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Benalla Rural City

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Benalla Rural City Council is located approximately 180kms north east of Melbourne.

The Council was formed in 2002 following the de-amalgamation of Delatite Shire Council into Benalla Rural City and Mansfield Shire Council.

The Rural City has a diverse economic base with the main industries by employment being wholesale and retail trade (20%); manufacturing (19%); agriculture, forestry and fishing (12%); health, cultural and community services (10%); and education (8%).

Benalla 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

Benalla - Victoria in Future 2016

Aboriginal Community Profile

Benalla Aboriginal Community Profile (includes Aboriginal organisations)


Archerton, Baddaginnie, Barjarg, Benalla, Boho South, Bonnie Doon, Boweya, Boxwood, Bridge Creek, Broken Creek, Bungeet, Bungeet West, Chesney Vale, Creek Junction, Devenish, Glenrowan, Glenrowan West, Goomalibee, Goorambat, Greta West, Lake Mokoan, Lima, Lima East, Lima South, Lurg, Lurg Upper, Major Plains, Molyullah, Moorngag, Mount Bruno, Myrrhee, Samaria, Stewarton, Strathbogie, Swanpool, Taminick, Tarnook, Tatong, Thoona, Tolmie, Upper Ryans Creek, Wangandary, Warrenbayne, Winton and Winton North.

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

Community Satisfaction

Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Statewide Results

Annual Report

Benalla Shire council Annual Report 2017/18


Benalla Rural City 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 in October 2020.

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7 Councillors elected in October 2016.


Unsubdivided - Cr Barbara Alexander

Unsubdivided - Cr Peter Davis - Deputy Mayor

Unsubdivided - Cr Danny Claridge

Unsubdivided - Cr Don Firth

Unsubdivided - Cr Bernie Hearn

Unsubdivided - Cr Scott Upston - Mayor

Unsubdivided - Cr Willie Van Wersch

Population data

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

  • 2016 13,390  
  • 2021 13,252 
  • 2026 13,321  
  • 2031 13,427  


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 ($) 29.841m 29.476m 27.350m 32.646m 26.541m 24.569m 24.208m 23.379m 21.346m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 30.235m 32.241m 27.610m 30.792m 26.074m 26.499m 29.766m 25.896m 23.479m
- Rates and Charges 16.741m 16.195m 15.495m 14.724m 14.113m 13.449m 13.307m 12.203m 11.531m
- VGC Grants 3.971m 3.887m 3.828m 3.830m 3.704m 3.470m 3.525m 3.380m 3.232m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
0.925m 1.415m 1.390m 2.203m 4.665m 4.225m 7.070m 5.695m 4.085m
Recurrent Government Grants

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