Gippsland Tech School

Secondary school students from the Gippsland (Latrobe Valley) area will have access to cutting-edge learning at the Gippsland Tech School, hosted by Federation Training at its Morwell campus.

The Gippsland Tech School will be a high-tech learning environment, with innovative education programs linked with local industry delivering real world learning to students. Students from eight participating schools in Gippsland will be able to access the Tech School throughout the year for specialised programs.

With a focus on food and fibre, health, new energy and advanced manufacturing, the Gippsland Tech School will emphasise the skills needed for the 21st century including vital science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills. It will enhance the programs schools provide and help give students the skills they need for the jobs of the future.

Follow the Gippsland Tech School on Twitter or check out their new website.

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.

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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).

Gippsland Job Shadow Day

Gippsland’s Job Shadow Day event, held annually in September is a Work Solutions Gippsland initiative designed to bring people with disabilities and local employers together for one day to promote equal employment opportunities and highlight the valuable contribution people with disabilities can and do make in the workplace. 

This year the Job Shadow Day event will be on Thursday 14th September.Jobseekers explore the world of work by ‘shadowing’ someone in the workplace as they go about their normal working day.

To find out more visit Work Solutions Gippsland 

Mountain Bike Park in Latrobe Valley?

The proposal for the bike park was put to council in 2016 by the Gippsland Mountain Bike Club (GMTB), with the council still to make a final decision.

GMTB member and local school teacher Nick King said the club was working on a business case with Destination Gippsland and that they planned to seek funding from local, state or federal sources.

Mr King also said the Latrobe shire was the only one in Gippsland without a mountain biking venue.

“Our [GMTB] main vision was to have Gippsland as a mountain biking mecca to develop tourism opportunities for healthy lifestyles in Latrobe Valley and Gippsland,” Mr King said.

Councillor Sharon Gibson stands at the site of the proposed park at Haunted Hills.

In March 2017 Latrobe City Council endorsed the master plan and is seeking funding for this project from state and federal government. A good idea for the Latrobe Valley Authority community facility fund?

Mountain Biking in Latrobe Valley has a decent following and it would be great to see it become an attraction for the area.