Shire of Baw Baw

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Shire of Baw Baw
Victoria
Australia Victoria Baw Baw Shire.svg
Location in Victoria
Population52,015 (2018) [1]
 • Density12.9134/km2 (33.445/sq mi)
Established1994
Gazetted 2 December 1994 [2]
Area4,028 km2 (1,555.2 sq mi) [1]
MayorCr Michael Leaney
Council seat Warragul
Region Eastern Victoria
State electorate(s) Narracan
Federal division(s)
BawBaw shire logo.png
Website Shire of Baw Baw
LGAs around Shire of Baw Baw:
Yarra Ranges Mansfield Wellington
Cardinia Shire of Baw Baw Latrobe
South Gippsland South Gippsland Latrobe
Thorpdale, one of the towns administered by the Shire of Baw Baw Thorpdale main street.JPG
Thorpdale, one of the towns administered by the Shire of Baw Baw

The Shire of Baw Baw[ needs IPA ] is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, in the eastern part of the state. It covers an area of 4,028 square kilometres (1,555 sq mi) and in June 2018 had a population of 52,015. [1]

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It includes the towns of Drouin, Longwarry, Neerim South, Trafalgar, Warragul and Yarragon. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the Shire of Buln Buln, Shire of Narracan, Rural City of Warragul, and some parts of the Shire of Upper Yarra. [2]

The shire is governed and administered by the Baw Baw Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Drouin, and it has a service centre located in Warragul. The shire is named after the major geographical feature in the region, the Baw Baw Plateau with Mount Baw Baw being the second highest peak in the region. An unincorporated area, the Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort, is enclaved within the shire.

Location and geography

The more densely populated southern half of the shire consists of low rolling hills given over primarily to dairy farming and other agriculture. The northern half lies in the Great Dividing Range and its foothills, where forestry remains an important industry. Tourism is also important in the region, aided by its proximity to and easy access from Melbourne. The shire is known for its rural scenery and natural environment, as well as gourmet foods and wines.[ citation needed ] The historic gold-mining town of Walhalla is located in the northeast of the shire is a major tourist drawcard. The major electricity-producing region of the Latrobe Valley lies immediately to the shire's east and south.

Many of the shire's larger towns are located along the Princes Highway and main Gippsland Railway line, which cross the southern part of the shire. From west to east these include: Longwarry, Drouin, Warragul, Darnum, Yarragon, and Trafalgar. North of Warragul are Buln Buln, Neerim South, and Noojee, while south of Trafalgar in the Strzelecki Ranges lies the town of Thorpdale. The towns of Rawson, Erica, and Parkers Corner are located near Walhalla amongst the foothills of the Baw Baw Plateau. Aberfeldy is located in the far north east of the shire above the Thomson Dam, which supplies 50% of Melbourne's water.

Council

Composition up to November 2016

The council was composed of four wards and nine councillors, with three councillors elected to represent the Warragul Ward and two councillors per remaining ward elected to represent each of the other wards. [3]

WardPartyCouncillorNotes
Drouin  Independent Tricia Jones
 IndependentTerry Williamson
Mount Worth IndependentMurray CookMayor 2012/2013 and 2013/2014
 IndependentPeter Kostos
North IndependentDavid Balfour
 IndependentDeborah BrownMayor 2014/2015
Warragul IndependentJoe GauciMayor 2015/2016
 IndependentGerard Murphy
 IndependentMikaela Power

Composition November 2016 to November 2020

The council was changed to a three-ward structure with three councillors per ward, with the new council sworn in on 2 November 2016. The new wards are West [660sq kms] (primarily Drouin with some rural areas north/south), Central [66sq kms] (Warragul town) and East [3,302sq kms] making up the balance of the shire.

WardPartyCouncillorNotes
West  Independent Tricia Jones
 IndependentKeith Cook
 IndependentJessica O'Donnell
East IndependentMichael Leaney
 IndependentPeter Kostos
 IndependentDarren Wallace
Central IndependentDanny GossMayor 2019/2020
 IndependentMikaela PowerMayor 2018/19
 IndependentJoe GauciMayor 2016/2017 and 2017/18

Current composition

The council's three-ward structure continued with three councillors per ward, with the new council sworn in on 18 November 2020. The wards are West [660sq kms] (primarily Drouin with some rural areas north/south), Central [66sq kms] (based on Warragul) and East [3,302sq kms] making up the balance of the shire.

WardPartyCouncillorNotes
West  Independent Tricia Jones
 IndependentBen Lucas[resigned June 2021] replaced by Keith Cook
 IndependentAnnemarie McCabe
East IndependentMichael LeaneyMayor 2021/2022
 IndependentPeter Kostos
 IndependentDarren Wallace
Central IndependentDanny GossMayor 2020/2021
 IndependentJazmin Tauru
 IndependentJoe Gauci

Administration and governance

The council meets fortnightly in the Fountain Room of the West Gippsland Arts Centre. The council's administrative activities are centred in Drouin in the former offices of the Buln Buln Shire. It also provides customer services at both Warragul and the council offices in Drouin. Service centres in Trafalgar and on Smith Street in Warragul were closed in 2015. [4]

Towns and localities

In June 2018 the shire had a population of 52,015. [1]

See also

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Coordinates: 37°57′00″S146°07′00″E / 37.95000°S 146.11667°E / -37.95000; 146.11667