West Arnhem Shire
|West Arnhem Regional Council
|• Density||0.136947/km2 (0.354692/sq mi)|
|Area||49,698 km2 (19,188.5 sq mi)|
In October 2006 the Northern Territory Government announced the reform of local government areas. The intention of the reform was to improve and expand the delivery of services to towns and communities across the Northern Territory by establishing eleven new shires. The West Arnhem Shire was created on 1 July 2008.
Elections of Shire Councillors were held on 25 October 2008. The current Mayor of the West Arnhem Shire is Lothar Siebert (2012).
The Shire formerly consisted of unincorporated land, plus small areas under the control of Community Government Councils or incorporated communities.:
West Arnhem Regional Council is divided into four wards with three councillors each:
- Gunbalanya (3)
- Kakadu (3)
- Maningrida (3)
- Barrah (3)
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 4 June 2010.