Shire of Wagin
|Shire of Wagin
Location in Western Australia
|Population||1,975 (2013 est)|
|• Density||1.01506/km2 (2.6290/sq mi)|
|Area||1,945.7 km2 (751.2 sq mi)|
The Shire of Wagin is a local government area in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, about 230 kilometres (143 mi) southeast of the state capital, Perth. The Shire covers an area of about 1,948 square kilometres (752 sq mi), and its seat of government is the town of Wagin. It is sometimes called "Broome of the south", after the holiday destination Broome in the Kimberley Region in Western Australia
The Arthur Road District was created in 1887, and was renamed Wagin in 1905. In July 1906 a separate Municipality of Wagin was created to serve the town, while the Road District continued to serve the surrounding area. In 1961 the Municipality was abolished, and a new Town Ward was created within the district.
On 1 July 1961, it became a Shire under the Local Government Act 1960.
The shire was divided into wards until 1991, but wards were abolished and councillors now sit at large. As of 2014[update] there were 11 councillors.
Towns and localities
- "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 5. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, Western Australia". 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 May 2007.