A unique space allowing Gippslanders to show off their handiwork, is preparing to open at Morwell Neighbourhood House. The Repair Cafe will allow locals to fix their bits and bobs and tell tall-tales over a cuppa.
The ‘Our hopes for the future of Morwell’ exhibition will feature images of Morwell community members and groups holding a symbol that represents their hopes for the township. The Monash University-led study is inviting the community to have their photo taken with their symbol at Morwell Neighbourhood House on Thursday 24 August from 10am to 12pm.
PowerWorks overlooks the huge, recently closed, Morwell / Hazelwood open-cut brown coal mine.
Your hosts will be able to explain some of the engineering challenges that need to be overcome in rehabilitating the mine, as well as its 75-year history. The tours will appeal to all ages, from primary school-age and up, providing both a historical and technical perspective of Victoria’s brown coal industry.
The PowerWorks museum includes interactive, scientific displays and models of the gigantic boilers and dredgers that have (and continue to be) relied upon to maintain the stable and reliable supply of electricity that has helped build Victoria’s economy. See the science of converting brown coal into steam and then electricity and the advancement of higher-efficiency, lower-emission technologies which are now in use elsewhere in the world.
Morwell has been chosen has the home for GovHub, employing up to 300 public service workers.
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing is calling for expressions of interest from local contractors and businesses to build the new government hub in Morwell, projected to support hundreds of jobs in the region.
Earth Resources Regulation’s head office and staff will be relocated from Melbourne to a ‘GovHub’ in Morwell, with staff from Parks Victoria and the Environment Protection Authority to be stationed there as well.
The ‘GovHub’ was announced in may as part of the state budget.
Building the GovHub complex is expected to create 100 jobs during construction and be complete by mid-2020.
“Growing good food, good health and local jobs in the Latrobe Valley” is the motto of this initiative by Reactivate: Latrobe Valley which seeks to “strengthen the local food economy, create jobs and improve community health”. One of the main goals is to “create local jobs and and new industries through the local food economy. By doing this it will alleviate the impacts of wealth disparity and social marginalisation, while making food more readily available.”
This project is run by a dedicated team of local food growers and advocates, in partnership with ReActivate Latrobe Valley. It brings together a long list of partners and supporters from the Latrobe Valley and beyond including :
“Get Stuffed” is a movement which aims to connect food producers and food consumers in the Latrobe Valley, in order to develop a more self-reliant and resilient food network.It represents an alternative to the global food model, a model which often sees food travelling long distances before it reaches the consumer. The local food network involves relationships between food producers, distributors, retailers, and consumers in Latrobe Valley, where they work together to increase food security and ensure the economic, ecological and social sustainability of the community.
Check out the “incredible edible” effort at Todmorden in the UK for an example of a successful local food network where a community works toward the same goals of growing their own food.
“Get Swapped” is one of the projects that comes out of the Get Stuffed project where vegetable boxes are placed in locations where community members can share fresh fruit and vegetables that might otherwise go to waste. You can see some of the locations in the posts below.
“We are excited to announce our first ever Repair Café will be held on Saturday 2nd September. We will kick off at 10am. We would love to see you bring your broken broken goods from home. Our volunteer repairers will help you learn how to fix them. While we can’t guarantee we can fix everything, our fixers are determined to give it a go.
Our café is not limited to things that need fixing. Maybe you have a story to tell or maybe you play an instrument. We would love to have you along too.
For those who may not have anything that needs ‘fixing’ but are curious to see learn more you can join us too. You can have a cuppa, speak to our talented & skillful volunteer repairers and look around the Neighbourhood House.
We would love to hear any ideas you have for us too.
The Repair Café has the following goals:
a) to bring back repairing into local society in a modern way;
b) to maintain repair expertise and to spread this knowledge;
c) to promote social cohesion in the local community by connecting neighbours from very different backgrounds and with different motives with each other through an inspiring and low-key event” Morwell Neighbourhood House