Thursday, 2 May 2019

Community projects across Latrobe City will soon become a reality to make the Valley accessible, enjoyable and safe for all, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced the projects to share in more than $1.1 million in grants from the Latrobe Valley Authority’s Community and Facility Fund.

Moe Apex AAA Park, Moe Botanic Gardens, Apex Park Traralgon and Morwell Centenary Rose Garden will all receive grants to improve parks around the Valley as well as creating accessible paths for all residents to take advantage of green spaces.

Sport across the Latrobe Valley will also receive a boost, with support for Newborough Yallourn United Soccer Club, Traralgon Table Tennis Association, Gippsland Ranges Roller Derby and Latrobe Valley Aero Club, that will allow the clubs to improve lighting, sporting surfaces and change room facilities to ensure athletes have the facilities they deserve to play their best.

Yinnar will receive support to install solar powered pathway lighting between the Yinnar township and the Yinnar Recreation Reserve, to ensure people can safely walk around the town all year round.

The Burnet Park Girl Guides will be supported to develop design and construction plans for a new self-contained amenity block, while Morwell Neighbourhood House will be able to install a solar system with battery storage and energy efficiency upgrades such as lighting replacements.

These grant announcements bring the total funding in Latrobe City to $6.5 million across 75 community projects.

For more information on the Community and Facility Fund please email

Funded projects

  • Moe Apex AAA Park – $215,417 for stage one construction of a nature play space including nature play equipment, new trees, shelter and barbecue area, park furniture and a network of pedestrian paths to improve accessibility.
  • Moe Botanic Gardens – $236,695 for installation of play equipment and softfall, landscaping and tree planting, railway sleeper gantry entrance, picnic and park seating and a pathway connecting features of the park.
  • Newborough Yallourn United Soccer Club – $6,563 for completion of plans to upgrade the existing pavilion and construct a second pavilion.
  • Yinnar pathway lighting – $120,000 towards installation of solar powered pathway lighting between the Yinnar township and the Yinnar Recreation Reserve.
  • Apex Park Traralgon – $210,000 towards installation of four lighting towers at the Apex Park oval.
  • Traralgon Table Tennis Association – $198,907 for upgrades to facilities at the Traralgon Table Tennis Stadium including new accessible amenities, all abilities access ramp, canteen and office upgrade, upgrade of International wing, electrical upgrade and asbestos removal.
  • Gippsland Ranges Roller Derby – $81,600 for roof repairs, electrical upgrades, pad the walls (specific to roller derby), install a child play area, create a new entry area, fit out the storage area. Accessibility improvements will include a unisex accessible toilet with baby change, a ramp to replace steps leading to the toilets and an accessible emergency exit.
  • Burnet Park Girl Guides – $10,000 for development of formal design and construction plans, building permits and construction cost-estimate for a new self-contained amenity block.
  • Morwell Centenary Rose Garden – $13,500 towards construction of a circular, steel slatted seating with a back rest around an existing mature shade tree with paving and a pathway to allow for all abilities access.
  • Latrobe Valley Aero Club – $20,000 to undertake planning required for the development of and upgrade to clubrooms.
  • Morwell Neighbourhood House – $26,305 for installation of a solar system with battery storage and energy efficiency upgrades such as lighting replacements.


Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“I’m so proud to support this latest round of grants, improving facilities for all Latrobe residents and making the Valley a better place to live, work and play.”

“Whether you’re a budding athlete, a girl guide or a garden enthusiast, there are improvements that will improve the Valley for everyone.”

Quote attributable to Latrobe Valley Authority CEO Karen Cain

“The Community and Facility Fund grants program has been extremely successful and is continuing to improve the attractiveness and useability of local facilities and community spaces.”