Skip to content Know Your Council

Hindmarsh Shire

Contact Information


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.

Australian Bureau of Statistics Demographics

Region Summary - Hindmarsh

Aboriginal Community Profile

Hindmarsh Aboriginal Community Profile (includes Aboriginal organisations)


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.

Community Satisfaction

Hindmarsh Shire Council Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Results

Annual Report

Hindmarsh Shire Council Annual Report 2020/21


For further information regarding Local Government elections visit:


6 Councillors elected in October 2020.

East - Cr Debra Nelson 

East - Wendy Bywaters

North - Cr Ron Ismay 

North - Cr Brett Ireland - Deputy Mayor

West - Cr Rob Gersch 

West - Cr Melanie Albrecht - Mayor

Population data

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

  • 2016 5,393
  • 2021 5,130 
  • 2026 4,883 
  • 2031 4,641 


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.

  2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 20.602m 21.898m 23.822m 17.305m 17.163m 16.984m 16.763m 16.511m 20.219m 19.042m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 23.002m 26.667m 24.972m 18.119m 21.746m 16.430m 18.776m 16.364m 35.764m 30.450m
- Rates and Charges 9.076m 8.829m 8.651m 8.350m 8.015m 7.771m 7.284m 6.879m 6.528m 6.110m
- VGC Grants 4.872m 4.873m 4.544m 4.233m 4.050m 4.034m 4.067m 4.049m 3.904m 3.919m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
3.421m 7.308m 7.110m 0.731m 2.616m 1.347m 1.304m 3.501m 19.777m 13.522m
Recurrent Government Grants

Check council performance

View Hindmarsh Shire's performance across a wide range of service areas

View Performance