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5 Sep 2005 (Monday)

A `grand’ effort - Rosedale senior citizens
Wellington Shire Mayor Peter Gault says members of Rosedale Senior Citizens Club should take a bow!

Kung fu fighting Rapunzel leads the way

Free herbicide to eliminate weeds
Property owners in Latrobe City with native vegetation on their land, together with unwanted weeds are being encouraged to apply for free herbicide packs available through funds from a second generation Landcare grant.

Don’T Fish Too Early
Fisheries Victoria Officers interviewed a Latrobe Valley man on Thursday 1st September in relation to fishing in the Tanjil River below Blue Rock Dam during the closed season for trout.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Wonthaggi Wind Turbine Erection Sparks Further Outrage
The construction of the first Wonthaggi Wind Turbine is underway, the shaft clearly visible from Kilcunda to Wonthaggi.

Unique mentor program gets results
A unique Wellington Shire Council-funded mentor program in Yarram is yielding astounding results by bridging the generation gap to benefit younger and older members of the community.

Bass Coast Emergency preparation is first rate
Bass Coast Shire Council tested its emergency management procedures this week with a field exercise involving more than 60 people.

Are you on Wellington Shire’s youth mailing list?
Want to know what’s happening for young people in Wellington Shire? Easy! All the information you need is just a text message away.

Bass Coast Returns To DSE Gippsland’s Agenda
Bass Coast Shire Council has welcomed the decision to bring Bass Coast back under the Gippsland Region of the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE).

Council Improves Disabled Car Parking Access
Bass Coast Shire Council has further improved car parking access for people with a disability.

Workshop encourages women to stand for Council

Out Of Service Day For Raymond Island Ferry
East Gippsland Shire has scheduled a maintenance day for the Raymond Island ferry on Monday, 12 September from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Council commits to Rawson mobile phone tower

New Hard Waste Service
Baw Baw Shire Council has modified its hard waste service following changes to WorkCover health and safety regulations which effectively restrict the amount that can be lifted in nature strip collections.

Time for government to abandon Native vegetation framework: Ingram
The independent member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the State Government to abandon its current policy on native vegetation ‘Victoria’s Native Vegetation Management – A Framework for Action’.

Nuisance telemarketing on the rise: Ingram
Residents who are being inundated by vigorous telemarketing companies should be aware of the steps they can take to stop receiving unwanted telephone calls.

Country Victoria Still Waits For Promised Natural Gas
The Bracks Government yesterday dealt a sharp slap in the face to country Victorian towns still waiting for their promised gas connections.

Dse Assesses Forest Storm Damage In Gippsland
The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) is urging forest users in the Gippsland region to take extreme caution following the storms which battered much of the state early this week.

6 Sep 2005 (Tuesday)

2004-2005 waste recycling up more than five-fold
Latrobe City residents are emerging as among the state leaders when it comes to recycling waste, contrary to recent reports placing the community’s recycling efforts well below the state average.

Travel Grants For Sporting & Recreational Clubs
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province, PETER HALL encourages all sporting clubs and organisations in the Gippsland electorate, to apply for funding through the VicTalent funding program currently on offer.

Wellington Youth Space – what’s your view?
Wellington Shire Council will meet with community groups this week as part of a review it is conducting on future use of the Wellington Youth Space.

7 Sep 2005 (Wednesday)

ls work to protect Primary Industries
Shadow Minister for Agriculture Philip Davis said proposed amendments to the Crimes Act should serve to protect primary industries and exports from animal liberation extremists.

Latrobe Valley Energy Sector and Jobs Secure
Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis has welcomed the security of 800 Latrobe Valley jobs with the extension of Hazelwood power station access to coal resources.

Watch Out For Scouring Sheep
Producers are advised to monitor their sheep for possible worm outbreaks as we head into spring.

8 Sep 2005 (Thursday)

Council Presented With Winning Art
Bass Coast Shire Council has been presented with Ray Webbe’s winning watercolour painting "Wattle".

9 Sep 2005 (Friday)

Heyfield timber forum success
The inaugural Heyfield Timber Forum proved to be a huge success last week when about 40 industry representatives from across Victoria met at the Heyfield Hub to discuss the state of the industry.

Pop Fiction rocks into Sale
Wellington Shire Council will host a "wicked" event at the Sale Library computer lab on Tuesday, 13 September and local students can hardly wait!

Liberals Support Silent Vigil Against Toxic Waste
The Liberal Party supported the silent vigil held on the steps of Parliament House yesterday that represented the future job losses in Hattah-Nowingi at the hands of the Bracks Government.

Migrants asked to share their moving experiences

Cowes Attracts Major Conference
The Continental at Cowes has secured the 2005 National Potato Grower’s Conference for Phillip Island from 19-21 September 2005.

Let the Battle Begin!
The judges have been appointed, the stage is being set and local musicians are fine tuning their instruments for the Push Start Battle of the bands at Sale Memorial Hall next Friday, 16 September.

Telstra shareholding federal MPs must abstain: Ingram
The Independent State MP for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on all Federal MPs to declare their personal pecuniary interests in the telecommunications giant, Telstra.

Neighbourhood Houses Under Threat: Hall
An urgent review of funding arrangements for Neighbourhood Houses needs to be undertaken to ensure their viability, according to Gippsland MP, Peter Hall.

10 Sep 2005 (Saturday)

Neighbourhood Watch September Newsletter N.H.W. Area LTB1 Bridle Estate (NHW98)
MS REadathon, Police Patrol, Offenders Aprehended, Child Safety, Graffiti, Theft from Cars, Police Crime Report.

Newly accredited Safety Training Courses
RMF Consulting Services Launches newly established Safety Training Arm in Gippsland

12 Sep 2005 (Monday)

Avoiding Chemical Residues In Your Calves
Unacceptable residues from veterinary and stock chemicals are one of the biggest threats to our domestic and export meat trade.

Council rejects accusations on ousting of service clubs
Latrobe City Council has rejected accusations that it is forcing service clubs to move from land in Hickox Street associated with the current animal pound and depot in Traralgon, saying the accusations are uninformed and totally false.

13 Sep 2005 (Tuesday)

Public ‘Ripped Off’ In Builders’ Warranty Insurance Scheme
A major overhaul of the Builders’ Warranty Insurance system is required as the current system is ineffective and consumers are being "ripped off," according to The Nationals.

Exciting school holiday program at libraries
Exciting activities for children including ’ArtRageous’ creative craft workshops and ‘Busy Bee story time’ will be taking place at the Moe, Morwell and Traralgon Libraries these school holidays.

Japanese Day to highlight traditional and modern culture
Kernot Hall in Morwell will be transformed into a cultural haven of all things Japanese on Sunday 25 September as Latrobe City celebrates its annual Japanese Day from 10.30 to 3.30pm. Entry is free.

Young sportspeople to tour Latrobe’s sister cities
Latrobe City has announced that in 2006, more than 40 young sportspeople from the Gippsland region will be participating in a cultural exchange and tour of Latrobe City’s sister cities of Takasago in Japan, and Taizhou in China.

Wellington community welcomes RAAF expansion - Council tells Inquiry

Exhibition documents process of thought and creation

"What Can I Do"
After many months of planning, fundraising, and sheer hard work, the community of Franklin Park officially celebrated the opening of the children’s play area, known as Explorers Park, on Saturday 10 September.

‘Town and Country’ arrives at Latrobe Regional Gallery
Currently on display at Latrobe Regional Gallery is a stunning exhibition of landscape paintings toured by Bendigo Art Gallery. ‘Town & Country’ focuses on the history of house portraits and garden imagery from the colonial period.

Closed Council Meetings Explained
Bass Coast Shire Council has defended its position on conducting certain matters in meetings closed to the public.

14 Sep 2005 (Wednesday)

Nationals Support Carer Claims
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Province PETER HALL has demanded support from the State Government for families caring for people with disabilities and mental illness.

Labor Handballs Food Labelling Responsibility
Labor’s Consumer Affairs Minister, Marsha Thomson has abandoned all responsibility to fruit and vegetable producers and consumers about the enforcement of food labelling regulations.

15 Sep 2005 (Thursday)

Australia China Agribusiness Conference attracts top speakers
November 8 conference attracts the top speakers from Australia and China.

16 Sep 2005 (Friday)

Build Bridges With Gst Windfall: Hall
The State Government should be using the windfall from the increase in fuel-generated GST funds to support much needed local infrastructure, according to Gippsland MP Peter Hall.

Free waterwise and environmentally sustainable gardening program for the pros
Landscape gardeners, horticulturalists, nursery staff and gardening industry suppliers in West Gippsland are invited to attend a free TAFE-accredited training program in October, on waterwise and environmentally sustainable gardening.

Non-citizen ratepayers will be disenfranchised unless they enrol for November council vote

Free information session for business planning workshop
Latrobe City Council and the Victorian State government are joining forces to support the growth of local small and medium sized businesses by hosting a subsidised business development and mentoring program during October.

Liberals Boost Country Road Funding – Locals To Have Say
Dilapidated and dangerous roads and bridges throughout country Victoria will receive a substantial boost under a Liberal Government, Shadow Minister for Country Victoria said today.

Bushland beauty on display at Gallery
A new exhibition called ‘Bush waters, gums and gardens- a close look’ commenced last Friday in the International Power Hazelwood Community Access Gallery at the Latrobe Regional Gallery.

19 Sep 2005 (Monday)

Liberals Boost Gippsland Road And Bridge Funding
Gippsland’s dilapidated and dangerous roads and bridges will receive a substantial boost under a Liberal Government, Liberal Member for Gippsland Province Philip Davis said today.

Monash University Weekly Bulletin

Wellington Council optimistic of RAAF Base East Sale expansion

20 Sep 2005 (Tuesday)

Delegates arriving Saturday for Sister City conference

Council candidates information night
Wellington Shire Council elections will be held on 26 November, 2005 with successful Councillors to be elected for a three-year term.

Active students rewarded in ‘Keep Fit, Don’t Sit’ awards
Latrobe’s highest achieving primary schools and students have been recognised in the 2005 ‘Keep Fit, Don’t Sit’ program awards, presented at the Latrobe City headquarters.

Enrol to vote this week

Helping Native Vegetation
Do you have native vegetation on your property that you really value and want to protect, but you're not sure how to go about it?

Australia China Business Council Supports Gippsland Conference
First Australia China Agribusiness Conference receives support from Australia China Business Council. A major event for all Gippsland being run by Gippsland Agribusiness Forum to promote, develop and enhance trade from Gippsland.

21 Sep 2005 (Wednesday)

Free demonstrations at libraries on using search engines
With exams and end-of-year assignments just around the corner, Latrobe City Library will be holding demonstration sessions next week focusing on using the Internet for research.

Community News
A Gippsland Centenary Dinner will celebrate 100 years of State secondary education in Victoria.

Get ahead with the Gallery’s new workshop

Council adopts blueprint for Wellington Coast
Wellington Shire Council has adopted its preferred option for tackling the problem of inappropriate subdivision along the 90 Mile Beach.

Cultural Diversity Committee formed to guide Council
Latrobe City has established a Cultural Diversity Reference Committee with significant community membership to oversee the implementation of its Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Action Plan.

Moe’s community quilt finds new home
A quilt made by local community groups that has been somewhat hidden away in a meeting room at the Moe Library for a number of years, is to be given a new home at the Moe Town Hall.

23 Sep 2005 (Friday)

Bass Coast Welcomes Tanzania As Its Adopted Games Team
The Bass Coast Shire has adopted Tanzania as its second team for the Games, as part of the Victorian Government’s Commonwealth Games ‘Adopt a Second Team’ initiative.

Survey Reveals A Big NO to Fluoride
Initial results of a survey commissioned by the Gippsland Safe Water Alliance (GSWA) reveals that two thirds of respondents are opposed to the proposed artificial fluoridation of Gippsland water supplies.

Ingram urges government to commit to infrastructure projects

Monash University Newsletter

Neighbourhood Watch Must Be Retained
The Nationals have expressed concern at reports that the successful Neighbourhood Watch program may be axed.

Bass Coast Gets Dressed Up For 2005 Grand Prix
Bass Coast Shire Council kicks off the annual Best Dressed Business Competition from 5 October 2005.

Council calls on Gippsland Water to inform the community
Wellington Shire Council has called on Gippsland Water to come clean on its sudden push to get Works Approval for Stage 3 of the proposed Soil and Organic Recycling Facility (SORF) at Dutson Downs in the next eight weeks.

26 Sep 2005 (Monday)

Medico Hygiene Services Badminton Program Star takes on Australia's Best
Jessica Lyons won a promotion into the Victorian Badminton Team No 2 after an outstanding season in her first year of "open age" competition.

27 Sep 2005 (Tuesday)

`Red Sails in the Sunset’
International sculptor Viktor Cebergs has created work for artlovers around the world, but his latest piece – `Red Sails in the Sunset’ – at Sale is his one of favourites.

Gippsland Water receives wastewater for emergency storage
Gippsland Water is receiving wastewater from United Group Infrastructure (UGI) for storage in its emergency storage facility at Maffra. This wastewater has the potential to cause odours whilst it is being stored at Gippsland Water’s facilities.

Gippsland Water receives wastewater for emergency storage
Expressions of interest are being sought for two people to serve on the National Parks Advisory Council.

Gippsland water to lodge soils stage three application
Gippsland Water will proceed with the lodgement of a works approval application to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for stage three of its proposed Soil and Organic Recycling Facility by mid November.

"What Can I Do"
Latrobe City Council has issued its own warning to local residents to avoid being injured by territorial magpies, after receiving a number of recent reports of swooping attacks.

Japanese Day draws the crowds
More than 3000 people attended Latrobe City’s Japanese Day held at Kernot Hall on Sunday, enjoying the mystery and colour of the Japanese culture on their very own doorstep.

Arts conference for lakes entrance un november
A group of East Gippsland Arts Councils in partnership with the East Gippsland Shire will host the 2005 Regional Arts Victoria State Conference in Lakes Entrance from 25-27 November.

Shire calls on dog owners to end public soiling
East Gippsland Shire Council is calling on dog owners to ensure they act responsibly when their pets soil pavements and public places.

October – a month of celebrations for the over-fifties

Council plans for new state of the art Saleyards
Wellington Shire Council has agreed "in-principle" to develop a new, state-of-the-art regional livestock selling facility in the Shire to be located near Sale. Council is presently proceeding to acquire a suitable site for the development.

28 Sep 2005 (Wednesday)

Top Scientist to Chair Conference
Gippsland Agribusiness Forum have appointed Dr. Bin Liu to Chair the Chinese section of their upcoming conference. Dr Liu will add greatly to the event showcasing the range and depth of Gippslands Agribusiness industries.

30 Sep 2005 (Friday)

FReeZA program hotting up
Wellington Shire Council is asking local organisations to register their interest in delivering the 2006 FReeZA program or partnering Council in the venture.

Shire votes for $2 million worth of road works
East Gippsland’s Councillors have voted to approve two contracts worth more than $2 million for bitumen and asphalt sealing of roads within the shire.

Latrobe City’s annual report can now be inspected
Latrobe City’s annual report for the 2004/2005 financial year can now be inspected at each of Council’s service centres prior to it being tabled at the Council Meeting on 17 October 2005.

Vaccination against sheep johnes disease

Council holds urgent talks with Gippsland Water
Wellington Shire Council has held urgent talks with Gippsland Water representatives over the authority’s sudden push to get Works Approval for Stage 3 of the proposed Soil and Organic Recycling Facility (SORF) at Dutson Downs.

Quarterstone rock their way to the top of Battle of the Bands
Youth band Quarterstone rocked the socks off judges to become the proud winners of Battle of the Bands 2005 at the Sale Memorial Hall on Friday 16th September.

Explore ‘the shape of things to come’ at the Gallery

Cameron aquaculture back-flip too late for many
Agriculture Minister Bob Cameron should resign after finally admitting he was wrong to implement the exorbitant aquaculture license fees which sent more than half of the industry out of business.

Living Christmas tree to brighten Traralgon CBD

Newhaven Marina Expansion
Newhaven Yacht Club Squadron is proposing to expand the Newhaven Marina.

Boys Home Road Special Charge Scheme
Bass Coast Shire Council has proposed to upgrade Boys Home Road, Newhaven via a Special Charge Scheme.

Recognition Of Excellent Emergency Management
Bass Coast Shire Council has presented Recognition Awards to members of the community who have dedicated their time to emergency management.

Murray Street Footpath Construction
Bass Coast Shire Council is pleased to confirm that rehabilitation work will commence this week on the Murray Street footpath in Wonthaggi.

Ron Reed to talk about Maffra Football Club history

Sudden Closure Of Sobering-Up Centre A Big Loss
Gippsland MP Peter Hall has slammed the Bracks Government for dumping a local program that addresses alcoholism among the aboriginal community.

Seats in Cowes
Bass Coast Shire Council hosted the annual general meeting of the South East Australian Transport Strategy ("SEATS") in Cowes earlier this month.

Australian first for new communications software
In an Australian first the East Gippsland community now has free access to a computer software program that produces picture-based cards, charts and booklets.

Shire Announces New Childcare Centre At Barc
East Gippsland Shire Council has announced it will build a new childcare centre within the Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre (BARC) to accommodate 30 children.

New Communications Coordinator For Bass Coast
Eleanor McKay is the new Communications Coordinator for Bass Coast Shire Council.

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