We play a major role in supporting, approving and delivering over 200 events each year. Through events, we are committed to promoting our region, supporting tourism and encourage connected communities. We look forward to hearing from organisations and groups about your next event.
The East Gippsland Event Growth Action Plan 2021-2026 outlines how East Gippsland can increase the economic, social and environmental benefits from events. The Plan provides a framework that will enable East Gippsland Shire Council to support and develop events in our region.
For your copy, go to the Economic Development page.
Coronavirus and events
COVIDSafe Event requirements are not longer required in Victoria. However, event operators are encouraged to continue infection mitigation practices at events.
For more information, visit the Victorian Government's How we work: Victoria website
To find out what major events are happening in East Gippsland visit the What's On Calendar.
Want to list your event for free on Visit East Gippsland? Register your event with Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) and your event will automatically be listed on Visit East Gippsland’s What’s On, as well as other tourism websites and other media opportunities.
For tips and a how to guide to register with ATDW, go to Destination Gippsland Listing with ATDW, and ensure you are registered and benefit from the marketing opportunities ATDW offers.
Need to know more? Contact East Gippsland Marketing Inc.
Public events held on public land require the completion of the Initial Event Permit Advice Form, submitted at least three months before your event.
At a minimum, all event permit applications will need:
Depending on event activities, other considerations include:
Public events held on roads or Council land without a permit will be penalised 20 Penalty Units.
If you need help when filling out the form, contact email@example.com.
We have an Events Concierge who is committed to helping organisations and groups develop, plan and implement successful and safe events. We also provide specialist advice to facilitate and support events that attract visitation and contribute to developing East Gippsland into a major event destination.
You will find a range of resources below which will help you plan and execute a successful event.
Leveraging Events Toolkits
Our Event Management Toolkit, below, is a one-stop shop for event organisers – providing the information you need on event planning, sponsorship, grants, coordinating volunteers and staff, how to run committee meetings and post-event reviews and surveys.
You will find a range of event-related resources below, including templates and checklists, which will help you plan and execute a successful event.
Take your business event to East Gippsland and promise your delegates a memorable and unique experience.
• Host your event in Bairnsdale and enjoy comfort and attractions;
• Choose Lakes Entrance or Mallacoota for a picturesque beachfront setting; or
• Head inland and seclude yourself in the lush greenery and rugged mountain ranges of the Snowy River or the Alpine High Country.
From purpose-built conference venues, to cosy farm-style spaces and elegant function centres, East Gippsland offers versatile venues anywhere from 10 to 300 delegates, accommodating corporate functions, intimate retreats, through to venues with up to 75 bedrooms, conference facilities and catering on site.
East Gippsland is the place where conference breaks are mindful, delegates are energised, and business events are more natural with less stress.
Visit the Visit East Gippsland website for more information.
The Council Community Grants Program aims to support groups and organisations with projects with two funding rounds a year. There are two funding programs suitable for events - Community Grants and Arts & Heritage Grants.
For further information, please see Council Grants.
Also available is Grant Guru, a one-stop shop comprehensive grants database. You can create your own login and develop a grants profile or just search for a grant suitable for you.
For more information, visit the East Gippsland Grant Guru portal.
There are many public open spaces, community halls, parks and foreshores available for community events. East Gippsland is also home to incredible natural assets such as our lakes, rivers, mountains and forest reserves which are ideal locations for outdoor adventure sporting events.
To discuss possible locations for your event, please contact your Events Officer.
Council also controls the historic Bairnsdale Rotunda, Bairnsdale Nicholson Mall, Lakes Entrance Rotunda, our regional libraries and other facilities.
To make a booking, contact Council.