Our hopes for the future of Morwell Exhibition

This free exhibition evolved from research into recovery from the Hazelwood mine fire. We listened and clearly heard that people wanted to do something positive about Morwell and to be part of conversations about the future.
Many community members and groups have contributed to the conversation and this photographic exhibition is the result of these discussions. Photographer Clive Hutchison beautifully captures their hopes for the future.
All are welcome.
Morwell Neighbourhood House, researchers from Federation University Australia involved in the Hazelwood Health Study, and the Gippsland Centre for Art and Design, Federation University have joined forces to co-host this exhibition
At the switchback gallery from 14th November. Find out more 

Morwell Free Store


On friday the 22nd September the Morwell Neighbourhood House hosted the Morwell Free Store .  63 bargain shoppers attended and left with something they needed. This unique event has been running at the neighbourhood house since 2014 and saved  lot of items from going to landfill.

The free store is run by a passionate and dedicated Volunteer Crew who give of their time & skills to make it all happen. 

The next free store is on October 22nd.


If you picked up something that may need some TLC , why not bring it along to the next repair cafe Saturday 21st October?

To find our more head over to Repair Cafe Latrobe Valley.


Morwell Swimming Club 60th Anniversary Celebration and Reunion

The Morwell Swimming Club invites all members and their families, from any era, to reunite and celebrate this important milestone, as we re-visit the first six decades of our history.

We will celebrate the day with a 2 course Lunch Buffet, as we spend time catching up with old friends. If you are unable to attend the scheduled lunch, you are more than welcome to drop by anytime throughout the day to visit us, or purchase a late entry ticket and a bistro meal for an evening dinner with us.

The function will conclude at 9.00 pm. There will be a history display to view throughout the day and raffle prizes.

Please contact us if you have any photos or memorabilia to share. Neat casual dress, with a splash of yellow.

Tickets and Merchandise

You will also find event updates on the booking page.

We look forward to seeing you there.

DATE: Sunday 15th October 2017

TIME: Arrive 11:30am for a 12:00pm start

2 Course Buffet Lunch

LOCATION: Morwell Bowling Club.

52 Hazelwood Road, Morwell VIC 3840

2 Course Buffet Lunch Prices = Adults $25, Children 5-12yr $12.50, Under 5 Free. Late door entries and dinner reservations $2 per person. Please purchase a ticket to enter our function.

Morwell to Traralgon Shared Pathway


Latrobe City Council’s contractors have begun construction of the first stage of the Morwell to Traralgon shared pathway.

Latrobe City Council’s mayor, Councillor Kellie O’Callaghan, said the $4.5 million project would eventually see the path link the two towns to improve connectivity and liveability.

“The community has been talking about this pathway for years and we’re pleased the project is underway. Stage one will be the construction of the 2.5 metre wide path from the Morwell Railway Station to McDonald Street in Morwell. The works for this phase are expected to take around six weeks.

“The section from McDonald Street to Kernot Hall will start in November and the further stages of the project, from Waterhole Creek to Alexanders Road to Old Melbourne Road and finally, to Coonoc Road, Traralgon will take place next year. The path, which is around ten kilometres long, is expected to be completed in June 2018,” Cr O’Callaghan said.

“Provision of a shared pathway that allows people to ride their bicycles or to walk or jog between two of the city’s major towns is not only about the physical link, it’s about encouraging exercise and promoting healthier lifestyles,” Cr O’Callaghan concluded.

Funding for this project is being provided by the Federal government ($1.6 million) and Victorian governments Safe System Road Infrastructure Program ($2.95 million).

Hazelwood Power Station nominated for heritage protection.

Latrobe City Council has criticised the push for the Heritage Council of Victoria to consider Hazelwood Power Station’s nomination for heritage protection.

It is in the process of being decommissioned in preparation for the mine site’s transformation into a lake.

But Moe resident Cheryl Wragg wants the ageing plant to form part of a Latrobe Valley industrial history trail.

Morwell a finalist in the tidy town awards. 

Keep Victoria Beautiful judge David Moncrieff said Morwell would go up against other towns including Dimboola, Coal Creek, Rutherglen and Beechworth, also finalists in the cultural heritage section.
“Advance Morwell member Keith Brownbill presented a number of interesting projects at Morwell but the most interesting one was the conversion of the old Masonic Lodge to the Morwell Historical Society museum,” Mr Moncrieff said.

Latrobe Valley Express

Pamper Day.

Morwell Neighbourhood House hosted a “Dignity Day” in 2016 for homeless women

This month Latrobe Women Creating Conversations are holding a Pamper Day where all proceeds will be donated to the Cancer Council to support the creation of women’s wigs.

 LWCC’s pamper day in colloboration with FedTraining’s brand new hair, beauty & massage salon, ‘Inspire @ Federation Training’ on Wed 20th September.There are limited spots so get in quick to snap up an appointment. 
Don’t have time to be pampered? Feel free to drop in for a chat & some complementary nibbles either 9am-12pm and/or 5-6.30pm. Everyone is welcome.
Catering kindly donated by Sandwich Chef’s (Midvalley & Traralgon stores) & Oh My Fudge! 

 Bookings and RSVPs for catering via https://latrobepamperday.eventbrite.com

Getting it made in Morwell

Almost 30 Earthworkers turned out on Sunday 23rd August for a Working Bee at the new manufacturing cooperative factory space in Morwell. A massive day of dusting, cleaning, moving equipment, inspiring conversations and cooperation in action.

It was wonderful to see some dusty factory offices that had been sitting empty & idle in Morwell for many years, abuzz with volunteers preparing the space for active local cooperative occupants.

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And it is exciting to see the factory floor yet another step closer to full production of premium solar hot water tanks (and now much less dusty!). Some steel tanks have been produced for testing and certification, and step-by-step (as a community-funded project) earthworker is continuing to commission the complete production line.

If you’re keen for more updates & to stay in the loop, sign up for the e-newsletter:
OR EVEN BETTER join the cooperative & get involved in the transformation! www.earthworkercooperative.com.au/membership


Over the past few weeks, the Morwell manufacturing cooperative has taken some exciting steps towards production, with the welding up of tanks for testing and certification! Here’s Geoff showing us how it’s done – great to see machines in action again!

The Victorian state government has just announced allocation of $5 million dollars to deliver  solar installations and energy efficiency upgrades to the 1000 households in greatest need in the Latrobe Valley. ”This program will help some of Victoria’s most vulnerable households to make practical upgrades that reduce their energy bills”, says Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio.

This move comes as great news for Earthworkers long-running campaign asking the Andrews government to install our locally manufactured solar hot water into public housing (you can still sign the petition here).

Victorian Music Crawl

Live at Spectrum caught up with music victoria on their tour through Gippsland

On the second Crawl for 2017, a fresh group of booking agents, musicians and media were treated to local performances, visited venues and festivals and met local council and industry in Frankston, Mornington Peninsula, Meeniyan and South Gippsland areas.

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Managed by Music Victoria, the Victorian Music Crawl is the first program of its kind in Australia. Three tours will take place across 2017-18 with a tour to the Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland planned for the second half of 2017 and a tour to Geelong, the Surf Coast and Warrnambool scheduled for next summer.

Read more about the crawl over here:

The Victorian Music Crawl is a new Victorian Government initiative to build connections between Melbourne and regionally-based music industry leaders.


Part 2 of Vic Music Crawl – Victorian Government initiative delivered by Music Vic in February 2017. Featuring incredible artists and venues from Castlemaine, Bendigo and Echuca.