Shire of Indigo

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Shire of Indigo
Australia Victoria Indigo Shire.svg
Location in Victoria
Population 15,431 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 7.5494/km2 (19.553/sq mi)
Established 1994
Gazetted 18 November 1994[2]
Area 2,044 km2 (789.2 sq mi)
Mayor Cr Jenny O'Connor
Council seat Beechworth
Region Hume
State electorate(s) Benambra
Federal Division(s) Indi
Indigo Shire logo.jpg
Website Shire of Indigo
LGAs around Shire of Indigo:
Corowa (NSW) Greater Hume (NSW) Wodonga
Moira Shire of Indigo Towong
Wangaratta Alpine Towong

The Shire of Indigo, a local government area (LGA) in the Hume region of Victoria, Australia, lies in the north-east part of the state. It covers an area of 2,044 square kilometres (789 sq mi) and, at the 2011 Census, had a population of 15,178.[3] It includes the towns of Beechworth, Chiltern, Rutherglen and Yackandandah. It formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the Shire of Rutherglen, Shire of Chiltern, Shire of Yackandandah and United Shire of Beechworth.[2]

The Shire is governed and administered by the Indigo Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Beechworth, it also has service centres located in Chiltern, Rutherglen and Yackandandah. The Shire is named after the Indigo Valley and Indigo Creek, geographical features that meander through the LGA and into the Murray River.

In 2008 the BankWest Quality of Life Index rated Indigo fifteenth of 590 Australian local government areas.[4]


Current composition[edit]

As of 22 September, 2016, the council is composed of seven councillors elected to represent an unsubdivided municipality.[5]

Ward Councillor Notes
Unsubdivided   Jenny O'Connor Mayor, Member of the Australian Greens[6]
  Bernard Gaffney Deputy Mayor
  James Trenery
  Barbara Murdoch
  Larry Goldsworthy
  Diane Shepheard
  Sophie Price

The makeup of the Council is as follows:[7]

Party Councillors
  Unaligned 6
  Australian Greens 1
Total 7

Administration and governance[edit]

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

See also[edit]

List of localities (Victoria)


  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). "S87 of 1994". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 18 November 1994). p. 3. Retrieved 10 January 2014.  |article= ignored (help)
  3. ^ Census QuickStats (2011). "Indigo (S) – LGA23350". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008" (PDF). BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008. BankWest. 20 August 2008. p. 8. Retrieved 3 September 2008. 
  5. ^ Local Government in Victoria. "Indigo Shire Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Jenny the region's first Green". The Border Mail. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  7. ^ VEC. "Results for Indigo Shire Council Elections 2012". Victorian Electoral Commission. Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 

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