East Gippsland

Catchment Overview

East Gippsland is a large and vibrant region in a beautiful natural setting, home to proud and involved communities that embrace and encourage self-reliance, responsibility and new ideas.

The largest commercial centre is Bairnsdale, while Orbost serves as a district centre for the far east of the Shire. East Gippsland’s best known tourist centre is Lakes Entrance. Other significant towns include Paynesville and Mallacoota, the half-way point between Melbourne and Sydney. To the north are Omeo and other townships of the Great Alpine Road.

In the past decade population growth for East Gippsland has remained higher than the average for regional Victoria. The region comprises more than 46,800 people. The median age of East Gippsland residents is 50-59 years. The region has a significant Aboriginal population, representing 2.8 per cent of the total population. The population of East Gippsland is unevenly distributed, with a concentration around the Gippsland Lakes in the south-west and relatively sparsely settled areas elsewhere. The major commercial and service centre of Bairnsdale and surrounds has a population of over 14,800 people.

The East Gippsland Primary Care Partnership works with health and community organisations across the municipality to improve the health outcomes for the community.

Source: 2016 East Gippsland Cennsus Data, (https://app.remplan.com.au/eastgippsland/community/)