If you are interested in establishing, expanding or relocating your business to East Gippsland, there are many ways we can help. East Gippsland Shire Council provides a range of support for projects that promote economic development in the Shire, including an events calendar, workshops and training, advocacy and up-to-date data and statistical information helpful to business.
Council's Economic Development Discretionary Fund is available for projects of economic significance in the areas of marketing and business development, as well as small infrastructure projects that impact positively on the economic development of the region. For information about the fund contact Council.
We also offer information, support services and advocacy on behalf of businesses in the East Gippsland region. For businesses wishing to relocate to the region, expand or diversify, Council can provide the most recent statistical data available to assist in planning for your business.
For further information or to find out whether you need a planning permit for your business, see the Planning and Building page or contact Council.
For information on support available for business, recent research, statistical data and advise about business opportunities or niche markets, assistance with funding applications or general knowledge contact the Economic Development Unit. Information about the region can also be found on the following links.
Discover East Gippsland
Business Victoria Online also offer information about starting, running and growing your business.
Access for people with a disability
Could your business be missing out on customers because you don’t provide the access they require? In Gippsland, 32,500 people have a disability and will decide where to shop, do business or visit tourist destinations based on how easy they are to access and the quality of service provided. When you add the number of older residents who may have difficulties with mobility, sight and hearing the number rises considerably.
East Gippsland Shire Council has worked with five other local government areas to produce the regional Good Access is Good Business guide, to assist businesses to improve access for all customers. The guide includes simple steps to improve your accessibility and advises business of their legal obligations. For a copy of the guide contact Council.
Opportunities from and ageing population
East Gippsland has already reached the national ageing quota for 2030 with 40% of the 1,100 new residents to migrate to East Gippsland from the cities being aged 45 -64. East Gippsland needs to position ourselves to cater for this changing population. In May 2015 Councils economic Development team delivered a forum focused on 'opportunities in an ageing population.
The conference investigated opportunities and challenges presented by an ageing population and explored a fresh approach that will open up new and innovative ways to increase market share for local business and strengthen our economy. The key note presentations were by:
- Adam Pepi, Manager Projects and Policy, Victorian Seniors Card.
Presentation Topic: Victorian Seniors Scene and Private Sector Partnerships
- Jack Archer, Deputy CEO, Regional Australia Institute.
Presentation Topic: A National Perspective & Australian Ageing Regions
- Fiona Weigall, Manager Strategic Planning, East Gippsland Shire Council.
Presentation Topic: A Local Initiative, Age Friendly Orbost
Growth for the region
In June 2011 Council hosted a luncheon for the Premier of Victoria, Mr Ted Baillieu MLA, and presented its "10 Point Plan" for East Gippsland. The plan identifies six key opportunities for business improvement and growth that are identified as enablers, emerging industries and opportunities for transformation. Council continues to advocate to the Victorian Government in relation to the plan.
Education for the region
East Gippsland recognises that Education is one of the foundations of community wellbeing and economic prosperity. Based on this understanding a Education Vision has been developed to articulate the strategic intent and aspiration for education in East Gippsland. This vision has been developed collaboratively with industry, educators, youth and local residents who share a commitment to the educational excellence of the region.
The Shire’s Digital Plan is a means of supporting the productivity and competitiveness of businesses and communities in the Shire over the next three years.
The plan is the result of a comprehensive community consultation process into best digital practice in government and business elsewhere in Australia and documents why, what, and how the region should progress in the digital age, along with identifying key recommendations, challenges and opportunities moving forward.
The strategy is guided by four key pillars; awareness, leadership, capacity and leverage.
The Digital Plan can be found here.