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
Population21,688 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density8.0207/km2 (20.774/sq mi)
Gazetted6 May 1994[2]
Area2,704 km2 (1,044.0 sq mi)
MayorCr Owen Sharkey
Council seatBannockburn
RegionWestern Victoria
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
WebsiteGolden 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 2016 Census, had a population of over 21,000. It includes the towns of Bannockburn, Gheringhap, Lethbridge, Linton, Berringa, Teesdale, Rokewood and Meredith.

The Shire 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. Upon its creation, it was known as the Southern Rural Shire, intended to exist temporarily until the Local Government Board drew up final council boundaries for the Ballarat region.[3] However, a few months later it was decided to make the municipality permanent, and it was renamed to its current name on 1 October 1994.[2][4]

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, and 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.[5]

Ward Councillor Notes
Unsubdivided   Helena Kirby
  Des Phelan
  Nathan Hansford
  Joanne Gilbert
  Les Rowe
  David Evans
  Owen Sharkey Mayor (2018–19)

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. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Golden Plains (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  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. ^ "Golden Plains Shire 20th Annual Report" (PDF). Golden Plains Shire. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  4. ^ Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "Order to provide transitional arrangements for the Golden Plains Shire Council in respect of its proposed budget for the 1995–1996 financial year". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 24 August 1995). p. 1. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  5. ^ 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