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History[ edit ] The Gippsland region was originally inhabited by the indigenous Gunai people for a period in excess of 2, years. Due to the Latrobe Valley having relatively high rainfall, the land is very fertile, and farming was quickly established. As with much of central and western Gippsland, this was mainly dairy farming. The township was established in the early s, the first Post Office opening on 1 January Traralgon was part of the area administered by the Rosedale Roads Board, before the Shire of Traralgon was established in In the latter part of the 19th century the Shire grew strongly. The current Post Office building, a local landmark, was completed in It was not until the s however that Traralgon began to move away from a farming based economy. She returned to Melbourne by train. In Traralgon formed its own borough, the Borough of Traralgon following a decade of lobbying to separate the urban areas of Traralgon from the Shire. Traralgon was proclaimed a city in The old town hall and mechanics institute was finally demolished in This included large expansions at Yallourn and Hazelwood Power Stations and the construction of the massive Loy Yang Power Station in the s and s. The first Loy Yang power station was completed in An Australian Securities and Investments Commission ASIC information processing centre was established in the early s, at the time employing around people. The City of Traralgon and Shire of Traralgon continued a separate existence until they were amalgamated into the Shire of Latrobe in Completion of the Loy Yang power stations, extensive voluntary departures[ vague ] from the electricity industry and privatisation of the Victorian electricity industry in the early s had devastating effects on the economy of the Latrobe Valley. Traralgon, with a more diversified economy, suffered to a lesser extent than the neighbouring towns of Morwell and Moe both of which relied almost exclusively on the power stations for their livelihood. Traralgon grew strongly in the mid s, with a figure of 2. The Traralgon Creek runs through the city's centre and its green belt separates its eastern and western suburban areas. The urban area is hemmed to the south east by the Loy Yang Open Cut. Urban Structure[ edit ] Stockland Traralgon in the CBD Traralgon is part of the Latrobe Valley tri-city urban area, a small area of industry and agricultural land separates it from neighbouring Morwell. Traralgon together with adjacent Morwell forms an urban area with an estimated population of 41, as at June The Traralgon central business district is centred around Seymour and Franklin Streets and includes an indoor shopping mall — Stockland Traralgon , however commercial and light industry sprawl along most of the eastern stretch of the Princes Highway. Notable heritage buildings include the Post Office and Courthouse erected in and Ryans Hotel erected in , both in Franklin Street. Economy[ edit ] Loy Yang A power station The economy is primarily driven by primary industry , natural resources and secondary industry including coal mining , processing and fossil-fuel power generation  for the National Electricity Market. Along with electricity production, Traralgon benefits from the mining for oil and natural gas in the nearby Bass Strait fields. A significant forestry industry operates including logging of both plantation and natural forest timber, The largest paper mill in Australia is located nearby in Maryvale and provides local employment for over people. The local agriculture industry is involved in the production of wool and dairy products, as well as vegetable growing. Education[ edit ] Traralgon features a number of primary and secondary schools, including state, catholic and independent schools. The local government secondary school, Traralgon College , has two campuses, the junior campus years 7—9 located on Liddiard Rd in Traralgon's east, with the senior campus years 10—12 on Grey St in Traralgon's west. There is also a Catholic secondary school, Lavalla Catholic College. Lavalla has two campuses in Traralgon's West end, and a third campus in Newborough, Moe. The senior campus, Kildare, is located in Kosciuszko St. A number of Traralgon families also send their children to the three independent Anglican grammar schools in the region, two of which are about 40 minutes drive from Traralgon: TAFE and University education is also available within the region. Traralgon is a minute drive from Federation University Australia's Gippsland Campus , located in the neighbouring town of Churchill. There is a local basketball league, the Traralgon Basketball Association with a stadium at the Traralgon Sports Complex. The Traralgon Sports Stadium played host to preliminary round games of the Basketball competition during the Commonwealth Games which were held in Melbourne. The local baseball team is the Traralgon Redsox. The Latrobe Valley Cycling club hold road and track racing events on most weeks throughout the year. Traralgon Pistol Club and Traralgon small bore rifle Club also located in the town with a healthy membership at both clubs. Entertainment[ edit ] The entertainment precinct which spans Kay, Grey and Franklin Streets attracts people from surrounding towns to several nightclubs, bars and restaurants located there. The Traralgon Record newspaper has been digitised from to as part of the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program. WIN Television provides a minute local news bulletin on weeknights produced from WIN's Wollongong studios and Southern Cross in conjunction with Nine News produces a 1-hour local news bulletin combining regional, national and international news from its Melbourne studios, broadcast at 6: All three commercial stations also carry local advertising. Most Melbourne channels Seven, Nine and Ten can also be received in analogue and more clearly in digital in Traralgon with a suitable roof-top antenna.
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