With a population of almost 16,000, Southern Grampians covers an area of 6,655 square kilometres. Hamilton is the regional hub hosting major retail and services supported by nine smaller towns.
Agriculture, with its associated industries, is the largest employment sector with this intensive agricultural production contributing significantly to the Victorian and Australian economies. Processing, manufacturing, research and development, engineering, retail, tourism, aged and health care services and education are also important employment sectors across the Shire.
Balmoral, Bellfield, Bochara, Branxholme, Brit Brit, Buckley Swamp, Bulart, Byaduk, Byaduk North, Caramut, Carapook, Cavendish, Cherrypool, Clover Flat, Coleraine, Coojar, Croxton East, Culla, Dunkeld, Englefield, Gatum, Gazette, Glenisla, Glenthompson, Grampians, Gringegalgona, Gritjurk, Hamilton, Harrow, Hensley Park, Hilgay, Karabeal, Konongwootong, Melville Forest, Mirranatwa, Mooralla, Morgiana, Mount Napier, Moutajup, Muntham, Nareeb, Nareen, Penshurst, Pigeon Ponds, Purdeet, Rocklands, Strathkellar, Tabor, Tahara, Tarrayoukyan, Tarrenlea, Tarrington, Vasey, Victoria Point, Victoria Valley, Wando Vale, Wannon, Warrayure, Woodhouse, Woohlpooer, Wootong Vale, Yatchaw and Yulecart.
For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.
7 Councillors elected in October 2020.
Unsubdivided - Cr Bruach Colliton - Mayor
Unsubdivided - Cr Albert Calvano
Unsubdivided - Cr Katrina Rainsford
Unsubdivided - Cr Mary-Ann Brown
Unsubdivided - Cr Helen Henry
Unsubdivided - Cr Greg McAdam
Unsubdivided - Cr David Robertson - Deputy 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 ($)||65.246m||44.726m||53.695m||38.840m||40.531m||38.670m||35.999m||38.696m||35.230m||31.135m|
|Recurrent Revenue ($)||69.173m||48.330m||50.628m||38.332m||40.877m||34.706m||40.091m||40.745m||34.494m||31.987m|
|- Rates and Charges||20.206m||19.706m||19.017m||18.434m||17.159m||16.415m||15.309m
|- VGC Grants||7.479m||6.953m||6.715m||6.655m||6.740m||6.833m||6.808m||6.562m||6.379m||5.930m|
|Non-Recurrent Government Grants
|Recurrent Government Grants