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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.




For information about our plans and projects email us, phone 5153 9500
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Read past editions of Orbost Connect (web archive)


Download a printable version:

Orbost Connect Autumn 2017 (PDF)

Orbost Connect Summer 2017 (PDF)


Learn more about current projects and plans for Orbost and District

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 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 collaborated with Victoria Police to share the consultation material within the Orbost community and encouraged the town’s young people get involved in the consultation process.


The design has now been finalised based on the consultation and the site will be closed from Monday, October 16 to allow removal of the old equipment.


It is anticipated that construction will commence in November (dependent on tender approvals) and be completed before Christmas.


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 Engagement Report (PDF)

Orbost Skate Park Draft Concepts (PDF)



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)



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