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1 Sep 2009 (Tuesday)

Digest this! Investigating future food chains
Join experts meeting in Warragul on October 6, to examine the way we grow, distribute and share healthy food.

7 Sep 2009 (Monday)

Gippsland needs more volunteers
The Member for Eastern Victoria, Philip Davis, has appealed for more Gippslanders to join the ranks of the region’s estimated 60,000 community and emergency service volunteers.

8 Sep 2009 (Tuesday)

Water heist threatens Gippsland environment
The Government’s announcement that an extra 10 billion litres will be diverted from the Thomson River to Melbourne poses a grave threat to the environment of the entire Gippsland Lakes catchment.

11 Sep 2009 (Friday)

Boolarra Primary Takes Out Local Bike Ed Challenge
Boolarra Primary School has won the Kristy Olsen Memorial Trophy for the fourth consecutive year, and Traralgon’s Grey Street Primary School was runner up in the Latrobe City leg of the 2009 Bike Ed Program Challenge

New Stadium To Play Host To Third Volleyball Test
The first high profile event to take place at the new extended stadium at Latrobe leisure Moe Newborough will see the Australian junior women’s volleyball team go head to head with the New Zealand on Tuesday 29 September 2009.

Fees For Waste Disposal
Waste Transfer and Recycling Centres across Bass Coast no longer offer a free waste disposal service.

AG News
Nitrate Poisoning Causing Stock Losses In Gippsland; Farming Diary

Northe Slams Labor’S Gippsland Water Grab
The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe has slammed the Brumby Government’s decision to take another 10 billion litres of Gippsland’s water to prop up Melbourne’s water supply.

Inverloch Community Plan Coming Soon
The Inverloch Community Plan is in its final stages following months of consultation and workshopping.

Help Swat Fruit Fly Out Of Gippsland
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) will soon be resuming fruit fly control activities in areas of Gippsland currently in outbreak.

Mammoth Police Petition Tabled In Parl
The Nationals Member for Morwell Russell Northe has strengthened community calls for a revision of Latrobe Valley police numbers in Parliament this week.

MICA Paramedics Skills Must Be Recognised In EBA: Ingram
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the State Government to recognise the skills, training and professionalism of Victoria’s MICA paramedics in the current Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) process.

Community To Lead The Way For Gorse Management
Community members will now lead the way in the battle against gorse in Victoria.

Farmers To Tackle Wild Dog Issues
Farmers from Ensay and Omeo have banded together to form two local Wild Dog Action Groups (WDAG) to help farming communities manage the problem of wild dogs in their districts

Over $400,000 In Community Grants Announced
Latrobe City Council has awarded more than $400,000 in community grants for 2009/10, with 164 community groups or organisations receiving the tick of approval for their applications.

10/30 Right – Getting It Clear
The Victorian Government has introduced measures to help landowners prepare for the 2009/10 bushfire season.

V8 Supercars On The Way
V8 Supercar engines will be roaring onto Phillip Island from 12-14 September.

Planning Scheme Changes Approved
The Victorian Government has approved changes to the Bass Coast Planning Scheme and Local Planning Policy Framework.

AG News: 09/09/09
Includes: Dairy Reminders For September

Comment On Inverloch’s Design
Inverloch residents and visitors are encouraged to comment on the Inverloch Design Framework which recommends protecting the ‘seaside village’ character of Inverloch, retaining the existing town boundaries and upgrading the town centre.

Latrobe Climate Change Committee Members Meet
The Latrobe City Climate Change Consultative Committee has met for the first time following its appointment by council

Drainage Upgrade For Sunseeker And Mcrae
Work has begun on an upgrade to drainage in McRae Ave and Sunseeker Crescent in Cowes.

Businesses Dressed For Success
Bass Coast businesses are donning their best bike gear as Grand Prix fever takes over the Shire.

Community Invited To Participate In Traralgon Growth Areas Review Workshops
A series of community consultation workshops, being held as part of the Traralgon Growth Areas Review, are being held in September to enable the community to have their say on future urban development in Traralgon and surrounding areas.

101 Reasons Why Labor Should Back Down From Rail Changes
Local MP Russell Northe has tabled another 101 signatures in Parliament this week, calling for the retention of rail services from the Latrobe Valley to Southern Cross Station.

Early Childhood Project To Improve Life For Our Kids
Members of the community interested in improving the outcomes for families and children in the Latrobe Valley are being urged to assist in the Best Start program

New Tool To Tackle Fruit Pests
Pests beware - a revised Department of Primary Industries (DPI) pocket guide released today will help stone and pome fruit growers unlock the signs of invasion.

Seal Of Approval Given To Burnets Road Special Charge Scheme
Latrobe City Council approved the commencement of a process to declare a Special Charge Scheme to seal part of Burnets Road, Traralgon East, at Monday night’s council meeting.

Ingram Welcomes Changes To Gippsland Ports’ Structure
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has welcomed the State Government’s agreement to implement the move of Gippsland Ports from the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) to the Department of Infrastructure (DOI).

Road Safety Initiatives Rewarded
RoadSafe Victoria recently presented awards to Bass Coast Shire Council’s Community Safety Manager, Peter Laydon and Victoria Police retiring Sergeant Steve Johnson.

Ingram To Facilitate Major Debate On Gippsland Lakes
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, will this week facilitate a major debate in State Parliament on the future direction of the Gippsland Lakes.

Business Awards Open
The Bass Coast SuperPages Business Awards open on 14 September with all Bass Coast businesses being encouraged to apply.

Call For Nominations For Latrobe City Australia Day Awards
Nominations are invited from all Latrobe citizens for the Latrobe City Australia Day Awards. Awards are presented annually to local citizens and/or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the community.

Ingram Urges Residents To Check ID Of Door-To-Door Salespeople
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, is encouraging home owners to check the identification of salespeople calling on their homes to offer services

Spearing Trout Earns Croydon Man A $1000 Fine
A 49 year old from Croydon, in Melbourne’s northeast, has been fined $1000, after pleading guilty to spearing trout in the Tarago River, near Warragul.

Local Views On Agribusiness Get A Hearing
A recent Victorian State Government Inquiry at the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre as part of an investigation into the issues faced by farmers and agribusiness.

AG News: 03/09/2009
Includes: Innovative Gippslanders Encouraged To Go For Awards; Getting Cows Back Up When They’Re Down; Farming Diary

Local Artist Wins Dick Bishop Memorial Prize
Local artist Lyndy Lord is the recipient of the 2009 Dick Bishop Memorial Prize, awarded by the Latrobe Regional Gallery.

School Holiday Fun At Latrobe City Libraries
There’s no need for the children to be bored these holidays, with the fun-filled program at Latrobe City’s library service offering entertainment for all.

Delegation Firms Up Agenda For Japan And China Visit
Meetings with Mitsui & Co, owners of the Hazelwood and Loy Yang B power stations; and Kirin Holdings, owner of National Foods, are on the agenda for a small delegation visiting China and Japan from Latrobe City Council later this month.

Moe Rail Precinct Revitalisation Project Commences
Latrobe City Council has taken an important step in realising the vision of a revitalised Moe civic centre.

Expressions Of Interest To Be Invited On Courthouse Use
Expressions of interest from community and commercial organisations to determine prospective future uses of the Traralgon Courthouse will be invited later in September

Early Literacy Skills Boost.
Bass Coast Shire Council and Kilmany UnitingCare are working together on an early literacy program aimed at improving the early literacy skills of 0-3 year olds in Bass Coast and South Gippsland.

14 Sep 2009 (Monday)

Bass Coast Landcare Tops State
The Bass Coast Landcare Network and Bass Coast Shire Council each won awards at the Victorian Landcare Awards Ceremony last Tuesday.

Ingram Welcomes Gippsland Lakes Sediment Funding
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has welcomed $644,000 funding to reduce sediment impacts on the Gippsland Lakes.

16 Sep 2009 (Wednesday)

Sacred Heart Primary School Artwork On Display
Artwork by grade five and six students from Morwell’s Sacred Heart Primary School is the latest to be displayed as part of the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre Foyer Exhibition program in Traralgon.

Latrobe City Mayor Praises Victoria Police
Latrobe City Council Mayor, Lisa Price today commended Victoria Police on their handling of the ‘Switch Off Hazelwood’ protest over the weekend.

Family Open Day At Churchill Hub On 3 October
The doors of the Churchill and District Community Hub will be thrown open to the whole community at a family open day being held on Saturday 3 October 2009 from 10am through to 2pm.

Help The CFA Be Ready
Is there a fire plug located on your nature strip? If so, your local fire brigade and Bass Coast Shire Council need your help!

21 Sep 2009 (Monday)

Water treatment trial a winner – and a stayer
Chloramination of water in the Kilcunda region will continue indefinitely following a successful trial to improve water quality by Westernport Water.

22 Sep 2009 (Tuesday)

Over 200 To Attend Mayoral Ball
Tickets to the sixth Annual Mayoral Charity Ball on 2 October 2009 have sold out.

Feedback On Masterplan For Moe Rail Precinct Invited
Latrobe City Council is inviting feedback on the draft masterplan prepared for the Moe Rail Precinct Revitalisation Project, following a resolution by council at its Monday meeting.

New Board Appointed For Latrobe Tourism Advisory Board
The Latrobe Tourism Advisory Board has held its first meeting since the appointment of the new board.

$4.8 Million Upgrade Of Latrobe Leisure Churchill Underway
Works have commenced on a $4.8 million refurbishment of Latrobe Leisure Churchill, with local company Kirway Constructions P/L appointed to undertake the project.

Minister Refuses To Guarantee Gippsland V/Line Services
Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky has refused to allay fears about the Brumby Government’s plan to terminate Latrobe Valley V/Line services at Flinders Street Station.

Work On New Traralgon Creek Footbridge To Start Soon
Work will soon commence on a new replacement shared path bridge across Traralgon Creek following the awarding of a tender for construction work at Monday night’s council meeting.

23 Sep 2009 (Wednesday)

Ingram Supports Local Farmers In Rates Subsidy Extension
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has called on the Minister for Agriculture, Joe Helper, to extend the Municipal Rate Subsidy (MRS) for farmers in exceptional circumstances

Come Gentle Spring
The Latrobe Chorale inc. proudly presents Come gentle Spring! A program of beautiful music with composers from Bach to Leonard Cohen

There's merit in CFA roadside burn-off plan
The Member for Eastern Victoria, Philip Davis, has urged the State Government to adopt a Gippsland CFA volunteer’s suggestion to give local fire brigades the authority to carry out pre-summer fuel reduction burns on roadsides.

Acute doctor shortage leaves patients untended
Sale and East Gippsland towns have such an acute shortage of general practitioners that local people are often unable to see a doctor urgently, the Member for Eastern Victoria, Philip Davis, has told Parliament.

24 Sep 2009 (Thursday)

CFA splurges on PR focus groups
The Member for Eastern Victoria, Philip Davis, has called on the State Government to explain why the Country Fire Authority is spending a vast amount of money on community opinion surveys.

25 Sep 2009 (Friday)

Water meter readers visit from 1 October
Meter readers from Westernport Water will be visiting over 14,000 customers in October 2009.

Prepare For Emergencies
An event to showcase Bass Coast’s Emergency Services and help residents prepare themselves for an emergency will be held on Sunday, 4 October, at the San Remo Foreshore Reserve.

Ingram Welcomes Shire’S Move To Become "RV Friendly"
The Independent Member for Gippsland East, Craig Ingram, has welcomed the formal declaration that East Gippsland Shire Council is finally becoming a recreational vehicle (RV) friendly area.

‘Bagels To Broadway’ Brings Tin Pan Alley To Latrobe
When eastern European refugees fled to New York, they could never have estimated the impact their musical traditions would have upon twentieth century musical composition

Report Received For Structure Plan
Bass Coast Shire Council will meet in November to consider the Independent Planning Panel’s recommendations and Amendment C90, which relates to the San Remo, Newhaven and Cape Woolamai Structure Plan.

Bass Coast Seniors Festival
Now in its 27th year, the Victorian Seniors Festival, from 4 to 11 October, includes more than 1,000 free and low cost events across Melbourne and regional Victoria.

29 Sep 2009 (Tuesday)

Australia Vs New Zealand Test Match
Latrobe Valley Volleyball is excited to announce they are hosting the third Test of the 5 Test Jenny Kirk Trans Tasman Trophy series of matches between the Australian and New Zealand Junior Women’s volleyball teams.

Spring rains fill reservoir before summer season
The heavy rains may have soaked supporters during the AFL Grand Final but it was more than welcome in Westernport, which has now secured its supply for summer.

30 Sep 2009 (Wednesday)

Improve your service by telling us what you think
Westernport Water is gearing up to run its annual customer satisfaction survey that influences improvements for the organisation’s service delivery.

Information Session On Becoming An Australian Citizen
An information session for residents of Gippsland, facilitated by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and hosted by Latrobe City Council will discuss the process and requirements of becoming an Australian citizen.

Timber Harvesting To Reduce Traralgon South Fire Danger
The potential fire danger for the township of Traralgon South will be diminished once timber harvesting to the north of the township has been completed.

Information Sessions On Development Of Traralgon Courthouse
Latrobe City will hold two information sessions for members of the public considering submitting an expression of interest in the future use, management and development of the Traralgon Courthouse.

Brumby’S Working Victoria Website Farce
Latrobe Valley residents are being conned by the Brumby Government’s taxpayer funded, self-congratulatory Working Victoria campaign, Morwell MP Russell Northe said today.

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