Yarra Ranges offers a mixture of urban and rural communities.
Around 70% of the Shire's population live in the 'urban' areas of the Shire that represents approximately 3% of its landmass in the west of the shire. The remaining population is distributed throughout rural areas.
There are over 55 suburbs, townships, small communities and rural areas within the Shire, making it one of the most diverse of any municipality in the State.
The municipality is home to significant natural reserves and boasts popular areas such as the Dandenong Ranges and the Upper Yarra Valley.
The main industries include electrical equipment and appliance manufacturing, agriculture, building construction.
Yarra Ranges is part of the Interface council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.
Badger Creek, Beenak, Belgrave, Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South, Big Pats Creek, Cambarville, Chirnside Park, Chum Creek, Clematis, Coldstream, Dixons Creek, Don Valley, Emerald, Fernshaw, Ferny Creek, Gilderoy, Gladysdale, Gruyere, Healesville, Hoddles Creek, Kallista, Kalorama, Kilsyth, Launching Place, Lilydale, Lysterfield, Macclesfield, Matlock, McMahons Creek, Menzies Creek, Millgrove, Monbulk, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, Mount Toolebewong, Narre Warren East, Olinda, Powelltown, Reefton, Sassafras, Selby, Seville, Seville East, Sherbrooke, Silvan, Steels Creek, Tarrawarra, Tecoma, The Patch, Three Bridges, Toolangi, Toorongo, Tremont, Upper Ferntree Gully, Upwey, Wandin East, Wandin North, Warburton, Warburton East, Wesburn, Woori Yallock, Yarra Glen, Yarra Junction, Yellingbo and Yering.
For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.
Yarra Ranges Shire Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 9 wards and 9 councillors.
Councillors are elected through preferential voting. Since 2008, all Victorian councillors serve a four year term. The next general election is in October 2020.
9 Councillors elected in October 2016.
Billanook - Cr Tim Heenan
Chandler - Cr Tony Stevenson - Mayor
Chirnside - Cr Richard Higgins - Deputy Mayor
Lyster - Cr Mike Clarke
Melba - Cr Terry Avery
O'Shannassy - Cr Jim Child
Ryrie - Cr Fiona McAllister
Streeton - Cr Noel Cliff
Walling - Cr Len Cox
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 ($)||170.139m||160.220m||160.682m||155.061m||150.889m||163.846m||140.987m||125.736m|
|Recurrent Revenue ($)||191.208m||174.433m||176.777m||154.257m||157.974m||159.748m||147.511m||114.293m|
|- Rates and Charges||130.038m||125.269m||120.228m||114.274m||108.669m||102.374m||96.914m||87.056m|
|- VGC Grants||13.506m||14.014m||14.137m||14.451m||14.150m||13.651m||13.144m||12.456m|
|Non-Recurrent Government Grants
|Recurrent Government Grants