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New Residents

Southern Grampians Shire Council extends a warm welcome to new residents of this region, an area admired for its outstanding natural beauty, unspoilt environment and attractive lifestyle.

For those seeking a classic Australian lifestyle, you have indeed chosen the right place to live, work and invest.

New Residents | Welcome Drinks & Information Evenings

Unfortunately, the New Residents Function that was scheduled for September 2021 has now been cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. For those who had signed up to attend the 2021 event, Council will be in touch with some useful resources to help get you settled in the area.

We hope to bring you our New Residents Function in 2022 to officially welcome all of our new residents, so please check this page in the new year for event details.

Once a year Council invite new residents who have moved to the Greater Hamilton region in the past 12 months to meet other newcomers at the Council’s New Residents function. The night is an informal gathering to extend a warm welcome to new residents, with a variety of information available to assist in settling into the community and our region. The night usually includes a speech from the Mayor and the serving of light refreshments.

Community groups and sporting clubs from across the Shire are also invited to provide information to new residents about their group.

If your are a new resident, group or club who would like to attend the next function (date/place to be confirmed), please contact Council's Customer Service on 03 5573 0444 or to be placed on our register.

Learn more about the Shire with a New Residents Kit

New residents to the Southern Grampians Shire can request a New Residents Kit either in person from our Business Centre or Visitor Information Centre in Hamilton or by email to Council.

The New Residents Kit provides a range of information on Council's services to aid newcomers in their transition to a new location.

The information contained within the New Residents Kit is reviewed and updated regularly to ensure new residents have relevant information which they can use immediately.

The list below outlines the type of information contained within the New Residents Kit:

  • Welcome letter from the Mayor
  • Southern Grampians Shire Council Services booklet
  • Southern Grampians News – Community Newsletter
  • Animal Registration brochure
  • Building Services brochure
  • Hamilton Botanic Gardens brochure
  • Western District Health Services directory
  • Electoral Enrolment form
  • Maps
  • Events Calendar
  • Waste Collection information
  • Southern Grampians Shire Council Pencil


Customer Service
111 Brown Street
Hamilton Vic 3300
Phone (03) 5573 0444

Visitor Information Centre
Lonsdale Street
Hamilton Vic 3300
Freecall 1800 807 056

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