Coal and electricity generation
The Latrobe Valley (which includes Baw Baw Shire Council, Latrobe City Council and Wellington Shire Council) has one of the world’s largest reserves of brown coal. Brown coal electricity generators in Latrobe City currently supply approximately 90% of Victoria’s electricity.
Latrobe City Council supports the sustainable use of brown coal as an energy source. We are working with generators, clean coal researchers and government agencies to develop clean coal pilot plants and research facilities in Latrobe City.
Latrobe City is the retail centre for Gippsland and is home to MidValley Shopping Centre in Morwell and Stockland Plaza in Traralgon. These centres host a range of major retail chains, speciality stores and produce outlets. Arcades and plazas are found in the main commercial centres of all major towns in Latrobe City.
The retail sector provides the highest employment of any sector in Latrobe City providing close to 4,000 jobs. The sector contributes $385 billion to the local economy annually.
Latrobe City has a large manufacturing base, established from the electricity generation sector. Latrobe City is home a variety of engineering firms, design and manufacturing specialists. Companies such as Safetech, Keil Industries and Fishers are based in Latrobe City supplying local, state, national and international markets.
Latrobe City is home to GippsAero, the only passenger commercial aircraft manufatured in Australia that successfully exports to global markets.
The development and expansion of the Latrobe Regional Airport has created further opportunities for aviation-related businesses to establish on allotments with taxiway access to the main runway. The expansion provides opportunities for aerospace industries and aviation related providers to expand or establish their operations at the airport.
Agriculture, dairy and food processing
The Latrobe Valley, with its fertile soils supports a vibrant agricultural industry.
Lion (formally National Foods), one of Australia’s largest food and beverage producers has established a state of the art dairy processing plant in Latrobe City.
Opportunities for the production of biomass and algae for electricity and fuel production are expected to provide further markets for agricultural products.
Timber, forestry and paper production
Latrobe City’s large natural resource supports a productive timber and forestry industry providing softwood, value-added hardwood, and paper products sold to domestic and export markets.
Australian Paper is one of the largest paper manufacturing facilities in the southern hemisphere. The Maryvale complex leads in the manufacture of high performance packaging supplies and office paper.
New markets will open for forestry projects to sequester carbon with the introduction of the carbon price. Forestry projects are eligible under proposed schemes to generate carbon credits for sale to domestic and international markets.
Information technology and business services
Latrobe City is a regional leader in information communication technology. Combining traditional with new technologies, the industry has developed a highly skilled workforce and has the capacity to service expanding local industry and business.
Sage Technology/ Viatek provides innovative IT solutions to commercial and industrial businesses throughout Australia and internationally. The shared business services sector in Latrobe City continues to grow with increasing numbers of private and government call centres operating across the region.
Education and training
Major facilities for higher education and training include:
- Monash University, Gippsland Campus: The only regional “Group of Eight” university in Victoria, Monash Gippsland provides tertiary education to local and international students. Faculties include medicine, science, engineering, information technology, business, economics, nursing, humanities, education, art and design. Distance education facilities cater for local and international students.
- Gippsland Education Precinct: Australia’s first fully integrated secondary, vocational and tertiary educational complex providing education pathways all on one campus.
- GippsTAFE (Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE): provides educational services to Gippsland, Victoria and overseas. GippsTAFE delivers broad-based training programs on and off-site.
- Apprenticeships Group Australia: One of Australia’s largest leading providers of apprenticeships to industry based in Latrobe City
- i-Gain: Training specialists who offer quality learning and adult education
Latrobe City is a centre for health services to the broader Gippsland region. Contributing significantly to Latrobe City’s economy, Latrobe City offers a comprehensive and high quality health facilities.
Facilities include Latrobe Regional Hospital, Maryvale Private Hospital, Latrobe Community Health Services and numerous medical providers.
The region has an extenive range of speclist services including pathology, aged care, pallative care, communty health, cancer support, immunisation, disability services, home care, physiotherapy, parenting, paediatric, child and adolescent services.
Tourism and events
Tourism is estimated to inject $92.8 million per year into the local economy. The sector is made up of small businesses, with a few medium sized businesses operating in the accommodation and conference sector.
Latrobe City hosts many widely recognised events including national and internationl sporting events such as the Victorian Junior Tennis Championships.
Latrobe City has identified events, business tourism and conferencing as market opportunities that would enhance the trade of existing retail, food and entertainment businesses.