City of Geraldton

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This article is about the former local government area. For its later replacements, see City of Geraldton-Greenough and City of Greater Geraldton.
City of Geraldton (former)
Western Australia
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Location in Western Australia
Population 20,333 (2007)[1]
 • Density 439.2/km2 (1,137.4/sq mi)
Established 1871
Abolished 2007
Area 46.3 km2 (17.9 sq mi)
Mayor Vickie Petersen
Council seat Geraldton
Region Mid West
State electorate(s) Geraldton
Federal Division(s) O'Connor
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LGAs around City of Geraldton (former):
Indian Ocean Chapman Valley Greenough
Indian Ocean City of Geraldton (former) Greenough
Indian Ocean Greenough Greenough

The City of Geraldton was a local government area in the Mid West region of Western Australia, 424 kilometres (263 mi) north of the state capital, Perth on the Indian Ocean. The City covered an area of 46.3 square kilometres (17.9 sq mi), and its seat of government was the town of Geraldton.

The council amalgamated with the Shire of Greenough, which contained Geraldton's industrial and outer suburban areas, in 2007 to form the City of Geraldton-Greenough. The area is now, as of 1 July 2011, part of the City of Greater Geraldton.


Geraldton was gazetted as a municipal district in 1871. On 1 July 1961, it became a town following the enactment of the Local Government Act 1960. On 22 April 1988, Geraldton attained city status.[2]


A recommendation was made to the Minister for Local Government by the Local Government Advisory Board in August 2006 to amalgamate the City of Geraldton with the neighbouring Shire of Greenough.

The Greenough electors successfully petitioned for a referendum to determine whether amalgamation should proceed. This was held on 2 December 2006, and with a participation rate of 28.74%, a majority of 80% voted against the proposal.[3] However, under the Local Government Act 1995 (clause 10 of Schedule 2.1) as the vote did not attract 50% of registered voters, it did not meet the requirements for a valid poll.[4]

The councillors of both local government authorities resigned at the end of April 2007, and the first elections were held in October 2007.


The City had not been divided into wards since the 1970s, and the twelve councillors represented all electors. The mayor was directly elected.




Year Population
1921 4,174
1933 4,984
1947 5,972
1954 8,309
1961 10,894
1966 12,125
1971 15,118
1976 17,663
1981 19,096
1986 19,923
1991 20,521
1996 19,724
2001 19,179
2006 18,916


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2008). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2007–08 - Western Australia". Retrieved 11 October 2009. 
  2. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 2.0), 31 May 2003.
  3. ^ Western Australian Electoral Commission (2 December 2006). "Greenough - Voting In Person Referendum". Archived from the original on 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  4. ^ Local Government Advisory Board (December 2006). "Inquiry Reports - Geraldton Greenough Inquiry Report". Retrieved 2007-04-28. 

Coordinates: 28°46′44″S 114°36′25″E / 28.779°S 114.607°E / -28.779; 114.607