Council calls for job reinstatements

LATROBE City mayor Kellie O’Callaghan will write to Victorian Education Minister James Merlino and Training and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney to request an immediate reversal of any staff and program reductions at Federation Training.

Up to 40 FedTraining staff members, including five executives, face unemployment this month with the TAFE confirming it will not renew some expiring contracts.

Deputy mayor Graeme Middlemiss said the TAFE would play a key role in re-skilling redundant power workers.

A PLANNING permit for a concrete plant in Traralgon’s east has been approved.

The concrete batching facility on Eastern Road will operate from 6am to 6pm weekdays and 6am to 1pm Saturdays.

Developers will be required to submit final plans before any works can begin.

COUNCIL will look to sell the laneway between Collins Street and Bourke Street, Traralgon.

The laneway has been discontinued for some time and is no longer a road.

The current owner of 2 Short Street, whose property backs onto the laneway, is looking to redevelop the site.

TRARALGON’S Henry Street, between Breed and Albert streets, will be considered for a residential permit parking zone at request of residents.

A report, to be submitted to council at its first meeting of 2017, will explore how a permit system could be implemented and the potential impacts it may have.

PUBLIC Transport Victoria and Transport Minister Jacinta Allan will be asked to provide council and the local community with the proposed changes to the Latrobe City Bus Network.

The changes are based on consultation undertaken by PTV and the minister in 2016, but council says the general community is not aware of what the changes will be.

COUNCIL will not seek a variation to the Fair Go Rates System annual rate cap set by the Local Government Minister for the 2017/18 financial year.

The minister will announce the rate cap by 31 December.

The 2016/17 rate cap was 2.5 per cent.