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Hindmarsh Shire

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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.

Community Satisfaction

Hindmarsh Shire Council Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Results

Annual Report

Hindmarsh Shire Council Annual Report 2017/18


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.

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6 Councillors elected in October 2016.

East - Cr Debra Nelson 

East - Cr Tony Schneider

North - Cr Ron Ismay - Mayor

North - Cr Ronald Lowe - Deputy Mayor

West - Cr Rob Gersch

West - Cr David Colbert

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.

  2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 17.305m 17.163m 16.984m 16.763m 16.511m 20.219m 19.042m 15.235m 13.118m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 18.119m 21.746m 16.430m 18.776m 16.364m 35.764m 30.450m 15.660m 14.664m
- Rates and Charges 8.350m 8.015m 7.771m 7.284m 6.879m 6.528m 6.110m 5.609m 5.183m
- VGC Grants 4.233m 4.050m 4.034m 4.067m 4.049m 3.904m 3.919m 3.784m 3.528m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
0.731m 2.616m 1.347m 1.304m 3.501m 19.777m 13.522m 0.996m 0.993m
Recurrent Government Grants

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