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Morwell Exhibition launched in State Parliament


Amidst the ornate splendour of Queen’s Hall in Victoria’s State Parliament, voices from the
Morwell community rang out clearly. The ‘Our Hopes for the Future of Morwell’ photographic
exhibition is on display at Queen’s Hall from 21 May until 24 May. The exhibition comprises twenty-
eight photographs of community groups and residents holding objects that symbolise their
hopes for the future of Morwell. Powerful and thought provoking photos that capture important issues as the community moves forward from the Hazelwood mine fire and closure.

Community groups and individuals were asked to think of an object that symbolised their hopes,big or small, for the future of Morwell and then to be photographed holding that object. Out of this process, under the consummate photographic eye of Clive Hutchinson from Gippsland Centre for Art and Design, 28 photos with their captions were produced. Morwell
Neighbourhood House facilitated the photo shoot and provided the venue.

Monday night’s launch was attended by many members of the community who participated in
creating the exhibition, and featured speeches by a number of guest speakers, including Dr
Matthew Carroll, Senior Research Fellow on the Health Study; Professor Helen Bartlett, Vice-
Chancellor and President of Federation University; Ms Tracie Lund, Coordinator of Morwell
Neighbourhood House; Ms Caitlin Grigsby, President of the Latrobe Roller Derby; and Ms
Harriet Shing, Member for Eastern Victoria.

Ms Lund spoke with conviction about Morwell Neighbourhood House’s commitment to
ensuring many voices from the community had a chance to be heard – a commitment shared
with the Federation University research team. Ms Grigsby spoke movingly about how this
exhibition had given their group the opportunity to re-imagine their future: “The Latrobe Valley
has hope, and so should our wider community. This exhibition is testament to that.”
Don’t miss this beautiful and thought-provoking visual display exploring what the future holds
for this community.

To view images of the event, please click here.

When and where to see the Our hopes for the future of Morwell Exhibition

An exhibition featuring the hopes and dreams of the Morwell community will make its way to the halls of the Victorian Parliament in May

Following a successful showing at Switchback Gallery in Churchill last year, the ‘Our hopes for the future of Morwell’ photographic exhibition will be showcased at Queen’s Hall from 21-25 May.

The exhibition was developed by the Federation University Australia-led Community Wellbeing research stream of the Hazelwood Health Study in collaboration with Morwell Neighbourhood House and Gippsland Centre for Art and Design at FedUni.

It will feature 28 photographs of community groups and members holding objects symbolising their hopes for the future of Morwell.

The project came to fruition following extensive consultations with local groups about ways to strengthen community wellbeing and recovery post Hazelwood mine fire and power station closure.

Community groups and members chose to be photographed with images that symbolise their hopes for the future. The resulting photographic images express their contributions to a positive conversation about the future for Morwell.

The exhibition will be open at the following times:

  • Monday 21 May, 12pm – 5pm
  • Tuesday 22 May, 9am – 5pm
  • Wednesday 23 May, 9am – 5pm
  • Thursday 24 May, 9am – 5pm
  • Friday 25 May, 9am – 11am

“Taking the exhibition to Spring Street is important because it demonstrates that this community, which has suffered a number of setbacks including the Hazelwood mine fire, and the subsequent closure of the mine and Hazelwood power station, is showing resilience and optimism in the face of adversity,” Dr Sue Yell, Community Wellbeing Research Lead and exhibition organiser, said.

“Featuring this exhibition at Victoria’s State Parliament will shine a much-needed positive light on this vibrant community, and will also show them that their voices are heard beyond the Latrobe Valley.”

There are plans for the exhibition to be shown in Dungog in the Hunter Valley later this year, and to put it on display locally in Morwell.

“The Latrobe Valley’s communities are innovative, close-knit and extraordinarily resourceful, and it’s important to recognise our strengths and opportunities through events like this exhibition,” Harriet Shing, Member for Eastern Victoria Region, said.

Exhibition to showcase hopes for the future of Morwell

The ‘Our hopes for the future of Morwell’ exhibition features 28 photographs of community groups and members holding objects that symbolise their hopes for the future of Morwell.

The community’s hopes and dreams for Morwell will be showcased at a photography exhibition at Switchback Gallery, Federation University, Gippsland Campus from 14-24 November.

The exhibition, titled ‘Our hopes for the future of Morwell’, is a project developed by the Hazelwood Health Study, in collaboration with Morwell Neighbourhood House and Gippsland Centre for Art and Design at Federation University.

It will feature 28 photographs of community groups and members holding objects that symbolise their hopes for the future of Morwell.

Hazelwood Health Study research associate Dr Sue Whyte said the exhibition followed extensive consultation with local groups about ways to strengthen community wellbeing and recovery post-Hazelwood mine fire and power station closure.

“This exhibition evolved from research into recovery from the Hazelwood mine fire. We listened and clearly heard that people wanted to do something positive about Morwell and to be a part of the conversations about the future,” Dr Whyte said.

“We came up with the idea of people thinking about what their future hopes for Morwell were and coming up with a symbol to feature in a photo to be included in a community exhibition.”

The photographs, taken by Clive Hutchison, will also feature an accompanying caption written by each participating group describing what the object represents.

“As Clint Eastwood put it, ‘sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands’. This sentiment is at the heart of the image making,” Mr Hutchison said.

The free exhibition will be open to the community for two weeks from 14 November including Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November. The gallery is open from 10am to 4.30pm. The exhibition is then expected to travel to other locations in the local community and more broadly.

ELF Study participants to be thanked at special Hazelwood Health Study event in Morwell

LATROBE Valley families whose children took part in the Early Life Follow-Up (ELF) Study earlier this year will be thanked at a special party at Tribes play centre in Morwell on Friday 24 November.

The ‘Thank You Party’ will be hosted by the ELF Study, the child health and development arm of the Hazelwood Health Study.

“We would love to thank the Latrobe Valley families who together helped us complete 263 health checks, 552 surveys and more than 2000 monthly health diary entries,” Latrobe ELF Project Manager Marita Dalton said.

“As a sign of our gratitude, we want to meet with the families and say thank you.

“We were thrilled with the response to the study by Latrobe Valley families – they are helping us learn if long-term health and development could have been influenced by the air pollution around the time of the Hazelwood mine fire.”

At the party, families will have the opportunity to meet with study staff and other participants, enjoy some free snacks and enter prize draws.

Participants who complete their monthly dairies and return their soil and dust packs will be eligible for special prize draws of $50 gift vouchers.

The ‘Thank You Party’ will be held from 2.45pm to 5.30pm at Tribes play centre at 107-111 Crinigan Road, Morwell.

All ELF Study children and their families are invited to the free event.

To RSVP, phone 1800 322 102 or email [email protected] by Friday 17 November.

The ELF Study is being conducted by the Menzies Institute of Medical Research at the University of Tasmania as part of the larger, Monash University-led Hazelwood Health Study.

The research is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

Engage with the Hazelwood Health Study

The Hazelwood Health Study is inviting Latrobe Valley and Sale residents to back-to-back community engagement sessions next week.

The engagement evenings will be held at the Morwell Bowling Club on Monday 9 October and at the Bond Street Event Centre in Sale on Tuesday, 10 October.

Former ABC Radio presenter Gerard Callinan will moderate the sessions which will, for the first time, feature roundtable discussions between study researchers, staff and the community. HHS Co-Principal Investigator Professor Judi Walker said the discussions will focus on what the study has achieved and how the recent findings can be used to benefit the community.

“Not only are the sessions an opportunity for us to talk about the world-first study, its latest findings and where we are headed to next, but more importantly a chance for curious residents to sit with researchers and ask us questions about our work,” Professor Walker said.

HHS Community Advisory Committee representative Shane Wilson said the community had many questions about the study and the engagement session was the ideal forum to get answers.

“The Hazelwood Health Study has been working diligently for about three years, but for many community members they do not get to see the hard work that is happening behind the scenes,” Mr Wilson said.

“The researchers and staff at the study want to share their findings and discuss the research underway with the community – this is the perfect opportunity to bring your questions and thoughts to the study’s attention. They are ready and happy to answer your questions.”

Community representative from Sale Ruth Churchill said the findings had major implications for not only the Latrobe Valley, but the Sale community, and urged residents to attend the engagement sessions.

“The study’s results can be used to guide health service providers in both the Sale and Latrobe Valley communities. Sale may have been much less impacted by the mine fire, but it plays a crucial role in this study,” Ms Churchill said.

The Hazelwood Health Study is a long-term independent study led by Monash University in conjunction with its study partners – Federation University Australia, the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research, The University of Adelaide and CSIRO.

The study is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about the study, visit or

Deadlines approaching for the Hazelwood Health Study Adult Survey Closes 31 January 2017

All eligible residents who are yet to complete the Adult Survey are urged to collect a paper survey and complete by the end of January 2017. Community Packs are available at various locations throughout Morwell and Sale to collect.

  • Neighborhood House
  • GP Clinics
  • Police Station
  • Latrobe City Office
  • Wellington Shire Office
  • Newspower Newsagent, Morwell
  • Latrobe Community Health Service
  • Latrobe Regional Hospital
  • Central Gippsland Health Service


Annual Community Briefing 29 November 2016

The HHS Annual Community Briefing was held at the Morwell Bowling Club 29 November 2016.

Members of the Community were invited to meet the study team, enjoy a supper while team members gave an overview and update on the study.

Study comes to Gippsland Centre Sale

Free cappuccino/tea and muffin while you complete the Adult Survey.

The study team will be near Muffin Break to assist eligible residents to complete the Adult Survey.

Thursday 10 November from 10am – 2pm

Wednesday 7 December from 10am – 2pm

Gippsland Centre Sale 37-39 Cunninghame St, Sale VIC 3850

Need assistance with the Adult Survey?

A study team member will be attending the Sale & Morwell Library every Tuesday from the 8th November 2016 to assist eligible residents to complete the Adult Survey.

Morwell Library from 10am – 12 noon

163-165 Elgin Street Morwell

Sale Library from 2pm – 4pm

75 Macalister Street Sale