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Surf Coast Shire

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Surf Coast Shire is between 75 and 125 kilometres south west of the Melbourne GPO, and between 12 and 60 kilometres south west of Geelong.

The Shire has grown rapidly, with Torquay/Jan Juc averaging around 5% annual increase in resident population. It is a popular tourist and surfing area with strong connections to Geelong. These service industries make a substantial contribution to the local economy, and the popular Great Ocean Road attracts many visitors.

Other important industries include agriculture, tourism, electricity supply, building construction.

Surf Coast is part of the Large Shire council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.  

Localities

Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Bambra, Barrabool, Bellbrae, Bells Beach, Benwerrin, Big Hill, Birregurra, Boonah, Breamlea, Buckley, Connewarre, Deans Marsh, Eastern View, Fairhaven, Freshwater Creek, Gherang, Gnarwarre, Inverleigh, Jan Juc, Lorne, Modewarre, Moggs Creek, Moriac, Mount Duneed, Mount Moriac, Ombersley, Paraparap, Pennyroyal, Torquay, Wensleydale, Winchelsea, Winchelsea South and Wurdiboluc.

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

Community Satisfaction

Surf Coast Shire Council Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Results

Annual Report

Surf Coast Shire Council Annual Report 2019/20

Elections

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Councillors

9 Councillors elected in October 2020.


Anglesea - Cr Mike Bodsworth

Anglesea - Cr Libby Stapleton - Mayor

Lorne - Cr Gary Allen

Torquay - Cr Rose Hodge

Torquay - Cr Paul Barker

Torquay - Cr Kate Gazzard 

Torquay - Cr Liz Pattison - Deputy Mayor

Winchelsea - Cr Adrian Schonfelder

Winchelsea - Cr Heather Wellington

Population data

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

  • 2016 29,386 
  • 2021 32,312
  • 2026 35,930 
  • 2031 39,577 

Finances

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 ($) 87.366m 80.103m 67.880m 65.982m 60.076m 56.552m 60.655m 53.629m 56.643m 47.248m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 83.435m 85.414m 79.474m 74.346m 67.225m 65.742m 60.426m 58.653m 60.362m 54.354m
- Rates and Charges 54.923m 52.285m 49.632m 47.849m 45.636m 42.984m 41.554m 37.761m 35.684m 33.678m
- VGC Grants 4.648m 4.350m 4.088m 3.701m 3.620m 3.647m 3.571m 3.423m 3.296m 3.089m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
4.551m
7.520m
5.122m
1.232m
2.414m
3.094m
4.740m
6.237m
10.381m
4.805m
Recurrent Government Grants
9.645m
7.926m
10.071m
11.926m
7.637m
4.002m
2.456m
1.833m
1.898m
4.977m

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