Visit Traralgon Library
Children and adults from Latrobe City will be given the opportunity to learn more about the magic of writing and drawing directly from one of the craft’s masters, Leigh Hobbs, when he visits Traralgon Library on Wednesday 28 October 2009 from 4pm.

Pet Expo At Foreshore
A pet expo including dog obedience demonstrations, grooming, horse shoeing and a pet show for the ugliest, cutest, best dressed and most talented pet will be held on the San Remo Foreshore on Saturday, 24 October from 10am to 3pm.

Health Warning On Semi-Dried Tomatoes
Latrobe City Council has received advice from the Victorian Department of Health for consumers to avoid eating semi-dried tomatoes unless they are thoroughly cooked.

Community Turns Out To Celebrate Memorial Park
A large crowd turned out on Sunday, 11 October, for the official opening of the Grantville & District Memorial Park.

Govt backs off Gippsland train changes
Government plans to terminate Gippsland trains at Flinders Street instead of Southern Cross Station have been put on hold following an overwhelming backlash from the regional community and complaints aired in State Parliament.

Ag News: 13/10/2009
Includes: Dairy reminders for October and Farming Diary

Ingram Welcomes Fee Structure Refinements For Country Pubs, Bars
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has welcomed refinements to fee structures as part of a state-wide liquor licensing reform announced today by the Minister for Consumer Affairs.

Local Business Advised To Register Interest In Desal Project
Over forty Latrobe City businesses were recently provided with an overview of how to gain business opportunities by AquaSure, the consortium leading the $3.5 billion desalination project, to be built near Wonthaggi.

Traralgon Indoor Pool Feasibility Study Begins
The feasibility of developing an indoor aquatic and leisure facility in Traralgon is currently being evaluated, with public input being invited this week to inform the process.

21 Oct 2009 (Wednesday)

City’S Annual Report Given Tick Of Approval
Latrobe City Council’s 2008/09 Annual Report has been released to the public following its endorsement at Monday night’s council meeting.

Latrobe City Council And Wellington Shire Council Announce Alliance
Latrobe City Council and Wellington Shire Council have agreed to sign a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding officially forming the Coal Councils Australia Alliance.

Bushfire Funding To Boost Local Communities
Additional funding allocated to bushfire-affected communities in Gippsland is a positive step forward for those still coming to terms with the devastating fires earlier this year, Member for Morwell Russell Northe said today.

Hawthorn Footy Club To Encourage Your Say On Traralgon Cbd Safety
A number of high profile senior AFL players from the Hawthorn Football Club will be visiting Traralgon on Wednesday 4 November

Steven Richards to drive IYK 000 at the Alpine
Ford V8 Supercar driver Steven Richards has today confirmed he will drive the famous ex works Ford Motorsport Escort RS1800 "IYK 000" at the Yokohama Alpine Rally Media Day.

Prepare Yourselves For Spontaneous Broadway
The improvised hit show ‘Spontaneous Broadway’ comes to the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre in Traralgon on Thursday 22 October from 8pm and it’s bound to be a blast.

Nominations Open For Latrobe Access And Inclusion Awards
Nominations are now open for the 2009 ‘Latrobe Access and Inclusion Awards’.

Get Into Art!’ Open Day At The Gallery On Sunday
The Latrobe Regional Gallery will unite with 36 other public galleries across the state this coming Sunday, 25 October, to offer Victorians free fun, adventure and inspiration during the annual ‘Get into Art!’ open day.

22 Oct 2009 (Thursday)

Tough going for country students--report
The report of a tracking study released October 22 confirms country students fare much worse than their metropolitan counterparts in the take-up of university places.

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27 Oct 2009 (Tuesday)

Govt harvests personal details in web site con
Premier John Brumby is trying to trick Victorians into disclosing their names and email addresses to gain access to the web site containing the Government’s media releases, says the Member for Eastern Victoria, Philip Davis.

29 Oct 2009 (Thursday)

Holding derails Gippsland water strategy
State Parliament has been told the Minister for Water, Tim Holding, has undermined the current consultative process to develop a sustainable water strategy for Gippsland.

30 Oct 2009 (Friday)

Not so scary chainsaws - ready for the bushfire season
No it isn’t the set for the latest Hollywood schlock-fest.

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