Merino 2040

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

There are many ways to have your say:

Community Reference Group: Join one of three Community Reference Groups located around the Shire to shape the process and help to develop the Glenelg Shire 2040 Community Plan. Each group will meet five times and will consist of 25 residents per group. Click here to find out more and register your interest.

Pop up Events: Come along to a series of events and pop up activities that will be hosted across the whole of Glenelg Shire between December to March 2020.

Survey: Take this 5 minute survey and join in the conversation – share your ideas for our future and go into the draw to win one of three $100 prepaid Visa Card Vouchers!

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

There are many ways to have your say:

Community Reference Group: Join one of three Community Reference Groups located around the Shire to shape the process and help to develop the Glenelg Shire 2040 Community Plan. Each group will meet five times and will consist of 25 residents per group. Click here to find out more and register your interest.

Pop up Events: Come along to a series of events and pop up activities that will be hosted across the whole of Glenelg Shire between December to March 2020.

Survey: Take this 5 minute survey and join in the conversation – share your ideas for our future and go into the draw to win one of three $100 prepaid Visa Card Vouchers!

  • Our Future - Planning to 2040

    about 2 months ago

    Please take 5 minutes to complete this short form and share your ideas for the future of Casterton and the rest of the region.

    Complete the form and go into the draw to win one of three $100 prepaid Visa Card vouchers!

    Your ideas will help Council to identify how we invest in community assets, plan future programs, and make our shire an enjoyable place to live, work, and play.

    Take Survey Now


    Please take 5 minutes to complete this short form and share your ideas for the future of Casterton and the rest of the region.

    Complete the form and go into the draw to win one of three $100 prepaid Visa Card vouchers!

    Your ideas will help Council to identify how we invest in community assets, plan future programs, and make our shire an enjoyable place to live, work, and play.

    Take Survey Now