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.
The Framework provide strategic guidance for the future development of Marlo. In 2014 the Master Plan was reviewed and adopted by Council.
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.
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.
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.
These documents provide strategic guidance for the future development of Bemm River.