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Shire of Colac Otway

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Population  20,255 (2015 est)
Region  Barwon South West
Federal Division(s)  Corangamite
Area  3,433 km²
Mayor  Cr Lyn Russell
Gazetted  23 September 1994
Established  1994
State electorate(s)  Polwarth
Website  Shire of Colac Otway
Founded  1994
Council seat  Colac
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Points of interest  Great Otway National, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, Cape Otway, Cape Otway Lighthouse, Hopetoun Falls
Destinations  Apollo Bay, Great Otway National, Cape Otway, Colac, Wye River

The Shire of Colac Otway 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 3,433 square kilometres (1,325 sq mi) and, at the 2011 Census, had a population of 20,345. It includes the towns of Apollo Bay, Beeac, Beech Forest, Birregurra, Colac, Cressy, Forrest, Johanna, Kennett River, Lavers Hill, Warrion and Wye River. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the City of Colac, Shire of Colac, Shire of Otway and part of the Shire of Heytesbury.


Map of Colac Otway, VIC, Australia

The Shire is governed and administered by the Colac Otway Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Colac, it also has a service centre located in Apollo Bay. The Shire is named after the combination of the names for the former City of Colac, and Shires of Colac and Otway, of which the majority of the LGA was formed from. The name Colac is used for both the main urban settlement and the lake, Lake Colac, which are located in the north-centre of the LGA. Colac is also the most populous urban centre in the LGA with a population of 11,415. The name Otways is used for the major geographical features located in the south of the LGA, which are The Otways and Cape Otway.

Current composition

The council is composed of seven councillors elected to represent an unsubdivided municipality.

Former Wards (1996–2008)

  • Colac – had three councillors
  • Murray – had one councillor
  • Otway – had one councillor
  • Warrion – had one councillor
  • Administration and governance

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


    Localities which encompass the Shire of Colac Otway include:


    Shire of Colac Otway Wikipedia

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