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Benalla Rural City

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Benalla Rural City is 193km north-east of Melbourne. The current population of Benalla Rural City is 14,024, with approximately 9,000 living in the Benalla urban area and the remainder living in and around our smaller towns. Benalla Rural City is divided by the Hume Freeway with hills, valleys, grazing land and forests to the south and plains and rolling hills used as cropping and grazing land to the north. Our largest employing industries are health, manufacturing and agriculture. 

The main health sector employers include Benalla Health, Royal Freemasons Benalla Care Home, Estia Health and Cooinda Aged Care. The manufacturing sector includes Thales Australia, D & R Henderson Pty Ltd, Schneider Electric (Australia) Pty Ltd and LS Precast. Our rural areas are recognised for their good soils and access to irrigation. The major agricultural industries include prime lamb and beef production, dairying and broad acre cropping. 

Benalla Rural City offers a choice of primary and secondary schools, a TAFE college, comprehensive health services and participation opportunities including sport, music, wine and art. Benalla Rural City has well developed disability, aged and childcare services. Some of the main visitor attractions include Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla Art Gallery, Winton Wetlands and the Silo Art Trail.

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

Victoria in Future Profile

Benalla - Victoria in Future 2016

Aboriginal Community Profile

Benalla Aboriginal Community Profile (includes Aboriginal organisations)


The communities south of the Freeway are Archerton, Baddaginnie, Boho South, Glenrowan West, Lima, Lima South, Lurg, Molyullah, Moorngag, Samaria, Swanpool, Tatong, Upper Lurg, Upper Ryan’s Creek, Warrenbayne and Winton. Communities to the north are Boweya, Boxwood, Broken Creek, Bungeet, Chesney Vale, Devenish, Goomalibee, Goorambat, Stewarton, Taminick, Tarnook and Thoona.

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

Community Satisfaction

Benalla Rural City Council Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey

Annual Report

Benalla Shire council Annual Report 2019/20


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7 Councillors elected in October 2020.


Unsubdivided - Cr Danny Claridge - Mayor

Unsubdivided - Cr Peter Davis 

Unsubdivided - Cr Don Firth

Unsubdivided - Cr Bernie Hearn - Deputy Mayor

Unsubdivided - Cr Punjari Hewa Gunarante

Unsubdivided - Cr Justin King 

Unsubdivided - Cr Gail O'Brien

Population data

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

  • 2016 13,390  
  • 2021 13,252 
  • 2026 13,321  
  • 2031 13,427  


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.

  2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 34.764m 31.396m 29.841m 29.476m 27.350m 32.646m 26.541m 24.569m 24.208m 23.379m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 35.514m 32.851m 30.235m 32.241m 27.610m 30.792m 26.074m 26.499m 29.766m 25.896m
- Rates and Charges 18.425m 17.615m 16.741m 16.195m 15.495m 14.724m 14.113m 13.449m 13.307m 12.203m
- VGC Grants 4.315m 4.212m 3.971m 3.887m 3.828m 3.830m 3.704m 3.470m 3.525m 3.380m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
2.765m 2.195m 0.925m 1.415m 1.390m 2.203m 4.665m 4.225m 7.070m 5.695m
Recurrent Government Grants

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