Selling points: Morwell is the geographic centre of the Latrobe Valley, with a population of approximately 80,000 and a very diverse community. It offers low cost housing, generally starting around $100,000, and has a high demand for rentals with a current vacancy rate at 1.5-2%.
Most sought after properties: Investment demand is generall:y focused on two and three-bedroom homes and units in the $100,000-180,000 range, where a gross rental return of around 7% can be achieved.
Most common properties: A range of property types characterise the suburb, including original 50 to 60-year-old homes surrounding the CBD, two and three-bedroom homes originally constructed by the government, newer homes built over the past 40 years, as the town has expanded; and pockets of units.
Top amenities: Being a regional centre, the Latrobe Valley offers good educational facilities including private schools, a TAFE and Monash University. Morwell’s Mid Valley Shopping Centre houses a Bunnings, Village cinemas, Big W, Target and a host of other shops.A leisure centre with heated pool and gym compliments a wide range of parks and sporting facilities available.
Latrobe Regional Hospital offers a range of specialist services and incorporates a cancer centre. Across the Latrobe Valley a good range of restaurants and eating places represent the multi-cultural mix of the community. Award winning wineries are within a short drive.
Local industry and business: Major employers include the power industry, a paper mill, construction sector, National Foods, Latrobe City Council and a newly-constructed Law Court. In addition, the service sector includes medical, educational and retail outlets. An aircraft production business based at the regional airport is one of the newer major employers.
Recent changes: The past 10 years have seen some major developments in Morwell, including the construction of a new council headquarters, a large community health facility and a multi-million dollar legal precinct, incorporating law courts and police headquarters in the CBD. Rezoning of large tracts of land to enable residential expansion has seen the construction of new estates. Streetscape works undertaken by the council have also enhanced the town.
Best streets: It is hard to choose between the streets. The mix of available properties means the best areas depend on what type of property an investor is seeking.
Public transport: Morwell has a very good in-town bus service, which links to major hubs like the Morwell CBD, Mid Valley Shopping Centre, Latrobe Regional Hospital and Traralgon, with a connection to Churchill and Monash University. A fast train to Melbourne provides regular services entailing a two-hour trip.
Main arteries: Morwell is situated on the Princes Highway, just under two hours from the Melbourne CBD (now all duplicated) and less than two hours from the Gippsland Lakes. Mt Baw Baw and its snow is less than an hour’s travel, as is the 90 mile beach. Other nearby attractions are Morwell National Park, Walhalla historic town and Tarra Bulga National Park.