Shire of Augusta-Margaret River

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Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
Western Australia
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Location in Western Australia
Population 13,807 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 6.1567/km2 (15.9458/sq mi)
Established 1891
Area 2,242.6 km2 (865.9 sq mi)
Shire President Ian Earl
Council seat Margaret River
Region South West
State electorate(s) Vasse, Warren-Blackwood
Federal Division(s) Forrest
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Website Shire of Augusta-Margaret River
LGAs around Shire of Augusta-Margaret River:
Busselton Donnybrook-
Indian Ocean Shire of Augusta-Margaret River Nannup
Southern Ocean

The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River is a local government area in the south-west corner of the South West region of Western Australia, approximately 270 kilometres (168 mi) south of Perth. The shire covers an area of 2,243 square kilometres (866 sq mi) and has an estimated population of 12,913 people (June 2011), about half of whom live in the towns of Margaret River and Augusta.

Nearly half of Augusta-Margaret River's land area is state forest or national park. National parks include Scott National Park and Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Other land uses include agriculture, especially dairy and beef cattle; viticulture; and tourism.


In 1891, the Augusta Road District was gazetted, and was renamed to Augusta-Margaret River Road District in 1926. On 1 July 1961, it became a shire under the Local Government Act 1960.[2]


As of 2009 the Shire is divided into three wards.

  • Margaret River (two councillors)
  • North Ward (three councillors)
  • Leeuwin Ward (two councillors)

Towns and localities[edit]


Notable councillors[edit]

  • Barry Blaikie, Shire of Augusta-Margaret River councillor 1965–1971, later a state MP


  • Western Australia. Dept. of Land Administration. Cartographic Services Branch. (2004) South West Corner/Western Australia Perth, W.A.. Scale 1:150 000 ; (E 114°58'--E 115°40'/S 033°27'--S 034°25') Also known as StreetSmart Touring Map - with localities Augusta, Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River on title ISBN 0-7309-2907-8



  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 July 2007.


  • Burton, L.C. (1996). Barefoot in the Creek: A Group Settlement Childhood in Margaret River. Nedlands, W.A.: University of Western Australia Press. ISBN 1875560831. 
  • Cresswell, Gail J. (2003). The Light of Leeuwin: The Augusta-Margaret River Shire History (new ed.). Margaret River, W.A.: Augusta-Margaret River Shire History Group. ISBN 0731694449. 
  • Cullen, Shelley; Rigby, Peter (1999). Margaret River Style. Fremantle, WA: Fremantle Arts Centre Press. ISBN 1863682856. 
  • Wiltshire, Trea (2000). Margaret River. Australian Wine Regions series. Singapore: R. Ian Lloyd Productions. ISBN 9810426747. 
  • Zekulich, Michael (2000). Wine Western Australia (all new ed.). Perth: St George Books. ISBN 0867780614. 

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Coordinates: 33°57′18″S 115°04′30″E / 33.955°S 115.075°E / -33.955; 115.075