Gippsland Antiques & Collectables Fair 2017

This weekend event is now in its 22nd year and has grown into a major event in Gippsland with a huge range of antiques and collectables on display and for sale. 

There will be something for everyone including historical displays, collections to view and plenty of bargains to be purchased, with over 50 local and interstate dealers in attendance. 

The Fair is open on Saturday 25th November from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm and Sunday26th November 9:30 am until 3:00 pm at Kernot Hall, Princes Drive, Morwell.
Enquiries to Wayne on 5174 8050 
Source: Only Melbourne

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

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).

Asbestos Worries in Morwell

Asbestos has been found on the site of a former community garden at Morwell, Latrobe City Council has confirmed.
The vacant lot on Commercial Road, which was used in recent years by the ‘Get Sunflowered’ project and recently as a public thoroughfare, has tested positive for two types of vinyl tiling.
Council said it received notification about the results on 2 August and issued an improvement notice to the property owner two days later.
Latrobe Valley Express

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.

Beercide Yourself

“David Wade’s answer to dwindling motivation and entertainment options in the region is a community festival at Kernot Hall based around purely local music and Victorian beer in equal parts.Just as the AFL was “made up in a bar over a beer”, he’s seeking to provide the social grounds for new ideas and inspiration.

“I remember when I was a kid there was a lot of bands at Kernot Hall the whole community used to go to and that’s kind of died off,” Mr Wade said.

“It’s become Traralgon-based events lately and the big community events are gone.”

The ‘Beercide Yourself’ festival scheduled for Saturday, 18 November will showcase only Victorian breweries and bands, to draw attention to what’s happening in our backyard and create industry connections.” Latrobe Valley Express

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Visit the Beercide Yourself facebook event to find out more. 















local musicians and allowed us to keep providing local jobs within our state too.