Horsham Rural City is a vibrant, diverse community situated approximately 300 kilometres north-west of Melbourne and north of the Grampians National Park, in the heart of the Wimmera region of Victoria. The municipality has a population of 19,774 and covers an area of 4,267 square kilometres. Almost three quarters of residents live in the urban area of Horsham.
Horsham is the major provider of retail, community and government services in the Wimmera, with dryland broadacre agriculture being our major industry. The Grains Innovation Park, a nationally acclaimed agricultural research centre, is based in Horsham. There are a range of quality educational and health care facilities including secondary colleges, a university and an agricultural college. We also have a diverse array of natural assets including recreational lakes, wetlands, the Wimmera River, Mount Arapiles, the Wartook Valley and the Grampians National Park is nearby.
Horsham Rural City Council includes the major centres of Horsham and Natimuk, and the localities of: Arapiles, Blackheath, Brimpaen, Bungalally, Clear Lake, Dadswells Bridge, Dooen, Douglas, Drung, Duchembegarra, Grass Flat, Green Lake, Greenland Dam, Haven, Jilpanger, Jung, Kalkee, Kanagulk, Kewell, Laharum, Longerenong, Lower Norton, McKenzie Creek, Mitre, Mockinya, Mount Talbot, Murra Warra, Noradjuha, Nurrabiel, Pimpinio, Quantong, Riverside, St Helens Plains, Telangatuk East, Tooan, Toolondo, Vectis, Wail, Wartook and Wonwondah.
Area 4,267 square kilometres
Road Length 2,976 kilometres
Number of Council Employees 191 EFT
Number of Councillors 7
Rateable Properties 12,157
Rate and Charge Revenue $23,720,000
Total Revenue (including grants) $47,531,000
Major Employment Sectors in Municipality - Agriculture, Retail, Health Care and Social Assistance
*Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 Census