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The Shire of Gannawarra is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, located in the northern part of the state. It covers an area of 3,732 square kilometres (1,441 sq mi) and, at the 2016 Census had a population of approximately 10,500.

Shire of Gannawarra
Australia Victoria Gannawarra Shire.svg
Location in Victoria
Population10,549 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density2.8266/km2 (7.3209/sq mi)
Gazetted20 January 1995[2]
Area3,732 km2 (1,440.9 sq mi)
MayorCr Lorraine Learmonth
Council seatKerang
RegionNorthern Victoria
State electorate(s)Murray Plains
Federal Division(s)Mallee
New Gannawarra Shire Council Logo.jpg
WebsiteShire of Gannawarra
LGAs around Shire of Gannawarra:
Swan Hill Murray River (NSW) Murray River (NSW)
Buloke Shire of Gannawarra Murray River (NSW)
Buloke Loddon Campaspe

It includes the towns of Cohuna, Kerang, Koondrook and Quambatook. It was formed in 1995 from the amalgamation of the Borough of Kerang and most parts of the Shire of Kerang and Shire of Cohuna.[2]

The Shire is governed and administered by the Gannawarra Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Kerang, it also has a service centre located in Cohuna. The Shire is named after a small town, that is Gannawarra, located between Cohuna and Koondrook.

The northeastern border of the shire is the Murray River. The Loddon River flows through the shire, feeding into the Murray. The Gunbower State Forest is a significant source of River Red Gum timber, supplying a historic sawmill in Koondrook. Gunbower Island is the largest inland island in the local area.[3] It is between the Murray River and the Gunbower Creek, an anabranch of the Murray.

The western part of the shire is predominantly used for cereal grain production. The north and east have significant dairying and milk processing. Tourists are attracted to the rivers (for fishing) and also the lakes (for bird watching and water sports).



Current compositionEdit

The council is composed of four wards and seven councillors, with three councillors elected to represent the Patchell Ward, two councillors elected to represent the Yarran Ward and one councillor per remaining ward elected to represent each of the other wards.[4]

Ward Councillor Notes
Avoca   Charlie Gillingham Deputy Mayor (2018-2019)
Murray   Steve Tasker
Patchell   Brian Gibson
  Jodie Basile
  Mark Arians
Yarran   Lorraine Learmonth Mayor (2018–2019)
  Sonia Wright

Administration and governanceEdit

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


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Gannawarra (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 November 2017.  
  2. ^ a b Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "S4 of 1995: Order estg (Part 6) the Shire of Gannawarra". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 20 January 1995). pp. 3–4. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Gannawarra Shire Council - Murray River Region". Gannawarra Shire Council. 13 March 2003. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 10 June 2007.
  4. ^ Local Government in Victoria. "Gannawarra Shire Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014.

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