Barrabool had purchased two acres in Hendy Main Road, north of Colac Road for £24. On this land they erected a hall costing £399. It was the meeting place of the Barrabool Road Board, and then the shire council from the time of its formation in 1865. " In that year council improved the building, accepting John Peter's tender of £84/10/- for the erection of stables and fences and the making of a covered drain. Later an inner porch was added and the interior was furnished with two small tables, two chairs, a hat tree for the councillors and seats for ratepayers. In 1867 John Malone was granted the right to grow vegetables on the ground at the back of the hall, but in 1868 council decided to do its own planting — with trees and shrubs supplied by Daniel Bunce, curator of the Geelong Botanic Gardens. Vandals later uprooted a dozen or more of these soon after planting — a £10 reward for apprehension of the culprits was offered. This destruction occurred despite the appointment of Edward Carroll as caretaker in November 1866 at £10 per annum. The sum paid fluctuated over the years, rising as high as £20, and the duties of messenger and bill poster were added to the post. Carroll resigned in 1885 and was replaced by Michael Gurrie. The latter refused to accept a reduction of his remuneration in the depression year of1894 and Reuben Clarke was appointed. He in turn was replaced by James Buckley in 1898" . from Barrabool Land of the Magpie by Ian Wynd
Before the council offices in Moorabool Street, South Geelong were used, council business was carried on for a time at the home of the secretary/engineer, Henry Moors in Drumcondra, later at the Geelong and Cressy building at the corner of Malop and Yarra Streets, followed by the Colonial Mutual Assurance Society building in Malop Street Geelong.
Brick offices built in front of the former Order of the Sons of Temperance building at 441-3 Moorabool Street, South Geelong became the next shire office. This was done at a cost of £13,000. Later the offices were moved to Grossmans Road, Torquay.