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Shire of Buloke

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Buloke Shire Council
Location in Victoria
Population6,184 (2018)[1]
 • Density0.77/km2 (2.00/sq mi)
Gazetted20 January 1995[2]
Area8,000 km2 (3,088.8 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Daryl Warren
Council seatWycheproof
RegionNorthern Victoria
State electorate(s)Mildura
Federal Division(s)Mallee
WebsiteBuloke Shire Council
LGAs around Buloke Shire Council:
Mildura Swan Hill Gannawarra
Yarriambiack Buloke Shire Council Loddon
Yarriambiack Northern Grampians Loddon

The Shire of Buloke is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, located in the western part of the state. It covers an area of 8,000 square kilometres (3,100 sq mi) and, in June 2018, had a population of 6,184.[1] It includes the towns of Birchip, Charlton, Donald, Sea Lake and Wycheproof. It was formed in 1995 from the amalgamation of the Shire of Wycheproof, Shire of Birchip, Shire of Charlton, Shire of Donald, and parts of the Shire of Kara Kara.[2]

The Shire is governed and administered by the Buloke Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the Council headquarters in Wycheproof, it also has service centres located in Birchip, Charlton, Donald and Sea Lake. The Shire is named after a major geographical feature in the region, Lake Buloke, which is located in the south of the LGA; the name also comes from the "buloke" or "bulloak" tree Allocasuarina luehmannii, which is common in the region.[3]

Within the Shire, agriculture, particularly grain production, is the predominant source of income and employment.[3]


Current composition

The Council is composed of three wards and seven Councillors, with three Councillors elected to represent the Mount Jeffcott Ward and two Councillors per remaining ward elected to represent each of the other wards.[4]

Ward Councillor Notes
Lower Avoca   Carolyn Stewarr
  David Pollard
Mallee   David Vis Deputy Mayor 2020-21
  Alan Getley
Mount Jeffcott   Graeme Milne
  Bronwyn Simpson
  Daryl Warren Mayor 2020-21

Administration and governance

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

Main towns in shire

In June 2018 the shire had a population of 6,184.[1]

Town Population
Berriwillock 184
Birchip 702
Buckrabanyule 51
Charlton 1,050
Coonooer Bridge 16
Culgoa 101
Donald 1,498
Gil Gil 12
Jil Jil 18
Nandaly 39
Nullawil 93
Sea Lake 640
Tyrrell Downs 11
Watchem 114
Whirily 30
Wilkur 49
Wycheproof 635
Yeungroon 31

Traditional owners

The traditional owners of this area are the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagalk and Dja Dja Wurrung.

See also


  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). "S4 of 1995: Order estg (Part 4) the Shire of Buloke". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 20 January 1995). p. 3. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Buloke Shire". Buloke Shire Council. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  4. ^ Local Government in Victoria. "Buloke Shire Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014.

Coordinates: 36°00′00″S 142°59′16″E / 36.00000°S 142.98778°E / -36.00000; 142.98778

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