Objectives of the land use study
- The objectives of the land use study are to identify ways the final safe, stable and sustainable rehabilitated sites can support productive and high-quality land uses
- A social history study is also being undertaken to inform the land use study.
About the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy
The Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRRS) is being led by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
The land use study is an input to the 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 Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP) has worked with key stakeholders through 2018 and 2019 to develop a ‘preliminary vision’ for future land use outcomes for rehabilitated mine areas in the Latrobe Valley. This page will be updated soon outlining next steps for the ‘preliminary vision’.
- Working with community representatives, DELWP commenced a Social History study of the Latrobe Valley in 2018. The Social History will report on the impact of industrial, environmental and social forces upon the Valley’s communities and how the community has shaped the Valley into what it is today.
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Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy: Regional Land Use Study
The Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy: Regional Land Use Study aims to guide the future land uses of rehabilitated mines and surrounding areas
Previous stakeholder workshops for the regional land use study
DELWP held three public workshops with stakeholders throughout May, June and August 2018. Each workshop had a particular focus on each mine / power station and each town within a regional context, including workshops for:
- Moe / Yallourn
- Traralgon / Loy Yang
- Morwell / Hazelwood.
The ideas from the workshop will help inform the ‘preliminary vision’ for future land use outcomes for rehabilitated mines and their regional links. DELWP is now considering issues and opportunities raised in the workshops.
There will be future opportunities for community members to provide views and details of their local knowledge and aspirations for potential land uses of the areas surrounding the mines.
Community and stakeholder input will assist the government to create a shared land use vision and consider future land use issues and opportunities.
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Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy: Regional Land Use Study:
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Social History and Heritage Study
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.