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Section 3A of the Victorian Local Government Act 1989 provides that the purpose of Local Government is to provide a system under which Councils perform the functions and exercise the powers conferred by or under the Local Government Act and any other Act for the peace, order and good government of their municipal districts.

Our Corporate Symbol

The graphic symbolises the unification of the five former Local Government Councils to create East Gippsland Shire Council:

  • City of Bairnsdale
  • Shire of Bairnsdale
  • Shire of Omeo
  • Shire of Orbost
  • Shire of Tambo

It visually describes the unique natural features of the region including the mountains, waterways and vegetation and symbolises the future growth and development of the area.


It is a dynamic, unique and powerful mark that is readily identified as belonging to East Gippsland. 

Its colours of blue, green and yellow are fresh, bright and clear, in keeping with the pristine nature of the Shire.


Local Government Act 1989

The Local Government Act 1989 sets out the legislative framework that requires Councils to be accountable to their local communities in the performance of functions, the exercise of powers and the use of resources.  You can find the latest version of the Local Government Act online at www.legislation.vic.gov.au in the 'Victorian Law Today Library'. 

Processes of Municipal Government

The manner in which Council conducts its formal meetings and applies its Common Seal are prescribed by Local Law No. 1 and Local Law No. 2 respectively.  

Local Law No. 1

East Gippsland Shire Council Local Law No. 1 - Procedures for Council Meetings 2014 - PDF 527KB


Local Law No. 2

East Gippsland Shire Council Local Law No. 2 - (Use of Common Seal) 2014 - PDF 1KB



Rural Councils Victoria  (RCV)

East Gippsland Shire Council is a member of Rural Councils Victoria (RCV).


RCV’s program, Networked Rural Councils is funded by Regional Development Victoria and managed by RCV through the Municipal Association of Victoria. The funding commitment is $3.3 million over four years until 30 June 2015.


These funds are targeted at five work streams which reflect the needs and interests of rural councils. They are: Governance and Advocacy, Networking and information sharing, Policy and research, Training and capacity building and Attraction and retention. You can read the work program.


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