Regional Development Australia Gippsland is responsible for the region that is Gippsland.
Gippsland is located in south east Victoria with a population of approximately 250,000. This figure is projected to increase by 50,000 by 2026.
Gippsland’s provincial centre is the Latrobe Valley, which has a dual-lane freeway, regular rail, services to Melbourne and road connections to the other regional centres. The Latrobe Valley is home to Federation University campus at Churchill and the regional health service, both of which have significant scope for development, expansion and collaboration.
The peri-urban south-western part of the region, which includes the fast growing centres of Warragul and Drouin, has freeway access to Melbourne and an express rail service. This part of the region includes the Bass Coast, and parts of South Gippsland, which have access back to Melbourne via the “coastal corridor” of the South Gippsland and Bass Coast Highways.
Many people have chosen to live in the south-west of Gippsland to experience a coastal-country lifestyle with access to Melbourne and it is projected that more than 25,000 people will move to the area by 2026. With highway upgrades, increased bus services and the delivery of broadband network, this trend is expected to continue.
Sale and Bairnsdale in the eastern part of the region are situated along the region’s major transport corridor and are projected to grow by more than 18,000 people by 2026 requiring improved connectivity to the Latrobe Valley and on to Melbourne.
A wide range of rural or coastal villages are serviced through the network of centres in the Gippsland region – with around 40 per cent of the regional community or more than 100,000 people living in these locations.
Gippsland is one of Australia’s major resource regions with an economy based on a wide range of natural assets.
The top five sectors in Gippsland in terms of economic output are:
- Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.
- Electricity, Gas and Water Supply.
Combined, these sectors represent approximately $16.67 billion or 58.8 percent of total regional output. These sectors also generate approximately $9.46 billion or 88.3 percent of total regional exports.
**These figures have been sourced from the Gippsland Regional Plan (2010). Updated figures will be available in the second half of 2012.