Reports of robberies in Traralgon and Morwell.

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Police hunting a suspect who committed a spate of robberies in Traralgon and Morwell.

Update:    A man and a woman have been arrested following three armed robberies in the Latrobe Valley today.


Magpie season is starting early.

It looks like Collingwood won’t make the finals in 2017 however nature’s own magpies are starting to appear and swooping cyclists.

A Gippsland cyclist last week took to website Magpie Alert, where the birds’ victim share swooping hotspots, to report he came under fire on Normanby Pl in Warragul.

Tips compiled by Magpie Watch to ward off the black-and-white dive-bombers include:

  • Staying clear of known magpie nesting sites
  • Tell others about the sites and informing local council
  • Staying calm; if you panic and flap then this is more likely to appear as aggressive behaviour and provoke a further attack
  • Wear sun glasses and with a hat to protect your head and eyes
  • Get off your bike and walk if attacked while cycling
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat or carry an umbrella

Video of a magpie attacking a cyclist. Warning: Some colourful language is used:

Share your hopes for the future of Morwell

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Gippsland media interviews Sue Whyte From the Hazelwood Health Study

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.


National Science week at Powerworks

PowerWorks will be open every day during National Science Week between 10:00am and 3:00pm. There will open access to the displays with guided tours of the complex and some of the more significant points of interest in the surrounds.

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.

300 GovHub jobs in Morwell

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.

The Andrews government will have up to 150 staff at the hub and they’re calling on the Commonwealth to do the same.

Up to half of the state jobs will be advertised within a year so local job-seekers can apply.

The new GovHub is part of the Labor Government’s $266 million Latrobe Valley transition package to support economic growth, create jobs and drive the businesses and industries of the future.


Maternal Child Health Service expanded in Latrobe Valley

More parents and their babies in the Latrobe Valley are getting the extra support they need through the Andrews Labor Government’s expansion of the Maternal Child Health Service.

Around 600 additional families will be supported through the expanded Enhanced Maternal Child Health Service until their child turns three.

Previously, this intensive support cut out after just one year – leaving many parents without much-needed advice as they prepared their children for kinder.


Good Money office opens today in Morwell

Latrobe Valley locals now have improved access to financial support after the first Good Money store in regional Victoria was officially opened today in Morwell.

The store offers financial support through low and no interest loans, financial management and counselling to low income earners in the Latrobe Valley.

Locals can apply for loans for essential items such as a fridge, washing machine, car repairs, computers and school books – helping to ease financial pressures.

The Labor Government is investing $2.3 million in the hub, in partnership with Good Shepherd Microfinance and the National Australia Bank.

You can visit the Good Money store at 10 Tarwin Street in Morwell, or call 1300 770 550.

“Get Stuffed” in Latrobe Valley

“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.

First ever Latrobe Valley Repair Cafe

The  Repair Cafe at Morwell Neighbourhood House will kick off it’s first session during this years Adult Learners’ Week. Learning skills to mend items & working towards saving items from going into landfill is something to celebrate.
#lifelonglearning is done in many forms & this is one of them 🙂

Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 4.15.24 pmIf you have a skill to share please get in contact with neighbourhood house. They would love to hear from you.

If you have something that needs mending , please reply to the event page & let us know what it is so we can see if they can help.

If you are passionate about our environment & supporting ways to be more sustainable please share the event to get it out to as many people as possible

Event details

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Gardener Frank Wilkinson, Morwell Neighbourhood Hose manager Tracie Lund and furniture maker Olam ‘Abuzuzu’ Akang are toying with the concept for a Repair Cafe in the Latrobe Valley. photo Latrobe Valley Express

“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.
Repair Café.
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