Golden Plains Shire Council

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Address

2 Pope Street, BANNOCKBURN 3331

Postal

PO Box 111, BANNOCKBURN 3331

Tel

03 5220 7111

Fax

03 5220 7100

Email

enquiries@gplains.vic.gov.au

Website

www.goldenplains.vic.gov.au

Municipality profile

The Golden Plains Shire is predominately rural, with a number of small townships servicing local communities between Ballarat and Geelong. The Shire is the fastest growing municipality in regional Victoria, and sixth overall in the State, with a growth rate of 3.51%. Many Golden Plains residents work in Ballarat or Geelong. The shire's economic base is provided through agriculture, retailing and tourism, while home-based business is the largest employer. Agriculture is responsible for $44 million worth of output annually. The main industries include agriculture (wool and grain growing, intensive poultry and pig farming), beverage and malt manufacturing. View council's performance

Localities

Anakie, Bamganie, Bannockburn, Barunah Park, Batesford, Berringa, Berrybank, Cambrian Hill, Cape Clear, Corindhap, Cressy, Dereel, Durdidwarrah, Durham Lead, Enfield, Garibaldi, Gheringhap, Grenville, Haddon, Happy Valley, Hesse, Illabarook, Inverleigh, Lethbridge, Linton, Mannibadar, Maude, Meredith, Morrisons, Mount Bute, Mount Mercer, Murgheboluc, Napoleons, Newtown, Nintingbool, Piggoreet, Pitfield, Pittong, Rokewood, Rokewood Junction, Ross Creek, Russells Bridge, Scarsdale, She Oaks, Shelford, Smythes Creek, Smythesdale, Springdallah, Staffordshire Reef, Steiglitz, Stonehaven, Sutherlands Creek, Teesdale, Wallinduc, Werneth and Wingeel. For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.

Area and population

Population Projections - Estimated Resident Population (ERP)
Area
2016
2021
2026
2031
2,703 sq km
21,656
24,057
26,375
28,610

Source: Victoria in Future 2014 - Population and Household Projections to 2051

Elections

Golden Plains 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.
Visit the Guide for more information on Council elections.
Visit the Victorian Electoral Commission for more elections details.

Councillors

7 Councillors elected in October 2012.
Unsubdivided - Cr Jenny Blake (Mayor 2013-14)
Unsubdivided - Cr Andrew Cameron
Unsubdivided - Cr Nathan Hansford
Unsubdivided - Cr Helena Kirby
Unsubdivided - Cr Bill McArthur
Unsubdivided - Cr Des Phelan
Unsubdivided - Cr Greg Vaughan

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Rod Nicholls

Finances


2012-13
2011-12 2010-11 2009-10
Recurrent Expenditure ($)
27.758m
28.012m
25.585m
22.489m
Recurrent Revenue ($)
33.607m
32.300m
28.400m
25.237m
 - Rates & Charges ($)
15.422m
13.833m
12.441m
10.824m
 - VGC Grants ($)
5.050m
4.867m
4.672m
4.363m
Source: Victoria Grants Commission

Performance

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.

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