Photo exhibition ‘Our hopes for the future of Morwell’ make its way to the halls of Parliament House in May.

What are your hopes for the future? What would symbolise those hopes?

These are the questions at the heart of the photo exhibition ‘Our hopes for the future of Morwell’ that will make its way to the halls of Parliament House in May.Following a successful showing at Switchback Gallery in Churchill, the free exhibition will be open to the public from 21 to 25 May 2018 and be on display in the Queen’s Hall at the Melbourne Parliament .

The exhibition was developed by the Federation University-led Community Wellbeing research stream of the Hazelwood Health Study in collaboration with Morwell Neighbourhood House and Gippsland Centre for Art and Design at Federation University Australia.

The project came to fruition following extensive consultations with local groups about ways to strengthen community wellbeing and recovery post Hazelwood mine fire and power station closure.

“Taking the exhibition to Spring Street is important because it demonstrates that this community, which has suffered a number of setbacks including the Hazelwood mine fire, and the subsequent closure of the mine and Hazelwood power station, is showing resilience and optimism in the face of adversity,” Dr Sue Yell, Community Wellbeing research lead and exhibition organiser, said.

“Featuring this exhibition at Victoria’s State Parliament will shine a much-needed positive light on this vibrant community, and will also show them that their voices are heard beyond the Latrobe Valley” Yell said.

The exhibition features 28 images of community groups and members , who chose to be photographed with objects that symbolise their hopes for the future.

The photographs  were taken by Clive Hutchison and will be accompanied by a description of the symbolism behind it.

The launch will be co-hosted by Hazelwood Health Study lead agency Monash University and study research partner Federation University Australia.

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