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1 Sep 2016 (Thursday)

Library school holiday fun is but a whisker away
Are your children continually nibbling away at you to do stuff? We’re a whisker away from the school holidays and there’s plenty of activity at the Latrobe City libraries to entertain your little ones. Read the full article.

Access to forest vital to future of local timber production
Latrobe City Council will seek clarification about the Statement of Intent in connection with the establishment of a new national park in Central Victoria. Read to know more.

Mandatory tagging cuts Victorian industry off from nation
Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has refused to explain why she has isolated Victorian sheep farmers from the rest of the industry by introducing mandatory electronic identification (eID). Read to learn more.

2 Sep 2016 (Friday)

Calls for Agriculture Minister to meet with East Gippsland timber industry
Gippsland Nationals MPs have called on the Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford to immediately meet with timber industry representatives in East Gippsland. This is to discuss concerns regarding the future of the industry. Read the full article.

Latrobe Valley’s rising unemployment highlighted in Parliament
Member for Morwell Russell Northe highlighted rising unemployment in Latrobe Valley this week in Parliament. He enumerated the possible reasons of this unfavourable situation. Read the full article to learn more.

Northe calls for Road Trauma Support Services in Gippsland
This week in Parliament, Russell Northe requested that road trauma support and counselling services be extended into the Gippsland region. Read the article to know the reason why.

Coalition calls for inquiry into regional fuel pricing
The Liberal-Nationals Coalition has proposed in Parliament today to establish an inquiry into fuel prices in regional Victoria. This will consider pricing of certain fuels. To see the list and know more, read the full article.

Have your say on the draft Philip Parade Development Plan
Latrobe City Council is calling on Churchill and district residents to take a look at the draft Philip Parade Development Plan and provide feedback. The plan is on public exhibition until 5pm on Monday 19 September 2016. Know more..

Fire hearings to be held in Morwell and Bairnsdale
Due to the numerous requests from the Gippsland National MPs, the Victorian Parliament’s Environment and Planning Committee will hold hearings in Gippsland for the Inquiry into Fire Season Preparedness. Read for more information.

5 Sep 2016 (Monday)

Wind Blade concept open for comment
Bass Coast Shire Council is seeking community feedback on plans for Australia’s first Wind Blade installation, as well as a landscape plan for one of Bass Coast’s most prominent open spaces, Wonthaggi’s Guide Park. Read to know more.

6 Sep 2016 (Tuesday)

Council offers support to dairy farmers through tough times
The Latrobe City Council's assistance to local dairy farmers through tough times regarding the impact of milk price reduction.

7 Sep 2016 (Wednesday)

Debate the politics of paint with Dick Bishop prize-winning exhibition
The Politics of Paint is an event to explore more about art, a show at the Latrobe Regional Gallery and everybody is invited to come... Learn more about this event.

Windy Day joins Council’s art collection
The artwork ‘Windy Day’ by Ursula Theinert was judge the winner of the 2016 Your Art Collection Award. Learn more about this news.

Your Gallery is a wonderful way to spend a day
The Latrobe Regional Gallery is again inviting everyone especially parents and their children to spend time and explore their own imagination and make art this upcoming school holidays. Learn more information about this event...

Letter to the Editor (Onshore Gas Moratorium)
This is the letter to the editor from Peter Walsh regarding the onshore gas moratorium announced last week. Read more...

Government fails to answer questions on the Night Network Service
The Melbourne Labor Government have failed to adequately answer questions in relation to its own Night Network Service. Read more information about this news...

9 Sep 2016 (Friday)

Minister asked to meet with students left in lurch after TBM Training closure
The Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert was called to meet the students from Latrobe Valley affected by the sudden closure of TBM Training. Learn more...

13 Sep 2016 (Tuesday)

Paving the way for improved paths
Bass Coast Shire Council has begun working on the replacement and expansion of parts of the Shire’s footpath network as part of the 2016/17 Capital Works program.

Nominate a Victorian Young Achiever
Member for Morwell Russell Northe is calling for nominations for the Victorian Young Achiever Awards for 2017.

Council offers support to dairy farmers through tough times
As the impact from the milk price reduction continues to hit home, Latrobe City Council is working with the State Government and local services to support the roll out of a range of measures to assist local dairy farmers.

Latrobe City Council to enter Caretaker Period
With local government elections taking place across Victoria on Saturday 22 October, Latrobe City Council will enter a Caretaker Period from 12am Wednesday 21 September to 6pm Saturday 22 October 2016.

Fun and learning at Latrobe City Federation Training Children’s Expo
The annual Latrobe City Federation Training Children’s Expo will take place from 10am to 3pm on Thursday 27 October at Kernot Hall, offering fun activities and the opportunity to talk with early years’ service providers.

Hooded Plovers back in Bass Coast
Hooded Plovers have been sighted with in Bass Coast Shire once again and are now nesting!

14 Sep 2016 (Wednesday)

Nominate a local for Victorian Women’s Honour Roll
Member for Morwell Russell Northe is calling for nominations for outstanding local women to be inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women for 2017.

15 Sep 2016 (Thursday)

Works begin on new netball courts
Netballers in Bass Coast will be able to play on brand new courts next season, with construction of seven netball courts at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve beginning this week.

Letter to the Editor – Labor rewrites history
A response to a letter published on September 12 from Resources Minister Wade Noonan.

16 Sep 2016 (Friday)

Beautification works underway across Latrobe City
Latrobe City Council is currently undertaking a number of enhancements to the streetscapes in Morwell, using funding from Regional Development Victoria; and in Moe and Traralgon using funds allocated from Latrobe City’s capital works program.

Sewer inspection moves to Metung
East Gippsland Water is carrying out a comprehensive condition check on the sewer system in Metung, as part of an ongoing region-wide inspection program to help ensure customers receive reliable and efficient sewerage services.

Skate Strategy ready to roll
Bass Coast Shire Council has appointed skate industry experts, Convic, to lead the development of the Bass Coast Skate Strategy 2016-2026.

Council Meeting Round-up
A snapshot of some of the decisions made by Council at their Ordinary Meeting on Monday 12 September 2016.

Seniors Week promises fashion, film and fun
The program for this year’s annual Seniors Week festival (2 to 9 October) is packed with music and film, sport and leisure activities and arts and craft. There’s something for everyone and all events are taking place in Latrobe City.

Taking a pledge on climate change
Bass Coast Shire Council has shown its commitment to take action on climate change as a founding member of the Victorian Government’s voluntary TAKE2 pledge program.

Latrobe City’s garden competition growing with support from sponsors
Support for Latrobe City Council’s first ever garden competition is growing with new entries arriving and the announcement of sponsors and prizes.

Victoria could lose CFA volunteers to NSW
Evidence provided to a Senate inquiry on changes to protect the CFA states volunteers close to the Victorian border with New South Wales are seriously considering leaving the organisation.

Reduce the queue at the next hard waste drop off event
Latrobe City Council’s second hard waste drop off weekend this year will take place from 8am to 5pm on Saturday 1 October and Sunday 2 October across all four transfer stations – Traralgon, Morwell, Moe and Yinnar.

19 Sep 2016 (Monday)

New synthetic bowling green opens at Churchill
Latrobe City Council has delivered a World Bowls-approved synthetic bowling green for the Churchill community which will provide greater access for local bowlers and a competition-ready facility.

20 Sep 2016 (Tuesday)

Letter to the Editor (Fuel Price in Regional Victoria)
A letter to the Editor from Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh on an inquiry into the price of fuel in regional Victoria proposed by the Liberal-Nationals and accepted by State Parliament last week.

Works begin on Bass Valley Children’s Centre
Bass Coast Shire has appointed TS Constructions Pty Ltd to construct the Bass Valley Children’s Centre, with works expected to begin from 7 November 2016, and take up to 15 months to complete.

Moving forward with the Latrobe Creative Precinct
Latrobe City Council will soon determine how to best move forward with the design and construction of the Latrobe Creative Precinct, which Council hopes to open by mid-2020.

Port sale leaves no excuse for neglect of regional Victoria
The $9.7 billion leasing of the Port of Melbourne will see more than $970 million for transport infrastructure delivered to regional and rural Victoria.

Backgrounder – Luke O’Sullivan v. Premier case in Supreme Court
Legal action against Daniel Andrews’ failure to call a joint sitting of parliament to swear in The Nationals’ Member for Northern Victoria Luke O’Sullivan will return to the Supreme Court today.

21 Sep 2016 (Wednesday)

Local jobs in Latrobe Valley take a dive under Daniel Andrews
Unemployment in Latrobe City Council has risen 1.3 per cent in just one quarter under Daniel Andrews according to this quarter’s Small Area Labour Markets figures.

Public holiday pain for Latrobe Valley businesses
Member for Morwell Russell Northe and Shadow Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Neale Burgess met with local businesses across the Morwell electorate today to discuss the impact of the Government’s AFL Grand Final Parade public holiday.

Latrobe City athletes to compete in Japan
Selected athletes will represent Latrobe City Council at running events in Japan as part of Council’s Sister Cities Sports Exchange Program this November.

Community shade grants open
Member for Morwell Russell Northe is encouraging local sporting clubs and community groups to apply for funding available through a Community Shade Grant Program which is now open.

22 Sep 2016 (Thursday)

Moe open for business
The heart of Moe has been given a new lease of life and and old barrier between north and south Moe removed, following the opening of Stage 1 of the Moe Rail Precinct Revitalisation Project.

Daniel Andrews must allow full representation for Northern Victoria
The Victorian Supreme Court today handed down its decision in a case against Daniel Andrews after Labor prevented the swearing in of The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria Luke O’Sullivan.

23 Sep 2016 (Friday)

Shadow Minister hears first-hand issues surrounding RTO closures
Shadow Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Steph Ryan today heard first-hand the issues affecting local students by the closure of a number of local Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

27 Sep 2016 (Tuesday)

Fix Gippsland roads, save country lives
The Andrews Labor Government has no excuse to continue its neglect of crumbling and dangerous roads in regional Victoria after the windfall $9.7 billion lease of the Port of Melbourne.

Grants available for 2017 National Youth Week events
Grants of up to $2000 are available for young people to work in partnership with local governments or community groups to organise events that celebrate youth.

Latrobe unemployment rises again
Latrobe region has one of the highest unemployment rates of all Victorian municipalities, figures from the June 2016 quarter have revealed.

29 Sep 2016 (Thursday)

Black Spot Funding for Bass Coast
Bass Coast Shire Council has begun works on two road safety projects in the Shire after receiving funding from the Federal Government.

30 Sep 2016 (Friday)

The MotoGP is coming!
The 2016 motorcycle racing season is nearing the business end and interest in the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island is very strong.

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