Regional Development VictoriaRDA Gippsland

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:

Gippsland Regional Strategic Plan, 2015-2020 (PDF 3.3 MB)

Current initiatives

Business Case for Gippsland Education and Innovation Precinct (PDF 4.1 MB)
One Gippsland: Gippsland's Priority Investment-Ready Projects document (PDF 827.0 KB)
Gippsland Food Plan (PDF 4.2 MB)
Gippsland Food Plan Resource Document (PDF 1.1 MB)
Gippsland Food Plan Expression of Interest Guidelines (PDF )
New Arrivals to Gippsland Report (PDF 679.7 KB)
Socio-Economic Impact of the Timber Industry in Gippsland Report (PDF 2.7 MB)
Gippsland Women: Opening the Door report (PDF 566.9 KB)
Gippsland Regional Priority Areas and Projects document (PDF )
Summary document outlining strategies to grow the value of the Gippsland business events and conference markets (PDF 7.2 MB)
November 2013 Gippsland Freight Infrastructure Master Plan (PDF 9.6 MB)

Committee members

Richard Elkington (Chair)
Tim Weight (Deputy Chair)
Paul Buckley
Susan Coffey
Gary Gaffney
Paul Griffin
Angela Hutson
Jane Leslie
David Morcom
Kellie O'Callaghan
Timothy Tamlin
Toni Wakefield

Contact details

33 Breed Street
Traralgon VIC 3844

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

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Last Updated: 24 August 2017