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Economic Development
building & development
Economic Development
Learn about East Gippsland's economic profile and services for the business sector.

East Gippsland provides an ideal place to mix business opportunity with quality of life.

Rich in natural resources and brimming with economic potential.

The region is home to some of Australia's leading brands and largest businesses, attracted by an abundance of primary produce and natural resources coupled with good transport and logistics, ample water, good physical and telecommunications infrastructure, and affordable and plentiful land supply.

The region is ideally situated between Australia’s two major commercial hubs and ports in Melbourne and Sydney with a world-class road network offering easy access to both.

Check out our Economic Development Strategy 2022-2032 or contact the Economic Development team via email for more information.

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220 Baades Road Subdivision of approved development June 1999
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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A Good Neighbour Code of Practice for a Circus or Carnival 1997
Table to Clause 81.01.
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A Land Capability Study of the Cassilis Valley Swifts Creek 1995
Clause 44.01 Erosion Management Overlay Schedule.
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A Study of Land in the Gippsland Lakes Catchment Area 1992 Vol 1
Clause 44.01 Erosion Management Overlay Schedule and Clause 44.02 Salinity Management Overlay Schedule.
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A Study of Land in the Gippsland Lakes Catchment Area Vol 2
Clause 44.01 Erosion Management Overlay Schedule and Clause 44.02 Salinity Management Overlay Schedule.
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A quality of life community Raymond Island Strategy Draft 1991
Clause 42.02 Vegetation Protection Overlay Schedule 1 to 8.
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Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006
Clause 15 Built Environment and Heritage
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Activity Centre Design Guidelines
Clause 11 Settlement and Clause 15 Built Environment and Heritage.
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Alpine Resorts Strategic Plan
Clause 12 Environmental & Landscape Values.
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Apiary Code of Practice May 2011
Table to Clause 81.01 and Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Bairnsdale Growth Strategy 2009 - Volume 1
Clause 21.03 Settlement, Clause 21.04 Environmental and Landscape Values, Clause 21.07 Built Environment and Heritage, Clause 21.08 Housing, Clause 21.09 Economic Development and Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities.
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Bairnsdale Growth Strategy 2009 - Volume 2
Clause 21.03 Settlement, Clause 21.04 Environmental and Landscape Values, Clause 21.07 Built Environment and Heritage, Clause 21.08 Housing, Clause 21.09 Economic Development and Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities.
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Best Practice Management Guidelines for Landfills 2001
Clause 19 Infrastructure.
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Broiler Farms Code of Practice 2009
Table to Clause 81.01 and Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Bullock Island Lakes Entrance Concept Plan 2011
Clause 37.01 Special Use Zone Schedule 1 and Clause 43.04 Development Plan Overlay Schedule 1.
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Bushfire Management on Public Land Code of Practice 2012
Table to Clause 81.01.
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CFA Planning Conditions and Guidelines 1991 amended
Clause 21.05 Environmental Risk.
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Cattle Feedlot Code of Practice 1995
Table to Clause 81.01 and Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Coastal Spaces Landscape Assessment Study Municipal Reference Document 2006
Clause 42.02 Schedule 1, Clause 42.03 Schedule 2 to 6 Significant Landscape Overlay.
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Coastal Spaces Landscape Assessment Study State Overview Report 2006
Clause 12 Environmental & Landscape Values.
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Coastal Spaces Landscape Assessment Study State Overview Report 2006
Clause 42.02 Schedule 1, Clause 42.03 Schedule 2 to 6 Significant Landscape Overlay.
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Coastal Towns Design Framework 2007
Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities.
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Code of Practice Onsite Wastewater Management 2013
Clause 19 Infrastructure, Clause 21.06 Natural Resource Management and Clause 21.08 Housing.
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Code of Practice for Telecommunication Facilities in Victoria 2004
Clause 19 Infrastructure.
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Construction Techniques for Sediment Pollution Control EPA 1991
Table to Clause 81.01 and Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Cycling Strategy - Cycling into the Future 2012
Clause 18 Transport.
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Designing, Constructing and Operating Composting Facilities 2017
Clause 19 Infrastructure.
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Development Contributions Guidelines 2007
Clause 19 Infrastructure.
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Doing it right on subdivisions 2004
Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Domestic Wastewater Management Plan 2006
Clause 21.06 Natural Resource Management
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East Gippsland Forest Management Plan 1995
Clause 21.04 Environmental and Landscape Values.
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East Gippsland Native Vegetation Plan Draft 2000
Clause 42.02 Vegetation Protection Overlay Schedule 1 to 8.
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East Gippsland New Format Planning Scheme Panel Report 1998
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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East Gippsland Shire Council Urban Waterway Guidelines 2013
Clause 21.04 Environmental and Landscape Values, Clause 21.05 Environmental Risk, Clause 21.08 Housing and Clause 43.04 Development Plan Overlay Schedule 9.
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East Gippsland Soil Erosion Management Plan 2009
Clause 44.01 Erosion Management Overlay Schedule.
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Ellasville Road Nicholson Subdivision Process
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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Endorsed Development Plan 10 Marlo Road, Marlo
Development Plan Over Schedule 7 contained within the East Gippsland Planning Scheme
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Environment Protection Industrial Waste Resource Regulations 2009
Clause 19 Infrastructure.
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Environmental Guidelines for major construction sites 1996
Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Extract from Lake Tyers Beach and surrounds Strategy Plan 1991 plan 4
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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Extract from Lakes Entrance Strategy Plan 1987 fig 4.3 outline Development Plan
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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Fernbank Restructure Plan
Clause 45.05 Restructure Plan Overlay Schedule.
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Freight Futures - Victorian Freight Network Strategy 2008
Clause 18 Transport.
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Geothermal Energy Resources Act 2005
Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Gippsland Forest Management Plan 2004
Clause 21.04 Environmental and Landscape Values.
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Gippsland Lakes Coastal Action Plan 1999
Clause 21.03 Settlement, Clause 21.05 Environmental Risk and Clause 42.02 Vegetation Protection Overlay Schedule 1 to 8.
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Gippsland Regional Growth Plan May 2014
Clause 11 Settlement.
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Glen Wills Restructure Plan 2013
Clause 45.05 Restructure Plan Overlay Schedule.
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Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Act 2008
Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Growth Area Framework Plans 2006
Clause 11 Settlement.
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Guide to Residential Streets and Paths 2004
Table to Clause 81.01.
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Guidelines for Higher Density Residential Development
Clause 11 Settlement and Clause 15 Built Environment and Heritage.
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Guidelines for Planning Permit Applications in Open Potable Water Supply Catchment Areas 2012
Clause 19 Infrastructure.
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Healeys Road Overall Development Plan
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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Improving Walking and Wayfinding in Bairnsdale 2011
Clause 21.03 Settlement and Clause 21.07 Built Environment and Heritage.
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Infrastructure Design Manual 2015
Clause 43.04 Development Plan Overlay Schedule 9.
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Input to Twin Rivers Land Use Plan - Economic Assessment of Future Land Requirements August 2011
Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities and Clause 43.04 Development Plan Overlay Schedule 9.
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Integrated Coastal Planning for Gippsland Coastal Action Plan 2011
Clause 21.03 Settlement.
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Interim Guidelines for control of noise from industry in country Victoria
Clause 13 Environmental Risks.
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Lakes Entrance Business District Interim Use and Development Control 2011
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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Lakes Entrance Northern Growth Area - Development Contributions Plan
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Lakes Entrance Northern Growth Area Concept Plan Hydrology Water Tech 2013
Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities and Clause 43.04 Development Plan Overlay Schedule 8.
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Lakes Entrance Northern Growth Area Native Vegetation Precinct Plan 2013
Clause 42.01 Environmental Significance Overlay.
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Lakes Entrance Northern Growth Area Native Vegetation Precinct Plan 2013
Clause 21.12 Strategies for sub-regions, towns and localities, Clause 43.04 Development Plan Overlay Schedule 8 and Clause 52.16 Native Vegetation Precinct Plan.
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Lakes Entrance Northern Growth Area Outline Development Plan 2013
Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities and Clause 43.04 Development Plan Overlay Schedule 8.
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Lakes Entrance Northern Growth Area Social Impact Assessment 2012
Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities and Clause 43.04 Development Plan Overlay Schedule 8.
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Land Use Planning Report Colquhoun Area Study Subdivision Structure Plan
Clause 22.00 Local Planning Policies.
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Linking People and Spaces Report Parks Victoria 2002
Clause 11 Settlement
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Low Density Living Study October 1997
Clause 21.08 Housing.
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Mineral Resources Sustainable Development 1990
Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Ministerial Direction No 1 potentially contaminated land
Clause 13 Environmental Risks.
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Ministerial Direction Section 12 Urban Growth Areas
Clause 11 Settlement.
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Native Vegetation Information Management General Use Quick Reference Guide
Clause 12 Environmental & Landscape Values.
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New Planning Scheme Report of the Advisory Committee 1999
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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Newlands Arm Estate Restructure Plan 2017
Clause 45.05 Restructure Plan Overlay Schedule.
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Newspaper Printing and Production Facility 2011
Clause 21.12 Strategies for sub-regions, towns and localities.
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North Arm Foreshore and Estuary Action Plan 1996
Clause 42.02 Vegetation Protection Overlay Schedule 1 to 8.
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North East Regional Catchment Strategy 2013
Clause 35 Rural Zones.
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Onsite Wastewater Management Code of Practice 2013
Table to Clause 81.01.
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Patricia Baleen Gas Plan 2014
Clause 37.01 Special Use Zone Schedule 4.
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Permitted Clearing of Native Vegetation Biodiversity Assessment Guidelines 2013
Table to Clause 81.01.
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Permitted clearing of Native Vegetation Biodiversity Assessment Guidelines
Table to Clause 81.01 and Clause 12 Environmental & Landscape Values.
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Petroleum Act 1998
Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Piggeries Code of Practice 1992
Table to Clause 81.01 and Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Planning Guidelines for land based aquaculture in Victoria 2005
Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Policy and Planning Guidelines for Development of Wind Energy Facilities in Victoria 2016
Clause 19 Infrastructure.
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Potable water guidelines 2012
Clause 14 Natural Resource Management.
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Precinct Structure Planning Guidelines 2009
Clause 11 Settlement.
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Private Tennis Court Development Code of Practice 1999
Table to Clause 81.01.
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Public Transport Guidelines for Land Use Development 2008
Clause 18 Transport.
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Re-imagining Bairnsdale Master Plan 2013 - Volume 1
Clause 21.03 Settlement, Clause 21.07 Built Environment and Heritage and Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities.
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Re-imagining Bairnsdale Master Plan 2013 - Volume 2
Clause 21.03 Settlement, Clause 21.07 Built Environment and Heritage and Clause 21.12 Strategies for Sub-Regions, Towns and Localities.
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Recommended separation distances for industrial residual air emissions
Clause 13 Environmental Risks and Clause 17 Economic Development.
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Report on Environmental Issues and Constraints Colquhoun Area Study Draft May 1999
Clause 22.00 Local Planning Policies.
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Roadside Vegetation Strategy 2012
Clause 21.04 Environmental and Landscape Values and Clause 42.02 Vegetation Protection Overlay Schedule 1 to 8.
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Safer Design Guidelines for Victoria
Clause 11 Settlement and Clause 15 Built Environment and Heritage.
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Site Specific Control 26 Phillips Lane Lucknow 2012
Clause 21.12 Strategies for sub-regions, towns and localities.
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Site Specific Control for land at 1015 Bairnsdale-Dargo Road Hillside 2010
Clause 53.03 Specific Sites and Exclusions.
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Siting and Design Guidelines for Structures on the Victorian Coast 1998
Clause 42.02 Schedule 1, Clause 42.03 Schedule 2 to 6 Significant Landscape Overlay.
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Social Impact Assessment Guidelines for Development Applications 2013
Clause 21.07 Built Environment and Heritage, Clause 21.08 Housing and Clause 21.11 Infrastructure.
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Economic and industry profile

With eight main towns and a diverse range of industries, East Gippsland has a solid demand for skilled employees across a wide range of industries and offers excellent opportunities for trade-qualified and professional people.

The food-production sector is of vital importance to East Gippsland with food manufacturing and production fundamental drivers of the regional economy.

The commodities of this sector include fruit and vegetable crops, livestock (meat and products), bakery products, seafood, beverage and food support services.

Lakes Entrance is the home of one of Australia's largest fishing fleets, while Mallacoota is the base of a significant abalone industry. Catches are supplied to markets in Melbourne and Sydney.


East Gippsland's economic profile

Home to 47,316 people, East Gippsland supports 16,539 jobs and has an annual economic output of $4.948 billion.

More statistics on the region's industry and employment can be found on our Economic Profile site.

Here you can find details on the region's economy, including:

  • household disposable income
  • employment by sector
  • productivity
  • population and demographics
  • economic indicators
  • labour force statistics
  • gross regional product by industry

Tourism industry

Tourism visitor economy data and research:

Future tourism developments in East Gippsland: 


Industry newsletters for tourism businesses:

East Gippsland Visitor Services Membership Program 

East Gippsland Visitor Services play a vital role in looking after visitors before, during and even after their visit. Being a member of  Visitor Services gives businesses the opportunity to be at the forefront of our destination activities. The membership offers a wide network of tourism opportunities, support and helps market our magnificent region.

2022-23 East Gippsland Visitor Services Membership Prospectus

Economic Development Strategy 2022 - 2032

The Economic Development Strategy 2022 - 2032 is Council's key regional economic policy document, aimed to achieve high levels of economic prosperity for our region, and builds on East Gippsland’s Community Vision 2040.

Inclusive economic prosperity is a critical enabler of the quality of life we desire in East Gippsland and drives a range of community outcomes.

The Strategy outlines Council’s role under nine Focus Areas. The objectives for each of the Focus Areas are designed to work toward the East Gippsland Community Vision 2040 and demonstrate the strategic direction and contribution of Council.

See more at Economic Development Strategy 2022 - 2032 and

Economic Development and Tourism Action Plan 2022 – 2026

The East Gippsland Economic Development Strategy (2022-2032) is a document that provides guidance to the broad East Gippsland community including government, business, and community stakeholders on the future strategy endeavours and opportunities for the shire.

East Gippsland Shire Council Economic Development and Tourism Action Plan 2022 – 2026

Live, Work, Invest in East Gippsland

East Gippsland provides an ideal place to mix business opportunity with quality of life.

The region is blessed with a Mediterranean-like climate – warm summers and mild winters – and stable annual rainfall averaging 600mm-900mm, which allows our agriculture and horticulture industries to thrive.

And when you’re not busy building your business, head outdoors to enjoy the renowned local environment, including pristine lakes and rivers, snow-capped mountains and far-reaching coastal wilderness.

Some of Australia's leading brands and businesses operate from East Gippsland including:

  • the world’s largest pie manufacturer, Patties Foods, which began as a Lakes Entrance cake shop in 1966
  • Australia’s largest trawling fishing fleet
  • Australia's largest fresh cut horticulture business, One Harvest Vegco.

Innovation is also strong in East Gippsland, with a range of businesses and consultants basing themselves in the region while using communications technology to service their customers around the world.

To find out more about living, working and investing in East Gippsland, head to our Live, Work, Invest East Gippsland website.

Business Connect newsletter

We produce a regular e-newsletter to share the latest business-related news in East Gippsland, including:

  • grant opportunities
  • major projects
  • new investment
  • workshops and training
  • business tips

Read past editions of Business Connect

You can fill in your details to subscribe and the newsletter will be sent to your inbox. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Startup Gippsland - for people who want to start or grow their business

Startup Gippsland is a regional initiative that aims to ignite the region’s startup ecosystem.

Recognising the significant business growth and job opportunities that this culture could bring to regional areas, LaunchVIC, the Victorian Government’s startup agency, funded a select number of regional startup programs in 2018, including Startup Gippsland.

Startup Gippsland has 3 programs to support startups at different life stages:

  • An Incubator Program for early-stage startups to focus, validate and grow their business or idea.
  • An Accelerator Program for later-stage startups to prepare their business for scale and international expansion.
  • An Open Program of one-off events for startups at all stages to learn business fundamentals like business modelling, pitching and exporting.

For more information and details on applying for the above programs, visit the Startup Gippsland website.

Food and agriculture

East Gippsland is a source of high-value healthy foods, which through collaboration, innovation, sustainable practices, effective marketing and distribution to local, national and global markets, strengthen the region’s economic development and social wellbeing

This diverse produce-growing region boasts an incredible abundance of fresh local produce, including:

·        fruit and vegetables

·        beef and lamb

·        seafood

·        milk and cream

·        eggs

·        honey

With its fertile soils, good rainfall and temperate climate, East Gippsland is a food bowl, producing fresh fruit and vegetables all year round.

The region is also renowned for its high-quality beef and excellent seafood.

The region also produces outstanding wine, beer, olives and olive oil, chocolate and condiments.

East Gippsland Event Growth Action Plan 2021-2026

The East Gippsland Event Growth Action Plan 2021-2026 outlines how East Gippsland can increase the economic, social and environmental benefits from events.  

For the past 11 years, Council has maintained support for the development of events which provide an economic boost to East Gippsland through the Regional and District Events Sponsorship program (RADES).  

With an increasingly competitive environment for event procurement and rising expectations regarding event delivery and visitor experience, a review of Council’s approach to growing East Gippsland’s event portfolio was required. 

The East Gippsland Event Growth Action Plan 2021-2026 takes a fresh approach to growing and strengthening existing signature events and leveraging the existing event-procurement budget to ensure better value of Council’s investment in this area. Council adopted the plan in October 2021.

Find out more at East Gippsland Event Growth Action Plan 2021-26.

Business

We're on the hunt for business-savvy mentors to join Business Boost

Council is seeking business professionals to join its Business Boost program as volunteers or low-cost providers as part of its Resource Team.

Business Boost, funded by a Victorian Government Local Economic Recovery grant,  launched in Bruthen and Buchan to help entrepreneurs and business owners to achieve their goals.

The program will match a team of business professionals and skilled volunteers and students with entrepreneurs, to provide volunteer or low-cost customised professional support. 

An entrepreneurial facilitator, employed through Council, will be the first point of contact for the Business Boost program, connecting each entrepreneur with the right match on the Resource Team.

The program is supported by Council’s partner, Ignite Small Business Start-ups. Ignite will provide training throughout the program for both our program facilitator and the Resource Team.

The program is funded by the Victorian Government, Local Economic Recovery Grant - 2020.

Business Check-In

Business Check-In provides a quick overview of your business, and helps you identify areas that might present future growth opportunities and identify areas where Council might support you.

Resources Toolkit - Chambers Of Commerce & Business and Tourism Associations

The Resources Toolkit for Chambers of Commerce and Business and Tourism Associations provides associations within the East Gippsland region with tools and resources to assist in conducting business on behalf of their organisation.

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