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Latrobe River

The Latrobe River’s journey begins on the southern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, flowing south into the Latrobe Valley before making its way east into Lake Wellington.

Latrobe River

  • The Latrobe River contributes much needed fresh-water flows to the Ramsar listed Gippsland Lakes.
  • The Latrobe River supports many important environmental and social values, particularly in the upper tributaries and the lower reaches around Heart Morass.
  • The waterway has suffered from a legacy of abuse including industrial pollution and redirection, and is now facing further pressure from reduced inflows due to climate change.
  • The coal fired power stations of the Latrobe Valley are big users of water from the river and a major source of potentially toxic pollution. Closing them down would be a huge benefit to the river – more flows, less pollution and reduced risk of climate change.

People who love and depend on the Latrobe River have many memories and insights to share – of raging whirlpools, cheekily wagging school and of bird-watching in the wetlands.

 

TAKE A MINUTE AND EXPLORE THE LATROBE RIVER THROUGH THE EYES OF THESE RIVER CHAMPIONS…