|Shire of Mount Alexander|
|• Density||12.75/km2 (33.03/sq mi)|
|Gazetted||19 January 1995|
|Area||1,530 km2 (590.7 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Cr Bronwen Machin|
|State electorate(s)||Bendigo West|
|Website||Shire of Mount Alexander|
The Shire of Mount Alexander is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, located in the central part of the state. It covers an area of 1,530 square kilometres (590 sq mi) and, in June 2018, had a population of 19,514. It includes the towns of Castlemaine, Chewton, Elphinstone, Maldon, Newstead, Harcourt, Taradale, Vaughan, Fryerstown and Campbells Creek. It was formed in 1995 from the amalgamation of the City of Castlemaine, Shire of Newstead, and most of the Shire of Maldon and Shire of Metcalfe. The traditional owners of the land are Dja Dja Wurrung.
The Shire is governed and administered by the Mount Alexander Shire Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Castlemaine, it also has service centres located in Maldon and Newstead. The Shire is named after the original name for the Castlemaine region and goldfields.
The council is composed of five wards and seven councillors, with three councillors elected to represent the Castlemaine Ward and one councillor per remaining ward elected to represent each of the other wards.
Administration and governance
The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Castlemaine Municipal Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at both its administrative centre in Castlemaine, and its service centres in Maldon and Newstead.
Main towns in shire
In June 2018 the shire had a population of 19,514.
- "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
- Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "S2 of 1995: Order estg (Part 10) the Shire of Mount Alexander". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 19 January 1995). p. 4. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Council, corporateName=Mount Alexander Shire. "Mount Alexander Shire Council - Our shire". Mount Alexander Shire Council. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
- Local Government in Victoria. "Mount Alexander Shire Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
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- Mount Alexander Shire Council official website
- Metlink local public transport map
- Link to Land Victoria interactive maps