Waterhole Creek Management Plan


We have spoken with Woolworths Head Office: They have created a case/request to go to the state tea. The state team meet every 3 – 6months & will consider the request to put locks of the trolleys at the Mid Valley Store.  The local store will be notified of the case/ request. Woolworths will respond in 48 – 72 hrs.  Even if the local store wants the locks the final decision is made by the state team who only meet every 3 to 6 months.  This is ridiculously slow & ineffective response. We need to keep the pressure on. Community action will force them to act. Why not call them yourself & request a case be put forward to the state team for trolley locks on their Mid Valley store. Be sure to get a reference number. We need to give them hundreds of requests to read at their next meeting.

We called Big W Head Office. They have requested emails be sent to this address: bigwcontactus.bigw.com.au

Let’s help them make a responsible corporate decision by emailing them as requested.

Coles head office have informed us the trolley locks in Stockland Traralgon are a ‘trial’. We have requested a call back from the people monitoring the trial. We would like to understand how sites are chosen & how we would get Coles Mid Valley onto the trolley lock trial or for consideration for trolley locks.

Let us know what feedback you have received.

Let’s keep the pressure on.


The Waterhole Creek Waterway Management Plan was developed in 2013 by the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.  There was at the time a number of work shops to gain input from the community. We held some here at Morwell NH.  There was some funding sourced to undertake some works indicated in the report. There has been no further funding to support the implementation of the plan & recommended works.

Latrobe City are funded to manage a section of the creek (to the back of the Immigration Park complex). The Environment and Sustainability Team at Latrobe City are responsible to oversee the works.

The creek section managed by Council is supposed to have annual works conducted that includes weed control, recruitment/revegetation.

The works for this “season” started late last year. It is being conducted by Indigenous Designs.

The EPA have been using the site as a test for the Citizen Scientist program, monitoring water parameters.

There have been on going issue with rubbish dumping. Community are deeply concerned about the vast amount of litter that frequently ends up in the creek.

The dumping of shopping trolleys is a serious environmental hazard & that our community is fed up with. It is almost a daily occurrence. Mid Valley has a corporate responsibility to address this. Currently Latrobe City Council collect the trolleys and they are stored at the Airley Bank Nursery. You can see then if you walk past. Mid Valley MUST instigate a trolley lock system. We as a community need to make it very clear this is something we want addressed. The simple fix to the trolley dumping issue is a trolley lock system. It needs to be implemented ASAP.

What can we do to help?

*We can call our or write our local members.

Russell Northe MP

12-14 George Street
Morwell VIC 3840 (PO Box 214)

Phone: 03 5133 9088 


Harriet Shing MP

Phone: (03) 5134 8000
Fax: (03) 5134 6655
Email: harriet.shing@parliament.vic.gov.au

Electorate Office
216 Commercial Road

Postal Address
216 Commercial Road

Melina Bath MP

Shop 2, 181 Franklin Street, Traralgon, VIC 3844
Phone (03) 5174 7066
Email melina.bath@parliament.vic.gov.au

* When you are there next, let Mid Valley Management know you want a trolley Lock system put in place. Not addressing this is socially unacceptable in our community

Mid Valley Shopping Centre

Corner of Centre Valley Road and Princes Drive Morwell VIC 3840
PO Box 3114 Morwell Mail Centre

Phone 03 5133 7022
Fax 03 5133 9884

*Call/ write to the head offices of Big W, Coles, and Woolworths & let them know they have a corporate responsibility to address this environmental vandalism of our creek.

Big W

Customer Experience Team
PO Box 8000
Baulkham Hills NSW
Australia 2153
Mailpoint: W2.B2

Phone 1300 244 999



1300 767 969

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We can stop the trolley dumping in Waterhole. We need community support to do it.  This is a good first step to helping our creek.

Download the  Waterhole Creek Management Plan

The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and Latrobe City Council have developed this
Waterway Management Plan for Waterhole Creek to guide future strategic management directions.
The plan sets out ambitious actions which will improve and protect aspects of the creek which the
community value. Ongoing maintenance and management activities will continue to be undertaken along
Waterhole Creek as resources permit.
The West Gippsland CMA, Latrobe City Council and other interested groups will be able to use this plan to
access initiative funding from a range of sources to implement the recommended actions in this plan.

Tracie Lund

Tracie Lund is the Coordinator of Morwell Neighbourhood House. Contact Tracie by calling (03) 5134-5488 during office hours.

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