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The Sunday Age

Sunday June 27, 1999

SOURCE: BAIRNSDALE ADVERTISER, WARRNAMBOOL STANDARD, LATROBEVALLEY EXPRESS

BAIRNSDALE ADVERTISER

Construction work totalling $10 million was completed late last week by Eastern Energy as part of a project to augment power supplies to the East Gippsland region. The work, which took place at a site on the western outskirts of Bairnsdale, included installation of a new switching station and Static VAR compensator and upgrade of power lines. Eastern energy network development manager, Mr Phil O'Malley, said testing of the upgraded transmission system will continue over the next week and it is anticipated it will be placed into service permanently by 1 July. -- Bairnsdale Advertiser, 21 June

WARRNAMBOOL STANDARD

Three words - too many funerals - motivated the Cavendish Liberal Party branch to push yesterday for a greater support network for young gays and lesbians in country areas. "Those three words are what inspired the branch, I think, because youth suicide is an increasing problem and a lack of understanding about sexuality is a cause of that," branch spokesman Michael Whitehead said at the party's Wannon area conference. In what was expected to be the most controversial issue debated at the conference, south-west members voted in favor of a motion by the branch to improve support services for young gays and lesbians. -- Warrnambool Standard, 21 June

LATROBE VALLEY EXPRESS

Morwell apprentice Sean Akkerman has been named the Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE's Apprentice of the Year. Mr Akkerman, who was unemployed for five years, is a motor mechanic at Morwell's J Smith Motors and was taken on as a mature age apprentice under a Federal Government scheme aimed at improving job opportunities for the long term unemployed. He began his training at the Central Gippsland Automative Department as a first year apprentice in February 1996 and completed his training 38 days earlier than the available 120 days. -- Latrobe Valley Express, 21 June

SNAPSHOT

* Sixty-four of Victoria's most hazardous beaches are patrolled by Surf Lifesaving Victoria.

Sport and Recreation website

* Three kilometres of treacherous sea separates Point Lonsdale on the west and Point Nepean on the east at Port Phillip Bay's heads.

Eyewitness Travel Guides: Australia

* Of Victoria's regional population, about 20.7 per cent or 254,712 people are aged between five and 17. About 22.3 per cent or 274,759 people are aged 35 to 49.

Regional Victoria in Fact

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