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Central Goldfields Shire

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Located at the geographic heart of Victoria, Central Goldfields Shire is home to just over 13,000 people. Maryborough is the Shire’s major business centre and is a health and retail centre for surrounding towns including Castlemaine, St Arnaud, Avoca, Talbot, Carisbrook, and Dunolly. 

The Shire is part of the Goldfields Tourism Region, with many visitors coming to see the historic buildings and townships that date back to the 1850s when the region supported a prosperous gold mining industry, as well as visitors to the annual Energy Breakthrough event and the Highland Gathering. Central Goldfields Shire is bounded by Northern Grampians Shire in the north-west, Pyrenees Shire in the west, Hepburn Shire in the south, Mount Alexander Shire in the east and Loddon Shire in the north-east. 

Agricultural industries are spread across the municipality and include grain, sheep grazing and broiler farming. The Shire is also home to a number of major manufacturing, infrastructure, agricultural, freight, printing and food production companies. The Shire’s road network assets include 512 km of sealed roads, 768 km of gravel roads and 110 bridges. Residents have access to affordable housing and a wide variety of health services, schools and recreational facilities.

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 2019/20



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7 Councillors elected in October 2020

Flynn - Liesbeth Long  

Maryborough - Grace La Vella

Maryborough - Geoff Lovett

Maryborough - Gerard Murphy

Maryborough - Wayne Sproull

Paddys Ranges - Chris Meddows Taylor - Mayor

Tullaroop - Anna De Villiers

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.

  2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 28.669m 29.908m 29.988m 28.318m 25.985m 28.876m 26.403m 28.274m 30.152m 24.684m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 29.155m 33.511m 33.677m 32.874m 26.478m 29.824m 26.697m 37.219m 41.596m 29.062m
- Rates and Charges 15.178m 14.618m 13.997m 13.580m 13.081m 12.244m 11.475m 10.672m 9.996m 9.081m
- VGC Grants 4.130m 4.013m 3.768m 3.618m 3.539m 3.588m 3.512m 3.348m 3.348m 3.180m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants 1.490m
Recurrent Government Grants

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