Ranging from aviation to oil and gas, and from agriculture to professional services, there are employment and investment possibilities for a wide variety of interests and specialties.
Wellington Shire Council's Economic Development Unit works in partnership with neighbouring Councils, State and Federal Government agencies, industry and community to support new initiatives and projects for the region.
A key function is to link business with government, facilitate supporting infrastructure and relationship management. Our focus is on enhancing competitiveness, increasing sustainable growth and improving outcomes for the community as a whole.
For a thorough understanding of Wellington Shire Council's direction regarding economic development and tourism development, see our Economic Development Strategy on the Publications page.
The region offers very real opportunities to experience a healthy and prosperous lifestyle with quality health and education facilities, coupled with high quality business and recreational opportunities. With a very stable workforce and natural wonders all nearby in every direction, Wellington Shire provides a great place to live, work and enjoy.
To find out more about investing in Wellington visit the Invest Gippsland website.
Wellington Shire Council is a member of One Gippsland, which is the peak regional advocacy body representing the Gippsland region. One Gippsland aims to connect the dots between government, business and community, while collectively working together to champion the interests of our region and our people.
View more information at onegippsland.org
The services Wellington Shire Council's Economic Development Unit provides include:
Business and Tourism Associations, Chambers of Commerce and Traders and Tourism Associations do a great job in addressing local opportunities and issues and providing a unified voice to Council and other levels of Government. Associations also provide valuable networking and professional development opportunities to members. To join your local association please see the contact details below.
Contact: Emile Theodore (President)
Telephone: 0418 563 601
Contact: Linda Hunt (Secretary)
Telephone: 0488 411 021
Contact: Leanne Dugan
Telephone: 0419 518 277
For insight into our economy visit the links below:
Australian Bureau of Statistics QuickStats on our larger towns are detailed below:
Wellington Shire Council is a member of Timber Towns Victoria (TTV), an incorporated Local Government Association that represents the interests of municipal councils in relation to forestry on both public and private land.
The association is a strong advocate for the community and the forestry industry and sits on the newly formed Native Timber Taskforce (NTT), which is addressing the State Government's decision to cease native timber harvesting.
TTV provides a forum for local governments across the state to address the management of forests and forest industries and their impact on local communities.
For more information, visit the Timber Towns Victoria website.
Startup Gippsland is a regional accelerator program that supports entrepreneurs in Gippsland to develop, launch and scale their business. It includes public events such as meetups, one-off masterclasses and pitch showcases of local startups.
The External Grant Finder provides a comprehensive list of business grants and funding opportunities provided by federal and state government bodies. This free service makes it easy to search for available grants and funding across a wide range of activities and industries, as well as providing information about upcoming grant programs that you can plan for. You can register to receive emailed alerts for new grants, save your favourites and access tips to help you apply for grants, as well as a list of professional grant writers who can assist with your applications. Starting searching for grants now by visiting the External Grant Finder website.