Latrobe City Workshop – Advocacy Skills for Community Groups

Change begins behind the scenes with preparation and the great efforts of passionate people who can make a positive difference in our community – the advocators.

This session will help community group representatives understand how effective advocacy can be powerful and provide foundations for bringing issues to a range of audiences to stimulate discussion and change.

Topics to be covered include:

  • What is advocacy and why is it worth it?
  • The basic skills of an effective advocate
  • Understanding the political and social framework of your community
  • How groups can effectively represent their community
  • Tools and resources for developing an  advocacy plan
  • Importance of effective communication

Date: Wednesday  6 September 2017
Time 5.30pm for a 6pm start  to 9pm
Venue: Traralgon Golf Club Princes Highway, Traralgon

Please register at by Wednesday 30 August 2017.
Places are limited

For further information or special requirements including: dietary, Auslan interpreting, hearing augmentation or information in alternative formats, contact Abby Clavarino, Community Development Officer on 5128 5658 or


Expert Basketball Coaching Clinic coming to Traralgon

With the NBL Blitz played in Gippsland from 7-9 September, there are plenty of opportunities to see the best NBL players hit the Traralgon Basketball Stadium and plenty of events to enhance the occasion even further.

Basketball Victoria Country, Basketball Victoria, NBL, the Victorian State Government and Latrobe City Council are excited to put on an Elite Coaching Clinic on Wednesday 6 September from 7pm-9pm

Australian Boomers and Brisbane head coach Andrej Lemanis, Melbourne United head coach Dean Vickerman, Perth Wildcats head coach Trevor Gleeson and Illawarra Hawks head coach Rob Beveridge will be part of the in-depth two-hour clinic at the stadium.

It’s the perfect way to hone your coaching calibre, listening and learning from the best in the business. With plenty of NBL coaching titles amongst them as well as Lemanis taking the Australian Boomers to fourth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, there is plenty of reason to make the trip and take your coaching to the next level.

Entry to the NBL Blitz Expert Coaching Clinic is FREE but you have to register to enter the event using the following link:

For further information on the Expert Coaching Clinic, please contact Rob Coulter at Basketball Victoria on (03) 9837 8000 or email


Wednesday 6th September, 7pm-9pm
Traralgon Basketball Stadium, Caterick Cresent, Traralgon

*Entry is free – registration is compulsory

Let’s Get Active Program at South Gippsland Shire Council

South Gippsland Shire Council Let’s Get Active Program is going awesome! Social Sport Program offers physical activity at lunch time, before and after work to the employees in your workplace. Great way to keep fit, mingle with your colleagues and increases productivity and reduces stress by playing sport!

Check out the video below of the South Gippsland Shire Council Caminton Program for Council staff.

Whether you are from a government department, private organisation or small business, contact the GippSport team to find out how your workplace can get a Social Sport program up and running.

East Gippsland Specialist Schools takes out inaugural Sale All Abilities Netball Schools Carnival

East Gippsland Specialist School has been crowned the inaugural All Abilities Netball Schools Champions (Eastern Region) with a close win over Baringa Specialist School.

The mixed netball carnival held at Gippsland Regional Sports Complex featured 8 teams from 5 specialist schools across the Gippsland region.  Despite strong winds, the netball skills and match play on display was of the highest quality and was especially impressive given many of the players had not played netball competitively before.

Winners East Gippsland Specialist School benefited from 3 weeks of netball training with Netball Victoria’s Sporting Schools coach, Amy Harrison leading up to the carnival as part of overall All Abilities Schools netball initiative from Netball Victoria and GippSport.

Netball Victoria Community Development Manager, Kiemi Lai, hailed the support of GippSport and the five schools across the region in making the day a success.

“It was great to All Abilities netball showcased at our Schools Championships,” Lai said.

“It was good to see all the hard work done in the background from Gippport and our Eastern Regional Development Team pay off today…There were some talented players playing and given a little more encouragement, I believe they could play in our Marie Little Shield Team (Victorian State Netball Team for people with intellectual disabilities) in the near future.”

It is hoped the All Abilities Netball Schools Carnival will be an annual event on the schools’ sports calendar and will grow to include more students with disabilities from mainstream and specialist schools across the region in the future.

Netball Victoria will also be hosting All Abilities Netball Schools Championships in Wangaratta and Werribee over the coming weeks.

Final Results

1st vs 2nd playoff: East Gippsland Red (7) defeated Baringa Specialist School (5)

3rd vs 4th: East Gippsland Green (1) defeated Sale & District Specialist School (0)

5th vs 6th: Sale & District Specialist School (3) defeated East Gippsland Yellow (0)

Equal 7th: South Gippsland Specialist School & Bass Coast Specialist School


Social Media at Your Club

Social media can be a great tool to promote your club, to share positive news, events and photos with friends, family, existing and potential new members and sponsors. However if mismanaged it may result in inappropriate, potentially damaging consequences to individuals and your clubs reputation.


  • Blow your own trumpet! Share what your club is proud of, positive achievements on and off the field.
  • Have fun! It’s social, so engage with your players, fans, local league, news and sports assembly social media.
  • Share a diverse range of images and stories from on and off the field, including volunteers, spectators, women, children, past players, positive  social and community activities.
  • Be aware of your clubs Social Media Policy and any consequences of poor off field behavior.


  • Trash talk others or post embarrassing images including your opposition, players, clubs, and umpires. Understand the consequences.
  •  Overdo it and flood people’s social media with annoying, repetitive and/or irrelevant posts.
  •  Post embarrassing, negative or inflammatory images or comments about anyone, including your own teammates, opposition players, spectators, umpires or coaches.
  • Share images of others without their permission, especially children.

For more information contact GippSport  T (03) 5135 8335 E

Latrobe City Roller Derby hosts the 2017 Victorian Roller Derby Tournament

The thrills and spills of live Roller Derby are coming to the Latrobe Valley!

Following a very successful hosting of the 2016 Grand Final event, Latrobe City Roller Derby are excited to host Round 7 of the ‘Statewide Stampede’ Victorian Roller Derby competition on Saturday August 5th at Stadium 34 in Moe. Latrobe City Roller Derby’s very own Messacre and Rolling Matilda’s Captain, Maulin Brando, will gear up for Team Regional Victoria to take on the might of Ballarat Roller Derby League’s Rat Pack in Game 3 at 1.50pm. 

Join the Latrobe City Roller Derby for 4 games of crashing, skill and athleticism, team work and strategy at play as well as a fun developmental scrimmage, in this unique one day event. Latrobe City Roller Derby will be showcasing local businesses in our market stalls inside the stadium as well as their infamous ‘Epic Raffle’. This family focused community event will have plenty of activities for the kids, giveaways, and trackside seating available, and all are invited to come along and enjoy the day. With the continued support of Latrobe City Council, Moe Racing Club and the Department of Sport and Recreation Victoria, funds raised from this event will help Latrobe City Roller Derby in their efforts to renovate their Traralgon training ‘shed’ and to fund new developmental programs for Gippslander’s wishing to try out this ‘sport with a difference’. 

Event will run from 9.30 AM to 6.30 PM at Stadium 34 in Moe, with further event information available on the Latrobe City Roller Derby Facebook page.

Statewide Stampede is proudly supported by Skate Victoria.