Strategically located just 40 kilometres north of Melbourne, Mitchell Shire is Victoria’s fastest growing municipality. As an interface growth area, we offer a mix of rural and urban living with affordable housing and a diversity of lifestyle and housing choices. Mitchell Shire has an estimated population of 49,000. In the next 25-30 years it is expected that 270,000 people will call Mitchell home. It is anticipated that most of this growth will occur in and around the southern townships of Beveridge, Kilmore/Kilmore East and Wallan.
We have a high commuter workforce and our community relies heavily on regional rail and road networks to travel to and from work and for day to day community activities. Key employers within the shire include Puckapunyal Military Area, Council, hospitals, health services, schools and childcare, retail and services, Ralphs Meats and Nestle. Our agricultural, equine and tourism industries are also important contributors to our local economy.
Our rolling foothills, open farmland, mountain ranges, rivers, creeks and natural environment are key attributes of our landscape amenity. This also means parts of our municipality are subject to natural disasters such as fires, storms and floods. At 2,862 square kilometres , we are a large municipality with many larger and smaller townships and communities.
Mitchell is part of the Large Shire council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.
Avenel, Beveridge, Broadford, Bylands, Clonbinane, Dysart, Emu Flat, Flowerdale, Forbes, Glenaroua, Glenhope, Glenhope East, Heathcote Junction, Heathcote South, High Camp, Highlands, Hilldene, Kilmore, Kilmore East, Kobyboyn, Mangalore, Mia Mia, Moranding, Northwood, Nulla Vale, Puckapunyal, Pyalong, Reedy Creek, Seymour, Sugarloaf Creek, Sunday Creek, Tallarook, Tarcombe, Tooborac, Trawool, Tyaak, Upper Plenty, Wallan, Wandong, Waterford Park, Whiteheads Creek and Willowmavin. For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.
For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.
Mitchell Shire Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 3 wards and 9 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 independent Electoral Representation Review was conducted prior to the 2012 elections.
9 Councillors elected in October 2016.
Central - Cr David Atkinson - Deputy Mayor
Central - Cr Bob Humm
Central - Cr Annie Goble
North - Cr Bill Chisholm
North - Cr Rhonda Sanderson
North - Cr Fiona Stevens
South - Cr Bob Cornish
South - Cr Rob Eldridge
South - Cr David Lowe - Mayor
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 ($)||56.403m||55.294m||57.452m||54.962m||56.448m||51.388m||50.603m||43.889m||37.967m|
|Recurrent Revenue ($)||81.557m||79.363m||64.733m||69.852m||58.972m||63.309m||71.303m||44.523m||42.072m|
|- Rates and Charges||40.382m
|- VGC Grants||6.919m||6.758m||6.578m||6.387m||6.273m||6.119m||6.071m||5.758m||5.491m|
|Non-Recurrent Government Grants
|Recurrent Government Grants