Rural City of Wangaratta
The Rural City of Wangaratta is a local government area in the Hume region of Victoria, Australia, located in the north-east part of the state. It covers an area of 3,645 square kilometres (1,407 sq mi) and, in June 2018, had a population of 29,087. It includes the towns of Cheshunt, Eldorado, Everton, Glenrowan, Greta, Greta West, Milawa, Moyhu, Oxley, Tarrawingee, Wangaratta and Whitfield. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the City of Wangaratta, Shire of Wangaratta, Shire of Oxley, and parts of the United Shire of Beechworth, Shire of Benalla and Shire of Yarrawonga. When formed the municipality was originally called the Shire of Milawa, but a few months later, was renamed to its current name.
|Rural City of Wangaratta|
Location in Victoria
|• Density||7.9800/km2 (20.668/sq mi)|
|Gazetted||18 November 1994|
|Area||3,645 km2 (1,407.3 sq mi)|
|State electorate(s)||Ovens Valley|
|Website||Rural City of Wangaratta|
The Rural City is governed and administered by the Wangaratta Rural City Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Wangaratta. The Rural City is named after the main urban settlement located in the north of the LGA, that is Wangaratta, which is also the LGA's most populous urban centre with a population of around 18,500.
The council is composed of three wards and seven councillors, with four councillors elected to the City Ward and one councillor per remaining ward elected to represent each of the other wards. As of October 2016, the residents of the municipality had elected 7 new councillors:
|City||Ruth Amery (dec. 2017)||Cr Ashlee Fitzpatrick elected via countback|
|Ken Clarke||Mayor (2017–18)|
|Dean Rees||Mayor (2018-current)|
The election of Councillors in 2016 followed a three year period where the Council was governed by Administrators. Administrators had been appointed by an Act of Parliament, following the dismissal of the Councillors elected at the 2012 general election.  A panel of three administrators, by an Act of Parliament, was appointed to oversee the council until the 2016 municipal elections.
Administration and governanceEdit
The councillors meet in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Wangaratta Government Centre, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at its administrative centre in Wangaratta.
- "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
- Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "S87 of 1994: Order estg (Part 5) the Shire of Milawa". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 18 November 1994). p. 3. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Census QuickStats (2016). "Wangaratta (UCL) – UCL213017". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
- Local Government in Victoria. "Wangaratta Rural City Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- "Wangaratta Council to be dismissed". Premier of Victoria. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- Parliament of Victoria (2013). "Local Government (Rural City of Wangaratta) Act 2013". Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
- Wangaratta Rural City Council (2013). "About Council – Councillors". Rural City of Wangaratta. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
- Wangaratta Rural City Council official website
- Metlink local public transport map
- Link to Land Victoria interactive maps