|Population||72,396 (2011 census)|
|• Density||50.769/km2 (131.49/sq mi)|
|Gazetted||2 December 1994|
|Area||1,426 km2 (550.6 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Cr Sharon Gibson|
The Latrobe City is a local government area in the Gippsland region in eastern Victoria, Australia, located in the eastern part of the state. It covers an area of 1,426 square kilometres (551 sq mi) and, at the 2011 Census, had a population of 72,396. It is primarily urban with the vast majority of its population living within three major urban areas, which are Moe, Morwell and Traralgon, while other significant settlements within the LGA include Boolarra, Callignee, Churchill, Glengarry, Jeeralang, Newborough, Toongabbie, Tyers, Yallourn North and Yinnar. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the City of Moe, City of Morwell, City of Traralgon, Shire of Traralgon, and parts of the Shire of Narracan and Shire of Rosedale. When formed the municipality was originally called the Shire of La Trobe, but on 6 April 2000, was renamed to its current name.
The City is governed and administered by the Latrobe City Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters, 141 Commercial Road, Morwell, it also has service centres located in Moe and Traralgon. The City is named after the Latrobe River and Latrobe Valley, major geographical features that meander through the north of the LGA.
The LGA has three Main towns —Moe, Morwell and Traralgon in the Latrobe Valley—which form the same statistical area and accounts for most of the City's population and as such, the LGA is primarily an urban area with many of the smaller settlements forming suburban areas separated by areas of secondary industry, although there are large tracts of crown and rural land to the north and south.
Industry and economy
The City has 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. It also 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 Foods – Morwell), engineering, post secondary education (Federation University Gippsland)and the service sector. Being the largest population centre in the Gippsland region, Latrobe acts as the regional headquarters for Government agencies and private operators including banks and insurance companies.
The power generators include:
The former EnergyBrix power station and briquette manufacturing facility closed in 2014.
Towns and localities
The council is composed of four wards and nine councillors, with four councillors elected to represent the East Ward, two councillors per ward elected to represent each of the Central and West wards, and one councillor elected to represent the South Ward.
|East||Dale Harriman||Mayor (2014-2015)|
|Sharon Gibson||Mayor (2013–14)|
Administration and governance
The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Morwell Municipal Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at both its administrative centre in Morwell, and its service centres in Moe and Traralgon.
- Census QuickStats (2011). "Latrobe (C) – LGA23810". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "S94 of 1994". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 2 December 1994). p. 3. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Victoria Government Gazette – Online Search (6 April 2000). "G14 of 2000" (PDF). Victoria Government Gazette. State Government of Victoria. p. 45. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Local Government in Victoria. "Latrobe City Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Latrobe City Council official website
- Metlink local public transport map
- Link to Land Victoria interactive maps
- 2005 Latrobe City Council elections results, Victorian Electoral Commission
- 2007 Latrobe City Council by-election results, Victorian Electoral Commission