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Orbost and District

Orbost and District includes Orbost, Newmerella, Marlo and Cabbage Tree Creek.

Set on the banks of the legendary Snowy River, Orbost is the service centre for the eastern part of the East Gippsland and the gateway to some of Australia's finest national parks.


Settled in 1842, Orbost has a rich history based on timber and agriculture, riverboats and steamers, farmers, gold and timber mills, many of which are still part of everyday life.


While the town’s fertile river flats sustain agriculture, dairy and beef farming, Orbost is also surrounded by coastal rainforests and hinterlands.


Nearby Marlo is a tranquil seaside town at the mouth of the Snowy River and the gateway to Victoria’s wilderness coast.


The region boasts some of the most beautiful and unspoilt waterways and beaches in Victoria, including the Snowy Inlet, where the Snowy River meets the sea.


Learn more about Council’s plans for Orbost and District by clicking on the links below.

Orbost Streetscape Design Project

Orbost Skate Park

Brodribb River (Marlo) Boating Facilities Upgrade

Marlo Urban Design Framework

Marlo Foreshore Management Plan

Orbost Community Plan

Advancing Orbost 2020 Plan

Orbost Connect


For further information about plans and projects in East Gippsland Shire, please email, phone 5153 9500 or sign up to receive updates by email.



Orbost Streetscape Design Project

The Orbost Streetscape Design Project covers the main shopping precinct between Ruskin and Salisbury Streets. Stage one works commenced 27 April 2017.


The streetscape concept considers the aesthetics of the street and addresses the infrastructure issues, such as sloping and uneven footpaths and poor drainage, by utilising best practice in design.


 Visit Your Say East Gippsland to follow the project.


Final Construction Drawing Part One and Part Two (PDF 1MB each file)

Draft Report (PDF 8MB)

Analysis and Opportunities Report (PDF 9.42MB)



Orbost Skate Park

The Orbost skate park needs to be upgraded so it’s suited to all ages and skill levels.


We are planning to upgrade the facility as a part of the capital works program and have prepared draft concepts plans which are a more contemporary design.


We believe this will allow for greater community use and create an inviting space for young people to enjoy now and into the future.


Visit Your Say East Gippsland to follow the project.


Orbost Skate Park Draft Concepts (PDF 260KB)



Brodribb River (Marlo) Boating Facilities Upgrade

In 2013 East Gippsland Shire Council developed the Marlo Foreshore Management Plan, which identified a new dual lane boat ramp and jetties at Brodribb River as a high priority.


Council has budget allocated funding in the current financial year to start working on the priorities identified in the foreshore management plan.


This funding has been used to support a grant application that has been submitted to the Victorian Government.


The outcome of the grant application is yet to be made known; however, council is keen to finalise the design for upgraded boating facilities so the project is ready to progress if successful.


Visit Your Say East Gippsland to follow the project.


Consultation Drawing 1: overview of old facility and new (PDF 660KB)

Consultation Drawing 2: detail of proposed new facility (PDF 224KB)


Marlo Urban Design Framework

These documents were produced in 2007. They provide strategic guidance for the future development of Marlo. In 2014 a review of the Master Plan component of the Urban Design Framework was undertaken and adopted at Council. 


Urban Design Framework (PDF 11Mb)

Vegetation Quality Plan (PDF 243Kb)

Zoning Plan (PDF 2.43Mb)

Overlay Controls (PDF 1.28Mb)

Urban Design Analysis (PDF 1.39Mb)

Strategy Plan (349Kb)

2014 Adopted Marlo Urban Design Framework Master Plan



Marlo Foreshore Management Plan

The Marlo Foreshore Management Plan provides clear, agreed directions for management of the foreshore areas adjoining the Marlo township, including the site of the Brodribb River boat ramp facility. The key objective is to recognise the potential for recreational pursuits and tourism opportunities in the area while maintaining important environmental values.


Marlo Foreshore Management Plan (PDF 9.84Mb)



Orbost Community Plan

Orbost Community Plan 2010 - 2020 (PDF 569KB)



Advancing Orbost 2020 Plan


Advancing Orbost 2020 is an economic plan for Orbost and the surrounding region jointly funded by the East Gippsland Shire Council and Regional Development Victoria (RDV). 

The preparation of Advancing Orbost 2020 has been carried out in partnership with the Project Steering Group. This is a representative body of local businesses and East Gippsland Shire Council.

Advancing Orbost 2020 Plan (PDF 2.17Mb)

Orbost Scoping Paper - Age-friendly town (PDF 5Mb)



Orbost Connect




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Read past editions of Orbost Connect (archive link)


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