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