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Baw Baw Shire

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Baw Baw Shire is a predominantly rural-based municipality, which includes rich horticultural, dairying and forestry areas.

It is also a major exurban growth area for the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, the focus of which is on Drouin and Warragul.

Primary industry is a major employer and industry sector within Baw Baw and includes dairy and beef cattle, pome fruits (apples), vegetables, potatoes, cool climate grapes, maize, soft fruits (berries and currants), fresh flowers, seedlings and plants, hydroponic tomatoes and timber.

There is also a significant and growing value-adding sector taking advantage of the primary produce grown in the area. Organic production is also increasing significantly. 

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

 

Victoria in Future

Baw Baw - Victoria in Future 2016

Aboriginal Community Profile

Baw Baw Aboriginal Community Profile (includes Aboriginal organisations)

Localities

Aberfeldy, Ada, Allambee, Allambee Reserve, Allambee South, Amor, Athlone, Baw Baw, Baw Baw Village, Bona Vista, Boola, Brandy Creek, Bravington, Buln Buln, Buln Buln East, Caringal, Childers, Cloverlea, Coalville, Coopers Creek, Crossover, Darnum, Delburn, Driffield, Drouin, Drouin East, Drouin South, Drouin West, Ellinbank, Erica, Ferndale, Fumina, Fumina South, Gainsborough, Gentle Annie, Glengarry North, Hallora, Hallston, Heath Hill, Hernes Oak, Hill End, Icy Creek, Jacob Creek, Jericho, Jindivick, Labertouche, Lardner, Lillico, Loch Valley, Longwarry, Longwarry North, Mirboo South, Modella, Moe, Moe South, Moondarra, Mountain View, Narracan, Nayook, Neerim, Neerim East, Neerim Junction, Neerim North, Neerim South, Nilma, Noojee, Nyora, Piedmont, Poowong East, Poowong North, Rawson, Ripplebrook, Rokeby, Seaview, Shady Creek, Strzelecki, Tanjil, Tanjil Bren, Tanjil South, Tetoora Road, Thaloo, Thomson, Thorpdale, Thorpdale South, Toombon, Toongabbie, Toorongo, Trafalgar, Trafalgar East, Trafalgar South, Trida, Vesper, Walhalla, Warragul, Warragul South, Warragul West, Westbury, Willow Grove, Yallourn North, Yarragon and Yarragon South.

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

 

Community Satisfaction

Baw Baw Shire Council Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Results 2016 

Elections

Baw Baw Shire Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 4 wards and 9 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.

Visit the Guide for more information on Council Elections.
Visit the Victorian Electoral Commission for more elections details.

 

Councillors

9 Councillors elected in October 2016.


Central - Cr Joe Gauci - Mayor

Central - Cr Mikaela Power

Central - Cr Danny Goss

East - Cr Peter Kostos

East - Cr Michael Leaney

East - Cr Darren Wallace

West - Cr Tricia Jones

West - Cr Keith Cook

West - Cr Jessica O'Donnell

Population data

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

  • 2016 47,548   
  • 2021 54,318  
  • 2026 61,296   
  • 2031 67,743   

Finances

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.

  2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 67.559m 64.390m 63.858m 69.011m 66.698m 58.199m 51.544m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 75.928m
79.133m
71.159m
71.190m
71.650m
56.421m
55.367m
- Rates and Charges 49.137m
46.848m
44.11m
41.284m
35.058m
31.535m
28.990m
- VGC Grants 8.602m
8.256m
8.379m
8.087m
8.009m
7.542m
7.134m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
5.931m
6.501m
9.172m
3.054m
12.358m
2.704m
6.254m
Recurrent Government Grants
12.907m
6.333m
6.347m
11.136m
5.489m
6.342m
5.412m

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