Merino 2040

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Have you thought about what you will be doing in Merino in 2040? What would make you feel proud to be part of the region in the future?

We want to ensure you have well balanced lifestyle opportunities, a quality range of services, education and employment opportunities. We’re creating a long term Community Plan that will inform how we invest in community assets, plan future programs, and make our shire an enjoyable place to live, work and play.

Tell us what areas need to be prioritised into the future.

About Merino
The Township of Merino is located in a deep valley, adjacent to the Merino Creek, which once provided a reliable water source to the early inhabitants of the town. The Jardwadjali people are thought to have occupied this area prior to European settlement in 1837.

It is one of the small settlements between Portland and Casterton, which developed as the major centres in the area. Registered as a Heritage Precinct for its buildings of architectural significance, Merino is a centre for agriculture and dairy farming and was opened up to soldier settlement after World War 1. At the 2011 census, Merino had a population of 364.

Emerging trends for rural Glenelg Shire:

  • Fewer families and young people are living in the area
  • The population is stable, it has not increased nor decreased significantly in recent years
  • There is a recent increase in the number of residents over the age of 65.
  • Approx. 32% of households consist of a couple with no children living at home.
  • Approx. 34% of the employed population work in agriculture, forestry or fishing


Have you thought about what you will be doing in Merino in 2040? What would make you feel proud to be part of the region in the future?

We want to ensure you have well balanced lifestyle opportunities, a quality range of services, education and employment opportunities. We’re creating a long term Community Plan that will inform how we invest in community assets, plan future programs, and make our shire an enjoyable place to live, work and play.

Tell us what areas need to be prioritised into the future.

About Merino
The Township of Merino is located in a deep valley, adjacent to the Merino Creek, which once provided a reliable water source to the early inhabitants of the town. The Jardwadjali people are thought to have occupied this area prior to European settlement in 1837.

It is one of the small settlements between Portland and Casterton, which developed as the major centres in the area. Registered as a Heritage Precinct for its buildings of architectural significance, Merino is a centre for agriculture and dairy farming and was opened up to soldier settlement after World War 1. At the 2011 census, Merino had a population of 364.

Emerging trends for rural Glenelg Shire:

  • Fewer families and young people are living in the area
  • The population is stable, it has not increased nor decreased significantly in recent years
  • There is a recent increase in the number of residents over the age of 65.
  • Approx. 32% of households consist of a couple with no children living at home.
  • Approx. 34% of the employed population work in agriculture, forestry or fishing