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.

Latrobe City’s garden competition

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.

Garden Competition – How to Enter

  • Complete the entry form online
  • Download an entry  form Download an entry  form(PDF, 5MB)
  • Entry forms are also available from all Latrobe City Council Service Centres:
    • Churchill: 9-11 Philip Parade
    • Moe: 1-29 George Street
    • Morwell: 141 Commercial Road
    • Morwell Library: 63-65 Elgin Street
    • Traralgon: 34-38 Kay Street

Lodging of entries:




Garden Competition
C/- Community  Resilience Team
Latrobe City Council
PO Box 264

In person

At any of the Latrobe City Council Service Centres listed above

Further information

Please email gardencomp@latrobe.vic.gov.au or call 1300 367 700.

Solar & Battery Storage Information Night

Hear the latest from industry leaders Selectronic,Tesla and Gippsland Solar.

  • The pros and cons of battery storage
  • What does it cost, and what will it save you?
  • The different battery technologies on offer
  • The expected price and technology improvements
  • Examples of existing homes that have installed storage
  • Is it possible to go ‘off the grid’?

MC for the night will be Darren McCubbin, Chair of the Gippsland Climate Change Network

Tue. 29 August 2017

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm AEST

Event Tickets


René Magritte: 130 photos featured in world-first exhibition.

“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

The exhibition opened this week and Latrobe City Council Mayor Kellie O’Callaghan said she “hoped that the Latrobe Regional Gallery’s improved capability to host international exhibitions, in addition to its proximity to the train line, would draw new visitors to the Latrobe Valley and provide an economic boost.”

Everyone involved in this project really deserves a pat on the back and shows that we have a bright future ahead of us as a centre of world class art exhibitions.

The Governor of Victoria visits Latrobe Valley

The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria visited Latrobe Valley today and met with community members. A tour of the rose garden followed by meetings with locals.

Council Meeting Round Up

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.

Ask Izzy Community BBQ

Come along and see how our mobile website Ask Izzy can help you find housing, meals, health and wellbeing services and much more.

The event at The Gathering Place will include an official Welcome to Country conducted by traditional owners of the Gunai Kurnai people, as well as a performance from Boorun Boys Dance Group.

You can also donate to Ask Izzy so people can still access services if they are homeless and can’t charge their phone.

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Special guest:
Latrobe City Mayor Kellie O’Callaghan

11:30am – 1:30pm

Tuesday 22 August 2017

The Gathering Place
99 Buckley St Morwell

A BBQ lunch will be provided.

All welcome!

Simon Vallone:
9418 7431

Book Tickets

Farewell to the Morwell Popup Park.

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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.

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Activation of the space.

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.

Movie Night!

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

Fantastic Music by Nicky Bomba
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Live At Spectrum 
Fun with drums.

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. 

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Earthworker Coop arriving at the popup park. 

In March 2017 local duo Dan Musil and Beau Atkinson were interviewed by Radio National at the Park and they played a set shortly before the imminent closure of Hazelwood Power Station

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Dan and Beau  “Humanize” Morwell

Latrobe City Council also announced their “Strength Led Transition” with the Mayor Kellie O’Callaghan outlining their plans for a community led transition.



One of the last events hosted at the park was a popup “free store” which was organised by volunteers from Morwell Neighbourhood House.


After a community campaign to keep the park it’s existence was extended for a period of time however the council decided to close it in August 2017. Although this was expected it was still a regrettable outcome. So what is next for activation of public space in Morwell? Perhaps a project called “Future Morwell” holds the key.

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Image: Reactivate Latrobe Valley 

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.