Shire of West Wimmera

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Shire of West Wimmera
Victoria
Australia Victoria West Wimmera Shire.svg
Location in Victoria
Population3,862 (2018) [1]
 • Density0.42402/km2 (1.09821/sq mi)
Established1995
Gazetted 20 January 1995 [2]
Area9,108 km2 (3,516.6 sq mi) [1]
MayorCr Bruce Meyer
Council seat Edenhope
Region Western Victoria
State electorate(s) Lowan
Federal division(s) Mallee
West Wimmera Shire Council.png
Website Shire of West Wimmera
LGAs around Shire of West Wimmera:
Southern Mallee (SA) Mildura Hindmarsh
Tatiara (SA)Shire of West Wimmera Horsham
Naracoorte Lucindale (SA) Glenelg Southern Grampians

The Shire of West Wimmera is a local government area in the western part of the Wimmera region of Victoria, Australia, located in the western part of the state. It covers an area of 9,108 square kilometres (3,517 sq mi) and in June 2018 had a population of 3,862. [1] It includes the towns of Apsley, Edenhope, Goroke, Gymbowen, Harrow, Kaniva, Minimay, Nurcoung and Serviceton. It was formed in 1995 from the amalgamation of the Shire of Kaniva and parts of the Shire of Kowree, Shire of Arapiles and Shire of Glenelg. [2]

Contents

The Shire is governed and administered by the West Wimmera Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Edenhope, it also has a service centre located in Kaniva. The Shire is named after the Wimmera region, in which the LGA occupies the western portion. The LGA is also located entirely to the west of the Wimmera River, which actually meanders through another municipality to the east, that is the Rural City of Horsham.

Council

Current composition

The council is composed of five councillors elected to represent an unsubdivided municipality. [3] Council Composition as of September 2022

WardCouncillorNotes
Unsubdivided Bruce MeyerMayor
 Trevor Domaschenz
 Tim Meyer
 Tom Houlihan
 Jodie PretloveDeputy Mayor

Administration and governance

The council meets in the council chambers in the Edenhope and Kaniva Municipal Offices. It also provides customer services at both centres.

Controversies

In April 2022, Mayor Bruce Meyer caused outrage by likening requests to display the internationally-recognised LGBTIQ+ pride flag to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) to the promotion of pedophilia. [4]

Townships and localities

The 2021 census, the shire had a population of 4,006 up from 3,903 in the 2016 census [5]

Population
Locality20162021
Apsley 277329
Benayeo 6169
Big Desert^38
Bringalbert 126
Broughton^14565
Charam 3842
Chetwynd^8685
Connewirricoo 2423
Dergholm^4357
Dorodong 3821
Population
Locality20162021
Douglas^6574
Edenhope 946937
Goroke 299295
Grass Flat^*#
Gymbowen 5260
Harrow^200184
Kadnook 4141
Kaniva^803891
Karnak 129
Langkoop 111100
Population
Locality20162021
Lawloit 1514
Lillimur 110112
Miga Lake 2833
Minimay 8464
Miram 4036
Mitre^6966
Neuarpurr 5556
Nurcoung 4033
Ozenkadnook 3025
Population
Locality20162021
Patyah 6258
Peronne 4849
Poolaijelo 4026
Powers Creek 155
Serviceton 120129
Tarrayoukyan^2125
Telopea Downs 4544
Ullswater 4347
Wombelano 4149

^ - Territory divided with another LGA
* - Not noted in 2016 Census
# - Not noted in 2021 Census

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