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 

Repair Cafe in Latrobe Valley

After a successful event in September the Repair Cafe will be back at Morwell Neighbourhood House on October 21st at 10am.

Mending, fixing and repairing comes with a free smile.

Last month the Latrobe Valley embraced a global movement placing screwdrivers in hands and keeping hard rubbish off the streets.At the event there were five volunteer local repairers and one repairer who drove from Melbourne Repair Cafe movement  to join in. 


There were  people who signed up to be repairers and  they mended a bag, and a cardigan,  they cleaned a harmonica & reassembled it and 2 small electrical items that are in progress to be repaired ( they need a couple of parts but they are both repairable).  They investigated & found out what the problem was with one lap top, and sharpened some knives & baked some bread. 

“Superfrank” , Tracie and Olam preparing for the Cafe.

Tracie Lund, the Morwell Neighbourhood House Co-ordinator said “A number of items now have a second lease on life. It was amazing to be surrounded by so many passionate & talented people with a common purpose of sharing skills, learning new things with a focus on sustainability & environment.” 

This was a hugely successful first run and it seems like this will become a fixture at the neighbourhood house. You can find out more and attend the next event in October by clicking here.

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.

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.

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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

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Fantastic Music by Nicky Bomba
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Live At Spectrum 
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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.

 

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IMAGE: MARK RICHARDS, KELLIE O’CALLAGHAN, FRAN KELLY AND WENDY FARMER (ABC RN)

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.