Rural City of Mildura

Coordinates: 34°47′50″S 141°45′40″E / 34.79722°S 141.76111°E / -34.79722; 141.76111
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Rural City of Mildura
Location in Victoria
Civic Buildings, 2009
Coordinates34°47′50″S 141°45′40″E / 34.79722°S 141.76111°E / -34.79722; 141.76111
Population56,972 (2021 census)[1]
 • Density2.57990/km2 (6.68192/sq mi)
Gazetted20 January 1995[2]
Area22,083 km2 (8,526.3 sq mi)
MayorCr Liam Wood
Council seatMildura
RegionLoddon Mallee
State electorate(s)Mildura
Federal division(s)Mallee
WebsiteRural City of Mildura
LGAs around Rural City of Mildura:
Renmark Paringa (SA) Wentworth (NSW) Wentworth (NSW)
Loxton Waikerie (SA) Rural City of Mildura Swan Hill
West Wimmera
Southern Mallee (SA)

The Rural City of Mildura is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, located in the north-western part of the state. It covers an area of 22,083 square kilometres (8,526 sq mi) being the largest LGA in the state. In August 2021 the area had a population of 56,972.[1] It includes the city of Mildura and the towns of Merbein, Red Cliffs, Irymple, Ouyen, Werrimull, Murrayville, Walpeup and Hattah. It was formed in 1995 from the amalgamation of the City of Mildura, Shire of Mildura and Shire of Walpeup.[2]

The Rural City is governed and administered by the Mildura Rural City Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Mildura, it also has service centres located in Ouyen and a couple of other locations within Mildura. The Rural City is named after the main urban settlement lying in the north of the LGA, that is Mildura, which is also the LGA's most populous urban centre with a population of 30,647.[3]

The Rural City of Mildura covers most of the Mallee region of Victoria. Before the less infertile soils were fertilised and developed for the production of wheat and barley the whole region was covered in a dense mallee scrub of deep-rooting eucalypts that regenerated after the frequent bushfires in the region. Many of the soils are so sandy that clearing is impractical, and Murray-Sunset National Park covers almost a third of the area of the LGA. Other protected areas include Hattah-Kulkyne National Park and Murray-Kulkyne Park on the Murray River.

The climate of the region is the driest in Victoria, and Neds Corner in the remote northwest has the lowest average annual rainfall in the state at 240 millimetres (9.4 in). In the south at Ouyen the average is 335 mm (13.2 in). In all the areas of the LGA there can be considerable variation in annual rainfall: the range historically has been from 110 mm (4.3 in) in 1967 to 605 mm (23.8 in) in 1973. Temperatures in the LGA are the hottest in Victoria and the average summer maximum is 32 °C (90 °F), but it often exceed 40 °C (104 °F). Winter can be very pleasant with a maximum of 16 °C (61 °F), but frosts are common in the morning and can sometimes be severe.

The southeast of the LGA is used primarily for grain growing; however yield are erratic and often poor due to drought. In the north irrigated fruit growing (primarily oranges and grapes) is highly productive and supports Mildura and nearby towns; however, salinity in the Murray River is a major threat to the long-term sustainability of these activities, as is competition from overseas citrus growers.

In 2006 the Rural City of Mildura had a population of 49,815, most of which was located in Mildura (30,016) and adjacent areas (that is Victorian Sunraysia). Many of the small towns in the region have practically disappeared as more efficient farming methods reduce the quantity of human labour required.


Current composition[edit]

The council is composed of nine councillors elected to represent an un-subdivided municipality. Represented in Order of Election.[4] Council Composition as of September 2022:

Ward Councillor Term Notes
Unsubdivided   Glenn Milne 2008—Present
  Ian Arney 2020—Present
  Liam Wood 2020—Present Mayor
  Jason Modica 2016—Present Deputy Mayor
  Stefano De Pieri 2020—Present
  Mark Eckel 2008—Present
  Helen Healy 2020—Present
  Cyndi Power 2020—2022 Resigned 2022 [5]
  Troy Bailey 2022—Present Elected by Countback [5]
  Jodi Reynolds 2020—Present

Administration and governance[edit]

The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Mildura Municipal Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at both its administrative centre on Madden Avenue in Mildura, and its service centres in Ouyen and on Deakin Avenue in Mildura.[6]

Townships and localities[edit]

The 2021 census, the rural city had a population of 56,972 up from 53,878 in the 2016 census[7]

Locality 2016 2021
Big Desert^ 3 8
Birdwoodton 643 748
Boinka 13 14
Cabarita 488 482
Cardross 821 847
Carina 22 26
Carwarp 70 68
Colignan 329 305
Cowangie 36 33
Cullulleraine 69 81
Hattah 28 27
Locality 2016 2021
Iraak 128 118
Irymple 5,325 5,977
Koorlong 366 397
Kulwin 15 16
Lindsay Point 38 32
Linga 10 13
Merbein 2,713 2,770
Merbein South 405 407
Merbein West 190 223
Meringur 67 70
Locality 2016 2021
Merrinee 48 42
Mildura 32,738 34,565
Mittyack 14 12
Murray-sunset 4 8
Murrayville 280 278
Nangiloc 141 153
Neds Corner 4 3
Nichols Point 1,551 1,723
Ouyen 1,191 1,170
Panitya 65 67
Locality 2016 2021
Patchewollock^ 133 149
Red Cliffs 5,060 5,294
Tempy^ 57 62
Torrita 32 51
Tutye 20 21
Underbool 215 215
Walpeup 158 171
Wargan 71 53
Werrimull 112 97
Yelta 322 325

^ - Territory divided with another LGA

Sister cities[edit]

Mildura has sister city relations with the following cities:[8]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "City of Mildura (Local Government Area)". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 April 2023. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "S4 of 1995: Order estg (Part 10) the Rural City of Mildura". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 20 January 1995). p. 4. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  3. ^ Census QuickStats (2011). "Mildura (SS) – SSC20893". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Mildura Rural City Council election results 2020". Victorian Electoral Commission. 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Council Elections". Mildura Rural City Council. 2022. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  6. ^ "Our Councillors". Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Census | Australian Bureau of Statistics". 11 January 2023.
  8. ^ Mildura Rural City Council. "Sister Cities". Mildura Rural City Council. Archived from the original on 28 November 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013.

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