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Horsham Rural City Council

Our Vision Horsham Rural City is a great place to live - vibrant, inclusive and welcoming Our Mission Horsham Rural City Council, working with the community, will develop the municipality through strong leadership, vision, good governance, responsive services and quality infrastructure, whilst enhancing our liveability and natural environment Our Core Values In pursuing its strategic objectives, Horsham Rural City Council believes in and is committed to the following values: We are accountable to our community for our decisions and actions We will seek creative, innovative solutions for continuous improvement in line with our vision for the future We will work with our community, government and agencies to deliver quality outcomes We will work together to lead our community in a professional manner We will be transparent in our work History Horsham is the centre of the Wimmera wheat and wool growing district in north-west Victoria, Australia. The first inhabitants of the area were the Djura Balug indigenous Australian tribe who spoke the Jardwadjali language. The Wimmera district was previously know by the aboriginal word “Bogambilor”, meaning place of flowers, because the area was covered with a dense scrub of wattles. Major Thomas Mitchell was the first European to pass through the area, naming the Wimmera River in 1836. The town itself was named by James Monckton Darlot, the first squatter to take up land in 1842. It was named after his native town in Horsham, England. The Horsham Post Office opened in 1848 with an elaborate building and clock tower erected in 1880. In the 1870s, when squatting runs were divided up for smaller selection, a large German population settled in the area and many descendants still remain today. The main railway from Melbourne reached Horsham in 1879 and was later extended to Adelaide, South Australia, whilst a branch line west to Carpolac began in 1887 and closed in 1988. The Horsham Borough Council and the Wimmera Shire operated the McKenzie Creek Tramway from the town to a stone quarry, some eight kilometres to the south. The horse tramway opened in 1885 and ceased operating in 1927. Major flooding affected the area in 1894 and again in 1909, with the Wimmera River reaching 3.87 metres. Green Lake was constructed in 1933, with a capacity of 5,350 ML. It was originally planned as an agricultural irrigation reservoir. Horsham was officially declared a town in 1932 and a city in 1949. The Black Saturday bushfires of 2009 were devastating, with 5,700 hectares burnt around the city’s fringe including the golf club and eight homes. Horsham experienced significant flooding in successive years in 2010 and 2011. During these events, the Wimmera River reached 3.32 metres and 4.71 metres, respectively. The 2011 event was particularly severe, with the Wimmera River reaching a record peak level. Over 1,000 residents were evacuated as flood waters divided the city and damaged 600 houses, pushing up to a metre of water into parts of the central business district. The municipality currently boasts a population of 19,774 and is aptly named "The Capital of the Wimmera". Horsham Rural City is part of the tier of government that touches people most closely - Local Government. In Victoria, there are 79 councils, representing around 5 million people. Local Government in Victoria is administered under the Local Government Act 1989, which provides a framework for the establishment and operation of councils. To learn more how Council work, how they make decisions, what their key functions are and how they are funded, please read... Guide to Local Government Local Government Act Horsham Rural City Council has seven elected Councillors who are elected every four years by the residents of the municipality. Voting is conducted via postal vote, with the most recent electon held on 27 October 2012 and the next election to be held on 22 October 2016. The Mayor is elected for a one year period each November and is voted in by the Councillors. The seven Councillors are the elected representatives of all residents and ratepayers across the municipality. They have responsibility for setting the strategic direction for the Horsham Rural City Council, policy development, identifying service standards and monitoring performance across the organisation. The Councillors do not represent a particular area or "ward", they are elected to lead and represent the whole municipality. Each Councillor has a portfolio of local committes that they attend, providing a valuable link between the community and Council. The following link provides further details about Horsham Rural City Councillors: Council meetings are held on the first and third Monday of every month (excluding January) at the Civic Centre in Horsham commencing at 5.30 pm. Meetings are open to the general public.
  • Company Phone +61 3 5382 9777
  • Address Line 1 18 Roberts Ave, Horsham VIC
  • City Horsham
  • State Victoria
  • Country Australia
  • Postcode 3400
  • Industry Others
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