|The Big Cigar
Modern township in West Gippsland built as
accommodation for workers during the
construction of the Hazelwood Power Station.
Located 158 km from Melbourne and 8 km south of
Morwell and 140 metres above sea level,
Churchill is a modern, purpose-built town which
was constructed in the late 1960s. The aim was
to provide accommodation for workers (and their
families) who were involved in the construction
and maintenance of the Hazelwood Power Station.
Hazelwood, which is Victoria's second largest
power station, was completed in 1971. The town
was designed to cater for an eventual population
of 40,000. With this in mind it is hardly
surprising that, although the Power Station now
uses only a small number of staff (around 60
people on each shift), Monash University has
established its Gippsland campus here.
The Hazelwood Power Station generates 1600 kw
and requires 160 million litres of water per
hour. Not surprisingly this vast quantity of
water is disgorged into an artificial lake which
the enterprising power station has opened to the
public. It has become a popular destination for
watersports carrying the obvious advantage that
the water is constantly between 18°C - 23°C.
Things to see:
Ideal place to sail and swim with pleasant
picnic locations on the shores. The water is
constantly between 18°C - 23°C.
The Big Cigar
It is true that Churchill was named after the
famous British wartime leader who was famous for
his passionate speeches, his V for Victory
finger sign and his penchant for cigars. Whether
it was sensible for the local Rotary Club to
build a huge cigar (someone rather rudely
suggested it looked more like a fly killer that
you hang from the ceiling) is a bit of a moot
point. However, there it is as you enter the
town - a celebration of the man after whom the
town is named.