In February this year, a precautionary boil water alert was put in place for the townships of Hernes Oak, Moe, Moe South, Newborough, Trafalgar East, Westbury, Yallourn, Yallourn Heights and Yallourn North.
We issued the alert after a wet weather event caused an issue at our Moe Water Treatment Plant. Since then, we’ve strengthened the protections in place to prevent this kind of incident from happening again.
Back in 2017, we developed guaranteed service levels based on feedback from our customers. Our customers told us that if a boil water event took place, we should donate $5,000 to a local community initiative as compensation.
We received proposals from four community groups in the affected areas outlining how they would like to use the $5,000 donation.
Community feedback has now closed and we’re assessing responses.
We’ll announce the recipient of the $5,000 donation in late January.
Thanks to our customers in Hernes Oak, Moe,
Moe South, Newborough, Trafalgar East, Westbury, Yallourn, Yallourn Heights,
and Yallourn North for taking part.
Gippsland Employment Skills Training Inc. – Community garden nursery water tank project
Gippsland Employment Skills Training Inc. (GEST) would like to use the donation to help cover the costs of adding a 25,000L poly water tank to their new storage shed to capture rain water for reuse at their garden nursery at Old Sale Road in Moe.
The project will help GEST to further the garden nursery’s program. The nursery propagates seeds and seedlings to produce healthy food and plants which are distributed throughout the community either as meals, preserved produce or fresh vegetables.
The GEST nursery in Moe is maintained with the assistance of volunteers and employment program participants who work on recycling unwanted material into affordable garden beds to grow vegetables, herbs and fruit for community members. The project prides itself on avoiding waste, encouraging recycling and reducing landfill.
Moe Apex – Show Me Some Art Festival
Moe Apex has partnered with Bechaz Art Designs and Latrobe City Council to deliver a two day art festival in March 2021. They will use the donation to help run the festival. The festival will feature artists, talented musicians, and an arts and craft market. As part of the festival, they’ll be working to remove graffiti and add artwork along the Moe Yallourn Rail Trail. A colour fun run and a monster raffle will be held with all funding going towards mental health. Not-for-profit health insurer Latrobe Health, Latrobe Mental Health Services, Beyond Blue, and Lifeline will have representatives there to discuss community wellbeing and public health.
The art festival aims to improve the spirits and mental health of artists and the local community and will collaborate with other community groups such as Newborough Men's Shed, Moe Lions Club, Moe Art Society, Moartz, Neighbourhood House and Primary and Secondary Schools. The ongoing installation of artwork along the Moe Yallourn Rail Trail and promoting it as an ‘Art Trail’ will encourage locals and visitors to use the trail and boost tourism.
Moe Apex is part of Apex Australia who focus on transforming communities at both a grass roots level and through raising millions of dollars for causes such as the Royal Flying Doctors, Autism, Craniofacial Surgery, disadvantaged children and families affected by cancer. Moe Apex has a long history in organising festivals since 1982.
Old Gippstown – The Grand Event
Old Gippstown Moe plan to use the donation for a two-day ‘Grand Event’ to be held in early 2021.
The event will be a combination of many of the events they would usually hold throughout the year such as The Father’s Day Car Show, Halloween, The Carnival Market, Back to the 1800's, and Fairies in the Park. Entry will be free and there will be a range of carnival rides and activities free of charge. The only cost for visitors will be food, drink and any market stall purchases.
The event aims to gather around 2000 people across the Latrobe Valley community, and allow families to have a well-deserved day out full of rides, costume competitions, games and activities to help boost the community morale after a tough year
Old Gippstown is a heritage park in Gippsland showcasing original buildings and artefacts from the 1840s to the 1950s. Old Gippstown’s aim is to present the history of Gippsland, for the benefit of the present and future generations by preserving, researching, recording and presenting the unique collections in its care.
Yallourn Association Inc – Virtual Yallourn Interactive Map
The Yallourn Association Inc. would like to use the donation to develop a state-of-the-art, interactive online town map where the community can navigate to any house, see a house plan and photos or view a facility (such as the picture theatre, shops, churches, schools).
The project gives displaced residents and friends of Yallourn a place to revisit the town on their computers or mobile phones, giving them a feeling of wellbeing and belonging. Without this, they have no town to revisit or show their grandchildren where they grew up. By creating a virtual Yallourn site, they can view all the house plans (copied from Yallourn North Museum) and have interaction with other ex-residents of Yallourn.
The Yallourn Association formed in 1976 to keep alive the memories
of Yallourn and surrounding towns after the township of Yallourn was demolished
for the coal beneath.