Colac Otway Shire Council
Address2-6 Rae Street, COLAC 3250
PostalPO Box 283, COLAC 3250
Tel03 5232 9400
Fax03 5232 1046
Located in Victoria’s south west, the Colac Otway Shire is diverse, with volcanic lakes, craters and plains in the north, the hinterland forests of the Otway Ranges and the Great Ocean Road coastline. Colac City is situated beside Lake Colac, on the Princes Highway, 138 kms south west of Melbourne, 74 kms south west of Geelong, and 101 kms south of Ballarat.
The Colac region supports a network of over 1200 businesses and well over 800 farms. The main industries are dairy, beef, sheep, crops, specified pastures, horticulture and organic farming; timber, manufacturing and service, construction, retail and wholesale. Tourism, centring on the Great Ocean Road and the coastline, is becoming increasingly important. View council's performance.
LocalitiesAire Valley, Alvie, Apollo Bay, Balintore, Barongarook, Barongarook West, Barramunga, Barwon Downs, Beeac, Beech Forest, Birregurra, Bungador, Cape Otway, Carlisle River, Carpendeit, Chapple Vale, Colac, Colac East, Colac West, Coragulac, Cororooke, Corunnun, Cressy, Cundare, Cundare North, Dreeite, Dreeite South, Elliminyt, Eurack, Ferguson, Forrest, Gellibrand, Gellibrand Lower, Gerangamete, Glenaire, Grey River, Horden Vale, Irrewarra, Irrewillipe, Irrewillipe West, Jancourt East, Johanna, Kawarren, Kennedys Creek, Kennett River, Larpent, Lavers Hill, Marengo, Mount Sabine, Murroon, Nalangil, Ombersley, Ondit, Pennyroyal, Petticoat Creek, Pirron Yallock, Separation Creek, Simpson, Skenes Creek, Skenes Creek North, Stonyford, Sugarloaf, Swan Marsh, Tanybryn, Warncoort, Warrion, Weeaproinah, Weering, Whoorel, Winchelsea, Wingeel, Wongarra, Wool Wool, Wye River, Wyelangta, Yeo, Yeodene and Yuulong. For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.
Area and populationPopulation Projections - Estimated Resident Population (ERP)
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ElectionsColac Otway Shire Council is an unsubdivided municipality consisting of 7 councillors.
Councillors are elected through proportional representation voting.
Since 2008, all Victorian councillors serve a four year term. The next general election is in October 2016.
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7 Councillors elected in October 2012.
Unsubdivided - Cr Brian Crook
Unsubdivided - Cr Michael Delahunty
Unsubdivided - Cr Stephen Hart
Unsubdivided - Cr Frank Buchanan
Unsubdivided - Cr Lyn Russell (Mayor 2012-14)
Unsubdivided - Cr Chris Smith
Unsubdivided - Cr Terry Woodcroft
Chief Executive OfficerMr Rob Small
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View the Statewide Community Satisfaction Survey Results to find out what the community thinks about councils services.
Further information about council performance can be found in the Local Government in Victoria Report which brings together information from councils' annual reports to provide a snapshot of the current position of the sector.
The Victorian Government has introduced a mandatory system of performance reporting for councils to ensure that all councils are measuring and reporting on their performance in a consistent way. From 2015, this will enable members of the community to compare similar councils across 70 indicators and assess their performance. Find out more about the performance reporting framework.