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|• Density||52.743/km2 (136.60/sq mi)|
|Gazetted||2 December 1994|
|Area||1,426 km2 (550.6 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Cr Sharon Gibson|
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) and in June 2018 had a population of 75,211. It is primarily urban with the vast majority of its population living within the four major urban areas of Moe, Morwell, Traralgon, and Churchill, and other significant settlements in 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 called the Shire of La Trobe, but on 6 April 2000, it adopted its current name.
The city is governed by the Latrobe City Council, with its seat of local government and administrative centre located at the council headquarters, 141 Commercial Road, Morwell. It also has service centres located in Moe, Churchill and Traralgon. The city is named after the Latrobe River and Latrobe Valley, major geographical features that meander through the north of the LGA.
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).
In June 2018 the shire had a population of 75,211.
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.
|Central||Graeme Middlemiss||Mayor (March 2003 - March 2004, November 2018 - November 2019)|
|East||Dale Harriman||Mayor (November 2014 - November 2015)|
|Dan Clancey||Mayor (November 2019 -)|
|Kellie O'Callaghan||Mayor (December 2009 - December 2010, October 2016 - November 2017)|
|Darren Howe||Incumbent Deputy Mayor|
|South||Melissa Ferguson||Mayor (March 1997 - March 1998, March 2004 - December 2004, December 2010 - December 2011, November 2017 - November 2018)|
|Sharon Gibson||Incumbent Mayor, and Mayor (November 2013 - November 2014)|
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.
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- "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.
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