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Lakes Entrance and District

Lakes Entrance and District comprises of the following localities: Lakes Entrance, Bullock Island, Kalimna, Kalimna West, Lake Bunga, Lake Tyers Beach, Toorloo Arm, Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust, Mill Point, The Barrier, Nowa Nowa, Tostaree, Wairewa and Wombat Creek.

Home to 8,000 residents and one of Victoria’s premier tourism destinations, Lakes Entrance is beloved for its swimming beaches, waterfront cafes and commercial fishing boats, many of which sell the day’s catch from the jetties.


Set on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach where the Gippsland Lakes meet the ocean, Lakes Entrance is a significant commercial precinct and offers a range of lifestyle and recreational services, including health, retail and education.


A short drive from Lakes Entrance; Lake Tyers, Lake Bunga and Lake Tyers Beach offer real tranquility. Traditionally known as a tourist destination, Lake Tyers has a growing permanent population and a mix of permanent and holiday houses.


Nowa Nowa is the tribal area of the Krauatungalung People of the Gunaikurnai nation and we respectfully acknowledge past and present Aboriginal elders. There are strong historical links between the people of the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust, Wairewa and Nowa Nowa.



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Lakes Entrance Connect is a quarterly newsletter featuring events, activities, projects and programs planned for Lakes Entrance and District.


For information about our plans and projects email us, phone 5153 9500  or sign up to receive updates by email.


Read past editions of Lakes Entrance Connect (web archive)


Download a printable version:

Lakes Entrance Connect Special Edition Autumn 2018 (PDF) 

Lakes Entrance Connect Special Edition January 2018 (PDF)

Lakes Entrance Connect Summer 2017-18 (PDF)

Lakes Entrance Connect Winter 2017 (PDF)

Lakes Entrance Connect Autumn 2017 (PDF)


Learn more about current projects and plans for Lakes Entrance and District 

The Old Slipway Expression of Interest

Lakes Entrance Growth and Adaptation Strategy

Lakes Entrance CBD Improvement Project

Lakes Entrance Urban Design Framework

Lakes Entrance Master Plans

Lakes Entrance Foreshore Management Plan

Lake Tyers Beach Urban Design Framework

Lake Tyers Beach Foreshore Management Plan

Nowa Nowa District Community Plan

Nowa Nowa Open Space Management Plan


The Old Slipway Expression of Interest


An exciting new waterfront development opportunity in Lakes Entrance.


Council calls for Expressions of Interest for the development of a premium waterfront site in Lakes Entrance (subject to council approval).


Gippsland Ports, as the current land manager of the site, together with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and council are offering an exceptional, one-off opportunity to develop the (approximate) 5,400m2 Old Slipway site. The site links the two major commercial precincts and is one of only few waterfront development sites currently available on the Gippsland Lakes.


It is envisaged that the development will be a mix of commercial and public space that encourages visionary commercial investment delivering quality public benefit.


In particular, the direct access for boats to this central CBD location opens up many possibilities for visiting boat enthusiasts and tourism services.


The site is considered to have potential to provide attractive land based activities such as outlets for fresh seafood, regional produce, restaurant/café, tourist-oriented retail sales, interpretative centre and gallery, public amenities, attractive civic and vibrant open spaces.


There are fabulous water based opportunities as well such as itinerant berths, access to the town from the water, wading and safe swimming sites.


Expressions of Interest close Friday 28 September.


To find out more or to seek a prospectus contact Matt Baylis at King & Heath First National on 03 5152 3311 or watch this short video on YouTube.


Lakes Entrance Growth and Adaptation Strategy


Council, with support from the Victorian Government, is preparing a strategic plan for growth and adaptation in Lakes Entrance.


The strategy will provide a framework for ensuring Lakes Entrance can grow positively into the future, support the needs of residents, and adapt to any challenges that it may face because of change brought about by growth or climate pressures such as flooding.


We will work collaboratively with residents and business owners to deliver a strategy for a prosperous Lakes Entrance, which incorporates the aspirations of the community, creates a shared understanding of local issues and enables everyone to have a say in the town’s future.


The project will run over two years and will include many opportunities for you to get involved.


Visit Your Say East Gippsland to learn more about the project.



Lakes Entrance CBD Improvement Project


Council appointed town centre revitalisation experts MRCagney to develop a master plan for Lakes Entrance. In 2016, council and the design team developed a long-term master plan for the CBD as well as designing projects for more immediate construction. 


Visit Your Say East Gippsland to see what else is happening in Lakes Entrance, or sign up to receive the quarterly newsletter Lakes Entrance Connect.


Lakes Entrance CBD Improvement Project Draft Master Plan (PDF 13 Mb)


Lakes Entrance Urban Design Framework

The framework provides guidance for the development of Lakes Entrance for the next 15 to 20 years to help council realise its vision for the region.


Urban Design Framework Report 2007 (PDF 13.4 Mb)
Natural Systems Analysis (PDF 630 Kb)
Vegetation Quality Plan (PDF 1.86 Mb)
Zoning Plan (PDF 3.8 Mb)
Residential Land Supply (PDF 745 Kb)
Urban Design Analysis (PDF 1.79 Mb)
Urban Design Analysis Town Centre (PDF 1.87 Mb)
Strategy Plan (PDF 586 Kb)


Lakes Entrance Master Plans


Entry and Foreshore West (PDF 1.18 Mb)

Foreshore East (PDF 1.45 Mb)
Street Sections Part 3 (PDF 473 Kb)
Street Sections Part 4 (PDF 470 Kb)
Proposed Gateway (PDF 939 Kb)
Proposed Gateway 3D  (PDF 1.51 Mb)
Bullock Island Master Plan Adopted by Council 4 August 2015 (PDF 5.3 Mb)


Lakes Entrance Foreshore Management Plan

The Lakes Entrance Foreshore Management Plan has been prepared to improve future use, management and development of the foreshore, as well as to protect natural, cultural and historical foreshore values. The management plan covers a large area that includes the Esplanade foreshore, Cunninghame Arm from the Flagstaff area at the ‘entrance’ to Lake Bunga, North Arm, Jemmys Point and Bullock Island.


Lakes Entrance Foreshore Management Plan October 2012  (PDF 3.8 Mb)


Lake Tyers Beach Urban Design Framework and Associated Documents


These documents provide strategic guidance for the future development of Lake Tyers.


Urban Design Framework (PDF 13.8Mb)


Lake Tyers Beach Foreshore Management Plan

The Lake Tyers Beach Foreshore Management Plan provides clear and agreed directions for management of foreshore areas adjoining Lake Tyers Beach, including Fisherman’s Landing and Mill Point. Its key objective is to plan for recreational pursuits and opportunities along the foreshore while maintaining important environmental and cultural values.

Lake Tyers Beach Foreshore Management Plan (PDF 18.91Mb)


Nowa Nowa District Community Plan


This community plan is a collaborative effort between council and the community, recording strategies and actions to help Nowa Nowa build support and focus resources to promote its people, their livelihood and their environment.


Nowa Nowa District Community Plan 2012-2016 (6MB) 


Nowa Nowa Open Space Management Plan


Council has prepared an Open Space Management Plan for areas of public land in Nowa Nowa and adjoining Lake Tyers and Boggy Creek, including the Nowa Nowa Recreation Reserve, Boggy Creek Gorge, and the Nowa Nowa Community Complex.


The plan was developed with community input, as well as other government bodies, and aims to give all parties a clear expectation of management roles, responsibilities, and proposed activities over a 15 year period, with a structured review carried out every five years.


Nowa Nowa supports a diverse, motivated, and engaged community that has contributed to a wide range of planning projects in the past. The Nowa Nowa Open Space Management Plan supports the strategies and actions described in the most recent of these plans, the Nowa Nowa and District Community Plan (2012 – 2016).


Nowa Nowa Open Space Management Plan (PDF 6MB)


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