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Shire of Moorabool

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Shire of Moorabool
Location in Victoria
Population34,158 (2018)[1]
 • Density16.181/km2 (41.908/sq mi)
Gazetted6 May 1994[2]
Area2,111 km2 (815.1 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Tom Sullivan
Council seatBacchus Marsh
RegionWestern Victoria
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Ballarat
WebsiteShire of Moorabool
LGAs around Shire of Moorabool:
Hepburn Hepburn Macedon Ranges
Ballarat Shire of Moorabool Melton
Golden Plains Greater Geelong Wyndham

The Shire of Moorabool is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, located in the western part of the state. It covers an area of 2,111 square kilometres (815 sq mi) and, in June 2018, had a population of 34,158.[1] It includes the towns of Ballan, Bacchus Marsh, Balliang, Mount Wallace, Myrniong, Blackwood, Greendale, Gordon, Korweinguboora and Mount Egerton, Bungaree, Elaine and Wallace. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the Shire of Bacchus Marsh, Shire of Ballan and parts of the Shire of Bungaree and City of Werribee.[2][3]

The Shire is governed and administered by the Moorabool Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Ballan, it also has service centres located in Bacchus Marsh and Darley. The Shire is named after the Moorabool River, a major geographical feature that meanders through the area, which is named after the Wathawurrung word moo-roo-bul referring to Bunyip-like creature that lives in the river.[4]


Current composition

The council is composed of four wards and seven councillors, with four councillors elected to represent the East Moorabool Ward and one councillor per remaining ward elected to represent each of the other wards.[5]

Ward Councillor Notes
Central Moorabool   Paul Tatchell
East Moorabool   Rod Ward
  Tonia Dudzik
  Moira Berry
  David Edwards
West Moorabool   Tom Sullivan Mayor
Woodlands   Ally Munari


Administration and governance

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

Main towns in shire

In June 2018 the shire had a population of 34,158.[1]

Locality Total
Bacchus Marsh 6,394
Ballan 2,985
Balliang East 147
Barkstead 42
Barrys Reef 36
Beremboke 149
Blackwood 295
Blakeville 29
Bolwarrah 25
Bullarook 99
Bunding 55
Bungal 43
Bungaree 269
Cargerie 35
Locality Total
Clarendon 145
Claretown 24
Clarkes Hill 67
Coimadai 416
Colbrook 29
Dales Creek 398
Darley 8,372
Dunnstown 244
Elaine 228
Fiskville 19
Glen Park 103
Glenmore 122
Gordon 1,151
Greendale 602
Locality Total
Hopetoun Park 798
Ingliston 50
Korobeit 77
Korweinguboora 168
Lal Lal 476
Leigh Creek 63
Lerderderg 0
Long Forest 361
Maddingley 3,453
Meredith 788
Merrimu 374
Millbrook 156
Mollongghip 89
Morrisons 128
Locality Total
Mount Doran 130
Mount Wallace 113
Myrniong 404
Navigators 253
Parwan 170
Pentland Hills 185
Pootilla 75
Rowsley 192
Scotsburn 258
Spargo Creek 36
Springbank 111
Wallace 187
Wattle Flat 97
Yendon 307


  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). "S23 of 1994: Order estg (Part 4) the Shire of Moorabool". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 9 May 1994). p. 1. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  3. ^ Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "S97 of 1994: Order altg (Part 22) the Shire of Moorabool". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 15 December 1994). p. 10. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  4. ^ Massola, Aldo (1968). Bunjil's Cave. Lansdowne Press. ISBN 9780391019621.
  5. ^ Local Government in Victoria. "Moorabool Shire Council". Councillors. Moorabool Shire Council. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
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The Shire
The Shire

Coordinates: 37°36′00″S 144°15′00″E / 37.60000°S 144.25000°E / -37.60000; 144.25000

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