Shire of East Gippsland

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 20,940 square kilometres (8,080 sq mi) and in June 2018 had a population of 46,818.[1]

Shire of East Gippsland
Australia Victoria East Gippsland Shire.svg
Location in Victoria
Population46,818 (2018)[1]
 • Density2.2358/km2 (5.7907/sq mi)
Gazetted2 December 1994[2]
Area20,940 km2 (8,085.0 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Natalie O'Connell
Council seatBairnsdale
RegionEastern Victoria
State electorate(s)Gippsland East
Federal Division(s)Gippsland
East Gippsland Shire logo.jpg
WebsiteShire 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

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 compositionEdit

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 Mayor
  Marianne Pelz
  Mark Reeves
  Joe Rettino
  Colin Toohey
  Jackson Roberts
  John White

Administration and governanceEdit

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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  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 linksEdit

Bonang River, East Gippsland.

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