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Golden Plains Shire

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The Golden Plains Shire is predominately rural, with a number of small township servicing local communities between Ballarat and Geelong.

The Shire is the fifth fastest growing municipality in regional Victoria; in 2014-15 had a growth rate of 2.0%. Many Golden Plains residents work in Ballarat or Geelong.

The Shire’s economic base is provided through agriculture, retailing, construction and manufacturing.  Agriculture is responsible for $144 million worth of output annually and employs 25.6% of the Shire’s workforce.

The main industries include agriculture (wool and grain growing, intensive poultry and pig farming), construction and wine manufacturing.

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

Victoria in Future 

Golden Plains - Victoria in Future 2016 

Aboriginal Community Profile

Golden Plains Aboriginal Community Profile (includes Aboriginal organisations)

Localities

Anakie, Bamganie, Bannockburn, Barunah Park, Batesford, Berringa, Berrybank, Cambrian Hill, Cape Clear, Corindhap, Cressy, Dereel, Durdidwarrah, Durham Lead, Enfield, Garibaldi, Gheringhap, Grenville, Haddon, Happy Valley, Hesse, Illabarook, Inverleigh, Lethbridge, Linton, Mannibadar, Maude, Meredith, Morrisons, Mount Bute, Mount Mercer, Murgheboluc, Napoleons, Newtown, Nintingbool, Piggoreet, Pitfield, Pittong, Rokewood, Rokewood Junction, Ross Creek, Russells Bridge, Scarsdale, She Oaks, Shelford, Smythes Creek, Smythesdale, Springdallah, Staffordshire Reef, Steiglitz, Stonehaven, Sutherlands Creek, Teesdale, Wallinduc, Werneth and Wingeel.

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

 

Community Satisfaction

Local Government Community Satisfaction Statewide Results 2016 

 

Elections

Golden Plains 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 in October 2020.

Visit the Guide for more information on Council Elections.
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Councillors

7 Councillors elected in October 2016.


Unsubdivided - Cr Nathan Hansford

Unsubdivided - Cr Helena Kirby

Unsubdivided - Cr Des Phelan - Mayor

Unsubdivided - Cr David Evans

Unsubdivided - Cr Joanne Gilbert

Unsubdivided - Cr Les Rowe

Unsubdivided - Cr Owen Sharkey

Population data

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

  • 2016 21,216  
  • 2021 23,644  
  • 2026 26,254  
  • 2031 28,964  

Finances

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.

  2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 36.881m 39.363m 31.202m 27.758m 28.012m 25.585m 22.489m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 37.421m 40.932m 32.793m 33.607m 32.300m 28.400m 25.237m
- Rates and Charges 19.788m 18.283m 16.716m 15.422m 13.833m 12.441m 10.824m
- VGC Grants 5.133m 5.185m 5.139m 5.050m 4.867m 4.672m 4.363m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
4.165m
7.069m
5.033m
5.220m
4.806m
4.665m
2.303m
Recurrent Government Grants
8.820m
2.950m
3.646m
3.503m
3.451m
2.970m
4.573m

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