We have a big week ahead as many local families prepare for the return of school and for some their first days in Prep and Kindergarten.
This is a wonderful time for many – filled with excitement and perhaps some nerves, from both the kids and parents, for what is to come. Council is very proud to be part of this momentous time as we welcome new children to our kindergartens and farewell the previous year’s students ready for their next learning chapters.
Council’s School Crossing Supervisors will be out from next week, so please remember to stick to 40 km/h in school zones to keep everyone safe!
The Annual Community Satisfaction Survey calls will begin soon – running from 30 January to March. If you do receive a call, please consider giving your feedback.
These surveys are anonymous and provide Council with valuable information on where we can improve our facilities and services. The feedback also tells us areas which our community are content with, providing a good indicator of where to focus our efforts.
Council is always seeking to improve the way we serve the community and this survey plays an important role in tracking community perspectives in relation to our services.
We thank you in advance for your assistance.
Cr Kellie O’Callaghan
Mayor of Latrobe City Council
Australia Day - Community Events
Several events will be held across Latrobe City to recognise Australia Day this year.
Free community events will be held in Boolarra, Churchill, Moe, Morwell, Toongabbie, Traralgon, Yallourn North and Yinnar. Events include free breakfasts, live music, flag raising and family entertainment.
Council is throwing the ultimate pool party with free entry to the Yallourn North and Moe outdoor pools, Moe Newborough and Morwell Leisure Centres along with the Gippsland Regional Aquatic Centre in Traralgon.
New citizens will be welcomed at a Citizenship Ceremony, followed by the Australia Day Awards commencing at 1.30pm.
Award categories include Citizen of the Year, Senior of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Event of the Year and Community Service of the Year.
To find out more about what is happening near you, visit upcoming events on Council’s website www.latrobe.vic.gov.au
For leisure centre and pool opening hours visit the Latrobe Leisure website www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/leisure
Rates Payment Due
Full payment of your 2022/23 rates and charges is due and payable by 15 February 2023 unless you are registered as an instalment payer.
For instalment payers the third instalment is due by 28 February 2023.
If you are experiencing financial difficulties and will be unable to make a payment by the due date please contact our rates team on 1300 367 700 to discuss an alternative payment arrangement.
Accounts that are unpaid by the due date will incur interest charges.
Community Satisfaction Survey to Commence
Latrobe City Council residents may soon receive a phone call inviting them to participate in the Victorian Government’s annual Community Satisfaction Survey, undertaken by National Field Services. Calls will be taking place from 30 January through to March.
The Community Satisfaction Survey aims to assess council’s performance in a variety of areas to help identify opportunities for improvement and more effective service delivery for residents.
If you have any questions, please phone Council’s Customer Service Team on 1300 367 700.
Fire Danger Period in Place
The CFA declared Fire Danger Period is now in place in Latrobe City. The CFA declares the Fire Danger Period at the onset of warmer weather when fires in the open air are legally restricted. This is to help fires from starting as dry vegetation and hot weather increase the incidence of fires accidentally starting and spreading.
Head to the CFA website to find out what you can and can’t do during this period: www.cfa.vic.gov.au/warnings-restrictions/can
If property owners wish to burn in open air, a written permit from the CFA will be required. Those wishing to request a permit can visit https://firepermits.vic.gov.au/ or call the CFA on 1800 668 511.
Fireworks McNairn Road Traralgon
Nearby residents are advised of a later than usual fireworks display scheduled on Thursday 26 January 2023 between 10.40pm to 10:50pm as part of Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club’s Australia Day meet.
What's on at our Libraries?
Baby Bounce, Wiggle & Jiggle, Storytime, Craft Time, Read to Me return week of 30 January.
For young people
The Studio makerspace for 12 to 16 year olds. Moe Library 3.45pm to 5.15pm Tuesdays from 31 January; Traralgon Library 3.45pm to 5.15pm Wednesdays from 1 February.
Hand it On, Pass it Down family history/memoir-writing course starts 10 February at Traralgon Library.
Author Talk: Alison Stuart ‘The Maiden’s Creek Trilogy’ Wednesday 15 February 6pm Traralgon Library.
Bookings at Eventbrite.
Visit your local library to find out more or go towww.latrobe.vic.gov.au/library
Eel Hole Creek Boardwalk, Churchill
Erosion remediation works
Footpath Grinding Program
Various locations across the municipality
Road Reseal Program
Bitumen spray sealing of programmed roads at various locations around the municipality
Agnes Brereton Netball Courts, Breed Street, Traralgon
Court rehabilitation works including concrete kerb, footpath and court overlay works
Rintoull Street, Morwell
Retaining wall rehabilitation (Section 2)
Footpath Replacement Program
Various locations across the municipality
Jumbuk Road and Grand Ridge Road
Boolarra Footpath Repairs
Construction of new footpaths along Church Street and Mechanics Street
Construction of LED Sports Lighting at W H Burrage Reserve, Newborough
Sports lighting installation on the main soccer pitch at Burrage Reserve, John Field Drive
Construction of LED Sports Lighting at Northern Reserve, Newborough
Sports lighting installation on the new netball court at Northern Reserve, Southwell Avenue
- Moe Revitalisation Project - Stage 2, construction of a youth precinct with a skate park, public open space, barbecue area and play space
- Kernot Hall Stage 1, upgrade the hall, including renewal of the toilets to ensure accessibility
- Latrobe Leisure Churchill, structural rectification of the western wall
- Toners Lane Reserve Morwell, construction works to Twin City Archery facility
- Parklands Preschool, extension to existing facility
- Gaskin Park, AFL Stadium, Churchill, upgrades to bathroom amenities
- Gaskin Park, Tennis Pavilion, Churchill, upgrades to change room amenities