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Horsham Rural City

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Horsham Rural City is some 3.5 hours' drive north west of Melbourne and north of the Grampians Ranges, in Victoria's Wimmera region.

The city of Horsham, with over 13,000 people, is the main provider of retail, community and government services in the Wimmera. The region has a range of educational and health facilities including several secondary colleges and a TAFE.

The main industry is dryland, broadacre agriculture.

Horsham is part of the Regional City council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here. 


Arapiles, Blackheath, Brimpaen, Bungalally, Clear Lake, Dadswells Bridge, Dooen, Douglas, Drung, Duchembegarra, Grass Flat, Green Lake, Greenland Dam, Haven, Horsham, Jilpanger, Jung, Kalkee, Kanagulk, Kewell, Laharum, Longerenong, Lower Norton, McKenzie Creek, Mitre, Mockinya, Mount Talbot, Murra Warra, Natimuk, Noradjuha, Nurrabiel, Pimpinio, Quantong, Riverside, St Helens Plains, Telangatuk East, Tooan, Toolondo, Vectis, Wail, Wartook and Wonwondah.

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

Community Satisfaction

Horsham Rural City Council Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Results

Annual Report

Horsham Rural City Council Annual Report 2019/20


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7 Councillors elected in October 2020.

Unsubdivided - Cr Di Bell

Unsubdivided - Cr David Bowe

Unsubdivided - Cr Penny Flynn

Unsubdivided - Cr Robyn Gulline - Mayor

Unsubdivided - Cr Les Power

Unsubdivided - Cr Claudia Haenel

Unsubdivided - Cr Ian Ross

Population data

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

  • 2016 19,887 
  • 2021 20,492 
  • 2026 21,129 
  • 2031 21,793 


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 ($) 52.815m 52.810m 48.916m 45.757m 45.108m 40.424m 39.795m 42.038m 40.190m 35.553m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 52.945m 57.687m 54.400m 54.425m 44.454m 47.962m 43.333m 50.627m
- Rates and Charges 27.631m 26.685m 25.695m 24.913m 23.720m 22.312m 20.875m 19.377m 17.859m 16.330m
- VGC Grants 6.507m 6.424m 6.001m 5.804m 5.733m 5.661m 5.642m 5.551m 5.330m 5.085m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
5.166m 11.283m 6.957m 6.579m 2.865m 4.022m 7.055m 13.798m 12.779m 14.324m
Recurrent Government Grants

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