Latrobe City Council has established an annual municipal garden competition to build pride of place across Latrobe City and recognise, celebrate and reward the achievements of people who take pride in their gardens.
Together we will make Latrobe City a better place to live, learn, work and play.
There are eight categories plus the Mayor’s Award for the overall best garden, the Mayor’s Encouragement Award and the Sustainability Award. A winner and a runner up will be awarded in each of the main categories.
This video outlines the finalists, runners up and winners of the 2016 Latrobe City Council Garden Competition.
“In the mid-1970s, a swathe of photographs and films of and by René Magritte were discovered, 10 years after the artist’s death. The work is featured in an exclusive exhibition at LaTrobe gallery in Victoria, Australia – a coup for the regional space – which is offering a new perspective on the artist before the show tours globally.”
A great article in The Guardian today about the exhibition on now at Latrobe Regional Art Gallery in Morwell. This is bringing a lot of positive attention to the area at a time when it needs a boost. Check it out here
Below is a snapshot of some of the decisions made by Council at its Ordinary Meeting on Monday 21 August 2017.
Agreed to write to the Minister for Planning to request that he does not approve Amendment C104 in its current form, and only supports the approval of the Environment Significance Overlay to the area affected by the Amenity Rural Buffer.
Resolved to rename Crinigan Road West, Morwell to Alliss Road.
Resolved to start the process to rename Tyers Recreation Reserve ‘Baillie Reserve’ and Brady’s Road, Tyers to Russell Road.
Endorsed ‘Live Work Latrobe’ land use strategies for public exhibition.
Endorsed release of the draft Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-21.
Received and supports ‘in principle’ the Future Morwell Urban Design Revitalisation Plan.
Gave notice to make Meeting Procedure Local Law 2017 and invites submissions.
Requested a report in relation to addressing community concerns regarding parking on narrow residential roads.
Requested a report addressing road, drainage and parking issues at Northern Reserve, Newborough associated with the impacts of construction of a telecom tower.
Endorsed implementing extended operating hours for the Moe Outdoor Pool for the 2017/18 year to match those of the Traralgon Outdoor Pool.
Decisions and reports
Abolished the Gippsland Carbon Transition Committee, the Latrobe City Industry Forum and the Timber Umbrella Group Advisory Committee.
Received and noted report in to monitoring of parking restriction sign in Queen St, Moe.
Adopted Road Management Plan 2017-21.
Adopted revised terms of reference for Churchill and District Community Hub Advisory Committee.
Latrobe City Council recently announced the closure of the Popup park that was erected at the corner of Tarwin St and Commercial Rd in Morwell. It was originally started as a temporary community space but became a popular meeting spot for young and old alike. Despite some opposition it was a real success, hosting many events and giving the CBD a touch of colour and creating a community in the process.
The park was originally funded by Vichealth as part of their Community Activation Program to transform a public space, get people active and create a longer term change in the community. The north-western end of Tarwin Street in Morwell was converted into a public plaza with synthetic grass, temporary landscaping, tables and seating, Wi-Fi, and a space for physical activity opportunities. The community was encouraged to participate in a range of fitness and movement classes such as tai chi, dance, giant chess, join walking groups, learn to cycle or participate in tug of war, bocce and sports.
Once it was given the go ahead by Latrobe City Council the park was transformed with the efforts of council employees and some working bees where the community participated.
After it was setup it hosted many events such as Circus Oz, Australian Ballet and the Arts Centre Melbourne as well as an outdoor cinema, exercise classes, music and even a little free library which operated near the site.
The 50 mile market also utilised the site for buskers and after furniture and a shade sail was added it became a convenient place for families with young children and other members of the community to spend their time. This was primarily the result of its location near Tania’s Deli and other cafes and provided a sense of security because of the CCTV cameras nearby.
The events hosted by the popup park were many and varied. In April 2016, Brett Glover and the Live at Spectrum Crew went to the Tarwin Pop Up Market and had a chat with some of the artists and organisers for Episode 03 of Live at Spectrum. A highlight of the episode was a performance by Nicky Bomba
In September 2016 people arrived at the popup park after walking 100kms from Pakenham to Morwell as part of the “Walk For The Valley“. The Earthworker Co Operative held the event as a fundraiser to go towards moving to Morwell and setting up a worker owned factory, and they are well on the way to manufacturing renewable products.
“Mere weeks after the Hazelwood Power Station wound down its eight generating units for good, the town of 14,000 people has been given a document outlining a radical re-design of its town.
The long-awaited ‘Future Morwell Urban Revitalisation Plan’ document, has been released and is bold in its vision to transform Morwell into the ‘Town of Gardens’.
A ‘Morwell Circuit’ is the first part of the project, starting with a State Government funded stage ‘A’ plan to transform Commercial Road between Hazelwood Road and Tarwin Street.” ~Latrobe Valley Express
It seems once one door closes another is opening to re invent our public spaces. You can support the future morwell plan at the Latrobe City Council meeting on the 21st of August. Many community members are excited about the re development of Commercial Rd and Tarwin St with a more permanent solution for people to utilise the CBD.