Golden Plains Shire

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Golden Plains Shire
Golden plains shire.jpg
Typical scenery of the Golden Plains Shire.
Australia Victoria Golden Plains Shire.svg
Population 20,809 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 7.6956/km2 (19.932/sq mi)
Established 1994
Gazetted 6 May 1994[2]
Area 2,704 km2 (1,044.0 sq mi)
Mayor Cr Des Phelan
Council seat Bannockburn
Region Western Victoria
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Website Golden Plains Shire
LGAs around Golden Plains Shire:
Pyrenees Ballarat Moorabool
Corangamite Golden Plains Shire Greater Geelong
Corangamite Colac Otway Surf Coast

The Golden Plains Shire is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, located in the western part of the state. It covers an area of 2,704 square kilometres (1,044 sq mi) and, at the 2011 Census, had a population of 18,770.[3] It includes the towns of Bannockburn, Gheringhap, Lethbridge, Linton, Berringa, Teesdale, Rokewood and Meredith. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the Shire of Bannockburn, Shire of Leigh, Shire of Grenville and part of the Shire of Buninyong. When formed the municipality was originally called the Southern Rural Shire, but a few months later, was renamed to its current name.[2]

The Shire is governed and administered by the Golden Plains Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the Council headquarters in Bannockburn, it also has a service centre located in Linton.


Current composition[edit]

The council is composed of seven councillors elected to represent an unsubdivided municipality.[4]

Ward Councillor Notes
Unsubdivided   Des Phelan Mayor (2016–17)
  Helena Kirby
  Nathan Hansford
  Joanne Gilbert
  Les Rowe
  David Evans
  Owen Sharkey

Administration and governance[edit]

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


Localities which encompass the Golden Plains Shire include:


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "Order establishing (Part 3) the Southern Rural Shire". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 6 May 1994). p. 1. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Census QuickStats (2011). "Golden Plains (S) – LGA22490". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Local Government in Victoria. "Golden Plains Shire Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 

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Coordinates: 38°01′00″S 143°58′00″E / 38.01667°S 143.96667°E / -38.01667; 143.96667