Community group meetings
An essential part of the Commissioner’s role is to engage with, inform and educate the Latrobe Valley community on mine rehabilitation issues and listening to the community’s views. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask questions and have them answered.
If you’re a member of a community group or organisation and would like the Commissioner to attend a group meeting, please contact us on 1800 571 966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 5 February 2020 – Braiakaulung Advisory Committee
- 20 February 2020 – Gippsland Regional Executive Forum
- 28 August 2020 – Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists Club
- Committee for Moe (10 December)
- Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee (2 December)
- ArcYinnar (15 November)
- Latrobe Valley Australian Plants Society Inc. (10 October)
- Latrobe City Youth Council (8 October)
- Gippsland Association of Affiliated Historical Societies (15 September)
- Churchill Neighbourhood Centre (26 August)
- Boolarra Community Development Group (22 August)
- Morwell Historical Society (21 August)
- Latrobe Youth Space (1 August)
- Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS (30 July)
- Maryvale Probus Club (18 July)
- Newborough Probus Club (1 July)
- Gippsland Multicultural Services Inc. (25 & 27 June)
- Inner Wheel Club of Moe (4 June)
- Latrobe Young Professionals (17 May)
- Morwell Men’s Shed (16 May)
- Rotary Club of Moe (6 May)
- Newborough Mens Shed (27 March)
- Latrobe Valley Sustainability Group (12 March)
Coal Hole Town 1,000 Billion Litre Water Fight
A culmination of the learnings shared over the last five months as part of the Coal Hole project was the focus of its final event on Sunday 1 December from 2-3pm at the Kernot Hall Lawn in Morwell.Plenty of eco-friendly mini water balloons were crocheted for the free water fight event, with the help of local creatives from The Bee and the Spider, which reflected on the water needed for mine rehabilitation. Members of Latrobe Youth Space and Latrobe Streetgames attended with art activities and live music presented by the Big Bang Boom. Follow Coal Hole on Facebook or Instagram for more or visit www.coalhole.com.au.
Community forum – Mine rehabilitation: What have we learnt?
Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner Professor Rae Mackay hosted a discussion on the latest rehabilitation planning studies completed to date for the three Latrobe Valley brown coal mines in Morwell on Wednesday 27 November 2019. You can read an overview of the event and download a copy of the presentations here.
Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy information session
Following 18 months of work completing a range of water, land stability and land use studies to better understand the impacts of mine rehabilitation on the region, the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy (LVRRS) Project Team invited community members to learn more about the work being undertaken to prepare for the future of the Latrobe Valley coal mines at an information session in Morwell on 30 October 2019. The event follows the release of the LVRRS Project Team’s long-awaited Regional Geotechnical and Regional Water Study Synopsis Reports and a Preliminary Land Use Vision for the Latrobe Valley, which is open to your feedback. The Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner plays an integral role in the development of the LVRRS by reviewing and providing independent advice and recommendations on the studies.
View the Valley in 3D at EnergyAustralia Yallourn’s community information sessions
Our new 3D model of the Latrobe Valley mines and towns was a feature at EnergyAustralia Yallourn‘s community information sessions in Moe on 3-4 October 2019, inviting community members for a cuppa and a chat about the Yallourn mine and power station. For further information about the sessions, contact email@example.com.
Read a fact sheet or two, watch a short video, sign up to our newsletter, or pick up a pack of free seedsticks which grow into a scented paperbark, native to our region. Our roving mobile display is a mini ‘info hub’ where you can learn all about the Commissioner’s role and mine rehabilitation planning for Hazelwood, Yallourn and Loy Yang coal mines. Our display was at the Traralgon (pictured) and Morwell libraries in May and June, in Moe in July, and at the Churchill Neighbourhood Centre in August 2019. If you’ve seen the display, we value your feedback and would appreciate if you could complete this quick survey.
Community forum: Regulating rehabilitation
Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner Professor Rae Mackay hosted a discussion with guest speakers from Earth Resources Regulation, WorkSafe and Environment Protection Authority on the role of regulators in the rehabilitation of the Latrobe Valley coal mines on Wednesday 19 June 2019. Speakers explored the individual roles of the three regulatory bodies and how they work together to manage potential risks to site workers and the general public throughout the rehabilitation period. A question and answer session followed, allowing the community to ask any questions they have about Latrobe Valley coal mine rehabilitation. Read the full overview and access a copy of the presentations here.
My Valley My Home Festival
We attended the My Valley My Home festival in March 2019, with our stall featuring the latest information on mine rehabilitation. For more information on the festival, visit facebook.com/wearelatrobe.
Overseeing our future: Rehabilitation Planning for the Valley and Experiences from Germany
On 12 December 2018, Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner Emeritus Professor Rae Mackay and Technical Specialist Rhonda Hastie delivered presentations on the recently published Latrobe Valley Rehabilitation Monitoring Framework 2018-20 and rehabilitation lessons from Germany. For copies of the presentations and a report on the event, visit https://www.lvmrc.vic.gov.au/events/rehabilitation-planning-dec-18/.
The Science of Mine Rehabilitation – National Science Week 2018
Presented by the Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner and Gippsland Tech School for National Science Week 2018
From 13 – 16 August 2018, Professor Rae Mackay, Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner, was joined by some special guests to present a series of interactive demonstrations and seminars exploring the science and technology behind the rehabilitation of the Latrobe Valley mines. For an overview of the events, and copies of presentations, visit www.lvmrc.vic.gov.au/scienceweek
Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Planning – one year on (28 June 2018)
The end of June 2018 marked one year since the appointment of the Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner. This event saw the Commissioner, Professor Rae Mackay, and other guests provide an update on the status of Latrobe Valley mine rehabilitation planning, the Commissioner’s work and the current stage of development of the Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy. Presentations were followed by a community Q&A. For details on presentations, and a report on the event, visit www.lvmrc.vic.gov.au/one-year-on