Shire of Broome

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Shire of Broome
Western Australia
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The Shire Administration Centre, 2019
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Location in Western Australia
Population16,222 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.290740/km2 (0.753013/sq mi)
Area55,795.6 km2 (21,542.8 sq mi)
PresidentHarold Tracey[2]
Council seatBroome
State electorate(s)Kimberley
Federal Division(s)Durack
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WebsiteShire of Broome
LGAs around Shire of Broome:
Cocos Christmas Island Derby-West Kimberley
Indian Ocean Shire of Broome Derby-West Kimberley
East Pilbara East Pilbara East Pilbara

The Shire of Broome is one of the four local government areas in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia, covering an area of 55,796 square kilometres (21,543 sq mi), most of which is sparsely populated. The Shire's estimated population as at the 2016 census was 16,222 most of whom reside in the town of Broome. Many Aboriginal communities are within the Shire, notably Beagle Bay and Bardi (One Arm Point).

The Shire of Broome includes the Rowley Shoals 260 km (162 mi) to the west.


Broome Road District was first gazetted in November 1901. A separate municipality to manage the town's affairs was established in 1904, and the road district was merged with the West Kimberley Road District in 1908. On 1 January 1919, the municipality was abolished,[3] and the Broome Road District was reconstituted with wards for the town (Broome) and region (Dampier). On 1 July 1961, it became a Shire under the Local Government Act 1960.[4]


The Shire is divided into two wards.

  • Broome Ward (seven councillors)
  • Dampier Ward (two councillors)



  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Broome (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Western Australian Local Government Association. Online Local Government Directory. Shire of Broome". Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Municipal Corporations Act 1906 and Roads Act 1911. Dissolution of Broome Municipality and incorporation into West Kimberley Road District. Order in Council (per PW 2783/18)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 11 December 1918. p. 1918:1845. Effective 31 December 1918.
  4. ^ WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 May 2007.

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Coordinates: 17°57′43″S 122°14′10″E / 17.962°S 122.236°E / -17.962; 122.236