A beautiful, resource-rich city that is home to Victoria’s major electricity generators and a growing aerospace manufacturing sector
|Local Government Area (LGA)||Latrobe City|
|Neighbouring Local Government Areas||Baw Baw, South Gippsland, Wellington|
|LGA Population, 2019||75,561|
|Estimate Population, 2036||83,195|
|Population Growth between 2014-2019||0.38%, an increase of 285 per annum|
|Forecast Population Growth||0.55% per annum from 2016 to 2036|
|Output||$5.58 billion Gross Regional Product|
Known for its natural beauty, Latrobe City is situated in the centre of the Latrobe Valley in Gippsland. Comprising four major urban centres: Churchill, Moe/Newborough, Morwell and Traralgon, Latrobe is the fourth-largest city in regional Victoria by population.
Located approximately 150km southeast of Melbourne, Latrobe City is a major service centre for the Gippsland region, particularly in the provision of retail, entertainment, education and health services.
Latrobe City is a resource rich area with abundant forest, rich agricultural land and large brown coal and water resources. Latrobe City’s regional economy is underpinned by minerals, and the energy sector due to its large coal resource.
Latrobe’s four major power generators produce approximately 90 per cent of Victoria’s electricity. The additional industries including timber processing, paper product manufacturing, agribusiness, post-secondary education, tourism and the provision of community services to the Gippsland region create a rich and diverse economy.
Culture and lifestyle
Latrobe City’s cultural scene is spread right across the major townships with retail, fine dining, attractions, arts, music, theatre and sporting events.
The region is a centre for hosting large national and international sporting events, in addition to a diverse and exciting range of cultural and community events. Latrobe City is known as the arts and culture hub of Gippsland with various entertainment facilities, theatres, cinema, art galleries and museums.
Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell features eight exhibition spaces and a sculpture courtyard, showcasing permanent works and an annual program of state and national touring exhibitions. Other studios and galleries located across Latrobe City cater to a range of interests and artistic tastes.
The Latrobe Performing Arts Centre is located in Traralgon and presents local, national and international productions, concerts and performances.
Latrobe City’s central location makes it an ideal base to explore Gippsland’s inspiring nature-based and heritage attractions, including Tarra Bulga and Mt Baw Baw National Parks, Walhalla and rail trails.
Employment, industry and infrastructure
Electricity related industries are Latrobe City’s largest exporters. Latrobe’s role as a key hub for coal extraction, electricity generation and paper products manufacturing is reflected in its major export industries. The majority of Latrobe City’s industrial land is located south of the Princes Freeway in Morwell, containing the city’s largest available supply of industrial land ready for development.
Latrobe City has about 4,442 businesses in the city and a workforce of approximately 34,500 people.
Health Care and Social Assistance is the primary employment industry in Latrobe, followed by Retail Trade, Education and Training and Manufacturing. In the five-year period 2014-2019, there was strong employment growth in Health Care and Social Assistance, Education and Training, Public Administration and Safety and Manufacturing.
In terms of Gross Value Added activity, Mining is the largest performing sector in Latrobe, generating $1.87 billion in 2019. Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services, Manufacturing and Health Care and Social Assistance are also key industry sectors.
Latrobe is located on the Princes Freeway and has connections to the State rail network, both V/Line and rail freight.
The Latrobe Regional Airport is home to state emergency and medical response facilities, a commercial aviation manufacturing industry and provides private community transport and recreation and tourism services to the region.
|Australian Paper||Paper product manufacturing|
|Carter Holt Harvey||Wood product manufacturing|
|Lion||Dairy product manufacturing|
|GippsAero||Transport equipment manufacturing|
|Latrobe Regional Hospital||Health care and social assistance|
|Federation University of Australia||Tertiary education|
|ASIC National Information Processing||Government administration|
|Safetech Tieman Solutions||Engineering and equipment manufacturing|
|Sage technology||Information technology services|
The RDV information portal has more detailed data and statistics on the Latrobe City region and regional Victoria more broadly.