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Northern Grampians Shire

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The Northern Grampians Shire is located to the north east of the Grampians and about 230 kms north west of Melbourne.

Its economy is based on agriculture, gold mining, tourism, wine production and manufacturing. Stawell, the main centre, is home to brick, textiles and meat production, while the Grampians area is a popular holiday destination.

The main industries include agriculture, metal ore mining, meat and meat product manufacturing, other food manufacturing.

Northern Grampians is part of the Small Shire council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.  


Archdale, Archdale Junction, Avon Plains, Banyena, Barkly, Beazleys Bridge, Bellellen, Bellfield, Black Range, Bolangum, Bridge Inn, Brimpaen, Bulgana, Callawadda, Campbells Bridge, Carapooee, Carapooee West, Cherrypool, Concongella, Coonooer Bridge, Coonooer West, Cope Cope, Crowlands, Dadswells Bridge, Dalyenong, Darkbonee, Deep Lead, Dunneworthy, Elberton, Emu, Fyans Creek, Germania, Glenisla, Glenorchy, Gooroc, Gowar East, Grays Bridge, Gre Gre, Gre Gre North, Gre Gre South, Great Western, Greens Creek, Halls Gap, Illawarra, Joel Joel, Joel South, Kanya, Kooreh, Laen, Laharum, Lake Fyans, Lake Lonsdale, Landsborough West, Ledcourt, Logan, Lubeck, Marnoo, Marnoo East, Marnoo West, Mitchells Hill, Mokepilly, Moolerr, Morrl Morrl, Mount Dryden, Moyreisk, Natte Yallock, Navarre, Paradise, Pomonal, Redbank, Riachella, Rich Avon East, Rich Avon West, Roses Gap, Rostron, Rupanyup, Shays Flat, Slaty Creek, St Arnaud, St Arnaud East, St Arnaud North, Stawell, Stuart Mill, Sutherland, Swanwater, Swanwater West, Tottington, Traynors Lagoon, Tulkara, Wal Wal, Wallaloo, Wallaloo East, Wartook, Wattle Creek, Winjallok, York Plains and Zumsteins.

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

Community Satisfaction

Local Government Community Satisfaction Statewide Survey Results

Annual Report

Northern Grampians Shire Council Annual Report 2019/20


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7 Councillors elected in October 2020.

Central - Cr Kevin Erwin 

Kara Kara - Cr Tony Driscoll

Kara Kara - Cr Eddy Ostarcevic PhD

South West - Cr Trevor Gready

Stawell - Cr Murray Emerson - Mayor

Stawell - Cr Lauren Dempsey

Stawell - Cr Rob Haswell

Population data

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

  • 2016 11,420 
  • 2021 11,119 
  • 2026 10,931
  • 2031 10,820 


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 ($) 36.927m 34.991m 39.848m 33.408m 32.048m 31.052m 32.911m 33.794m 32.118m 27.046m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 40.013m 39.272m 35.885m 36.141m 29.334m 33.473m 30.658m 42.379m 41.080m 35.801m
- Rates and Charges 17.857m 17.443m 16.807m 16.370m 15.913m 15.058m 14.254m 13.666m 12.730m 11.759m
- VGC Grants 7.838m 7.455m 6.940m 6.693m 6.645m 6.525m 6.370m 6.039m 5.910m 5.765m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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