About Us
About the Shire

The Colac Otway Shire is one of the most picturesque municipalities in Victoria, covering a diverse area from volcanic lakes, craters and plains in the north, through the hinterland forests of the Otway Ranges to the Great Ocean Road coastline.

Colac is the key industrial, commercial and service centre for the Shire and surrounding region with a population of 12,000.

Apollo Bay is the other major urban centre with a permanent population of 1,000 that swells to over 15,000 during the summer season.

About the Council

Colac Otway Shire has seven councillors representing the ratepayers. They meet on a regular basis including at monthly Council meetings which are also open to the public.

Council meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Our Vision

Council will work together with our community to create a sustainable, vibrant future

Our Mission

Council will work in partnership with our community and other organisations to provide:

  • Effective leadership, governance and financial accountability
  • Affordable and effective services
  • An advocacy and engagement approach to sustainably grow our community

Our Values

Council will achieve its Vision and Mission by acting with:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Goodwill
  • Honesty
  • Trust

Economic Development and Business

The Economic Development Unit (EDU) works with business, community and Government partners to help develop a sustainable local economy by focusing on the following main areas:

Health Services

Council's Public Health Unit consists of trained public health professionals and experienced administrative support staff.

The Unit provides a variety public health services including the enforcement of State laws.

The Unit also works to enhance community health by developing health promotion and education programs.

Any concerns or requests or consumer complaints about food poisoning, food adulteration or poor food handing, establishing a food business, hairdressers, beauty establishments, tattooists, swimming pools and spas, noise issues, immunisation sessions, pollution complaints comes under the jurisdiction of this unit.

Telephone: (03) 5232 9429

E-mail Address: inq@colacotway.vic.gov.au

Tourism Services

The Economic Development Unit provides information for visitors, residents and businesses in the Shire through Visitor Information Centres in Colac and Apollo Bay.