Loddon Shire is located 175 kms north west of Melbourne and within the central Victorian goldfields which is part of the area known as Victoria’s ‘Golden Triangle’. It has an area of almost 6,700 square kilometres.
The geography of the Shire is diverse with rolling hills and box-ironbark forests, granite outcrops, pockets of premium agricultural land as well as the river in the south which brings tourist and lifestyle benefits. In contrast, the northern part of the Shire features broad flat plains of dry land, wetlands, rivers, lakes, woodlands and irrigated farming areas as well as granite outcrops and well-preserved heritage and cultural features.
Agriculture is the main activity, with traditional produce including fat lambs, fine wool, dairy, poultry, pigs and cereal cropping. Recently more intensive forms of agriculture and horticulture have developed - including wine grapes, tomato growing, olives, oil seeds, pulses, and fodder crops, particularly in the irrigated areas in the north of the Shire and along the Loddon River. The municipality is characterised by a number of small towns dispersed throughout the area. Wineries and historic and natural attractions complement agricultural activity.
Loddon is part of the Small Shire council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.
Appin South, Arnold, Arnold West, Auchmore, Barraport, Barraport West, Bealiba, Bears Lagoon, Berrimal, Boort, Borung, Brenanah, Bridgewater, Bridgewater North, Bridgewater on London, Buckrabanyule, Burkes Flat, Calivil, Campbells Forest, Canary Island, Catumnal, Cochranes Creek, Coonooer Bridge, Derby, Dingee, Dunolly, Durham Ox, Eastville, Eddington, Emu, Fentons Creek, Fernihurst, Fiery Flat, Gladfield, Glenalbyn, Glenloth East, Goldsborough, Gowar East, Gredgwin, Horfield, Inglewood, Inkerman, Jarklin, Jungaburra, Kamarooka, Kamarooka North, Kingower, Kinypanial, Korong Vale, Kurraca, Kurraca West, Kurting, Laanecoorie, Lake Marmal, Lake Meran, Leaghur, Leichardt, Leitchville, Llanelly, Loddon Vale, Logan, Macorna, Marong, McIntyre, Meering West, Milloo, Mincha, Minmindie, Mitiamo, Moliagul, Mologa, Murphys Creek, Mysia, Newbridge, Nine Mile, Painswick, Pompapiel, Powlett Plains, Prairie, Pyramid Hill, Raywood, Rheola, Richmond Plains, Salisbury West, Sebastian, Serpentine, Shelbourne, Skinners Flat, Slaty Creek, Sylvaterre, Tandarra, Tarnagulla, Terrappee, Terrick Terrick, Terrick Terrick East, Waanyarra, Wedderburn, Wedderburn Junction, Wehla, Woodstock On Loddon, Woodstock West, Woolshed Flat, Woosang, Wychitella, Wychitella North, Yando, Yarraberb, Yarrawalla and Yeungroon East.
For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.
Loddon Shire Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 5 wards and 5 Councillors.
Councillors in the 5 single member wards are elected through preferential voting. Since 2008, all Victorian Councillors serve a four year term. The next general election is in October 2020.
The council's independent Electoral Representation Review was conducted prior to the 2012 elections.
5 Councillors elected in October 2016.
Boort - Cr Neil Beattie
Inglewood - Cr Colleen Condliffe
Tarnagulla - Cr Geoff Curnow
Terrick - Cr Cheryl McKinnon - Mayor
Wedderburn - Cr Gavan Holt
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 ($)||44.235m||33.721m||28.281m||26.510m||26.454m||26.395m||45.339m||25.023m||24.983m||21.351m|
|Recurrent Revenue ($)||45.513m||32.968m||32.788m||26.298m||31.826m||22.556m||43.632m||38.845m||33.977m||21.484m|
|- Rates and Charges||10.751m||10.446m||10.103m||9.743m||9.172m||8.652m||8.157m||7.732m||7.232m||6.885m|
|- VGC Grants||8.841m||8.220m||7.961m||7.898m||7.721m||7.531m||6.995m||6.827m||6.622m||6.174m|
|Non-Recurrent Government Grants
|Recurrent Government Grants