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Central Goldfields Shire

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The Central Goldfields Shire is located in central Victoria, one hour's drive from the regional cities of Ballarat and Bendigo and two hour's drive north west of Melbourne.

Originally a gold mining area, the shire has developed on the back of agricultural industry.

The main activities are cropping and sheep farming. Maryborough, the principal town in the shire, is a manufacturing centre.

The main industries include meat and meat product manufacturing, other food manufacturing, printing services to printing, agriculture.

Central Goldfields 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 

Central Goldfields - Victoria in Future 2016 

Aboriginal Community Profile

Central Goldfields Aboriginal Community Profile (includes Aboriginal organisations)


Adelaide Lead, Alma, Amherst, Archdale, Archdale Junction, Bealiba, Bet Bet, Betley, Bowenvale, Bromley, Bung Bong, Campbelltown, Caralulup, Carisbrook, Cotswold, Craigie, Daisy Hill, Dunach, Dunluce, Dunolly, Eddington, Emu, Flagstaff, Glengower, Golden Point, Goldsborough, Havelock, Inkerman, Joyces Creek, Lillicur, Majorca, Maryborough, Moliagul, Moolort, Moonlight Flat, Mount Cameron, Mount Glasgow, Mount Hooghly, Natte Yallock, Rathscar, Red Lion, Rodborough, Simson, Stony Creek, Strathlea, Talbot, Timor, Timor West and Wareek.

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

Community Satisfaction

Central Goldfields Shire Council Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Results

Annual Report

Central Goldfield Shire Council Annual Report 2018/19



Central Goldfields Shire Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 4 wards and 7 Councillors.

Councillors in the 3 single member wards are elected through preferential voting.

Councillors in the 1 multi-member wards are elected through proportional representation voting.

Since 2008, all Victorian Councillors serve a four year term.

The councillors of the Central Goldfields Shire council were dismissed by the Local Government (Central Goldfields Shire Council) Act 2017 on 25 August 2017. Interim administrators have been appointed to constitute the council. Councillors will be elected at the next general election in October 2020. 

The council's last independent Electoral Representation Review was conducted prior to the 2012 elections.

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Panel of administrators:

Mr Noel Harvey (Chairperson)

Mr Hugh Delahunty

Ms Karen Douglas

Flynn - Vacant

Maryborough - Vacant

Maryborough - Vacant

Maryborough - Vacant

Maryborough - Vacant

Paddys Ranges - Vacant

Tullaroop - Vacant

Population data

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

  • 2016 12,561  
  • 2021 12,711  
  • 2026 12,900  
  • 2031 13,088  


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 ($) 29.988m 28.318m 25.985m 28.876m 26.403m 28.274m 30.152m 24.684m 20.142m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 33.677m 32.874m 26.478m 29.824m 26.697m 37.219m 41.596m 29.062m 19.492m
- Rates and Charges 13.997m 13.580m 13.081m 12.244m 11.475m 10.672m 9.996m 9.081m 8.322m
- VGC Grants 3.768m 3.618m 3.539m 3.588m 3.512m 3.348m 3.348m 3.180m 2.978m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants 5.015m
Recurrent Government Grants

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