Golden Plains Shire

Golden Plains Shire (1994-), south-west of Melbourne, extends from outer Geelong to Cressy, near Lake Corangamite. It is that particular stretch of country from which the shire’s name was derived. The north of the shire, however, is hilly, taking in the former gold mining areas of Linton and Smythesdale near Ballarat. Its area is 2706 sq km.

The shire was formed on 6 May 1994, by the union of Bannockburn and Leigh shires and parts of Buninyong and Grenville shires, the latter two being the former mining areas.

The shire is predominantly rural, and the main roads (Glenelg, Hamilton and Midland Highways) skirt its boundaries. The main points of population growth have been Bannockburn and Teesdale. Bannockburn, on the Midland Highway, 20 km north-west of Geelong, is the shire’s administrative centre.

The shire’s census populations have been:

census date population
1996 13,135
2001 14,278
2006 16,450
2011 18,770

At the 2006 census farming accounted for 6.5% of employment and at the 2011 census, 5.1%.

Further Reading

Bannockburn shire, Leigh shire, Grenville shire and Napoleons entries