Glenelg Shire

Whether you choose to live in a coastal environment or in a rural setting, the diverse nature of the Glenelg Shire makes it a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. Live by the sea, in town or on a farm – the choice is yours.
Glenelg Shire is made up of friendly and vibrant communities with a large number of sporting, community and cultural organisations to participate in.
For those seeking a change from the fast and polluted city life, Glenelg Shire is the ideal place.
For the families there are a large number of first class primary and secondary schools, a TAFE campus and the Warrnambool campus of Deakin University is just an hour away.
Portland, Casterton and Heywood are each serviced by Hospitals offering quality facilities and services.
If you are looking for a place to live, come and have a look and become part of our community.
The Glenelg Shire Council was established by an Order-in-Council under the Local Government Act 1989, published in the Victorian Governement Gazette S63 on 23 September 1994. Three councils were amalgamated, the City of Portland and the Shires of Glenelg and Heywood, to form the new Glenelg Shire.

Electoral Structure of Glenelg Shire Council:

By order in Council made under Section 220Q(j) and (n) of the Local Government Act 1989, Glenelg Shire Council is re-constituted as an unsubdivided municipal district and the number of Councillors assigned to the Council is fixed at 7.

Glenelg at a Glance

Location South West Victoria
Area 6,212 Kms
Population 19,764
Average Rainfall 857mm
Average winter temperature 8 - 15 degrees celsius
Average summer temperature 13 - 23 degrees celsius
Major Town Portland
Smaller Towns Casterton, Heywood, Dartmoor and Nelson

Tourism and Events e-newsletter


The e-newsletter contains the previous season visitor’s statistics with editorial summary, as well as key articles, links to blogs and embedded video’s highlighting tourism in the Shire.  Past and upcoming events are also highlighted with an editorial and plenty of images, and links for subscribers to list their event on our Glenelg Shire website. 

Casterton's new Australian Kelpie Centre


We are excited to showcase our new promo highlighting Casterton's new Australian Kelpie Centre with plenty of well known local faces and places featuring throughout. Make sure you stop in to get your own selfie with a kelpie - the centre is open 7 days a week 9am to 5pm.