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Shire of Glenelg

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Glenelg Shire
Municipal offices in Portland
Location in Victoria
Population19,665 (2018)[1]
 • Density3.1621/km2 (8.1898/sq mi)
Gazetted23 September 1994[2]
Area6,219 km2 (2,401.2 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Anita Rank
Council seatPortland
RegionBarwon South West
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Wannon
WebsiteGlenelg Shire
LGAs around Glenelg Shire:
Wattle Range (SA) West Wimmera Southern Grampians
Grant (SA) Glenelg Shire Moyne
Grant (SA) Southern Ocean Southern Ocean

The Glenelg Shire is a local government area in the Barwon South West region of Victoria, Australia, located in the south-western part of the state. It covers an area of 6,219 square kilometres (2,401 sq mi) and in June 2018 had a population of 19,665.[1] It includes the towns of Casterton, Heywood, Merino and Portland. Although a shire of the same name existed before the amalgamations of the mid-1990s, the current Shire was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the former Shire of Glenelg with the Shire of Heywood and City of Portland.[2][3]

The Shire is governed and administered by the Glenelg Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Portland, it also has service centres located in Casterton and Heywood. The Shire is named after the Glenelg River, a major geographical feature that meanders through the Shire.

At the 2001 Census, the population of the Shire was distributed in the following way: Portland: 49.7%, Casterton: 8.7%, Heywood: 6.3%, Dartmoor: 1.3%, Merino: 1.1%, Narrawong: 0.9% and Rural Balance: 32%.

Service industries, timber production, grazing and manufacturing are the Shire's main economic activities.[4]

Traditional ownership

The formally recognised traditional owners for the area in which Glenelg Shire sits are the Gunditjmara People[5] who are represented by the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation.[6]


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:[7]

Ward Party Councilor Notes
Unsubdivided   Independent Gilbert Wilson
  Independent Anita Rank
  Independent Karen Stephens
  Independent Martin Scott
  Independent Michael Carr
  Independent Chrissy Hawker
  Independent Jayden Smith

Administration and governance

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

Towns within the shire

In June 2018 the shire had a population of 19,665.[1]

Town Population
Allestree 128
Bessiebelle 98
Bolwarra 601
Cape Bridgewater 150
Casterton 1,668
Condah 121
Dartmoor 322
Digby 124
Drumborg 152
Gorae West 227
Heathmere 237
Henty 60
Heywood 1,726
Hotspur 45
Merino 253
Narrawong 387
Nelson 190
Paschendale 30
Portland 9,712
Sandford 144
Strathdownie 183
Tahara 36
Tyrendarra 212
Wallacedale 113
Wando Vale 104
Winnap 20

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 "Part 6—Shire of Glenelg". Victoria Government Gazette (1837-1997) (S63 ed.). Melbourne: Government of Victoria. 1994: 5. 23 September 1994. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Part 7—Glenelg Shire". Victoria Government Gazette (1837–1997) (S4 ed.). Melbourne: Government of Victoria. 1994: 4. 20 January 1995. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Glenelg Shire". Know Your Council. Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Map of formally recognised traditional owners". Aboriginal Victoria. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal". Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Glenelg Shire Council election results 2020". Retrieved 11 November 2020.

Coordinates: 38°00′00″S 141°40′00″E / 38.00000°S 141.66667°E / -38.00000; 141.66667

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