As well as external investment in the region, East Gippsland Shire Council invests heavily in infrastructure and services for the region. Current investment includes the upgrade of Bairnsdale Library, a major drainage project at Eastern Creek Lakes Entrance and the establishment of a new works depot in Lakes Entrance to name but a few.
Bairnsdale businesses are encouraged to participate in “Re-imagine Bairnsdale”, a major project that aims to revitalise the Bairnsdale central business district. The Council has engaged a team comprising urban designers, engineers and landscape architects to work with the CBD Reference Group to prepare streetscape and public space plans that build on the centre’s strengths to better meet the needs of local residents, businesses and visitors.
Over the next three years, the Council will work towards creating more inviting and functional public spaces by investing in improved pedestrian environments, safer traffic and pedestrian interfaces, new signage, public art, landscaping and opportunities for social, cultural and commercial activity. This aims to boost local businesses by attracting more visitors and events to the city centre.
Draft concept plans released for public comment show preliminary ideas for a revamp of the Nicholson Street Mall, enhancing the “grand boulevard” of the Main Street Gardens and improving pedestrian crossings and linkages throughout the city centre.
A new CBD business-planning group is working with the CBD Reference Group to raise the profile of the CBD through marketing, business development and events. For further information, visit the interactive online blog.
VicRoads is also beginning work to improve road safety on Main Street. For further information, please visit the VicRoads website.
Bancroft Bay (Metung) Marina Redevelopment – Phase 1
The Council is contributing $5.5million towards the redevelopment of Bancroft Bay Marina in Metung.
Designed to improve transient boating accommodation and generate tourism in the Gippsland Lakes, the Bancroft Bay Marina Redevelopment includes a new five-hectare marina with 161 fully serviced berths (144 for exclusive use and 17 for public access) and accommodation for approximately 45 public moorings. It also includes a loading jetty to improve access to Mosquito Point Island.
The Bancroft Bay Marina redevelopment will meet increasing demands for boating infrastructure in the Gippsland Lakes and will significantly improve connectivity throughout the lakes, linking major touring routes from the Port of Sale through Paynesville to Lakes Entrance. It will help attract and accommodate significant regional sailing events.
The project is part of an integrated foreshore development in Metung, linking into the existing 850 metres of public boardwalk infrastructure.
Paynesville Town Centre infrastructure improvements
The Council has funded a range of infrastructure improvements to support the expansion and growth of the Paynesville town centre, including improvements to traffic flow, car parking and open space.
The project supports commercial growth and will improve public amenity and pedestrian accessibility, traffic circulation and parking for the Paynesville town centre. It includes a major upgrade of Gilsenan Reserve in the town centre to create a quality town park.
The Gilsenan Reserve improvements include new walking paths, landscaping, seating and recreation spaces, and an upgrade to the children’s playground. Pedestrian access will be improved with new walking paths through the reserve connecting the town centre to the residential areas of Paynesville, and Fleischer Street will be extended from The Esplanade to Victoria Street to improve traffic flow in the town centre.
Bairnsdale Aerodrome upgrade
A $1.8 million upgrade is underway at Bairnsdale Aerodrome, including improved refuelling and taxiways and stage-one hangar development. Work on the refuelling station will be completed soon. Council contributed $200,000 to the upgrade.
For further information about what East Gippsland Shire Council has planned for the future, please see
Plans and Projects.