Regional Development Victoria

Victoria's Gippsland Region

Map of Gippsland region in Victoria

Gippsland offers a variety of natural attractions like nowhere else in Victoria. Unspoilt beaches, pristine rainforests, snowfields, hiking and riding trails provide backdrops for wineries and food producers, festivals for residents and tourists to indulge in all year long. This eastern-most region of Victoria offers a dramatic variety of landscape and relaxed, welcoming communities that combine to create an undeniable allure.

Stretching from outer Melbourne to the eastern-most point of Victoria, Gippsland is the powerhouse of Victoria’s natural resources and commodities economy. It is home to the state’s electricity industry and other key sectors such as agriculture, forestry, dairy, fishing, tourism, engineering, finance, health care and education. Art and cultural festivals abound, and the gourmet food and wine on menus throughout the region make it a sensory feast. In Gippsland you can build and enjoy a life like nowhere else.

Recent government investment in Gippsland

The Gippsland region is benefiting from a range of investments including:

  • $10 million for Gippsland Logistics Precinct
  • $9.9 million for Tyers Road bridge project
  • $ 3 million for new Morwell emergency services hub
  • $2.5 million for Gippsland Lakes health protection
  • $1 million for Latrobe Valley University Training Clinic and Dental Prosthetics Laboratory
  • New School: Sale Specialist School
  • Planning for a Tech School in Gippsland
  • Morwell Schools Regeneration Project (Stage 1) – Tobruk Street Primary School, Commercial Road Primary School and Morwell Primary School
  • School upgrade for Kurnai College.

Main towns

Bairnsdale, Churchill, Drouin, Foster, Inverloch, Korumburra, Lakes Entrance, Leongatha, Mallacoota, Moe, Morwell, Omeo, Orbost, Phillip Island, Sale, Traralgon, Warragul and Wonthaggi.

Municipalities

Employment and industry

Gippsland’s economy is predominantly based around natural resources and commodities, with key industry sectors including agriculture, forestry, dairy and pastoral industries, fishing, and coal mining, oil and gas extraction and processing. The agribusiness sector is a significant employer in the region, with over a third of Gippsland’s business involved in agriculture and fishing, while the aged and health care industries have seen strong growth in recent years.

Learning and education

The Gippsland region is home to Australia’s newest university, Federation University, which brings together the University of Ballarat and the Monash University Gippsland Campus to provide access to higher education, TAFE, secondary schooling and research opportunities.

A number of TAFEs with campuses across the region are complimented by newly established Technology Enabled Learning Centres which provide more rural students with access to a greater variety of tertiary courses.

Sports and Recreation

Water skiing, surfing, snow skiing, tennis, four-wheel driving, football and cricket are just a few of the ways Gippsland residents fill in their weekends. Others prefer to horse ride through Noojee, fly fish on the Thomson River, or hike in Wilsons Promontory National Park instead.

Arts and culture

Art galleries, museums and restaurants available throughout the year, and Gippsland hosts a variety of major festivals including the Creative Gippsland Arts Festival, Maffra Mardi Gras, and music festivals across the region including in Boolarra, Inverloch, Paynesville. The West Gippsland Arts Centre at Warragul is a 500-seat venue that has showcased the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Dance Company, and Sale is home to the 400-seat ESSO BHP Billiton Entertainment Centre hosting musicals, operas and comedy.

Opportunities

  • Tourism potential of coastal and bushland locations (including national parks)
  • Expanding intensive and organic food production,
  • Recent investment is enhancing Victoria’s potential as a leader in dairy innovation – underpinning a successful, competitive and sustainable dairy industry in the region

Challenges

  • Impact of climate change and associated policies on key industries (farming, forestry and mining)
  • Energy sector facing significant challenges resulting from global shift to a low carbon economy.
  • Ageing population

The RDV information portal has more detailed data and statistics on the Gippsland Region and regional Victoria more broadly.

Gippsland Regional Growth Plan

The Gippsland Regional Growth Plan is one of eight regional growth plans being prepared across Victoria. It provides a broad direction for regional land use and development as well as high level planning frameworks and the means to implement the strategic land use and infrastructure directions that are set out in the Regional Strategic Plans.

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Gippsland Regional Plan 2015-2020 (3.3 MB ) Download
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