East Gippsland is the major geographic and economic region in eastern Victoria. It covers more than 21,000 square kilometres and stretches from Bairnsdale to Mallacoota on the VIC/NSW border.
With its affordable property prices, reliable and stable workforce, excellent infrastructure and clean, healthy and safe environment, East Gippsland has a growing population of 42,000 people, who enjoy its stunning natural environment, mild climate and easy lifestyle. The region also claims a range of significant natural and ecological advantages including turquoise lakes and rivers, high-country grandeur, isolated beaches and rugged coastal outcrops, most of it preserved for public use in national parks and state reserves. And of course there is Australia's largest inland water system – the Gippsland Lakes. With more than 20 towns and villages and many more individual communities, East Gippsland is a patchwork of localities, each with individual features and characteristics to be recognised and enjoyed.
East Gippsland’s economy, like the region itself, is diverse and robust. Numerous industries thrive here, among them agriculture, forestry, horticulture, manufacturing, fishing and other marine activities, tourism, hospitality, retail and service industries. Some of Australia's leading brands and largest businesses are based in East Gippsland, among them Patties Foods Ltd, the world's largest pie manufacturer and Vegco, Australia's largest fresh cut horticulture business. Victoria’s largest fishing port operates at Lakes Entrance where offshore and inshore fishing vessels find safe harbour.
Innovation is strong in East Gippsland, with a range of businesses operating in niche industries servicing global customers. Many consultants and professional-service based businesses also operate from the region, using state-of-the-art communications technology to remain in contact with customers throughout the world, while enjoying the lifestyle that the region offers. To find out more about doing business in East Gippsland, speak to a specialist at East Gippsland Shire’s Economic Development Unit on 03 5153 5900 or visit theEast Gippsland Shire Council website.
NOTE: The Live, Work and Invest site is currently under construction.