Community Profile

Indigo Shire is located in Victoria’s picturesque North East and borders the Murray River and the Australian Alps. Indigo is renowned for its natural beauty and historic towns. Thousands of tourists visit the area each year to sample our food and wine and visit our many well-known festivals and events.

Indigo Shire (map) has a significant collection of historic towns. Beechworth is one of only two towns in Victoria classified as "Notable" by the National Trust. With wide tree-lined streets and solid, dignified buildings still in their original splendour, Beechworth is reminiscent of the flamboyant gold rush days. Other townships and areas in Indigo Shire include: Rutherglen, Chiltern, Yackandandah, Kiewa-Tangambalanga, Stanley and Barnawartha.

With a population of approximately 16,000 people, the median age of people in Indigo Shire is 46 years. Children aged 0 - 14 years make up 17.8% of the population and people aged 65 years and over make up 20.7% of the population. Of the families in the Shire, 40.1% are couple families with children, 46.0% are couple families without children and 13.1% are one parent families. Our people are actively involved in their communities. Over 300 residents volunteer with Council services such as our libraries, Meals on Wheels, community cars and community-based meals and Visitor Information Centres, and there is strong and passionate representation on sporting facility Committees of Management, Advisory Committees and other Council committees.

This website contains demographic insights for Indigo Shire. For further information about Indigo Shire’s dynamic community, please contact the Community Development Team on 1300 365 003.

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