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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.

Beck
Lives in Newborough

I’ve lived here basically my whole life. I’ve lived in a few different towns – I grew up in Yallourn North, lived in Morwell, lived in Hazelwood North and now in Newborough. I love calling Newborough home. I love to travel around to all the different places. There’s such great…

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…

Leah
Lives in Willow Grove

I absolutely love the Latrobe Valley and the wider Gippsland region. I did a lot of travel in my 20s right around Australia and overseas and I think you could go two ways. You either go, ‘I’m never going home’, or you get an appreciation for how good you’ve got…