Surf Coast Shire

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Surf Coast Shire
Australia Victoria Surf Coast Shire.svg
Location in Victoria
Population29,397 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density18.84/km2 (48.81/sq mi)
Gazetted9 March 1994[2]
Area1,560 km2 (602.3 sq mi)
MayorCr Rose Hodge
Council seatTorquay
RegionBarwon South West
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Corangamite
Surf Coast Shire Logo.png
WebsiteSurf Coast Shire
LGAs around Surf Coast Shire:
Golden Plains Golden Plains Greater Geelong
Colac Otway Surf Coast Shire Bass Strait
Colac Otway Bass Strait Bass Strait

The Surf Coast Shire 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 1,560 square kilometres (600 sq mi) and at the 2016 Census had a population of over 29,000. It includes the towns of Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Lorne, Moriac, Torquay and Winchelsea. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the Shire of Winchelsea, Shire of Barrabool and part of the former City of South Barwon, which was, at that point, part of the City of Greater Geelong.[2][3]

The Shire is governed and administered by the Surf Coast Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Torquay. The Shire is named after its location on the popular surf coast of Victoria.

Post-2008, following an electoral representation review, the decision was made to re-subdivide the municipality into four wards, the current wards are Torquay, Anglesea, Winchelsea and Lorne. Between 2004 and 2008, the Shire was an unsubdivided municipality and as a result, the entire municipality voted to elect nine councillors. Between 1996 and 2004, the municipality was subdivided into six wards, where three councillors per ward were elected from the Torquay and Anglesea wards, and one councillor per ward was elected from the Lorne, Winchelsea, Moriac and Aireys Inlet wards. A position of Deputy Mayor was created in 2004, but it was abolished for the 2005 mayoral election.


Current composition[edit]

The council is composed of four wards and nine councillors, with four councillors elected to represent the Torquay Ward, two councillors per ward elected to represent each of the Anglesea and Winchelsea wards, and one councillor elected to represent the Lorne Ward.[4]

Ward Councillor Notes
Anglesea   Libby Coker
  Margot Smith
Lorne   Clive Goldsworthy
Torquay   David Bell
  Martin Duke
  Rose Hodge Mayor
  Brian McKiterick
Winchelsea   Carol McGregor
  Heather Wellington

List of former and current mayors[edit]

  • Cr Noel Bates (1995–1997)
  • Cr Henry Love (1997–1998)
  • Cr Julie Hansen (1998–2000)
  • Cr Mike Barrow (2000–2001)
  • Cr Beth Davidson (2001–2004)
  • Cr Keith Grossman (2004–2005)
  • Cr Libby Mears (2005–2006)
  • Cr Rose Hodge (2006–2007)
  • Cr Dean Webster (2007–2008)
  • Cr Libby Mears (2008–2009)
  • Cr Libby Coker (2009–2010)
  • Cr Dean Webster (2010–2011)
  • Cr Brian McKiterick (2011–2012)
  • Cr Libby Coker (2012–2013)
  • Cr Rose Hodge (2013–2014)
  • Cr Margot Smith (2014–2015)
  • Cr Rose Hodge (2015–2016)
  • Cr Brian McKiterick (2016-2017)
  • Cr David Bell (2017-2018)
  • Cr Rose Hodge (2018-present)

Administration and Governance[edit]

The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Torquay Municipal Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at its Municipal Office in Torquay.


Surf Coast Shire holds elections every 4 years to determine the composition of the council.

2016 election[edit]

Anglesea Ward[edit]

Surf Coast Shire Council election results, 2016: Anglesea Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Libby Coker 2,504 48.5
Independent Margot Ann Smith 1,393 27.0
Independent Jenna Robinson 1,268 24.6
Turnout 6,891 76.2
Registered electors 5,165
Labor hold Swing
Independent hold Swing

Lorne Ward[edit]

Lorne Ward was uncontested in the 2016 election, with Councillor Clive Goldsworthy being re-elected unopposed.

Torquay Ward[edit]

Surf Coast Shire Council election results, 2016: Torquay Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Rose Hodge 2,866 27.2
Independent David Bell 1,962 18.6
Liberal Brian McKiterick 1,683 16.0
Greens Marian Smedley[5][6][7] 1,529 14.5
Independent Martin Paul Duke 1,522 14.2
Independent Joe Remenyi 993 9.4
Turnout 10,555 70.9
Registered electors 15,308
Labor hold Swing
Independent hold Swing
Liberal hold Swing
Independent gain from Greens Swing


Localities which encompass the Surf Coast Shire include:

See also[edit]

List of localities (Victoria)


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Surf Coast (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "Orders estg the Surf Coast Shire: S8 of 1994". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 9 March 1994). pp. 1–9. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  3. ^ Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "Order altg (Part 8) the Surf Coast Shire: S63 of 1994". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 23 September 1994). p. 6. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  4. ^ Local Government in Victoria. "Surf Coast Shire Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
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Coordinates: 38°18′00″S 144°00′00″E / 38.30000°S 144.00000°E / -38.30000; 144.00000