Council news

MORWELL’s pop-up park will remain open until 31 March, 2017.

At Monday’s ordinary meeting, Latrobe City councillors voted to keep the park open until the end of the summer period to “engage public opinion” over the warmer months.

The park opened in February this year with funding from VicHealth and has hosted art and lifestyle events in a bid to get people active.

It has required a section of the north-bound lane of Tarwin Street to be temporarily closed to traffic.

LATROBE City Council will investigate the use of mobile phone applications for improving communication between council and the community.

Council has requested it receive a report on the potential use and cost of phone apps, particularly in regard to reporting faults with council infrastructure and services.

Dobbing in a hoon and reporting pot holes and collapsed trees are just some of the services Councillor Graeme Middlemiss told council on Monday an application could be used for.

COUNCIL will enter a caretaker period from 12am Wednesday, 21 September to 6pm Saturday, 22 October in the lead-up to local government elections.

Latrobe City Council chief executive Gary Van Driel said despite some restrictions through the period, it would be business as usual for the delivery of council services.

He said the purpose of caretaker mode was to ensure that no decisions were made that would unreasonably “bind” a future council, and that public and staff resources were not used improperly for election campaigning or similar activities.

Victoria’s local government elections will take place across the state in October.

Latrobe City voters will participate in a postal election. Ballot packs will be posted to enrolled voters between Tuesday, 4 and Thursday, 6 October.

THE sixth annual Latrobe children’s expo will be held on 27 October at Kernot Hall, Morwell.

Kicking off from 10am, the expo – run by Latrobe City Council and Federation Training – will offer children’s activities and provide parents with the opportunity to talk with early years’ service providers.

Latrobe City mayor Michael Rossiter said this year’s event would include a wide-range of information about all manner of early childhood development, programs and support services.

Festival activities include face painting, jumping castle, a petting zoo, story time and roving entertainment.

The event will conclude at 3pm.