West Wimmera lies in western Victoria on the South Australian border, about half way between Melbourne and Adelaide.
The economy of the shire is dominated by agricultural production, particularly wheat, sheep and vegetables.
The area also boasts a large variety of natural environments, including the Big Desert Wilderness Park, the Little Desert National Park and about 3,000 wetlands.
West Wimmera is part of the Small Shire council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.
Apsley, Benayeo, Big Desert, Bringalbert, Broughton, Charam, Chetwynd, Connewirrecoo, Dergholm, Dorodong, Douglas, Edenhope, Goroke, Grass Flat, Gymbowen, Harrow, Kadnook, Kaniva, Karnak, Langkoop, Lawloit, Lillimur, Miga Lake, Minimay, Miram, Mitre, Neuarpurr, Nurcoung, Ozenkadnook, Patyah, Peronne, Poolaijelo, Powers Creek, Serviceton, Tarrayoukyan, Telopea Downs, Ullswater and Wombelano.
For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.
West Wimmera Shire Council is an unsubdivided municipality consisting of 5 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.
The council's next independent Electoral Representation Review is scheduled to be conducted prior to the 2028 elections.
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5 Councillors elected in October 2016.
Unsubdivided - Cr Bruce Meyer
Unsubdivided - Cr Trevor Domaschenz
Unsubdivided - Cr Richard Hicks
Unsubdivided - Cr Tom Houlihan
Unsubdivided - Cr Jodie Pretlove - Mayor
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 ($)||24.882m||18.146m||19.682m||19.155m||17.440m||17.659m||15.349m||15.012m|
|Recurrent Revenue ($)||28.462m||17.474m||21.208m||16.888m||18.817m||19.646m||16.610m||14.736m|
|- Rates and Charges||7.001m||6.804m||6.360m||6.02m||5.720m||4.952m||4.488m||4.159m|
|- VGC Grants||4.898m||4.859m||4.950m||4.960m||4.953m||4.847m||4.682m||4.456m|
|Non-Recurrent Government Grants
|Recurrent Government Grants