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3 Sep 2007 (Monday)

Council Sets Its Sights On Big Picture Planning
Bass Coast Shire Council has welcomed a number of major planning announcements by the Victorian Government.

Ace Victorian Cyclist Passes On
Former top Victorian cyclist Spencer Stevens passed away earlier this week, aged 83.

Fishers IGA Tour Of The Miurray River (Round 3 Of The 2007 Timbercorp National Cycling Series)
Finning’S Flashing Pedals - Stage 8

Avoid The Curse
Gippsland landowners have been urged to take early action to eradicate Paterson’s Curse, a toxic weed which can cause liver damage or can kill grazing animals.

Fishers IGA Tour Of The Miurray River (Round 3 Of The 2007 Timbercorp National Cycling Series)
Irwin….Again & Jamieson Surprises - Stages 6 & 7

Fishers IGA Tour Of The Miurray River (Round 3 Of The 2007 Timbercorp National Cycling Series)
Mcdonald Creeps Closer To Tour Victory - Stages 9 & 10

Planning Minister Visits Bass Coast
The Minister for Planning, Justin Madden, visited the Bass Coast Shire this week.

Fishers IGA Tour Of The Miurray River (Round 3 Of The 2007 Timbercorp National Cycling Series)
Mcdonald Struts His Stuff While Olman Breaks Through - Stages 11 & 12

Fishers IGA Tour Of The Murray River (Round 3 Of The 2007 Timbercorp National Cycling Series)
Mcdonald Declared Murray River Champ - Stage 13

Innovation Gippsland looks ahead to 2008
Innovation Gippsland is calling for expressions of interest from Gippsland businesses, government and community groups who wish to participate in 2008.

Firearms Regulations Set To Change
The Nationals’ Member for Eastern Region, Peter Hall, wants local professional and recreational shooters, gun retailers and farmers to be aware that the Brumby government is proposing changes to firearm regulations.

ESSO BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre Annual Performing Arts Season Under Threat
The Australian Government’s Playing Australia program is a victim of its own success and no longer has the funds to maintain the current level of touring productions through regional and rural areas.

Heritage Overlays - Update
The first step in dealing with residents’ objections to the proposed Heritage Overlay took place this week.

Bass Coast In State Wide Planning Audit
Bass Coast is one of six councils to be involved in an audit of Victoria’s Planning System.

It’s Time to Enter the 2007 Tyers Art Festival
The 28th annual Tyers Art Festival is seeking entries for this year’s exhibition.

4 Sep 2007 (Tuesday)

Cowes, Ventnor And Silverleaves Structure Plan
Work is about to start on a structure plan for Cowes, Ventnor and Silverleaves.

News Bulletin
Bass Coast Local News

‘The Heart’s Frontier’ On Display At Gallery
Paintings which include Islamic script, architectural elements and musical analogies are featured in an exhibition, currently on display in the International Power Hazelwood Community Access Gallery

Bass Coast Leads Charge For Coastal Communities
Managing coastal development and preparing for the potential impacts of climate change were top of the agenda at this year’s National Sea Change Conference.

5 Sep 2007 (Wednesday)

Community water funding aid on offer
Community groups, schools or anyone with an interest in making the Westernport region more water smart can share in $5 million in State Government funding.

Garden lovers get water wised-up
Westernport Water Managing Director David Mawer will host a visit of regional garden lovers to the corporation’s waterwise garden at Newhaven next Saturday, September 8.

Traffic School Celebrates Forty Years
The International Power Hazelwood Traffic School celebrated its fortieth anniversary on Tuesday 4 September with the Kristy Olsen Bike Ed Challenge, a barbecue lunch and birthday cake.

Water plan feedback prompts storage review
Feedback from four community consultations has prompted Westernport Water to bring forward consideration of reopening back-up water storage on Phillip Island.

Moving On After 10 Years At The Top
Gippsland Water’s Acting Chair, Pam Keating, today announced the resignation at the end of the year of its long serving Managing Director, John Mitchell.

Big Response To Transport Forum
Approximately 100 people participated in two Transport Forums organised by the Wellington Shire Council.

Council Acts on Murray Goulburn Lab Closure
Wellington Shire Council will ask for discussions with Murray Goulburn and the state government as part of its efforts to develop an economic action plan in response to the closure of the Murray Goulburn laboratory in Yarram.

Church Street Morwell Refurbishment Plans Finalised
Final designs for the refurbishment of Church Street in Morwell have been completed with the vision of revitalising this area of Morwell and creating a vibrant and safe town centre.

Shire To Introduce Green Waste Collection Next Year
East Gippsland Shire has announced it will conduct tenders for the introduction of kerbside green waste collection initially for Bairnsdale, Paynesville and Lakes Entrance with a review after

6 Sep 2007 (Thursday)

Students To Design Gippsland Water Drink Bottle For National Water Week 2007
Gippsland Water is inviting Grade 3 to 6 students from all primary schools across its service area to take part in an exciting competition to design an image for Gippsland Water’s drink bottles as part of National Water Week.

Gippsland Water To Remove All Overhead Token Standpipes
Gippsland Water has advised its customers and water cartage contractors that it will be removing all overhead token standpipes from across its service area and will replace them with designated fireplugs.

Top Water Users To Use Less Water Under New Program
Gippsland Water’s top water users will now be required to use less water by developing and implementing a water management plan.

Air Scouring To Provide Cleaner Water Supply For Customers
Gippsland Water will undertake air scouring works on water mains in Thorpdale, Seaspray, Boolarra, Rawson and Traralgon South over the next month to ensure water supply systems are kept in a clean condition

Another Donation Boost For Flood Appeal
The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) has welcomed a generous donation of $5,000 by the Commonwealth Bank to the GERF Flood Appeal.

New Tree Consultation Demonstrates Council Commitment
Following the adoption of a new consultation framework by Latrobe City Council in July 2007, residents in certain streets in Moe, Morwell and Traralgon have been surveyed to ascertain their opinions

Gippsland Abalone Thief Convicted
A 27 year-old Sale man has been convicted and fined a total of $6,000 plus $524 in costs for abalone related offences at Orbost Magistrates’ Court.

Fund Welcomes $50,000 Boost
Esso and BHP Billiton have donated $50,000 to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) to provide assistance to families affected by the recent devastating floods across Gippsland.

11 Sep 2007 (Tuesday)

Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter For Area LTB1 September 2007 (NHW120)
New Start Time for Meetings,ScamWatch, Blue Ribbon Foundation.

Morwell ALP meeting
The Morwell branch of the Australian Labor Party’s next meeting will be at 7.00pm Thursday 13th of September with a guest speaker, Mr Mick Murphy Executive Officer of the Baw Baw Latrobe Local Learning & Employment Network.

12 Sep 2007 (Wednesday)

Dick Bishop Memorial Prize Winner Announced
Local artist Rod Bechaz has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Dick Bishop Memorial Prize. Mr Bechaz was selected for his photographs of the Wilson’s Promontory coastline using a pin-hole camera.

EMBARGO: Monday 10 September
The local Your Water Your Say action group held a packed community forum last Monday night.

Latrobe Invites Expressions Of Interest For Japanese Day
Expressions of interest are invited from community groups and businesses to take part in Japanese Day in October.

Bass Coast Shire Council Launches Butt Blitz
Bass Coast Shire Council has launched a butt blitz to combat the increase of cigarette butt litter throughout the municipality.

It’s ‘All Go’ For $2.5 Million Project Ensuring High Quality Drinking Water For Paynesville And Eagle Point
Work is moving apace on a $2.5 million East Gippsland Water project to replace its open water storage at Eagle Point with two large, covered water storage tanks - ensuring high quality,

Still Time To Provide Feedback On Water Plan
There is still time for customers to provide feedback on East Gippsland Water’s draft Water Plan for 2008-2013, with Friday 14 September the deadline for any comments.

2007 Timbercorp Cup National Cycling Series
McDonald 11 points clear of Irwin with tassie to come...

Council Phones Ring Hot On Hard Waste Issues
Latrobe City Council’s phones have been ringing hot this week following the distribution of rate notices with accompanying hard waste vouchers.

Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre Renovation
The Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre in Newhaven will move over the road on Monday 10 September as its renovation begins.

Everyone Invited To Eel Hole Creek Tree Planting Day
Latrobe City Council is holding a community tree planting day and family fun day in Churchill on Saturday 22 September from 10am to 3pm.

18 Sep 2007 (Tuesday)

Westernport Water wants your opinions
Westernport Water will conduct its annual customer satisfaction survey for two weeks starting on October 11.

20 Sep 2007 (Thursday)

Temporary Pool Closure At Latrobe Leisure Morwell
The pool area at Latrobe Leisure Morwell (formerly the Morwell Leisure Centre) will be temporarily closed for repair work from 1.30pm on Saturday 22 September and will resume normal operating hours on Thursday 4 October 2007.

Sport And Recreation Grants Available
Need funding for sport and recreation facilities?

Leadership Program Supports Wine Industry
The first year of the Wine Industry Leadership Program (WILP) has ended on a high, with 28 people graduating from the program and intense interest shown for future courses across Australia.

GippsTAFE Saves More Than One Million Litres Of Water
Gippsland Water has congratulated GippsTAFE for saving almost two million litres of water at the institute’s Morwell and Yallourn campuses, following participation in the savewater!® efficiency service (SWES).

Premier Meets With Bass Coast
The Premier, John Brumby met with a delegation from Bass Coast yesterday, to discuss the desalination plant proposed for the Shire.

News Bulletin
Bass Coast Local News 12 September 2007

School Holiday Puppet Fun At Latrobe City Libraries
Clown activities designed for interactive fun and creative thinking will ensure your children will be entertained these school holidays when clown mania hits the libraries across Latrobe City.

Beautification Project Transforms Yallourn North
The southern and main entrance to Yallourn North has received a major makeover with an extensive beautification project completed this week

‘Churchill To Brunswick Return’ At Latrobe Regional Gallery
An exhibition featuring the results of a collaborative effort by Melbourne-based painter Massimo Palombo and Latrobe Valley printmaker Kate Zizys, is now showing at the Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell.

Comedy And Drama At Saturday’s Tree-Planting In Churchill
A comical and quirky drama troupe from Melbourne, ‘Born in a Taxi’, will be providing tree-planters with some thought-provoking and amusing roaming performances at this Saturday’s (Saturday 22 September 2007)

21 Sep 2007 (Friday)

Victorian Seniors Festival Events In Bass Coast
More than 1,000 events across Victoria will celebrate the diverse and dynamic contributions of Victorians aged 60 plus as part of the 2007 Victorian Seniors Festival.

‘2007 Power Of Racing Carnival’ Launched
The Latrobe City ‘2007 Power of Racing Carnival’ was launched last night, with local racing clubs, media and event organisers coming together in the Nambur Wariga Room at council’s corporate

Grand Prix To Attract Record Numbers
A record crowd is expected to attend this year’s GMC Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Phillip Island, from 12 to 14 October.

Plans For Ventnor
Do you have an opinion on what facilities Ventnor needs?

Bass Coast Applauds Decision For Water Inquiry
Bass Coast is celebrating the announcement of an inquiry into all aspects of the State Government’s water plan.

Bass Coast Welcomes Growing Regions Plan
Bass Coast Shire Council has welcomed the Australian Government’s new ‘Growing Regions Plan’.

Call To Community To Identify Botanic Gardens Vandals
Police and Latrobe City Council have called on the community to help identify a vandal or vandals who destroyed a number of trees in the Moe Botanic Gardens with an axe earlier this week.

What Did You Say About The Grantville Transaction Centre?
Residents of Grantville and surrounding towns say medical services are the main benefit of the Grantville Transaction Centre. This was followed by access to Council, its services and Councillors.

Library Exhibition Highlights Daring Convict Stories
Traralgon Library is currently hosting a travelling exhibition called ‘On the Run’ which explores some daring convict escapes from Australia’s darker days as a convict colony.

Remove Uncertainty For Timber Industry: Hall
Eastern Victoria MP Peter Hall has again called for the State Government to immediately cancel plans to tender out Victorian timber industry harvest and haulage contracts.

Premier And Water Minister Focus On Desalination
The Premier, John Brumby, and Water Minister, Tim Holding, opened a Project Information Office on desalination in Wonthaggi on Wednesday morning.

24 Sep 2007 (Monday)

Results Of Moe Activity Centre Consultation Released
The results of consultation processes used to help develop the Moe Activity Centre Master Plan which is currently being prepared, are available for public perusal.

Save Tora Boat Ramp
Public Meeting on Wednesday to"SAVE TORA BOAT RAMP"

Nats Support Full Program Of Aerial Baiting
The Nationals Spokesman for Natural Resources Peter Hall said the State Government should move to a full program of aerial baiting for wild dogs after details of an embarrassing mistake with the level of poison used in the first trial.

25 Sep 2007 (Tuesday)

‘From The Ashes’ Fire Recovery Project Wins State Award
he Latrobe City Emergency Recovery Team’s digital story telling project ‘From the ashes’ has won a state award in the 2007 Australian Safer Communities Awards presented in Melbourne last week.

Elms Need Plenty Of Friends To Ward Off Beetles And Disease
For the foreseeable future at least, elm trees across Latrobe City will need all the friends they can get, to administer the love and attention they need to survive destructive beetles and disease, Latrobe City has warned.

Bows Licks The Competition
Morwell based Bows Natural Ice Cream, the mecca for all ice cream lovers, has once again scooped gold awards at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show. Five ice cream flavours were entered and five gold awards were won.

From A Bride’S Bouquet Comes An Environmental Menace
With the onset of spring, plants are beginning to bloom and of course, weeds too have begun to make an appearance.

27 Sep 2007 (Thursday)

Cowes plant has it in the bag!
They’re big, black and bulging … and the most cost-effective of waste storage now at the Cowes wastewater treatment plant.

PNG links for two local water experts
MILNE Bay in Papua New Guinea is a long way from the Newhaven offices of Westernport Water, yet the tropical outpost figures large for two staff at the water corporation.

28 Sep 2007 (Friday)

Small Business Workshop Details Strategic Business Planning
An innovative series of workshops designed to assist all small to medium business operators, and anyone equally interested in establishing a small business in the fundamentals of strategic business planning,

Coal To Oil’ Reunion Planned For Past Workers
Entertaining anecdotes and a memorabilia display will feature in a reunion for past workers from the Brown Coal Liquefaction Victoria (BCLV) Morwell project on Saturday 6 October.

Live Web Streaming At Latrobe Regional Gallery
Latrobe Regional Gallery will be displaying the exhibition ‘Heavy Metal’ a fusion of sculpture and music from Wednesday 3 October to Tuesday 30 October.

Dine With Author Of Local History
Wellington Shire Council Library Service is giving residents an opportunity to dine with Carolyn Landon, a local Gippsland author.

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.

YMCA Wonthaggi Heats Up
Bass Coast Shire Council has upgraded the heating in its YMCA Wonthaggi Aquatic and Leisure Centre women’s change rooms – much to the delight of early morning lap swimmers and Aqua Movers participants.

New computer system to boost local water quality
A new computer system is boosting water quality from Candowie Reservoir from this month.

News Bulletin
27 September 2007

Consultation Begins For Cowes, Ventnor And Silverleaves
Bass Coast Shire Council is about to begin its consultation for the Cowes, Ventnor and Silverleaves Structure Plan.

Politicians Visit Over Desal
Key members from all sides of politics were in Bass Coast this week discussing the potential impact of the proposed desalination plant.

Tour Of Tasmania
If its tough picking a winner of the Melbourne Cup when you have a starting list of 24 runners, imagine the heartache of trying to select a champion of the Jayco Tour of Tasmania cycling race when there are 101 starters!

Vista Place - VCAT Upholds Council Decision
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) upheld Council’s decision to refuse a permit for a development at 12-18 Vista Place, Cape Woolamai.

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