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City of Latrobe

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Latrobe City
Population75,211 (2018)[1]
 • Density52.743/km2 (136.60/sq mi)
Gazetted2 December 1994[2]
Area1,426 km2 (550.6 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Sharon Gibson
Council seatMorwell
RegionEastern Victoria
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
WebsiteLatrobe City
LGAs around Latrobe City:
Baw Baw Baw Baw Wellington
Baw Baw Latrobe City Wellington
South Gippsland South Gippsland Wellington

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.[1] 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.[3] When formed, the municipality was called the Shire of La Trobe, but on 6 April 2000, it adopted its current name.[2][4]

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.

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.

Latrobe is also close to popular tourist attractions including the Baw Baw and Tarra-Bulga National Parks and is the natural service centre to the historic gold mining town of Walhalla.

The power generators include:

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

In June 2018 the shire had a population of 75,211.[1]

Town Population
Boolarra 973
Callignee 495
Churchill 4,568
Glengarry 1,084
Hazelwood 184
Hazelwood North 1,478
Jeeralang 72
Moe 8,778
Morwell 14,026
Newborough 6,763
Toongabbie 500
Traralgon 27,958
Tyers 824
Yallourn North 1,545
Yinnar 907


Current composition

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.[5][6]

Ward Councillor Mayoral terms
Central   Graeme Middlemiss Mayor (March 2003 - March 2004, November 2018 - November 2019)
  Tracie Lund
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)
West   Bradley Law
  Sharon Gibson Incumbent Mayor, and Mayor (November 2013 - November 2014)

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.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "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.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Local Government in Victoria. "Latrobe City Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Archived from the original on 18 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Councillors". Latrobe City Council. Retrieved 8 June 2021.

Coordinates: 38°14′00″S 146°24′00″E / 38.23333°S 146.40000°E / -38.23333; 146.40000

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