East Gippsland Shire covers over 21,000 square kilometres, stretching from west of Bairnsdale to the NSW border. This diverse region make up 10 per cent of the state, with over 70 per cent as National Park, State forest or other Crown land.
East Gippsland has an abundance of natural and environmental resources: a temperate climate, Australia’s largest navigable inland lake system, an extensive coastline and areas of stunning beauty make the Shire a popular choice for sea and tree-change lifestyle seekers.
The Shire's diversity and strengths also create resourcing and development challenges for Council. The high proportion of public land limits Council’s rate base, and dispered communities spread demand and limit economies of scale for service delivery.
To address these challenges Council employs innovative approaches, strategic alliances and cross-sector partnerships with businesses and communities to pool resources, develop creative solutions and ensure East Gippsland has a strong, shared vision.
The Community Statistical Profile provides Australian Bureau of Statistics information on the region, gathered from the 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, and 1991 Censuses of Population and Housing.
The Community Atlas includes key socio-demographic characteristics for East Gippsland Shire presented as interactive maps, based on data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing (Australian Bureau of Statistics).