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.

Project updates

  • The Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP) has listened to feedback from a number of people and developed a draft Preliminary Land Use Vision to transform the Latrobe Valley mine areas. We want to hear your thoughts on how the rehabilitated mine areas can help transform the Latrobe Valley into a more sustainable, productive, prosperous and liveable region. We invite the community and stakeholders to provide feedback on the Vision at Engage Victoria.
  • 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.

More information

If you need further information about the LVRRS please visit the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy website.

Have your say

Find out how to get involved and have your say on specific planning reviews

Status: Open

Latrobe Valley Draft Preliminary Land Use Vision

Help shape the long-term vision for future land uses around the Latrobe Valley coal mine areas

Public Exhibition

Submissions opens on

12.00am - Wednesday 02 October 2019

Submissions close on

11.59pm - Monday 04 November 2019

We have listened to feedback from a number of people and developed a draft Preliminary Land Use Vision to transform the Latrobe Valley mine areas.

The Latrobe Valley will undergo significant change over time through the closure and rehabilitation of the three major open-cut coal mines and associated power stations. You can now shape the future by providing feedback on the draft Preliminary Land Use Vision.

The Vision identifies opportunities in tourism, liveability, recreation, business and industry, agriculture, food, energy production, services and education.

It is intended to provide a set of guiding directions for consideration of future land use and development, based on achieving positive social, economic and environmental outcomes.

The Vision will inform the final Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRRS) which is to be released by June 2020. The LVRRS is a government commitment seeking to set a safe, stable and sustainable landform for the Latrobe Valley coal mine voids and surrounding areas.

Have your say

Status: Closed

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.

For more information or to contact the project team, please email planning.implementation@delwp.vic.gov.au


All documentation relating to this project can be found here.

Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy: Regional Land Use Study:

Further information on the LVRRS can be found at our partners’ websites:

Social History

The communities of the Latrobe Valley have been at the forefront of Victoria’s power generation now for a century. But how exactly have the Valley’s communities contributed to and experienced their changing landscapes, workplaces and sense of selves?

DELWP has undertaken a social history study of the Latrobe Valley. This project gathered knowledge from representatives from the community, government agencies and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation.

The study documents the social lives of 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, timber production, power generation and the State Electricity Commission of Victoria. The importance of clubs, whether based around sport, ethnic background, religion or workplace, was a local value identified as at the core of a local identity. Such clubs have provided strong support networks through the Valley’s periods of upheaval and transition.

The social history is not a chronological study. Rather, it explores how the Valley’s inhabitants have historically experienced their setting through the themes of land and water, work and industry, and communities and how this has influenced their sense of identity.

The social history will be used to inform planning initiatives and place-making through the identification and interpretation of places of significance and historic themes of importance.

PDF and Microsoft Word versions of the document will be uploaded for the public here (identical to those in the ‘Documents’ tab)

Latrobe Valley Social History: Celebrating and Recognising Latrobe Valley’s History and Heritage (PDF) or (Microsoft Word)