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Orbost and District

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.

Orbost and District comprises of the following localities: Orbost, Newmerella, Marlo, Bemm River, Cabbage Tree Creek, Jarrahmond, Brodribb River, Corringle, Lochend, Simpsons Creek, Bete Bolong, Bete Bolong North, Waygara, Bellbird Creek, Cape Conran, Manorina, Yalmy, Sardine Creek, Nurran, Murrungower, Tabbera and Sydenham Inlet.


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 the 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.


One of East Gippsland's premier fishing destinations, Bemm River, sits on the far eastern fringe of the Cape Conran Coastal Park. The township is nestled between the river, Syndenham Inlet and the ocean.




Orbost Connect is a quarterly newsletter from council featuring events, activities, projects and programs planned for Orbost and District.


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


Read past editions of Orbost Connect (web archive)


Download a printable version:

Orbost Connect Winter 2018 (PDF)

Orbost Connect Autumn 2017 (PDF)

Orbost Connect Summer 2017 (PDF)


Learn more about current projects and plans for Orbost and District

Brodribb River (Marlo) Boating Facilities Upgrade

Marlo Urban Design Framework

Marlo Foreshore Management Plan

Orbost Community Plan

Advancing Orbost 2020 Plan

Luderick Point Boat Ramp and Floating Jetty

Bemm River Foreshore Management Plan

Bemm River Community Plan

Bemm River Urban Design Framework and Associated Documents


Orbost Streetscape Upgrade

The Orbost Streetscape Upgrade covers the main shopping precinct of Nicholson Street between Ruskin and Salisbury streets. Stage Two works will begin in late autumn 2018.


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


Visit Your Say East Gippsland to follow the project.


Stage Two Artist's Impression (PDF 9MB)

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 was upgraded in 2017-18 and is now suited to all ages and skill levels. The new facility will allow for greater community use and create an inviting space for young people to enjoy now and into the future.


We collaborated with Victoria Police to share the consultation material within the community and encouraged young people get involved. The new facility will open in autumn 2018.


You can view the draft concepts or read the engagement report through the links below.


Orbost Skate Park Engagement Report (PDF)

Orbost Skate Park Draft Concepts (PDF)



Brodribb River (Marlo) Boating Facilities Upgrade


The Marlo Foreshore Management Plan identifies a new dual lane boat ramp and jetties at Brodribb River as a high priority. 


The works will involve removing the existing boat ramp and jetties and constructing a dual lane boat ramp and two pontoon jetties and installing solar lighting. The new facility is anticipated to be open in mid-2018.


Victoria_State_Gov_logo_PMS_2945_rgb.png The project is funded by council and the Victorian Government's Boating Safety and Facilities Program.


Visit Your Say East Gippsland to follow the project progress.


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

Produced in 2007 these documents provide strategic guidance for the future development of Marlo. In 2014 the Master Plan was reviewed and adopted by 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 directions for management of the town's foreshore areas, including the Brodribb River boat ramp. 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. 

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 council.

Advancing Orbost 2020 Plan (PDF 2.17Mb)

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



Luderick Point Boat Ramp and Floating Jetty


As an outcome of the Bemm River Foreshore Management Plan, the need to replace the Luderick Point Boat Ramp and upgrade the jetty facilities was identified as a high priority.


The recently completed project involved the construction of a new dual lane boat ramp and new southern pontoon system, with upgrades to existing northern pontoon and abutment.


The upgrade also includes new solar lighting, and a davit crane for disabled access from the pontoon.


Final Design (PDF 4MB)

February 2017 Consultation Report (PDF 1MB)

Frequently Asked Questions for Bemm River (Link to Your Say East Gippsland)

Independent Review of Luderick Point Boat Ramp and Jetty Concept Plan (PDF 1.43MB)


Bemm River Foreshore Management Plan


The Bemm River Foreshore Management Plan provides clear, agreed direction for management of the foreshore areas adjoining Bemm River township, including Luderick Point, Fingerling Jetty, Dolly’s Garden and the Bemm River access walkway.


Bemm River Foreshore Management Plan (PDF 6.82Mb)


Bemm River Community Plan


Bemm River Community Plan (PDF 561Kb)


Bemm River Urban Design Framework and Associated Documents         


These documents were produced in 2007. They provide strategic guidance for the future development of Bemm River.


Urban Design Framework (PDF 12.2Mb)



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