Snapshot of Yarriambiack Shire Council

Location and profile of the council.

Yarriambiack Shire Council covers 7158 km2 and at the 2016 Census, had a population of 6,674. The Shire is divided into three wards, split between seven councillors. Hopetoun Ward includes Patchewollock, Tempy, Speed, Lascelles, Woomelang, Hopetoun, Yaapeet and Beulah. Warracknabeal Ward includes Brim and Warracknabeal. Dunmunkle Ward includes Minyip, Murtoa and Rupanyup.

The population is concentrated in a number of small towns which service the surrounding broad-hectare farming properties. Yarriambiack Shire is the heartland of grain production and handling in the Wimmera and Mallee.a The main industry is agriculture which accounts for almost half the workforce. Many other residents depend indirectly on farming as they are employed in services used by the farming population.b On the Index of Socioeconomic Disability, Yarriambiack ranked 73rd out of 79 councils.c

a Source: Know Your Council website

b Source: Yarriambiack Shire Council Annual Report 2017/18

c Source: Census 2016, 2033.0.55.001, Socio Economic Index of Areas (SEIFA) (Australia)