Hindmarsh Shire is in the Wimmera-Mallee region, about 350 kms northwest of Melbourne.
It is bordered in the north by the Big Desert / Wyperfeld National Park, and in the south by the Little Desert National Park. The economy of Hindmarsh is based largely on dryland, broadacre farming, especially grain (wheat, barley and oats) and sheep, but in recent years has diversified into the production of oilseeds and legumes.
Agricultural manufacture and tourism are also important.
Hindmarsh is part of the Small Shire council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.
Albacutya, Antwerp, Big Desert, Broughton, Crymelon, Dimboola, Gerang Gerung, Glenlee, Jeparit, Kaniva, Kenmare, Kiata, Lake Hindmarsh, Little Desert, Lorquon, Netherby, Nhill, Rainbow, Tarranyurk and Yanac.
For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.
Hindmarsh Shire Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 3 wards and 6 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.
The council's next independent Electoral Representation Review is scheduled to be conducted prior to the 2028 elections.
6 Councillors elected in October 2016.
East - Cr Debra Nelson
East - Cr Tony Schneider
North - Cr Ron Ismay
North - Cr Ronald Lowe - Deputy Mayor
West - Cr Rob Gersch - Mayor
West - Cr David Colbert
Estimated resident population. Source: Victoria in Future 2016 - Population and Household Projections to 2031
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.
|Recurrent Expenditure ($)||23.822m||17.305m||17.163m||16.984m||16.763m||16.511m||20.219m||19.042m||15.235m||13.118m|
|Recurrent Revenue ($)||24.972m||18.119m||21.746m||16.430m||18.776m||16.364m||35.764m||30.450m||15.660m||14.664m|
|- Rates and Charges||8.651m||8.350m||8.015m||7.771m||7.284m||6.879m||6.528m||6.110m||5.609m||5.183m|
|- VGC Grants||4.544m||4.233m||4.050m||4.034m||4.067m||4.049m||3.904m||3.919m||3.784m||3.528m|
|Non-Recurrent Government Grants
|Recurrent Government Grants