Shire of West Arthur
|Shire of West Arthur
Location in Western Australia
|Population||868 (2011 Census)|
|• Density||0.30626/km2 (0.7932/sq mi)|
|Area||2,834.2 km2 (1,094.3 sq mi)|
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, are dominated by wool and sheep, and also include timber, grain, forestry, beef, pigs, cattle hide tanning, engineering and earthmoving.
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. The name relates to its position with respect to the former Arthur Road District, which was renamed to Wagin in 1905.
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:
- North West (three councillors)
- North East (two councillors)
- South East (two councillors)
- South West (two councillors)
- "2011 Census Quickstats: West Arthur (S)". 26 June 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
- Agriculture WA (July 2000). "Agriculture Statistical Overview 96/97 - Shire of West Arthur" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2006-09-17. Retrieved 2006-11-15.
- WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 July 2007.