The Shire of Northern Grampians is a local
government area in the Wimmera region of
Victoria, Australia, located in the western part of
the state. It covers an area of 5,918 square
kilometres (2,285 sq mi) and, at the 2011
Census, had a population of 11,845.
It includes the towns of Stawell, St Arnaud,
Great Western, Marnoo, Glenorchy, Stuart Mill,
Navarre and the tourist town of Halls Gap. It
was formed in 1995 from the amalgamation of
the City of Stawell, Town of St Arnaud, Shire of
Stawell, Shire of Kara Kara and parts of the
Shire of Wimmera, Shire of Dunmunkle and
Shire of Donald.
The Shire is governed and administered by the
Northern Grampians Shire Council; its seat of
local government and administrative centre is
located at the council headquarters in Stawell,
it also has a service centre located in St Arnaud.
The Shire is named after the major eographical
feature in the region, The Grampians, and that
the northern part of this feature occupies the
southern part of the LGA.
The local economy is based on a diverse range
of industries including agriculture, tourism,
wine production, gold mining, brick
manufacturing and meat production.