Surf Coast Shire

The Surf Coast Shire is a local government area in the Barwon South West region of Victoria, Australia, located in the south-western part of the state. It covers an area of 1,553 square kilometres (600 sq mi) and in June 2018 had a population of 32,251.[1] It includes the towns of Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Lorne, Moriac, Torquay and Winchelsea. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the Shire of Winchelsea, Shire of Barrabool and part of the former City of South Barwon, which was, at that point, part of the City of Greater Geelong.[2][3]

Surf Coast Shire
Australia Victoria Surf Coast Shire.svg
Location in Victoria
Population32,251 (2018)[1]
 • Density20.767/km2 (53.786/sq mi)
Gazetted9 March 1994[2]
Area1,553 km2 (599.6 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Rose Hodge
Council seatTorquay
RegionBarwon South West
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Corangamite
Surf Coast Shire Logo.png
WebsiteSurf Coast Shire
LGAs around Surf Coast Shire:
Golden Plains Golden Plains Greater Geelong
Colac Otway Surf Coast Shire Bass Strait
Colac Otway Bass Strait Bass Strait

The Shire is governed and administered by the Surf Coast Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Torquay. The Shire is named after its location on the popular surf coast of Victoria.

Post-2008, following an electoral representation review, the decision was made to re-subdivide the municipality into four wards, the current wards are Torquay, Anglesea, Winchelsea and Lorne. Between 2004 and 2008, the Shire was an unsubdivided municipality and as a result, the entire municipality voted to elect nine councillors. Between 1996 and 2004, the municipality was subdivided into six wards, where three councillors per ward were elected from the Torquay and Anglesea wards, and one councillor per ward was elected from the Lorne, Winchelsea, Moriac and Aireys Inlet wards. A position of Deputy Mayor was created in 2004, but it was abolished for the 2005 mayoral election.


Current compositionEdit

The council is composed of four wards and nine councillors, with four councillors elected to represent the Torquay Ward, two councillors per ward elected to represent each of the Anglesea and Winchelsea wards, and one councillor elected to represent the Lorne Ward.[4]

Ward Councillor Notes
Anglesea   Tony Revell
  Margot Smith
Lorne   Clive Goldsworthy
Torquay   David Bell
  Martin Duke
  Rose Hodge Mayor
  Brian McKiterick
Winchelsea   James McIntyre
  Heather Wellington

List of former and current mayorsEdit

  • Cr Noel Bates (1995–1997)
  • Cr Henry Love (1997–1998)
  • Cr Julie Hansen (1998–2000)
  • Cr Mike Barrow (2000–2001)
  • Cr Beth Davidson (2001–2004)
  • Cr Keith Grossman (2004–2005)
  • Cr Libby Mears (2005–2006)
  • Cr Rose Hodge (2006–2007)
  • Cr Dean Webster (2007–2008)
  • Cr Libby Mears (2008–2009)
  • Cr Libby Coker (2009–2010)
  • Cr Dean Webster (2010–2011)
  • Cr Brian McKiterick (2011–2012)
  • Cr Libby Coker (2012–2013)
  • Cr Rose Hodge (2013–2014)
  • Cr Margot Smith (2014–2015)
  • Cr Rose Hodge (2015–2016)
  • Cr Brian McKiterick (2016-2017)
  • Cr David Bell (2017-2018)
  • Cr Rose Hodge (2018–present)

Administration and GovernanceEdit

The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Torquay Municipal Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at its Municipal Office in Torquay.


Surf Coast Shire holds elections every 4 years to determine the composition of the council.

2016 electionEdit

Anglesea WardEdit

Surf Coast Shire Council election results, 2016: Anglesea Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Libby Coker 2,504 48.5
Independent Margot Ann Smith 1,393 27.0
Independent Jenna Robinson 1,268 24.6
Turnout 6,891 76.2
Registered electors 5,165
Labor hold Swing
Independent hold Swing

Lorne WardEdit

Lorne Ward was uncontested in the 2016 election, with Councillor Clive Goldsworthy being re-elected unopposed.

Torquay WardEdit

Surf Coast Shire Council election results, 2016: Torquay Ward
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Rose Hodge 2,866 27.2
Independent David Bell 1,962 18.6
Liberal Brian McKiterick 1,683 16.0
Greens Marian Smedley[5][6][7] 1,529 14.5
Independent Martin Paul Duke 1,522 14.2
Independent Joe Remenyi 993 9.4
Turnout 10,555 70.9
Registered electors 15,308
Labor hold Swing
Independent hold Swing
Liberal hold Swing
Independent gain from Greens Swing

Main towns in shireEdit

In June 2018 the shire had a population of 32,251.

Locality Total
Aireys Inlet 802
Anglesea 2,545
Bambra 101
Barrabool 235
Bellbrae 865
Bells Beach 130
Benwerrin 5
Big Hill 31
Locality Total
Boonah 21
Breamlea 162
Buckley 211
Deans Marsh 269
Eastern View 35
Fairhaven 296
Freshwater Creek 414
Gherang 370
Locality Total
Gnarwarre 267
Jan Juc 3,683
Lorne 1,114
Modewarre 276
Moggs Creek 89
Moriac 782
Mount Duneed 1,578
Mount Moriac 240
Locality Total
Ombersley 97
Paraparap 151
Pennyroyal 86
Torquay 13,258
Wensleydale 107
Winchelsea 1,954
Winchelsea South 179
Wurdiboluc 138

See alsoEdit

List of localities (Victoria)


  1. ^ a b c "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.
  2. ^ a b Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "Orders estg the Surf Coast Shire: S8 of 1994". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 9 March 1994). pp. 1–9. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  3. ^ Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "Order altg (Part 8) the Surf Coast Shire: S63 of 1994". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 23 September 1994). p. 6. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  4. ^ Local Government in Victoria. "Surf Coast Shire Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
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Coordinates: 38°18′00″S 144°00′00″E / 38.30000°S 144.00000°E / -38.30000; 144.00000