Council Elections

Council elections are held every four years.  The last election was in October 2016, with the next Council election to be held in October 2020. 

Want to stand for Council?

Corangamite Shire residents are invited to an online information session about standing for Council at the October general election.

The Stand for Council Community and Candidate Information Session will be held from 7-9 pm on Tuesday 18 August.

It will provide information about:

  • The role and purpose of local government;
  • The new Local Government Act 2020;
  • Introduction to your council and information on the municipal area;
  • Roles, responsibilities and expectations of a councillor;
  • The experience of being a councillor; and
  • The electoral process and campaigning including key dates and information provided by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

The session will be facilitated by Municipal Association of Victoria Deputy CEO and General Counsel Alison Lyon, with presentations by Corangamite Shire Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mason, and Colac Otway Shire CEO Peter Brown.

To register and receive a Zoom link and password, click here


Corangamite Shire is divided into the five wards of North, South Central, South West, Coastal and Central. Each ward has a single Councillor, with the exception of the Central ward which has three Councillors.

The Shire conducts ward voting, whereby residents in each of the wards only vote for candidates who have nominated for their particular ward. The election is conducted by postal vote. Eligible voters are posted ballot papers to vote for candidates standing for Council in their ward, unless only one nomination has been received for a ward. If this is the case, the candidate will be elected unopposed.

Voting in Local Government elections is compulsory for anyone enrolled to vote, unless you are aged 70 or more.  If you are unsure if you are enrolled to vote or your address has recently changed, it is important to check or update your details by going to the Victorian Electoral Commission website  Alternatively, you may contact the Victorian Electoral Commission on 131 832.

Once the new Council is elected, a Special Meeting of Council is convened. Each Councillor is sworn in and then votes to elect a Mayor for a specified term of one or two years.   At the end of the Mayor's term, at a meeting of Council, the Mayor is elected for a new term of one or two years.  Visit our Mayor and Councillors page for details of our current Councillors.

Election Representation Review

An Election Representation Review was conducted in 2015.  A copy of the final report is available on the Victorian Electoral Commission website.

2016 Election Campaign Donation Returns

In accordance with section 62A(2) of the Local Government Act 1989 below is a summary of election campaign donation returns provided by all candidates following the 2012 election. Copies of the returns are available for public inspection at the Camperdown Civic Centre, 181 Manifold Street, Camperdown.

Jo Beard – No gift disclosed
Lesley Brown - No gift disclosed
Helen Durant - No gift disclosed
Ruth Gstrein - No gift disclosed
Peter Harkin - No gift disclosed
Simon Illingworth - No gift disclosed
Bev McArthur - No gift disclosed
Wayne Oakes - No gift disclosed
Neil Trotter – No gift disclosed