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Shire of Southern Grampians

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Shire of Southern Grampians
Location in Victoria
Population16,135 (2018)[1]
 • Density2.42486/km2 (6.2804/sq mi)
Gazetted23 September 1994[2]
Area6,654 km2 (2,569.1 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Chris Sharples (since 2019)
Council seatHamilton
RegionBarwon South West
State electorate(s)Lowan
Federal Division(s)Wannon
WebsiteShire of Southern Grampians
LGAs around Shire of Southern Grampians:
West Wimmera Horsham Northern Grampians
Glenelg Shire of Southern Grampians Ararat
Glenelg Moyne Moyne

The Shire of Southern Grampians is a local government area (LGA) in the Barwon South West region of Victoria, Australia, located in the south-western part of the state. It covers an area of 6,654 square kilometres (2,569 sq mi) and in June 2018 had a population of 16,135.[1] It includes the towns of Coleraine, Hamilton, Dunkeld and Penshurst. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the City of Hamilton, Shire of Wannon and parts of the Shire of Dundas, Shire of Kowree, Shire of Mount Rouse and Shire of Heywood.[2][3]

The Shire is governed and administered by the Southern Grampians Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Hamilton, it also has service centres located in a couple of other locations within Hamilton. The Shire is named after the major geographical feature in the region, The Grampians, and that the southern part of this feature occupies the northern part of the LGA.

Traditional owners

The traditional owners of this shire are the Gunditjmara, Tjap Wurrung and Bunganditj people.[4]


Current composition

The council is composed of seven councillors elected to represent an unsubdivided municipality.[5]

Ward Councillor Notes
Unsubdivided   Cathy Armstrong
  Mary-Ann Brown (Mayor 2016-17)
  Albert Calvano (Mayor 2013-14)
  Colin Dunkley
  Greg Mcadam
  Katrina Rainsford
  Chris Sharples (Mayor 2019 onwards)

Administration and governance

The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Hamilton Municipal Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at both its administrative centre on Brown Street in Hamilton, and its service centres on Market Pl and Roberts St in Hamilton.

Main towns in shire

In June 2018 the shire had a population of 16,135.[1]

Town Population
Balmoral 294
Branxholme 351
Byaduk 123
Cavendish 334
Coleraine 1,029
Dunkeld 678
Glenthompson 232
Hamilton 8,888
Harrow 200
Konongwootong 50
Penshurst 622
Pigeon Ponds 29
Tabor 39
Tahara 36
Tarrington 301

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). "S63 of 1994: Order estg (Part 5) the Shire of Southern Grampians". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 23 September 1994). pp. 4–5. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  3. ^ Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "S4 of 1995: Order altg (Part 13) the Shire of Southern Grampians". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 20 January 1995). p. 5. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  5. ^ Local Government in Victoria. "Southern Grampians Shire Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014.

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Coordinates: 37°31′00″S 142°02′00″E / 37.51667°S 142.03333°E / -37.51667; 142.03333

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