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Southern Grampians Shire

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Agriculture and sheep grazing are the dominant industries in the shire.

The region is a major wool growing area, producing 15% of Australia's wool clip.

Hamilton, the major centre in the shire, is also an important centre for education and health.

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


Balmoral, Bellfield, Bochara, Branxholme, Brit Brit, Buckley Swamp, Bulart, Byaduk, Byaduk North, Caramut, Carapook, Cavendish, Cherrypool, Clover Flat, Coleraine, Coojar, Croxton East, Culla, Dunkeld, Englefield, Gatum, Gazette, Glenisla, Glenthompson, Grampians, Gringegalgona, Gritjurk, Hamilton, Harrow, Hensley Park, Hilgay, Karabeal, Konongwootong, Melville Forest, Mirranatwa, Mooralla, Morgiana, Mount Napier, Moutajup, Muntham, Nareeb, Nareen, Penshurst, Pigeon Ponds, Purdeet, Rocklands, Strathkellar, Tabor, Tahara, Tarrayoukyan, Tarrenlea, Tarrington, Vasey, Victoria Point, Victoria Valley, Wando Vale, Wannon, Warrayure, Woodhouse, Woohlpooer, Wootong Vale, Yatchaw and Yulecart.

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

Community Satisfaction

Southern Grampians Shire Council Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Results

Annual Report

Southern Grampians Shire Council Annual Report 2017/18


Southern Grampians 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. 

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7 Councillors elected in October 2016.


Unsubdivided - Cr Cathy Armstrong

Unsubdivided - Cr Albert Calvano

Unsubdivided - Cr Katrina Rainsford

Unsubdivided - Cr Mary-Ann Brown - Mayor

Unsubdivided - Cr Colin Dunkley

Unsubdivided - Cr Greg McAdam

Unsubdivided - Cr Chris Sharples

Population data

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

  • 2016 15,657
  • 2021 15,363 
  • 2026 15,082 
  • 2031 14,824 


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 ($) 44.726m 53.695m 38.840m 40.531m 38.670m 35.999m 38.696m 35.230m 31.135m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 48.330m 50.628m 38.332m 40.877m 34.706m 40.091m 40.745m 34.494m 31.987m
- Rates and Charges 19.706m 19.017m 18.434m 17.159m 16.415m 15.309m
13.129m 12.069m
- VGC Grants 6.953m 6.715m 6.655m 6.740m 6.833m 6.808m 6.562m 6.379m 5.930m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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