City of Latrobe
The City of Latrobe is a local government area in the Gippsland region in eastern Victoria, Australia, located in the eastern part of the state. It covers an area of 1,426 square kilometres (551 sq mi). It is primarily urban with the vast majority of its population living within the four major urban areas of Moe, Morwell, Traralgon, and Churchill, while other significant settlements within the LGA include Boolarra, Callignee, Glengarry, Jeeralang, Newborough, Toongabbie, Tyers, Yallourn North and Yinnar. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the City of Moe, City of Morwell, City of Traralgon, Shire of Traralgon, and parts of the Shire of Narracan and Shire of Rosedale. The Yallourn Works Area was added in 1996. When formed the municipality was originally called the Shire of La Trobe, but on 6 April 2000, was renamed to its current name.
The City is governed and administered by the Latrobe City Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters, 141 Commercial Road, Morwell, it also has service centres located in Moe and Traralgon. The City is named after the Latrobe River and Latrobe Valley, major geographical features that meander through the north of the LGA.
Industry and economy
The City has traditionally been recognised as the centre of Victoria’s electricity industry, which is derived from one of the largest brown coal reserves in the world. It also the centre of a large forestry industry which services Australian Paper’s pulp and paper mill (the largest in Australia) and other sawmills. Other industries in the area include food processing (Lion Foods – Morwell), engineering, post secondary education (Federation University Australia), and the service sector. Being the largest population centre in the Gippsland region, Latrobe acts as the regional headquarters for Government agencies and private operators including banks and insurance companies.
The power generators include:
- Loy Yang A & B Power Stations, Loy Yang
- Yallourn Power Station, Yallourn
- Jeeralang Power Station, Hazelwood North
Two power stations have closed in recent years, including International Power Hazelwood (2017), and EnergyBrix (Morwell) power station and briquette manufacturing facility (2014).
Towns and localities
The council is composed of four wards and nine councillors, with four councillors elected to represent the East Ward, two councillors per ward elected to represent each of the Central and West wards, and one councillor elected to represent the South Ward.
Ward Councillor Notes Central Graeme Middlemiss Alan MacFarlane East Dale Harriman Mayor (2014-15) Dan Clancy Deputy Mayor Kellie O’Callaghan Mayor (2009-2010) (2016-17) Deputy Mayor (2008) Darren Howe South Darrell White Mayor West Bradley Law Sharon Gibson Mayor (2013–14)
Administration and governance
The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Morwell Municipal Offices, which is also the location of the council’s administrative activities. It also provides customer services at both its administrative centre in Morwell, and its service centres in Moe and Traralgon.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). “Latrobe(C)”. 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
- “Order Constituting the Shires of … La Trobe … (Part 5)”. Victoria Government Gazette. State Government of Victoria (S94): 3. 2 December 1994. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- “Order Altering the Boundaries of the Municipal District of the La Trobe Shire Council”. Victoria Government Gazette. State Government of Victoria (G28): 1869. 18 July 1996. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
- “Re-constitution and Name Alteration for La Trobe Shire Council” (PDF). Victoria Government Gazette. State Government of Victoria (G14): 45. 6 April 2000. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Local Government in Victoria. “Latrobe City Council”. Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Latrobe City Council official website
- Metlink local public transport map
- Link to Land Victoria interactive maps
- 2005 Latrobe City Council elections results, Victorian Electoral Commission
- 2007 Latrobe City Council by-election results, Victorian Electoral Commission