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Alpine Shire

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The Alpine Shire is about 300 km north east of Melbourne and 70 km south of Albury/Wodonga.

About 92% of the shire is public land including parts of the Alpine National Park and all of the Mount Buffalo National Park. Most of the freehold lands are alluvial flood plains along the Ovens, Kiewa and Buffalo Rivers together with the adjoining gentle slopes and hills.

The Shire's economy is based on tourism, forestry and agriculture.

Alpine is part of the Small Shire council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.

Victoria in Future Profile

Alpine - Victoria in Future 2016

Aboriginal Community Profile

Alpine Aboriginal Community Profile (includes Aboriginal organisations)


Abbeyard, Barwidgee, Bogong, Bright, Buckland, Buffalo Creek, Buffalo River, Cobungra, Coral Bank, Dandongadale, Dargo, Dederang, Dinner Plain, Eurobin, Falls Creek, Freeburgh, Gapsted, Germantown, Glen Creek, Gundowring, Harrietville, Havilah, Hotham Heights, Kancoona, Kergunyah South, Merriang, Mongans Bridge, Mount Beauty, Mount Buffalo, Mount Hotham, Mudgeegonga, Myrtleford, Nug Nug, Ovens, Porepunkah, Rosewhite, Running Creek, Selwyn, Smoko, Tawonga, Tawonga South, Upper Gundowring, Wandiligong, Wongungarra and Wonnangatta.

For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.

Community Satisfaction

Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Statewide Results

Annual Report

Alpine Shire Council 2017/18 Annual Report


Alpine Shire Council is an unsubdivided municipality consisting of 7 councillors.

Councillors are elected through proportional representation voting. Since 2008, all Victorian councillors serve a four year term. The next general election is October 2020.

The council's next independent Electoral Representation Review is scheduled to be conducted prior to the 2028 elections.

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7 Councillors elected in October 2016.


Unsubdivided - Cr John Forsyth

Unsubdivided - Cr Ron Janas - Mayor

Unsubdivided - Cr Tony Keeble

Unsubdivided - Cr Daryl Pearce

Unsubdivided - Cr Peter Roper

Unsubdivided - Cr Kitty Knappstein

Unsubdivided - Cr Sarah Nicholas - Deputy Mayor

Population data

Estimated resident population. Source: Victoria in Future 2016 - Population and Household Projections to 2031

  • 2016 11,835  
  • 2021 11,801  
  • 2026 11,864  
  • 2031 11,942  


Source: Victoria Grants Commission.
The figures in the bottom two rows of the table show combined one-off and ongoing funding received by council from both the Federal and State Governments. It is important to note that this amount can change significantly from year to year as individual government funding programs change and natural events such as fires and floods occur.

Data shows the amount allocated in respect of the relevant financial year. In some years, that amount will vary from the payments received that year, as a result of the Commonwealth "bringing forward" some payments.

  2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 23.462m 24.512m 24.244m 23.506m 25.891m 24.358m 24.086m 25.111m 20.774m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 31.084m 30.919m 25.840m 31.070m 25.721m 26.541m 27.828m 25.249m 21.665m
- Rates and Charges 17.772m 16.957m 16.601m 15.876m 14.899m 14.175m 13.419m 12.389m 11.573m
- VGC Grants 3.565m 3.394m 3.439m 3.509m 3.524m 3.439m 3.419m 3.319m 3.165m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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