The Horsham Rural City Council acknowledges the five traditional owner groups of this land; the Wotjobaluk, Wergaia, Jupagulk, Jaadwa and Jadawadjali people.
We recognise the important and ongoing place that all Indigenous people hold in our community.
We pay our respects to the elders, both past and present, and commit to working together in the spirit of mutual understanding and respect for the benefit of the broader community and future generations.
Horsham Rural City is a vibrant, multi-cultural community situated in the heart of the Wimmera region of Victoria, approximately 300 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. The municipality has a population of 19,880, covering an area of 4,267 square kilometres, with approximately three quarters of residents living within the urban area of Horsham.
Horsham is the major provider of retail, community and government services in the Wimmera, with dryland and broadacre agriculture being our major industry. There are a range of quality educational and health care facilities including secondary colleges, a university and an agricultural college. The Grains Innovation Park, a nationally acclaimed agricultural research centre, is also based in Horsham.
The municipality has 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 Helen's Plains, Telangatuk East, Tooan, Toolondo, Vectis, Wail, Wartook and Wonwondah.
Council is committed to working with the community to develop the municipality through strong leadership, vision, good governance, responsive services and quality infrastructure, whilst enhancing our liveability and natural environment.
The Council Plan, associated Strategic Resource Plan and the Council Budget, set the strategic direction for Council and management and include the indicators that Council use to deliver key outcomes.
Horsham is a comfortable three and a half hour drive from Melbourne and four and a half hours from Adelaide on the Western Highway, at the hub of a State and National Highway system, leading to Mildura, Portland, Mount Gambier and Bendigo. The Wimmera is the transport hub of south-east Australia with its strong road and rail network. Residents are well provided with several daily services to Adelaide, Melbourne and other regional centres. Rail connects to the sea ports of Geelong and Portland.
The Wimmera Intermodal Freight Hub is critical for the Wimmera Mallee Region – one of the world's largest grain, pulse and oilseed growing regions exporting 60 percent of its products. The modern terminal provides a central location for container grain handling and grain processors.
The Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline now guarantees high quality and secure water to meet the region's long-term needs. The project was the largest water infrastructure project in Australia, replacing 18,000 kilometres of inefficient earthen channel with 9,159 kilometres of pressurised pipeline.
Horsham Rural City Council is a member of the CoRE (Communities of Respect and Equality) Alliance and supports the framework developed to prevent violence against women and their children.
CoRE is for those who believe that our communities can be better places to live if we take action together to promote change.
With the combined leadership, influence, authority and action of those committed to the CoRE Plan(PDF, 2MB), we will build a new future for our region, its cities, towns and communities, in which gender inequality and violence against women is an issue of the past.
This Plan has been developed to help guide and direct individual and collective work in building communities of respect and equality, and prevent violence against women before it occurs.
The development of the CoRE Plan was led by Women’s Health Grampians (WHG), as part of the Women’s Health Services Leading Regional Action to Prevent Violence against Women and Children Project.
WHG engaged a Reference Group representing key organisations across the Grampians through a consultative process to develop a strategy for the region that will guide action on preventing violence against women and their children before it occurs.