Casterton 2040

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This page is for members of the Community Reference Group for Casterton and its surrounds (Henty, Sandford, Merino, Digby, Bahgallah, Strathdownie, Lake Mundi, Dunrobin) as we work together to develop the Glenelg 2040 Community Plan and Vision.

This portal can be used as a discussion tool to connect with other members of the Casterton group, share ideas and to access information. All of the relevant documents that are available from the document library.

Please feel free to contact the Project Team if you have any queries or require assistance.


About the region:

Located to the north of the Glenelg region

This page is for members of the Community Reference Group for Casterton and its surrounds (Henty, Sandford, Merino, Digby, Bahgallah, Strathdownie, Lake Mundi, Dunrobin) as we work together to develop the Glenelg 2040 Community Plan and Vision.

This portal can be used as a discussion tool to connect with other members of the Casterton group, share ideas and to access information. All of the relevant documents that are available from the document library.

Please feel free to contact the Project Team if you have any queries or require assistance.


About the region:

Located to the north of the Glenelg region in South West Victoria, Casterton is known and loved for being the birthplace of the kelpie breed of dog. Casterton is an historic rural town with a recorded population in 2016 of 1,681, and is situated on the Glenelg River in a valley surrounded by rolling Red Gum hills.

The indigenous people of the Konongwootong Gundidj clan and others from the Jardwadjali language group occupied the area in and around Casterton for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans in Australia.

Casterton and surrounding areas possess a strong agricultural trade based on livestock, milk, wool and crops. The plantation timber industry is also a major economic driver and employer in the region, and the tourism industry is gaining momentum as visitors come to partake in numerous outdoor activities and explore the diverse natural areas and wildlife.

Key trends in Casterton:

  • Declining in population over the last 15 years
  • Fewer families and young people than ever before
  • 4% speak a language other than English at home (the highest rate in Glenelg Shire)
  • Highest proportion of people over the age of 65 in Glenelg region
  • 28% of people live alone
  • People working in healthcare and social support sectors (21%) and those working in agriculture, forestry and fishing (17%) make up the bulk of the workforce in the area.



  • Meeting 2 - Developing a Vision

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    13 days ago

    A big thank you to all that attended the meeting on Monday 18 May.

    We had a lot to cover and and had some detailed conversations over the future of the area. Key things we heard included a love for your community and a desire to build on the following into the future:

    • Take advantage of the rich historic architecture, develop tourism opportunities and build on the aesthetics of the townships.
    • Vibrant township with a range of shops, recreational facilities and services that draw locals and tourists from near and far.
    • Build on the strong sense of community that already...

    A big thank you to all that attended the meeting on Monday 18 May.

    We had a lot to cover and and had some detailed conversations over the future of the area. Key things we heard included a love for your community and a desire to build on the following into the future:

    • Take advantage of the rich historic architecture, develop tourism opportunities and build on the aesthetics of the townships.
    • Vibrant township with a range of shops, recreational facilities and services that draw locals and tourists from near and far.
    • Build on the strong sense of community that already exists.
    • Further develop the connection to the rest of Glenelg Shire via transport links, good communication and positive relationship building.
    • Attract more investment - businesses, new residents and tourists.

    View the meeting minutes and presentation from the meeting for more information on what was discussed.

    We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting on Monday 15 June at 4pm.

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  • Understanding Council Processes

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    18 days ago

    Not sure what will happen with the Community Plan after it's finalised? This video will give you an overview of Council's planning cycle and how the Glenelg Shire 2040 community plan will be used into the future.

    Click here to view the video

    Not sure what will happen with the Community Plan after it's finalised? This video will give you an overview of Council's planning cycle and how the Glenelg Shire 2040 community plan will be used into the future.

    Click here to view the video

  • Task 1 - To be completed by end of 13 May

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    18 days ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    This task is about reviewing the data from the consultation and identifying priorities for your township. This is where you can dream big and look towards 2040!

    After everyone has answered the questions, we will be able to identify priorities for the area. This might include projects the community can deliver, as well as larger projects that government agencies (like the Shire Council) will need to advocate for or directly deliver.

    Responses must be submitted by midnight Wednesday 13 May 2020.

    This task is about reviewing the data from the consultation and identifying priorities for your township. This is where you can dream big and look towards 2040!

    After everyone has answered the questions, we will be able to identify priorities for the area. This might include projects the community can deliver, as well as larger projects that government agencies (like the Shire Council) will need to advocate for or directly deliver.

    Responses must be submitted by midnight Wednesday 13 May 2020.