PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has been challenged by a local member of parliament to "demonstrate the same passion for jobs in the Latrobe Valley as she displayed to retain leadership of the Labor Party".
The public services union secretary has challenged State Member for Morwell Russell Northe to pressure his government to ensure local child protection services are not affected by looming job cuts to the public sector.
Loy Yang Power Station's efforts to improve its bottom line by tightening maintenance expenditure can only go so far, and must ensure it does not compromise safety, according to the local trade union.
"DISTURBING" figures tabled in state parliament this week showed the state's "flawed" child protection system is failing Gippsland more than any other region.
LATROBE Regional Hospital nurses have defied orders from Fair Work Australia and the Federal Court to cease industrial action and return to work as a "last resort" in light of the impasse with the State Government on work conditions.
The recently released Planning Permit Activity in Victoria 2010-11 report showed Latrobe City received and issued hundreds less planning permits in that period than other Gippsland councils.
Wet weather has left a toll on Latrobe Valley road users.
A RECORD number of public submissions to the Victorian Electoral Commission regarding the local government structure review were made by Latrobe Valley residents by the close of deadline on Monday.
THE problem of noisy neighbourhood hoons is one that extends from beyond the city into the country, according to Latrobe Valley residents.
DESPITE local "dismay" at the Federal Government's lack of consultation about the imminent relocation of Morwell's Medicare office, to be alongside the town's Centrelink building, the government has sought to sell its accessibility merits.