We are located approximately 150kms east of Melbourne and are one of Victoria's major regional centres. Our region is made up of four central towns: Churchill, Moe Newborough, Morwell, Traralgon. We have smaller rural townships of Boolarra, Glengarry, Toongabbie, Tyers, Traralgon South, Yallourn North and Yinnar.
We are less than two hours’ drive from Melbourne Airport along the Princes Freeway (M1) and around an hour and a half from central Melbourne. V/Line run hourly rail services between Melbourne and Traralgon.
We have traditionally been recognised as the centre of Victoria's electricity industry, which is derived from one of the largest brown coal reserves in the world. We are also at the centre of a large forestry industry which services Australian Paper's pulp and paper mill (the largest in Australia) and other sawmills.
Other industries in the area include food processing (Lion - Morwell), engineering, post-secondary education with the new Federation University Australia and the service sector. Being the largest population centre in the Gippsland region, Latrobe City acts as the regional headquarters for Government agencies and private operators including banks and insurance companies.
For investors and businesses looking to relocate to a regional centre, Latrobe City provides excellent opportunities for investment. New and existing businesses have access to a skilled workforce, strong road and rail transport links, natural resources, established electricity infrastructure, locally based education institutions and affordable land prices.
Our population and economy
Latrobe City is Victoria’s only eastern regional city, home to 73,929 residents and 5,019 businesses and is the residential and commercial hub of a larger catchment of 262,000 people stretching across the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland region.
We are one of the most economically diverse municipalities in Victoria with local industries generating over $3.7 billion in Gross Regional Product and $8.8 billion in annual economic output. The combination of major employers, the City’s regional significance, and affordable housing make Latrobe City a centre of opportunity for both business and families.
Please refer to our Population and Economic Profile page for more information on our population and economy.