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Warrnambool City

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Warrnambool is the principal service centre for south-western Victoria, as well as being a popular retirement and tourist destination.

The city boasts a campus of Deakin University and contains a significant health-care sector. 

Major industries and services include retail, tourism, education, health, dairy, meat processing and construction.

Warnambool is part of the Regional City council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here. 


Allansford, Bushfield, Dennington, Illowa, Warrnambool, Woodford and Yangery.

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

Community Satisfaction

Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Statewide Results 

Annual Report

Warrnambool City council Annual Report 2017/2018


Warrnambool City Council is an unsubdivided municipality consisting of 7 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 next independent Electoral Representation Review is scheduled to be conducted prior to the 2028 elections. 

Visit the Guide for more information on Council Elections.
Visit the Victorian Electoral Commission for more elections details.


7 Councillors elected in October 2016.

Unsubdivided - Cr Kylie Gaston 

Unsubdivided - Cr Peter Hulin

Unsubdivided - Cr Michael Neoh

Unsubdivided - Cr Robert Anderson 

Unsubdivided - Cr Sue Cassidy

Unsubdivided - Cr Tony Herbert - Mayor

Unsubdivided - Cr David Owen

Population data

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

  • 2016 33,948
  • 2021 35,712 
  • 2026 37,271 
  • 2031 38,708 


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.

  2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 72.115m 66.612m 64.928m 61.712m 61.035m 61.462m 52.487m 52.815m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 83.780m 78.656m 72.197m 68.096m 66.111m 65.170m 61.650m 53.328m
- Rates and Charges 34.326m 33.096m 30.965m 29.176m 27.596m 26.237m 24.006m 22.194m
- VGC Grants 3.529m 3.514m 3.543m 3.532m 3.532m 3.493m 3.397m 3.271m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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