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Golden Plains Shire

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Golden Plains Shire
Typical scenery of the Golden Plains Shire.
Population23,120 (2018)[1]
 • Density8.553/km2 (22.153/sq mi)
Gazetted6 May 1994[2]
Area2,703 km2 (1,043.6 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Owen Sharkey
Council seatBannockburn
RegionWestern Victoria
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
WebsiteGolden Plains Shire
LGAs around Golden Plains Shire:
Pyrenees Ballarat Moorabool
Corangamite Golden Plains Shire Greater Geelong
Corangamite Colac Otway Surf Coast

The Golden Plains Shire is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, located in the western part of the state. It covers an area of 2,703 square kilometres (1,044 sq mi) and in June 2018, had a population of 23,120.[1] It includes the towns of Bannockburn, Dereel, Gheringhap, Lethbridge, Linton, Berringa, Teesdale, Rokewood and Meredith.

The Shire was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the Shire of Bannockburn, Shire of Leigh, Shire of Grenville and part of the Shire of Buninyong. Upon its creation, it was known as the Southern Rural Shire, intended to exist temporarily until the Local Government Board drew up final council boundaries for the Ballarat region.[3] However, a few months later it was decided to make the municipality permanent, and it was renamed to its current name on 1 October 1994.[2][4]

The Shire is governed and administered by the Golden Plains Shire Council. Its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the Council headquarters in Bannockburn, and it also has a service centre located in Linton.


Current composition

The council is composed of seven councillors elected to represent an unsubdivided municipality. The current councillors, in order of election at the 2020 election, are:[5]

Ward Party Councillor Notes
Unsubdivided   Independent Brett Cunningham
  Independent Owen Sharkey
  Independent Ian Getsom
  Independent Helena Kirby
  Greens Gavin Gamble
  Independent Clayton Whitfield
  Independent Les Rowe

Administration and governance

The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Bannockburn Municipal Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at both its administrative centre in Bannockburn, and its service centre in Linton.

Main towns in shire

In June 2018 the shire had a population of 23,210.[1]

Locality Total
Bamganie 37
Bannockburn 5,283
Barunah Park 27
Batesford 952
Berringa 167
Cambrian Hill 251
Cape Clear 125
Corindhap 132
Dereel 533
Durdidwarrah 9
Enfield 538
Garibaldi 123
Locality Total
Gheringhap 155
Grenville 99
Haddon 1,194
Happy Valley 85
Hesse 19
Illabarook 32
Inverleigh 1,474
Lethbridge 1,014
Linton 580
Mannibadar 80
Maude 223
Meredith 788
Locality Total
Mount Mercer 69
Murgheboluc 131
Napoleons 533
Newtown 122
Nintingbool 173
Piggoreet 37
Pitfield 48
Rokewood 217
Rokewood Junction 32
Ross Creek 1,153
Russells Bridge 67
Scarsdale 744
Locality Total
Shelford 253
She Oaks 107
Smythesdale 1,032
Springdallah 26
Staffordshire Reef 45
Steiglitz 53
Stonehaven 81
Sutherlands Creek 108
Teesdale 1,721
Wallinduc 37
Werneth 60
Willowvale 7


  1. ^ a b c d "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "Order establishing (Part 3) the Southern Rural Shire". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 6 May 1994). p. 1. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Golden Plains Shire 20th Annual Report" (PDF). Golden Plains Shire. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  4. ^ Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "Order to provide transitional arrangements for the Golden Plains Shire Council in respect of its proposed budget for the 1995–1996 financial year". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 24 August 1995). p. 1. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Golden Plains Shire Council election results 2020". Retrieved 11 November 2020.

Coordinates: 38°01′00″S 143°58′00″E / 38.01667°S 143.96667°E / -38.01667; 143.96667

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