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Yarra Ranges Shire

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Yarra Ranges offers a mixture of urban and rural communities.

Around 70% of the Shire's population live in the 'urban' areas of the Shire that represents approximately 3% of its landmass in the west of the shire. The remaining population is distributed throughout rural areas.

There are over 55 suburbs, townships, small communities and rural areas within the Shire, making it one of the most diverse of any municipality in the State.

The municipality is home to significant natural reserves and boasts popular areas such as the Dandenong Ranges and the Upper Yarra Valley.

The main industries include electrical equipment and appliance manufacturing, agriculture, building construction. 

Yarra Ranges is part of the Interface council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.


Badger Creek, Beenak, Belgrave, Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South, Big Pats Creek, Cambarville, Chirnside Park, Chum Creek, Clematis, Coldstream, Dixons Creek, Don Valley, Emerald, Fernshaw, Ferny Creek, Gilderoy, Gladysdale, Gruyere, Healesville, Hoddles Creek, Kallista, Kalorama, Kilsyth, Launching Place, Lilydale, Lysterfield, Macclesfield, Matlock, McMahons Creek, Menzies Creek, Millgrove, Monbulk, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, Mount Toolebewong, Narre Warren East, Olinda, Powelltown, Reefton, Sassafras, Selby, Seville, Seville East, Sherbrooke, Silvan, Steels Creek, Tarrawarra, Tecoma, The Patch, Three Bridges, Toolangi, Toorongo, Tremont, Upper Ferntree Gully, Upwey, Wandin East, Wandin North, Warburton, Warburton East, Wesburn, Woori Yallock, Yarra Glen, Yarra Junction, Yellingbo and Yering.

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

Community Satisfaction

Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Statewide Results

Annual Report

Yarra Ranges Shire Council Annual Report 2017/2018


Yarra Ranges Shire Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 9 wards and 9 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.

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9 Councillors elected in October 2016.

Billanook - Cr Tim Heenan

Chandler - Cr Tony Stevenson - Mayor

Chirnside - Cr Richard Higgins - Deputy Mayor

Lyster - Cr Mike Clarke

Melba - Cr Terry Avery

O'Shannassy - Cr Jim Child

Ryrie - Cr Fiona McAllister

Streeton - Cr Noel Cliff 

Walling - Cr Len Cox

Population data

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

  • 2016 151,355 
  • 2021 156,322 
  • 2026 163,231 
  • 2031 170,305


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 ($) 174.178m 170.139m 160.220m 160.682m 155.061m 150.889m 163.846m 140.987m 125.736m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 197.029m 191.208m 174.433m 176.777m 154.257m 157.974m 159.748m 147.511m 114.293m
- Rates and Charges 135.042m 130.038m 125.269m 120.228m 114.274m 108.669m 102.374m 96.914m 87.056m
- VGC Grants 14.099m 13.506m 14.014m 14.137m 14.451m 14.150m 13.651m 13.144m 12.456m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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