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Mark

Lives in Willow Grove

Moe has a wonderful community spirit, always has. Of the three major towns, I think it’s better in Moe than it is in Morwell or Traralgon. But, um, maybe I’m a bit biased. For me, a lot of people move away and they denigrate the area, but to me, it’s home. Go an hour that way you’re at the mountains, go an hour that way and you’re at the beach, go an hour and a half that way and you’re in the city and we’re perfectly situated.
Some people move away and that’s fine for them but all my memories are firmly attached to here. We’re lucky, we’re surrounded by lots of family, a big supportive family. I think the people of Latrobe are resilient, I know that gets overused, but we’re also adaptable. Your skills aren’t in vogue they’re not needed anymore? Well you got to go out and get new skills.
I was lucky that I had family. Nobody made me feel bad that I lost my job in ’99, but it was because of my wife and extended family they helped support us through it. I went back to school at the young age of 41 and that was a hard year, but there’s no greater motivating force than your wife and your three young kids who depend on you. I was lucky that I had that opportunity, I got through the year. I was lucky enough to get a job at LRH and I’m still there today and I work with fabulous people.
There’s no reason to move, there are no greener pastures if you like. We live here among nice spacious property. I feel a bit blessed, really, I mean it could have gone horribly wrong but because of the family and things like community events, like parkrun, I’ve sort of struck gold there. The great people who run that, Tanya and Paul and the team of run directors. It’s about 40 odd kilometres away but me and my two youngest, generally, we go over every week and we go to Traralgon because for me that’s where I started, that’s my home parkrun, and we love it. Great community, made a lot of good friends, seen a lot of young people like Michael, who wouldn’t say boo to a goose and here he is as a run director. It’s fantastic to see that. Little Stella, we knew her before she was born and now she’s up and running. We made lots of good friends and we love it. It’s a great community event.

Mark

Lives in Willow Grove

Moe has a wonderful community spirit, always has. Of the three major towns, I think it’s better in Moe than it is in Morwell or Traralgon. But, um, maybe I’m a bit biased. For me, a lot of people move away and they denigrate the area, but to me, it’s home. Go an hour that way you’re at the mountains, go an hour that way and you’re at the beach, go an hour and a half that way and you’re in the city and we’re perfectly situated.
Some people move away and that’s fine for them but all my memories are firmly attached to here. We’re lucky, we’re surrounded by lots of family, a big supportive family. I think the people of Latrobe are resilient, I know that gets overused, but we’re also adaptable. Your skills aren’t in vogue they’re not needed anymore? Well you got to go out and get new skills.
I was lucky that I had family. Nobody made me feel bad that I lost my job in ’99, but it was because of my wife and extended family they helped support us through it. I went back to school at the young age of 41 and that was a hard year, but there’s no greater motivating force than your wife and your three young kids who depend on you. I was lucky that I had that opportunity, I got through the year. I was lucky enough to get a job at LRH and I’m still there today and I work with fabulous people.
There’s no reason to move, there are no greener pastures if you like. We live here among nice spacious property. I feel a bit blessed, really, I mean it could have gone horribly wrong but because of the family and things like community events, like parkrun, I’ve sort of struck gold there. The great people who run that, Tanya and Paul and the team of run directors. It’s about 40 odd kilometres away but me and my two youngest, generally, we go over every week and we go to Traralgon because for me that’s where I started, that’s my home parkrun, and we love it. Great community, made a lot of good friends, seen a lot of young people like Michael, who wouldn’t say boo to a goose and here he is as a run director. It’s fantastic to see that. Little Stella, we knew her before she was born and now she’s up and running. We made lots of good friends and we love it. It’s a great community event.

Courtney
Lives in Traralgon

I love Latrobe Valley because after moving away from the area to study and begin my career I chose to return to the area to advance my career and give back to the community I feel so passionate about. Since returning to the Valley I have experienced endless career, sporting…

Jay
Lives in Traralgon

The Valley can take us anywhere and I suppose we look up to those that have made it in whatever avenue they’ve taken, whether it’s science or education or whatever it is, sport.

There’s plenty of different heroes around town and it’s good that we can call them our own.

Lauren
Lives in Morwell

I love the Latrobe Valley because that’s where my family is, so I feel a really strong, social connection to Morwell because my whole family’s here. I moved away for five years, and it was really isolating to be so detached from family.
It’s such a beautiful, natural place…