State Government of Victoria

RDA Gippsland

Perry Bridge Farmers Market, Gippsland

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Gippsland is a regionally based, not for profit body which aims to facilitate regional thought leadership to ensure sustainable economic and social growth for Gippsland.

RDA Gippsland is part of a nationwide network of 55 regional bodies that provide a conduit between governments and communities. The Committee is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian State Governments.

Committee members are drawn from across Gippsland and the region is defined as Bass Coast, Baw Baw, East Gippsland, Latrobe City, South Gippsland and Wellington council areas.

The Committee, comprising 10 members appointed by the Australian and Victorian Governments, is chaired by Richard Elkington and supported by an executive officer and a small team of staff.

The Committee works with all levels of government, industry groups, businesses, research development, education and training providers and community members.


  • produces one third of Victoria’s dairy production
  • produces 85% of Victoria’s electricity
  • produces 42% of Australia’s LPG
  • population is approximately 270,000 and growing
  • is inhabited by the Aboriginal people from the Gunnaikurnai nation made up of 5 clan groups.

Gippsland Lakes is the largest inland waterway in Australia covering 600km2

Cows eating in GippslandVision

By 2020 we will have harnessed our diversity to create a sustainable and economically confident Gippsland. 

Mission statement

RDA Gippsland will drive the implementation of the Gippsland Regional Plan in its alignment with the three levels of Government.

Following is the Gippsland Regional plan as presented to the Victorian Government:

Download Part 1 of the Gippsland Regional Strategic Plan - September 2010 (pages 1 - 111) (PDF 8.2 MB)
Download Part 2 of the Gippsland Regional Strategic Plan - September 2010 (pages 112 - 155) (PDF 4.4 MB)

Current initiatives

Download the One Gippsland: Gippsland's Priority Investment-Ready Projects 2014 document (PDF 2.2 MB)
Download the Gippsland Food Plan (PDF 4.2 MB)
Download the Gippsland Food Plan Resource Document (PDF 1.1 MB)
Download the Gippsland Food Plan Expression of Interest Guidelines (PDF 551.0 KB)
Download the Gippsland Regional Plan (PDF 13.7 MB)
Download the New Arrivals to Gippsland Report (PDF 679.7 KB)
Download the Socio-Economic Impact of the Timber Industry in Gippsland Report (PDF 2.7 MB)
Download the Gippsland Women: Opening the Door report (PDF 566.9 KB)
Download the Gippsland Regional Priority Areas and Projects document (PDF 6.3 MB)
Download the summary document outlining strategies to grow the value of the Gippsland business events and conference markets (PDF 7.2 MB)
Download the November 2013 Gippsland Freight Infrastructure Master Plan (PDF 9.6 MB)

Committee members

Richard Elkington - Traralgon (Chair)
Tim Weight (Deputy chair)
Alex Arbuthnot - Nambrok/Sale
Paul Buckley - Yinnar/Morwell
Angela Hutson
Anna Kilborn
David Morcom
Timothy Tamlin

Contact details

33 Breed Street
Traralgon VIC 3844

Phone: +61 3 5116 7300
Fax: +61 3 5175 0324

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Last Updated: 22 April 2015