www.latrobe.vic.gov.au Summer Edition 2007
New Helimed 1 HEMS 2 facility
opened at Airport
A new $1.2 million customised facility facility has been developed by council on
for the Metropolitan Ambulance land at the Latrobe Regional Airport in
Service (MAS) was opened at the close proximity to the Latrobe Regional
Latrobe Regional Airport on Friday 9 Hospital following a leasing agreement
November 2007 by the Health Minister, reached between council and the
Daniel Andrews MP. Metropolitan Ambulance Service. the Gippsland Aeronautics complex of
The Helimed 1 - HEMS 2 hangar and “The development of the new Helimed 1 - buildings, occupying a hangar and office
facility comprises a large hangar for storage HEMS 2 hangar and facility has long been buildings originally built by the former
and maintenance of the Bell 412 rescue envisaged by the airport board, council, National Safety Council of Victoria.
helicopter and associated paramedic and MAS as not only benefiting operational “The lease between council and the
equipment, a landing apron and associated aspects of the rescue service, but also Metropolitan Ambulance Service for these
fuel farm, and an operations complex providing a much needed opportunity for premises explicitly recognised at the time
incorporating accommodation and training further expansion of business at the that Helimed 1 might relocate at some
facilities for rostered staff. Latrobe Regional Airport,” Cr Middlemiss time in the future into a purpose-built
Latrobe City councillor and member of the explained. ambulance base to be developed by
Latrobe Regional Airport Board, Cr Graeme “In 1990 the Helimed 1 helicopter air council and we are delighted that this has
Middlemiss, said that the new Helimed One ambulance was located temporarily within now happened. Continued page 7.
Inside this issue
The Great Victorian Bike Ride 2
VECCI HR Breakfast 2
Bows licks the competition 3
ASRG Business Profile 4
Moe Activity Centre Plan 5
Minerals industry skills study 5
Small business workshops 6
Property prices in Latrobe City 6
Moe Cup a huge success 7
Power of Racing Celebration 8
Latrobe City business contacts 8
Photo l-r: Peter Davidson team manager Helimed 1; State Health Minister Daniel Andrews MP; Greg
Sassella CEO Metropolitan Ambulance Service; Latrobe City councillor and member of the Latrobe
Regional Airport Board Graeme Middlemiss; and Colin McDonald president Helimed 1 Auxiliary
Latrobe City Council Business Connect 1.
The Great Victorian Bike Ride
The township of Yinnar hosted the
Day 4 stopover of the 2007 Great
Victorian Bike Ride on Tuesday 27
Over 4,000 riders and volunteers
congregated at the Recreation Reserve and
created a small city within the town.
The Yinnar and District Community
Association and the Latrobe City Events
team, planned and ran a range of activities
in the main street which included local
bands, an art exhibition, rock n roll
demonstrations, tours of the International
Power Hazelwood power station, the
Megawatt power exhibition and the
Morwell National Park and an abundance of
food and refreshments.
The main street activities were well attended
and the Bike ride's visit provided a great
tourism opportunity for the area as well as a
good economic injection into the town.
VECCI HR Breakfast
VECCI Gippsland conducted its first Business Breakfast, Dr. Georgia Camplin,
BAppSc, BA(Hons), MPsych (Clin Neuro), PhD, MAPS, (Trainer – National
Workplace Program, beyondblue) presented on Depression in the Workplace.
Depression costs the Australian economy $3.3 billion in lost productivity each year and
six million working days are lost, together with another 12 million days of reduced
productivity. Economic studies indicate that each employee with untreated depression
and related conditions will cost their organisation nearly $10,000 per year.
Beyondblue`s National Workplace Program, is designed to reduce the personal, social
and economic cost of depression and the potential impact on business. Latrobe City
sponsored the first event in this breakfast series, focusing on Human Resources issues
for business. VECCI Gippsland Regional Manager Peter Butler says “due to the
breakfasts success, it is our intention in the new year to conduct a further 3 breakfasts
on topical Human Resource related matters.” Dr. Georgia Camplin speaking at VECCI breakfast.
Bows licks the competition
Morwell based Bows Natural Ice Cream, which these are judged include taste, quality, make a difference by highlighting their
the home for all ice cream lovers, has nutritional value, flavour, aroma, texture, capabilities to the wider world. In addition,
once again scooped gold awards at this colour and condition,” Mr Clam explained. our consistent level of success is testament to
year’s Royal Melbourne Show. our highly-trained staff who remain dedicated
“Vajo and I consider that consistently winning to producing and selling top quality ice
Five ice cream flavours were entered and five
medals and industry awards is an effective cream. Ours is a boutique industry quite
gold awards were won. According to Leo
form of marketing. It also proves that capable of securing a strong market share,”
Billington, Latrobe City senior business
regionally-based small businesses can actually Mr Clam concluded.
development officer, Bows Natural Ice Cream
has been a consistent winner of medals at
both the Royal Melbourne Show and the
Dairy Industry Association of Australia
“This year proved quite remarkable with all
Bows’ entries achieving top awards
competing against strong competition from
many other, highly rated manufacturers,” Mr
Business partners, Allan Clam and Vajo Simic
are justly proud of their achievements since
commencing business 14 years ago.
“We take great pride in using natural
ingredients including local milk, cream and
fruit. Our reputation is built on our recipes,”
Mr Clam said.
“In this year’s Royal Show, we won gold
awards for Donatella rock, mango alfonso
and lime, apple pie, boysenberry and
passionfruit flavours. The key criteria against Photo: Allan Clam and Carol Answerth show off the five gold awards from the Royal Melbourne Show.
Gippsland Tourism funding
Gippsland will receive a $400,000 funding boost designed to increase visitation
and lift the profile of the region, Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Tim
Holding, announced recently.
“The funding will help the Gippsland region to continue to promote its key strengths of
natural attractions and activities, touring and gourmet food,” Mr Holding said.
The funding comes from the State Government’s $6.5 million Regional Marketing Program
(RMP).“The tourism industry in the Gippsland region contributes greatly to the local
economy, employing large numbers of local people and bringing large numbers of visitors
into the area to enjoy the natural beauty of the region and the many quality food
experiences available,” Mr Holding said.
Latrobe City Council Business Connect 3.
The Australian Sustainable Industry
Research Centre (ASIRC) was established
as an independent Centre at the
Gippsland Campus of Monash University
The founding members included Monash
University, Gippsland Water and the
Cooperative Research Centre for Waste
Management and Pollution Control (now the
CRC for Environmental Biotechnology).
ASIRC operates as a not-for-profit company
with modern analytical laboratories that
were established with a Victorian State
Government Science Technology Innovation
In recognition of their belief, that solutions
and innovation in the areas of sustainable
resource and/or waste management will be
delivered primarily through the service sector, Pictured above: ASIRC Staff.
ASIRC has strategically positioned it self to
support the manufacturing and service Major initiatives in the area of solid waste the beginning of a step change for ASIRC in
industry sectors. The service sector is resource efficiency include a design for reuse their ability to service members and clients in
renowned for flat and often lean project that ASIRC has commenced in the area of water treatment and recycling,
organisational structures. Hence this sector is partnership with EPA Victoria and ASIRCís design and support.
often in need of a depth of technical, waste management service providers. This
ASIRC’s leadership to create intermediate
political and networking skills that may not project aims to divert a minimum 15,000
scale new testing facilities for the water
be available in-house or through usual tonnes of solid hazardous waste from landfill
industry again is a tangible example of the
consultancy style organisations. ASIRC fulfils by March 2009. Success with this project
initiatives undertaken throughout the year to
this niche market area. presents a major opportunity for branding of
embed the ASIRC brand in the market with
ASIRC with waste management solutions.
Unlike industry associations and bodies that innovation in the area of resource recovery
provide passive support to members, ASIRC Equally, a huge effort has gone into and waste management solutions.
actively works with and supports its developing value for their members and
On a wider front, ASIRC had opportunistic
membership base. ASIRC invites priority stakeholders in the area of waste water
success developing international collaborative
members into the Centre that align with the treatment and recovery. ASIRC has been
programs with India when CEO, Gillian
strategic direction and core purpose. involved with the Gippsland Water Factory
Sparkes attended the Victorian Government
alliance providing water laboratory services in
Offering a broad range of technical problem India Environment Trade Mission organised
support of the water treatment plant design.
solving, proof of process testing, consultancy through the Australian Industry Group. This
project work, desk top and applied research, ASIRC has recognised as a current void in the mission has resulted in an opportunity for
ASIRC integrates its analytical capability with market for water treatment facilities to ASIRC staff to return to India in December
industry experience to deliver pragmatic, provide proof of process at an intermediate 2007 to provide training and support to the
robust outcomes to its clients. scale. In response, ASIRC with relevant Utter Pradesh Pollution Control Board
members, is planning a testing infrastructure sponsored by the Australia-India Council.
Key Initiatives initiative in 2007-08. Further ASIRC will While in India ASIRC developed a
Growth in the number of ASIRCís waste develop a modular testing facility for relationship with The Energy Resources
management and service sector members significant waste water treatment and Institute (TERI) and is in the process of
reflects the continued focus throughout the process testing at a scale larger than developing a collaborative research program
year to ASIRC as the premier centre within laboratory. The aim of this facility is to assist with TERI. The R&D will focus on reducing
Australia for resource recovery and waste technical scale up of treatment plant design green house gas emissions from the cement
management solution development for from bench to pilot plant and reduce the risk industries in Australia and India and will be
industry and government. of the pilot plant stage. The facility will mark developed over the coming year.
Moe Activity Centre Plan
Revitalising the Moe train station
precinct and a revised town bus route
including integrated bus stops are just
two of the seven projects included in
the draft Moe Activity Centre plan.
The draft plan was made available for public
comment. Latrobe City's manager transit
cities and community partnerships, Jane
Burton, said the draft Moe Activity Centre
Plan was a strategic document aimed to
revitalise the Moe central business district
"The seven projects are the Moe train
station precinct revitalisation; Moe bus
routes and integrated bus interchange;
Moore Street shared zone upgrades; refining
the Clifton Street car park precinct;
Hasthorpe Place precinct pedestrian space
improvements; refining the roundabout
overpass and its connections and
establishing a demonstration housing project
within the residential precinct south of the "We have been delighted with the response of these consultation activities have
train station," Ms Burton explained. from the community during the previously been released to the public and
development of this draft plan, with over are titled 'Addendum: Consultation
"This diverse array of projects will assist in
two hundred and fifty stakeholders and Transcripts'.
delivering the underlying principles of transit
cities which are the creation of safe, well community members contributing their "We would now encourage the wider
connected, liveable, attractive and vibrant thoughts and ideas during two events, the community to have a look at the draft plan.
activity centres that will enhance and Search conference held in March and the All comments on the plan have been
improve the existing character of Moe. Speak Out event held in August. The results welcomed," Ms Burton concluded.
Minerals industry skills study
A study exploring ways to retain and attract skilled employees Victoria.“Without tackling skills shortages head-on, it will be
in the minerals industry was launched in September, by the extremely difficult to continue long-term, sustainable growth and
Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan. investment.”Ms Allan said the Provincial Victoria Minerals Industry
Ms Allan said the resource sector continues to be a strong Skills Study had examined the impact and extent of the current and
driver of economic growth in Victoria, attracting more than $2 projected skilled labour needs in the minerals industry across provincial
billion of investments over the past year and employing in Victoria.“The study was conducted with three key areas of focus -
excess of 8,000 people.
growing the pool of employees, retaining the current pool of
“However, further investment in the local minerals industry will be employees, and the delivery of training for professional and non-
influenced by the availability of a skilled workforce in provincial professional mine workers in Victoria,” Ms Allan said.
Latrobe City Council Business Connect 5.
Seminars & Development Programs
Small business workshops
proposed for 2008
A new program will be available early in 2008 detailing the 2008 schedule of workshops. A seminar for Strategic Business
Planning is proposed - consisting of 4 consecutive sessions.
Seminar Date Time Venue Description
Retire Busy Tuesday 6.00pm - 8.00pm Function Room Ideas and direction for new retirees and those
Seminar 26 February Kay Street contemplating retirement to consider running micro
2008 Traralgon businesses. An ideal opportunity to test any business
ideas that have been harboured and nurtured over
Contact: Leo Billington Senior Business Development Officer
(03) 5128 5659 or 0407 541 258
in Latrobe City
The recently released “A Guide to Property Values” by the Department of
Sustainability and Environment, indicates that the median house price within
Latrobe City has risen from $65,500 (in 1996) to $155,500 (2006).
The graph below demonstrates the ten year growth.
Median House prices per
town in Latrobe City
$120,000 Churchill $125,000
$100,000 Morwell $123,000
$90,000 Newborough $155,500
$80,000 Traralgon $196,000
$70,000 Yallourn North $96,000
Source: The Guide to Property Values 2006. The Guide to Property
Values 2006 did not provide a value for the township of Tyers.
1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Latrobe Regional Airport
Moe Cup a huge success
Once again Moe has set an impressive
standard in Gippsland for corporate
and public hospitality at a premier
sporting and social event, with the
running of GPG Mobil Moe Cup for
In 2007, the Moe Racing Club again broke
attendance records having 8,232 patrons
through the gates on the 18th of October.
With corporate hospitality also increasing
by over 30% the GPG Mobil Moe Cup is
becoming one of Country Racing Victorias
largest and most prestigious country cups.
David McKinnon Chief Executive Officer of
the Moe Racing Club said “it is great to
see so many people from the wider
Gippsland community enjoying the
hospitality and excitement of the day. The
Moe Racing Club was thrilled with the
participation of the public and support Moe Racing Club officials and owner’s of the winning horse “Captious”
from local business, with out which, this
day would not reach the heights that it The Equine Influenza outbreak did not get together in a relaxed atmosphere, enjoy
has.” affect the running of the big day other than the free kids rides, watch the cricket on the
to stop patrons from visiting horses in the big screen and join in the excitement of
GPG Mobil was once again the main
stalls. A larger section of Apex Park was great thoroughbred racing. Marnie Ballard
sponsor of the day and Anthony van Sales & Market Executive said “we have
utilised on the day, to better cater for the
Breugel the director of GPG Mobil said “it received many bookings for shade marquees
large crowd. The spread into Apex Park
certainly is the major sporting event in for this boxing day, indicating that this year
created a wonderful atmosphere that
Gippsland and it continues to grow.” like the cup will be bigger than ever before.
allowed patrons to flow through the course.
Other sponsors such as Hydro Australia The free kids admission and activities such as
enjoyed their 10th year anniversary The Moe Racing Club has now set it’s focus the face painting, jumping castles and
celebrations on the day in a state of the on their Boxing Day race meeting which is animal farm, always put a smile on the face
art event studio seen for the first time at a the designated Kids Day Out event for the of the kids which means that the parents
country cup in Victoria. year. This day is a great way for families to are guaranteed to have a good time”
From page 1
“The premises vacated by Helimed will worldwide,” Cr Middlemiss said. long-term lease for the new premises is
now be refurbished by the Airport Board Cr Middlemiss added that the Helimed 1 welcome news for the people of the
to become a pre-delivery showroom for relocation project is one of the largest Latrobe Valley and in fact the whole of
completed GA 8 Airvans and a single projects ever undertaken at the eastern Victoria,” Cr Middlemiss
professional corporate headquarters for Latrobe Regional Airport. concluded.
Gippsland Aeronautics – one worthy of a “The commitment of the Metropolitan
major, prestigious company exporting Ambulance Service to the project and the
Latrobe City Council Business Connect 7.
For any further information, the
Economic Development Unit can be
contacted on the following business
Executive Manager Economic Development
(03) 5128 5446 or 0429 380 211
Manager Business Development
(03) 5128 5676 or 0427 552 886
Senior Business Development Officer
(03) 5128 5659 or 0407 541 258
Senior Business Development Officer
(03) 5128 5460 or 0429 850 710
Power of Racing celebration Emilio Di Sisto
Business Development Officer
(03) 5128 5510 or 0429 977 440
The Power of Racing is a celebration of community events to international sporting Stacey Bond
the Latrobe spring racing carnival and events, all held in Latrobe City. Administration Officer
other community building events Some of the events included: (03) 5128 5416 or 0448 804 764
around Latrobe City, between the Latrobe Regional Airport
■ 8 spring racing events, including both
months of October to December. Neil Cooper
greyhounds and thoroughbreds with a
Introduced in 2003, the campaign General Manager, Latrobe Regional Airport
bumper crowd exceeding 8,000,
celebrated its 5th anniversary, this year. (03) 5174 4702 or 0409 436 287
experiencing the glamour of the Moe
The Power of Racing focuses on leveraging Facsimile: (03) 5128 5672
PO Box 264, Morwell 3840
the popularity of the racing events to ■ An array of sporting events including a www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/business
increase the awareness of other sporting number of cycling events, the State Open
and community events that occur during Water Swim which featured Grant
The cluster has been successful and has
Hacket, a “come and try” croquet
challenge and the Great Victorian Bike
Local Business group
spawned the inclusion of two more cluster Ride zooming through the municipality. contacts
promotions throughout the year; 'Energy in ■ Continued promotion of some old
Sport' (January - February) and 'Festival Advance Morwell
favourites including Oktoberfest, Tyers Art President: John Guy (03) 5134 2371
Latrobe' (March - April). Festival, the Gemstones, Jewellery and Secretary: Keith Brownbill (03) 5134 2676
In 2007, Power of Racing helped promote Collectables Expo and the Traralgon and Invest Moe Group
21 events, which ranged from local District Agricultural Show Media Relations: Brad Law (03) 5127 7066
Moe Development Group
President: Jenny Webb (03) 5126 2775
Introducing Geoff Hill Secretary: Karen Holwell (03) 5126 2775
Moe Traders Association
President: Craig McIver (03) 5126 2223
Welcome Geoff Hill to the Economic Development Division. Geoff commenced in the Secretary: Sharon Gibson (03) 5127 6802
role of Manager Business Development on 1 October 2007. Newborough Village Traders Assoc.
The position is responsible for leading the Business Development Unit in supporting and President: Maureen Mumford
(03) 5127 4133
developing business activity within Latrobe City. Geoff has returned to Latrobe City following a
Secretary: Sonya Bramley (03) 5127 4133
number of years working for South Gippsland Shire Council managing a diverse range of
Traralgon Chamber of Commerce
services including Economic Development, Tourism, Recreation, Community Strengthening,
& Industry Inc
Youth Development, Arts and Culture, Local Laws and Coal Creek operations. When at President: Harvey Pynt (03) 5174 4487
Latrobe, Geoff worked in both Economic Development and Urban/Streetscape Design. Secretary: Elaine Ford (03) 5192 4038