Shire of Leonora
|Shire of Leonora
Location in Western Australia
|Population||1,902 (2011 est)|
|• Density||0.059088/km2 (0.15304/sq mi)|
|Area||32,189.3 km2 (12,428.4 sq mi)|
The Shire of Leonora is a local government area in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, about 240 kilometres (149 mi) north of the city of Kalgoorlie and about 830 kilometres (516 mi) northeast of the state capital, Perth. The Shire covers an area of 32,189 square kilometres (12,428 sq mi), and its seat of government is the town of Leonora.
Leonora was originally part of the North Coolgardie Road District when that entity was gazetted in 1898. The town of Leonora was gazetted as a municipality with its own mayor in 1900. In 1912, the North Coolgardie Road District was dissolved and the Mount Malcolm, Kookynie and Menzies Road Districts were formed.
Mount Malcolm absorbed the Municipality of Leonora on 1 July 1917 and became the Leonora-Mount Malcolm Road District. In 1929, a neighbouring district, Lawlers, was dissolved and split between Mount Margaret (later Laverton) and Leonora-Mount Malcolm, which was renamed to simply Leonora a year later. On 1 July 1961, it became the Shire of Leonora under the Local Government Act 1960.
As of the 2003 election, the Shire is divided into two wards:
- North Ward (four councillors)
- South Ward (five councillors)
From 1979 until 2003, the Shire was divided into Leonora (3), Leinster (4) and Country (2) wards.
Towns and localities
- Lake Darlot
- Murrin Murrin
- Sir Samuel
- Yundamindera (known as "The Granites")
- "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. Merging of Leonora Municipality into Mount Malcolm Road District, and renaming Leonora-Malcolm Road District. Order in Council (per PW 1461/17)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 23 May 1917. p. 1917:851. Effective 1 July 1917.
- WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 May 2007.