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Shire of Otway

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Population  3,960 (1992)
County  Heytesbury, Polwarth
Area  1,907 kmĀ²
Council seat  Beech Forest, Victoria
Established  1919
Shire of Otway  Bass Strait
Founded  1919
Shire of Otway

The Shire of Otway was a local government area about 190 kilometres (118 mi) southwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 1,906.94 square kilometres (736.3 sq mi), and existed from 1919 until 1994.



Otway was incorporated as a shire on 6 May 1919, carved out of parts of the Shires of Colac, Heytesbury and Winchelsea. In 1964, it annexed further parts of Heytesbury (in Coradjil Parish) and Winchelsea (in Kanglang Parish). In 1969, it lost the town of Simpson to Heytesbury.

On 23 September 1994, the Shire was abolished, and merged with City and most of the Shire of Colac and parts of the Shires of Heytesbury and Winchelsea into the Shire of Colac Otway. The town of Princetown merged west into the Shire of Corangamite.


Otway was divided into four ridings in 1987, each of which elected three councillors:

  • Apollo Bay Riding
  • Coastal Riding
  • Central Riding
  • West Riding
  • Towns and localities

  • Apollo Bay
  • Barham Paradise
  • Beech Forest
  • Cape Otway
  • Carlisle River
  • Forrest
  • Gellibrand
  • Glenaire
  • Hordern Vale
  • Johanna
  • Kennett River
  • Lavers Hill
  • Marengo
  • Princetown
  • Skenes Creek
  • Wye River
  • Wyelangta
  • Yuulong
  • Population

    * Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


    Shire of Otway Wikipedia

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