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

  • Working with local community members, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has now completed the report,  'Latrobe Valley Social History - Celebrating and recognising the Latrobe Valley's history and heritage'. DELWP will now use information gathered to help identify opportunities for the interpretation and celebration of the Latrobe Valley’s history and heritage. Digital copies are available to download within the 'Social History' tab above. Physical copies will be made available in the region's libraries.
  • 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.

Page last updated: 27/12/19