Objectives of the Study

  • The key objective of the land use study is to evaluate future land use options and ensure that the final safe, stable and sustainable rehabilitated sites are able to support productive and high-quality land uses which benefit the communities of the Latrobe Valley, Gippsland and Victoria.
  • The government will identify the potential land uses that may occur from pit lake landform scenarios at different scales, such as inter-mine, catchment and regional scales. It will analyse the potential social and economic effects of particular land uses and the potential regional measures that could be taken to avoid, minimise or enhance economic and social impacts.

The study is a key input to the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRRS), the government’s response to the findings of the 2015 Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry (HMFI).

  • The HMFI found that there were significant uncertainties around the closure and rehabilitation of the Latrobe Valley’s three brown coal mines. The Board of Inquiry found that, with the current knowledge available, some form of pit lake was the most viable rehabilitation option for the mine voids, but that there remain many unresolved answers concerning the possibility of a pit lake scenario.
  • The LVRRS is led by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

More information

If you need further information, visit the The Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRRS)* website.

*The LVRRS is led by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

Community workshops for the regional land use study

There are a number of opportunities for community members to get involved and provide views and details of their local knowledge and aspirations for the potential land uses of the areas surrounding the rehabilitated mines. This will assist the government to create a shared land use vision with the community and assess future land uses for these areas.

The state government will be holding a series of workshops with key technical stakeholders throughout May, June and August 2018.

To have your ideas inform the preliminary vision, please attend one of three public workshops being held in August. While there is a focus area for each of the workshops, they will each also consider the regional context.

Moe / Yallourn Workshop

Date: Monday 06 August
Time: *6.00 - 8.00pm
Location: Moe Town Hall

Traralgon / Loy Yang Workshop

Date: Monday 13 August
Time: 5.30 - 7.30pm
Location: Traralgon Tennis Club

Morwell / Hazelwood Workshop

Time: 5.30 - 7.30pm
Date: Tuesday 14 August
Location: Morwell Bowling Club

For more information or to register to attend one or more workshops, please email planning.implementation@delwp.vic.gov.au

Get involved

We encourage you to also get involved by using the mapping tool below to add a marker on places of importance to you as well as ideas and suggestions of the future land uses in the Latrobe Valley.

Latrobe Valley Social History and Heritage Study

DELWP is undertaking a social history and heritage study of the Latrobe Valley. This project will  gather knowledge from local community representatives, in partnership with representatives from the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation.

The study will document the social lives of the Latrobe Valley communities over time to provide deeper insight into the connections between the Valley and its people, and of the history and heritage that have made each what they are today. The social and industrial history of the region has been defined  by agriculture, the impacts of immigration, manufacturing and energy generation. The report will consider the experience of these  themes by the people of the Valley and how this has influenced their identity. Upon completion the report will be made publicly available.

In addition to the documentation of the social history of the Latrobe Valley, the project will identify opportunities to recognise and celebrate Latrobe Valley’s  history and heritage.  An appreciation of heritage themes, artefacts and sites which reflect key social history will be assessed. Items which have strong community importance will be considered and opportunities for their recognition and celebration identified.

The Study will be used to inform heritage and land planning through identification of places of significance and historic themes of importance.

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