Pyrenees Shire is located in the Central West of Victoria, about 130 km north west of Melbourne.
It is heavily dependent on primary industry and is renowned for its, wool, viticulture and forestry activity. Thirty percent of the workforce is involved in agriculture. Key areas of production are wool, cereal, hay crops and meat. Grape and wine production has recently expanded significantly.
Gold, along with sand, gravel and slate all contribute to the economy.
Pyrenees is part of the Small Shire council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.
Amphitheatre, Avoca, Ballyrogan, Barkly, Beaufort, Bo Peep, Brewster, Buangor, Bung Bong, Burnbank, Burrumbeet, Carngham, Carranballac, Chepstowe, Chute, Cross Roads, Crowlands, Elmhurst, Ercildoune, Eurambeen, Evansford, Eversley, Frenchmans, Glenbrae, Glenlofty, Glenpatrick, Glenshee, Hillcrest, Lake Goldsmith, Lamplough, Landsborough, Langi Kal Kal, Lexton, Lillicur, Lower Homebush, Main Lead, Mena Park, Middle Creek, Moonambel, Mortchup, Mount Emu, Mount Lonarch, Natte Yallock, Navarre, Nerring, Nowhere Creek, Percydale, Pittong, Raglan, Rathscar, Redbank, Rosyth, Shays Flat, Shirley, Snake Valley, Stockyard Hill, Stoneleigh, Streatham, Tanwood, Trawalla, Wareek, Warrenmang, Waterloo, Wattle Creek, Waubra, and Yalla-Y-Poora.
For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.
Pyrenees Shire Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 5 wards and 5 Councillors.
Councillors are elected through preferential voting. Since 2008, all Victorian Councillors serve a four year term. The next general election is in October 2020.
The council's independent Electoral Representation Review was conducted prior to the 2012 elections.
5 Councillors elected in October 2016.
Avoca - Cr Ron Eason - Mayor
Beaufort - Cr Michael O'Connor
De Cameron - Cr Robert Vance
Ercildoune - Cr David Clark
Mount Emu - Cr Tanya Kehoe
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 ($)||18.960m||20.902m||26.435m||35.096m||33.275m||18.730m||15.163m|
|Recurrent Revenue ($)||17.078m||21.409m||18.314m||28.868m||40.340m||27.356m||15.912m|
|- Rates and Charges||8.643m||8.126m||7.676m||7.274m||6.879m||6.514m||6.070m|
|- VGC Grants||4.841m||4.974m||4.787m||4.662m||4.702m||4.540m||4.201m|
|Non-Recurrent Government Grants
|Recurrent Government Grants