The Central Goldfields Shire is located in central Victoria, one hour's drive from the regional cities of Ballarat and Bendigo and two hour's drive north west of Melbourne.
Originally a gold mining area, the shire has developed on the back of agricultural industry.
The main activities are cropping and sheep farming. Maryborough, the principal town in the shire, is a manufacturing centre.
The main industries include meat and meat product manufacturing, other food manufacturing, printing services to printing, agriculture.
Central Goldfields is part of the Small Shire council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.
Adelaide Lead, Alma, Amherst, Archdale, Archdale Junction, Bealiba, Bet Bet, Betley, Bowenvale, Bromley, Bung Bong, Campbelltown, Caralulup, Carisbrook, Cotswold, Craigie, Daisy Hill, Dunach, Dunluce, Dunolly, Eddington, Emu, Flagstaff, Glengower, Golden Point, Goldsborough, Havelock, Inkerman, Joyces Creek, Lillicur, Majorca, Maryborough, Moliagul, Moolort, Moonlight Flat, Mount Cameron, Mount Glasgow, Mount Hooghly, Natte Yallock, Rathscar, Red Lion, Rodborough, Simson, Stony Creek, Strathlea, Talbot, Timor, Timor West and Wareek.
For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.
Central Goldfields Shire Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 4 wards and 7 Councillors.
Councillors in the 3 single member wards are elected through preferential voting.
Councillors in the 1 multi-member wards are elected through proportional representation voting.
Since 2008, all Victorian Councillors serve a four year term. The next general election is in October 2020.
The council's next independent Electoral Representation Review was conducted prior to the 2012 elections.
7 Councillors elected in October 2016.
Flynn - Cr Bob Henderson
Maryborough - Cr Geoff Lovett - Mayor
Maryborough - Cr Wendy McIvor
Maryborough - Cr Paula Nixon
Maryborough - Cr Gerard Murphy
Paddys Ranges - Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor
Tullaroop - Cr Helen Broad
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 ($)||25.985m||28.876m||26.403m||28.274m||30.152m||24.684m||20.142m|
|Recurrent Revenue ($)||26.478m||29.824m||26.697m||37.219m||41.596m||29.062m||19.492m|
|- Rates and Charges||13.081m||12.244m||11.475m||10.672m||9.996m||9.081m||8.322m|
|- VGC Grants||3.539m||3.588m||3.512m||3.348m||3.348m||3.180m||2.978m|
|Non-Recurrent Government Grants||0.371m
|Recurrent Government Grants