Shire of Broome
|Shire of Broome
Location in Western Australia
|Population||16,792 (2011 est)|
|• Density||0.300956/km2 (0.779472/sq mi)|
|Area||55,795.6 km2 (21,542.8 sq mi)|
The Shire of Broome is one of the four local government areas in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia, covering an area of 55,796 square kilometres (21,543 sq mi), most of which is sparsely populated. The Shire's estimated population in June 2011 was 16,792, most of whom reside in the town of Broome. Many Aboriginal communities are within the Shire, notably Beagle Bay and Bardi (One Arm Point).
The Shire of Broome includes the Rowley Shoals 260 km to the west.
Broome Road District was first gazetted in November 1901. A separate municipality to manage the town's affairs was established in 1904, and the road district was merged with the West Kimberley Road District in 1908. On 1 January 1919, the municipality was abolished, and the Broome Road District was reconstituted with wards for the town (Broome) and region (Dampier). On 1 July 1961, it became a Shire under the Local Government Act 1960.
The Shire is divided into two wards.
- Broome Ward (seven councillors)
- Dampier Ward (two councillors)
- "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 5. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, Western Australia". 30 March 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
- "Municipal Corporations Act 1906 and Roads Act 1911. Dissolution of Broome Municipality and incorporation into West Kimberley Road District. Order in Council (per PW 2783/18)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 11 December 1918. p. 1918:1845. Effective 31 December 1918.
- WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 May 2007.