Moe Real Estate, Victoria.

Moe, Victoria

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38°10′20″S 146°16′04″ECoordinates: 38°10′20″S 146°16′04″E


135 km (84 mi) from Melbourne
21 km (13 mi) from Morwell


City of Latrobe


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Moe (i/ˈmoʊ.i/ MOH-ee)[2] is a city[3] in the Latrobe Valley of Gippsland in the state of Victoria, Australia about 135 kilometres (80 mi) east of the state capital Melbourne. At the 2006 census the locality had a population of 8,745 while the urban centre (known as “Moe-Yallourn” which includes Newborough and Yallourn North) had a population of 15,582. It is part of a greater urban area – the Latrobe Valley – which has a population of approximately 125,000 and is within the City of Latrobe local government area.

Moe was originally known as The Mowie, The name is believed to derive from a Kurnai (local Indigenous) word meaning ‘swamp land’.

1 History
2 Geography
3 Demographics
4 Governance
5 Education
6 Culture 6.1 Sport
6.2 Notable people
6.3 Media
6.4 Tourism

7 Infrastructure 7.1 Health
7.2 Transport
7.3 Utilities

8 See also
9 References
10 External links


A small gold discovery was made in 1852. The small settlement on the Narracan Creek was a stopover en route to the Walhalla goldfields further north.[4] A Post Office opened on 17 March 1862.[5]

The town was surveyed in 1879, following proclamation of the Shire of Narracan the year before and the arrival of the railway from Morwell. Moe was declared a city in 1963.

Local industry is based around the brown coal deposits in the Latrobe Valley and electricity generation. The area is also noted for its dairy industry.

Moe High School opened in 1952. The school was closed and merged into Lowanna Secondary College, with the previous Moe High School location becoming a housing estate. Jason Bek, a former pupil of Moe High School, is the current principal of Lowanna College.

At 8:53pm local time (1053 UTC) on 19 June 2012 the most intense earthquake in the state of Victoria for over a century, measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale, had its epicentre 10km south west of Moe.[6]


George Street – Moe CBD
Moe is part of the Latrobe Valley urban area. Its two main suburban areas – Newborough nd Yallourn North to the east which are very close the outskirts of Morwell. It is located in the Narracan Creek valley, and the urban area is mostly flat with the undulating hills of Hermes Oak the south and hills around Yallourn to the east.

To the north is Lake Narracan, a large artificial lake.

The Central Business District (CBD) is located along George and Moore Streets.

Moe is located on a minor fault known as the Narracan fault and while the region is a hotspot for Australian earthquakes, they happen very rarely and with relatively small intensity.[7]


On the night of the 2006 census there were 15,582 residing in the Moe-Yallourn urban centre; 51.7% female and 48.3% male. At the time Moe had an indigenous (Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander) population of 1.4%, whilst 78.7% of the overall population were born in Australia. The other main countries of origin were: England (4.1%), Netherlands (1.7%), Scotland (1.5%), Malta (1.4%), and Germany (1.2%)[1]


At local government level, it is administered by the Latrobe City Council. The city is represented by three council wards – Farley ward which covers the city centre as well as Merton ward which covers Newborough and Tanjil ward which covers Yallourn North.

In the Victorian Legislative Assembly, Moe is represented by the Electoral district of Narracan.

In the Parliament of Australia, Moe is represented by the Division of McMillan in the Australian House of Representatives.


Primary education facilities include Albert Street Primary School; South Street Primary School; Elizabeth street) Primary School; St Keiran’s Primary School (Catholic); Barringa Special School (Day Special School); St Mary’s Primary School (Catholic); Newborough Primary (Murray Road) and Newborough East Primary. Secondary education is serviced by two colleges located in Newborough – Lowanna Secondary College and Lavalla Catholic College. There are no tertiary education facilities in Moe, however vocational education is available elsewhere in Latrobe Valley at nearby GippsTAFE campuses and Monash University Gippsland Campus.


Moe Jazz Festival
Moe’s lacks the arts facilities of the bigger Victorian cities. Instead the focus of its culture is heavily on sport.

The Moe Music Festival began in 1993 and is held annually in March and has a focus on jazz, blues, folk music and country music.

Most performing arts are held at the Moe Town Hall in Albert Street[8] and the local theatre company is Moartz.[9]


Australian rules football GFL match in 2010 between Traralgon and Moe
Sport is important to the community and a wide range of sports are played at a number of sporting facilities.

Australian rules football is popular. A senior club, the Moe Football Club (est 1909) nicknamed the “Lions” are based at the Ted Summerton Reserve and compete in the Gippsland League.[10] whose home ground is Summerton Reserve, which is owned by Latrobe City Council.

Moe has one soccer club, United SC based at Olympic Park and competing in the Gippsland Soccer League.

The Moe P.L.A.C.E. facility is accessible from both Summerton Reserve and South Street Primary School and was completed in 2011. The facility is part of the Moe Southside Community Precinct and includes a sports hall with side music room and stage at its northern end, community facilities and an Early Learning Centre at its southern end.

Olympic Park in Moe is located next to the outdoor pool at the east end of Vale Street and is used for soccer. It has two rectangular pitches, one north-south and one east-west. The Olympic Pool in Moe is at the east end of Vale Street next to the Olympic Park Reserve. The Moe Outdoor Pool has an 8 Lane 50m Pool, Diving Pool, beach volleyball.[11]

Latrobe Leisure Centre has a 25-metre, 6-lane indoor heated pool, a unisex spa and separate male & female saunas, gymnasium, squash court, 400 m all-weather athletics track and grass field with asphalt cycling track around the perimeter, night lighting for the athletics track and indoor sports halls featuring three full-sized indoor basketball courts that are utilised by local basketball, netball, volleyball, badminton, archery and playgroup associations.

Lake Narracan
Lake Narracan is located immediately to the north of Moe. Lake Narracan is increasingly being used for recreational purposes, including water-skiing, jet skiing and recreational fishing.

There are two golf course, the Moe Golf Club on Thompsons Road, Newborough[12] and the Yallourn Golf Club in Monash Road, Newborough.

Moe has a horse racing club, the Moe Racing Club, which schedules around fifteen race meetings a year including the Moe Cup meeting in October.[13] The racecourse is in Waterloo Road within walking distance of the centre of Moe.

Lawn bowls is played at two clubs, Yallourn Bowling Club on the corner of Monash Road and Coach Road in Newborough and is host of the TRUenergy Classic Singles tournament.[14] Moe Bowling Club is on the corner of Saviges Road and Waterloo Road.

Tennis is played at Moe Tennis Club on Botanic Drive in the Moe Botanic Gardens. The facility features 15 outdoor synpave courts with 7 under lights for night tennis and a club house. The club is affiliated with Latrobe Valley Tennis Association Junior Competition and Loy Yang Yinnar & District Association Senior Competition. The Latrobe Indoor Tennis Centre in Haigh Street, Moe has three indoor courts.

Notable people

A number of notable people originate from Moe, particularly high profile sportspeople. Professional Australian rules football VFL/AFL premiership players include Ted Hopkins, Barry Rowlings, John Somerville and Peter Somerville. Other Australian rules footballers from Moe include Troy Makepeace, Stephen Boyle, Lachlan Sim and Frank Goode. V8 Supercar driver Jason Bright and cricketer Brad Knowles were also born there.


Moe is serviced by the Latrobe Valley Express newspaper, which includes a weekly insert called the Moe Narracan News. The Latrobe Valley Express is delivered free to residences in the Latrobe Valley region and has a current circulation of approximately 34,128 (CAB). The Warragul & Drouin Gazette is also available for purchase.

Warragul commercial radio stations Star FM and 3GG service this region along with all five ABC radio networks and several community and narrowcast stations.

Commercial Melbourne based television networks such as the Seven, Nine and Ten networks are all re-broadcast in the Latrobe Valley by their regional affiliates, which are Prime7, WIN Television and Southern Cross Ten respectively. All three channels have local commercials placed on their broadcasts and WIN TV also broadcasts a local news bulletin from Monday to Friday at 6.30pm.

New channels broadcast by the commercial networks in addition to the ones listed above are available on the digital service called Freeview (Australia) to viewers in Moe and the Gippsland \\\\ Latrobe Valley region. These channels include One HD, Eleven, 7Two, 7mate, GEM and GO!.

Most Melbourne channels (Seven Network, Channel Nine, Channel Ten) can be received in analogue and more clearly in digital in Moe with a suitable roof-top antenna. Both national public broadcasters, Australian Broadcasting Corporation including channels ABC1, ABC2, ABC3, ABC News 24 and Special Broadcasting Service including SBS One and SBS Two, are broadcast to the Latrobe Valley from the TV tower at Mount Tassie, as well as from the Dandenong Ranges transmitters located east of Melbourne.


Moe is a tourist gateway to Erica, the historic goldfields township of Walhalla, the Walhalla Goldfields Railway and Mount Baw Baw. A recreated historic settlement Old Gippstown nearby Lake Narracan, locally produced Aboriginal art. Nearby Mount Baw Baw and Mount St Gwinear are popular destinations for skiing, with Mount Baw Baw having a small ski resort and Mount St Gwinear used for cross country skiing.



Latrobe Community Health Service has a Moe office. The nearest hospitals are the Latrobe Valley Hospital, 23 km to the east in Traralgon and the West Gippsland Hospital is approximately 30km to the west in Warragul.


Road transport and the motor vehicle is the main form of transport. According to the 2006 Census, 95% of people traveled to work by motor vehicle.[15] The Princes Highway (M1) connects Moe to Warragul and Melbourne in the west and Morwell and Traralgon in the east. The highway runs through the south of the city but bypasses the CBD. The C466 connects to Walhalla in the north and the C103 connects Moe to its major suburban areas including Newborough and Yallourn North. The road system is also the main form of public transport, bus services operated by Latrobe Valley Bus Lines and branded as Valley Transit providing connections to nearby towns in the Latrobe Valley. According to the 2006 Census, just 29 people (1%) traveled to work by bus.[15] Moe’s suburban bus services include Newborough (Route 14), Moe South (Route 12), Moe North (Route 13) & Moe West (Route 11). Inter-center Route 1 services from Moe to Traralgon (via Morwell) leave Moe approximately every 30 minutes on weekdays and hourly on weekends. Two inter-city routes (1 and 5) connect Moe with Morwell and Traralgon. Warragul Bus Lines provide services between Moe and Warragul with connections to Drouin. There are six services daily on weekdays – two morning and four afternoon – with two services continuing to the GippsTAFE Yallourn Campus in Newborough. There are also two morning services on Saturdays. There are 5 services to Warragul on weekdays and two on Saturday mornings. Taxi services are provided by Moe Taxis.[16]

Rail transport includes both passenger rail and freight rail. The city’s only station is Moe railway station which is on the Orbost railway line. Both the Traralgon V/Line rail service and the Bairnsdale V/Line rail service stop with a two way hourly passenger service. Travel time to Flinders Street Station ranges from approximately 100 minutes during peak travel times.[17] According to the 2006 Census, just 3 people in Moe used traveled by train to work.[15]

Latrobe Regional Airport is approximately 20 minutes drive.


Water storage and supply for Moe is managed by the Gippsland Water, which is an agency of the Victorian government. The main water supply is Whites Weir approximately 11km to the south which is part of the Narracan Creek catchment