Shire of West Arthur

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Shire of West Arthur
Western Australia
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Location in Western Australia
Population809 (2016 census) [1]
 • Density0.28544/km2 (0.7393/sq mi)
Established1896
Area2,834.2 km2 (1,094.3 sq mi)
PresidentKevin King
Council seat Darkan
Region Wheatbelt
State electorate(s) Roe
Federal Division(s) O'Connor
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Website Shire of West Arthur
LGAs around Shire of West Arthur:
Collie Williams Narrogin
Collie Shire of West Arthur Wagin
Boyup Brook Kojonup Woodanilling

The Shire of West Arthur is a local government area in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, generally to the west of Albany Highway about 200 kilometres (124 mi) south-east of Perth, the state capital. The Shire covers an area of 2,834 square kilometres (1,094 sq mi) and its seat of government is the town of Darkan. Industries within the Shire, worth approximately $45 million per year to the State's economy, [2] are dominated by wool and sheep, and also include timber, grain, forestry, beef, pigs, cattle hide tanning, engineering and earthmoving.

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History

The West Arthur Road District was created on 10 January 1896. On 1 July 1961, it became the Shire of West Arthur under the Local Government Act 1960, which reformed all remaining road districts into shires. [3] The name relates to its position with respect to the former Arthur Road District, which was renamed to Wagin in 1905.

Wards

The ward system was discontinued on 20 October 2007 and all nine councillors represent the entire shire.

Previously, the shire was divided into four wards:

Towns

Population

YearPopulation
1911674
1921624
19331,047
1947876
19541,295
19611,398
19661,427
19711,303
19761,293
19811,288
19861,118
1991973
1996985
2001863
2006858
2011868

Heritage-listed places

As of 2021, 60 places are heritage-listed in the Shire of West Arthur, [4] of which three are on the State Register of Heritage Places. [5]

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References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "West Arthur (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 October 2019. OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
  2. Agriculture WA (July 2000). "Agriculture Statistical Overview 96/97 - Shire of West Arthur" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 September 2006. Retrieved 15 November 2006.
  3. "Municipality Boundary Amendments Register" (PDF). Western Australian Electoral Distribution Commission. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  4. "Shire of West Arthur Heritage Places". inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au. Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  5. "Shire of West Arthur State Register of Heritage Places". inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au. Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 27 March 2021.

Coordinates: 33°20′17″S116°44′35″E / 33.338°S 116.743°E / -33.338; 116.743