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East Gippsland Shire

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East Gippsland Shire, in south-east Victoria, covers the second largest area in Victoria.

The Shire includes an extensive coastline, a major lakes and river system, rugged high country, extensive national parks and state forests. About 75% of the Shire is public land held as National and State reserves. The commercial centre is Bairnsdale, a three-hour drive from Melbourne.

The shire's economy is based on tourism, agriculture, horticulture, forestry and fishing.

The main industries include oil and gas extraction, agriculture.

Population is centred around the Gippsland Lakes area. Together with the Buchan Caves, these are a great attraction to visitors and retirees.

East Gippsland is part of the Large Shire council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.

Victoria in Future 

East Gippsland - Victoria in Future 2016 

Aboriginal Community Profile

East Gippsland Aboriginal Community Profile (includes Aboriginal organisations)


Anglers Rest, Bairnsdale, Bairnsdale East, Bellbird Creek, Bemm River, Benambra, Bendoc, Bengworden, Bete Bolong, Bete Bolong North, Bindi, Bingo Munji, Bonang, Boole Poole, Broadlands, Brodribb River, Brookville, Bruthen, Buchan, Buchan South, Buldah, Bullumwaal, Bumberrah, Bundara, Butchers Ridge, Cabanandra, Cabbage Tree Creek, Calulu, Cann River, Cape Conran, Cassilis, Chandlers Creek, Clifton Creek, Club Terrace, Cobbannah, Cobberas, Cobungra, Combienbar, Corringle, Dartmouth, Deddick Valley, Delegate River East, Dellicknora, Deptford, Doctors Flat, Double Bridges, Eagle Point, Ellaswood, Ensay, Ensay North, Erinunderra, Fairy Dell, Fernbank, Flaggy Creek, Forge Creek, Gelantipy, Genoa, Gipsy Point, Glen Valley, Glen Wills, Glenaladale, Goon Nure, Goongerah, Granite Rock, Haydens Bog, Hillside, Hinnomunjie, Hollands Landing, Iguana Creek, Jarrahmond, Johnsonville, Kalimna, Kalimna West, Lake Bunga, Lake Tyers, Lake Tyers Beach, Lakes Entrance, Lindenow, Lindenow South, Lochend, Lucknow, Mallacoota, Manorina, Maramingo Creek, Marlo, Marthavale, Melwood, Merrijig, Metung, Mitta Mitta, Mossiface, Mount Taylor, Murrindal, Nariel Valley, Newlands Arm, Newmerella, Nicholson, Noorinbee, Noorinbee North, Nowa Nowa, Nungurner, Nunniong, Nurran, Nyerimilang, Ocean Grange, Omeo, Omeo Valley, Orbost, Paynesville, Raymond Island, Reedy Creek, Sarsfield, Shannonvale, Simpsons Creek, Stirling, Suggan Buggan, Swan Reach, Swifts Creek, Tabberabbera, Tambo Crossing, Tambo Upper, Tamboon, The Fingerboards, Timbarra, Tom Groggin, Tonghi Creek, Tongio, Toorloo Arm, Tostaree, Tubbut, Uplands, W Tree, Wairewa, Wallagaraugh, Walpa, Wangarabell, Waterholes, Waygara, Weeragua, Wingan River, Wiseleigh, Wombat Creek, Woodglen, Wroxham, Wuk Wuk, Wulgulmerang, Wulgulmerang East, Wulgulmerang West, Wy Yung and Yalmy.

For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.

Community Satisfaction

East Gippsland Shire Council Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Results

Annual Report

East Gippsland Shire Council Annual Report 2019/20


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9 Councillors elected in October 2020.

Unsubdivided - Cr Sonia Buckley

Unsubdivided - Cr Arthur Allen

Unsubdivided - Cr Tom Crook

Unsubdivided - Cr Mark Reeves - Deputy Mayor

Unsubdivided - Cr Jane Greacen

Unsubdivided - Cr Trevor Stow

Unsubdivided - Cr Mendy Urie - Mayor

Unsubdivided - Cr Kirsten Van Diggele

Unsubdivided - Cr John White

Population data

Estimated resident population. Source: Victoria in Future 2016 - Population and Household Projections to 2031

  • 2016 44,415  
  • 2021 47,118  
  • 2026 49,647  
  • 2031 52,150  


Source: Victoria Grants Commission.
The figures in the bottom two rows of the table show combined one-off and ongoing funding received by council from both the Federal and State Governments. It is important to note that this amount can change significantly from year to year as individual government funding programs change and natural events such as fires and floods occur.

Data shows the amount allocated in respect of the relevant financial year. In some years, that amount will vary from the payments received that year, as a result of the Commonwealth "bringing forward" some payments.

  2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 88.405m 87.636m 84.957m 84.843m 87.216m 86.056m 79.663m 77.461m 84.811m 68.159m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 100.332m 99.339m 100.690m 102.071m 86.806m 98.954m 83.316m 89.199m 78.109m 71.690m
- Rates and Charges 58.714m 56.683m 54.605m 52.592m 50.849m 48.022m 42.885m 41.817m 38.901m 32.999m
- VGC Grants 15.574m 14.980m 14.355m 14.026m 13.760m 13.751m 13.854m 13.669m 13.515m 12.828m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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