Morwell Neighbourhood House Media


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2018 Victorian state Budget – Increased funding announced for Neighbourhood Houses.

Offering messages of support – Stuffed animals placed across Morwell

Neighbourhood House week kicks off –  The Latrobe Valley is joining 400 locations across Vicytoria celebrating Neighbourhood House week.  In Morwell this started with a free store at Morwell Neighbourhood House.

Community resilience is key to moving forward – Morwell Neighbourhood House manager Tracie Lund said that while there had been a strong sense of despair and loss in the community following Hazelwood’s closure, the situation had “opened up opportunities” for the region.

Kaiden Gawley tells the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station – A nine year old boy has become a youtube sensation using lego.

State Budget 2018 – Gippsland Neighbourhood Houses Are Rallying For More Funding In State Budget

Houses join in funds fight – Neighbourhood houses across Gippsland have united to lobby for additional funding in the lead up to the state election later this year.

Neighbourhood House funding fight – TRFM

Runaway trolley blues – Morwell Neighbourhood House manager Tracie Lund said the project had identified more than 60 abandoned trolleys in Morwell.

Trolley warriors –  locating lost shopping trolleys around Morwell



 Morwell Neighbourhood House shed broken into – Nine News

Christmas Party 2017 – TRFM visited the House to help sing some carols and bring christmas cheer.

Morwell Neighbourhood House Food Bank 

Dignity Gift Delights – Quantum Support Services clients and Morwell Neighbourhood House participants came together recently for the house’s Dignity Day at Federation Training in Traralgon

Toiletry donations required – Morwell Neighbourhood House calling on the community to make donations.

Gippsland period project – Bringing dignity to homeless women.

Street Art Unveiling – Morwell Neighbourhood House has recorded a boost in attendance and held its AGM

Labor Party preselection for the seat of Morwell – 3 Latrobe Valley residents have thrown their hat in the ring, among them was Tracie Lund the Morwell Neighbourhood House co-ordinator.

Cashless welfare cards for Gippsland – Latrobe valley residents have concerns about the introdution of basics cards.

Repair Cafe open for business – Morwell Neighbourhood House held its first Repair Cafe.

Tracie’s birthday with friends – Morwell Neighbourhood House has taken a less formal approach to connecting with residents.

Repairers workshop – The repair cafe at Morwell Neighbourhood House will allow locals to fix their broken items.

Residents art project – The Hazelwood Health Study is looking to the future with an art exhibition that showcases the positive aspects of Morwell.

Food support on hand – The Morwell Neighbourhood House opened its Emergency Food Bank on Wednesday in response to a growing need to make food accessible to people while they wait for government benefits.

Pump Up Your Valley – Tracie Lund from Morwell Neighbourhood House talks about the Latrobe Valley community.

Emergency Food Bank – A new food relief service has been launched at Morwell Neighbourhood House.

Rental stress in Latrobe Valley – Research is showing affordable rentals in Gippsland are declining.

Community legal funding restored – A record amount of legal funding was handed out in Gippsland.

Public housing upgrade – The state government has committed to upgrading public housing in the valley.

Café Puts repairs on the menu – Morwell Neighbourhood House plans to establish a regular ‘Repair Cafe ‘, which would allow people to resuscitate broken household items thought bound for the skip.

Edible Garden for YNPS – The joint effort by the school and Morwell Neighbourhood House will give students an opportunity to undertake practical outdoor-based curriculum activities in an interactive and edible environment.

Coal ash won’t make you sick – Morwell Neighbourhood House coordinator Tracie Lund said the results were reassuring for the community.


Cash Mob – Morwell residents are being urged to shop local.

Vista Day Clients – Gippslanders with a disability have been celebrated at Morwell Neighbourhood House.

24hr domestic violence refuge – Morwell Neighbourhood House coordinator Tracie Lund has welcomed the news a full time refuge will be built.

John Hewson in Latrobe Valley – In keeping with our commitment to support conversations and opportunities to discuss things that matter to the Latrobe Valley, Morwell Neighbourhood House is thrilled to be bringing Dr John Hewson (former leader of the Liberal Party) to speak at the Premier Function Centre

Gift packs for the homeless – Morwell locals are getting into the christmas spirit stacking backpacks with gifts for the homeless at Morwell Neighbourhood House.

Latrobe City Council election – Tracie Lund is hoping to become a Latrobe City councillor on the Central Ward.

Close the Gap – Groups met at Morwell Neighbourhood House to make a grand statement about indigenous health.

Period Project – Senator Ricky Muir dropped in to Morwell Neighbourhood House to lend his support for the Gippsland Period Project.

Vulnerable residents pampered – boosting self esteem at Morwell Neighbourhood House

KOKO’s identity crisis – Page organiser Tracie Lund said the response had been overwhelming, with posts and photos of Koko’s community contributions flooding in.

Participants Needed – Morwell residents living closest to the Hazelwood mine will be targeted this week as part of the Hazelwood Health Study’s adult survey.

All ideas on the table –  Tracie Lund, who manages the Morwell Neighbourhood House, said she came away from the night inspired by the diverse mix of people and their ideas.




Journey through the smoke workshop – Morewell Neiughbourhood House hosted a series of mine fire recovery workshops.

School inspection – Tracie Lund from Morwell Neighbourhood House inspects the school at Kurnai college to raise awareness about muych needed renovations.

GDF Suez handed a bill from the community – Community memebers travelled to Melbourne to highlight the costs of the Morwell mine fire.

Our Power Doco – Independent film maker Peter Yacono is making a film that will hear from residents, community leaders and experts on our power industry in the Latrobe Valley.

Hazelwood Mine Fire inquiry forums – promoting community engagement with government agencies.

Latrobe Valley: Finding Hope in #Morwell at #climate ground zero – @takvera travelled to Morwell to listen to members of the local community on the future of coal, and their concerns over health and economic transitioning.

Buyers beware – Morwell Neighbourhood House coordinator Tracie Lund said a number of people had contacted the house after signing up to $25,000 debts, which included additional interest.

Push for coal ash concerns to be investigated – Morwell Neighbourhood House coordinator Tracie Lund has called for a survey to assess the number of houses in Morwell and surrounds still containing coal ash and dust following the Hazelwood mine fire.

Taking steps together to close the gap – A morning tea, a yarn and a photo shoot. That is how 55 people acknowledged the national Close the Gap day in Morwell on Thursday, discussing how to achieve health equality between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

Restore personal dignity –   now the Morwell Neighbourhood House is the regional hub for Gippsland, with the aim to normalise everyday needs and start a conversation about homelessness.

From one Valley to another – Morwell Neighbourhood House and Learning Centre coordinator Tracie Lund initiated the seven-week ‘Valley to Valley’ project to pen messages of support to the flood-ravaged community.

Latrobe Valley’s education scam woe – Morwell Neighbourhood House coordinator Tracie Lund has been fielding recent queries about “inflated” courses offered by several education providers.

Messages to Maitland – Morwell Neighbourhood House coordinator Tracie Lund will start a series of message books in which residents can write words of support and hope to those in the devastated Hunter Valley coal-mining region.

Coal dust concerns – Morwell Neighbourhood House coordinator and former independent candidate Tracie Lund advocated for Morwell homes to be assessed for coal dust following the Hazelwood mine fire in 2014.

Back in business – The day was the first of its kind as part of a new collaboration between Quantum, Federation Training and Morwell Neighbourhood House.

A win for Morwell – Following the Hazelwood Mine fire near the small Victorian town of Morwell, local resident Tracie knew she had to act. Although Tracie had never started a campaign before, in just four weeks she collected over 25,000 signatures for a health study into the impacts of the mine fire upon her town. More than 1,600 of her supporters emailed Victoria’s Chief Health Officer to put the pressure on – and together, they won.

Restoring dignity: period project helps women living on the streets – The Melbourne Period Project launched in June and is now being launched in Gippsland. Morwell Neighbourhood House is the hub and drop-off point for the project locally, coordinated by Tracie Lund.

University introduces education support program – Federation University Australia has introduced a new program at Gippsland that enables some disadvantaged students to pursue higher education programs in the Arts Education and Humanities fields.

Homeless women of Gippsland to receive handbags packed with gifts for Christmas – When Tracie Lund, coordinator of Morwell Neighbourhood House, put out a shout out on Facebook for handbag donations for Gippsland’s homeless women this Christmas, she did not expect a flood of generosity.

No more tears: Dads learn how to style daughters’ hair in community class – Fathers navigated hair ties, ribbons and plaits in their first class learning how to style their daughter’s hair.

Melbourne’s Period Project for homeless reaches regional Victoria -A charity distributing sanitary products to women experiencing homelessness has expanded to regional Victoria.

‘The Coal Face’: fateful decisions & more questions on the ongoing public health crisis of the Hazelwood coal mine fire – journalist and author Tom Doig is a compelling read about the 2104 Hazelwood coalmine fire, which began on 9 February 2014 and burned for 45 days, sending smoke and ash over the town of Morwell in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.


Funding concern – concern over a drop in enrolments at Morwell Neighbourhood House

Battle for Morwell heats up as independent Tracie Lund launches campaign –   Tracie Lund is the coordinator of the Morwell Neighbourhood House and Learning Centre and appeared as a “community witness” at the Hazelwood mine fire inquiry

Morwell residents offered special vacuum cleaners for coal ash –  Residents of Morwell are being offered vacuum cleaners with a filter capable of picking up fine particles to try and clean up the fallen coal ash from the Hazelwood mine fire. The vacuum cleaners, bought by the CFA, will be on loan to the community through various networks such as the Morwell Neighbourhood House.

Pop Up for a free shop – With generosity and recycling in mind, a Morwell couple will hold a free store on Sunday at Morwell Neighbourhood House.

Community voice raised – Morwell Neighbourhood House coordinator Tracie Lund looks to be a likely independent candidate.

Lund preselected Morwell Neighbourhood House coordinator Tracie Lund has won a community preselection.

House Hit Hard Morwell Neighbourhood House coordinator Tracie Lund has reported decreased participation and enrolments.


‘Petal Pig, Her Year in the Limelight’ – In 2013, Petal Pig was invited to travel around the countryside to raise funds for the Morwell Neighbourhood House & Learning Centre in the company of some well-known fellow Australians.


Rights and responsibilities – A STATE Government-initiated program outlining practical knowledge to newly-arrived migrants and refugees is progressing well, according to the minister responsible for overseeing multicultural affairs and citizenship.



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