Located at the geographical centre of Victoria, Central Goldfields Shire covers 1,532 square kilometres and has an estimated residential population of just over 12,500 people.
Maryborough is the shire’s major business centre with a population of around 7,500. Maryborough has gained recognition in recent years as having some of the finest sporting facilities in regional Victoria, together with significant historical buildings dating back to the goldmining era of the 1850s.
Other towns in the shire include Bealiba, Carisbrook, Dunolly, Majorca, Talbot, Bowenvale-Timor and the rural districts surrounding these centres. All are famous for their heritage architecture and significant agricultural industries.
The shire is currently experiencing significant growth with key infrastructure projects and residential developments reaching fruition.
The State Government’s commitment to the shire has seen recent investments in the areas of health, education, and law and order, together with assistance to economic development activities initiated by Council.
The shire is located within one hour’s drive from main provincial centres of Ballarat and Bendigo and just two hours from Melbourne.