Baw Baw Shire is a predominantly rural-based municipality, which includes rich horticultural, dairying and forestry areas.
It is also a major exurban growth area for the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, the focus of which is on Drouin and Warragul.
Primary industry is a major employer and industry sector within Baw Baw and includes dairy and beef cattle, pome fruits (apples), vegetables, potatoes, cool climate grapes, maize, soft fruits (berries and currants), fresh flowers, seedlings and plants, hydroponic tomatoes and timber.
There is also a significant and growing value-adding sector taking advantage of the primary produce grown in the area. Organic production is also increasing significantly.
Baw Baw is part of the Large Shire council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.
Aberfeldy, Ada, Allambee, Allambee Reserve, Allambee South, Amor, Athlone, Baw Baw, Baw Baw Village, Bona Vista, Boola, Brandy Creek, Bravington, Buln Buln, Buln Buln East, Caringal, Childers, Cloverlea, Coalville, Coopers Creek, Crossover, Darnum, Delburn, Driffield, Drouin, Drouin East, Drouin South, Drouin West, Ellinbank, Erica, Ferndale, Fumina, Fumina South, Gainsborough, Gentle Annie, Glengarry North, Hallora, Hallston, Heath Hill, Hernes Oak, Hill End, Icy Creek, Jacob Creek, Jericho, Jindivick, Labertouche, Lardner, Lillico, Loch Valley, Longwarry, Longwarry North, Mirboo South, Modella, Moe, Moe South, Moondarra, Mountain View, Narracan, Nayook, Neerim, Neerim East, Neerim Junction, Neerim North, Neerim South, Nilma, Noojee, Nyora, Piedmont, Poowong East, Poowong North, Rawson, Ripplebrook, Rokeby, Seaview, Shady Creek, Strzelecki, Tanjil, Tanjil Bren, Tanjil South, Tetoora Road, Thaloo, Thomson, Thorpdale, Thorpdale South, Toombon, Toongabbie, Toorongo, Trafalgar, Trafalgar East, Trafalgar South, Trida, Vesper, Walhalla, Warragul, Warragul South, Warragul West, Westbury, Willow Grove, Yallourn North, Yarragon and Yarragon South.
For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.
Baw Baw Shire Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 4 wards and 9 Councillors.
Councillors are elected through proportional representation voting. Since 2008, all Victorian Councillors serve a four year term. The next general election is in October 2020.
9 Councillors elected in October 2016.
Central - Cr Joe Gauci
Central - Cr Mikaela Power - Mayor
Central - Cr Danny Goss - Deputy Mayor
East - Cr Peter Kostos
East - Cr Michael Leaney
East - Cr Darren Wallace
West - Cr Tricia Jones
West - Cr Keith Cook
West - Cr Jessica O'Donnell
Estimated resident population. Source: Victoria in Future 2016 - Population and Household Projections to 2031
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.
|Recurrent Expenditure ($)||73.076m||70.524m||67.559m||64.390m||63.858m||69.011m||66.698m||58.199m||51.544m|
|Recurrent Revenue ($)||85.746m
|- Rates and Charges||53.809m
|- VGC Grants||8.987m
|Non-Recurrent Government Grants
|Recurrent Government Grants