Community Renewable Energy Forum – Thursday, July 20

July 17th, 2017|

YOU ARE INVITED to an evening information session about Community Renewable Energy.    Did you know a town the size of Bairnsdale spends over $6.6 million a year on combined household electricity costs? (Estimated on the population and a household electricity spend of $1,200 pa). Come and hear innovative ways to keep some of this [...]

Substance Abuse Forum – Lakes Entrance

July 14th, 2017|

  The East Gippsland Our Community, Our Future: Substance Misuse Prevention Forum, as facilitated by the East Gippsland Ice Prevention Working Group and the Australian Drug Foundation, will be held at Bellevue on the Lakes, in Lakes Entrance on Wednesday July 26. All are welcome to participate - we need your help! This forum is [...]

What income equality looks like across Australia

July 12th, 2017|

With affordable houses increasingly out of reach, wage growth slow and household debt high, Australians are certainly feeling poor. But how do they compare to their neighbours? New Census data confirms there’s a lot of variability in income. Continue reading...

Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships

July 10th, 2017|

The Australian Government has proposed to introduce new scholarships as part of its policy package to improve access to educational opportunities for regional students. Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships will support 1200 regional and remote students to undertake STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) studies. The scholarships will be for vocational education, undergraduate and postgraduate [...]

Losing the Game: State of our schools in 2017

July 7th, 2017|

The Centre for Policy Development has released its report: Losing the Game: State of our schools in 2017. This is vital and sobering reading for anyone wanting to understand the state of our schools system that was required reading for the Second Gonski Review panel. Chris Bonnor and Bernie Shepherd examine the key trends i [...]

Children speak out on family violence

July 5th, 2017|

Interviews with children and young people whose fathers use violence reveals that they require their Dads make amends so they can move on. Their voices are now being used in fathering programs. By Andrew Trounson, University of Melbourne Read full article Readers are advised that the following story is about family violence and may be [...]

Perceptions Are Not Reality

June 14th, 2017|

Recently, the Skilling Australia Foundation released our latest research report “Perceptions Are Not Reality: myths, realities & the critical role of vocational education & training in Australia”. The vocational education and training (VET) sector is the key to future proofing Australia’s economy, says Nicholas Wyman, CEO of the not-for-profit Skilling Australia Foundation. “Political and business [...]

Over 100 new uni enrollments by students who have experienced out of home care

June 8th, 2017|

Want to study at university? There is no age limit to access the services and supports offered to care leavers at Federation University and La Trobe University. Both universities offer different pathways and programs, and may recognize your work experience and skills in your application. To find out more about Raising Expectations, contact Joanna.Humphries@cfecfw.asn.au or [...]


June 6th, 2017|

Federation University Australia's Gippsland Centre for Art and Design will again celebrate the region's emerging visual artists through the Refresh Art Prize. Refresh showcases and celebrates the creative work of Gippsland VCE art students and their schools. This prestigious award, with a total prize pool of $5000, aims to amplify and champion the significant work [...]

Victorian Regional Acheivement & Community Awards – Nominations open now

June 5th, 2017|

The search is on for individuals, businesses and community groups that are making a difference in our local community through the annual Victorian Regional Achievement & Community Awards.  East Gippsland Shire Council mayor, Cr Joe Rettino, invites all residents to consider nominating an individual, business or group. "Whether as an individual, committee, or business, we [...]