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Shire of Pyrenees

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Shire of Pyrenees
Location in Victoria
Population7,353 (2018)[1]
 • Density2.1406/km2 (5.5442/sq mi)
Gazetted23 September 1994[2]
Area3,435 km2 (1,326.3 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Tanya Kehoe
Council seatBeaufort
RegionWestern Victoria
State electorate(s)Ripon
Federal Division(s)Wannon
WebsiteShire of Pyrenees
LGAs around Shire of Pyrenees:
Northern Grampians Northern Grampians Central Goldfields
Ararat Shire of Pyrenees Hepburn, Ballarat
Ararat Corangamite Golden Plains
The Pyrenees Shire Council offices in Beaufort
The Pyrenees Shire Council offices in Beaufort

The Shire of Pyrenees is a local government area (LGA) in Victoria, Australia, located in the western part of the state. It covers an area of 3,435 square kilometres (1,326 sq mi) and in June 2018 had a population of 7,353.[1]

It includes the towns of Avoca, Beaufort, Lexton and Trawalla. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the Shire of Avoca, Shire of Lexton and Shire of Ripon.[2][3]

The Shire is governed and administered by the Pyrenees Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Beaufort, it also has a service centre located in Avoca. The Shire is named after the major geographical feature in the region, The Pyrenees Ranges which also gives its name to the Pyrenees wine region, which is located in the north of the Local Government Area.


Current composition

The council is composed of five wards and five councillors, with one councillor per ward elected to represent each ward.[4]

Ward Councillor Notes
Avoca   Ron Eason
Beaufort   Damian Ferrari
De Cameron   Robert Vance
Ercildoune   David Clark
Mount Emu   Tanya Kehoe

Administration and governance

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

Main towns in shire

In June 2018 the shire had a population of 7,353.[1]

Town Population
Amphitheatre 248
Avoca 1,193
Barkly 43
Beaufort 1,539
Bung Bong 51
Carngham 146
Lexton 149
Moonambel 167
Mount Lonarch 42
Natte Yallock 188
Navarre 241
Raglan 456
Redbank 94
Snake Valley 743
Streatham 156
Trawalla 224
Wareek 68
Waterloo 110
Waubra 275

Traditional owners

The traditional owners of this land are the Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Wotjobaluk and Eastern Maar.[5]


  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). "S63 of 1994: Order estg the Shire of Pyrenees". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 23 September 1994). pp. 16–23. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  3. ^ Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "S4 of 1995: Order altg (Part 12) the Shire of Pyrenees". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 20 January 1995). p. 5. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  4. ^ Local Government in Victoria. "Pyrenees Shire Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Reconciliation". Retrieved 1 May 2021.

Coordinates: 37°10′00″S 143°25′00″E / 37.16667°S 143.41667°E / -37.16667; 143.41667

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