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Indigo Shire

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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.

Community Satisfaction

Indigo Shire Council Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Results

Annual Report

Indigo Shire Council Annual Report 2019/20


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7 Councillors elected in October 2020.

Unsubdivided - Cr Bernard Gaffney 

Unsubdivided - Cr Sophie Price

Unsubdivided - Cr Jenny O'Connor - Mayor

Unsubdivided - Cr Peter Croucher - Deputy Mayor

Unsubdivided - Cr Larry Goldsworthy

Unsubdivided - Cr Roberta Horne

Unsubdivided - Cr Diane Shepheard

Population data

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

  • 2016 15,465 
  • 2021 15,689 
  • 2026 15,983 
  • 2031 16,346 


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 ($) 29.507m 29.879m 29.316m 27.746m 30.364m 26.347m 25.749m 25.048m 26.468m 25.647m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 33.820m 32.390m 32.513m 32.952m 28.526m 30.377m 28.501m 28.293m 30.940m 27.183m
- Rates and Charges 17.012m 16.305m 15.694m 15.154m 14.749m 13.806m 12.944m 12.053m 11.362m 8.871m
- VGC Grants 4.904m 4.711m 4.431m 4.268m 4.306m 4.395m 4.396m 4.281m 4.166m 4.029m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
3.834m 3.202m 1.487m 1.810m 1.866m 2.375m 5.824m 4.502m 6.533m 3.541m
Recurrent Government Grants
6.514m 5.698m 10.154m 5.673m 1.688m 1.582m 1.747m 1.924m 2.124m 3.711m

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