Indigo Shire is 270 km north-east of Melbourne, bordering the Murray River, Australian Alps and the municipalities of Wodonga, Wangaratta, Towong, Alpine and Moira. It is rural in nature with supporting services in small towns. The shire's economy is based on value-adding to local primary produce of the region, especially milk, cereals and grapes, and providing services to people, including tourism.
Tourism is also important the Rutherglen wine producing area and the historic townships of Beechworth, Chiltern and Yackandandah attract thousands of visitors. The main industries include flour mill and cereal food manufacturing, agriculture, other food manufacturing, beverage and malt manufacturing. Residents also commute to Wodonga and Wangaratta for employment.
Indigo is part of the Small Shire council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.
Allans Flat, Barnawartha, Beechworth, Brimin, Browns Plains, Bruarong, Carlyle, Charleroi, Chiltern, Chiltern Valley, Cornishtown, Gooramadda, Great Northern, Gundowring, Huon, Indigo, Indigo Valley, Kergunyah, Kiewa, Lilliput, Mudgegonga, Norong, Norong Central, Osbornes Flat, Prentice North, Red Bluff, Rutherglen, Sandy Creek, Staghorn Flat, Stanley, Tangambalanga, Wahgunyah, Woolshed, Wooragee and Yackandandah.
For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.
Indigo Shire Council is an unsubdivided municipality consisting of 7 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.
7 Councillors elected in October 2016.
Unsubdivided - Cr Bernard Gaffney - Mayor
Unsubdivided - Cr Barbara Murdoch - Deputy Mayor
Unsubdivided - Cr Jenny O'Connor
Unsubdivided - Cr James Trenery
Unsubdivided - Cr Larry Goldsworthy
Unsubdivided - Cr Sophie Price
Unsubdivided - Cr Diane Shepheard
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 ($)||27.746m||30.364m||26.347m||25.749m||25.048m||26.468m||25.647m||22.989m|
|Recurrent Revenue ($)||32.952m||28.526m||30.377m||28.501m||28.293m||30.940m||27.183m||28.421m|
|- Rates and Charges||15.154m||14.749m||13.806m||12.944m||12.053m||11.362m||8.871m||9.773m|
|- VGC Grants||4.268m||4.306m||4.395m||4.396m||4.281m||4.166m||4.029m||3.790m|
|Non-Recurrent Government Grants
|Recurrent Government Grants