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About Morwell

Located in the heart of the Latrobe Valley, Morwell is a vibrant town with a flourishing, attractive commercial district. Renowned for its abundance of flowers, Morwell is most famous for its stunning Centenary Rose Garden. Stretching across four acres and showcasing over 4,000 bushes, it’s a source of great pride for the entire region.

Making the move in 5 steps

1. Research

The best decisions are well-informed ones. Visit the friendly Morwell Visitor Information Centre, to learn more about housing, schools and career industries.

 

2. Visit us

A visit is the perfect introduction to your new lifestyle. It is a fun and entertaining way to get to know the locals, witness first-hand the magical scenery, try the quality local produce and experience walking around the towns. 

 

3. Rent before you buy

Need time to find your dream home? Try renting instead of investing in a house immediately. It gives you time to figure out which area you prefer, the kind of house you’d like and which neighbourhood or town is best. 

 

4. Engage with the community

The Morwell region is known for its close-knit and inviting community. Join the local sporting clubs, gyms, social groups and follow the local cafés, art gallery and library on social media to have your finger on the pulse.

 

5. Take your time

Take the time to build up connections and networks. Ensure there is time set aside to plan the move. Instead of living between your old home and the Morwell region, focus on enjoying the area at weekends – which should be easy!

Population

13,770

 

Distance to Melbourne

150km

 

Surrounding towns

Moe, Traralgon and Warragul.

 

Housing

Median house price = $169,000

Median house rental = $230 per week

Median unit price = $158,000

Median unit rental = $170 per week

Arts, Culture and Events 

Morwell is home to one of Gippsland’s major cultural attractions, the Latrobe Regional Gallery. It houses a notable permanent collection of contemporary Australian art, a striking sculpture courtyard plus an ever-changing programme of exciting touring exhibitions throughout the year.

 

Food and wine scene

Saltbush Restaurant and Café is open all day and the locals swear by it for breakfast, coffee, burgers and a drink. For a fun night out, there’s always something on at the Morwell Hotel, while the ‘Top Pub’ has pool tables, poker nights and a family friendly bistro.

Family Fun 

Morwell has plenty of fun playgrounds and panoramic parklands for families to enjoy, while the Latrobe Country Market is a great way to spend a Sunday morning shopping for bargains and hunting for treasure. Known as Victoria’s energy centre (as it’s home to most of the state’s power generation facilities) Morwell locals love PowerWorks for a fun and educational day out. And you can’t go past the Village Cinema complex, which plays all the latest blockbusters from around the world.

The great outdoors and sporting facilities 

Nestled in the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges, Morwell National Park has a choice of scenic walking tracks and hiking trails perfect for bushwalking and bird watching. Make a day of it and pack a picnic or use one of the on-site barbecues. Morwell’s sports scene includes a range of premium facilities to help keep locals fit and healthy:

• Morwell Bowling Club

• Morwell Golf Club

• Gippsland Falcons Soccer Club

• Latrobe Leisure Morwell – heated pool, gym and basketball courts

Shopping

Morwell has a range of unique and interesting independent retailers as well as the Mid Valley Shopping Centre, which houses a wide choice of local shops and supermarkets to cater for all your shopping needs.

Transport

Morwell is easily reached by several major highways. Trains run regularly to Southern Cross Station and local travel is easy with regional trains and buses frequently servicing the area. 

Health and community services 

Latrobe Community Health Service provides all-encompassing premium healthcare to the area, along with a selection of private practices. Morwell Neighbourhood House and the local RSL Club offer regular activities and help foster a strong sense of community within the region.

Education

The region offers the full spectrum of early years, primary, secondary and further educational facilities. There are 12 primary schools and two secondary schools to choose from.

Some schools of note: Morwell Park Primary (Co-ed P-6), St Vincent’s De Paul School (Co-ed Primary P-6), Kurnai College (Co-ed 7-12) and Lavalla Catholic College (Co-ed 7-12).

Beginning Child Protection Practice (CPP3)

As an entry level Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll work with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. In this role, your social work or welfare qualifications will be welcomed into a supportive and hard-working team who share a common goal.

You’ll manage cases and work with other professionals in the community to assess reports of child abuse and neglect, and at times present matters to the Children's Court of Victoria. You will acquire an excellent grounding across the child and family services system, managing a variety of complex matters, while changing the immediate future of at risk children and their families.

Advanced Child Protection Practice (CPP4)

Advanced Child Protection Practitioners work with more complex cases and situations. You need a minimum of two years case work experience in child and family social work.

As an Advanced Child Protection Practitioner, you’ll receive and assess reports of alleged abuse and neglect of children and young people. You’ll undertake investigations and develop plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is achieved. This may include taking matters to court.