Shire of East Gippsland

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Shire of East Gippsland
Australia Victoria East Gippsland Shire.svg
Location in Victoria
Population 45,040 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 2.15183/km2 (5.5732/sq mi)
Established 1994
Gazetted 2 December 1994[2]
Area 20,931 km2 (8,081.5 sq mi)
Mayor Cr Joe Rettino
Council seat Bairnsdale
Region Eastern Victoria
State electorate(s) Gippsland East
Federal Division(s) Gippsland
East Gippsland Shire logo.jpg
Website Shire of East Gippsland
LGAs around Shire of East Gippsland:
Alpine Towong Bega Valley (NSW)
Wellington Shire of East Gippsland Tasman Sea
Wellington Bass Strait Tasman Sea

The Shire of East Gippsland is a local government area in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, located in the eastern part of the state. It covers an area of 20,931 square kilometres (8,082 sq mi) and at the 2016 Census had a population of approximately 45,000.

It includes the towns of Bairnsdale, Benambra, Bruthen, Buchan, Ensay, Lakes Entrance, Mallacoota, Metung, Omeo, Orbost, Paynesville, Swan Reach and Swifts Creek. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the City of Bairnsdale, Shire of Bairnsdale, Shire of Omeo, Shire of Orbost, Shire of Tambo and parts of the Shire of Rosedale.[2]

The Shire is governed and administered by the East Gippsland Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Bairnsdale, it also has service centres located in Lakes Entrance, Omeo and Orbost. The Shire is named after the Gippsland region, in which the LGA occupies the eastern portion.


Current composition[edit]

The council is composed of nine councillors elected to represent an unsubdivided municipality.[3]

Ward Councillor Notes
Unsubdivided   Ben Buckley
  Dick Ellis
  Natalie O'Connell
  Marianne Pelz
  Mark Reeves
  Joe Rettino Mayor
  Colin Toohey
  Jackson Roberts
  John White

Administration and governance[edit]

The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Bairnsdale Municipal Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at both its administrative centre in Bairnsdale, and its service centres in Lakes Entrance, Omeo and Orbost.

The panoramic view from Connors Hill, near Swifts Creek, Victoria

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "East Gippsland (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 November 2017.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "Order estg (Part 4) the Shire of East Gippsland". S94 of 1994. State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 2 December 1994). p. 3. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Local Government in Victoria. "East Gippsland Shire Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 

External links[edit]

Bonang River, East Gippsland.

Coordinates: 37°29′00″S 148°10′00″E / 37.48333°S 148.16667°E / -37.48333; 148.16667