La Trobe Mildura connects with the communities it serves through the provision of educational opportunities, relevant research and sharing our facilities. La Trobe is also a great supporter of the arts and sciences in the region.
For many years La Trobe Mildura has been the educational partner of Arts Mildura, which runs a number of community arts events including the Murray River International Music Festival, Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival, Mildura Writers Festival, Murray Darling Palimpsest and Mildura Jazz, Food and Wine Festival.
Staff and students participate as organisers, presenters and attendees. La Trobe visual arts and graphic design students have the opportunity to exhibit and learn more about their discipline in a real-world setting at events such as Palimpsest and the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival. The Mildura Writers Festival has been touted as one of the best writers festivals in the country. Our arts student take part every year in the English workshops and have the opportunity to also discuss their work with some of Australia's most famous writers.
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Port to Port Cycling Tour
La Trobe is the major sponsor of the Port to Port Cycling Tour in northern Victoria. Over two days in November, up to 500 participants ride 400km from Mildura through Swan Hill to Echuca, passing through scenic national parks, rolling vineyards and along the Murray River.
Individuals and team entrants raise money for chosen charities.
Human Rights Festival
Mildura's social work students and staff have a strong partnership with the Mallee Human Rights Collective and every 2 years they run the Human Rights Festival. Social work students organise the week-long event, working alongside agencies such as Sunraysia Community Health, Mallee Family Care, Department of Justice, Mildura Rural City Council and LEAP (Localities Enhancing Arts Participation, funded by VicHealth). This festival is a great example of the community coming together.
The Department of Community and Clinical Allied Health, within the College of Science, Health and Engineering, has strong associations with welfare agency departments such as the Department of Human Services, Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council, Relationships Australia (Berri) and Mildura Rural City Council. Many staff from these agencies provide guest lectures and support social work staff and student projects.
The School of Education, within the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Education, enjoys strong relationships with all primary schools in the district – they accommodate La Trobe students on teaching placements. Many La Trobe Mildura education graduates work in local primary schools.
Through an alliance with the Mildura Primary Principals' Association, the School keeps abreast of teaching practices. Local principals have also given guest lectures and mentored students.