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1 Sep 2004 (Wednesday)

Boisdale/Briagolong Community Meeting – 14 September

Final Call For Community Input To Fire Operations Plans
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) would like to remind the Gippsland community that the closing date for comments on the regional Fire Operations Plan is on Friday September 10.

Cricket Club scores a hit through Community Grants
A project funded through Latrobe City Council’s 2003/2004 Community Grants program has proven a big hit with the players and committee members of the Ex Students Cricket Club in Traralgon.

National Meals on Wheels Day celebrated
Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Darrell White, Crs Bob Smith and Bruce Lougheed, CEO Paul Buckley and the City’s Executive Team, celebrated National Meals on Wheels Day on Wednesday together with local MPs Brendan Jenkins and Peter Hall.

2 Sep 2004 (Thursday)

Bairnsdale to host premier Victorian Indigenous sporting
Some of Victoria’s best Indigenous sporting talent will be on display at Bairnsdale over the first Friday and Saturday of October.

Netball club facilities upgraded through grants program
Netballers with the Newborough Football Netball Club have enjoyed new changing room facilities since the season began in April. The rooms, built with a Latrobe City Council Community Grant, were constructed during the off season.

Council announces second WNBL basketball tournament
Wellington Shire Council has scored yet another sports coup for Gippsland, as it is to host its second major pre-season Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) tournament featuring top Australian teams.

Wellington’s favourite place revealed

Consult before removing native vegetation
Wellington Shire Council is reminding all landowners and landholders that a planning permit is required to remove, destroy or lop native vegetation on private and public property.

Nominations Called For 2004 Sport And Rec Awards
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province PETER HALL has welcomed the opening of the 2004 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards.

Free information night on business planning program

3 Sep 2004 (Friday)

Council seeks Labor commitment to expansion of RAAF East Sale
Wellington Shire Council will be calling on the Labor Party to publicly commit to the expansion of RAAF East Sale, in the event that it becomes the next Government, during a meeting with Shadow Minister for Defence Kim Beazley on Monday 6 September.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Australia Day Award Nominations Invited Now
Who do you think should get our Shire’s Citizen of the Year award next January? Don’t hesitate to collect a nomination form and let the councillors know who the diligent community workers are in your area.

Great Alpine Road working group formed

Interim Measures To Protect Groundwater
Council has welcomed the more specific details recently received from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clarifying the land area required for houses to dispose of wastewater in sandy soils, with minimal risk to the ground water.

Looking for free business advice?
Wellington Shire Council is inviting small business operators from around the shire to join the growing list of Wellington companies benefiting from the Small Business Victoria free advice service.

Latrobe’s Family Day Care careproviders keep fit and healthy
Latrobe City Family Day Care recently held a Yoga and Pilates class for their careproviders at the Morwell Leisure Centre.

Council to develop better support system for young families

Lots of Springtime activity at Latrobe City’s libraries

5 Sep 2004 (Sunday)

Trucking Industry Reform (Howard Emanuel)
The importance to a country like Australia of a vibrant and sustainable trucking industry is beyond question and beyond doubt. Read More...

6 Sep 2004 (Monday)

Start made on Franklin Street playground
The development of the open space on Franklin Street in Traralgon has commenced, with the building up of the playground base in preparation for installation of playground equipment and infrastructure.

"VSF Academy Program to oversee exciting State Wide Competition"

Popular author to talk teens
Wellington Shire Council’s Library Service is presenting a series of free presentations by popular author, Robert Corbet titled ‘Inside a Teenagers Head’ as part of the State Library’s Writers on the Road series.

Mayor’s Message
The South Gippsland community will be pleased to know that Ned Dennis has this week been confirmed as our Community Strengthening Coordinator on a permanent basis, confirming Council’s ongoing commitment to community development.

Woodside Beach community invited to provide beach reserve feedback

7 Sep 2004 (Tuesday)

Gippsland Women In Business Network
The Gippsland Women In Business Network met on Wednesday 1st September at the MarkQuay Restaurant in Warragul. Forty-eight women attended to take part and make the most of a great networking opportunity.

Minimising The Risk Of Contamination At Milking
Once freshly calved cows are in the dairy and being milked, there are still a number of factors that influence their risk of mastitis infection.

Peter Hall To Spend Day At Loy Yang
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province PETER HALL will spend this Thursday working with the Loy Yang Power Company as part of an innovative MPs in Business program.

Country Action Grant Scheme applications sought
Wellington Shire Council is encouraging eligible community groups running initiatives which increase the inclusiveness of sport and active recreation in the community to apply for grants under the 2005 Country Action Grant Scheme.

SALE SONICS are back on the court in CBC Competition
Sale Amateur Basketball Association (SABA) will again enter a Sale Sonics Men's and Women's team into the Country Basketball Conference competition

Council lobbies Shadow Defence Minister
Wellington Shire is pleased that yesterday’s visit by Shadow Minister for Defence Kim Beazley resulted in the Labor Party’s absolute and public commitment to fast-track the relocation of the RAAF Training College from Point Cook to RAAF East Sale.

8 Sep 2004 (Wednesday)

Local printer attracts national clients
Churchill based business, Gippsland Trade Printers, has proved that a regional business can successfully cater to a national clientele.

East Gippsland Councillor Portfolio System Formalised
The East Gippsland Shire Council has formalised the Councillor portfolio system that was introduced after the 2003 elections.

East Gippsland Shire Council To Present Motions
The East Gippsland Shire Council will present four motions to the National General Assembly of Local Government to be held in Canberra from 7-10 November.

Wellington Council warns of illegal building dangers
Wellington Shire Council has joined forces with Archicentre* and Victoria ’s Municipal Building Surveyors in a campaign to warn residents of the dangers of undertaking illegal building on their properties.

Wurruk residents have your say on shared pathway
Wurruk residents are being invited to have their say on proposals for a shared pathway linking Wurruk with Sale, at a special meeting organised by Wellington Shire Council for Monday 20 September.

East Gippsland Shire Council Meeting Times to Change
East Gippsland Shire Council Meetings will change to 6.00 pm on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 21 September.

Taizhou students visit their Moe Sister School
Moe’s Elizabeth Street Primary School recently hosted seven students and two teachers from its Chinese Sister School, Taizhou Experimental Primary School, treating the visitors to a week of organised activities throughout the region.

9 Sep 2004 (Thursday)

Neighbourhood Watch Area LTB1 Bridle Estate September Newsletter (NHW87)
Our NHW Area, Incidence of Crime on Bridle Estate, Child Safety, Police Crime Report.

10 Sep 2004 (Friday)

School holiday workshops at Gallery
The Latrobe Regional Gallery will be running an exciting program of Spring holiday workshops for children throughout September.

Minister To Open "Livestock Motel"
"Soft floors and internal lighting designed to create a stress-free environment" could well sound like the description for a five star motel.

Minister Opens "Livestock Motel"
"Soft floors and internal lighting designed to create a stress-free environment" could well sound like the description for a five star motel.

Sarah Adams’ ‘Rest Area’ landscapes showing at Gallery

13 Sep 2004 (Monday)

Wellington Shire Council is inviting its younger residents to attend a free FReeZACentral workshop covering work in the music industry on 22 September.

School holiday fun at your library
Wellington Shire Council is inviting all children to get along to their local library during the coming school holidays and join in the fun of the activity programs on offer.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Latrobe "Energy" Basketball – Successful Year Behind Us
The Latrobe City Basketball LATROBE "ENERGY" Season 2004 has concluded with what can possible be the most successful season on and off the court for the Association can as a group.

Ryan's Transport Leongatha Wins Again
For the second year running, Ryan’s Transport has won the prestigious "State Carrier of the Year Award" at the Australian Freight industry Awards.

14 Sep 2004 (Tuesday)

Regional Telecommunications Inquiry public submissions are due September 17th
Are you concerned about the quality of Telecommunications in our region? Now you've got an opportunity to have your say.

Children’s bicycle education gets Bunnings support

Business Boost for St Paul's Anglican Grammar
On Friday September 3rd a Year 11 team from St Paul's Anglican Grammar School in Warragul presented a sparkling motivational seminar to an enthusiastic crowd of over 60 guests in the Science Centre - Lecture Theatre.

15 Sep 2004 (Wednesday)

What's happening in the township of Buchan?
If you have not been in Buchan in the past year then you may not be aware that things are a changing. So let me try to get you up to date as much as I can.

Latrobe chosen to host Southern University Games
Latrobe City Council has accomplished a major sporting coup in being chosen as the host city for the 2005, 2007 and 2009 Southern University Games.

Government Wind Farm Information Wrong: Hall
Gippsland MP Peter Hall is keeping the pressure on over wind farm planning in South Gippsland, and will call on the Parliament to condemn the Government for its refusal to acknowledge the effect of windfarms on local communities.

Ingram calls on federal candidates to tackle council funding

16 Sep 2004 (Thursday)

Internet gateway encouraging new residents to Gippsland goes live
The six Gippsland Councils, including Wellington Shire, have just launched an information website – – aimed at encouraging more people to settle in the region, particularly from metropolitan centres.

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) - The Issues (Howard Emanuel)
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) can be the result of a Sporting, Vehicle, or Work Accident. Alcohol and/or Substance Abuse, Stroke, Brain Tumor, Surgery, Illness or a lack of oxygen to the brain. Read more...

TELSTRA; Maximum Profit, Minimum Effort - Howard Emanuel
With the recent announcement by Telstra of a record $4.18 billion dollar annual profit, the carrier's arguments regarding the high set-up costs... Read More...

New Bracks Tax
The Bracks Government has lumped Victorians with another new tax, imposing a five per cent increase on water bills.

Community Self Help Provided The Solutions
While State Government funding and support from the Council was vital to the ‘post fire’ period in and around Omeo, it was the willingness of the community to help itself that was most important.

New program set to assist small-town business
Wellington Shire Council’s small-town businesses will benefit from development and growth opportunities as part of the shire’s latest business development initiative - the Satellite Centres’ Revitalisation project.

Old Tip Road Is Temporary Site
The transfer trailer to be used as part of the new waste disposal arrangements for Ensay will be temporarily located on the old tip road pending results of submissions from local residents.

Community invited to meeting for update on RAAF college relocation project
As a result of Wellington Shire's continuing push for the expansion of RAAF East Sale, there is to be another information session to update local residents and businesses on the transfer of the Officer Training College from Point Cook to the base.

Track Health Check
The return of significant rainfall to parts of Gippsland has helped to refocus attention on the state of farm tracks. Are your tracks in good condition to serve you through the spring?

Mp Warns Of Highway Speed Limit Changes
Gippsland MP Peter Hall has issued a warning to local people to beware of an unadvertised change to speed limits on the Princes Highway.

17 Sep 2004 (Friday)

Mental Health Patients Forced Into Motels, Caravans
Mental Health patients in Gippsland are being forced to stay overnight in motels and caravan parks because of a lack of acute mental health beds in eastern Victoria.

Ingram raises HACC service concerns in Parliament
Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, expressed to State Parliament his concern at the strain that has been placed on home and community care service providers, particularly those in country areas.

Fast Rail Investigation Needed: Hall
Gippsland MP Peter Hall has called for an investigation into the quality of some components of the new fast rail link to Gippsland, after expressing concerns in Parliament about the manufacture of the signals.

Art gets Personal Publicly

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

20 Sep 2004 (Monday)

Weekly Storytime Pilot Study At Bairnsdale Library
East Gippsland Shire Library is conducting a pilot study to measure the response rate to weekly Storytimes at the Bairnsdale branch.

Launch Of Eagerly Awaited Networking Group For Young Adults
Friday 24 September will see the official launch of a far-reaching Wellington Shire Council-supported initiative aimed at promoting networking and social opportunities for local young adults aged 18–35 years.

Craft Day At Bairnsdale Library
A craft day for primary school age children will be held at the Bairnsdale Library on Tuesday, 28 September from 1.30pm until 4.00pm.

Saleyard Results Outstanding
A recent intensive audit of the East Gippsland Livestock Exchange has found that implementation of the National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) has been outstanding.

22 Sep 2004 (Wednesday)

Images of Gippsland From the Mountains to the Sea
Bert Hoveling and Gaynor Robson present over 60 photographic works that highlight a variety of techniques from traditional to digital.

Roadside Tree Felling A Problem
The cutting down of roadside trees and removal of timber is a growing problem according to East Gippsland Shire Councillor Michael Freshwater.

Youth Leadership Program challenged perspectives
Thirty two potential leaders stepped out of their comfort zones and were challenged to experience life from a different perspective at the Gippsland Youth Leadership Program, recently held in Latrobe City.

Grants For Volunteers
A total of $3 million in grants for community volunteers is to be made available over the next three years.

Council continues to pursue Nylex expansion
Wellington Shire Council is disappointed with the news that Nylex will not be proceeding with a new plant in Sale at this stage, though it welcomes the company’s commitment to keep the present facility open and in operation.

Dairy Reminders For September

Sale Sonics Womens CBC Team in Full Training, quoting - "Watch out! We're coming for you".
"Watch out! We're coming for you" - A quote from one the Sale Sonics Women's CBC Team during training at the O.A. Ruff Stadium Tuesday 21 September.

Carbon Scheme Will Cost Jobs
Gippsland MP Peter Hall has expressed his concern that the State Government is headed towards a carbon trading scheme that will push up electricity prices and also cost local jobs.

Latrobe’s Aged and Disability Services the first Unit accredited in Australia

Spring’s early signs point to healthier elm canopy
Early Spring signs of a more luxuriant and healthier foliage for the avenue of elms between Breed Street and Loch Park Road in Traralgon, have been welcomed by Latrobe City.

Council Approves Road Management Plan
East Gippsland Shire Council last night approved a draft road management plan for the shire.

23 Sep 2004 (Thursday)

"Academy Athletes to compete in Bairnsdale"
The Bairnsdale Tennis Club will be holding the 2004 Classic Clay tournament from the 27th of September to the 1st of October.

24 Sep 2004 (Friday)

Sampling For Feed Quality
Stockfeed - why test for quality and how to get the most out of it?

Green waste no longer accepted at transfer stations
Latrobe City Council has reminded residents that from Friday 1 October 2004, garden green waste such as prunings, tree limbs and branches, weeds, leaves and lawn clippings will no longer be accepted at Latrobe City Transfer Stations.

Taizhou mayoral delegation visits Latrobe
As part of its long standing sister city connection, Latrobe City hosted a delegation led by the Mayor of the City of Taizhou this week.

Weekly Bulletin

New citizens welcomed on National Citizenship Day
Thirteen Latrobe City residents became citizens of Australia at a ceremony held at in the Council Chamber at Traralgon last Friday.

Aussie songster to perform at Gallery
After continuing to tour the nation, Danny McDonald returns to Latrobe City, performing at Latrobe Regional Gallery on Friday 8 October.

A ‘ Win Win Opportunity
Is your organization always scrabbling for ways to finance new projects and resources?

27 Sep 2004 (Monday)

Mayor’s Message
You’re all probably sick of the election hype, politics and promises that are clogging the airwaves daily.

Hi Tech And Literary Fame For Bairnsdale
Bairnsdale will mix high technology with literary fame in October when two visiting writers play a key role in the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

Maffra Show 2004 - Gourmet Dip Contest
Homemade Gourmet Dip is a feature competition of the Maffra Show this year, with a huge monetary prize pool totalling $450!

Transport study will identify Gippsland’s transport funding needs
Gippsland’s transport needs will be put under the spotlight by the Gippsland Local Government Network.

28 Sep 2004 (Tuesday)

Country Feedback Continues In Latrobe Valley
The Nationals’ Parliamentary team will meet in both Traralgon and Morwell on Monday as part of the ongoing series of "Country Feedback" meetings being held across country Victoria.

Franchising Help For Small Business Operators
A ‘workshop’ designed to help people considering buying a franchise business will be held in Bairnsdale on Tuesday, 12 October.

Polling Booth Venues Should Be Advertised
Nationals Gippsland Province MP, PETER HALL, has criticised the Australian Electoral Commission for its failure to advertise the location of pre-polling booths.

Moe Call Cente: An Australian Winner
A Moe based call centre operated by the Victorian Office of Housing has been recognised as the best new teleservices centre in Australia in the Australian Teleservices Association’s (ATA) 2004 National Awards.

Guidelines For Bastion Point Boat Ramp Released
Draft assessment guidelines for the Environmental Effects Statement (EES) required for the development of the planned ocean access boat ramp at Bastion Point, Mallacoota, have been released by the East Gippsland Shire Council.

29 Sep 2004 (Wednesday)

Latrobe City takes out Local Government Employer award
Latrobe City Council has been awarded the ‘Local Government Employer’ award in the inaugural Wurreker awards, which recognise achievements in training for indigenous people and strengthening partnerships between community and main-stream services.

Membership booms for the Women in Business Network
Membership of the Latrobe City-Wellington Shire Women in Business Network is increasing, with over 200 members registered.

Intriguing art FOUND at Latrobe Regional Gallery
Why do we have collections and pick up objects that catch our eye? These are the questions asked by Latrobe Regional Gallery’s new exhibition, The FOUND Project.

30 Sep 2004 (Thursday)

Tourism Revenues Grow
Tourism continues to play a major role in East Gippsland’s economy with financial returns from overnight visitors growing by 14.2 percent per year, according to newly released data.

Council resolves to sell five properties for unpaid rates.

Gormandale Community Meeting – 12 October
Gormandale residents are being invited to have their say on council services and issues affecting them when Councillors and senior officers from Wellington Shire Council host their next community meeting in the area on Tuesday 12 October.

SALE SONICS Men and Women are ready! - Game On!
"Game On!" they say. The Sales Sonics Women's team play their first CBC game away on 16 October, with a HOME game DOUBLE HEADER of both the Men's and Women's teams being played on Sunday 17 October.

Experience Japanese culture here in Latrobe City
Latrobe City is organising a Japanese Day for the whole community at Kernot Hall Morwell, this Sunday 10 October, from 10am to 3.30pm.

Survey Not Ours, Says Council
A number of Shire residents have reported receiving phone calls asking them to participate in a Telephone Survey, claiming to be on behalf of Council, and including questions on their attitudes to wind farms.

If you haven’t registered your cats or dogs, your day of reckoning is fast approaching.

Council clamps down on lax animal owners
If you haven’t registered your cats or dogs, your day of reckoning is fast approaching.

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