Shire of Glenelg

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This article is about the local government area in western Victoria. For the former area centred on Casterton, see Shire of Glenelg (former).
Shire of Glenelg
Australia Victoria Glenelg Shire.svg
Location in Victoria
Population 19,575 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 3.1512/km2 (8.1615/sq mi)
Established 1994
Gazetted 23 September 1994[2]
Area 6,212 km2 (2,398.5 sq mi)
Mayor Cr Robert Halliday
Council seat Portland
Region Barwon South West
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Wannon
Website Shire of Glenelg
LGAs around Shire of Glenelg:
Wattle Range (SA) West Wimmera Southern Grampians
Grant (SA) Shire of Glenelg Moyne
Mount Gambier (SA) Southern Ocean Southern Ocean

The Shire of Glenelg is a local government area in the Barwon South West region of Victoria, Australia, located in the south-western part of the state. It covers an area of 6,212 square kilometres (2,398 sq mi) and, at the 2011 Census, had a population of 19,575.[1] It includes the towns of Casterton, Heywood, Merino and Portland. Although a shire of the same name existed before the amalgamations of the mid-1990s, the current Shire was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the former Shire of Glenelg with the Shire of Heywood and City of Portland.[2][3]

The Shire is governed and administered by the Glenelg Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Portland, it also has service centres located in Casterton and Heywood. The Shire is named after the Glenelg River, a major geographical feature that meanders through the LGA.

At the 2001 Census, the population of the Shire was distributed in the following way: Portland: 49.7%, Casterton: 8.7%, Heywood: 6.3%, Dartmoor: 1.3%, Merino: 1.1%, Narrawong: 0.9% and Rural Balance: 32%.


Current composition[edit]

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

Ward Councillor Notes
Unsubdivided   Robert Halliday Mayor (2014–15)
  John Northcott
  Maxwell Oberlander
  Anita Rank
  Karen Stephens
  Geoff White
  Gilbert Wilson

Administration and governance[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Census QuickStats (2011). "Glenelg (S) – LGA22410". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "S63 of 1994". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 23 September 1994). p. 5. Retrieved 10 January 2014.  |article= ignored (help)
  3. ^ Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "S4 of 1995". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 20 January 1995). p. 4. Retrieved 10 January 2014.  |article= ignored (help)
  4. ^ Local Government in Victoria. "Glenelg Shire Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 

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Coordinates: 38°00′00″S 141°40′00″E / 38.00000°S 141.66667°E / -38.00000; 141.66667