latrobe valley

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 details of their local knowledge and aspirations for the potential land uses of the mine voids and their surrounding areas. This will assist the government to create a shared land use vision with the community of possible future land uses for these areas.

The state government will be holding a series of workshops with key technical stakeholders throughout May and June 2018, but before and afterwards it will hold a community workshop.

14 June community workshop will not be held

The community workshop scheduled for Thursday 14 June at Morwell Bowls Club will not be held. Thank you to all those who attended the earlier workshop and the drop-in sessions at the Moe Library, Mid Valley Shopping Centre and Stockland Traralgon Shopping Centre.

More focused sessions with community and industry members are being planned for coming weeks. For more information or to register to receive updates about opportunities to participate in the regional land use study please email

What is your land use vision?

Date: Thursday 24 May 2018
Time: 9 am - 2 pm
Location: Morwell Bowls Club, 52 Hazelwood Rd, Morwell

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.

Committee members required for Latrobe Valley social history study

To help the state government develop its land use study, it is vital to start with a sound understanding of the Latrobe Valley’s social history and heritage. Historical knowledge is an important step in the strategy development process as it enables an appreciation of the connections that exist between the Valley and its communities.

The state government is seeking individuals to join a committee to review the draft outputs of a study into aspects of the Valley’s social history and industrial heritage and how they can be celebrated. Experienced heritage and history consultants, Context, will manage the first phase of research, community consultation and development of the social history report.

We would like to invite members of the Latrobe Valley community who are keen to be involved and:

  • Have a genuine passion for the Latrobe Valley, its people and its future
  • Have a link to the Latrobe Valley, for example having lived or worked in the area
  • Have some degree of knowledge of different aspects of the Latrobe Valley’s social history and industrial heritage
  • Be able to meet on three occasions spread from mid-2018 and possibly into early 2019. The first meeting will be held in the week ending 10 August 2018.

Your involvement will help us define and document the events, places and people which have contributed to the making the Latrobe Valley what it is today.

We will use the study to inform strategic plans and policies of the project area, including the parallel project to develop a preliminary land use vision for the mines.

If you would like to be involved, please confirm your interest via email to by 9 May 2018.