Surf Coast Shire
|Surf Coast Shire
Location in Victoria
|• Density||16.58/km2 (42.95/sq mi)|
|Gazetted||9 March 1994|
|Area||1,560 km2 (602.3 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Cr Rose Hodge|
|Council seat||Torquay, Victoria|
|Region||South Western Victoria|
The Surf Coast Shire is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, located in the south-western part of the state. It covers an area of 1,560 square kilometres (600 sq mi) and, at the 2011 Census, had a population of 25,870. It includes the towns of Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Lorne, Moriac, Torquay and Winchelsea. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the Shire of Winchelsea, Shire of Barrabool and part of the City of South Barwon, which was, at that point, part of the City of Greater Geelong.
The Shire is governed and administered by the Surf Coast Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Torquay. The Shire is named after its location on the popular surf coast of Victoria.
Post-2008, following an electoral representation review, the decision was made to re-subdivide the municipality into four wards, the current wards are Torquay, Anglesea, Winchelsea and Lorne. Between 2004 and 2008 the Shire was an unsubdivided municipality and as a result, the entire municipality voted to elect nine councillors. Between 1996 and 2004 the municipality was subdivided into six wards, where three councillors per ward were elected from the Torquay and Anglesea wards, and one councillor per ward was elected from the Lorne, Winchelsea, Moriac and Aireys Inlet wards. A position of Deputy Mayor briefly existed from 2004 to 2005, but was abolished for the 2005 mayoral election.
The operations within the council have been controversial in recent years; in the late 1990s, it set up a business arm, SurfLink, in an attempt to supplement its funding. The effort failed, and the business closed some years afterwards. There were inconsistencies in the accounting, and a large sum of money went missing. However, two state government inquiries failed to come to any conclusions. In addition to the SurfLink saga, the shire is also deeply in debt, which it has only recently begun to address.
The council is composed of four wards and nine councillors, with four councillors elected to represent the Torquay Ward, two councillors per ward elected to represent each of the Anglesea and Winchelsea wards, and one councillor elected to represent the Lorne Ward.
|Rose Hodge||Mayor (2013–14)|
List of former and current Mayors
- Cr Noel Bates (1995–1997)
- Cr Henry Love (1997–1998)
- Cr Julie Hansen (1998–2000)
- Cr Mike Barrow (2000–2001)
- Cr Beth Davidson (2001–2004)
- Cr Keith Grossman (2004–2005)
- Cr Libby Mears (2005–2006)
- Cr Rose Hodge (2006–2007)
- Cr Dean Webster (2007–2008)
- Cr Libby Mears (2008–2009)
- Cr Libby Coker (2009-2010)
- Cr Dean Webster (2010-2011)
- Cr ? (2011-2012)
- Cr Libby Coker (2012-2013)
- Cr Rose Hodge (2013-2014)
2008 council election voting
The first preference votes only for the Surf Coast Shire candidates are listed in numerical order. Outgoing Mayor, Cr Dean Webster claimed the most primary votes.
- WEBSTER, Dean (2,339)
- COKER, Libby (2,279)
- MEARS, Libby (2,181)
- SCHROETER, Lindsay (1,936)
- NORTHEAST, Simon (1,806)
- HODGE, Rose (1,574)
- McKITERICK, Brian (1,487)
- TUTT, Jim (1,311)
- REMENYI, Joe (967)
- LEWIS, Michael (797)
- KERR, Garry (731)
- HUMPHREY, Ron (706)
- FOORD, Rodney (566)
- FOSS, John (408)
- WAPSHOTT, Elizabeth (356)
Administration and governance
The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Torquay Municipal Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at both its administrative centre in Torquay.
- Census QuickStats (2011). "Surf Coast (S) – LGA26490". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). Orders estg the Surf Coast Shire. "S8 of 1994". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 9 March 1994). pp. 1–9. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). Order altg (Part 8) the Surf Coast Shire. "S63 of 1994". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 23 September 1994). p. 6. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Local Government in Victoria. "Surf Coast Shire Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Surf Coast Shire Council official website
- Great Ocean Road Journey, Victoria, Australia (replaces the Surf Coast Tourist website)
- Metlink local public transport map
- Link to Land Victoria interactive maps
- The Anglesea & District Historical Society Inc.