Shire of Otway

Shire of Otway

Location in Victoria
Population 3,960 (1992)[1]
 • Density 2.0766/km2 (5.378/sq mi)
Established 1919
Area 1,906.94 km2 (736.3 sq mi)
Council seat Beech Forest
County Heytesbury, Polwarth
LGAs around Shire of Otway:
Heytesbury Colac Winchelsea
Heytesbury Shire of Otway Bass Strait
Southern Ocean Bass Strait Bass Strait

The Shire of Otway was a local government area about 190 kilometres (118 mi) southwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 1,906.94 square kilometres (736.3 sq mi), and existed from 1919 until 1994.


Otway was incorporated as a shire on 6 May 1919, carved out of parts of the Shires of Colac, Heytesbury and Winchelsea. In 1964, it annexed further parts of Heytesbury (in Coradjil Parish) and Winchelsea (in Kanglang Parish). In 1969, it lost the town of Simpson to Heytesbury.[2]

On 23 September 1994, the Shire was abolished, and merged with City and most of the Shire of Colac and parts of the Shires of Heytesbury and Winchelsea into the Shire of Colac Otway. The town of Princetown merged west into the Shire of Corangamite.[3]


Otway was divided into four ridings in 1987, each of which elected three councillors:

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 4,197
1958 4,360*
1961 4,036
1966 3,902
1971 3,921
1976 3,808
1981 3,741
1986 3,541
1991 3,784

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. pp. 49–52. ISSN 0067-1223.
  2. Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. p. 799. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  3. Australian Bureau of Statistics (1 August 1995). Victorian local government amalgamations 1994-1995: Changes to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia. p. 5. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05.

Coordinates: 38°38′S 143°34′E / 38.633°S 143.567°E / -38.633; 143.567

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